In the next few months, a list of surfing festivals is about to happen. Wherever you are in the Philippines, you can either go up north in Luzon, drop by in the middle of the Visayas or stay low down in Mindanao. If you're not a Filipino, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao are the 3 group of islands that comprise our archipelago. For surfers who itch to travel around and experience the different surfing vibe in the Philos, (as far as I know), there are around 4 events to look forward to.
SEPTEMBER : SIARGAO 18TH INTERNATIONAL CUP
EVEN LOCATION: CLOUD 9, GENERAL LUNA, SIARGAO ISLAND, SURIGAO DEL NORTE, PHILIPPINES - SEPTEMBER 23-27, 2012
Siargao Island is very famous for one of the word-class surfing spots in the world - Cloud9. It is located in the Southeastern part of the country and also bears the title as the surfing capital of the Philippines. About the event, I have heard that it's pretty changing with the dates. However, if you come up an idea to bunk down on the first few nights in the island, you wouldn't surely miss the awesome waves of the year. It's also in this month that the town where Cloud9 (famous Philippine surfing spot) belongs, celebrates its fiesta together with the surfing competition for like half a month. Surely, it will be fun! See ya!
OCTOBER : 8TH GUIUAN 20ODYSSEYWAVES12 NATIONAL SURFING COMPETITION
EVENT LOCATION: GUIUAN, EASTERN SAMAR, PHILIPPINES
OCTOBER 9-14, 2012
Guiuan, is a municipality located in Eastern Samar, Philippines. Undoubtedly, facing the Pacific Ocean on the east, there are waves to choose from. This time of year, it will hold a national competition where waves are (maybe) constant for the 10th month of the year.
For more information about the event, you can visit their page - Guiuan Surf Club.
OCTOBER 31 - NOVEMBER 3, 2012 - SURF AND MUSIC FESTIVAL 2012
EVENT LOCATION: BRGY. BALAOI, PAGUDPUD, ILOCOS NORTE, PHILIPPINES
Ilocos Norte is a province situated in the northwest corner of the country. Its capital is Laoag City (you an book a flight, there's an airport up here) and has lots of famous spots to visit. When we talk about surfing, definitely the ones who can easily travel up and around have been here. I am enthused to think if we could attend the big event because as you see on the line-up, well-known bands are set to perform and with a major of sponsors. :D Crossing fingers x to save up! haha!
LANUZA SURFING FESTIVAL
EVENT LOCATION: DOOT POKTOY, LANUZA, SURIGAO DEL SUR, PHILIPPINES
NOVEMBER 12-17, 2012
Lanuza is way way down south of Surigao. If you want to travel by plane from Luzon and Visayas, you can easily get one and head down to the sweet spot with a bus or a van - from the airport in Surigao City. I am not the master to give a critic on waves but I must say that it's a pretty mellow place to visit - for surfing and relaxing. Sponsored by big companies in the PI, you will surely enjoy your week stay. ;)
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