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Time to Shine: SEA Games 2019

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Written by Imi Garcia

The 30th edition of the Southeast Asian Games will be hosted in the Philippines later this year - between November 30th until December 11th, which will be the fourth time that the Philippines has hosted the Games - having last hosted them in 2005.

This edition is most notable for the inclusion of new sports such as surfing, skateboarding, e-sports, beach handball, duathlon, wakeboarding and many others. A total of 56 sports will be showcased during the two week event.

The SEA Games are celebrated every two years and they are often described as the South East Asian Olympics. All members of the Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) will join the event: Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, East Timor and Malaysia.

For the first time in history, our surfers will compete at the SEA Games. The United Philippine Surfing Association (UPSA) have given their full support towards this event, as have the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), which has given approximately PHP160,000 to each surfer for equipment.

“It is an honor for the Philippines and UPSA to pioneer the first-ever inclusion of surfing in the Southeast Asian Games. This is a huge milestone for surfing in Asia and shows the Filipinos’ dedication to develop the sport and provide career opportunities for talented surf athletes”, explains Kat Bolina, Surfing Competition Manager for the SEA Games.

Only six of the countries participating will join the surfing contests: Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. The surf competition will be held at Monalisa Point, La Union, from 2nd-8th December.

There will be four categories: The Men's and Women’s Open Shortboard Division and the Men’s and Women’s Longboard Division. The competition will follow the same criteria and regulations as used at the recent ISA World Surfing Games in Japan.

The Philippine surfers who will have the honor to represent our country will be: John Mark Tokong (Siargao) and Edito Jr “Piso” Alcala (Siargao) for the Men’s Shortboard Open; Daisy Valdez (La Union) and Nilbie Blancada (Siargao) for the Women’s Shortboard Open Division; Daisy Valdez (La Union) and Ikit Agudo (Siargao) for the Women’s Longboard Open; and finally, Roger Casugay (La Union) and Jay-r Esquivel (La Union) for the Men’s Longboard Division.

The judges of the event will be from different parts of the world such as Australia and Portugal, while the scoring system will be the same as the one which will be used during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Moreover, everything will be supervised by ISA to ensure international standards are upheld.

The Philippine Surfing Team has been training since the beginning of the year with Coach Adam Dufner from the Hurley High Performance Center Australia. Dufner explains his plans to us: “The training will be a continuation of the training we did for the ISA World Surfing Games. The teams’ focus areas are: building a strong supportive team environment, identifying our strengths and focusing on the areas we need to improve, performing under pressure and drawing heat and drills scenarios.”, explains the coach.

“I am very excited and honored to be working with Team Philippines. They are a talented group of young surfers that have the ability, commitment and positive fun attitude to win and achieve their highest goals” affirms Dufner.

“My dream is to get that medal. I will train and work hard to get there.”, expressed John Mark Tokong, the recent champion of the 25th International Siargao Surfing Cup.”

“I am very excited to represent the Philippines especially in the Longboard division and competing in my hometown” added Jay-r Esquivel, 2018 national Longboard champion.“

Such an event will certainly take Philippine surfing to the next level. “This will also introduce the Philippines as a prime surfing destination in Asia, resulting in increased tourism and rural economic development.”, concluded the Surf Competition Manager, Kat Bolina.

Let’s bring home the gold!

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Panahon para Mosikat: SEA Games 2019

Ni Imi Garcia

An ika 30 na edisyon nan Southeast Asian Games paghimoon sa Pilipinas sa tapos nan ini na tuig - dapit sa Nobyembre 30 hangtod Disyembre 11, na amo na ika upat na higayon na an Pilipinas an mohikay sa Duwa - an kataposan adton 2005.

Ini na edisyon linahi gajod tungod sa pag-apil nan iban na mga bag-o na sports sama sa surfing, skateboarding, e-sports, beach handball, duathlon, wakeboarding sanan iban pa. Total 56 ka mga sports an ipahigayon sa duha ka semana na kalihokan.

An SEA Games iselebrar kada duha ka tuig sanan gihulagway ini na South East Asian Olympics. Tanan miyembro sa Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) mosalmot sa kalihokan: Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, East Timor sanan Malaysia.

Sa una na higayon sa kasayayan, an ato mga surfers mosalmot sa SEA Games. An The United Philippine Surfing Association (UPSA) taghatagan nan tibuok suporta para sa ini na kalihokan, sama isab sa Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), na nihatag nan mokabat PHP160,000 sa matag surfer para sa mga ekipamento.

“Dungog para sa Pilipinas sanan UPSA na mosugod nan pinaka una na pag-apil sa surfing sa Southeast Asian Games. Dako ini na kalamposan sa surfing sa Asya sanan nagpakita sa dedikasyon nan Pilipino para maugmad an sport sanan maghatag nan oportunidad sa karera para mga talentado na mga atleta sa surf”, pasabot ni Kat Bolina, Surfing Competition Manager para sa SEA Games.

Unom laman ka mga nasod an mosalmot sa sangka sa surfing: Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore sanan Pilipinas. An kompetisyon nan surf pagahimoon sa Monalisa Point, La Union, gikan sa ika 2 hangtod ika 8 sa Disyembre.

Jaoy upat ka mga kategoriya: An Men’s and Women’s Open Shortboard Division sanan Men’s and Women’s Longboard Division. An kompetisyon mosunod sa sama na kriterya sanan regulasyon na gigamit sa ISA World Surfing Games sa Japan.

An surfers sa Pilipinas na madungganon na morepresentar sa ato nasod sila: John Mark Tokong (Siargao) sanan Edito Jr “Piso” Alcala (Siargao) para sa Men’s Shortboard Open; Daisy Valdez (La Union) sanan Nilbie Blancada (Siargao) para sa Women’s Shortboard Open Division; Daisy Valdez (La Union) sanan Ikit Agudo (Siargao) para sa Women’s Longboard Open; sanan kataposan, Roger Casugay (La Union) sanan Jay-r Esquivel (La Union) para sa Men’s Longboard Division.

An hukom nan kalihokan gikan sa lain-lain na bahin nan kalibotan sama sa Australia sanan Portugal, samtang an scoring system pareho sa gigamit atol sa Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Labaw pa, tanan bantajan na ISA para masiguro na masunod an internasyonal na mga sukdanan.

An Philippine Surfing Tea nagtraining na sukad sa sugod nan tuig iban ni Coach Adam Dufner gikan sa Hurley High Performance Center Australia. Si Dufner nipasabot sa ija plano sa ato: “An training pagpadajon sa training na tagbuhat namo sa ISA World Surfing Games. An tutok nan mga teams amo an: paghimo nan lig-on na masuportahon na palibot sa team, paghibayo sa ato kakusog sanan pagtutok sa mga butang na kinahanglan madajawon, pagbuhat ilayom sa kabug-at sanan paghimo nan heat and drills scenarios.”, pasabot nan coach.

“Naghinam-hinam kami sanan dungog sa amo na makatrabaho an Team Philippines. Talentado sila na grupo nan batan-on na mga surfers na may abilidad, pasalig sanan positibo na malingaw na batasan para modaog sanan makuha an ila pinaka taas na tumong” laong ni Dufner.

“An ako damgo an makuha iton medalya. Nagtrain ako sanan nagtrabaho nan malisod para maabot didto.”, litok ni John Mark Tokong, an pinaka bag-o na kampeyon sa ika 25 na International Siargao Surfing Cup.

“Naghinam-hinam ako na morepresentar sa Pilipinas labi na sa Longboard division sanan mosangka sa ako lungsod na natawhan” puno ni Jay-r Esquivel, an 2018 na national Longboard champion.

Iton na kalihokan sigurado na magdaya sa surfing sa Pilipinas sa sunod na lebel. “Mopakilaya isab ini sa Pilipinas isip panguna na destinasyon sa surfing sa Asya, na moresulta sa dugang turismo sanan paglambo na ekonomiya na rural.”, patapos sa Surf Competition Manager, Kat Bolina.

Dayhon ta pauli an buyawan!

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