SIARGAO SURFERS: the lokalsoul interviews (pt 1)

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SIARGAO SURFERS: the lokalsoul interviews (pt 1)

Siargao is famous worldwide for the magnificent tubes of Cloud 9. It is actually recognized to be one of the best spots in the surfing world. To us here in the Philippines, we already know this. We all know that Siargao is the mecca of Philippine surfing. But since we can’t visit Siargao as much as we want to due to many reasons, there are many things that still remain unfamiliar. Primarily, we know not much of the Siargao locals. Yes, one can safely assume that they belong to the best of Filipino surfers. But, who are they? What are they like? Being at the center of it all, how is it like surfing and competing at the world famous Cloud 9? More than just the break and the barrels, Siargao locals are undeniably integral to the overall charm of the island.

Luckily for us, Lokalsoul Siargao correspondent Kitya Ferrer is just neighbors with the best local surfers and was able to connect an interview from Manila to Siargao. Featured are some of the best surfers in the country answering some silly and not so silly questions. In no particular order, here are the Lokalsoul Siargao interviews that gives us a glimpse into the world of the best riders in Philippine surfing.

THE SIARGAO SURFERS


Name: Edito “Piso” Alcala
Born: December 28, 1987
Hometown: General Luna, Siargao Island
Favorite Spot: Cloud 9
Weapon of Choice: JS, 5’9-5’10- 5’8
Stance: Right
Favorite Move/Trick: Aerial, Re-entry
Favorite Movie: funny movies and surf movies
Favorite Actor/Actress: Jericho and Maja
Favorite Music: When You Look Me in the Eyes
Favorite Videoke Song: I Don’t Love You?
Favorite Food: tortang talong
Least Favorite Food– inihaw, aplitada
Favorite Booze: San Mig Light

Questions:

* Hello Piso! Medyo magkalayo tayo ngayun, from Mandaluyong to Siargao, pero kunwari magkainuman lang tayo sa ilalim ng isang mango tree. Una sa lahat salamat sa pag-unlak sa aming interview – OK rah!

* Teka anong salitang “cool, astig or pare” sa Siargao – marajaw, metal, loy.

* Orayt. Dahil napaka hirap ng dinaanan namin para ma-interview ka, nais kong tanunging ang isang bagay na gustong gustong malaman ng buong sambayanan… Bakit “Piso” ang tawag sayo? Kasi nung bata pa ako lagi akong tinatawag na “Piso” dahil sobra kong liit noon.

* Nabanggit mo ang iyong kabataan. Bago ba dumating ang surfing sa buhay mo, ano pangarap mo nung bata ka? Wala dahil hinihintay ko kung anong darating sakin.

* Kelan ka unang humawak ng board at lumusong sa alon? 10 years old pero hndi pa ako serious nun. Nung nag ka edad lang ako nang 15 na ako nag seryoso.

* Dun ba ay naramdaman mo na, na magiging surfer ka? Oo.

* Paano ka mag practice at gaano kadalas ang paglalaro mo? 5 times a week.

* Piso… umibig kana ba? Dalhin mo kami dyan sa yugto ng buhay mo na usapang puso-puso. SECRET hahaha.

* Ano masasabi mo sa hiwalayang Kris Aquino at James Yap? No comment, bat kasama yan sa interview… hahahha!

Ok Seryoso na.

* Siargao National Cup, Cloud 9 Masters, Billabong Cloud 9 Internationals, anong klaseng paghahanda mo para sa mga matitinding competition na ganito? PRACTICE.

* Ano ang pakiramdam sa mismong pagdating ng competition day? Medyo kinakabahan.

* Kapag heat mo na, anong nasa isip mo habang nasa tubig? Wala lang. Iniisip ko lang na free surf lang ako.

* Ano kakaibang talento ni Piso sa laro ng surfing? – Aerial 360 and floater 360.

* Pero kung hindi ka surfer ngayon, ano siguro ang ginagawa ni mo? Ararero.

* Ano ang surfing para sayo? The best sport na nilaro ko.

* Malapit na ang competitions ulit, ano ang battle plan mo at ano ang i-eexpect ng mga manonood at fans mo sayo? Best of luck na lang sa akin at sa kanila.

Maraming salamat Piso. Ikaw ay isa mga hinahangan ng ating bayan. Sa Septyembre ay magkikita tayo, sana tuloy tuloy lang ang mga panalo mo!

***

Name: Marianita “Manette/Net” Alcala
Born: April 15,1984
Hometown: Brgy.3 General Luna, Siargao Island, Surigao Del Norte
Favorite Spot: Cloud9 and Rock Island
Weapon of choice: “Secret Spot” surfboard, 5’7x18x2
Stance: Right
Favorite Move/Trick: Re-entry
Favorite Movie: Twilight
Favorite Actor/Actress: none
Favorite Music: Meet Me Half Way by The Black Eyed Peas
Favorite Videoke Song: Dangerous by Roxette
Favorite Food: chicken buritto
Least Favorite Food: no fats
Favorite Alcohol: Tanduay Rhum and Red Horse

Questions:

*Magandang araw sayo Net, maraming salamat sa pag-unlak sa aming interview. Isang malaking karangalan ang ma-interview ang magagaling na kababaihan sa mundo ng Philippine surfing. Pero matanong ko, bago ang surfing, ano ang hilig mo nung bata ka? Volleyball yong sport ko simula bata pa ako. Nag susurf ako nong 16 yrs old nako bago mag graduate sa high school.

*Kelan ka unang humawak ng board at lumusong sa alon? When I was 16 yrs old together w/ friends.

*Dun ba ay naramdaman mo na, na magiging surfer ka? Hindi pa, after I graduated high school na siguro.

*Paano ka naglalaan ng panahon at gaano ka madalas mag surf? Madalas after work and maybe when I have vacant time as well. But sometimes I do get up early in the morning to surf in an early session.

*Net, intesting ang iyong mga kasagutan. Ito pa ang isang malalim na tanong. Ano masasabi mo sa hiwalayang Kris Aquino at James Yap? Haha wala akong masasabi kasi hindi ko alam ang kanilang relationship sa buhay mag asawa.

Ok Seryoso na.

*Ano ang nararamdaman mo kapag meron malalaking competition sa isla? Excited kasi I can watch heaps of pros around the globe.

*Pag kasali ka sa mga tournament, kinakabahan ka ba? Yes, I get nervous.

*Anong ang nasa isip mo habang nasa tubig? Wala concentrate lang ako pag nasa tubig. Very competitive ako pag laro ko na lalo na kung may kasama ako na masmagaling pa sa akin.

*Ikaw ngayon marahil ang tinuturing na isa sa mga pinakamagaling na babaeng surfers sa Pilipinas. Ano ang masasabi mo don? Maraming maraming salamat pero sa akin lahat yata ng mga surfers ay magagaling swerte swerte lang yata sa alon.

*Ano ang surfing para kay Manette? Life na siguro kasi pag hindi ako nakagpagsurf feel ko hindi completo ang araw ko lalong lalo na kung perfect ang alon.

*Malapit na ang competitions ulit, ano ang battle plan mo at ano ang i-eexpect ng mga manonood at fans mo sayo? Practice hard and same as usual calm lang ako pagka surf comp.

Maraming salamat Manette. Bukod sa magaling at matalino ka na, you are also sexy. Marajaw! Goodluck sa mga future competitions!

***

Name: Ronald “ Rasta” Sumalinog
Born: March 03, 1981
Hometown: Siargao Island
Favorite Spot: Cloud 9
Weapon of choice: 6’0” fishtail
Stance: Goofy
Favorite Move/Trick: taking off
Favorite Movie: Young Guns 2
Favorite Actor/Actress: Adam Sandler
Favorite Music: 311, Incubus
Favorite Videoke Song: Drive
Favorite Food: Sinuglaw
Least Favorite Food: sobrang maalat
Favorite Alcohol: wala dahil hindi ako umiinom

Questions:

*Aloha kapatid, bakit Rasta nga pala ang tawag sayo? Cguro by the way I look.

*Kelan ka unang humawak ng board at lumusong sa alon? Mga 14 years na.

*Dun ba ay naramdaman mo na, na magiging surfer ka? Sa una hindi kasi mahigpit magulang ko at nag fofocus sa skul.

*Paano ka mag practice at gaano kadalas ang paglalaro mo? 3 times a week or depende sa alon or minsan twice a day.

*Ano pinaka masayang nangyari sa buhay mo sa isla? Surfing lang.

*Bukod dito Rasta, meron ka pa bang gustong mahangad? Simple lang. Magkaroon nang sariling negosyo

*Pero kung hindi ka surfer ngayon, ano siguro ang ginagawa ni rasta? Nag p-painting.

*Rasta… umibig kana ba? Dalhin mo kami dyan sa yugto ng buhay mo na usapang puso-puso. Siguro (sabay ngisi). Pero sa surfing talaga ako na inlove…

Ok Seryoso na.

*Anong klaseng paghahanda mo para sa mga matitinding competition na magaganap sa isla? Palagi lang ang practice.

*Ano ba pakiramdam sa mismong pagdating ng competition day? Medyo excited at kinakabahan.

*Kapag heat mo na, anong nasa isip mo habang nasa tubig? Konting tiis lang…

*Ikaw ngayon marahil ang tinuturing na isa sa mga or kundi ang pinakamagaling sa… Barrel.

*Malapit na ang competitions ulit, ano ang battle plan mo at ano ang i-eexpect ng mga manonood at fans mo sayo? Pagbutihan ko lang.

*Ano ang surfing para sayo? Ang surfing ay lifestyle.

*Eto ba ang gusto mong gawing habang buhay? Kung ako lang tanungin – oo, pero depende lang sa panahon.

Maraming salamat sa pag-unlak sa aming interview. Astig ka kapatid. Mabuhay ang mga Rasta!

***

More interviews on the way! To be continued…

18 Comments

  1. lokalsoul says:

    thanks Charmaine. there are more to come!

  2. Jade says:

    Awesome article! Long time coming… can you put up an English translation version of the interviews though please? I’m really interested! Thank you!

  3. yani says:

    Good job kitya! Pagbutihin pa and goodluck sa mga surfers!

  4. Kolja says:

    awesome. very nice. thank you! best wishes from Berlin Germany and Ribeira Portugal, Kolja

  5. karaga republik souvenirs says:

    Very Good Nice!!! Siargao Surfers Rocks!!!

  6. manel says:

    nice guys, nice Locals, really good surfers!!this is Manel from Spain missing siargao, hopefully back soon, B.Regards to all the crew from Australia in speacial to Ronald, we share funny nights at Ronaldo’s restaurant!

  7. lokalsoul says:

    @Jade thank you for liking it. yes, i also believe it is a long time coming for these guys. about the english translation let me get back to you on that one. or you can use google translate?

    @Yani without Kitya this interview wouldn’t be possible

    @Kolja greetings from the Philippines! thanks for reading our blog. please spread the stoke!

    @karaga yes, siargao surfers rock!

    @Manel ola! im sure Siargao misses you too!

  8. natnat says:

    bai kita kita ra nya ta dha ha. hehehe

  9. yenlore says:

    go go go Siargao Surfers!

  10. jackielou says:

    good on u guys..im very proud to all of them..magaling talaga ang mga pinoy..kahit surfer ang asawa kung puti…mas magaling ang pinoy…..

  11. lokalsoul says:

    haha. taga siargao po kayo?

  12. […] Thanks to our friends at Cloud Nine Surf for the pictures. It’s not everyday we get to see surfers enjoying themselves in the city. Usually they are always out in the water all day. And it’s great to see Nildie, Manette, Piso, Carlito and John Mark having fun, our last Q&A with them was such an awesome things. Read the 3-part Siargao LokalSoul interviews here. […]

  13. […] Siargao’s Rasta! […]

  14. Elaine Abonal says:

    It’s really good that you’re featuring Siargao surfers! We’ve got our international heros but we’ve also got our local ones. Yay! xoxo

  15. cece says:

    paita suya na jud kaayo ko! puede magpatudlo dinha ug surfing wa man ko board? asa puede magrent?

  16. Ola says:

    Ha, I love your blog and photo of my dear friend Rasta just cracked me up:)
    Keep the good work up!

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