I love the water. Even as a kid, we would always go to the beach or pools during weekends. We’d normally take a swim, build sand castles, jump into the sea, and do just about any activity available. I’ve developed this fascination that even as a grownup, I’d be willing to try any physical exercise that involves water.
Lakbay Norte 3: Surfing at Blue Lagoon
Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
(photo by Marcos)
I prefer experimenting with watersports and it’s only a few that I’ve done so far – skimboarding in Argao, Cebu and kneeboarding in Camarines Sur. Both of which, I know I’m not good at but I’m happy to have at least tried them.
I remember the time when I rode my first (and only) wave in Siargao. One hour wasn’t enough but my body couldn’t take it anymore as I easily got tired. I also never had a picture of me standing on the board, until now.
Prior to getting the itinerary for our Lakbay Norte 3 trip, I hoped to visit La Union which is one of the more well-known surfing spots in North Luzon. I was surprised after reviewing our schedule of activities that it was going to be held in Pagudpud.
Mike Oida of Kapuluan Vista Resort teaching the basics of surfing
After having lunch at the Kapuluan Vista Resort, by Mr. Mike Oida brought us outside outside for basic lessons on how to stay on the surfboard.
I remember not remembering anything! haha. I was too mesmerized by the view outside the resort and how naturally blue the water was. I could spend the afternoon just staring at the sea. But then, we were there for some action and I’ve always wanted to surf.
Off we went to the beach where Mike and his team waited. It’s good to have guides to help us. Aside from teaching us how to catch a good wave, they were the ones who helped drag our boards when we’re too tired to paddle.
If you’re not much of the physical type, you can simply take photos of your surroundings like my friend Christian.
Christian and photography
Or just watch your companions surf (or struggle) and enjoy the view of a beautiful landscape.
No one drowned 😀
When it was my turn to swim, I felt nervous cause I was under a lot of pressure. I kept laughing at Angel and James when they’d fall off so I had to make sure I wouldn’t embarrass myself. Unfortunately, I also fell countless times.
I thought I could easily stand up since I’m a bit stronger now compared to my first surfing experience. But I had to swim farther which exerted more energy. I felt a little hopeless too, and wondered if I could still catch a good wave. When I finally found one, stood up, and stayed on the board for a couple of seconds, the effort was worth it!
Pinoy Travel Bloggers and the obligatory surfboard shot (photo by Marcos)
Marcos of Ambot-Ah, Gael of ThePinaySolobackpacker, yours truly, Kara of TravelingUp, Angel of Lakwatsero, Christian of LakadPilipinas, James of JourneyingJames
I didn’t have a photo during that trip to Siargao, that’s why I’m so glad to finally have one in Pagudpud. I’d like to go back there one of these days to practice some more. I already have flights to thailand but this was a good break. But for now, I’m contented with having the picture below as a souvenir. Surf’s up!
finally, a captured shot! Thanks Marcos!
(photo by Marcos)
For Surfboard Rentals, Lessons and other Inquiries:
Kapuluan Vista Resort
Sitio Baniaran, Barangay Balaoi
Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
+63 (920) 9522528 / (920) 9285273
Check out my other Lakbay Norte 3 adventures here:
- Lakbay Norte 3: Rediscover the North
- Surfing at Blue Lagoon in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
- Quick Stop at Suba Sand Dunes in Paoay, Ilocos Norte
- Dawel River Cruise & Bangus Harvest in Dagupan, Pangasinan
- White Water Rafting at Chico River in Kalinga
- Paddleboarding in Paoay Lake, Ilocos Norte
- Off-Road 4×4 Adventure to Puning Hot Springs in Angeles, Pampanga
- Sand Spa & Mudpack at Puning Hot Springs in Angeles, Pampanga
- Sport Fishing at Pantabangan Dam in Nueva Ecija
Food & Accommodation:
- The Manor Hotel in Baguio City
- Lunch at Kapuluan Vista Resort, Pagudpud
- Widus Resort and Casino Hotel in Clark, Pampanga
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