(SPOT.ph) We are nearly halfway through the 30th Southeast Asian Games, and the surfing event in San Juan, La Union (a.k.a. the surfing capital of the north), is in full swing. As with any sport though, surfing comes with its own thrills and a whole lot of dangers—and one such potentially not-so-good moment could have happened during the games at Monaliza Point today, December 6, had a Pinoy surfer not swooped in to show some good sportsmanship.
According to a post by the United Philippine Surfing Association, Indonesian longboard master Mencos Cosomen was paddling out for the semifinals competition when the leash attaching him to his board snapped. Pinoy surfer Roger Casugay was nearest and readily went to his aid before he could be swept further away by the current. The pair tandem-surfed their way back to safety—and away from Monaliza Point's 10-foot waves.
The competition was put on hold, according to the post. Typhoon Kammuri, which made landfall in Bicol Region on December 2, postponed the surfing meet and several other events of the Southeast Asian (SEA Games) Games. Surfing events officially resumed yesterday, December 5, but who knows how this recent incident could affect the schedule.
This show of sportsmanship comes after a Pinoy footballer came under fire when footage of him rather, uhm, aggressively greeting his Malaysian opponents surfaced online. With a few more days left for the regional meet, we've got our fingers crossed this move inspires only more good vibes at the games!