Elaine Abonal on FemaleNetwork.com

Surfista Travels’ Elaine Abonal got featured on FemaleNetwork.com! Check out the full article here: http://www.femalenetwork.com/news-features/why-we-love-surfista-elaine-abonal


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La Union Summer 2014 with Surfista Travels

College student, triathlete and Surfista Angela del Rosario made a video of her trip with us to La Union this Summer 2014 and shows us a glimpse of her awesome weekend with her new found Surfista friends. 70 seconds of fun using her GoPro Hero 3 (who is also one of our super awesome sponsors!) Check it out! :)


Private Surfista Tour: Graham Family from the Marshall Islands

Surfista Travels also provides private tours and packages that are currently handled by our Surfista Elaine Abonal. Last February 17 – 19, 2013, we were with the Graham family from the Marshall Islands and went to La Union. It was great to be with a surfing family who are also from a tropical country. We exchanged a lot of stories and Ronnie, who is 6 years old, had his first lessons in La Union, Philippines and did very well! The waves and weather were perfect for him. Check out the photo highlights to get a sneak peek of our time with the Grahams.


Ronnie Graham’s first surf lessons in La Union, Philippines

Ronnie having fun with Surfista Elaine Abonal during a private surf tour!


Ronnie and Ben Graham from the Marshall Islands

Ronnie’s certificate from Surfista Travels and San Juan Surf School

Travel is also about culture. The Grahams say that Halo-Halo is so good they had to name it twice!

We went to the RiverFarm Restaurant for fresh sea food and for Ronnie to check out the fish!

Ronnie got to feed the fish at the River Farm Restaurant.

We played mini-golf at Camp John Hay in Baguio before we went back to Manila






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Surf Instructors are My Surf Heroes by Elaine Abonal

I just want to say that the real HEROES are the SURF INSTRUCTORS. I’ve seen some of them grow from surf bum kids to responsible hard working men and women who really LOVE their job, their students, and the ocean. They SMILE and push – not only themselves but their students – to stand up, SURF, and HAVE FUN – despite being tired or hungry because of many eager students, despite being under the hot blazing sun, despite being stung by jellyfish, despite shaking in the cold during sunset surf lessons, and despite watching beautiful waves break as they teach. I know many of them have SAVED SO MANY LIVES – children being caught in currents, panic-stricken surfers who lose their boards (like me), non-thinking drunk men who think swimming in their jeans would be cool. They are my heroes.


Me (Elaine) in the white Hurley shirt with the instructors of the San Juan Surf School in La Union, Philippines

“One more, one more.” It takes a lot of encouragement and patience to be an instructor in the water.


When you go take your surf lesson, please know the name of your surf instructor, talk to them, and thank them. They are people with names, lives, and surf dreams – just like you. Be thankful to the person who pushed you into your very first wave because you never know – they could already be changing your life.


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I feel honored to be working with you guys and see how professional – in surfing and in instructing – so many of you have become. Let’s keep it up, we’re changing the Philippine surf world. ♥ – Elaine Abonal


All photos by Nikka Corsino and Owen Ballesteros of www.two2travel.com

Special Christmas with Special Kids :) December 2012

Elaine Abonal of Surfista Travels Philippines spent December 12, 2012 helping Luke Landrigan, Billabong San Juan Surf School and some members of the La Union Surf Club teach special kids (deaf, with developmental or mental disabilities, etc.) how to surf as a special Christmas celebration.  The first one was done last year and was a success. The kids had fun so this year the number of kids – and smiles – doubled. This event is usually one of the most quiet surf events we’ve experienced but also one of the most touching and rewarding.

Check out the photos!


Words aren’t needed to know how much FUN this kid is having!!

Anyone and everyone can surf. We shouldn’t be hindered by our disabilities.

This little girl was so brave despite the big waves. Her dad was watching and was so proud of her!

Elaine Abonal of Surfista Travels Philippines getting to join the crew of the San Juan Surf School of La Union

Head Coach Luke Landrigan explaining the basics of surfing (with a translator at his side) to the eager kids.

What a great day for all the instructors, teachers and of course – the students!

Awardings and photo ops with Elaine Abonal, Luke Landrigan, each child’s surf instructor and Mickey Galang of the San Fernando office.

Each child was given a gift bag with Christmas presents from different sponsors. Each one was able to choose a pair of shoes from Sanuk or Native! Merry Christmas indeed!

This wouldn’t have happened without Mickey Galang, Menchie Par, the instructors of Billabong San Juan Surf School, Mark Dimalanta, Lui Tortuya, Don Cui, Mayor Ortega & the different sponsors! Thanks so much for everyone’s help and participation. We are honored to be part of this simple but memorable event. :)


Rappler.com also covered the event. Read their short article and watch their video coverage by clicking  HERE.


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