Surf’s up in Bagasbas Beach

Bagasbas Beach
Bagasbas Beach

Bagasbas Beach is a surfing mecca in Philipines. Bagasbas’s gentle waves and warm waters make it a fantastic surf choice for beginners, even the one that does not know how to swim. I give up surfing in Hawaii due to my immature swimming skills. I had learned to swim when I was thirteen years old, but for some reason, I do not have the confidence to swim once I was away from the shore for about two miles away and my feet cannot even touch the bottom of the water. I was excited to learn that the beach does not require too much swimming skills for the beginning surfers.

It is a raining day with two hours surf retreat along Philippines watersports wonderland. It is an all-inclusive program offered year around. I booked the surfing lesson at the front desk of Bagasbas Lighthouse hotel. My instructor he grows up in the ocean, and he always has deep blue in his blood. Shortly after arriving at the beach, I received today’s mission of surfing all the way back to the shore

I was given a handful of instructions and tips. Then I was pushed into the water. I prepped myself for my first wave. The lessons I learned on the ground were racing through my brain: how to stand up, how to keep balance, how to control your board, and what to avoid once I fall off the board.

“Standing up”, yelled my instructor. Stand up on the surf board is tricky. It sounds like an activity that is easy to handle, but the problem is that the board is not placed on a solid surface. To standing up, one have to conquer the fear of falling into a lurching surge of swirling water around you. Once you stand up, you must quickly leap to a different position in order to prevent yourself from plunging into the ocean. There is a lot to think and do in so little time.

Once the waves come in, I prepped myself for standing up.  I successfully made myself surfing all the way back to the shore. My couch hooted and hollered with wild encouragement. He cheers with me. The atmosphere was extremely supportive, and I felt so proud of myself.

After my fourth waves, I accidentally hit my knees on the stiff sandbar. It started bleeding inside and end up having a huge patch of bruise, but it worth it. After all, I finally gave myself an opportunity to experience something that I always fear of but always wanted when I was in Hawaii. The unbelievable joy prevails the pain. My passion for the deep blue is getting stronger, and I do not fear of the water anymore.

After an active morning of surfing, I returned to the hotel for a healthful lunch. There is a large group of people doing the church program inside the hotel. I joined them, and I was being treated as a notable guest. Someone from the group told me that most of those people have ever met a foreigner before and that is why I was so welcomed. They warmly greeted me and asked me to dance with them on the stage. I made many new amigos. Travel always made me feel fresh and energetic.

In terms of traveling, I am certainly not interested in most overrated tourists’ attractions. I prefer to blend myself in and do something with local people in certain places. As for me, merging into the local environment is the best way to experience a new place.

Julie Cao

Julie Cao is a travel blogger, travel writer, and global citizen currently living in Toronto Ontario.

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