TACLOBAN CITY– This year’s surf competition in Borongan City will be offering bigger prize money to the winners.

In all, the winners of the national surf competition, slated on November 26 to December 3, will reach to P1.1 million, city information officer Rupert Ambil, who is also spearheading the annual event.

“I am grateful to our local government’s leadership for their unwavering and united support for this sports movement. We hope that this will become a template for other sports as well as a great foundation to our vision to professionalize surfing and produce the next Filipino surfing athlete who will bag medals in the Olympics,” he said.

The top prize for both longboard and shortboard category is set at P80,000 for the 1st placer, P50,000 for the 2nd placer, while two 3rd placers will receive P25,000 each.

Also, four 5th placers and eight 9th placers will receive P10,000 and P5,000, respectively.
In the groms division, a surfing category for aged 18 and below, winners will receive P20,000 for the 1st placer, P15,000 for the 2nd placer, and P8,000 for the two 3rd placers.

According to Ambil, the surfing competition aims to close the gap between the prize money received in the men’s and women’s divisions by giving the same amount to winners from both categories.

City Mayor Jose Ivan Dayan Agda, meantime, said that he is excited that Borongan will once again play as a national host for the surf competition.

“We are excited to welcome back our surfers from around the Philippines. We look forward to sharing with them our beautiful and clean surfing playground, along with the usual Boronganon hospitality and top-notch events organization,” he said.(RONALD O.REYES)