A New Set of Surfistas Discover a Passion for Surf and Travel

With sun-kissed cheeks and a bit of sand on their flip-flops, another group of fun-seekers returned to Manila as Surfista Travels Philippines concluded its latest surf trip to San Juan, La Union last March 25 & 25, 2012.

Surfista Travels Philippines is a surf tour company that arranges trips for surfers and travellers that include accommodation, transportation and surf lessons for groups. Surfista Travels makes going to the best surf spots, resorts and schools easy, convenient, and fun.

“Surfista Travels is about helping people discover what they are passionate about,” said Elaine Abonal, Surfista Travels owner and founder. “With every surf trip, we make sure participants try new things, meet different kinds of people and make new friends, and have an enjoyable and unforgettable time.”

Elaine Abonal of Surfista Travels and Luke Landrigan of San Juan Surf School

A full weekend’s worth of activities awaited trip participants, comprised of first-time and beginner surfers not only looking to learn a new sport, but also indulge in new experiences.

Upon their arrival at La Union’s San Juan Surf Resort, participants each received a goodie bag containing freebies from Surfista Travels and its sponsors such as a Surfista Travels shirt by Agos, a magazine from 7107 Island Travel Magazine, a Hurley sticker set, a lanyard and stickers from Lightwater and Vitaminboost, and a Yabang Pinoy bracelet. Surfistas also had access to free-flowing healthy drinks from Lightwater and Vitaminboost throughout the trip.

So much stuff from our sponsors: Hurley Philippines, 7107 Islands Travel Magazine, Vitaminboost

Repeat customers got sand-repellent beach mats from Lagu!

Gift certificates from Footzy shoes!

Beautiful clothes from Brown Belly for these ladies!

Energized by breakfast at the San Juan Surf Resort and eager to hit the beach, Surfistas slipped into their rashguards and headed to the shore for the first surfing lesson. Surf instructors from San Juan Surf School paired up with each Surfista for a one-on-one session. This covered basics such as how to handle and take care of your surfboard, how to paddle and pop-up, and how to protect yourself in the water. Within an hour, Surfistas were riding their boards and conquering waves.

Stoked by their initiation to surfing, the group then visited the neighbouring towns of San Juan and had lunch at the River Farm Restaurant. Before gearing up for their second surfing lesson, Surfistas relaxed by the beach and even had an opportunity to meet YouTube-personality Bogart The Explorer and participate in the filming of his upcoming video—this is just one example of the one-of-a-kind experiences in store for trip participants.

The Surfistas filming with recent Filipino YouTube celeb & comedian Bogart The Explorer

During day two, Surfistas hunted and chased waves like long-time surfers. After stuffing beach towels into bags and tying surfboards on top of the jeep, Surfistas went to Cement Factory in Bacnotan to try the waves in this site. A 15-minute ride away from San Juan, this spot got its name from the cement factory near the beach and is the venue for the Surfistas final surf session (for the weekend, at least).

The third surfing lesson wrapped up and after lunch, Surfista Travels presented each participant with a Certificate of Attendance. Group photos were taken as well as with professional surfer Luke Landrigan who is the head coach of San Juan Surf School and good friend of Surfista Travels Philippines. Surfistas packed up and prepared for the trip back to Manila, but not before taking another round of photos and saying “See you soon!” to their instructors and newfound friends in San Juan.

Repeat customer Ghoul gets another Surfista Travels certificate

Surfista Travels March 2012 in La Union, Philippines

Visit www.surfistatravels.com or e-mail surfistatravels@yahoo.com for more information about tour packages and schedules, and like and follow Surfista Travels on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest updates.

This recent trip of Surfista Travels was sponsored by Hurley Philippines, GoPro Philippines, Lightwater, Vitaminboost, Agos Pilipinas, Lagu, Brown Belly, Yabang Pinoy, 7107 Island Travel Magazine, Footzy Shoes, Philippine First Aid, and My Life On Board.

New Official Surfista Travels Video!

This is what we’ve been waiting for since our first Surfista trip – the NEW OFFICIAL SURFISTA TRAVELS VIDEO!!!

It was filmed and edited by our sponsor GoPro Philippines and the team of ThirtySix-O Media & we had a lot of fun documenting the first Surfista Travels experience. We hope this gives you an even better visual of what Surfista Travels is all about.

Feel free to SHARE this with your friends and spread the Surfista love! Next trip is on March 24 & 25 to La Union – sign up & reserve your slot while you can!

GoPros in Surf Action with Surfista Travels

Our sponsor GoPro Philippines and ThirtySix-O Media brought a talented team with us to La Union to take photos and film of our first trip last February 11 and 12, 2012. They worked as much as they had fun and with their creativity, talent & the awesomeness of the GoPro camera, it’s sure that they got awesome shots. We’re looking forward to the video they’ll come out with. In the meantime, check out these GoPro cameras hard at work while we went surfing!

GoPro cameras were mounted on surfboards to record some surf action

Can you spot the GoPro camera on this board? (Hint: Look up!)

Kenjo is going to have a lot of surf footage for sure!

A different perspective: using the head mount this time

Recording the sunset using time lapse & checking it with the LCD backpack

Another way of mounting our GoPros: using the suction cup

GoPro team & ThirtySix-O media crew filming Filipino-American Chris Romero!

GoPro camera securely in place - and in case it falls off, make sure the floatie is attached

Action shots with Elaine Abonal while using her own GoPro Hero 2 on her surfboard

Want to learn more about GoPro cameras? LIKE their page at www.facebook.com/gopro.ph and get your own GoPro Hero 2 now!

Photos by Diego Virata, Mike Nagrampa and Andrea Roxas

We did it! First group to La Union was a SUCCESS :)

Surfista Travels Philippines had our first group and surf trip to San Juan, La Union last February 11 & 12. We had a little more than 10 participants, the ThirtySix-O film crew sponsored by GoPro Philippines, and a lot of excited smiles. We left Manila at 5 am and arrived at the San Juan Surf Resort just in time for lunch. The weather and wave conditions were perfect for beginners on Saturday when we had lessons with San Juan Surf Resort. Each person had a surf instructor and everyone was stoked as soon as they stood on their FIRST WAVE! And we must say, everyone was able to stand on their first try! :)

All set on a beautiful day! Surfboards, surf instructors, surf lessons

Each student had their own surf instructor

Already SURFING on the first day!!

Home base: San Juan Surf Resort

After taking a break in the afternoon and while waiting for sunset, we had a beach clean up. We want to emphasize the importance of keeping our beaches and oceans clean. After all, it IS our playground right?  The beach of San Juan is pretty clean and we thought we wouldn’t have to pick anything up, but we realized that there were literally hundreds, if not thousands, of cigarette butts on the sand. Some local surfer girls helped us pick them up and put all the trash we collected in biodegradable plastic bags.

After picking up trash at the beach, we were blessed with THIS BEAUTIFUL VIEW!

At night we had dinner, chilled, hung out at the beach and played models/actors/actresses while the film crew were filming. These Surfistas are artistas!

Hanging out at the beach

The next day, everyone was up and ready for their next surf lessons. The waves were bigger and more intense this time but the instructors from the surf school were very good in making sure that we had fun and stayed safe. Everyone really wanted to improve their surfing. Thankfully we had a lot of supply of Lightwater and Vitaminboost to keep us hydrated!

Lightwater & Vitaminboost kept us hydrated!

The crew of ThirtySix-O hard at work but still having fun!

With all the filming involved, the first group of Surfistas felt like super artistas!

The weekend went by really fast – time flies when you’re having fun they say – and at the end of the trip, everyone wore their Surfista Travels T-shirts sponsored by Agos Pilipinas. The quality of the shirt was very comfortable and the design was classy, colorful and fun – both boys and girls loved it! Then we had our group photo taken, got our certificates and said our well wishes and goodbyes to each other before our trip back to Manila. We didn’t want to leave and wished the experience was longer.

One of the best things about surf trips is making NEW FRIENDS. Laura (on the left) flew all the way to the Philippines from Thailand to join us on this trip!

Surfista Girls

Surfista Boys with Surfista Travels founder & coordinator Elaine Abonal

This is just a short jist of our pioneer group’s experience on our surf trip but to sum it all up, we were blessed with sunshine, waves, the gift of surfing and new friends, a lot of smiles and new memories. THAT is how we can say the trip was a SUCCESS. :)

Want to see more photos? Check out the Surfista Travels Facebook page!

Want to read what our participants had to say? Check out our Testimonials page!

The first EVER group of Surfista Travelers! So proud!!!

Want to join the next trip? MARCH 24 & 25, 2012 to LA UNION. Save the dates to make sure you have a spot! Details at the Tours & Packages page.

We would like to THANK our participants, our friends & families, Luke Landrigan & his instructors from the San Juan Surf School, the awesome film crew of ThirtySix-O media, the ocean for giving us the gift of sea, waves & sunshine & our sponsors GoPro Philippines, Lightwater, VitaminBoost, Agos Pilipinas, 7107 Island Travel Magazine, Yabang Pinoy, Philippine First Aid and My Life on Board.

Photos by Andrea Roxas, Mica Ferrer, Mike Nagrampa, Diego Virata

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