MANILA, Philippines – The surfer with a heart of gold wins the gold medal.
Two days after his heroic act in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games surfing competition, Philippine surfer Roger Casogay bagged the gold medal in the longboard open event against fellow Filipino Rogelio Esquivel on Sunday, December 8 at Monaliza Point in San Juan, La Union.
Casogay topped the podium with a final score of 14.50, narrowly beating Esquivel's 14.20 mark.
But before his golden romp, the 25-year-old Casogay defeated a familiar friend and foe, Indonesia’s Arip Nurhidayat, in the semifinal heat.
On Friday, December 6, Casogay went viral on social media when he rescued Arip from getting swept away as his Indonesian rival got "pounded by triple overhead bomb waves" after his surfboard leash broke in the middle of the competition. (READ: 'Heart of gold': Pinoy SEA Games surfer lauded for saving competitor from drowning)
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