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About Surfing in Philippines

Surfing used to be a sport that only thrill seekers and water babies are brave enough to try. But over the years, tourists have started to embrace the waves and have traveled to the many surfing spots in the country just to ride the tide.

In addition, the blossoming surfing communities also adds to the many reasons why surfers and even non-surfers make the journey. The chill vibe, the relaxing ambiance, and the warm welcome that the locals of each surfing community extends to everyone all serve as additional driving forces behind every visit.

Surf spots in the Philippines

There are many places in the country where one can enjoy some great waves. Siargao is named as the surfing capital of the Philippines and is popular among wave riders. Located in the province of Surigao del Norte in Mindanao, it is known for its numerous surf spots and its peaceful and relaxing vibe that draws in many tourists wanting to escape from the urban grind. Surfers from all over the world fly into Siargao to try the gnarly waves at Cloud 9, the town's most prominent surf spot. It's so popular that it has become the venue for international surfing events participated in by surfers coming from all parts of the globe. Meanwhile, Jacking Horse supplies beginner-friendly waves for neophytes.

La Union is another well-known surfing destination. Just about five hours away from Manila, it offers a drivable surfing escapade for city dwellers. The surfing hub is located in Barangay Urbiztondo in the town of San Juan, where the public beach presents an amazing surfing experience for both beginners and enthusiasts. With many surf schools just along the shore, one can easily learn how to stand on a surfboard and ride the waves.

Baler is another surf spot which you can visit in Luzon. It's about six hours from Metro Manila and is also a great place to learn how to surf whether you are a beginner or have already experienced surfing several times already. Sabang Beach is the main hub for surfing and offers both surfing lessons and board rentals. For the more experienced surfers, Cemento Beach features more gnarly waves if you are up for a challenge.

Alternatives to surfing

Not everyone has the luxury to travel to these surfing destinations whenever they feel like hitting the waves. If the call of the waves is just too loud for you not to ignore, then there are other options which you can explore to get that adrenaline rush that you've been craving.

One way you can surf without having to go to the beach is to try flow boarding. There are several flow boarding facilities all over the country and the idea is that you hop on a board and ride the makeshift waves created by a machine. It gives you the same experience as surfing on the beach, only safer because of the soft landing. No need to wait for surfing session because flow boarding waves are present all-year round. Much like a surfing experience, you'll also be taught and guided by an instructor so there's no need for you to worry even if it's you first time to try it.

Meanwhile, if you happen to be in Boracay, there may not be a surf spot there but they've got the next best thing: windsurfing. Windsurfing is a combination of sailing and surfing: think riding your usual surfboard but with a rotating rig attached to it, consisting of a mast, a boom, and a sail. Since the waves in Boracay are not that strong, windsurfing relies on the power of the wind to propel you across the waters. If you want to try your hand at this sport, Bulabog Beach is considered as the water sports capital of Boracay, where you can experience extreme activities such as windsurfing and kitesurfing among others.