Amid race for SEA Games gold, Filipino surfer rescues Indonesian competitor being hit by strong waves

Filipino surfer Roger Casugay opted to rescue his Indonesian competitor, Arip Nurhidayat, than get the gold in the SEA Games surfing competition in La Union on Friday, Dec. 6. The Indonesian’s leash had been detached from his surfboard. He was being hit by strong waves at that time, a post from Jefferson Ganuelas said./Jefferson Ganuelas/SEA Games FB/

(Eagle News) –Filipino Roger Casugay  didn’t mind setting aside the battle for the South East Asian Games gold in the surfing competition on Friday, Dec. 6.

For him, it was more important to save his competitor, Indonesia’s Arip Nurhidayat, who was being hit by strong waves after his leash got detached from his surfboard during the ongoing event in La Union, netizen Jefferson Ganuelas said.

The scenes were captured by Ganuelas in pictures, which were shared by the official account of the 30th SEA Games.

Casugay’s heroic deed did not go unnoticed on social media.

“HUMAN LIFE OVER THE GOLD. It is the best example of being human, of humanity,” netizen Ogie de Guzman said.

“That’s the essence of #WeWinAsOne!!…” netizen Fe Ly said.

At present, SEA Games organizers have said the sports event had been put on hold.