World Surf fans revel in LU wave

The Asia Region 2023 season of the World Surf League (WSL)-Asia Pacific (APAC), a renowned competition for the best surfers that is currently kicking off on the coast of Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union, has been drawing thousands of local and foreign tourists in the province and Region 1 since it started in 20 January 2023.

In an interview, lawmaker Ronald Singson said the event is a great opportunity for the province of La Union to go head to head with Siargao, which was known to be the surfing capital of the country.

“With WSL first happening here in the North, makakatulong talaga ito sa turismo. This will transcend to the whole Ilocos Region because foreign tourists usually stay for more than a month. They can go as far as Vigan, even Cagayan,” he said.

Also, he said micro, small and medium enterprises or MSMEs, the hotel and restaurant industry, are the true winners for the influx of local and foreign tourists.

“Malaking pagkakataon ito para kumita ang mga hotels, restaurants, at yung mga simpleng nagtitinda ng taho at mga souvenirs. I thank the Department of Tourism, headed by Secretary Christina Frasco for bringing the WSL here in the North,” Singson said.

The international surfing event will feature men’s and women’s Qualifying Series 3,000 and the Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) 1,000.

As of this posting, the Philippines Jay Esquivel of La Union is competing for men’s shortboard category finals against Onay Anwar of Indonesia.

At least 50 other surfers from Siargao, La Union, Aurora, Sorsogon, ASEAN and APAC nations joined the WSL.


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