Surfing In San Felipe
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My love story with San Felipe started one unforgettable summer. Mel and I are planning to spend our summer time para-sailing in Subic Bay when out-of-the-blue, I asked her to try surfing instead. Hesitation is written all over her pretty face but picture my surprise when she immediately jump on her bed, turn on her laptop and her fingers start dancing on her keyboard to Google the best rash-guard, Zambales maps and tips on how to ride the surfing board.Hahaha! (Excited much, huh?! He-he!)
The six (6) hours travel time from Victory Liner, Cubao in Manila to Olongapo City are spent mostly by reading books and sleeping.
After Olongapo, you will pass by Castillejos, San Antonio, San Marcelino, San Narciso and my love, San Felipe. You can ask the bus conductor to drop you off San Narciso town plaza and from there you can take a tricycle to bring you to San Felipe. You may also ask the bus driver to stop at San Felipe 'Welcome' signage and you can either hike to the nearest tricycle terminal or waiting shed or you may stay beside the road and wait for a tricycle to bring you to your destination.
San Felipe is a 4th class municipality in Zambales. Mostly of residents are Ilocanos which came from the Ilocos region. This municipality is divided into eleven (11) barangays:
- Poblacion of Amagna
- Poblacion of Apostol
- Barangay of Balincaguing
- Poblacion of Farnal
- Poblacion of Feria
- Barangay of Maloma
- Poblacion of Manglicmot
- Poblacion of Rosete
- Barangay of San Rafael
- Barangay of Santo Nino
- Barangay of Sindol
You may notice some of the areas right next to the main road (including rice fields and vegetation) of San Felipe are dry and quite hard, that's because the town was a victim of the 2nd largest volcanic eruption of the 20Th century.
It may be a cliche but its true that first times always unforgettable, fun (Well, not all fun coz you'll definitely get hurt), but its wonderfully exciting. I learned words and terms I wouldn't know has different meaning in the world of this 'now-so-famous' water sports. Here, let me share you some of it:
- Nose Dive - when you fall from the board thru its nose (its the point bit of the surfboard).
- Wiped Out - when you fall of your board (other terms are donut, muttering or anything you want to call it)
- 180/360 - it refers to the degree or the spin of the surfers board during a maneuver
- Washing Machine - you guess it right, when you are getting spun around and around underwater by a wave
- Tail - opposite of Nose, this is the bit of the surfboard at the opposite end
- Party Wave - waved surfed by several people at same time
- Longboard - a long surfboard with a rounded nose
- Leash - this is the cord which is attached between your leg and your surfboard
- Flat - no waves.
- Fin - the curved bit hanging down under your surfboard. (Our instructor would always say, stay away from your fin! As if!Hahaha!)
There are still a lot of terms and slang words you need to learn if you want to speak like a real pro-surfer. Check this link to know more.
Many beach goers may seek for the comfort of an air-conditioned room, hot/cold shower, exotic and delicious food and a soft and fragrant bed (Who would not right? It will not be a dream vacation if not of those.) a resort can give which to be honest - San Felipe can't provide yet. Oh, don't get me wrong, there are cottages, Inns and transients houses but not as furnish as what you expect it to be.
How I love the old and big pine trees along the shoreline, the lack of modernization other municipalities are proud of and the simplicity of the place. San Felipe is not as famous as other towns and municipalities in Zambales. My heart swelled with appreciation on how San Felipe manage to appear so simple yet still painstakingly gorgeous (this adjective may not be applicable for places but what the heck, the place is more than pretty!).
I may fall in love again in the future and I may fall in love with some place else but like what the old saying goes: " First love never dies!". :D