Sole Sisters' Guide to Surfing in the Philippines (Part 2)Tuesday, January 04, 2011
- There are few places to rent boards so better bring your own or borrow one before going. The little shop on the corner of the road that rents boards can charge 300PHP (around 5USD)/hour or more depending on the demand.
|Roxy the shitzu learns to surf on Bagasbas Beach|
Partas Transport in Cubao offers 24/7 operation with hourly trips to Laoag province up North. Tell the bus conductor you'll be getting off at Urbiztondo in San Juan, La Union. If you're driving from Manila. take the North Expressway and drive straight past San Fernando, La Union. Look for the signs saying Urbiztondo on the left side of the road. When you reach Sebay Resort, then you know you're in the right place.
Sebay Resort is just one among many places to stay in the area. The go-to guy here for board rentals and surf lessons is Badz. He's never failed to give us discounted rates everytime we rent boards from him. He also watches me when I surf and gives me tips on how to improve. You can also learn to surf with gorgeous Luke Landrigan and his small army of surf instructors at the Billabong Surf School in San Juan Surf Resort. Both resorts have pricey airconditioned rooms but ask about cheaper rates for fan rooms. If you're on a tight budget and not too picky, try Hacienda Peter's next door.
- Try the banana pancakes at San Juan Surf Resort. They're to die for! You can even ask to add pineapple or mango to this delicious breakfast. Hands down, this place serves the best food in the area, But get ready to spend a few more hundred pesos.
- There are two areas for surfing in San Juan. There's the beach break in front of Sebay and San Juan Surf Resort which is great for beginners. But if you're feeling more adventurous, try the reef break a few meters away, in front of Mona Liza resort. You'll find locals and Japanese surfers here on most mornings.
|Start them young|
|Catching a wave on Sabang Beach in front of Kahea's|
Have you been to any of these surf spots? How did you find the experience? Are there any surf spots you want to add to the list? Share your story with us by leaving a comment below.
Sole Sister Lois