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Must Watch: Roger Casugay Pinoy Surfer Who Rescued Indonesian Competitor Amid Race for Gold


SEA Games athlete and Pinoy surfer Roger Casugay made headlines on social media and became the darling of sports fan across Southeast Asia for his extraordinary show of sportsmanship by rescuing an Indonesian competitor amid race for gold.


In a viral post shared by the 2019 Southeast Asian Games Facebook Page, Jefferson Ganuelas narrated how the events unfolded showing what sportsmanship is during the SEA Games. The incident showcase the Filipino spirit of sportsmanship despite the possibility of losing the gold medal in the surfing match on Friday at the Monalisa Pt., San Juan, La Union.



"In the midst of the men’s longboard open competition for surfing, Indonesia’s Arip Nurhidayat broke his leash and was swept away by the waves," the post said.

"This is how #WeWinAsOne," the post said.

According to some reports, the second match of the men's longboard open was postponed but prior to postponement,  Pinoy surfer Rogelio Esquievel Jr. scored 17.35 against the 10.50 score of Indonesia's Dean Permana in the first match of the longboard tournament.

Watch How Roger Casugay Saved His Indonesian Opponent:



According to the information provided by the SEA Games organizers, eighteen minutes into his heat at the Men's Longboard event in La Union, a massive swell hit Indonesian surfer Arip Nurhidayat — and snapped his surfer's leash.

Witnesses from the shore described his board being thrown up in the air from the force of the wave.

The Indonesian surfer Nurhidayat, also known as Mencos, was surfing against La Union veteran surfer Roger Casugay. The Pinoy surfer was leading in points; in the previous, and it was indeed a good day for the men's longboard event.



Fellow La Union surfer Jay-R Esquivel had already impressed the judges. The swells that particular day, however were quite large, reaching almost 10 feet.

When Nurhidayat disappeared into the waves, the Indonesian crew scrambled to the beach to see if the surfer was okay.

Rescue marshals got on their own boards to try and rescue him. Coast Guard personnel on jetskis also zoomed forward to pick him up but the force and height of the surf, drove them back and then Casugay came to the rescue.

Roger Casugay, the Pinoy surfer who became an instant hit on social media, decided to turn around to pick Nurhidayat up. The simple photo but memorable photo that would later go viral features the two surfer riding back together on the shore on Casugay's board.

Source: Facebook / PNA


Must Watch: Roger Casugay Pinoy Surfer Who Rescued Indonesian Competitor Amid Race for Gold Must Watch: Roger Casugay Pinoy Surfer Who Rescued Indonesian Competitor Amid Race for Gold Reviewed by Phil Newsome on 12/07/2019 Rating: 5

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