Night Surfing Update

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November 29, 2010 · 17 comments

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!

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richard01 December 1, 2010 at 7:47 AM

“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!”
Local fishermen use bright lights See: Poisoning pigeons in the dark at http://www.coconutstudio.com/Fishing%20Methods%202%20-%20Nets.htm
precisely because they bring in fish. (Sharks, too).

This is the most f**king silly idea in the whole short history of Cloud 9, that it deserves a little thought:

1) Lights go off, but generator doesn”t kick in until you are wiped out directly on the reef.(Think about how you will carry on surfing if all goes black)
2) Lights go on, and attract squid, other fish, and sharks
3) Count all the swells coming in from the darkness, and get prepared for something

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Paul December 9, 2010 at 10:48 PM

I have a few questions to ask you Proffessor Richard:

What University degree and knowledge in Aquamarine life do you have?
These people have a UPS (Unlimited power supply) which means if a brown out occurs the lights will stay on for 30 minutes for the Lifeguards to clear the water. See you at the opening on 31/12!

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richard01 December 2, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Are you all brainless? Pointing however many super-watt lights at a breaking wave is not going to make it more surfable.

“The official launch of the night surfing project has been moved to the 1st of April 2011″ Joke of the week.

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Umang December 3, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Whoever come up of this idea must have been a watching too much Cartoons. And for the Locals, no offense, but you guys are not even protecting your spot and the environment for some HoHo ideas!!

I TOTALLY AGREE with you richard01, its a damn silly idea. It does not only disrupts the natural photoperiod of ecosystem but also risking the lives of people in the community. Corrosion is another inevitable enemy of this stupid project and a good ally of nature, that means maintenance of lights, tower and even electric cables will eventually fail, sooner or later this stupidity will bow down to mother nature.

And to the GOVT who supported this project the only thing that you guys see are $$$$$, but you dont know you just have been shagged in the arse while you suck your thumb!

I CANT WAIT TO SEE IT ALL FAIL!! And the authors of this project should be placed in the impact zone with your tombstone right next to the tower, eternally placing your names on the REEF OF SHAME!

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admin December 3, 2010 at 1:06 PM

A controversial post. Obviously we are voicing no side but it would be interesting to hear a comment from the other side of the fence. There are after all 59 facebook ‘likes’ for this article so far.

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richardparker01@yahoo.com December 7, 2010 at 2:53 AM

Kitya – cut off everyone who’s written in these comments, otherwise they’re going to kill your site and the project, howver daft it is

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Dave Higgins December 5, 2010 at 11:10 PM

Well, if it attracts all kinds of marine life just change the name to cloud nine night fishing.

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richardparker01@yahoo.com December 7, 2010 at 2:56 AM

With human bait? Just how are the fish going to digest all those plastic surfboards?

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richardparker01@yahoo.com December 7, 2010 at 3:21 AM

And what happens if the local fish don’t like the taste of Strines ? Will we find bits of them washing up on the beach evry morning after a night surf?

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Rasydan December 7, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Wow, the comments are demoralising there..But still considerable.
Well on the other hand i think this is very interesting. The website should be publicized more to create awareness. More comments might come. whatever it is, this is a very beautiful island, i would love to checkitout for my getaway! siargao here i come! =D

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Jose Rast December 7, 2010 at 11:59 PM

I think that night surfing is a very interesting new concept for the surfing world. I know there have been a few comps featuring ‘night surfing’ but I don’t think there is an actual night surfing place in existence for the public. In my country night skiing is very popular and obviously has the same principles – shining big lights on the surface you ride, so maybe this could work for surfing?!

As long as it doesn’t harm the ecosystem etc (I think the shark issue is a bit far fetched!) Siargao is really lucky to have an exciting new concept and it could really put the place on the map and like the article says, in the long run create more jobs for the locals.

Looking forward to reading up on how the project goes :-)

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ocean December 19, 2010 at 5:00 PM

yo Jose , it seems like you are skiing?good on you keep doing it…..
many places in the world got night surfing ,it s all happening on easy beach break , not on a serious reef and it s FREE…….
i got no idea if you came in Siargao already , if not you should, cause it s a beautifull island , anyway now when you arrive in cloud 9 your vision is no more attracted by the waves but by this monstruosity to put the light on with all those wire.
TERRIBLE!!!
concerning shark attack , im totally agree with Richard , light attract squid and plenty of other fish then here we go!!!!!!!dinning ceremony s will be on!!
one more thing, hope it will never happen but…if something happen(bad injuries….)what you gona do? going to dapa hospital? how long you gona wait for an ambulance to come and get you? Good luck…….to the clown project

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frank December 19, 2010 at 9:19 PM

What happened to the demo on the 17th?

no news makes me wonder!

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admin December 19, 2010 at 9:28 PM

Hi Frank,

Posting an article about the update soon. The opening of the Cloud Nine Night Surfing has also been moved to New Years Eve Friday 31st of December 2010. Just check anytime this week for the new article news thanks.

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Tex January 15, 2011 at 6:51 PM

New years eve has come and gone whats happening?

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admin January 15, 2011 at 11:24 PM

We will be posting an update very soon :-)

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Frank February 16, 2011 at 3:06 PM

I forseee more delays in our future.. I would concentrate on the airport before this project personally. Lets get Manila -Siargao direct flight! Lets pave the back road, and work on the flooding on the front road, proper drainage.. isnt there anything else that we can put our money into?!?!

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