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The birth of surfing in the Philippines

I was browsing online when I came across an article on BBC dated April 16, 2013 about the birth of surfing in the Philippines. It reports how Apocalypse Now, a Vietnam War movie, inspired the Filipino surfers. It was filmed in the Philippines in the 1970s in a small town of Baler, the capital of Aurora province facing the Pacific ocean, where storms and typhoons come from. During this filming, one of the local residents, Edwin Nomoro, a 10-yr old child that time, watched them everyday and the surfing scene excited him the most. It was something he had never seen before. When the cast and crew left, they left behind them the surfing boards which little Edwin and his friends took for and taught themselves to surf and they have been surfing ever since. surf philippines1 Now, surfing in the Philippines is getting more and more popular and with the advantage of being an archipelagic nation, the industry has spread across the country especially in islands and beaches along the Pacific Ocean.

Best surfing season

August-September are the peak season for surfing where the waves go as high as 20 feet at Cloud 9, in Siargao Island. Or you can check out www.lokalsoul.com for more info.

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  • Surfing in the Philippines July 8, 2013, 9:08 am

    surfing is very popular now. thanks for the mention. nice blog. hope to see you out there!

    • Jem July 8, 2013, 9:33 pm

      You’re welcome and thanks also for the visit.

      It’s very interesting to find out that surfing is very popular now. When I was in Bangkok five years ago I had a friend who was looking for a good place to surf and I wish I had known you had already organised surf club in the Philippines. Anyway, I will surely rave more about you here on the site because I want to promote our country’s tourism.

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