The Siargao International Women's Surfing Cup has cruised through Round 2 and the Quarterfinals on Day 2 of Action. The second round brought with it the event's top seeds who were treated to fun 2-to-3 foot waves at the beautiful right-hander of Cloud 9 in the Philippines.
Local ripper Nilbie Blancada was the standout performer of day 2, lifting her level to overcome the top seeds. Blancada used her intimate knowledge of Cloud 9 to win both her heats today to advance to the Semifinals where she will face event No. 1 seed Philippa Anderson.
Blancada's Quarterfinal performance was particularly impressive as she posted the a 14.75 heat total (out of a possible 20), the highest of the entire round, including an excellent 8.00 point single ride (out of a possible 10), the highest of the event so far.
"I can't believe it - I've had such a fantastic day," Blancada said. "The standard is really high, all the international surfers are so good and I'm really enjoying just competing against them in front of all my friends and family - Tomorrow's finals should be amazing."
Philippa Anderson also found some high scoring rides to win through Round 2 and the Quarterfinals. The events top seeds looming battle with Blancada in Semifinal 1 is much anticipated. After narrowly missing out on qualifying for the elite Championship Tour this year, Anderson goes into the match-up a clear favourite but is weary of Blancada's local knowledge.
"The winds are onshore which is unusual for this break and I find you need to be selective to get the good scores," Anderson said. "I'm happy to be in the Semifinals, Nilbie has been surfing so well and knows the waves here so it should be a great heat. Hopefully the winds will be a little cleaner."
Organisers are optimistic that a predicted slight swell increase and lighter winds will provide the best conditions of the event for the Semifinals and Final.