Aloha Boardsports Teamriders Win Big in China and Indonesia

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After the very controversial Pacquiao fight decision, Filipino sports fan seem to be walking with a dark cloud over their heads. But, don’t worry, here comes the sun (doo doo doo doo) as Aloha Boardsports teamriders represented the Philippines and took home wins in two recent international boardsport events recently held in China and Indonesia.

Catch a Wave: Nilbie Blancada and Luke Landrigan Take Indonesia

An 8-foot wave comes out from the ocean, a normal person runs for his life. A surfer, on the other hand, sees the same wave – runs to get his surfboard.

And among those who will go running for their boards are Fil-Australian Luke Landrigan and Nilbie Blanca, teamriders for the Aloha Boardsports team. The two represented the Philippines at the 6-star dual-sanctioned Quiksilver Open West Java 2012 surfing competition held in Cimaja, Indonesia.

Nilbie Blancada from Siargao beat out representatives from Indonesia, Taiwan, and Australia to earn the top spot in the Women’s Division, and also snagged the highest single wave score (an 8 out of a possible 10) during the semifinals, leading to her having the highest combined heat score of 14.75 out of 20. (Photo courtesy of Tim Hain – ISC/ASC)

With Nilbie, coming fresh off a win at the Roxy Siargao International Women’s Surfing Cup, the Siargao native had no intentions of breaking her winning streak. She beat out representatives from Indonesia, Taiwan, and Australia to earn the top spot in the Women’s Division. She also snagged the highest single wave score (an 8 out of a possible 10) during the semifinals, leading to her having the highest combined heat score of 14.75 out of 20.

This competition also marks the Pinay surfer’s debut in the international surfing circuit. “I’m so proud that I’m representing the country in this competition,” says an excited Nilbie, “But I’m even prouder that I get to represent Pinay surfers. I hope this encourages more girls to take up surfing.”

“Competing outside the country is always good because you see where the level of surfing is, because they follow the ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) system,” says Luke Landrigan, Aloha Boardsports teamrider who placed second in the Longboard Division of the Quiksilver Open West Java 2012 surfing competition held in Cimaja, Indonesia. (Photo courtesy of Tim Hain – ISC/ASC)

In the meantime, Luke took second place in the Longboard Division. “Competing outside the country is always good because you see where the level of surfing is, because they follow the ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) system,” says Luke. “We have some of the best longboarders here and joining competitions like this should open doors to competitive surfers in the country. We have to be up competing with the best of Asia, then maybe the world.”

Jeff Gonzales and Rasheed Al-Rasheed Grind Their Way to Victory in China

You grind. You flip. You fall. You get up. You roll.

We might as well have been talking about life, but it’s simply describing the sport of skateboarding. Although for Rasheed Al-Rasheed and Jeff Gonzales, who live their lives on a skateboard,there might have been no real difference.

After taking home the first and second spot in the recently concluded Converse Asia Crown competition, the Aloha Boardsports teamriders participated at the City Carnage Regional Finals in Shanghai, China, where they skated it out with other regional winners from China, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Hong Kong.

It was Philippine leg winner’s Rasheed Al Rasheed’s first time representing the country in an international competition. And although he was eliminated in the earlier rounds, he says he was still thankful for the experience. “It was fun competing against such talented skaters from all over the world,” says Rasheed, “I learned a lot of new things.”

Jeff Gonzales’ nollie inward heel 270 out on the bank to the ledge, not only won him the Best Trick, it also won him second place in the main competition of the City Carnage Regional Finals in Shanghai, China. (Photo courtesy of Anthony Claravall)

Meanwhile, Jeff Gonzales pushed on for the Philippines. His nollie inward heel 270 out on the bank to the ledge, not only won him the Best Trick, it also won him second place in the main competition. The Billabong Asia team member coolly rolled away with $5,000 USD. But still he maintains that skaters should just go out there and do it. “Just keep doing what you’re doing and don’t worry about getting sponsored. Just have fun with it.”

“The Philippines have so many skilled surfers and talented skateboarders per square inch than anywhere else,” says Freddy Gonzalez, President of Freesurf, Inc., the company that exclusively distributes core action sports brands through concept stores like Aloha Boardsports. “We’re just so proud that we have the best like Nilbie, Luke, Jeff, and Rasheed in our team.”

Aloha Boardsports Inc.,–a concept store under Freesurf Inc., (the exclusive Philippine distributor for the world’s leading surf and skate brands)– is the top retail destination for brands that carry the true spirit of the surf and skate culture. For more information and product inquiries, please visit www.alohaboardsports.com.

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  1. amber says:

    I like him so much..

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