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One of my main goals this year is to try surfing in San Juan La Union. Preferebly before the end of summer. It's the closest I knew as an alternative to far far Siargao. In the first place, I haven't tried it before so I think a beginners course would be enough. I have always thought SanJuan is the closes surfing paradise there is, until 
April 17 that is, when I realized that there's a place near the Metro where one can learn surfing and even do it in a competitive level!!!

Yes, it's in Club Manila East Taytay Rizal and this was the venue of the successful 2nd ANNUAL SURFING COMPETITION  for beginners dubbed the CME SURFING CUP 2011.

The CLUB MANILA EAST Surfing Cup 2011


CME SURFING CUP 2011_womens
Organized by Philippine Surfing Academy(PSA), the 2nd CME Surfing Cup was hosted by its president Paolo Soler who is a coach of surfing lessons himself. This year, there were 3 divisions for the competition, KIDS, LADIES and MEN'S. They battled to be the finest surfer in this side of the planet.

Together with some from the mainstream media like that of GMA-7 and INQ, I was one of the few bloggers who were invited to witness the event.
Mark Zambrano of GMA-7 interviewing Paolo Soler

The competition started at around 2pm with the kids division. The crowd was upbeat as they cheered for the small ones while they battle the waves. It was really exciting to see the kids being so good at it you wanna plunge in the water and try surfing yourself.. It pays to start early.
The Mens division and womens division competitions were equally exciting. The number of participants in this years Surfing Cup is proof of the enthusiasm of more and more Filipinos in surfing.

Many spectators watched the event. It was a Sunday afternoon so there were also many people who were in Club Manila East to enjoy the pool and the artificial waves, the CME SURFING CUP 2011 was an additional treat for them.

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It was in 2009 when Club Manila East (CME) broke records with the launching of OceanWaves, the biggest wave pool in the country. On top of having a pool area of more than 10 basketball courts combined, OceanWaves has also made its mark being the first surfing pool in the country with the most powerful waves of up to 1.5meters high.

Club Manila East is the perfect venue for this as it's proximity in Metro Manila is definitely an advantage.

Kids Division: 

Champion - Tereze Lumdang

2nd Place - Ramon Santillan
3rd Place - Cayna Gemora
4th Place - Tiki Santillan
Womens Division: 
Champion - Nicole Valenton
2nd Place - Zoe Lim
3rd Place - Patricia Marcia
4th Place - Yanna Gemora
CME SURFING CUP 2011_winners
Mens Division: 
Champion - Migui Winternitz
2nd  Place - Nolan Torre
3rd Place - Ian Laguerta
4th Place - Jenzo Pastrana
Aside from surfing, one can also experience the new and most exciting, high-flying attraction in CME, the CME FLY.  A 320-m zipline that will take you across the whole resort.Stretching from the OceanWaves down to the Giant Slide, the 6-floor high, 360-meter long zipline promises to take its guests to an adrenaline level they’ve never imagined.

With the addition of CME FLY, the possibility of having more exciting in-house activities such as wall climbing and rappelling cannot be far behind.

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  1. may surfing pala sa taytay.. astig di na kailan lumayp pa hehehe..
    si paopao pala andito.. galing naman hehehe..
    di ko pa natry mag surfing pero maybe next summer i will try hehee..
    so kamusta naman ang magsurfing mo?

  2. ang husay nung mga batang surfer. Bata pa lamang ay marunong na silang magbalance sa board. hihihi.

    based from the info na nilagay mo, mukang masarap dyan kasi malalaki ang alon. di na kailangang mag beach kung alon lang ang habol ng tao.

  3. ay ang galing naman. Dinala ang la union sa taytay. Ganda naman jan. inggit ako gusto ko magsurfing. Saka ang lakin ng pool. :)

  4. nice shots Anton!
    Thanks for coming to CME! :)

  5. buti pa sila marunong magsurf at lumnagoy hahahaha. astig!

  6. nung last time ngpunta ako CME, wala pa nyan. hehe, antgal na pla nun. :)

    Ganda ng shots :)

  7. Yay! Never tried surfing before. Kaya excited ako sa post ni Chyng. Hindi pa rin nagshshare ng feelings ang lola mo. Mukang fun talaga siya no? Sana tin-ry mo rin. Tinanong ko nga kung pwede yan gawin ng may suot na lifevest. Hindi daw ubra. Prone sa semplang. Lunod ako nun for sure. =)

  8. Ang hawt kapag babae ang surfer. Haha. Like! I've always wanted to try this pero walang chance eh. Tsaka yung wakeboarding? Ang cool eh. Kaya lang, ni skateboarding di me marunong. Hahaha.

  9. Ang ganda ng shots! ang ganda ng lens!.. :)

    gusto ko yang CME FLY, may reason na ako para mabalikan ang CME!.. :)

    pero bakit parang mas maraming pics ang babes in bikinis?.. hehehe :P lol

  10. way impressive. It's great to see Filipinos doing surfing. It make sense since we are surrounded by waters. I see people here going surfing all the time even in the cold, and I think, this would be so much better back home!

    And we visited CME last year when we went home for a vacation... my little one enjoyed the waves. I might just encourage him to try it out when he's a bit older.

    Great post!

  11. whoa! nice to see my coach. i remember when i took the lesson 1 there. saya diyan. good that you featured it here.

  12. have you tried Baler?! Just perfect! :D

  13. galing talaga ng mga shots mo Anton, kaya ka lagi naiinvite sa mga events, pro na pro na :)

  14. Wow, another perfect images of Pusang Kalye. Wish to be a professional phorgrapher like you sir.

  15. chambalero ka ian laguerta!


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