Cebuano wakeboarder eyes SEA Games gold medal next
Caecent No-ot Magsumbol (The Freeman) - March 21, 2019 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines — After a much needed rest and recreation, Cebuano wakeboarder Raphael “Raph” Pilapil Trinidad is back in training as he looks forward to another historic finish when the country plays host to the Southeast Asian Games later this year at Clarkfield, Pampanga.


Trinidad, who hails from Liloan town north of Cebu, is eyeing no less than the gold in his SEA Games debut.

Pressure is building up on the 17-year-old Trinidad to produce gilt for the country in the biennial meet after he made history as the first Filipino to medal in a world wakeboard championship.

The four-time national champion bagged silver in the open men’s division of the 2019 World Open Cable Wakeboard Championships at the Pampa Cable Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina next month.

Prior to that, Trinidad took bronze in WWA Wakepark World Championships at the Camarines Sur Watersports Complex back in 2016. 

“Good things don’t come overnight. Be patient and never give up,” shared Trinidad upon returning to rigid training at the Republ1c Wakepark in Laguna.

While aiming for gold in the SEA Games, Trinidad also hopes to represent the Philippines in as many international events possible as he wants to help stir more interest and up the level of wakeboarding in the country.

“I hope to represent the Philippines in competitions worldwide and help in pushing the level of wakeboarding,” said Trinidad.

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