Siargao Surfing Cup
World Surf League QS1500
Cloud 9, Siargao, Philippines
Late September 2016
John Mark-Tokong will be back this year to defend his title
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 August, 2016 - Late September will see a mass of the world’s best surfers head to the Philippines Island of Siargao and its perfect right-hander of Cloud 9 for the 22nd annual Siargao Surfing Cup QS 1,500.
In its second year as a Qualifying Series (QS) 1,500 event the World Surf League will once again team up with the Asian Surfing Championship (ASC) to co-sanction the event. This will no doubt help to attract some of the regions top surfers hunting for qualifying points.
One of these surfers is last year’s event winner and local legend John Mark-Tokong. Tokong, who has been surfing in a number of events throughout Asia this year has made Cloud 9 his focus and is keen to go back to back in 2016.
“I’m super stoked to compete again in this year’s competition,” Toking said. “I've trained hard at Cloud 9 but also in Indonesia in the past few months. I really hope the waves will be good and that I can win again."
Chris Zaffis © WSL
Placing third at Cloud 9 as a 16 year old, Chris Zaffis can’t wait to get back to the Philippines, a place where he competed in his first ever QS event.
“I have been to Cloud 9 a few times now,” Zaffis said. “It’s been one of my favourite spots in the world and I’ve been going back every few years. It is such a sick little slab with some cool locals, I can’t wait to get back for sure.”
Having locked in a win at the Mentawai Pro earlier this year at a similar set-up and having a solid result at Cloud 9 in 2014, Zaffis is coming into the event with a solid amount of confidence as he hopes Cloud 9 serves up some hollow pits in which he is so comfortable.
“I did the QS event there when I was 16, a couple years ago, and got 3rd. It was my first QS and I was just having a good time getting barrelled, Just like I was at the Mentawai Pro. I just really hope we score a good swell and have a sick time getting barrelled with the boys again.”
The 2016 Siargao Surfing Cup at Cloud 9 will get underway with an official opening ceremony and press conference on the 23rd of September. Competition will commence the following day, running from September 24 – 29.