What better way for Manila surf enthusiasts to mark the arrival of the surf season than by coming together for an invasion of friendly surf competition, stoke, good vibes and good times in one of the country’s top-of-mind surf destinations?
With its commitment to promote and develop the sport of surfing among Manila residents, the Manila Surfers Association, in partnership with the Philippines’ pioneer sports action store and brand, Stoked Inc, and the Province of Aurora, will conduct the second installment of the Siege of Baler on November 24 and 25, 2012 – an annual event that provides the setting for Manila surfers to compete with fellow weekend warriors in a fun and exciting atmosphere that will be held in one of the top surf destinations in the country, Baler.
Manila surfers can take their pick from a different range of divisions composing this event: Novice Men’s, Novice Women’s, Open Shortboard Men’s, Open Shortboard Women’s, Open Longboard Men’s and Open Longboard Women’s, all of which will be held at the Sabang beach break. We will also bring you the Invitational Division for both shortboard and longboard categories. Invitational longboard category will also be held at the Sabang beach break on November 24 (Saturday) while the invitational shortboard category will be held at Cemento Reef on November 25 (Sunday). To stir it up a bit, we will be introducing Wildcard entries to let other surfers have their take on Cemento.
Proceeds from the competition shall be used to purchase books and other school paraphernalia to be donated to the Ruperto Zubia Sr. Elementary School in Sabang, Baler, where most of the Baler local surfers attended their elementary education. A Kick-Off Party will be held on November 21, Wednesday, at Good Earth Roast at the Fort Strip, 8PM, for donation drive to amass used books, educational materials and school supplies in support of this SURFSWELA project.
The first installment, “Siege of Baler: Isa Para Kay Pake,” drew over 60 participants including famed Manila surfers such as Buji Libarnes, Nikki Dela Paz, Lorraine Lapus, Lui Tortuya and Paolo Soler. This year, expect to be witness to a bigger and more exciting surf action as we welcome new breeds and more big-names from the Manila surf scene.
For more information on Manila Surfers Association and Siege of Baler:
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MSA Twitter account: http://twitter.com/manilasurfers
(From the organizers' press release)