The Catanduanes Reef Break is an event geared towards helping the locals of Catanduanes, specifically in Puraran, through providing proper boards and uplift their well-being – one local at a time. It is an event organized by Surf Catanduanes and Surf4Ezra, a non-profit organization (founded by High School batch mates and friends) dedicated to continue the advocacies of Ezra ‘Tisoi’ Efondo. The specific objectives of the Catanduanes Reef Break 2015 still remain: first, to generate funds that would enable our local surfers to buy quality surfboards, as well as to fund their travel expenses during competitions; and second, to foster, develop, and promote sustainable tourism industry in Catanduanes Island.
Hey, hey! Surf’s up! Catanduanes is not quite as well-known as a surfing destination in the Philippines for the following reasons:
1. Catanduanes, the Land of the Howling Winds because of the frequency of tropical storms, is not easy to get to. Flights from Manila to Virac are few and expensive.
- Cebu Pacific has flights to Virac on Mondays, Wednesdays and the entire weekend
- Sky Jet Airlines recently launched flights to Virac and has flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
If not flying, the only other way to get there is to take the roll on-roll off ferry from the port of Tabaco in the province of Albay, which is 10-12 hours away by bus from Manila, covering 580 km (360 mi). You can cut this land travel short by flying to either Naga City in Camarines Sur or Legazpi City in Albay, to which flights are more than once a day and are also cheaper, and travel by land (less than 2 hours from Naga and less than an hour from Legazpi) to the port of Tabaco.
Several ferry services are in the Port of Tobacco:
- Regina Shipping Lines, has a ferry service from Tobaco Port to the seaport of the town of San Andres in Catanduanes. The voyage takes around two and half hours. From San Andres to Virac you can either jump on a jeepney or take a trike.
- MV Eugenia will take you straight into the seaport of the capital town of Virac and take about three and a half hours.
2. Puraran and the Majestics is not a place for beginner surfers. The waves are, well, majestic, in that they swell at the height of up to 10 feet on a 6 meter long barrel, and are only advisable for intermediate and expert surfers.
“The best known wave on the island is called Majestics, located off a gorgeous beach in the village of Puraran, which is in the middle of nowhere, two and a half hours from the capital of Virac. Majestics is a powerful and fast right hand breaking wave that gets raves from surfers. It can be extremely dangerous… because the reef is actually a shallow ledge. This means that the wave jumps out of the ocean very quickly and instead of rolling like Monaliza, it forms a fast moving bowl, which slams down into the shallow reef below. If you make a mistake on this wave you’ll have one majestically big headache. If not I’m certain you will be very happy.” – Source
Day 3 of the Surf and Music Festival 2012 was spent surfing! My muscles were sore all over and bruises were starting to form on my left knee and here and there on my legs but aside from being there for the music and my friends, I was also there for the surf, so surf I did!
I passed on the drinking til the wee hours of that Saturday morning so I could have enough rest and wake up early with enough energy to actually paddle but I still woke up at 10 AM! Nevertheless, after a cup of coffee and tapsilog I was out in the sun and sea.
No matter how small the waves are, I never go out to surf without an instructor. I’ve learned it the hard way. I was once at Monaliza Point some years back, had a really long ride that brought me near the shore and the corals and rocks, and made the mistake of paddling out in the wrong direction when I was wiped out to the point of drowning. Good thing I had Anthony Valdez as my instructor then so he came out to help me. I haven’t been to the point since then. I’m building up some stamina and some courage for that. Also, there were so many people out during the festival that accidents were almost inevitable and H had broken a board in two the day before. My best friend on this trip was Tinay.
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Shortboard Men’s Open, Wahine and Junior
Longboard Men’s Open and Wahine
SCHEDULE OF SURF COMP (subject to changes)
Day 1 (Tuesday, Oct 9)
Start of registration for all categories;
Opening Get-Together; Acoustic Night
Orientation of Competitors
Start of competition; Surf Moonlight Cinema
Whole-day Competition; Surf Moonlight Cinema
Whole-day Competition; Surf Moonlight Cinema
Whole-day Competition; Bikini Open 2012
Target date of Awarding; Reggae Party
Excursion and Tour to a cave complex
HOW TO GET HERE (Guiuan, E. Samar)
MANILA/ CEBU to TACLOBAN (via PAL, Cebu Pac, AirpPhil, Zest Air)
(via Van: Duptours or Van-Van’s for 150 php per person)Duptours Van Transportation:
Van Rentals (Tacloban to Guiuan and vice versa)
Commuter Van rental: good for 15 people plus boards
o Tacloban Airport to Guiuan: P2,550
o Tacloban Terminal to Guiuan: P2,250
D4D Van rental: good for 16 people plus boards
o Tacloban Airport to Guiuan: P2,700
o Tacloban Terminal to Guiuan: P2,400
Manila – Guiuan (via Silver Star, Eagle Star, Fortune Bus located @ Cubao,
(P1, 400 fare)
Note: travel time is approximately 24 hours; will ride RORO
The 3rd Pacific Kaos is bigger than ever.
FINAL ITINERARY FOR THIRD PACIFIC KAOS
Day 1 (August 29, 2012: Wednesday)
I. Registration last day(Bagasbas Park) — 9AM – 5PM
II. Surf Clinic (Bagasbas Shore) — 9AM – 5PM
III. Orientation for All Participant (Bagasbas Park) — 7PM – 9PM
Day 2 (August 30, 2012: Thursday)
I. Surf Comp Mens Open Elimination (Mercedes)
II. Women: Class A and Class B (Mercedes)
Day 3 (August 31, 2012: Friday)
I. Surf Comp (Mercedes)
II. Surf Clinic (Bagasbas Shore) – 9AM – 5PM
III. Push Race (Daet)
IV. Street Skateboarding (Bagasbas)
V. Freestyle Longboarding (Bagasbas)
Join the BIGGEST Surf Tournament of 2012!
Over Php250,000 worth of cash & prizes, Oakley products to be given away!
OAKLEY LONGBOARDING SURF CHALLENGE 2012
September 7-9, 2012 Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union.
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