THROUGHOUT last week's Olympic qualifying tournament in El Salvador, many Philippine surfing fans joined #TeamPuyatPH. With a 14 hour time difference between us and the Central American country, fans had to wake up in the middle of the night to tune ...
Jun 8, 2021
THE DAY began with a glimmer of hope for the underdog Philippine surfing team.Even the sea seemed to be on our side as silver SEA Games medalist Jay-R Esquivel took on Australian surf champ Owen Wright at the ongoing World ...
Jun 1, 2021
THERE'S a line in the trailer for new Netflix film Skater Girl that should feel familiar to anyone who's been busted for trying out the board sport."Doesn't matter where you go in the world," says Erick, the character ...
May 14, 2021
ONE OF the main movers behind the "House of Vans" passed away today, the global shoe company said in a statement released on its social media pages. Paul Van Doren was 90. No cause of death has been confirmed by reports.His ...
May 8, 2021
WHEN Boots Brandon first got to know Margielyn Didal, she was selling pancit canton in Cebu's Concave Street Park."Alam mo yung taga-bantay rin ng park, tapos siya yung taga-luto?" he recalled, laughing. "Tinatawag pa niya akong kuya kasi ...
Apr 21, 2021
MARGIELYN Didal knows what it's like to skate in the streets. And with the pandemic restrictions shutting down all venues, she's had to go back to it just so she can keep her Olympic dream alive."Since I started skating ...
Apr 21, 2021
AT THE moment, the six-person Philippine national surfing team is split into different squads - no thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic that's thrown up barriers to both travel and training.There's Jay-R Esquivel and Daisy Valdez in La ...
Apr 14, 2021
THE LAST time Vea Estrellado got to surf competitively was in December 2019, in that stretch of Borongan, Samar surf known as the Boulevard.In the women's longboard finals, Vea pitted her skills in a neck-and-neck battle between Ikit ...
Apr 11, 2021
THE PHILIPPINE team to El Salvador is complete, with teenage surfer Vea Estrellado rounding out the six-person team for the final qualifier event for the Olympics. It will be held in El Sunzal, a beach town in the south of the ...
Apr 9, 2021
AS HE did back in the height of Typhoon Ondoy in 2009, actor and surfer Jericho Rosales once again pulled out his surfboard to come to the aid of his fellow residents in the Marikina village where he lives. And this time, ...
Nov 12, 2020
SURF and stoke in the heart (and heat) of crowded Manila?It seems like a pipe dream, but a group of surfers and entrepreneurs is determined to make it happen. Last week, they even released a promotional video, suddenly announcing their grand, ...
Oct 27, 2020
REMEMBER when Olympic hopeful and SEA Games medalist Margielyn Didal asked for more skate parks?Looks like the powers that be are listening.More learning opportunities are now available for local skaters as Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno renovates Vitas Skate Park ...
Jul 21, 2020
THIRTEEN years on, a long, elongated swimming pool near the east side of the Manggahan Floodway has churned out thousands of aspiring surfers. Some of them - like Lorraine Lapus, Bea Vega, Carla Sebastian, and My Life on Board founder and Spin.ph ...
Jul 2, 2020
PHILMAR Alipayo and his daughter Keliana Alohi - or Lilo, for short - wake up at 4 a.m. every day to catch the sunrise. Mom Andi Eigenmann, however, needs to get those extra hours of shut-eye, and gets up at 6:30 ...
Jun 25, 2020
THIS weekend, the local government in Siargao issued - and then retracted - guidelines for surfing as the province of Surigao del Norte moved into general community quarantine.Opening the famed beach up for activities like "swimming, surfing, bodyboarding, paddle boarding, [and] kiteboarding", the ...
May 18, 2020
On April 11 - Almost a month into the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine - Ian Saguan, the president of the La Union Surf Club, posted a picture of an empty San Juan street."Ang daming tourist oh," he wrote sarcastically. "Ay Sabado nga ...
Apr 28, 2020
AFTER landing her name on Forbes Asia's "30 Under 30" list last week, champion skater Margielyn Didal announced her partnership with New Balance.The collab resulted in the Ceby native's very own customized pair, the NM379, the first shoe ...
Apr 7, 2020
IN JOSEPH "Epos" Falcone's assessment, the downhill skateboarding event of the Southeast Asian Games was a David versus Goliath match-up. The Goliath, of course, was the Philippine national team."Overqualified po tayo," he said of Philippine longboarders. According to Falcone, ...
Mar 3, 2020
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