I have often associated surfing with Hawaii, ---giant waves, cloud 9's----long before surfing destinations in the Philippines like Siargao and San Juan La union became popular.And if there is another place getting more and more famous with surfing, it would be BEALER AURORA. And so I wanted to check it out, not because I wanted to surf but because I wanted to know if it really deserves the title as a Surfing Destination.
Baler is a 3rd class Municipality in the province of Aurora located 230 kilometers northeast of Manila.
Our first interaction with Sabang beach was through a new resort they call ALIYA in the Northern end of the beach.If you are a little allergic to the crowd, this is the place to be as the concentration of people is mostly at the Center of Sabang beach.
We were not guests of the hotels since we stayed in KL JAVERS HOMESTAY but the place is just open.You can walk in, sit in their seaside benches and order drinks if you want. They have
with majestic mountains on the background, Baler Surfing is like surfing in paradise
the surf instructors of Sabang Beach Baler Aurora
It took us almost an hour again to decide whether to try it or not.My friend Mitch along with my wife Teresa finally made up our mind.Now or never. It was getting dark again but we still managed to do a couple of tries.
That's good coz I realized surfing is no easy task. I got more scared when we were briefed.Blame the instructor saying "when you jump, jump on the side and never in front,an incoming wave might hit your board before you know it and the board might hit you as a result. When you fall,be sure to put your arms above your head before you surface, that is to protect your head from the board." I imagined blood on my head. hahaha.But one has to take such precautions seriously, as I realized, it's not as easy as it looks like when you are on the water at the mercy of the waves.
Perhaps I would make another entry which will focus more on what was going on in my mind and the struggle I had to go through just to be able to make that successful few minute stand of my surfboard. For now, I just wanna cling to the memory of it. That I am glad I finally tried it. Was is a success?Sorta.
Did I enjoy it? I guess not all first time experiences are enjoyable but it sure was an experience I wanna try again and again and again. The experience itself was fun but the actual surfing was one marred by worries and fear.I was too preoccupied thinking about me falling on the water rather the standing on the board.I was too busy hating my back for the pain I felt every time I pushed myself to stand.hahaha.Maybe it's like that for first timers.Or manybe it's just me.Then again, I will definitely be back for more, if not in Baler, somewhere else. I wonder if they have surfing in Tenerife Spain as I dream of holidays to tenerife.
BALER AURORA is no doubt a surfing paradise, I highly recommend the place for beginners who want to experience surfing.Summer in the Philippines is just heating up.You might wanna take that joybus to Baler and try this experience.
more Baler posts coming up!!!