Proudly Pinoy – Surfing to victory
Siargao Island, Philipines –
Filipino surfer Edito ‘Peso’ Alcala ruled the recently concluded Billabong Cloud 9 Invitational and crowned himself the new king of Cloud 9.
The prestigious event gathered the world’s best wave riders in the seven-day competition. Participants came all the way from the USA, Hawaii, Indonesia, Australia, among others.
To reach the finals, Alcala eliminated Indonesia’s Lee Wilson while Australian Wade Goodall, the defending champion, defeated Hawaii’s Granger Larsen in separate semifinal events. The final heat was a closely fought one where Alcala posted a comeback in the final minutes to take the victory and the US$7,500 grand prize.
A sample video of the event is available here.