It was already 4pm when we arrived at the resort from a tiring but super fun island hopping. We changed outfit without resting a bit and instantly went to Cloud 9. Thanks by the way to the very accommodating ate Anita, the owner of the resort where we stayed, Jadestar Lodge, who find a habal habal that would take us to the surfing area.
One of the best known surfing waves on Siargao and the Philippines, with a worldwide reputation for thick, hollow tubes is "Cloud 9". This right-breaking reef wave is the site of the annual Siargao Cup, a domestic and international surfing competition sponsored by the provincial government of Surigao del Norte.The wave was discovered by travelling surfers in the late 1980s. It was named after a chocolate bar of same name, and made famous by American photographer John S. Callahan, who published the first major feature on Siargao Island in the United States- based Surfer magazine in March 1993, and hundreds of his photos in many other books and magazines since his first visit in 1992. Callahan has put the island on the international map and has drawn thousands of surfers and tourists to Siargao. - Wikipedia
After 10 minutes, we're on Cloud 9, the famous wave and surfing area in Siargao. We were approached by a local in his motorcycle who happened to be a surfing instructor too. He offered us a one-hour surfing lesson for 500 pesos each. We agreed then start the lessons immediately because the sun was also starting to set.
The waves in Siargao were amazingly big. I still remember when we were on our boat trip going to the islands, we were like riding a car passing a zigzag road.
I felt excited and anxious at the same time. Anxious because, again, I dont know how to swim. But then again, nothing can stop me and besides the water was only above waist high even though we're already far from the shore.
My first attempt to stand on the surf board failed. Second, failed again. Third, still failed. I cant manage to balance my feet on the board. Im always falling. My body was starting to feel the pain of falling hard on the water. But I cant give up, I should never give up!
Im envious of how Zai and Empi nailed it. They were like pros! Seeing them so relaxed while riding the waves inspired me and thought, I can do it too. And so, on my 6th attempt to stand, I finally made it! The feeling was as high as Cloud 9! Im ecstatic, I raised my both hands while standing on the board and shouted my heart out! Wohooooo! I did it.
|look at the abs of my surfing instructor haha!|
|No one was left on the shore to take our actual surfing photos.|
All the body pains and bruises paid off. I really had fun. It is something that I will always look forward doing again.
By the way, this is for the girls, if you'll gonna try surfing please dont ever ever wear string bikini.
Until my next adventure. See you!