standing in a board over a breaking wave was something i've been so excited for quite some time now. until i learned about the program of the Philippine Surfing Academy program being conducted just few kilometers away from the metro.
many thought that one can only learn the basics of surfing through the waves of Siargao, Catanduanes, La Union, Quezon and Samar. not until Club Manila East in Taytay Rizal partnered with the Philippine Surfing Academy to establish basic surfing sessions just minutes away from the city.i visited this resort twice this summer and with all the good facilities a trip there will be great. it has giant pools, lazy river, pools artificial waves, slides and even kayaking.a wide parking lot, a foodcourt and some cottages are also available in the resort's big area. villas are also avilable for those who wanted to stay there for an overnight.but what's new is the establishment of the surfing lessons conducted here by some of the surfing experts. through the big waves created by the beach waves pool and the ocean waves pool, one can learn the basics of surfing.surfing today is becoming one of the growing water activity in the Philippines. through the influence of the foreign surfers visiting the country, more locals learned and even mastered what it is to get stoked by the waves.one of the best way to learn it is through the artificial waves of Club Manila East. i had my chance and took the basic lesson last summer. we were five in that batch and we had with us coach Ejay. he gave us a brief background of what surfing is about and what it requires. he also explained the advantage of taking lessons in an artificial pool which includes the use of a special board made for training, the danger of hitting rocks and corals in the shoreline, the lesser chance of getting drowned because of the pool's limited depth and the waves that comes every 2seconds. among the first lessons were how to carry the board, how to stand on it, where to hold, and how to balance.after the brief lesson, we were immediately brought to the pools waves to get the mood of being on top of the board with the waves. he guided us by pushing us with the board which exerts force to the board along with the waves. this gives us enough speed and force to stay on top and gain balance. it was'nt that easy but with the determination to do it and with the waves coming consistently, one can really grab the feel of being on top of the board.my purpose of doing it here was just to experience of riding with the waves. i enjoyed it and what more when i get to try it over the waves of the Philippines renowned surfing sites. you can also try the several basic lessons conducted in La Union. the blog Let's Go Sago offers a basic training on August 15-16.