After a couple of down days due to small surf, competition has resumed at the 25th annual Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing Cup WSL Qualifying Series (QS) 1,500 event. The field has been narrowed to just 8 surfers as the quarterfinalists were decided in clean two-to-three feet surf at Cloud 9 with the competitors utilising the light on-shore breeze to launch huge airs over the shallow reef.
15-year-old Indonesian representative Bronson Meydi fired a warning shot across the bow of his opponents today, posting the second-highest two-wave combination of the event so far. Meydi's scores came from an awesome display of tube-riding, rail surfing, and massive aerials. His diverse approach will be hard to overcome as Bronson treated the Cloud 9 waves similar to the ones at his home of Lakey Peak on the island of Sumbawa.
"I was so stoked to get that one wave," Bronson said. "To get barrelled and come out and do an alley-oop is the perfect wave so I was so happy. When the waves are this size and the wind is like it is today, this wave is so perfect for airs. It's a lot like my local wave in Sumbawa with a barrel at the start then a big air section on the inside so I'm comfortable here -- I can't wait to surf the Quarterfinals."
The iconic Cloud 9 tower was shaking on its foundations when former event winner and local hero John-Mark Tokong hit the water in Heat 3 of Round 3. Tokong found the best waves for the majority of the heat and launched huge airs much to the excitement of the massive crowds who came to cheer him on. In the final minutes of the heat, Aussie Thomas Cervi found two back-to-back medium sets and got to work, smashing huge backhand re-entries to move from third to first. Cervi and Tokong will both progress into the Quarterfinals while reigning event winner Skip McCullough was eliminated.
"That was pretty heavy having the last two winners of the event in my heat," Cervi said. "I'm so stoked to have made it through that one. I came here thinking I would be getting barreled in all of my heats but because of the wind and tides during my heats, I've been getting all of my scores on turns. It doesn't matter how you get there it's just good to get the win. I hope it's pumping for the final day tomorrow."
Another Lakey Peak local who progressed into the Quarterfinals was Oney Anwar who is fresh off a runner-up finish at the recent So Sri Lanka Pro. Anwar will join the likes of Tomas King, Callum Robson, Noah Beschen and Elliot Paerata-Reid in the Quarterfinals at Cloud 9.
Be sure to tune in tomorrow as a typhoon swell is expected to fill in and we crown the 2019 winner of the Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing Cup in pumping surf.
The Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing Cup will run from October 4 - 9 2019