Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Ride the Waves - Surfing at San Juan, La Union

It'd been a long while since my daughter Ikee wanted to surf.  I guess since she was in the 6th grade or so.  Anyway, it became a reality for her last December when we decided we'd just go on a short trip up north to San Juan, La Union.

The trip took about 9 hours or so including stopovers for coffee and wee breaks.  It was around 2 pm when we got there having left at around 6 am.  We were not in a hurry to get to San Juan as my cousin-in-law, Mike, and Ikee's cousin, Carlo, knew that the waves weren't due till late afternoon.  So, we ate a rather late breakfast along the way and had lunch at Sebay Resort where we were billeted.  Sebay is a cheap alternative for surfers who are only there to surf but do not mind how the accommodation looks like.  We had paid about 2000 pesos for the 4 of us.  It was basic but clean nonetheless.  There were other resorts but they were either full or too expensive.  Besides, both Mike and Carlo recommended the place so we tried it.  It was ok. I'd give it a 7/10.

At about 4 pm, Ikee, Carlo and Mike trotted to the beach and got a surf instructor to teach them.  My husband and I just watched them as the 3 surfers-wannabes listened intently. It turned out that as Ikee was a beginner and the guys weren't pros themselves, they needed an instructor not just to teach them but to also guide them.  The whole package of the 1 hour board rental with instruction cost 400 per person.  Not a bad deal.  After 10 to 15 minutes of combined lecture, demo and return demo, they were off with their boards to ride the waves.  Here are some pics:

I guess the 3 enjoyed the waves as they returned the next day for another hour of stoke.  And guess what?  They wanted to drop by for yet another hour after our 3-day trip to Ilocos.

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