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Filipino surfer Roger Casugay saves Indonesian competitor’s life during match at 2019 SEA Games

A Filipino surfer is being hailed a hero after he abandoned his round to save a fellow competitor from drowning at the 2019 SEA Games. Roger Casugay saved Indonesian surfer Arhip Nurhidayat from drowning after Arhip lost his board to the waves, reports Fox Sports.

The event took place in the Philippines on Friday. The waves were especially dangerous that day because Typhoon Tisoy just passed the area. Casugay and Arhip were fighting for a spot on the finals to face off with Jay Esquivel for the Gold in longboard surfing, reports Spin.ph. Casugay was leading in points over Arhip and was on his way to securing his spot on the finals. But he saw Arhip being swept away by the rolling waves after he broke his leash and lost his board. Casugay abandoned his run and saved Arhip’s life and the two of them rode Casugay’s board to safety.

Arip Nurhidayat holding Roger Casugay's hand up for saving his life
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On land, Arhip raised Casugay’s hand and declared him a “champion.”

The event was postponed that day and Saturday due to dangerous wave conditions. However, it looks like Sunday’s wave forecast looks good so the two surfers will compete again for the final spot.

Roger Casugay was hailed a hero in his native Philippines. One commenter said, “We are proud of you!! That’s the best honor you can give to the Philippines!!!”

Another commenter said, “SEA Games official should give this man more than a gold medal.”

Definitely, give this man the Gold and all the medals for being a hero.

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