Riding the Waves at 13, Winning

NOTE: This story was written last year, October 25, after the Lunad sa Balod (Ride the Waves) 2016 in Gubat, Sorsogon.

With nowhere to display all the proof of her victories inside their humble home, all of Vea Estrellado’s trophies are all wrapped in plastic and hidden in one corner gathering dust. All, except for two, which she won from Lunad sa Balod, a three-day national surfing competition at Gubat, Sorsogon.

The 13-year-old from Gubat, Sorsogon was declared champion in two categories Sunday after she bested 11 other surfers in the wahine short board category and 10 other surfers in the wahine long board category. Some of the competitors from Daet, Baler, Lanuza, Leyte, Zambales, and Catanduanes are in their 20s and 30s.




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