WATCH this video of Elaine Abonal being intreviewed on ANC’s Shop Talk to talk about how Surfista Travels operates.

Surfista Travels Philippines is a surf tour company that helps surfers and travelers arrange trips that include accommodation, transport and surf lessons for groups. It is owned and operated by Elaine Abonal. She is now currently based in Siargao Island and has been surfing, traveling around the Philippines and bringing friends to different surf spots for the past 10 years. She is a graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University and speaks English, French, Spanish and Tagalog and has been a group leader and chaperone for students to France, Spain, the UK and other countries numerous times. She is currently a brand ambassador for and sponsored by GoPro PhilippinesHurley Philippines, VMV Hypoallergenics Philippines, BreoLightwater, Vitaminboost,  Nalgene Philippines, and Sea To Summit Philippines.

Elaine is currently the only Filipino with the ISA International Surf Association Surf Instructor Certificate which she trained for in Bali and also has a Lifesaving Certificate with Balawista Lifeguards of Bali, Indonesia.


She has contributed her photos and articles to numerous magazines and newspapers around the country and other parts of the globe. She is also available as a personal surf tour guide and may be contacted through the Surfista e-mail address: surfistatravels@gmail.com.


Featured in Yahoo! Philippines news – Elaine Abonal has been helping spread the good news about surfing in the Philippines for a long time.

The Philippines is a fast growing surf destination with its numerous islands and waves around the country. Surfing as a sport and as a lifestyle is also starting to pick up within people who live in Manila and incoming visitors.

Our aim is to help groups of people to get to the best surf spots, surf resorts and surf schools while making it easy, convenient, and fun.

So come JOIN US and share our passion for surfing, traveling, meeting new people, exploring the Philippines and having a great time! Learn to SURF! Join a TOUR! Plan a TRIP! You can do all that with SURFISTA TRAVELS PHILIPPINES.

Elaine Abonal surfing in Cloud Nine, Siargao Island
Photo by Kyron Rathbone

Elaine Abonal with San Juan Surf School’s Luke Landrigan and Brian Landrigan of La Union – the people who inspired Surfista Travels. Without them, we wouldn’t be here! :)

Elaine Abonal speaks English, French, Spanish and Tagalog. In 2012, she worked with French Canadian TV show OuiSurf. WATCH this short video of her talking about Surfista Travels in French.

With the 1st ever group of Surfista Travels to La Union. Surfista has gone a LONG way since then!!!

To read more about Elaine Abonal or how Surfista Travels Philippines started, please go to our PRESS / PUBLISHED page and see links to different blog posts and online features and interviews.

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