One of the things that makes me feel most alive, besides traveling, is surfing.
I got into the sport a few years back and since then I've been hooked. I did not start out with any formal instruction. Just a long board and a bunch of people eager enough to learn and push each other on the board whenever there was an oncoming wave. I have to admit, it felt really cool to finally be able to stand up and ride that wave. Here are 10 reasons why I think every Sole Sister should get into surfing (and Sole-dier boys for that matter):
1 Ever seen a surfer with a beer gut?
2 The ocean is a great Life Coach. For starters, it teaches you to be patient while waiting for the perfect wave, to paddle as hard as you can even when it hurts, to just ride that wave and to quickly get back on the board after getting wiped out.
3 The Philippines is a premier surfing haven. With its temperate waters, there's no need for a bulky wetsuit. And you can surf all year round.
4 It will not only jumpstart you on a healthy lifestyle, it's also a great way to meet surfer dudes. Surfer babes, if you're a guy. (Right, Hutch?)
5 If a dog can do it, why can't you?
6 There are no known shark attacks in the Philippines.
7 You don't need to own a board to learn how to surf. Board rental is dirt cheap for 200PHP (less than $5)/hour. I usually haggle with the locals to rent a board for 400PHP for half a day. A smile and the promise of renting from them again always does the trick.
8 Surfing is an intense full-body workout. Trust me on this. You'll be sore the next day. In all the right places.
9 Three words for ya: Cheap surf lessons. It costs 200PHP (less than $5)/hour on an average to hire a surfing instructor.
10 Only a surfer knows the feeling of getting stoked. Now don't take my word for it. Find out for yourself!
Now that I've convinced brainwashed you to try surfing, Let me share with you the four best surf spots in the Philippines for beginners. That's coming up on Part 2 so stay tuned for that.
So are you up for the surfing challenge? Leave us a comment because we love hearing what you think.
Sole Sister Lois
Photo Round up (in order of appearance):
1 Joy Ishi on a wave during the 2007 Rimat Ti Amianan Surfing Competition in San Juan, La Union.
2 German surfer asking me and my friends to join them for drinks (a.k.a. buko juice) in San Juan, La Union.
3 My brother in law, Manchos and our dog Roxy learning how to surf in Bagasbas Beach, Daet. She's not named Roxy for nothin'.
4 Cameron Diaz with a surfboard from here.
5 Collage of photos from my many trips to San Juan, La Union this year.