Surfing In Baler (part one)

By BobbyRica | January 12, 2011

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Every experience in the beach is a chance to improve your surfing, to hang out with good friends and to motivate yourself to face possible danger. And for an adventure junkie, those are reasons enough to go out and find the perfect surf!

As we have extended our stay in the island of the Philippines (we had three weeks more in our visa anyway), it was serendipitous that we met up with our would be tour guide to the local surfs. Barney was an Aussie who regularly visits the country, he knew where the happening place was. And like me, Barney also happened to be one chick magnet!

So with nothing more than a surfboard, the clothes in my back and a borrowed jeep, Akasha and I headed to a week’s worth of surfing with our tall lanky Aussie.

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Our first stop is Baler, Aurora. Located in the eastern part of the largest island of the Philippines, this surfing hotspot faces the rough seas of the Pacific Ocean. But to go there would entail an eight hour ride.

It took us an entire evening to travel the slow scenic route from the capital. We went via Talavera and Pantabangan in Nueva Ecija via the Canili Road. Unlike Costa Rica, what’s outside the city are mostly a boring series of rice paddies, brush-lined unpaved roads and some towns that looked more suburban. I felt dismayed.

But as we took the seaside route, nighttime traveling near the shores soon cheered me up. The salty breeze never felt so welcoming. The smell of the ocean invigorated me and I felt like I was going home. I live for this shit!

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After a few liquor-fueled rest stops along the way (and mind you, I wasn’t driving), we finally arrived at sunrise. It was high tide and the water sparkled and heaved. Like a devil that both threatened and teased, the beach beckoned me like a mother! I haven’t been in the water for months already! And I want want want to be splashing my way in!

The second the jeep parked in the driveway, I ran to the beach like a kid with my surfboard, took off my shirt and was bracing myself for the cold embrace of the sea.

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But as always with BobbyRica, fate had other plans. As I was about to jump headfirst into the sea, something suddenly appeared out of the water and I bumped my head into it!

(to be continued)

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