Over 60 Catandunganon surfers participated in the 6th Virac Surfing Tournament, held at the surfing site of Virac, Catanduanes.

Known as a surfing haven, Virac serves as a favorite spot for surfers across the province.

Magnesia del Sur hosted this year's event, held from February 23 to 25, 2024.

"Sana po patuloy lang po itong pag-ano, para dumami po yung pagkahilig sa pagsusurf saka para yung mga bata na mahilig na lumaro ng surfing," John Mark Pamplona, one of the surfers, said.

"Ito talaga talaga yung hilig ko, Sir, nung una pa," Mark Ian Camacho, another participant, added.

According to the organizers, Magnesia del Sur was chosen to diversify the venue. Despite being a less ‘expansive’ location, it offers a more protected environment, making it safer for both participants and spectators, especially for novice surfers.

"I-share namin yung kagandahan ng lugar specially kasi dito sa Virac, mayroon tayong napakagandang wave [na] dito lang yan matatagpuan sa Magnesia del Sur, Virac, Catanduanes and its super friendly," Manibal Tapia, one of the event organizers, said.

Authorities aim to make Virac as one of the premier surfing destinations in the province.

The winners in the different divisions were:

Grommet Division (ages 15 and below):

Champion: Mike Angel Santos
First Runner-Up: John Lester Rebanio
Second Runner-Up: Daniell Bagay
Third Runner-Up: Drake Laurence Abogne

Wahine Division (women, all ages):

Champion: Salve Carmela Poche
First Runner-Up: Aireen Tanael
Second Runner-Up: Danica Prilla
Third Runner-Up: Angelica Rillona

Junior Division (ages 16 to 21):

Champion: Glenn Willis Jr.
First Runner-Up: Angelo Socito
Second Runner-Up: Rainier Tablizo
Third Runner-Up: Ron Michael Medallo

Open Division (ages 22 and above):

Champion: Elvis Legaspi
First Runner-Up:  Emerton Legaspi
Second Runner-Up: Val Halla
Third Runner-Up: Victor Tating