Surfers set for a cool treat with three-day Cabugao Surfing Crown competition in Ilocos Sur

CABUGAO, ILOCOS SUR --- Despite the onset of Hanging Amihan that chills the Western Philippine Sea, scores of surfers not only from the province but also from neighboring provinces will be trooping here for the Cabugao Surfing Crown on Dec. 18-20.

Ilocos Sur 1st District Rep. Deogracias Savillano this week announced the three-day competition which his office will help stage along with the provincial and municipal government in partnership with the Department of Tourism and the barangays of Sab-ang and Pugos, the surfing areas.

Cash prizes and trophies will be given to the winners in the three-day competition to promote the town as a surfing haven that will rival some of the bests in the country like in Siargao, Baler, Aurora or nearby La Union.

It will actually be a fun-filled three-day event that includes free clinics on surfing, beach volleyball and even concerts turning the Pugos as the event area and Sab-ang as surfing enclave.

“The boardwalk of Sab-ang will definitely be the surfing competition site, while Pugos beach as surfing instruction venue,” the congressman announced.

Some P175,000 in total cash prizes will be given to the winners.

The prizes for Men's Shortboard National Champion is P40,000.00, while the 1st Runner-Up 20,000.00, 2nd Runner-Up 10,000.00, and 3rd Runner-Up 5,000.00.

For the Wahine Longboard National, the champion gets P20,000.00, 1st Runner-Up 15,000.00, 2nd Runner-Up 10,000.00, and 3rd RU 5,000.00.

Winners in the Local Comp - Ilocos Surfing Association:  champion P20,000.00, 1st Runner-Up P15,000.00, 2nd Runner-Up P10,000.00, and 3rd Runner-Up P5,000.00.

DOT Region 1 Dir. Martin Valera made the announcement in the formal launching of the event in Vigan earlier this week.

Ilocos Sur is fast becoming the newest destination for surfers in the country, with its two new surfing towns in the province.

Recently, Sta. Catalina town concluded their “Duron ti Daluwon Surfing Competition” for newbie surfers and the more challenging surf break at Cabugao, some 40 minutes drive from Vigan.

A bazaar will also be set up near the basketball court, which in turn be the venue of the concert.

Other events include beach volleyball, Frisbee and others.

"We look forward to the upcoming event as it will make Sabang known to local surfers. We have been a regular destination for foreign surfers like Australians, Americans and Koreans. That ply the Pagudpud, (Ilocos Norte), here (Sabang) and San Juan (La Union) surfing route,” said Valero.

A local fisherman Adiong Cabero will open his house for bed and breakfast to surfers and guest as there are no hotels near Sabang beach. The venue is about eight kilometers from the main highway.


Cabero is also the president of the local bed and breakfast association said there are twenty beach front homes of local fishermen open to the public for P250 a night per person, and meals ranging from P80 to P100 per meal.

Ilocos Sur Vice-Governor Jerry Singson welcomes all forms of tourism ventures in the province, saying that such endeavors will provide extra employment for the province residents and revenues for the local government.

He also extended to returning or visiting formers Ilocos Surians to come home enjoy the province amenities and new tourist destinations like these surfing municipality particularly on the 200 foundation day of Ilocos Sur on February next year.

Valera said with the province's long coast lines, activities like these are feasible along with other aqua sports to flourish. 

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