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.
This year’s Puraran Surfing Cup is happening on October 8-11 and I will be there from October 7-10! Awesome! I didn’t get to go last year and ever since I went there with my parents and their friends back in 2008, I have always wanted to come back to watch the surf competition! No, not really the competition, just to watch the Majestics. We were there in July 2008 and it was absolutely flat. I want to see the Majestics for myself. I don’t think I will be surfing as I am grossly cardiovascularly-unfit and I have not surfed in 2 years. No, the short trip to Bali early this year does not count. It was more like paddle practice while being slammed by waves on the reef and getting bruised and scratched by corals and urchins.
I am flying from Manila to Naga the day before and will leave Naga on the 4AM bus to Legazpi. I have to catch the 6:30AM ferry from Tabaco port to Virac, and from the terminal, catch a public van going to Puraran. I am excited!
If any of you are interested, here are some helpful details:
Fly from Manila to Naga (and do the same as I will)
Fly from Manila to Legazpi
Fly from Manila to Virac
Flights take an hour or so via Cebu Pacific. Philippine Airlines also fly from Manila to Naga and Legazpi but not Virac.
Riding the ferry boat from Tabaco, Albay is one way to go to the island. Here is the schedule from Tabaco City Port to San Andres and Virac Port and Vice Versa: