16/04/2024

John-Mark Tokong (PHL) will be one to watch when the competition gets underway at the La Union International Pro QS 3,000 in the Philippines tomorrow. (Photo: WSL)

Philippines native John Mark Tokong is one of over 120 surfers who are eager to become the first-ever LA Union International Pro winner.

The next generation of Asian surfers will compete against one another in the Philippines to become the inaugural LA Union International Pro winner. More than 120 surfers will go head-to-head in the surf, as they try and rack up points for the WSL World Longboard Tour and Challenger Series.

The event will run for six days- dependent on the weather. Beginning on January 20, the waves at Urbiztondo Beach are bound to offer some miraculous moments.

One of the favourites to win the tournament is Filipino native John Mark Tokong. A win in his home country will be the moment of a lifetime for the youngster.

“I’m really excited and so happy that there is another WSL event here in the Philippines and especially that it’s in La Union,” Tokong said.

“I’ve competed here before and spent a bit of time here so it is all really familiar for me and I’m feeling comfortable. It’s a really beautiful place with such caring and kind locals so it’s a great place for an event.

“The last event in the Philippines was at my home break and I won it, so I’m feeling pretty confident heading into this event.

“I’m just looking forward to the action getting underway in the next few days – it should be pumping.”

Nilbie Blancada in action. (Photo:Jeff Ganuelas)

Another favourite is Nilbie Blancada who is also from the Philippines. With Tokong the favourite for the men’s competition, Blancada is the heavy favourite to take home the title in the women’s event

Blancada and Tokong are no strangers to the waves in the event growing up there. They have also competed in competitions there- the Siargao International Surfing Cup.

The pair took home the title defeating the other competitors in the event.

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The event will also consist of 40 of Asia’s best young longboard competitors. All 40, will be eager to give it their all as they try and earn a spot on the 2023 WSL World Longboard Tour.

The La Union International Pro QS 3,000 and LQS 1,000 will begin on January 20 and run til January 26. It will take place at The Point, Urbiztondo Beach in La Union, Philippines.

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