One of the sports that quietly delivered and contributed to the success of Team Philippines in the 30th SEA Games was wakeboarding.
Little has been heard from this sport during the magical 12 days of the biennial meet, but wakeboarding netted two gold, two silver, and two bronze medals in what could be its most productive showing in years.
Winning two of five golds contested at Deca Wakepark Clark were Jhondi Wallace (men’s wakeskating) and Susan Larsson (women’s skating). Meanwhile, Samantha Bermudez (wakeboarding) and Raphael Trinidad (wakeboarding) settled for silver.
Ralph Villaro (wakeboarding) and Christian Joson (wakeskating) produced the two bronze.
“This has been our strongest showing yet in the biennial meet, as Thais and Indons dominated the previous tournaments. But we trained so hard for this SEA Games and we [are] glad we delivered,” said Bermudez.
“And we are forever thankful to our competition manager JV Tanjangco and coaches Carlo Dela Torre, Carive Rodriguez and Andrea Tanjangco for our success.”
The two other golds went to Thailand, while Indonesia had one.
With its SEA Games success, the team is looking to make waves in the Cablepark World Championships in Thailand next year.