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Bagasbas Beach: Surfing For the First Time in Daet

When in Daet, it’s a must to take a visit to Bagasbas Beach. The beach is considered as one of the top surfing destinations in the Philippines where the waves rolling from the Pacific Ocean are big all year long. The stretch of the shore in Bagasbas is wide and the sand is shimmering grey. It’s not the kind of beach that beach bums would appreciate,  but it’s a haven for surfers.  For beginners like myself, the waves of Bagasbas is just big enough for newbies to conquer.

April 10, 2016 — After our adventure in Calaguas, my group and I took a side trip to Bagasbas Beach in Daet to take surfing lessons. You can request for instructors in the tourism office just across the beach.  The fee for the lesson was  ₱400.00 – of which includes the board rental, instructor, and 1-hour surfing.

At 1:30 in the afternoon, there were only a few people on the beach, given that the sun was so high at that time. After the introduction by the masungit  Kuya Aljun, my group and I were each assigned an instructor to teach us one on one. I was lucky to have Kuya Bob as my surfing teacher. He did a wonderful job in encouraging me to try and try until I get it right.

 

 

 

 

 

I didn’t know that the surfboard was this heavy. We learned that surfboards are made of fiberglass. And I also didn’t know that there’s a sharp fin at the bottom end of the board which helps maintain its balance. Whenever I fall into the water, I was told to stay away from the fin as the sharp edges can cause injury.  On my first try, I instantly lost my balance.  Whenever I tried to stand up,  I can’t help but feel anxious. This happened a few more times, and I kept groaning out of frustration. When I saw my friends finding their balance only after a few attempts, I felt more frustrated.

 

 

 

 

 

It was a good thing that Kuya Bob was patient with me. He kept telling me that I’ll be able to stand on my next try, or if not, the next after the next. On every fall, he pointed out the mistakes that I made. He said I kept looking down on the surfboard instead of fixing my eyes on the shore.

 

“Hands beside the chest. Right leg on position. Look on the shore.”

Pause.

“Waves are coming.”

Deep breath.

 

It took more than  5 falls, 5 attempts, 5 groans until finally, I got to ride my first wave. When I finally got it, I saw how happy Kuya Bob was for me. Yay! I never thought I’d fall in love with surfing. Even when I’m not the sporty type of person, I got to stand on the board ride a wave more than thrice! Not bad! 🙂 I think I’ll try this again, try the waves in La Union or Baler.

 

 

 

 

 

 

[tg_accordion title=”Itinerary and Budget” icon=”” close=”0″][one_fourth]Note: This itinerary was based from a guided tour, not a DIY.

 

Day 0 (April 8)[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]09:30 PM[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]Assembly at Mcdo Bay Park (Macapagal Ave. Cor. Edsa)[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth_last]₱ 2,950  / head (Travel Tour Package inclusive of transportation via private van, gas and toll fees, environmental and entrance fees, boat ride, camp fee, cottage fee, tents, drinking water and 3-meals in island) [/one_fourth_last][one_fourth][/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]10:00 PM[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]ETD from Manila to Vinzons, Camarines Norte[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth_last][/one_fourth_last]

 

[one_fourth]Day 1 (April 9)[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]06:00 AM[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]ETA in Daet Market[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth_last]₱ 350  / head (Own account, food on the road!)[/one_fourth_last][one_fourth][/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]07:00 AM[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]ETA in Vinzons Port; Breakfast (own account)[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth_last][/one_fourth_last][one_fourth][/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]08:00 AM[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]Ride Boat to Calaguas Island[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth_last][/one_fourth_last][one_fourth][/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]10:00 AM[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]ETA Mahabang Buhangin Calaguas Island[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth_last][/one_fourth_last][one_fourth][/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]12:00 NN[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]Lunch (camping meal 1)[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth_last][/one_fourth_last][one_fourth][/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]01:00 PM[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]Swimming, Freetime, Games[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth_last]₱ 100  / head (Shower and toilet in Calaguas island, shower and toilet in Bagasbas, ice candy, halo-halo, etc.)[/one_fourth_last][one_fourth][/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]07:00 PM[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]Dinner (camping meal 2)[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth_last][/one_fourth_last][one_fourth][/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]08:00 PM[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]Socials[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth_last][/one_fourth_last][one_fourth][/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]11:00 PM[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]Lights out[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth_last][/one_fourth_last]

 

[one_fourth]Day 2 (April 10)[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]05:00 AM[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]Wake-up call, coffee, proceed to summit[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth_last][/one_fourth_last][one_fourth][/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]05:30 AM[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]ETA Summit, photo ops[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth_last][/one_fourth_last][one_fourth][/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]06:30 AM[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]Descend to campsite[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth_last][/one_fourth_last][one_fourth][/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]07:00 AM[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]Breakfast (camping meal 3)[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth_last][/one_fourth_last][one_fourth][/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]08:00 AM[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]Break camp[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth_last][/one_fourth_last][one_fourth][/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]09:00 AM[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]ETD at Calaguas Island[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth_last][/one_fourth_last][one_fourth][/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]11:00 AM[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]ETA Vinzons (Lunch Own Account)[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth_last][/one_fourth_last][one_fourth][/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]12:00 PM[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]Ride to Bagasbas[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth_last][/one_fourth_last][one_fourth][/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]01:00 PM[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]ETA Bagasbas, Freetime, Optional: Surfing[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth_last]₱ 400  / head (Bagasbas Surfing for 1 hour with Board Rental and Instructor)[/one_fourth_last][one_fourth][/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]03:00 PM[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]ETD Daet to Manila[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth_last][/one_fourth_last][one_fourth][/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]01:00 AM[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]ETA Manila[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth_last][/one_fourth_last][one_fourth][/one_fourth]
[one_fourth][/one_fourth]
[one_fourth]ESTIMATED BUDGET[/one_fourth]
[one_fourth_last]₱ 3,200 / head[/one_fourth_last]

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