Pinoy Surfer Sets Aside Battle for Gold, Saves Indonesian Competitor Being Swept Away by Waves

A Pinoy surfer recently went viral as he saves his Indonesian opponent mid-competition, even if they’re vying for gold!

They were competing and both vying for the gold in the 2019 South East Asian Games (SEA Games) but when his Indonesian opponent got into trouble in the middle of the competition, Pinoy surfer Roger Casugay decided to stop and save the other guy! This could have clearly cost him the gold, but for Roger, the life of the other guy was more valuable than winning the gold – even if the other guy is his opponent who is also trying to win the gold. For his impressive sportsmanship, this Pinoy athlete is making waves online!

Photo credit: Jefferson Ganuelas / Facebook

It was on December 6, when in the middle of the men’s long board competition when the leash of Indonesian surfer Arip Nurhidayat broke free from his board. This threw him off-balance. As Arip was being swept away by the waves, Roger broke off from the competition to save the Indonesian athlete.

Of course, just like all the events in the SEA Games, there were plenty of race officials, emergency crew, and medical teams all over the place but Roger knew that every second counts when encountering accidents at sea. He was the closest person to Arip. He knew he had to help.

Photo credit: Jefferson Ganuelas / Facebook

It did not matter to the Pinoy athlete that they were both racing for the gold. Netizens love what he did, saying that he has a heart of gold and will always win the hearts of both Pinoy and Indonesian people for what he did on this day. The match has since been postponed, but everyone is thankful that both surfers are alright. Kudos, Roger! You’re a hero. You made us all proud…

THIS IS HOW #WEWINASONE 🇵🇭Filipino surfer Roger Casugay (white) rescued Arip Nurhidayat (red) of Indonesia after the…

Posted by Philippine Star on Thursday, December 5, 2019