Surfing at Blue Lagoon in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

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

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steady now
(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.

cone-shaped islands

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.

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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.

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Lakbay Norte in Pagudpud

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.

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Christian and photography

Or just watch your companions surf (or struggle) and enjoy the view of a beautiful landscape.

surf fall
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.

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Blue Lagoon, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Ivan B. and Marcos were the natural ones who easily tamed the waves while Mike also showed us his skills in surfing.

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!

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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!

Pagudpud Surfing - Kapuluan Vista Resort - Blue Lagoon Maira-ira Beach - Pagudud - Ilocos Norte, Philippines (165300 - 120124)
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

Facebook Page:  Kapuluan Vista Resort Hotel and Restaurant


***Lakbay Norte 3 is an eight-day Media familiarization bus tour organized by the North Philippine Visitors Bureau to Rediscover the North of Luzon, Philippines.lakbay norte

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16 thoughts on “Surfing at Blue Lagoon in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte”

  1. @Cherrey: ganda ng colors ng lugar!

    @Joey: you can have guides to help you out. sir! 

    @Renz: wala pa ring tatalo dun!

    @Mica: pwede namang pumunta sa isang part dito na mababaw lang, Mica. ;D

    @Andy Bella: thanks for dropping by!

    @Ed Escueta: yep, nandito. you will!

    @nina: special feature ko sya sa next post nina! 😀


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