Any surfers here? Hands up! Hands up!
Do you still remember what I wrote more than a year ago in Catanduanes- A Frustrated Surfer Wannabe at Puraran? After so many years of trying to play with the waves, I can now say, ‘I am a surfer.‘ I was able to ride the waves of Gubat Bay in Sorsogon a lot of times unassisted. Let me share you some moments while I was on the water a month ago:
1745 hours, 14th of September 2012
The waves in Gubat are just perfect when we went there (there is a typhoon in Manila). I actually arrived late from turn-over of books during the Book Sharing Project, the sun had already set so I tried to maximize the remaining sunlight until we cannot distiguish the horizon from thew coming waves anymore.
My rides were good, three consecutive successful attempt with a 6’9 longboard and I was in tune with the swell. You see ‘life is better when you surf.’
“Stoked” as surfers would call it. But I have to paddle back, its time to rest and prepare for more rides the next day.
*Gubat Bay faces the Pacific Ocean and is home to the Gubat Bay Surfers, they are the youngest surf team in the Philippines.
0530 hours, 15th of September 2012
I was up early, I walked eastward to check the ocean and there they were again- sets of surfable waves, three to five feet waiting for a newbie like me.
I hurriedly donned on my choice board shorts and rashguard. And just like the previous day- I was doing great, my paddling skills are better now. But I guess I need to learn more about patience- of choosing between riding an okay wave or waiting for a better one. You see, “Life, like surfing is all about wave selection and balance. Never let the best waves in life go by.” It was natural high and this would continue until my arms are already tired of paddling. As I told you before, ‘life is better when you surf.”
You should try if you haven’t yet.
Thanks to O’neill Philippines for sporting me with the board shorts and rashguard, I feel so gwapo when I wear those.
I really love the fit of my Superfreak board shorts which is made from water-resistant Psychostretch fabric. This provides plenty of comfort and flexibility with 100% four-way stretch polyester spandex which allows the board shorts to move with me both horizontally and vertically without clinging or chafing my legs. Plus the color combination, fit and style syncs with my personality. Its like I’m one with what I wear. You would also notice the locking drawcord that contains an interlocking pattern (rubberized ~ ~ ~ design) that keeps it closed especially during wipe-outs.
Now, its my fave shorts! I used it even while not surfing. =)
My rashguard compliments my shorts too, I guess I look really really good in blue, agree? Plus it protects me from harmful UV Rays because it gives up to 50+ Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF). What I love is the board short connector loop at the front bottom center of garment. This keeps my rash guard on when I get into ‘washing machines.’
PS. I practiced my paddling skills at Dahican Beach, Mati City the last August and September. Thanks to my team- The Amihan Boys. I can’t wait to go back there this weekend for a month of surfing and beach bumming.
Ending this post with my mantra while out there,
Life is better when you surf \m’