Other than running and traveling, surfing has been close to my heart as it gives me high (even if I’m just a spectator). Oh yes, I’m a hopeless frustrated surfer wannabe. I have lotsa stories of not being able to surf the waves but that’s a different story. Let me tell you something that is more exciting…
Get stoked even while in Manila
I was surprised when I first heard about surfing in Manila. But then I found myself green-eyed when I was invited at Club Manila east to cover the 2nd CME Surfing Competition. Philippine Surfing Academy (PSA) organized this event for beginners- categories include kids (under 13), open women’s and open men’s.
Watching the heats breaks my heart, should I learned about this weeks before, I could have joined too as this is in my bucket list. Maybe next year? Kassy & Joko I’ll join you na on your next surfing trip me!
I was impressed on how the kids were able to ride the waves even if unassisted by EJ, the head coach of PSA. They were really pumping the boards and having the time of their life. I bet their parents are more stoked seeing them ride the waves like pros.
OPEN MEN’S & WOMEN’S
Clad with their board shorts and rash guard, everyone is competitive in both the men’s and women’s divisions. Jealousy was all over my limbs as I watch them paddle out, wishing I was in my board shorts and rash guard too. I can’t take it anymore so I went into our cabana and pretend not to care and just “surf” the internet. I should come again here.
The night is overcoming the sunlight and tiredness was already creeping in, I wasn’t able to finish the competition but I want to say “KUDOS” to Paolo Soler (PSA President) and PSA for promoting surfing in our country. Good job too to Manila Surfers Club and Club Manila East!
These are some of the photos I took during the event:
Get STOKED while in Manila, visit Club Manila East.
Champion - Tereze Lumdang
2nd Place - Ramon Santillan
3rd Place - Cayna Gemora
4th Place - Tiki Santillan
Champion - Nicole Valenton
2nd Place - Zoe Lim
3rd Place - Patricia Marcia
4th Place - Yanna Gemora
Champion - Migui Winternitz
2nd Place - Nolan Torre
3rd Place - Ian Laguerta
4th Place - Jenzo Pastrana
For runners, surfing is a good cross-training as you will be strengthening your core and shoulders while paddling and balancing on a surf board.
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