"Learn How To Surf" - Is this on your bucket-list too? I was so lucky to be with the people who have the same goals in life - to experience Siargao Island and to learn how to surf. I guess, I fell in love with both experiences. I know my travel diary to Siargao Island from our hometown was all worth it!
We arrived at the island in the afternoon and we just watched people who are having surfing lesson during sunset time. Looks like the struggle was real for first timers, then to find out how difficult it is for beginners, we decided to have our surfing session in the morning as early as 7AM!
It will cost you PHP500/hr with instructor and board. Oh well, not a bad rate, all of their instructors have licensed and professionals. They also have other options such as rent a board unlimited or per day if you already had at least three to four sessions of surfing lessons, they will allow you to surf alone. For beginners, of course its given that you need a guidance from instructor.
Finally sharing my soul surfing experience to you.
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What's good about this session is that Hendrix volunteered to take photos and videos of us while we are doing our surfing lesson and the photos turned out so cool! He was at the boardwalk and took best shots to all of us.
On our way to the surfing site we have to walk through the boardwalk as you can see above photo. I was with Ching and her sister Nicole.
Before you start, they will give you some basic instructions: proper paddling, how to stand up, and balance. If you know how to do planking or push-up or cobra inhale in yoga, it will be easier for you to stand on board. I can stand up and balance using my right leg in front and left leg at the back. You will see more in the photos below.
My instructor, Alvin teaching me how to paddle.
After few sequences of paddle, push-up, stand, I was so ready to hit the water!
Here we go!
Obviously, I fell so many times as a beginner after I stand and can't balance HAHAHA!
You know the next sequence of this photo..
Distance is Important
Nicole and I had a minor accident when our boards collide and my board hit her ankle or shin, then we both fell so hard that we hit our feet on the corals and rocks. Make sure to inform your instructor to have distance to others to avoid this minor accident. We both had cut on our toes. It was prickly because of the saltwater, but we still managed to surf again and have fun.
For less than an hour, you can stand, balance and had "just to get wet" ,"got a few" and "good for what it is" in surfing made me so happy! (*surfing terms here)
If you are active into fitness work out or any activities like me, Muay Thai, Yoga and Running, you will never have a problem with strength and some breathing and you will not feel body pain the next day!
This is my favorite shot. My last ride or last wave before calling it a day.
After surfing lesson, look how tired and happy we are.
We were all wearing rash guard and look at Nicole, she's so sexy.
|Nicole, Jewel, Ching|
With our photographer Hendrix!
Thank you so much for taking our photos.
The trio in Siargao:
Ching of www.chingsadaya.com
Going back to our room at Point 303 Beach Cloud 9 Resort and walked like I don't have a cut. We were getting ready to have our island hopping, I will blog about it soon.
Overall, learning surfing is fun!
I had bruises as you can see in this photo right knee, the next day all of them turned into color violet (I don't know the term of it) and really hurts, I also got bruised on my ribs area and scratches on my elbows and the cut on my left toe due to minor accident. I am not discouraging you not to do surfing, in fact these are remembrance and proof that you had fun and learned.
PS: Isn't this golden retriever dog name Pilsen so adorable? I can't help it and asked Ching to take photo of us. Dogs at Siargao island are friendly too! This photo is taken when we were going to our sunset surfing session. Surf pa more! (more photos soon)
If this is also on your bucket list, go surf now! Who said summer is over? Summer is forever!
Thank you, Siargao Travels for arranging our trip!
(van transfers and room accommodation w/ breakfast)
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Have a great day everyone!xx