Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I'm Surfing!

Another cross out on my 30before30 list - Surfing! Yey! You probably may be wondering where I got the courage to try surfing when I'm a non-swimmer? First, I got envious from my friends who seem to be having a lot of fun in the waves. Second, I prayed and asked God if I should try it, and He gave me the sun as an answer..

To Surf or Not to Surf? To Surf!!
The one-hour surfing lesson starts with a short briefing about the parts of the surfboard and some quick safety reminders. These are just based on what my instructor taught me.

I used a softboard - soft because it is made of foam. He said that this is best for beginners. Other types are fiberglass and plastics but those are for pro surfers. The nose is the forward tip of the board while the tail is rear. The fin is the curved thingy at the bottom of the board near the tail. My instructor said that without the fin, it would be impossible to surf. And the leash, the cord that attaches your leg to the board.

The softboard with my uber gwapo/macho model

Safety Tips from my Instructor:
  • The seafloor is a bit rocky so you should not dive. Obviously, I won't because hey I can't swim, remember? 
  • When you fall, the first thing to look for is your board. Make sure it won't be between you and the coming wave or it could knock you down. Luckily, that board cooperates!
  • Make sure to cover your head with your arms when you fall. That's something I never remembered though.
  • Don't panic and jump if you must! Okay, I had problems with the jumping part, lol!

How to stand up? Start with a position like you are about to do a push up. And then.. do whatever it takes to stand - It's just that simple, lol! One important thing, bend your knees, it will make you more stable (remember about the center of gravity in science class?).

As I've said on my previous post, my first attempt was a fail! When Jash pushed my surfboard, I was startled.. I did try to stand up but I slipped and ended up sitting (and laughing!) on my board.

And that happened a few times. I fell and even hurt my foot, but that didn't stop me. I told myself I won't give up unless I get to stand at least once. Zaicy and the others did it, so I could too, right?


So yes, I did! And not just once.. :D

I was so happy and proud of myself. Okay, I know I may have not been really "riding the waves" because someone was just pushing my board and my stance may have not been perfect at all but I proved to myself that I can do it if I just try harder.

And the best part? I conquered my fear! Thank You God!!


*To see the whole La Union adventure, click here!


FYI:
San Juan Surf Resort
Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union, Phillipines
Per Hour Swimming Lesson Rate: PhP400 (except with Luke Landrigan)
http://www.sanjuansurfschool.ph

65 comments:

  1. Wow! Standing loud claps for you and Zai.

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    1. Woah, you surprised me, bilis ah, haha! Kakatingin ko lang ng bonggang bongga pics mo..

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  2. kailangan p nating mabwasan yang 30 before 30 list mo... unti na lang... ;)

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    1. Pole dancing na next! Join ka ba?? :)

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  3. WOW. congratulations. ang galing ah :)

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  4. I wanna learn how to surf! But must learn how to swim first. LOL

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    1. I can't swim either, so I guess you can try surfing din! Go!

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  5. wow!..im so proud of you sis.. congrats..sana ma-try ko rin yan kahit hindi ako marunong lumangoy hehe..

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    1. Thanks Sis! Gora at i-try mo din! Sobrang fulfilling siya, ang saya ko after!

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  6. ikaw na! you already! ikaw na si "Juana the Surfer" ha ha ha

    at syempre hindi ko kakalimutan ang "ehem" para sa "uber macho model". ehem! wala pa rin ba talaga? :P

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    1. Me na already na bonggang bongga! Haha.. Kasalanan ni Empi kung bat ako naging Juana! Ay naku, wala ng pag-asa ang Zaicy at Juana este Joanne na loveteam, haha!

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    2. At bakit kasalanan ni empi?

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    3. Dahil siya nagpauso ng "Juana" na yan.. akala nila ako! :p

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  7. That must be a wonderful experience. Congrats!

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  8. good for you!! yea too! you are encouraging and inspiring!!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.
    good luck!

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  9. galing! clap, clap, clap! :-)

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  10. Good job ! For someone who do not know how to swim and yet try to surf, that's awesome. Nothing is impossible if we want to make it happen. So what's next in your bucket of list?

    xo
    Sam
    http://fabulouspetite.blogspot.com

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  11. I haven't surfing in my life but I do swim a lot when I was at Philippines... The photo you taken so gorgeous I am sure you'll have a great time spending in the ocean..

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    1. Good you can swim, surfing will be piece of cake for you then? I did have a great time! Thanks!

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  12. Galing, galing ni babylove oh! :D

    masubukan nga rin yan!

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    1. E bakit anonymous ka babylove??hahaha..

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  13. Wow, galing!


    I actually have a surfboard in my room. Very expensive, pero never ko pa nagamit. May price tag pa nga. Hahaha!


    Mahabang kwento.


    :)

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    1. Aba Madam, gamitin na si surfboard, sayang yan!!

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  14. mahirap ba sa una ang mag surf....buti natuto ka niyan.....di pa ako nakakasubok niyan...

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    1. If I remember it right, sa 5th attempt ko saka ako nakatayo.. kayang kaya mo yan Arvs!

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  15. wow! that's great! congrats Jhoanne :)

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  16. kakainggit tlga tong surf surf na to ... hainaku next summer itatry ko na tlga :0

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    1. Keri na i-try ngayon kahit tag-ulan kunwari..

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  17. napaibig este napahanga mo na naman ako. hehe

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  18. nakaka-miss ang surfing!!! what an adventure diba? hehehe! cheers!!!

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    1. Tama! Isang naiibang level na adventure, buwis buhay! :)

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  19. yahoo! so glad we gave it a try! galing galing mo marse, dapat may certificate tayo! lol!

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    1. Buti na lang may nanakaw ka na certificate, haha!

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  20. wow wow wow :D

    i wanna try surfing din hhihihihi (inggit)

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  21. You look so sexy girl! Sana ganyan din ka slim ang mga legs ko hehehe.

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  22. WOW!... you inspired me. I can't swim too. I should try this in the future.

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  23. Amazing!...envy much!...gusto ko din mag surf one day...xx!


    a new follower
    www.chickturistanextdoor.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for following! Go and surf na!

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  24. wow. kainggit naman i hope to learn how to surf someday. i really hope so.

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    1. thanks anonymous! sana someday magpakilala ka, char!

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  26. Naks naman, congrats girl, ang galing-galing, nakapag-surf na sya! Pero asan ang wave? hehe...joke lang Joanne! Ang bilis mo mag-post, bilib ako. At ahem, babylove, yan ba ang term of endearment nyo ni loveteam? hehe...

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    1. Haha, wala ngang wave, umaasa lang sa tulak ni kuya, haha! Sinong babylove? Sinong loveteam? Sino ako? Haha, charot!

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  27. Wow, bilib talaga ako sayo sis....kahit di ka marunong mag swimming at nakagawa mo pa di lang once.You should really proud of it....clap clap..

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    1. Thanks sis for all the love and support, hahaha

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  28. Wow, I've always wanted to try surfing! You look like you had fun! x

    d a n i e l l e | daniellewu.com
    ps. If you haven't already, don't forget to enter my giveaway to win freebies from Mui-ko's shop!

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    1. i sure did, thanks! sorry if i didn't join your giveaway :(

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  29. ok lang ba magsurfing kahit d marunong lumangoy,? tama ba tanong ko hehehe:)

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    1. Mali ang tanong! Char. E hindi nga ako marunong lumangoy kaya..

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  30. Naingit ako. Gusto ko din magsurfing. Congrats sayo :)

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