La Union Surfer Wins Championship Title in Japan

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( When it comes to surfing, the Philippines may not have waves as big as Hawaii and Australia, but we definitely have some of the world's best surfers. Take, for example, Filipino surfer Daisy Nerisa Valdez, who recently won the championship title for the Women’s Longboard Division at the REnextop Asian Surfing Tour in Japan.




"I am happy and blessed to win the second stop of REnextop Asian Surfing Tour here in Japan. I'm so thankful also to the people who helped me. Without their support, I [wouldn't] be here," exclaims the grateful 29-year-old surfer in a short chat with


Valdez hails from Urbiztondo Beach in San Juan, La Union, which is considered the Philippines' Surfing Capital of the North. She started ripping the waves at the age of 10 and it’s all been a series of training sessions and competitions since.


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The first stop of the REnextop Asian Surfing Tour 2017—China's first professional surfing tour—was held in Canggu, Bali, from June 8 to 11. Valdez came in at second place, losing by just over one point to Korea's Jina Kim. She was back with a vengeance at the tour's second stop in Shizunami Beach in Makinohara, Shizuoka-Japan, from September 7 to 9. The next stops are in the Philippines and China.


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