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Breaking waves: PWD rules skimboarding in Surf in the City

Dec 19, 2019 - 5:49 PM

Despite having speech and movement difficulties, Jesus Lawrence Quitorio shows he is beyond his disability

SURF FRIENDS. Jesus Lawrence Quitorio (left) and Junder Baser set their eyes on more skimboarding competitions. Photo by David Lozada

Pinoy kids make waves at Surf in the City Festival

Dec 18, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Kai Alcala and Nano Capacite may look like ordinary kids but they are showing spectators at the Surf in the City Festival in Borongan, Eastern Samar, a glimpse of the future of Philippine surfing

Surfers from across PH feel warm Borongan welcome

Dec 16, 2019 - 11:09 PM

Around 103 surfers from all over the country flock to Borongan City to compete in 'Surf in the City'

BEYOND COMPETITION. Angelo Abucay says surfing is an avenue to build new relationships. Photo by Gio Costuna/Este News

La Union pride: Meet PH’s SEA Games closing rites flag bearer Roger Casogay

Dec 11, 2019 - 12:53 PM

Despite all the attention he’s getting, Filipino surfer Roger Casogay remains grounded and doesn't want to be called a hero

 Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Surf savior and champ Roger Casogay: 'I’m not a hero'

Dec 08, 2019 - 5:51 PM

His inspiring story may have gone viral but surfer Roger Casogay still downplays his heroism

PROUD PARTNER. Roger Casugay gets a kiss from Dutch girlfriend Lisa Verweij. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Hero surfer Casogay beats Indonesian he saved before golden ride

Dec 08, 2019 - 2:14 PM

Filipino surfer Roger Casogay bags the gold medal in the longboard event against compatriot Rogelio Esquivel

Sea Games Surfing Finals, in San Juan, La Union... Philippines Roger Casugay of Siargao rescued his Indonesian rival Arit Nurhidayat two days ago in their longboard heat. They resumed their battle and Casugay won. He now fights Filipino JayR Esquivel in the finals. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

'Heart of gold': Pinoy SEA Games surfer lauded for saving competitor from drowning

Dec 07, 2019 - 5:48 PM

Social media users praise Filipino surfer Roger Casogay for his priceless act of heroism in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games

FROM FOES TO FRIENDS. Indonesian Arip Nurhidayat (left) finds a savior in Filipino rival Roger Casugay (center) during the SEA Games surfing competition.

Philippine Surfing Tour hits Eastern Samar waves

Nov 12, 2019 - 1:48 PM

The last leg of the national surfing competition heads to a rising sports hub in Borongan City

NEW SURF SPOT. Borongan City hopes

Far out: Myanmar's first surfing team to take off at SEA Games 2019

Oct 19, 2019 - 9:12 PM

Myanmar wants to make a splash when it debuts in the surfing competitions of the Southeast Asian Games here in the Philippines

MEDAL HOPEFUL. This picture taken on October 12, 2019 shows Myanmar's Nida Soe posing for a photo after her surfing practice session on Ngwe Saung beach in Irrawaddy division, ahead of the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in the Philippines. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Car-rille, a La Union surf spot, and a place suspended in time

Apr 13, 2019 - 10:03 AM

Beyond the surface, this famous surf spot has more to offer than great waves

CAR-RILLE. Surfers head out to catch waves from this spot, accessible from an old resort in Carlatan, San Fernando, La Union. Photo by Amanda Lago/Rappler

The week in photos: September 29-October 5, 2018

Oct 06, 2018 - 5:46 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

SURFER DUDES. Dogs ride a wave in tandem during the 10th annual Surf City Surf Dog contest in Huntington Beach, California on September 29, 2018. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Surfers mad at plan to curb boardriding on Sydney's Bondi beach

Jul 18, 2018 - 4:25 PM

The proposed rules force all surfers to the southern end of the 900-meter-long beach, where waves are usually bigger and dangerous rip tides more frequent

LIFE IS A BEACH. This file photo taken on February 24, 2016 shows a surfer heading into the sea on Bondi Beach in Sydney. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Alvarez promises budget for public safety projects in Siargao

Mar 31, 2018 - 4:01 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says he and local officials are 'taking steps' to address the concerns raised by broadcast journalist Karen Davila, whose son had a surfing accident in Siargao

SURF SPOT. Tourists flock to Cloud 9 in Siargao, Surigao del Norte for a surfing experience. Photo by Rappler

Karen Davila shares unfortunate experience in Siargao after son's surfing accident

Mar 30, 2018 - 5:57 PM

Karen says she was angry that the surfing instructor who was assigned to her son disappeared after the accident. She is also shocked at the lack of medical facilities and equipment.

LOOK: List of PSC's 10 priority sports in 2018

Mar 29, 2018 - 3:31 PM

These are the top 10 sports that will receive a bigger share of the government's allocated budget

BANNERING. (from left to right) weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, judoka Kiyomi Watanable and gymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo. Photo by presidential photo (Diaz), PSC-POC Media Group (Watanabe), Munehiro Kugimiya's Facebook page (Yulo)

3 useful tricks to try on your next laundry day

Jan 10, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Doing the laundry can be a chore but there are ways to make it worth your while

Surfing in Eastern Samar and balancing its many challenges

Jan 08, 2018 - 6:43 PM

In Eastern Samar, surfing pioneers are not only balancing waves. They are also riding the challenges that come with the rising popularity of the water sports in their hometown.

How a Sorsogon surf camp helps keep kids in school

Dec 18, 2017 - 8:48 AM

In Sorsogon, the surfing bug evolved into a double-edged sword: kids enjoy surfing so much that they skip classes to spend more time catching the waves. A surfing camp found a way to change that.

Photo by Vee Salazar/Rappler

Saving Siargao

Oct 08, 2017 - 3:41 PM

Siargao may be known for its crashing waves and untouched beauty, but it has its fair share of growing problems as well

UNTOUCHED PARADISE. A view of Cloud 9, Siargao early in the morning on September 20, 2014. File photo by Mark Cristino

Philmar Alipayo wins first title in 19th Siargao National Surfing Cup

Sep 23, 2017 - 12:33 PM

Alipayo bested his hometown's bemedalled surfer Piso Alcala in the 25-minute man-on-man finals duel despite suffering from a lower back injury.

HISTORY. Philmar Alipayo nabs his first championship in the 19th Siargao Surfing Cup. Photo by Gaps Sabuero/ 2017 PSCT Media

Jasmine Curtis-Smith says you should stay at this Siargao resort

Aug 26, 2017 - 7:32 PM

The actress stayed on the island to film her upcoming movie with Erich Gonzales and Jericho Rosales

HARANA. The surf resort is located in General Luna, Siargao. Photo from

WATCH: Baler surfer breaks barriers despite disability

May 07, 2017 - 4:01 PM

Harry Marzan manages to paddle balance and gracefully catch the waves despite not having a left arm Read and watch his InspireCourage story

SURFING. For Harry Marzan, surfing is an opportunity for him to prove that he is no different from other surfers. Photo courtesy of Harry Marzan

Japanese tourist adrift on surfboard for 16 hours rescued off beach

Jan 14, 2017 - 11:51 AM

Most people that get themselves in that situation die He s just so lucky that someone on ship spotted him an Australian police officer says of the tourist

WATCH: Highlights of Lunad sa Balod surfing competition in Sorsogon

Dec 17, 2016 - 4:51 PM

Some of the Philippines best surfers battle it out for wave supremacy in Gubat Sorsogon

WAVE RIDER. Pia Lopez of Sorsogon finished second runner-up in the Wahine Longboard and Shortboard event. Contributed photo

Sea dogs take the lead at unique US surf competition

Sep 26, 2016 - 5:36 PM

Dogs and their owners come from as far away as Florida Australia and Brazil for the eighth edition of the annual event in aid of animal charities

SURF'S UP! Surf dog Sully surfs a large wave during the 8th annual Surf City Surf Dog event at Huntington Beach, California on September 25, 2016. Mark RALSTON / AFP

5 Ways growing up in the 90s shaped a generation's mindset

Sep 15, 2016 - 6:04 PM

It was a decade that was truly all that

Baseball, skateboarding among 5 new Olympic sports in for Tokyo 2020

Aug 04, 2016 - 12:14 PM

Surfing karate and climbing will also be included in the Tokyo Olympics

NEW OLYMPIC CHIEF. New International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach  at a press conference closing the 125th IOC session on September 10, 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. AFP / Fabrice Coffrini

Breathtaking Siargao: Awesome things to see and do

May 15, 2016 - 7:37 PM

Go island hopping explore the caves and beaches and more

ONE OF A KIND. A stingless jellyfish at Sohoton Cove National Park. Photo by Jefferson Balon

American surfer attacked by shark in Bali

Apr 27, 2016 - 5:46 PM

He said that he saw a two meter shark just before he felt the pain

SURF PARADISE. Tourists flock to Bali, Indonesia to enjoy the surf. File photo by EPA/OLIVIER MATTHYS

Beautiful Bicol: What you can see, eat, and do

Apr 09, 2016 - 2:09 PM

Find out how you can hike the hills of Quitinday swim with the fish in Matnog feast at Bicol s restaurants and more

Subic Beach. Photo via Dennis Ruiz

Rote Open International Surfing Competition kicks off

Nov 09, 2015 - 11:40 AM

Bali’s Raditya Rondi is being chased by last year’s Asian Surfing Championships champion Dede Suryana from West Java – a competition exciting to watch

SURF'S UP. The Rote Open International Surfing Competition is back. Photo from ASC

Cloud Nine incident: Filipino surfers refute Australian surfer's story

Oct 02, 2015 - 2:25 PM

Local surfers say the incident puts the Philippine surfing scene in a bad light and want to correct the false claims

Second Australian surfer dies in Indonesia in one week

Sep 03, 2015 - 4:48 PM

The death of Adam Albert Dube comes after a 54 year old Australian surfer was killed by heavy surf last week

DANGEROUS WAVES. Another Australian surfer dies during a surf trip to Indonesia's famed Mentawai Islands. Screengrab from YouTube

Beaches closed after Australia shark sightings

Jul 26, 2015 - 12:44 PM

UPDATED Experts say attacks are increasing as water sports become more popular but fatalities remain rare

Shark survivor surfer hails 'warrior' mate who came to rescue

Jul 21, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Mick Fanning a 3 time world champion fought off a shark during competition as his rival and close friend Wilson furiously paddled towards him to help

Mick Fanning being attacked by a shark in the final round of the JBay Open surfing event as part of the World Surf League in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa. The final round was cancelled after Fanning was attacked by a shark. Photo from EPA/WORLD SURF LEAGUE

Surf pro fights off South Africa shark attack on live TV

Jul 19, 2015 - 11:07 PM

UPDATED Surfing world champion Mick Fanning survives the shark attack and loses only his leg rope

SHARK ATTACK. Surfer Mick Fanning is attacked by sharks during the J-Bay Open finals on Sunday, July 19. AFP PHOTO/ VANDERLEI ALMEIDA

Nescafé still PH's most chosen brand

Jun 27, 2015 - 11:30 AM

Check here the list of 10 fastest moving consumer goods brands in the Philippines

FAST MOVING. Ready-to-eat and -drink Great Taste, Nescafe and Lucky Me are among the top 10 brands Filipino consumers patronized last year. Cup of coffee and noodles photos from Shutterstock

How destination music festivals ride the summer wave

May 17, 2015 - 5:57 PM

Adventure travel companies are combining the allure of the beach and live music to create unique experiences

Piso Alcantara almost back to top form, wins Vans Cloud Masters

May 01, 2015 - 7:58 PM

Edito Piso Alcantara bests local and international opponents despite not being in 100 percent form

Filipino surfers show talent at Vans surfing competition

Feb 22, 2015 - 8:52 PM

Filipino surfers wowed the crowd and the international judges present in the Vans Coast Thru Life Single and Unattached Classic Single Fin Longboard Invitational in La Union

The meter high waves provided ideal surfing conditions at San Juan beach

Day two highlights: Invitational Classic Single Fin Longboard Contest presented by Vans

Feb 21, 2015 - 2:36 AM

Press release: The swell had not diminished overnight as anticipated so the competitors had the best conditions of the event in which to prove their mastery of traditional longboard surfing

Luke Landrigan catches a wave during day two in La Union. Photo by ASC Media/Hain

Vans presents 3rd Annual Invitational Classic Single Fin Longboard Contest

Feb 09, 2015 - 6:26 PM

Press release: Vans Philippines together with Coast Thru Life will host the 3rd Annual Single Unattached Invitational Classic Single Fin Longboard Contest and Off The Wall Beach Concert on February 20 21 at San Juan Beach La Union

14 stunning photos of Siargao, a surfer's paradise

Jan 08, 2015 - 8:42 PM

It s time to visit some of the country s beautiful destinations Will you be booking a trip to Siargao soon?

Festival alert: La Union Soul Surf

Oct 21, 2014 - 12:20 PM

Music art and surfing collide in this beach party festival that is sure to rock your body and your soul

Quarterfinalists decided on Day 2 of Siargao Int'l Surfing Cup

Sep 27, 2014 - 8:00 PM

UPDATED The 2014 Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing Cup will run from September 24 to 28 2014

SURF'S UP. Local shredder John Talong spent most of the heat above the lip. Will Hayden-Smith/Association of Surfing Professionals.

The wRap Indonesia: Sept. 8, 2014

Sep 08, 2014 - 9:53 AM

US call for justice for Munir Jakarta administration s record setting reshuffle of civil servants another social media user in trouble for offensive posts and more

NO JUSTICE. Activists and supporters call for justice for murdered human rights activist Munir Said Thalib in this 2008 file photo. An outspoken critic of Indonesia's military, Munir died of arsenic poisoning while on board a Garuda flight to Amsterdam in 2004. Human rights groups have long accused Indonesia's State Intelligence Agency (BIN) in the killing, which it has denied. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Civil War-torn Liberia on the crest of a wave as surfing takes off

May 24, 2014 - 2:28 PM

Locals in Robertsport Liberia hope the surge in surfing can help alleviate the economic and social problems of a war ravaged community

File photo of big wave surfing in South Africa. Photo by Nic Bothma/EPA

Lessons in surfing, travel and humility in Bali

May 20, 2014 - 10:00 AM

Lois Yasay of We are Sole Sisters talks about the surfing culture at Bali and recalls the perfect surfing day – complete with the appearance of a friendly sea turtle

Two Filipinos, Indonesian take top honors at surfing competition

Feb 25, 2014 - 7:43 PM

Filipinos Daisy Valdez and Jhenard Fernandez won the women s and juniors championship while Indonesian Arip Nurhidayat won the men s division at the Rider Sandals Beach Break International Surfing competition

SURFS UP. Australian champion Georgia Young competes at the international competition last week. Photo courtesy of Viva

In photos: RHCP's Anthony Kiedis surfing in Siargao post-7107

Feb 25, 2014 - 4:25 PM

They came to play great music but singer Anthony Kiedis also discovered the waves in Siargao