There’s only one sandboarding competition in the Philippines and it happened again for the second time at the Laoag “La Paz” Sand Dunes. And as the young President of the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC), Mikee Fariñas, has mentioned in her inspirational talk, it has become the sandboarding capital of Southeast Asia.
Though this year’s competition was not as epic in terms of preparations and size, just the same the spirit rose above the sea of sand.
We still get the goosebumps. Five years ago, who would have thought the humble DIY sandboard made of plywood could launch a new culture of extreme sand shredding in these parts?
Judging the intimidating, almost-head-splitting Free Style Category were Ilocos’s premier tattoo artist Janer Santos (chairman), eco-adventure enthusiast from Adams Paul Acupan and pro skater Kriss Castro. The best time was central in the Time Trial Category. A total of eleven city boys and three La Paz homeboys braved the burning sun, the launcher (like how Fairon and Klein want to call it), the ramp and a wipeout. The top five placers in both categories were awarded a trophy and cash prize each.
The get-together was made possible by the City Government of Laoag, through the leadership of Mayor Chevylle Fariñas, and the Laoag Eco-Adventure Development Movement (LEAD), with the unequivocal support of the Barangay Talingan leaders and the Laoag Solid 8 Corp.
Let the spirit of fiesta and bayanihan live on!
Two-time champion in the Free Style Category, Ema Manuel
Congratulations to the winners of the 2nd Laoag La Paz Sand Boarding Competition!
Free Style Category
1st -Ema Manuel
2nd -Adriano Aceret
3rd -Eugene Tan
4th -Carlo Domingo
5th -Maco Custodio
*On behalf of the LEAD Movement, thanking the participants, judges, Laoag Solid 8 Corp., Marc Nicolas (the race director), Clyde (the emcee), Toto, Sean, Rommel, Allan, Jao, Darwin, Nick, Jake, Brgy. Talinngaan, ABC President Mikee Fariñas, the Laoag City paramedics, the City Government of Laoag and everyone who in one way or another helped make the event meaningful.
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