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Surfing in La Union was said to be established in the late 70′s by a Japanese surfer named Aki Naga. By training local residents to surf, Naga was able to introduce the sport of surfing and provide the people in Urbiztondo a new sense of lifestyle. Slowly more and more locals are picking up the sport and eventually made the art of it something of their own, while quaint surf resorts and businesses opened on the side to tend to all of surfing’s patrons. Since then, the beach has blossomed into a full blown surfing destination welcoming both aspiring and advanced surfers from all over. Today, its popularity has skyrocketed to the point that international industry giant Billabong put up its very own surfing school led by the best La Union locals.
Since the days of the pioneering Japanese man, Urbiztondo has cemented its place as the surfing capital of the northern Philippines. Simply ask anyone in the city you know where he or she regularly surfs and I’m pretty sure you’ll be getting a consistent answer — San Juan, La Union. From a visitor’s point of view, I think the reason is quite simple. Urbiztondo is all about surfing and surfing here is a way of life. Here is where you’ll ride your first wave, here is where you’ll improve your wave riding and here is where you want to spend the rest of your surfing days with. It’s home. Locals, regulars, first-timers – you meet them at the lineup today and they’ll probably be back the next day. Or the next week. Or the next month. It doesn’t really matter, they’ll be back for sure. Back to the capital.
Now if you’re planning on taking a trip to Urbiztondo beach, you’ll need to remember that the best time to drop by are between the months of July to October and November to March. These months are considered the beach’s surfing season. Getting there is not a problem, easy as 1, 2, 3. So hurry up and pack your bags. You wouldn’t wanna miss out on one of the best surf spots in the Philippines.
Bob Marley, Sublime, 311, Save Ferris, No Doubt and The Specials are the biggest influences to this energetic band that elevates the stoke every time they step on stage. They simply just make you dance to reggae and ska. Last June 18 to 19, SIDHI went to the shores of Urbiztondo, La Union for a wedding gig and while at it, the band this time tried to make waves on perhaps a natural extension of their music, surfing. We recently caught up with the band and they were more than happy to share their surf experience.
LS: wassap SIDHI! Sidhi: waaasap!
LS: tell us about your recent surf trip. you were there for a wedding gig right? Abi: “sobrang steady and super saya! tawa lang kami ng tawa chaka surf lang ng surf! bonus lahat! may tugtugan na, may surfing pa!” Joel: “it’s an extraordinary experience. wedding + surfing. and the locals were very hospitable.” Jay-r: “happy! enjoy lahat puera lang si pol hahahaha kasi si pol yung photographer namin at that time.” Pol: “far out”
LS: is this your first time to surf? Abi: no Joel: yes Jay-r: yup Pol: surf? sabon ba yun? surf ang number 1 hahahaha
LS: First time in La Union? Jay-r: yup Abi: no Joel: no. man it was an extraordinary experience even if we didn’t get to surf Pol: drunk..
LS: Where did you stay, who were your instructors? Sidhi: lola nanny’s Jay-r: jeff Abi: junior Pol: neo the dog.. Joel: hindi ko maalala eh, itago nalang natin sha sa pangalang reneh
LS: Do you still remember the instructions given to you? Sidhi: yes!
LS: What’s the hardest part about surfing? Jay-r: balancing, right timing sa wave Joel: turning Abi: ung pagbubuhat nung board off shore hahaha Pol: not surfing
LS: What’s the best part of surfing? Abi: the natural high Joel: iba yung feeling. Ibang high yung dating Jay-r: yung nakakatayo ka na Pol: surfing
LS: How would you describe the feeling? Abi: happy lang. parang ang simple ng buhay Joel: proud and happy Jay-r: masaya Pol: lonely
LS: Abbey crush mo daw si Luke Landrigan… Joel: di naman kami nagkakalayo ng katawan eh Jay-r: oo Abi: sino bang hindi crush yon?! Nakita mo na ba?! LS: mas marami kaya akong abs dun, mga 17 sakin. Pol: crush nga daw ni abi
LS:Syempre di kumpleto experience pag walang basagan. Did you guys get drunk? with the locals? Jay-r:yes. Yes. Joel:I didn’t Abi:yes with both locals and the wedding people Pol:drunk ba ako nun?
LS:What can you guys say about La Union? Abi:babalik at babalik ka eh. Kahit sobrang layo sulit sha pagdating dun. Yung mga locals ang nakaka buo ng experience dun eh. Yes masarap mag surf pero masmasaya sha dahil sa mga locals. Joel:nice beach clear waters Nice waves. Yung hospitality nung mga tao heartwarming Jay-r:for me, it was one of my first out of town trip . hindi kasi ako mahilig mag out of town. Depende nalng kung gig . nakakatuwa pa kasi naging part sha ng gig namin. One of my best experiences Pol:surfing
LS:Kelan kayo babalik? Pol:sa birthday ni abi Joel:birthday ni abi Jay-r:birthday ni abi Abi:birthday ko
LS:Thank you guys for sharing your experience. Hopefully one day mag surf trip tayo! Jay-r:sure basta ba sagot mo eh! Joel:no problem! Sagutin mo lahat! Surfing, board and lodging hahahaha Abi:oo ba! Basta magpainom ka! Pol:surfing?
*Pictures courtesy of:
Paul Patrick Pantig
Joel: ba’t wala ako!?!
Pol: kasi nasa likod ka ng camera!
with the bride rhea and groom joel. Malinaw na malinaw kung sino yung bride at sino yung groom diba? hahaha
welcome to la union!
joel: first time kong tong nakita tong beach. Pwede!