Sunday, July 22, 2012

Surf in La Union

A friend sent an invitation to surf in San Juan, La Union. I was a bit hesitant at first because I don't know how to swim then and you can't surf with a life vest. But then that time I had a rib injury and so, I can't surf. Still I went because it was something new to me. 

We met up midnight at Partas Bus line in their Cubao terminal. Cubao always freaks me out but this terminal was spacious, well-lighted and has security in it. It also has wi-fi access that I was able to use while I wait for my other companions.

Since the 1:00am trip was a premium bus, we had no choice but to take the De Luxe where we had to add like a 100+ to the regular fare, which wasn't bad at all.
My seat.
There are only 3 seats in a row.
De Luxe seats mean more leg room . . . more comfortable . . . it has a recliner too.
The trip was also fast because we had only one stop. 

We arrived at our destination in 5 hours. If you pass by this sign, it means you miss your stop :)

If this doesn't tell you that you're already at the surfing area, I don't know what will he he he

This is River.
He just stares at you and just like the surfers,  he just lies there and chills.

The weather was just lovely and perfect when we got there

I've always associate Mango shakes with beaches  so I make it a point to always order  one
My San Miguel Mango Shake

I was left being the photographer because I had a rib injury and can't surf

Saw this man on the rocks. This is safe when the waves aren't big but it can be dangerous  when there are huge waves. It can throw you out on the sharp rocks. I watched an episode in Bondi Rescue where the waves had no mercy in throwing tourists while having a photo shoot with the waves behind them.

The whole time, she had her umbrella
Cam you tell how many woman are there?
They were a happy group. They did not surf but just waited for the waves to hit them. If I did not have my ribs injured, I would have joined them though not as daring as their swim wear.

Three things you need before the surf; Sunblock, rash guard with high spf and board shorts

Surfing lessons are everywhere in this area. Of course, Billabong is well-known in the surfing world. We also have them here in the Philippines. You can also rent rash guard.

Surf lessons

Picking your board. The long boards are good for beginners. The short ones are harder to use they said.
Once you have your board, you tie them to your ankles while on land.

You have to carry your own board or you can have your surf instructor carry it for you he he he
A kid as young as her can do it! She was fierce!
Surfing instructor guiding Ria to the waves
You also need to watch your area. Give courtesy to others.
Just like this photo where they could have crashed into each other.
There will be times that you have a moment with your instructors because the waters are flat and you just wait for your waves
Patience is a virtue. You'll get your wave.
She did a good job on her first time to surf. You would see the smiles on her face every time she gets up on the board.
He looks like he does this every day
They had another session after lunch but the sun hid and the waves were always breaking and turns into whitewash.
They got frustrated and easily got exhausted.

Everyone happy!
I met another friend and this dog was just beautiful sitting next to me while we watch the surfers
Aside from the thrilling experience they had, here are the other souvenirs they got aside from the body pain.
They were fine with it and proudly can say they had a great time, they were able to do it and laughs about the bruises.

This was just a day trip. 
We then decided to have dinner in Baguio which took us about 2 hours to get there.
We took the Partas Bus again bound to Baguio.
This was hilarious. If you notice, we went to La Union with class . . . sitting on De Luxe seats and we ended up with center seats . . . little kid's mono block seats ha ha ha but we were tired to complain.
After this experience, I immediately went to swimming classes    
to overcome the fear of whatever might happen to me if I was left in the open water. I did not get a chance to go back and try surfing because schedule did not permit it with other travels.
Though for sure one day, I will! 



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