The Philippines is lucky to have waves all year round since we're surrounded by water and there are lots of swell beaches to see and surf. Since today's International Surfing Day, let me show you my Lomographs from the three surf trips that got me stoked this summer!
I have to say the Summer of 2013 has been very swell for me. Last year, I think I only went to two beaches: Boracay and Puerto Galera. But I’ve been lucky enough to go on seaside trips once a month since February and the most memorable ones are probably from when we went chasing waves because I haven’t gone surfing since 2010 and surfing in the Philippines is super sweet.
Since today, June 20, is International Surfing Day, let me share the good vibrations from my three surf expeditions:
For the first beach trip of the year, my Lomography Manila officemates and I went to the little fishing town of Liwa in San Felipe, Zambales to take a breather from work. We just enjoyed chilling at the beach by a bonfire, taking in the beautiful scenery and capturing it with our cameras (I used the lovely LC-Wide and my waterproof Canon Autoboy D5), and of course, surfing! We stayed at a quaint surfer inn called The Circle Hostel and loved gorging on the comfort food served at homey eateries in the area. The choco banana shakes at Phoebe’s are so good that we’ve already got a trip back planned in July!
See more Lomographs in the album Zurvivor.
San Juan, La Union
In March, I joined this Billabong Surf Camp organized by Surfista Travels with @chamielicious and it was two tons of fun! It was three days of pretty intensive training with a bunch of free-spirited surf sisters and we were coached by pro-surfer Luke Landrigan to boot! Unfortunately, my underwater film camera broke but luckily, I decided to borrow a Sprocket Rocket last minute and my surf photos turned out cool! La Union is the jump-off point for many local surfers and I recommend the Billabong San Juan Surf School for those who are surfing for the first time.
See more Lomographs in the album Waves ≈ Wahines.
After some flat wave forecasts in April, we decided to try our luck and head to Baler. While the waves were on the small side, we had a great time exploring the town with all its amazing attractions. There’s the biggest Balete tree in Asia which you can climb up and into, several awesome waterfalls, rivers and streams with ice cold water, and—best of all—you might even be lucky enough to spot a butanding or whale shark swimming by while surfing like we did! And trivia: Francis Ford Coppola shot the award-winning Apocalypse Now in this town so it felt natural to use hallucinatory films like Fuji Velvia and Redscale Superia.
I don’t consider myself a particularly sporty or outdoorsy person but I love going to the beach and pretending I can fly and feeling that natural high, so surfing is perfect for me. This “extreme sport” has opened me up to a lot of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, like-minded adventurous new friends, golden tans, and new perspectives, so I think everyone should surf for a dose of positivity and good vibes. You’ve got to try it at least once in your life and especially if you end up traveling around the Philippines. Stoked!
For more info, visit:
- International Surfing Day
- The Circle Hostel
- Surfista Travels Philippines
- Billabong San Juan Surf School
- Mahdox Surf
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