Surf’s Up

15 01 2007

Just got back from a weekend in San Juan, La Union where me and some friends from the office took the time off to experience a surfer’s life. Thanks to Stan and Kian, we got pretty good accommodations, an excellent surf instructor and waves that were enough to help us learn the basics.

Like any beginner, I was not able to stand on the board (beginners always get the long boards since it’s easier to learn on them) even after trying for 30 mins with Kian. Jan had the instructor first. When it was my turn, I was able to ride my first wave all the way to the end!!! It was so cool, and I couldn’t hide my smile. I was able to ride a couple more times, and fell a lot more times. It was so much fun though. Yes, even the falling part. I guess I had the instructor for 30 mins as well.

During the afternoon, Stan let us borrow his short board (which is easier to paddle but harder to balance). We all tried it out but none ever got to ride it. I think I almost did but only up to a kneeling position. Of course, Stan and Kian got to rode well. At night, we had some Boracay mix, and spent the rest of our consciousness star gazing. I was pretty tired that day so I did not last long in gazing the black abyss.

The next day we rented 2 long boards but the waves were pretty fierce. Getting out to the sea was tough enough, and riding the waves was rare and hard! I was able to ride once but did not get to stand. I stood up too late. I also got a heavy beating when I hit the sand under the sea and I thought I heard my neck crack a bit but I ended okay. I just hope my brain functions well this week as I am on night shift at work.

All in all, it was a pretty swell weekend. I am definitely going back! I just need to earn back more money. To those who might be thinking of going out to surf, I spent PhP2,500 and it’s worth it!

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