Hero Surfer Roger Casugay Claims Gold After Previously Rescuing Indonesian Rival

It’s been quite the weekend for Filipino surfer Roger Casugay. He went viral last Friday for putting aside a preliminaries match against Indonesian rival Arit Nurhidayat in order to save him. Nurhidayat’s leash had broken off his longboard and put him in danger of drowning. Casugay rescued him from the “triple overhead bomb waves.”

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Following such a heroic act, Casugay later beat Nurhidayat in a rematch of the preliminary round and advanced to the final rounds of the longboard competition. He went head-to-head against fellow Filipino Rogelio Esquivel for the gold medal in the longboard open event. The competition took place this Sunday at Kahuna beach in San Juan, La Union.

Casugay earned the gold with a final mark of 14.50, only just edging out Esquivel’s 14.20 mark. His remarkable win was made after suffering a broken board early on in the race. After switching to a spare board, Casugay was able to make up the lost points and overtake his fellow La Union surfer.

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Casugay and Esquivel brought home the gold and silver medal for the Philippines respectively.

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