SEA Games: Filipino surfer saves Indonesian rival from big waves amid gold medal battle

Filipino surfer Roger Casugay opted to rescue his Indonesian competitor Arip Nurhidayat when his leash became detached from the surfboard during the competition.
Filipino surfer Roger Casugay opted to rescue his Indonesian competitor Arip Nurhidayat when his leash became detached from the surfboard during the competition.PHOTOS: JEFFERSON GANUELAS/FACEBOOK

MANILA (The Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network) - Filipino surfer Roger Casugay opted to rescue his Indonesian competitor Arip Nurhidayat and set aside the chance to win the gold medal for the surfing competition.

In a 2019 SEA Games Facebook post on Friday (Dec 6), netizen Jefferson Ganuelas' photo of Casugay's heroic deed during the surfing competition was uploaded.

Ganuelas said Nurhidayat's leash was detached from the surfboard during the competition. Casugay then came to the rescue after observing that his opponent was getting hit by big waves.

"The #seagames2019 surfing is on hold. Indonesian longboard sensation @mencosss broke his leash and swept away and being pounded by triple overhead bomb waves at monaliza pt. Local surfer @roger_casugay rescued him not minding the ongoing race for gold medal," read the caption.

 

As of posting, the official Facebook page announced that the surfing competition was put on hold.