Among the list of surf spots in the Philippines, there are some that we really really want to surf. These spots have amazing waves and even amazing scenery. Paradise on earth, paradise for surfers. Oh yes, this is the stuff we think of when we are slumped in our seats in front of the computer. So while the surf is being flat as of the moment, we at LokalSoul has compiled a short list of dream surfing destinations we’d rather be in, and it goes like this:
TOP 5 Philippine Surfing Dream Destinations
1. ABCD Beach, Calicoan Island, Eastern SAMAR
What we have here is island surfing. I mean how can you not dream of it? It’s island surfing. Dreams are made of island surfing. And the breaks. Left and right long rides some even barelling. Awesome video too with familiar surfers from different hometowns of Philippine surfing doing turns and cutbacks. It’s also about the place. Calicoan is such a beautiful island worth visiting even without the surf. This place is really for the soul. And staying at the Calicoan Surf Camp ain’t a bad idea now. The place is a comforting nook that offers both luxury and tranquility. But between you and me really, I find it a bit expensive. But hey, we are dreaming right? So that’s where we’re gonna stay! A 2-hr massage here please.
2. Cloud 9 Reef Break, Siargao Island, Surigao Del Norte
Not only a dream destination for local surfers, it is a dream destination for ALL surfers around the world. The video tells it all. Billabong holds a yearly competition and proudly to say Siargao local Edito “Peso” Alcala won the event in 2008! Will he do it again this year? Lokalsoul will be there this September and hopefully the Peso will triumph again. Lokals represent!
3. Majestics Reef Break at Puraran Bay, Baras, Catanduanes
This surf spot so close to Virac, the capital city of Catanduanes is called the Majestics. It’s said that it was named so after a visiting surfer saw Puraran bay from afar with an epic swell and all he can say was, “majestic”. Now, if a surf spot is called “majestic” then you know you have to go surf it OR… sit back and let the pros do it for you. See the video above doesn’t even give justice to the things I’ve read about this place. Now cream sand and rock formation may adorn this paradise, but the waves here are the heaviest waves the Philippines can produce. A wipeout would mean a hell of a time in the washing machine, being dragged onto the sharp reef waiting to slice and dice human skin. Ouchie. Probably not a dream I would like to be having. But shredding aside, this is a top rarely surfed destination.
4. the Spot infront of Kapuluan Vista Resort, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
The first 40 seconds of this video just makes me say WHOA. And truth be told I have seen this video countless times and it still has the same effect on me. This should be #1 on this list actually. Taken in the front yard of the very zen Kapuluan Vista Resort, we can see gorgeous 3ft – 5ft waves breaking left and right which actually is perfect for longboarding. And man that Mike dude sure can hang loose. I’m not sure if this is always what’s it like out there but by all means, Pagudpud has great friendly happy waves that is in great contrast with #3’s your life is 50/50 out here kinda waves. Definitely a dream destination to satisfy the soul surfer.
5. Doot Poktoy, Lanuza, Surigao Del Sur
Lanuza is the other path taken when in Surigao. Like it’s neighbor Cloud 9 in Siargao, Doot Poktoy also boasts world class surfing. According to the Surf Lanuza, “if a strong typhoon passes close enough, surf can reach almost 15 feet, with 9, 11 or 14 waves per set and up to twice as many waves per hour as a long groundswell like affecting Indonesia and Hawaii.” 15 feet man. That is high. No wonder advanced surfers flock to Lanuza because simply, this is where the big boys play.
There you go, the current top 5 surfing dream destinations in country. I say “current” because we’ll never know that perhaps somewhere right now someone has just discovered the next Doot Poktoy. Another glorious entry we could include to the list of Philippine surf spots. As surfing in the Philippines grows bigger by the day more and more locations will be traversed, and more and more destinations will be dreamt of by lokal souls. So I guess all we have to do is to keep on surfing and once in a while try to wander off the beaten path. Who knows, what we may find is something more that we could ever dream of.