Save the Last Wave of Summer: The 6th Nasugbu Skim, Surf, Push Race Competition and Reggae Fest May 25-27

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Save the last wave of summer… and welcome the first waves of the Monsoon season. The title for the 6th Nasugbu Skim, Surf, Push Race Competition and Reggae Fest couldn’t be more appropriate. Head down to Batangas for a festival to celebrate the early arrival of the South swell in Philippines!

When: May 25-27

Where: Margot Beach Resort, Apacible Blvd, Brgy Wawa in Nasugbu, Batangas

Here an official write-up from the organizers:

“Skim boarding, surfing and longboarding are now the acknowledged emerging alternative sports in the country. This is manifested by the increasing number of skim boarders, surfers and long boarders mostly found in the coastal town of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

The growing acceptance of the sports have resulted in numerous support services such as locally manufacturing boards of the skim themselves, the several annual competitions held in different strategic areas in the Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao regions and the increasing support of several organizations, civic groups, corporation and mostly notably Local Government Units to support.

This May 25-27, 2012 marks the 6th Skim Boarding, Surfing, Push Race and Reggae Fest in Nasugbu Batangas billed as “Save the Last Wave of Summer” The 6th Nasugbu Skimboarding, Surfing, Push Race Competition and Reggae Fest. An annual national boarding competition geared towards the youth and Reggae Massive Link Up which showcases our much owned musicians from different promising reggae bands with participants coming from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao and people from different cities of Manila; together with NS2C (Nasugbu Skimmers and Surfers Club), Municipality of Nasugbu, Batangas Tourism and the Reggae Enthusiasts of Manila and CALABARZON and ALON Skimboarding.

This event aims to promote skim boarding and surfing as a fast growing alternative water sports in the country and long boarding in where we are starting to get recognized now. And also be a great way for our local artist to share cultures and talents with other countries, as well as expanding our reggae scene.

As a sports and music event combined together, 3 day Skimboarding, surfing competition and Long boarding Push Race will be held by morning and a “jamming-full” Reggae Concert at night dishing out island tunes from some most promising bands in the reggae scene who will shares their roots and culture to everyone and cool tunes coming from DJ’s.”

Please visit the Facebook invite page here:

*LokalSoul is a proud media sponsor of the 6th Nasugbu Skim, Surf, Push Race Competition and Reggae Fest.





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Dancehall and Skim Party Inna Nasugbu!

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Dreaming about those warm summer nights? You know. A day soaking the sun, the beach, sweet reggae music in the air and a swig of cold beer at night. What if you add skimboarding lessons and live dancehall beats to the loop? Well, stop dreaming my friend because here’s the party you’ve been waiting for…

Pagadata Skimboarding Philippines is hosting a skim clinic open to everyone. And after you get your fair share of stoke skimming the shores of Nasugbu, crowd favorites Reggae Mistress, Lady I and Papa Dom plus a great line-up of Dancehall acts will provide the irie the entire night. Now that is a beach party.

For more details, visit Pagadata’s site here and email them at Contact Imee Tengasantos for inquiries  and we’ll also keep you posted on our Facebook.

And oh, have you seen Papa U-Gee perform? Well, here’s what you’ll miss out if you won’t go.

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Two Filipino Board Shapers

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James Gabriel, originaly from Makati but now I live in Alfonso, Cavite. Km 69 to be exact. I started surfing in 2005 or 2004 I’m not sure. My favorite spot right now is in Nasugbu, Batangas called San Diego because I rarely go on surftrips, walang budget hehehe.

Right now I’m on the down low mostly 5’6 to 5’0. Hey, I almost forgot my longboard! Simply can’t do with out it here in Batangas. I first started shaping I think 2 years ago. One of my shaper friends convinced me to try it and that’s how I basically started shaping – dahil sa isang buyo ng tropa hehehe (salamat syo master Bet!)


-5’2”x19 3/4×2 3/4 (aka the longboard killer) my favorite board for Batangas conditions and Magic Left sessions. Good for mushy knee high waves to rolling head high surf, although not good on steep and hollow surf… wipeout ang aabutin mo.

-5’4”x19x2 ¼: (aka the bulilit 2) inspired by Kelly Slaters wizard sleeve.  Super loose, good for tail slides and cutbacks. This is my all-rounder board with ideal conditions waist high to slightly overhead.

-5’4”x 19 3/4×2 3/16: (aka retaso) literally it came from a piece of foam that I was about to throw away, then I remembered Dane Reynolds’ board (the dumpster diver) that had a similar story that’s why I shaped it like Dane’s board my first glass on board.

-5’6”x20 x 2 ¼: (aka punkrock) another board inspired by Kelly Slater and Al Merrick. Basically I copied the pod. My demo board, and I let my friends try it out to convince them to ride shorter boards.

-5’4”x19 1/2x 2 3/16: (aka the maggot sapien) this one could be my favorite for head high Cemento or any fast reef break, but unfortunately I don’t go on surf trips that often that’s why its at the bottom of the list.


Step 1: copy or make a template for ply wood and lawanit

Step 2: make your blank. use a hotwire jig and your foil template, just simply bolt on the template on the side of the eps foam and use the hotwire to cut it.

Step 3: cut out your outline, using your lawanit template (use lawanit, it bends and follows the rocker curve) use a saw and just cut the blank, common sense lang.

Step 4: shape and blend all the curves and sand the board until it looks like a real surfboard. you can go watch it on YouTube.

Step 5: glassing and hot coat – use a laminating epoxy resin to glass the board and a cheap paint brush for the hotcoat. nasa YouTube din lahat to hehe tamad ako mag explain.


The best thing about shaping is you appreciate your board more because you know how it is made. It’s like seeing a baby become a man. I think for some people this is a sense of achievement, but for me, it is the knowledge I get from shaping that makes me want to shape more boards. Shaping is about learning, and you learn new things every time you shape a board.

My plans for the future? Maybe some day make a bussiness out of it and to make boards for the really good Filipino surfers. Ngayun, hindi ko pa kayang mag sponsor. Hehehe. Philippine surfing I think has a big potential, just look at all the locals shredding out there in the line up. So basically the talent is already out there. They just need more support because most of them don’t have a good financial background. So two thumbs up to all the sponsors!

*contact details:

Facebook: James Gabriel

Email: yipes_ph

*photo/s by Gab Sarmiento.



Jacquez Alain. Good day! Stayed here in Cebu for almost five years now. I’m from Tandag City, Surigao del Sur. I started surfing at the age of 19. Bayabas reef break is my favorite which is a secret spot for the Tandag Boys. In fact, some of the points were named from every tandag surfer who played first. And our place is blessed with points and spots that we share to visitors. Me and my surfer brah is here and can guide visiting brahs to those spots. I’m enjoying having two boards right now, the sharp pointed nose which is 6.2x19x2.1/3 and fan board which is 6.6x20x2 1/2. Actually being shaper was never in my dream, what I really wanted was to have fun with the waves, surf everyday, hang with my brah at night, practice and if given a chance I want to win in a competition. But as my surfing went far I started fixing my own boards. I went into a chemical process, exploring and experimenting, trial and error and eventually those things push me into shaping surfboard on some month of 2005.


First is shaping the foam into a desire shape. Then comes the glassing, putting the fibercloth, pouring the risen on it from deck to bottom. Then the sanding means cleaning up those parts that are sharp until its finished. Next is applying the design that you want. I use my bare hands in shaping and I often use power tools only on the very hard surface that needs to be removed.



All boards that I made are stable,  rider friendly and also good for the beginers. But in some circumstances meron  talagang di maiiwasan na masira, I fix the boards for free. It’s the warranty part.
My boards were made for big or small waves. It can be used in waves up to 10ft depending on the rider and I been proven it myself in different spot.

The best thing about shaping boards is the the chance to help the local surfing community. The happiness na gumagawa ka ng produksyon na pweding makatulong sa Filipino brah’s lalo na yung mga kakasimula palang coz sa totoo lang my boards are really more cheaper than those boards from other country and whats good is that it’s the same quality or even more. This way magkakachance yong mga di masyadong malaki ang budget lalaong lalo na dun sa amin. Other good thing in my part is the realization of how the board run. I mean every part of the board is important, halimbawa kapag hindi tama ang rocker sa shape sa nose hindi maganda ang takbo ng board. Sa shaping na-oopen yung isipan kung saan maghihit ang every parts sa board sa alon pag nag ride, at saka maiintindihan mo kung anong bagay na board sa ganito o ganyang alon.
My plans is to travel, to “wave test” my boards in many spot as I can and to have more friends while surfing. But my dream is to have my own small surfboard company so i can help my co-surfer at Tandag as my crew. Philippine surfing is very cool, accommodating and open to all surf enthusiasts, its big and even bigger now. Talagang may cultura. It’s ‘Pinas surfing style dude .Respect and don’t abuse.

*contact details:

Facebook: Jacquez Alain

Phone: 09301614215/09269668501

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