Life is more precious than any other thing in this world, even gold. This is exactly what is personified by the heroic act of a Filipino surfer who opted to abandon his race for gold in the men’s longboard open competition for surfing in the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games so he could rescue a rival who had figured in an accident.
According to Inquirer, Local surfer Roger Casugay didn’t think twice about saving Indonesia’s Arip Nurhidayat who broke his leash and was swept away by the huge waves at the competition venue at Monaliza Point in San Juan, La Union, according to a Facebook post by a certain Jefferson Ganuelas.
“Indonesian longboard sensation @mencosss broke his leash and swept away and being pounded by triple overhead bomb waves at Monaliza Point. Local surfer @roger_casugay rescued him not minding the ongoing race for gold medal,” he wrote.
The inspiring display of sportsmanship was also shared by the official SEA Games 2019 Facebook page, confirming that Casugay sacrificed his own chance at winning because he went on to assist the competitor in distress.
“This is how #WeWinAsOne,” the post said.
The United Philippine Surfing Association (UPSA) also commended Casugay’s effort and called it “sportsmanship at its finest!”
After Casugay came to Nurhidayat’s rescue, both returned to the shore sharing a surfboard. “During their heat, Mencos broke his leash while paddling out. Roger, being the closest to him, came to his rescue and paddled back to the shore tandem surfing the beach break,” the UPSA post further said.
The competition has been put on hold until further notice, but in the eyes of netizens, Casugay is already a winner.
After the incident, the crowd broke into cheers, and the two athletes were all smiles and held each other’s hands up like two champions. It’s #WeWinAsOne after all.
As Roger’s name may ring a bell to some, it’s because he has previously become a hot topic online and was even featured in Kapuso Mo: Jessica Soho after his love story with his girlfriend, Lisa became known to the public. Now, we already have an idea of why Lisa fell madly in love with Roger.
Here is Roger Casugay feature video from KMJS:
Kudos to Roger and all the athletes who are all heroes in their own right. Indeed, #WeWinAsOne spirit should reign above all the types of medals and honor our athletes may give to their respective countries.