Our Australian team rider Alex Maniatis attended the Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing Cup and ripped on his signature surfboard model AMS.
He mostly rode AMS in 5’10 as the waves were breaking consistently at 4-5 feet. There was ideal conditions with perfect slabbing right-handers, wrapping around the reef, glassy with great swell period and offshore winds. Even though Alex was very confident with his quiver, finding some perfect tubing waves he wasn't able to progress unfortunately into the final stages of the draw as the competition proved to be a class field.
The competition was tough at the Philippines' largest surfing event. The local surfers proved fierce as their local knowledge gave them the winning edge.
Australian 16yrs old Sandon Whittaker claimed the victory as he proved he rides in and out perfectly the barrels Cloud 9 delivers.
On his way collecting more points from all the Men's Qualifying Series, Alex Maniatis' next stop is now the Taiwan Open of Surfing.
The event will be worth watching, as this point break (Taitung) is a high performance wave, delivering some of the world’s longest left waves.
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