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SEA Games Hero: Filipino Surfer Saves His Competitor From Drowning

Roger Casugay, Philippines surfer aimed for gold medal during the Men’s Longboard Open event at the 2019 SEA Games, However he ended up making the world proud and shows the world what sportsmanship is.

On Dec 6, Roger competed against Indonesian surfer Arhip Nurhidayat for a spot in the finals. When the incident happened, Roger was leading in points over Arhip.

Arhip’s surfboard leash, which ties the surfboard to the surfer, broke and detached itself from the board during the competition, according to surfer Jefferson Ganuelas.

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Arhip was then caught in huge waves, Roger noticed him drowning and immediately rescued him from the huge waves and lucky enough both of them able make their way back to Roger’s surfboard.

SEA crew on speedboat escorted them to shore. Soon after they were on the shore . you can hear cheering crowd who applauded the remarkable display of sportsmanship.


Both the competitors laughed and smiled, patting each other shoulders. Arhip even raised Roger’s hand in appreciation.

The match has since been postponed to Dec 8.

Kudos to Roger .. You are a hero! That’s a true spirit of sportsmanship!

Source: The Star | Facebook