Foreign sports enthusiasts and professionals continue to eye Ilocos Norte’s beaches as the best destination in the country as they continue to arrive in the province for extreme water sports experience.Recently, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee R. Marcos welcomed international extreme water sports superstar Pete Cabrinha and his team last November 12 for a week long water sports action in Bangui and Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte.
According to Mr. Mon Manotok of Kingfisher Beach who hosts Cabrinha and his team, aside from the two towns in the north, Team Cabrinha also plans to see Badoc Island to explore the possibility of developing the island for extreme water sports and a commercial shoot for the Cabrinha brand.
Initial test surfing by the team was done last Monday along the shores of Bangui Windmills where Susi Mai of Germany and Reo Stevens of Hawaii, both professional windsurfers enjoyed the strong and gusty winds. Mai has won Queen of the Air three times in a row in Hawaii, an international windsurfing competition while Stevens is a champion of various kitesurfing events in the Asia- pacific and United States.
Pete Cabrinha is an American big-wave windsurfer/kite surfer and the founder of Cabrinha Kites, a brand which is widely used by extreme water sports professionals. International titles in surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing have put Pete at the top of a short list of world class watermen. Considered as one of the greatest in windsurfing, Cabrinha appeared in the 1998 Zalman King film In God’s Hands.
Mainly, Cabrinha and his team riders along with his brand distributors from Hong Kong, USA, Germany, South Africa, Spain and Taiwan are in the province to film a TV ad for the brand and to test new Cabrinha equipments before releasing them in the market in 2012. (Florante A. Nicolas, PGIN- CMO)