GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island, Philippines — John Mark Tokong appears like he’s in heaven and indestructible when using the massive waves. And it’s comprehensible.
“Surfing is existence, bro. Seems like heaven and I will be able to do the whole thing so long as the waves will agree,” stated the curly-haired Tokong, whose sunny demeanor endears himself to his lovers and competition alike.
Tokong, 23, is now the rustic’s most well liked title in browsing after besting an array of world-class surfers within the contemporary 25th Siargao Global Surfing Cup on the iconic Cloud nine right here.
Known as “Marama” via fellow Siarganons, he received the similar tournament in 2015 prior to completing 2d to American ace Skip McCullough remaining yr. McCullough did not advance on this yr’s semifinals.
Tokong wowed the cheering crowd on the Tower to dominate Oney Anwar within the quarterfinals prior to ousting Tomas King of Costa Rica within the semifinals. The Filipino browsing legend in fact had eye-popping ratings of 18.75 and 19.05 out of a conceivable 20, within the quarter and semifinals, respectively.
He persevered to financial institution on his house benefit to repulse the problem of Hawaii’s Noah Beschen within the finals and crown himself champion anew on this global tournament sanctioned via the International Surf League (WSL).
To the satisfaction of the jam-packed crowd, Tokong introduced just about flawless air reverses and used to be unbeatable doing the tube to defeat the younger sensation Beschen, who ended the fairy-tale marketing campaign of Indonesian Bronson Meydi within the semifinals.
Will Hayden-Smith, WSL reputable and match director, described the Tokong-Beschen one-on-one as the most productive ultimate ever. Tokong narrowly received, 16.80-16.75 within the minds of the judges.
“I paintings laborious for this. It is a candy win and I want to thank my supporters, spouse and Consultant Bingo Matugas and the past due Common Luna mayor and father of Siargao browsing, Jaime Rusillon,” stated Tokong right through the awarding ceremonies on the Street right here.
The WSL Qualifying Collection 1,500 tournament used to be offered via Globe and supported via the Philippine Sports activities Fee and the Division of Tourism.
Smith additionally praised the webhosting efforts led via Mabutas and the provincial executive.
“It used to be improbable,” stated Smith, who expects a grander 26th version of the Siargao Cup in 2020.
With the win, Tokong, whose father is a fisherman, pocketed P250,000 ($5,000) and different incentives. He additionally gained the primary Jaime Rusillon trophy from Communications Secretary Martin Andanar and Mabutas.
No longer one to cover his humble beginnings, Tokong stated browsing had given him the risk to beef up his existence and lend a hand his circle of relatives. “I need to proceed making improvements to via becoming a member of extra global tournaments in another country,” he stated.
Wilmar Melindo, any other well-liked browsing determine right here and an accepted global pass judgement on, praised Tokong’s paintings ethics and center of attention. “Marama’s going to reach extra and he’s working example that Pinoy surfers can compete on the earth level.”
Surfing has been incorporated within the wearing calendar for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics even supposing no Filipino surfers are competing for loss of world-ranking issues.
At the present time, Tokong needs to leisure and savor the candy style of victory prior to plunging into motion within the 30th Southeast Asian Video games (SEAG) browsing competitions to be held at the first week of December in L. a. Union province.
“Profitable the gold within the SEAG is a contemporary problem. I’m in a position and prepared,” he stated.
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