Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Birth of the Philippine Professional Surfing League

The Philippine Surfing Championship Tour (PSCT), the country's premier professional surfing tournament recently announced the birth of the Professional Surfing League which will commence on the third week of September this year.

Surfing has been long existed in the Philippines way back when it was first discovered in Baler, and surfed by the production crew of the 1979 Film Classic "Apocalypse Now", marking the beginning of the board-sport in the country. It was then followed by discoveries of other potential spots like that of La Union, Zambales, Pagudpud, Samar, Lanuza, and Siargao (considered as the Country's Surfing Capital, and was given a distinction of the #9 Best Surf Sports in the World by the CNN).



The best Filipino Surfers are set to represent themselves through this tournament bringing the different regions, municipalities, cities, or teams to the surfing league. The PSCT will be held in four (4) of the country's certified surfing destinations:

First Leg: Siargao Island                     Schedule: 3rd Week of September
Second Leg: Lanuza, Surigao del Sur   Schedule: Nov. 03-11, 2017
Third Leg: Baler, Aurora                      Schedule: Nov. 29-Dec. 03, 2017
Fourth Leg: La Union                          Schedule: Dec. 06-10, 2017

*Schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

The birth of the PSCT was conceptualized with the idea of uniting the country's local surfers from North to South, bringing them together into a community of Filipino Surfers promoting camaraderie and unity, and providing them a platform to pursue their dream of becoming professional athletes. This will also serves as a training ground in preparation for international leagues.

The people behind these event are the also considered to be the pioneers of the board-sport representing various surf spots in the country.

Luke Landrigan (La Union)
• ISA-Certified International Judge Level 3
• Member, Board of Directors, United Philippine Surfing Association 
• 2008 Asian Beach Games Silver Medalist
• Surf School Owner


Manuel Melindo (Siargao)
• ISA-Certified International Judge Level 2 
• Member, Board of Directors, United Philippine Surfing Association 
• 8 years experience of surf judging all around the Philippines 
• President, Siargao Island Surfers Association

Mike Oida (Ilocos Norte)
• ISA-Certified International Judge Level 3 
• Member, Board of Directors, United Philippine Surfing Association 
• Resort Owner and Restauranteur

Bjorn Dizon Pabon (Bicol Region and Zambales)
• ISA-Certified International Judge Level 2
• Member, Board of Directors, United Philippine Surfing Association 
• Member, Board of Directors, Manila Surfers Association

The Philippine Surfing Championship Tour (PSCT) was patterned to the World Surf League (WSL). It is designed in accordance to International Surfing Association (ISA) standards of competition.  ISA on the other hand is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Body for Surfing and all related activities that sanctions the biggest international surfing events.

The PSCT will be organized and operated by a judging team with the highest level of ISA-certification in the country. PSCT will also adhere to the competition rules and tour format of the World Surf League.

Trivia: World Surf League (WSL)
The professional surf tour was founded in 1976 to celebrate the elite athletes, diverse fans and dedicated partners that together embody professional surfing today. It's headquartered in Los Angeles, California with offices throughout the globe, and dedicated to:
   - Bringing the athleticism, drama, and adventure of pro surfing to fans worldwide.
   - Promoting professional surfers as world-class athletes.
   - Acting as good stewards of the environment both in and out of the water.


The WSL exists to celebrate and grow the history, elite athletes, diverse fans and dedicated partners that together embody professional surfing today.
INTERNATIONAL SURFING ASSOCIATION (ISA) STANDARDS AND WORLD SURF LEAGUE (WSL) FORMAT
The competitions will be run primarily by judges coming from different surf spots in the Philippines and holding the highest level of ISA-certification in the country. 

The tour will also follow WSL format. For every leg, each surfer will get corresponding points depending on their performance. At the end of the tour, the surfer with the highest accumulated points from all four legs will be declared as the PSCT Champion.


AUTOMATED SCORING SYSTEM
First in the Philippines, PCST will be bringing the automated scoring system used in the international leagues. This is a milestone in the history of Philippine Surfing. Usually, surfers know their scores after their heats. This system allows surfers to know their current scores and how much must be earned to qualify for the next round while their heat is ongoing.

PHILIPPINE TOUR
PSCT will be a series of national competitions throughout the year which will be conducted in various spots in the Philippines. This will test the versatility of Filipino surfers in conquering various types of waves.

NATIONAL RANKING
A major highlight of this league is the ranking of Filipino surfers at the national level. Having an official national ranking will definitely push our athletes’ performance and change the game for everyone. The ranking will be based on the accumulated points garnered from every leg of the competition and will follow ISA Ranking standards.

To know more about the PSCT, check out the following information:
Website: www.psctour.com
Instagram: @Official.PSCT
Hashtags: #ItTakesATourToMakeAChampion #PSCTour

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