German billiard champ trends underwater billiard in Boracay

February 21, 2012 11:43 am 

BORACAY Island, Malay, Aklan, Feb. 21 – A local dive shop here is planning to introduce underwater billiard in this resort island as another tourism lure.

This developed after world renowned Thorstenn Bernard Hohmann, 32, a German national, had successfully managed to play underwater billiard along the station 2 in Barangay Balabag, Boracay last February 16.

Hohmann, also kown as "Hitman" or "Toasti", a three- time world champion played underwater billiard with another international pool champion Mika Immonen, "The Iceman," a Finnish national.

Mike Labatiao, former president of the Boracay Association of Scuba Diving Schools (BASDS), said that he was informed that as soon as the group finished playing with underwater billiards they re-surface again.

"I was told that the underwater billiard played in a five-meter deep water just came as an idea of the tourists," said Labatiao, adding that the group of Hohmann wore scuba diving gears while playing.

Hohmann reportedly entered through a short term sponsorship with Yalin Billiards, considered as the leading table manufacturer in the world, which is based in China, to craft a pool table purposely for underwater billiard game in this resort island. (PNA) FFC/LOR/AJP/JNA/vlo

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