Sports activities perfect for summer (Part 1)

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Sunday, 21 April 2013 - Last Updated on April 21, 2013

What do you do when it’s summer and the sun gets carried away playing its part, warming, no, toasting you to levels unimaginable before? Do you hide at home and just leave the aircon on? No, you go out and embrace the sun!

 

Beat the heat, make the most out of your summer vacation and engage in these cool, fun and exhilarating sports activities while experiencing some beautiful tourist spots in the Philippines!

 

Water sports

Flyboarding (Hydrojet surfing)

Flyboarding

If you ever dreamt of flying through the water Iron Man style and leaping in the air like a dolphin, then Flyboarding is for you. The wearer straps his or her feet into shoes that are attached to powerful water jets, providing lift, with hand-guided nozzles navigating the flight. It also allows one to dive into the water and out again. It was built by Marseille-based water sports enthusiast Franky Zapata.

 

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Romblon Lifestyles describes the flyboard as: “…a magnificent looking device, and it allows the rider quite a lot of gymnastic flair. Given the absolutely ludicrous amounts of horsepower available from today’s turbocharged jet ski engines, the Flyboard looks like a truly extravagant and ridiculously fun way to have fun this summer.”

 

The Flyboard comes with the Electronic Management Kit which allows operation of the PWC throttle, kill switch and starter. This method allows for better flight precision and its intuitive use provides the Flyboard Operator exceptional sensations. They say that usually after about 20 minutes, you can already “move underwater like a dolphin and challenge gravity like superman!”

 

Anyone can ride the Flyboard with about ten minutes of instruction and training. It is easy to operate, and it only takes a little courage and an adventurous spirit. There’s an age limit, though, as all riders must be 16 years or older. 16 and 17 year old flyers must have their parents’s or guardians’s permission.

 

You can experience Flyboarding at Tablas Fun Resort in Romblon. An hour of Zapata Flyboard ride costs Php7,500. Visit their website for more details.

 

Scuba diving

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The Philippines has 7,100 islands surrounded by clear seas and it has everything, more or less. If that’s not enough reason to go diving, then this might be it: we have TWO of the best dive sites in the world, according to the travel news website of the Cable News Network (CNN). These are the Tubbataha Reef, located southeast of Palawan and The Canyons in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, which ranked 8th and 45th among 50, respectively.

 

CNN describes Tubbataha as a dive spot “where everything comes in giant form. The main advantage to diving at Tubbataha is that the water is exceptionally clean, so the marine life lives longer, making it grow to silly proportions.” Divers are also told to expect “kaleidoscopic colors combined with guitar sharks, black tip reef sharks, nurse sharks, gliding blue-spotted lagoon rays, unicorns, boxfish, scorpion, fish and more.

 

Meanwhile, The Canyons features “schools of spotted ribbon sweetlips, shiny trevallies and weird-looking batfish. There’s also an explosion of coral and plant life.”

Here are other great dive sites you can also explore:

  • Sabang Bay, Puerto Galera
  • Taiei Maru Wreck, Coron
  • Yapak 2, Boracay
  • Sombrero, Anilao
  • The Pier, Dumaguete
  • Coconut, Apo Island
  • Apo Reef
  • Crocodile Island, Boracay

For more diving information, visit Scuba Dive Philippines.

 

Surfing

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To be able to surrender to the waves and ride them, to forget one’s fears and to let go would truly be the adventure of a lifetime. Try surfing and enjoy the warm ocean, the cool breeze and experience the thrills of nature like never before.

 

Great news: you can have your surf adventure in one of the best surf spots in the world, right at the comfort of your own country. Siargao, a teardrop-shaped island in Surigao del Norte, is the eighth best surf spot in the world, also according to CNN.

 

CNNGo writer and avid surfer Jade Bremmer, who compiled the list, describes the Cloud 9 reef break as:

 

“(A) dramatic and powerful reef break, which crashes onto shallow razor-sharp coral, offers right and left death rides to those who dare. Those who do will experience a slice of paradise, of magic mushroom-like hallucinations, as the wave wraps over them like a Cornish pasty-shaped cocoon of water.”

 

For other options, here’s a list of top Philippine surfing destinations from Lokal Soul:

  • ABCD Beach, Calicoan Island, Eastern Samar
  • Majestics Reef Break at Puraran Bay, Baras, Catanduanes
  • The spot in front of Kapuluan Vista Resort, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
  • Doot Poktoy, Lanuza, Surigao Del Sur

 

Wind surfing (Boardsailing)

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While surfing relies on waves, windsurfing needs wind and sails. A lot of windsurfing enthusiasts swear by Boracay as the ideal destination for beginner to extreme windsurfers looking for the perfect mix of sun, sea and surf. The Visayan Silent Gardens shares how the water is always warm and the lagoon is shallow enough to stand in most places. An offshore coral reef also protects it from the onshore waves and swells, so beginners can start inside and experts can go out.

 

Boracay is world-famous for its beaches, but according to the same website, Bulabog Beach (also known as Laguna de Boracay) is the most important one for windsurfers. White Beach, the better-known one, is also good. But the charm of Bulabog Beach lies on that exactly: it is a lonely sandy strip with open stretches while the former leaves little space being the “tourists’s beach.”

 

A lot of centers offer windsurfing classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced surfers. For more information, check out Funboard Center at Boracay or the Windsurf & Kitesurf Boracay websites.

 

(To be continued)

 

Flyboarding from Romblon Lifestyles, ‘Surf’ by Alain Bachellier, Scuba diving by SLU Madrid Campus, Windsurfing in Foster City by Bob n Renee, all courtesy of Flickr. Some rights reserved.

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