Day 4 of Siargao Surfing Cup greeted surfers in surprising 5-6 foot conditions despite having a mediocre forecast for the day. Huge heats went underway all through the Quarterfinals.
All day long, there were tidal movements and shifting winds forcing the competitors to adapt to changing conditions continually. Some heats offering caving barrels while others were throwing up big open walls.
Local favorite, Philmar Alipayo (PHL) was the first surfer to secure a spot in the semifinals. He faced Jordan Lawler who was in control of their heat for the most part. But in the last two minutes, Alipayo was able to take off on small insider and pulled a solid floater then a closeout snap. He took the lead in what will be the best ever finish at his home event.
Alipayo will be meeting Shane Holmes (AUS) in the first Semifinal heat. Holmes took out another local favourite, Piso Alcala (PHL) in the Quarterfinal No.2. The two faced off in some massive open face turn combinations. Holmes came out on top to move to the semifinals, and one step closer to the Australasia QS Series Championship.
Without a doubt, the standout surfer of the competition was Mitch Parkinson (AUS). He surfed two heats on Day 2 and was able to ride two of the longest and deepest barrels of the contest securing 9.50 scores on each. He is set to face off with fellow Aussie Mitchel James.
It is expected that the remaining five heats will be completed in the next day of competition and the champion for the 2016 Siargao Surfing Cup at Cloud 9 will be crowned.