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Aloha Boardsports & Travel Factor Surf & Music Festival 2011

Music, Travel Factor By August 26, 2011 Tags: , , , , , 2 Comments

Aloha Boardsports & Travel Factor Surf & Music Festival 2011

October 29-31, 2011 Baler, Aurora

This October 29-31, 2011, Aloha Boardsports and Travel Factor bring to you the biggest surfing event of the year!

Aloha Boardsports & Travel Factor Surf & Music Festival 2011

Get ready for an action-packed weekend featuring two of modern life’s greatest things: surf and music! It’s gonna be a surf fest as Aloha Boardsports team riders Okoy Rojo, Jeff Dela Torre, Saddam Faraon, Nikki Dela Paz, Buji Libarnes and Mike Oida teach you the 101′s of surfing. With some of the best Filipino surfers as your instructors, you’ll be riding the waves of Baler in no time!

And if you think you got skills already, take on Travel Factor’s SURFVIVOR Challenge IV, the first and original beginner surfing competition in the Philippines. Awesome prizes await the winners!

And of course, the music. Prep your ears for some serious beats as some of the finest DJs keep the beach scene pumping. We’ve got your every night covered! Featuring performances from Franco, Wolfgang, Razorback, Tropical Depression, Coffee Break Island, Enemies of Saturn, and many more! Sabang Beach will never be the same.

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Surfirsts: A History

Aurora, Camarines Norte, La Union, Travel By January 26, 2010 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Baler, Aurora; April 2008

It was in Baler, Aurora that I learned to surf. I went with my grad school friend PJ and her boyfriend, Gerard. I met Daisy Valdez and Jefferson de la Torre for the first time. It was April of 2008.

Jason, also known as Balat and Jeff’s older brother, was the one who taught me how to surf – in Charlie’s Point. I was out there with them, trying to ride big waves for the first time with PJ’s flowered pink fun board. It was indeed, a lot of fun.

Charlie’s Point, Baler, Aurora

Girl determined not to surf that day

Girl determined not to surf that day

Champion surfer Daisy Valdez

Champion surfer Daisy Valdez

Hanging out in front of Surfers Inn, Sabang Beach, Baler, Aurora

Hanging out in front of Surfer’s Inn, Sabang Beach, Baler, Aurora

View the entire set on Flickr here.

More story on Multiply here.


Bagasbas Beach, Daet, Camarines Norte; May 2008

It was the first ever Bagasbas Summer Surf. It was my first time in Bagasbas. More importantly, it was my 26th birthday. This trip was a birthday gift to me.

It was also the first time Ryan drove the car all the way to Bicol and the very first time we took our dog, Ewok, with us on a long trip, or more specifically, a trip to Bicol.

waves at bagasbas beach on a sunny day

Bagasbas Beach in the early afternoon sun

Ryan and Ewok at the breakwater

Ryan and Ewok at the breakwater

skim boarding insructions

Ryan being taught how to skim board

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Surfer (name unknown)

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Accidentally found this on Flickr. A papparazzi shot. Interestingly, it was titled, “Inspired by Love”. Don’t ask me. I have no idea.

first ride of the day

And so this is me.. takin it easy with white water

View the entire set on Flickr here.

Clich here to view more photos of the Bagasbas Summer Surf event on Multiply.

Click here for [more narcissistic] touristy photos.

And click here to view the old blog.


Bacnotan, La Union; July 2008

In my first ever trip to La Union, I did not get to surf in San Juan. We were at Bacnotan for two days instead. First time in La Union, first time in Bacnotan.

Surfer in Bacnotan

Jeff feeling free in Bacnotan

jeff and daisy (surfer couple)

Jefferson dela Torre and Daisy Valdez

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(Skinny, skinny me) After an hour or so of surfing in the hot scorching sun

We did stay at Hacienda Peter’s Resort in San Juan so I managed to take a few snapshots of the surf in front as well as the beautiful sunset.

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Afternoon glow on a little surfing kid

Click here to view the entire set on Flickr.

Click here to view the story and photos on Multiply.


That surf trip would be the last one in one long year, as I learned I was three weeks pregnant in August of 2008, as I prayed and hoped I would be.

Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union; July 2009

For this trip, the firsts were…

… first time for Ryan to go to L.U.
… first time to drive the car to L.U.
… Lia’s first time in L.U.
… first time surfing in San Juan

If it weren’t for this post, I would not have realized that I have not managed to upload the photos on Flickr. I did make a blog post of this trip here on this site and made a photo album through Smilebox.

Click to play this Smilebox scrapbook:

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Click here to go to old post.

I will work on posting the entire set for this trip to Flickr once I am done with this past weekend’s photos.

2008 was a great year for surfing. I went surfing thrice in three different locations.

2009 was dedicated to my daughter. We were literally inseparable for months.

Who knows what 2010 holds?

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