Angles, Alejos top Reef surf in Baler

In Photo: Besides the surfing competition, Reef also promotes responsible travel and environmental conservation.

JUAN CARLOS ANGELES won the longest ride, and Shan Alejos topped the tandem category of the recent Free the Sea Movement 2 hosted by lifestyle brand Reef in Baler, Aurora.

Marcus Dieter and JP Pang finished second and third behind Angeles, while Mikaela Alde and Joana Valencia wound up 2-3 after Alejos in the event organized by Surfari Philippines at Sabang Beach.

Besides the surfing competition, Reef also promoted responsible travel and environmental conservation in partnership with WWF Philippines during the fun three-day event.

Set in one of the country’s top hotspots for surfing, Free the Sea Movement 2 opened with a coastal clean-up and talk from WWF Philippines’s Ruel Barte on sustainable tourism, a cause reared by Reef’s global humanitarian outreach campaign, “We Heart.”

“With more and more travelers discovering the beauty of our islands and with the rise of local tourism, now is a good time for us to educate people on the environmental impact tourism has and how we all need to work together maintain our beaches so people can continue to enjoy them for years to come,” Marnelli Gaerlan, marketing head for Reef, said.

Reef led the coastal cleanup with WWF, Surfari Philippines and volunteers to remove wastes and objects on the beach.

The volunteers also got to enjoy what the surfing waves of Sabang Beach from lessons conducted by Nalu Surf Camp.