Experience the Surfing Capital of the Philippines
The recently concluded Miss Universe 2016 beauty pageant was held in the Philippines, in Asia. The 82 candidates had a chance to explore the scenic country with a travel itinerary that allowed them to experience the Surfing Capital of the Philippines – Siargao.
Only twelve candidates were given the chance to experience a surfing adventure in Siargao. They arrived at the Siargao Airport, located in Brgy. Sayak, Del Carmen, in Surigao del Norte.
Specifically, these candidates were Miss Philippines Maxine Medina, Miss Australia Caris Tiivel, Miss China Li Zhenying, Miss Indonesia Kezia Roslin Cikita Warouw, Miss Japan Sari Nakazawa, Miss Korea Jenny Kim, Miss Malaysia Kiran Jassal, Miss Myanmar Htet Htet Htun, Miss New Zealand Tania Dawson, Miss Thailand Chalita Suansane, Miss USA Deshauna Barber, and Miss Vietnam Ngo Tra My.
The island of Siargao is shaped like a teardrop. The island is composed of nine municipalities, particularly Burgos, Dapa, Del Carmen, General Luna, San Benito, Pilar, San Isidro, Santa Monica, and Socorro.
Cloud 9 is one of the popular surfing destinations in Siargao. These Cloud 9 waves have a reputation for having thick, hollow tubes. The site is also the official venue of the Siargao Cup, which is an annual domestic and international surfing competition sponsored by Surigao del Norte’s provincial government.
The wave was discovered in the late 1980s by visiting surfers and was named after a local chocolate bar. It was featured by American photographer John S. Callahan in a U.S.-based Surfer magazine in March 1993.
There are several other spots with quality waves on Siargao and nearby islands, but Cloud 9 has received more publicity. One possible reason is because it is a relatively affordable destination for surfers, with many budget-friendly options for accommodations and food places. Also, it is the only wave easily accessible without a boat so it’s a great option for beginners.
As the Miss Universe 2016 candidates experienced the excitement of Siargao firsthand, we bet you’re also looking forward to experience the Surfing Capital of the Philippines.