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Sun(?), Surf and Sand Weekend

We spent last weekend’s stormy weather in Zambales, learning how to surf (and to basically survive being thrown about and around the water)… take note, the operative word being “learning“. It was a classic case of nature working against us. We’ve been planning for our surfing trip for about a month and just when all is set and it’s just a few days away, weather reports stream in informing us that a storm is brewing. BUT… that didn’t stop us at all. Here are some photos from our trip.

It’s been raining non-stop on our way there. We left Manila at around 5AM… a couple of stop-overs later, we got to the resort at a little after 9AM. We stayed at Crystal Beach, Zamabales (Php3200 per room, House of Matthew cottage):

House of Matthew

House of Matthew

Matthew - 1

Matthew – 1

I’m personally so stoked that I’ll finally have the chance to surf… never mind that I’m scared of open waters… but when we got there, this is what greeted us:

Erratic Waves

Erratic Waves

Erratic Waves

Erratic Waves

Erratic Waves

Erratic Waves

So… it’s pretty safe to say I’m scared out of my wits!!! Those are bad-ass waves that even the pro-surfers/instructors are saying “nambubugbog yung alon” (the waves feel like it’s violently striking their body):

Surfer dude testing the waves

Surfer dude testing the waves

Surfer dude testing the waves

Surfer dude testing the waves

Nope, not for beginners at all. We waited for a while hoping that the weather will somehow clear-up and provide more manageable waves. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Good thing there’s another spot, a few minutes away, where the waves are a little bit calmer… that’s where they conducted the lessons (Php200 board rental, Php200 instructor’s fee):

Surfing 101

Surfing 101

Surfing 101

Surfing 101

Surfing 101 - Batch 1

Surfing 101 – Batch 1

Surfing 101 - Batch 2

Surfing 101 – Batch 2

Even if the waves seems intent on drowning us… I’m still proud of myself that I was able to stand:

I can surf!!!

I can surf!!!

Sorry for the very blurry photo. We can’t use the dslr cause it wasn’t waterproof. Still, proof is proof… and I have one!

We spent more time waiting for the “perfect” wave than actually riding one… I even have bruises and scratches but who cares, it was all worth it! With all the times I’ve been thrown off/tumbled down the surf board, I can honestly say that I now know how our clothes feel inside the washing machine. And yes, we will be coming back for more!!! 🙂

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