Billabong Extends Sponsorship Of Billabong Cloud 9 Invitational â€“ New 3 Year Deal Announced
The new, three-year deal ensures Billabong naming rights sponsorship of the Philippine's premier surfing event until 2012.
'Cloud 9' - a powerful, hollow right-hander has produced a smorgasbord of flawless, barrelling waves for the event since its inception in 2007, with a plethora of surf stars from around the globe sampling its delights.
In a major coup, the exclusive invitational event will offer a world-class field of 48 invited surfers a chance to compete for an upgraded US $30,000 prize pool from 2010.
Adding to their commitment, Billabong has also thrown their support behind the Philippine's National Surfing Titles, which are held the week leading into the prestigious Cloud 9 event.
Billabong SE Asia Marketing Manager Peter Thew says they're excited to be raising the profile of the prestigious tournament, whilst promoting surfing in the Philippines.
"The Cloud 9 Invitational is one of those special events and definitely an event we had no choice but to continue supporting,' said Thew.
'It's exciting to be able to announce this deal, as it will see Billabong increasing the prize purse, but also taking on the Philippines Nationals to help the already rapid progression of the Philippine talent. Billabong is also immensely grateful for the continued support of the Government - without them this event would not be possible!"
Similarly, Provincial Governor Robert Ace S. Barbers said, "We are happy with the renewal of our contract with Billabong for another three years of engagement to stage the annual Siargao International Surfing Competition beginning year 2010 to 2012.'
'Billabong gave us the opportunity to be internationally known as the host of the only recognized international surfing event in the country.'
Contest director, Surfing Australia CEO Andrew Stark said the deal is a major plus for the event.
'This event has been running for over 15 years now and this new deal is a testament to the unique and prestigious event that it is,' he said.
'The event will attract the very best tube riders from around the world and put them in what is arguably the world's most perfect right hand tube.'
Premier surfers to receive an invitation to the 2009 event include former world tour surfer Bruce Irons (Hawaii), Pipeline Master Jamie O'Brien (Hawaii), World Qualifying Series (WQS) shredder Owen Wright (Lennox Head, Aus), Australian big wave charger Laurie Towner (Yamba, Aus), Sunshine Coast sensation Julian Wilson (Coolum, Aus), Brazilian ace Jadson Andre and Hawaiian hotshot Dusty Payne.
Due to Siargao's proximity to the Philippines, big swells from the Pacific Ocean roll in from the second deepest stretch of water in the world to create flawless, hollow barrelling waves.
The 2009 tournament, which has a US $20,000 prize pool, will run from October 21-27, with 2 days of competition surfing across a seven-day event window.
The tournament contest site is Siargao Island's 'Cloud 9', a powerful, hollow right-hander that has been frequently compared to the renowned surf of Hawaii and Indonesia.
The Billabong Cloud 9 Invitational 2009 is proudly supported by Billabong, Province of Surigao Del Norte, Stoked Inc and Sagana Resort.
Attached Complimentary Image: 'Cloud 9' - a powerful, hollow right-hander has produced a smorgasbord of flawless, barrelling waves for the Billabong Cloud 9 Invitational since its inception in 2007, with a plethora of surf stars from around the globe sampling its delights. Image: Jake White / Surfing Australia
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