Surfing is one of those things I’ve always wanted to try. Sort of like a bucket list thing. This trip is my second chance to cross it off the list. We went to La Union last year on the US Thanksgiving holiday weekend and my first attempt… well, it was a bust. So this time, I was determined. I had one goal: surf.
For this trip, we rented a van, so sorry guys, no break down for fares, or accommodations either (we slept at a friend’s place in Pangasinan). We did go to Isdaan, in Gerona, Tarlac for lunch. Our one tourist-y stop over.
I remember the first day of our trip spent on the road, then lunch in Isdaan and then dinner and drinks at our friend’s place. The second day had us up early. We had about an hour (or two?) drive to La Union.
Our stop was at Billabong Surf School in San Juan, La Union. A one hour surf lesson with an instructor cost us PHP350.00 each. Please check out Billabong Surf School’s website for their current rates (it shows PHP400 on their site). Billabong lends you a rash guard for the lessons, but you can also bring one, if you have your own.
The lesson starts off with the instructor teaching you how to paddle and stand up properly on the surf board. This lasts for maybe 10 minutes then, with the instructor, you’ll try to apply whatever he taught you on land in the water. This is the hard part. Or maybe that’s just me.
See, if you know me in the real world and you’ve seen me do any physical activity, you would know that I have terrible hand eye coordination and a dismal sense of balance. I have been known to trip over my own feet (yes, it happens). Surfing, already challenging to some, is my defiance to my own physicality and stability. I lost that dispute with myself the first time, I will not lose again. Was I successful? Why, yes. Yes, I was.
OK, so I didn’t suddenly go Blue Crush on everyone there. That takes months (maybe years) of work. But I stood up, for maybe a minute, or less. The point is, I did it. That felt good. Going back to Manila that night had me tired but absolutely happy. I met my goal. Will I try surfing again? Maybe. Why not? I could possibly only improve, right?
Another retro post. This happened Feb. 11-12, 2012