Urbiztondo Beach, San Juan / Philippines (Saturday, January 21, 2023) – Day 2 of the La Union International Pro has seen another massive day of action, with the completion of the Women’s Round of 32 in the Qualifying Series (QS) 3,000 event, along with the opening rounds of the Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) event. Competitors were treated to super clean two foot surf on the Point at Urbiztondo Beach at La Union.
Japan’s Natsumi Taoka (JPN) was a clear standout in the opening round of the longboards, posting an excellent 16.00 point (out of a possible 20) two wave total. Taoka matched style and flow, with poise on the nose. as she progressed into the Quarterfinals at La Union.
“That was really fun out there,” Taoka said. “It is perfect conditions for longboarding, so I was really excited for my heat. Posting an excellent heat total is awesome for my confidence and I think I can keep that performance going into the Quarterfinals. I’m really enjoying my time here in the Philippines and am looking forward to my next heat.”
Pan Mei-Hsin (TPE) from Taiwan, as well as Korean competitor Soojin Park (KN) and Filipino competitors Aping Agudo (PHL) and Vea Estrellado (PHL), also progressed into the Quarterfinals on Day 2 of competition.
The opening round of the men’s LQS saw solid performances from Indonesia’s Dhany Widianto (IDN), Japan’s Kai Hamase (JPN) and local competitor Jomarie Ebueza (PHL), who all posted excellent single wave scores on their way into the Round of 16.
Earlier in the day, Japanese duo Nanaho Tsuzuki (JPN) and Rina Matsunaga (JPN) claimed victories in their opening heats to round out the opening round of the women’s QS and progress into the Round of 16.
Event directors will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7:30 am local time to make another call on the commencement of competition.
The 2023 La Union International Pro QS 3,000 and LQS 1,000 will run at The Point, Urbiztondo Beach in La Union, Philippines, from January 20 – 26. For more information head to worldsurfleague.com