Sandon Whittaker conquered the 2016 International Siargao Surfing Cup, at Cloud 9, in the Philippines.
In the final against the local talent Philmar Alipayo, the young Australian surfed four two-to-three-foot waves and got the scores he needed from the judges. Whittaker, 16, competed less than 24 hours after overcoming a viral illness.
“This is a dream come true. This is only my third QS event, so I had low expectations, especially being a 16-year-old with all the older guys. It doesn’t feel real. Coming up against Philmar was scary because local knowledge is very important here,” explained Sandon Whittaker.