Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Lanuza International Longboard Event: November 18 to 21, 2006

Outstanding field of world rated longboarders heading to Philippines for inaugural Lanuza International Longboard Event.

An incredibly talented and select field of elite longboard surfers are set to trek into the surfing Mecca of The Philippines for the inaugural Lanuza International Longboard Event. The line up is lead by current ASP World Professional Longboarding Champion Josh Constable (Noosa/Australia). Constable won his world title earlier this year in Costa Rica where he found some great waves and he appears even more excited about the coming Philippines event saying " It is great that an international longboard event is being taken to a tropical remote location. I hear the wave is like Noosa Heads in Queensland but with more size and that is like my home break and very suited to my surfing so I am certainly looking forward to surfing the wave and competing in this great event".

The event will run across a four day waiting period between November 18 and November 21st and importantly, this is prime time for surf throughout The Philippines so expectations are high for another magnificent event with perfect waves. Lanuza sits on the southern coast line in the region of Surigao, an amazingly rich area of high calibre surf including the famous break of Cloud Nine. Reports from the Philippine Surf Federation indicate that Lanuza is the equal of the Cloud Nine surf break, but with it\'s own unique qualities of lining up across a perfect and long distance point break!

Experienced international contest director Andrew Stark has done his research on the Philippines and commented on the event and location by saying "The field of surfers we are bringing to this event is absolutely world class. Some of the very best longboarders in the world and the Philippines will be provided a show of longboard surfing like they have never seen before. The wave is so perfect for longboarding and the surfers are all so excited about the event. It will really put Lanuza on the map as a world class surfing destination." Ten internationally world-rated surfers will challenge for the $US10 000 prize pool up for grabs including Harley Ingelby (Coff\'s Harbour/Australia). Ingelby is in awesome form at present following his third place in the ISA World Surfing Games at Huntington Beach earlier this month and the super stylish natural foot surfer is certain to appreciate the perfect peeling waves of Lanuza. Ingelby commented on the event today saying "I have never been to the Philippines but I have heard all good reports of the waves so I am really excited about the event. It is great to have the top longboard surfers in the world in a remote location for such a unique event. It would be such an honour to win the event in its first year as an international event and hopefully it continues for years to come".

The eight other surfers to join Constable and Ingelby in this paradise location are Grant Thomas, Brett White, Ian Bell, Jackson Close, Jai Lee, Michael Bellamy, Jacob Stuth and Dane Pioli. Locally ranked longboarders are also set to paddle against their foreign counterparts, making this international event a truly exciting competition for Filipinos as well.

The combined talent of this field is set to deliver possibly the highest quality surf event ever staged in the Philippines. Considering the number of outstanding and consistent wave locations along with the amazingly beautiful tropical island locations that these waves are set in, the opportunity to deliver an event of global impact at this inaugural event could well set the pathway for a big future in surfing and this event at Lanuza .

Daily Press Releases along with high quality digital images will be dispersed throughout the event. A post event gallery of images will also be available along with an event wrap up press release.

Media Information or Requests should be directed to Steve Robertson via email -

Event Queries should be directed to Andrew Stark via email -

Come the 22nd, the event moves on to a National Shorboarding event where locals from Lanuza, Baler, Siargao, La Union, Samar and Zambales are slated to compete for cash prizes totalling upwards of Php100,000. A special wahine expression session is also on the roster of activities.

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