Filipino Surfer Sets Aside Race For Gold To Save Indonesian Rival in SEA Games

Pinoy surfer Roger Casugay selflessly let go of the chance to claim a gold medal in favor of saving his competitor and fellow athlete, Indonesian surfer Arip Nurhidayat.

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The 2019 SEA Games official Facebook page posted a series of photos showing Casugay coming to Nurhidayat’s rescue amidst the waves. Casugay and Nurhidayat were participating in the 30th Southeast Asian Games surfing competition held in La Union.

In the midst of the men’s longboard open competition for surfing, Indonesia’s Arip Nurhidayat broke his leash and was…

Posted by 2019 SEA Games on Friday, December 6, 2019

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Jefferson Ganuelas, who witnessed and documented the deed, explained that Nurhidayat’s leash was detached from the surfboard during the competition. Nurhidayat was then “swept away by the waves”, which Casugay noticed and promptly rescued him from.

The surfing competition was put on hold following the accident.

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