No medal, but Roger’s a golden surfer


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  • Sunday, 08 Dec 2019

Drama at the seas: Roger Casugay’s (in white) heroic deed hogged the limelight.

FILIPINO surfer Roger Casugay will be hailed as a hero not only in his country but all of South-East Asia – and it will not be because he won a gold medal. It will be because he didn’t.

Casugay gave up his chance of a gold medal when he opted instead to rescue his Indonesian competitor Arip Nurhidayat who was in trouble in the strong seas.

Undoubtedly one of the most incredible moments in the history of the competition, the surfer gave away a sure-shot gold to save his competitor who had fallen from his board.

In a Facebook posting, netizen Jefferson Ganuelas uploaded a photo of Casugay’s heroic deed. Ganuelas said Nurhidayat’s leash was detached from the surfboard during the competition.

Casugay then came to the rescue after observing that his opponent was getting hit by big waves.

“The #seagames2019 surfing is on hold. Indonesian longboard sensation @mencosss broke his leash and swept away and being pounded by triple overhead bomb waves at monaliza pt. Local surfer @roger_casugay rescued him not minding the ongoing race for gold medal,” read the caption.

After Ganuela saved Nurhidayat, both surfers then shared a single surfboard to the beach and to safety. The sports official’s Facebook page also announced that the sport in La Union had been postponed until further notice.

Surfing has been one of the worst-hit sports at the Games due to Typhoon Tisoy. The event has been delayed thrice already due to bad weather. — ANN

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