email sent on Feb 17
I’m Angeline (Jing for short), a surfing enthusiast from Manila. I’ve been following your blog since June. It’s good that there’s a local surf blog I can refer to whenever I miss the waves and makes me feel the sudden urge to leave my day job (hahaha), so thank you. I enjoy reading your articles.
The people I surf with are my siblings. I have an older brother and sister. I call surfing “our thing” because we share the same amount of passion in riding waves.
Anyways, my Ate went surfing in Calicoan Surf Camp last August with her friends, but she was the only one who actually went surfing. She enjoyed the waves so much. That’s why the moment I saw a 50% off Cebu Pacific promo flight to Catarman, Samar, I booked the flight right away, without knowing that I should have taken the flight going to Tacloban, Leyte instead! One of the biggest mistakes I’ve made in my life. Errrr. x_x Ang sakit sa puso! (at sa bulsa)
Catarman to Tacloban is a 7-hour drive, so I think going to Calicoan Surf Camp is out of the question (if we do not want to waste those promo tickets, saying naman kasi.) Do you know any surf spots/resorts (with surfboard rentals) in Northern Samar? Actually, Northern Samar has a breathtaking scenery and it’s definitely worth a visit, but it would be a shame not to be able to test the waters and rides the waves.
Thanks for taking the time to read my email. Hope you could help me with my surfing dilemma. More power to you and LokalSoul! Keep up the good work.
There is hope! Although the Eastern part of Samar is where the surf is happening, check out this picture I saw online!
It seems that Tamborusan gives pint-sized waves. Good enough for a day of bodyboarding or skimboarding. Depending on a swell it might get bigger. But big enough for surfing? We really don’t have a clue. Because if there is surfing here, pictures would’ve been posted. But who knows right. Maybe there is surfing on some parts of the coastline and you will be the first from Manila to surf it! Pretty sure there’d be inns or resorts in the area. Not sure on the board rentals though.
On the other hand, you do have the option to travel from Catarman to Calicoan. It’ll be a long, long ride (Samar is big, like really really big). I guess the travel should be fun too. If you wish to go, contact Eastern Samar Surfing on Facebook or visit their website. They’ll be more than happy to assist with directions leading to Eastern Samar. Well, that’s all for now Jing. I hope we can get comments on this post. Nevertheless, Samar is worth a visit like what you said. Every travel has something magical in store for us 🙂
Thank you for the kind words and thank you for reading LokalSoul. We are so thankful for readers like you who keep the interest alive. Keep on surfing but hey! Don’t lose the day job. Who will feed our addiction to surfing?
*email Jing @ firstname.lastname@example.org
– TJ the Editor