Lots of questions are being asked on Siargao Island as to why the Night Surfing isn’t alight and kicking yet. After a few delays the groundbreaking new surfing concept is almost complete. The construction of the 50-foot tower with 10 1000watt flood lights is being anticipated by many and has become an interesting subject to locals and foreigners alike. The majestic Cloud Nine was supposed to go nocturnal before the end of October. However, the project is still in motion after a number of delays. A major delay was the refusal of running the electric cable underwater due to safety issues and so it is now being installed overhead. The lights arrived in GL on Monday and will be setup anytime now.
According to Scott Down, the man behind the project, there will be an hour demonstration happening on the 17th of December this year. Around five local surfers will be selected to try out the tides from 7pm till 10pm. There will be security, accredited lifeguards, safety boat and fluorescent rash guards for the surfers. There will also be a back up generator to make sure the night surfing sessions are not interrupted from power outs. Another interesting feature is the installation of a web camera on the tower which will be streamed live on the cloud nine night surfing website. This will also give surfers the opportunity to check out conditions at cloud nine online 24/7.
Customers are guaranteed to have exclusivity of the Cloud Nine break. The local authority is behind the project and have promised to ensure it’s in the locals best interests.
Although the possible surge in tourism could help improve the economy – more jobs and better lives for the locals, it still remains a concern for the locals and some foreigners whether this project will have an effect on the ecosystem. Bright lights are known to attract aquamarine life – and you don’t need to be a mad scientist to imagine the possible effects of this. Would this mean sharks lurking in the Philippine trench would become a possible threat? We’ll know once the lights get turned on!
The official launch of the night surfing project has been moved to the 1st of April 2011. Philippine Vice President Binay will break the ceremonial surf board at the venue. The night surfing business is expected to run 365 nights a year and hopefully generate more tourism for the Island – hopefully of the human kind, sharks please stay away!