The First Stoke

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The First Stoke

It’s as if it was just yesterday. A few weeks after learning to surf in Baler, I went on a surf trip to Zambales and surfed an entire day at Liwa. That day was the best I’ve felt in my whole life. On my way back to Crystal beach, the rain was pouring heavily from the heavens and the tricycle I was in provided little shelter. It was freezing cold and the wind and rain won’t allow myself to get dry. I just then played Monsoon by Jack Johnson on my Ipod and a certain feeling filled my soul. I closed my eyes for a bit and said a little prayer. “Lord thank you for such a blessed experience”. Looking back at it, I think that was the start of when surfing made me pray again.

And as I sing my heart out to the fitting lyrics of the song, I remember seeing waves everywhere I look. The trees looked like waves. The bridge we just crossed looked like waves. The houses looked like waves. I closed my eyes and waves are still all I see. I was stoked that day. Pretty hard. And I guess pretty much everything else I do from then on are attempts of recreating that very experience.

That was a year ago. But come ten, twenty or thirty years, I will never forget that rainy day.

– TJ


  1. Boks says:

    after the your first experience of being stoked, how long did you have to wait before buying your own board?

    I would also like to be one of the “want to be’s” can’t stop thinking about it after 2 surfing trips.

  2. lokalsoul says:

    about 4 months after I started. before I had to rent 800 pesos for one entire day and that is very expensive. getting your own board is cheaper as time goes by.

  3. Boks says:

    thanks for the advice!!! I better try renting for a few more trips.. i should be able to know by then if the itch needs to be scratch by buying a board. GREAT JOB on the site. thanks

  4. lokalsoul says:

    alright Boks. keep renting muna, the decision to buy your own board will come to you! thanks for reading our blog and hope you share it to your friends too. stay stoked!

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