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Pinoy surfer praised for saving the life of Indonesian competitor amid gold medal match

Pinoy Surfer saves Indonesian Competitor Photo credit- Jefferson Ganuelas : Facebook
Pinoy Surfer saves Indonesian Competitor Photo credit- Jefferson Ganuelas : Facebook

Filipino surfer saves Indonesian competitor from drowning

In sports, winners are not only those who usually get medals. They are those who have good character. A Filipino surfer proves just that.

Pinoy Surfer saves Indonesian Competitor Photo credit- Jefferson Ganuelas : Facebook
Pinoy Surfer saves Indonesian Competitor Photo credit- Jefferson Ganuelas : Facebook

Pinoy surfer Roger Casugay did not mind about the gold medal that he could get from the competition so to save his Indonesian competitor in the longboard open competition for surfing in the Southeast Asian Games 2019.

Casugay is presently making headlines because of his sportsmanship in the recently held surfing gold medal match at the Monalisa Pt. in San Juan, La Union.

What happened?

During the match, Arip Nurhidayat broke his leash. He was then swept away by the waves.

According to Jefferson Ganuelaster, published the photos on the social media, the Indonesian was almost drowned as he was pounded by huge waves.

Roger Casugay photo via Roger Casugay Facebook
Roger Casugay photo via Roger Casugay Facebook

Instead of continuing with the match so he could get the much-desired gold medal, he chose to become a hero and help his competitor. In his mind, he thought that the life of his Indonesian competitor is more important as opposed to the gold medal that he could get from the race.

After rushing to Arip, he accompanied his competitor back to the shore. Everyone cheered because of such a good deed from the Filipino athlete.

As a result, the organizer of the event made a decision to put the competition on hold.

Of course, a lot of netizens took to the internet to commend the amazing sportsmanship Roger showed to the world.

Roger Casugay and his Girlfriend photo by Michael Eijansantos via Facebook
Roger Casugay and his Girlfriend photo by Michael Eijansantos via Facebook

One netizen says that what he did was the true meaning of #WeWinAsOne.

“Human life over the gold,” says another netizen. “It is the best example of being human, of humanity.”

The netizen shares that the main goal of athletic meets is to celebrate human being and displaying everyone’s best character.

There is no denying that Roger is a true hero of this year’s SEA Games — someone who should be emulated by many.

Congratulations, Roger, for being a good example and inspiring a lot of people.

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Also read: Angel Locsin Lookalike Wins Gold for Arnis in SEA Games

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Written by Markus Castro

A cat person by day and a writer by night. He loves to travel to his favorite destinations in Southeast Asia.

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