CLOUD Nine has come to life for day one of the 2017 Siargao Cloud Nine Surfing Cup, with Gerroa’s Dean Bowen dominating.
Surfers were treated to clean three-foot hollow right-handers for the opening day of competition in the Philippines.
With an entire week to run the event, event directors ran all of round one and eight heats of round two.
Werri Beach Boardrider Bowen is in the Philippines for the first time and has settled in nicely, taking out his first two heats of competition.
Bowen used both tubes and his vertical attack to post a heat total of 12.60 guarantee himself a spot in round three.
“This is my first time here and I’m loving it,” Bowen said.
“I’m stoked to get through a few heats, the local guys have this place so wired so it is really tough to stay on top because they’re amazing in the tube.
“It looks like the waves will be great over the next few days so hopefully, I can keep making heats and get a roll on.”
Bowen will take on France’s Nelson Cloarec, Brazil’s Gabriel Farias and Argentina’s Tomas Lopez Moreno in round three heat two on Monday.