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South Asia - Siargao Islands

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Cloud 9 Surf Wave

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Siargao, Surigao, Philippines

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Overview of Cloud 9 Surf Wave

Siargao Island faces the Pacific Ocean and the Philippine Deep, the second deepest water in the world, at more than 11 km below sea level. The area is pure tropics for activities like snorkeling, island hopping, waterfalls, swimming holes and of course, the awesome waves and friendly locals.

This right-breaking reef wave is the site of the annual Siargao Cup, a domestic and international surfing competition sponsored by the provincial government of Surigao del Norte. The wave was discovered by travelling surfers in the late 1980's, and named and made well-known by American photographer John S. Callahan, who published the first major feature on Siargao Island in the US based Surfer Magazine in March 1993 and hundreds of photos in many other books and magazines since. Callahan has returned to the island many times since his first visit in 1992, and his efforts to photograph and publish surfing related and general location material from Siargao island in books and magazines around the world has put the island on the international map and drawn thousands of surfers and tourists to Siargao island.

There are several other excellent waves in Siargao and nearby islands, but Cloud 9 has received more publicity than any other waves in the area, indeed in the Philippines as a whole. It is the only wave in the area easy to get to without a boat, leading to overcrowding and the nickname of 'Crowd 9' among surfers worldwide as keen foreign and locally owned accommodation and tourist facilities attempt to profit from the magazine publicity and the annual arrival of visitors drawn by the Siargao Cup competition in September.

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