Thursday, March 13, 2014

Single And Unattached 2014 {video}


Finally finished the video of Coast Thru Life Single and Unattached 2014 Day 1.


From the rockin' kick off party in Manila to a blessed day in Carille, Day 1 of Single and Unattached 2014 Day 1 was definitely filled with world class loggery, high fives, shakas, and lotsa lovin'.

Thank you Viva Sports Management for making this event possible, Asian Surfing Championship, LUSC, all our sponosrs, Rider Sandals, Nixon Commune, Vans Philippines, Fluid Surf, OPlus USA, Famous Surf Wax, Big Kahuna, THE Clothing, Son of a Beach, MTV Pinoy, Click the City, Rappler, Spin.ph, My Life On Board, Seventh Films, Moonshine and Saltwater, Planet Zips, Kahuna Beach Resort and Spa, Little Surfmaid, San Juan Surf Resort,Flotsam and Jetsam Hostel, Sebay Surf Central, El Union Coffee, all the local and international participants for putting on a fantastic show, our technical crew and panel of judges for all the hard work, and to the fine artists who rocked the night away in Cubao X- Julianne, CoffeeBreak Island, and Flippin' Soul Stompers. Thank you Koi Busalla for making everything fall into place! Maraming salamat Cubao X and to our coolest neighbors from Escobar andThe Appraisery.

Thank you DJ Badkiss and Brigada for keeping us on our feet and grooving the night away in LU. 

Special thanks to Edsel Ochoa and Onesport Magazine for all the support.

Heaps of love to Belinda Baggs and family, Georgia Young, Arip Mencos, our head judge Arya Subyakto, Tim Hain, and Sean Gilhooley for making the trip!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Single And Unattached 2014

Coast Thru Life founder and main proponent of single fin surfing in the Philippines Buji "Brownlegs" Libarnes, thought of highlighting the classic side of longboarding through this contest which he coined "Single And Unattached". Photo by Tim Hain/ASC Media
Basic equipment for Single and Unattached: Log + Single Fin - Leash

Belinda Baggs pre-heat stretch.
{press release from the Asian Surfing Championships website}
23 February 2014, San Juan, Philippines:  The Coast Thru Life Single and Unattached Classic Single Fin VSM Beach Break Invitational 2014 enjoyed an exciting finale yesterday at Mona Liza Point with Arip Nurhidayat (INA), Daisy Valdez (PHL) and Jhenard Fernandez (PHL) each taking home championship trophies and cash in their respective divisions to end a perfect two days of good-vibe-filled traditional longboard surfing competition at the scenic coastal town of La Union in the Philippines.
 
After a perfect start to the competition on Friday at nearby Carille “Jesus” Point, which saw a total of 59 surfers from countries including Australia, Indonesia, Korea, the USA, and the Philippines competing in flawless 2-3 foot (1 meter) waves perfectly scripted for what is know in surfing speak as “logging” (the use of traditional 9 foot plus single fin surfboards), the competition was completed at Mona Liza Point, a common location for weekend surf competitions in La Union.
 
Though the waves conditions were more challenging and not as perfect as the previous day, Carille had gone flat overnight and with Mona Liza offering up 3-4 foot (1-1.5 meter) waves the remaining Quarterfinalists of the Men’s Division paddled out at 9 am, where the surfing action quickly draw cheers and hoots from the gathering crowd as the surfers would take off on the bigger waves, and occasionally wiping out and having to swim to chase down their surfboards, as one the few unique rules of the competitions was that no leash (legrope) could be used.  Thus the event title, Single (for single fin longboard), and Unattached (no leash attaching the surfer to the surfboard)
 
By 1:00 pm it was all over, with highlights by the dozen from the men, women, and the juniors competitors, and after the judging panel led by Asian Surfing Championships Head Judge Arya Subyakto had tallied up the points, the champions were announced and crowned on the steps of the Little Surfmaid Hotel.
 
Men’s Open Champion Arip “Mencos” Nurhidayat was over the moon with his win, having put on impressive display classic longboarding that included such maneuvers as hang 5’s, switchfooting, drop knee turns, and others, even a headstand!  “I’m so happy to be the winner here, as this is my first time to the Philippines and to win this contest is really something special.  I want to thank Buji, Nikki, and Nina from Coast Thru Life for making this contest, and for my sponsors Quiksilver, +62, Camden and the ASC for making it possible to come here,” said Arip.
 
When asked how he managed to pull off a win in those conditions and against the 3 La Union locals he replied, “I don’t know how I won, I just kept trying things and having fun out there.  The wave here was way different than at Carille yesterday, and also different from my home break of Batu Karas in West Java, but it was fun too, as it gave me a lot of options to try.”
Arip also won the Nixon “Most Exciting Maneuver” of the event award for his unique Hang 5 switchfoot to Hang 10 then back to Hang 5 move, so he takes home not only a beautiful trophy and $1,300 USD Cash, but also a cool Nixon “The Unit” watch.
 
In the Women’s Division it was La Union local and mother of two Daisy Valdez that nabbed the championship trophy and $1,000 for her great performance, besting Australians Belinda Baggs and current ASP Australasian Women’s Longboard champion Georgia Young, and American Carla Rowland in the tightly contested 25 minute final.
 
Although Daisy took fewer waves and performed less maneuvers than her fellow contestants, according to Head Judge Subyakto the key to her win was taking the cleanest set waves and performing her maneuvers such as noseriding, footwork, bottom turns and more in the critical part of the wave under complete control, which is what the judging criteria calls for.  Her familiarity with the wave as well as her low center of gravity was definitely an advantage in the conditions on offer.
 
When asked how she felt about her win she replied, “I’m so very grateful and proud of myself, to compete with these girls who are really good and win.  I was just out there today to enjoy it, not expecting to be the champion at all.  I’m happy and thankful that for this last day we got such good waves and at my home break.  Carille and here are both good, but winning here at the place where I usually surf was the best.”  When asked what she will do with her bundle of cash she said, “I’ve got two kids, a boy and a girl, so this prize money I’m going to save for them.”
 
In the Tiny Toes (16 and under) Division, it was 16 year old local Jhenard Fernadez who put on an impressive performance earn his championship trophy.  Jhenard has been surfing since he was 7 and admits to having taken up longboarding only two years ago
 
When asked why he joined the event he replied honestly with a laugh, “It was something to do”.  When pressed further about how he fancied his chances at the beginning of the competition against the other juniors Jhernard replied, “Yes, I was confident I could do well, and now I’m champion of the contest so I’m very happy!  This is so good, very good!”  It will be interesting to watch the progression of this young man’s surfing and how this win will influence the direction in which his surfing goes.

 
Later that evening after fire dancing, hula hoop, and drum performances on the beach in front of host Kahuna Beach Hotel, the final awards presentation included awards to the surfing and also the non-surfing events on the day’s Beach Break agenda, and then it was party time for everyone as DJ Badkiss got the crowd to their feet and dancing until the midnight hour.
 
Buji Libarnes, who with Nikki De La Paz and Nina Santa Maria conceived of both Coast Thru Life and the Single and Unattached event format was nothing if not stoked at the end of the two days.  “Wow, it just keeps getting better, and next year will be even bigger and better for sure,” said Libarnes.  “We hope to see the ASC and everybody back here again next year, with even more international participants.  Thanks to VSM and some great sponsors, as well as the help of the La Union Surf Club, we were able to have an epic event and I couldn’t be more happy!” 
 
Libarnes went on to explain the origins of the Single and Unattached event;  “I’ve always been into the classic and more traditional side of longboarding, but here in the Philippines they have always given more credit to the high performance side.  Before, I would enter longboard contests with my single fin log and never get very good scores for my classic moves, only for performance moves, so I thought why not bring in that traditional side of surfing and make it the highlight for a surf contest.”  And in regards to the name, he replied, “We came up with the name as a play on words for Valentine’ Day, as its during the month of love, and also for the fact that you can only use a single fin traditional surfboard and you’re not allowed to use a leash.  Everybody seemed to like it, and after the turnout we saw this weekend I can hardly wait until next year!”

Single & Unattached 2014 results

 Men’s Invitational Division
 
1)  Arip “Mencos” Nurhidayat (INA) - $1,300 USD
2)  Jay-R Esquivel (PHL) - $750 USD
3)  Luke Landrigan (PHL) - $450 USD
4)  Junior Ventura (PHL) - $200 USD

Women’s Invitational Division
 
1) Daisy Valdez (PHL) - $1,000 USD
2) Belinda Baggs (AUS) - $400 USD
3) Georgia Young (AUS)  $300 USD
4) Carla Rowland (USA) - $100 USD
 
Tiny Toes Division
 
1)  Jhenard Fernandez (PHL)
2)  Daryl Esquivel (PHL)
3)  John Paul Bersamina (PHL)
4)  Warren Lopez (PHL)

Semi finalists of the Women's invitational. (Belinda Baggs from Australia, Alma Oida from Kapuluan VIsta Resort, Christina Suyat and Daisy Valdez from La Union)
Little Surfmaid Resort was the venue for the action packed finals of Single and Unattached.

Vans Philippines team rider and Coast Thru Life's very own Nikki Dela Paz. 
Arip Mencos won the Nixon Commune sickest trick award and got himself a brand new Nixon "The Unit" watch.


Current Australian longboard champion Georgia Young stoked 24/7. 


Finalists of the Men's Inviational (L-R Arip "Mencos" Nurhidayat - Champion, Luke Landrigan - 2nd runner up, Jay-R Esquivel - 1st runner up, Junior Ventura - 3rd runner up))

Tiny Toes Invitational put on a show. The future of traditional Philippine longboarding is in your feet. 


 The pride of La Union,Daisy Valdez, wins the Women's Invitational 2 years in a row

Quiksilver Philippines team rider Marven Abat's nasal control

 Tip time shindig with crowd favorite, Quiksilver Asia team rider Arip Mencos from West Java.   Congratulations for winning the Men's Invitational!

Last year's Men's Invitational champ, Aloha Boardsports team rider Junior Ventura landing his classic ten.

 Aloha Boardsports team rider Luke Landrigan testing the limits of a heavy single fin log

Chris Par's power moves

 Georgia Young- From Australia, to Manila, to La Union, and to the tip of her noes

Belinda Baggs' elegant surfing as always.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

My APT



@ThisIsMyApt. Where the modern day gentleman will find everything he needs. #MyAptByHeima #RebirthOfCool

My Apartment, LRI Design Plaza, N.Garcia St. Bel-air, Makati

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Hello Felice!


Coast thru Life is thrilled to carry some of illustrator Jof Sering's quirky FELICE prints, all lovingly handpainted, signed and ready to hang. Whether hung on your wall or propped on your desk, these illustrations will surely add a laid back beach vibe to your island or city home. Check out her IG @hellofelice and www.hellofelice.com
 or drop by the shop to view all her other lovely work.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Herschel



Herschel Bags now available at the CTL Store!

33 Cubao Expo, Araneta Center, Quezon City Philippines
store hours: Tues - Sun, 2pm - 11pm