Sand, surf and Baler

Vic Roxas
Rappler surfed the waves with some of today's best and seasoned surfers in Baler

SHINY, HAPPY PEOPLE. Surfers not only dance with the sea; they share positive vibe with others, too.

MANILA, Philippines – Last November 24-25, the Manila Surfers Association (MSA) in partnership with Stoked Inc. held the “Siege of Baler 2: Pangalawa Na ‘To Pake” surf competition at the Aliya Surf Camp in Sabang, Baler, Aurora.

Over 60 participants flocked to the beach to compete against each other in this exclusive 8-division, Manila-only event.

On Saturday night, 4 winners were announced for the Men’s Longboard Open, Men’s Shortboard Open, Wahine (women’s) Longboard Open and Wahine Shortboard Open.

Mark Go, Leo Maralit, Tamara Benitez and Tereze Lumdang took the gold in their respective divisions.

The winners of the Men’s Longboard, Men’s Shortboard, Wahine Longboard and Wahine Shortboard invitationals will be announced on December 5 at the Siege of Baler 2 after-party at The Balcony Gastropub.

Giving back

On Sunday afternoon, MSA — led by their president Tonet Jose with MSA member and Stoked managing director JV Borromeo — donated books, magazines and other school supplies to the nearby Ruperto Zubia Sr Elementary School.

“In every place we hold an event, MSA will always also hold community service,” Jose said.

Borromeo added, “That way ,the connection is there between the surfers and the children. After all, they are the next wave, so to speak.”

“We’ve got to make sure that they’re aware that surfing is really positive, and can be positive for them in more ways than one.” –

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