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Catanduanes Reef Break 2016 May 19-21

Catanduanes, Music, Surfing By April 30, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

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.

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Majestic Puraran Surfing Cup 2013 – Catanduanes, Philippines

Catanduanes, Surfing By September 20, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

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

As a side note, Skyjet has hot deals for flights from October 15 onwards at Php2,500 one way. Check it out!

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.
roro in san andres port, catanduanes

Ferry in San Andres Port, Catanduanes. Photo taken in 2008.

a volcano, a boat at a port

M/V Star Ferry-1 Regina Shipping Lines Inc. At the Tabaco port in Albay. Photo taken in 2008.

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

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A Short Surfing Trip in Bacnotan, La Union

La Union By March 19, 2013 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

After the one-day Digital Influencers Marketing Summit in Thunderbird Resorts Poro Point, we headed to San Juan for a little bit of surfing. Surfing was no good in Urbiztondo that Sunday so we found ourselves boarding a jeep with our surf boards and instructors to Bacnotan. The sun was relentlessly hot but that did not stop us from surfing all day. 

Surfing in Bacnotan, La Union

Surfing in Bacnotan, La Union

I had just come from El Nido, and went straight to La Union. This sunburn was going to be, only, the start of a series of very bad sunburns. *Shakes head*

I strap my leash on my left leg, being goofy, so there goes the white patch where my leash was.

Surfing in Bacnotan, La Union

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Surf All Day during the Surf and Music Festival 2012

La Union, Photography, Surfing, Travel Factor By November 7, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , 11 Comments

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!

Preparing to Surf

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. 

Welcome back to Surfing!

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.

Welcome back to Surfing!

Welcome back to Surfing!

Welcome back to Surfing!

Welcome back to Surfing!

Welcome back to Surfing!

Welcome back to Surfing!

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The Surf and Music Festival 2012 has now moved to San Juan, La Union

Surfing, Travel Factor By October 5, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

For more updates, Like the Aloha Boardsports page on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Alohabsports

And the Surf and Music Festival 2012 official website for more information:
http://alohaboardsports.wix.com/surfmusicfestival

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And if you are looking for packages, Travel Factor has it all:

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Surf and Music Festival 2012 Updates

Ilocos By September 5, 2012 Tags: , , , , 1 Comment

The Aloha Boardsports Surf and Music Festival 2012 is fast approaching! Here are some updates.

Like the Aloha Boardsports Official Facebook page for more details on the event.
Like the Travel Factor Facebook page for more updates on packages.

Check this page out for more details on the TF packages ->http://beta.travelfactor.org/smf2012/

Travel Factor has the best rooms at the festival. Stay right at the center of all the surf and music. Last 100 slots for Mairaira Beach (Brgy. Balaoi, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte)!

As of 12:45 PM, Sep 4, 2012, Travel Factor have the following available slots for Mairaira Beach:

PREMIUM AC – many slots available
PREMIUM Fan – fully booked
REGULAR AC – 35 slots available

REGULAR Fan – 11 slots available
ADVENTURE AC – 3 slots available
ADVENTURE Fan – 12 slots available

Register now while slots are available!

 

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Guiuan National Surfing Competition, Eastern Samar – Oct 9-14, 2012

Eastern Samar, Surfing By August 20, 2012 Tags: , , , No Comments

CATEGORIES:
Shortboard Men’s Open, Wahine and Junior
Longboard Men’s Open and Wahine

(photo by Kage Gozun of Surftolivetosurf.tumblr.com, Guiuan Comp 2011)
(poster design by Aris Acoba)

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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

Day 2 (Wednesday, Oct 10)
Start of competition; Surf Moonlight Cinema
Day 3 (Thursday, Oct 11)
Whole-day Competition; Surf Moonlight Cinema
Day 4 (Friday, Oct 12)
Whole-day Competition; Surf Moonlight Cinema
Day 5 (Saturday, Oct 13)
Whole-day Competition; Bikini Open 2012
Day 6 (Sunday, Oct 14)
Target date of Awarding; Reggae Party
Excursion and Tour to a cave complex
OTHER ACTIVITIES
Adventure Caving
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HOW TO GET HERE (Guiuan, E. Samar)

By Plane:

MANILA/ CEBU to TACLOBAN (via PAL, Cebu Pac, AirpPhil, Zest Air)

TACLOBAN AIRPORT/TERMINAL to GUIUAN TOWN PROPER
(via Van: Duptours or Van-Van’s for 150 php per person)Duptours Van Transportation:
0918-600-2240/ 0917-306-3233
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
By Bus:
Manila – Guiuan (via Silver Star, Eagle Star, Fortune Bus located @ Cubao,
(P1, 400 fare)
Note: travel time is approximately 24 hours; will ride RORO

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3rd Pacific Kaos Camarines Norte Aug 30-Sept 2, 2012

Camarines Norte, Surfing By August 20, 2012 Tags: , , , No Comments

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)

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The Surf Culture Artist Exhibit at the Surf & Music Festival 2011

Travel Factor By October 10, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Calling all photographers and artists. Now is your chance to Shine.

Have a shot that embodies the free flow of the Surfing Lifestyle? Here is your opportunity to show off your work and be recognized.

The Surf & Music Festival brought to you by Aloha Boardsports and Travel Factor will host an artist exhibit brought to you by Havaianas.

The scope of the exhibit entails any work that you feel best embodies the Surf Culture. This can be action images, lifestyle images, beach landscapes, abstract images, music/concert imagery etc. It’s not limited to photographs only.

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The Surf & Music Festival 2011 Surfing Competition

Travel Factor By October 7, 2011 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

I have a lot of choices for this upcoming long weekend.

a. I can organize a Halloween Party at the Wharf Galley Rock Cafe. Why not?!

b. The family can go to Subic for the weekend, and have lots of fun with Lia, the kids of H’s college friends at the Zoobic Safari.

 

c. H and I can go on a 5th anniversary date to Jason Mraz’s concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum

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Surfing La Union, December 27-29, 2010

La Union By January 4, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

The little family drove to LU for a little surf break during the holidays. My usual surfing buddies, PJ, Gerard and Donna were already there. Some of my Travel Factor friends also took the bus on the same day and we were able to spend some time together in LU for the very first time. All the lodging houses and resorts were fully booked, even Surfer’s Inn where we usually stay. We did find a gem in Monaliza’s Resort right by the point. Wonderful wonderful weekend!

We spent a lot of time eating and hanging out at Little Surfmaid since it was just next door and I absolutely love their kilawin tanigue. They also have fast free wi-fi! We went there to hang out and ended up having a Facebook and Twitter party.

La Union December 2010

La Union December 2010

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I’m Well Nourished When I’m Happy

Camarines Norte By December 7, 2010 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Someone told me I’m malnourished. It just so happened that today I was looking through some old photos of me, and guess what, I was not always malnourished! Skinny, like the rest of my family, but definitely NOT malnourished. 😛

Bagasbas Beach, Daet, Camarines Norte

And this was a photo I accidentally found on Flickr. I forget how I came to find this photo, but I did. Its title was actually, “Inspired by Love” – for what reason, I have no idea. 😛

inspiredbyLOVE

(yes, I’m goofy)

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