If surfing in the Philippines is a baby, it came out of the vagina of Baler in the province of Aurora.
Sleepy town, by the coast, between five and six hours outside of Manila. Not much going on here, but the surf is something. Maybe everything. Hell, definitely everything.
The sea is never empty. On one side, you see beginners getting pushed on their rented boards by the local surfing instructors. At another end, the pros have a go, looking extremely free and extremely cool.
This is good. A quiet and relaxing town. I did not plan to go here this year, but visiting to end a spectacular 2015 of traveling proves to be the right decision.
Now don’t be envious of me. I know the sun and surf is phenomenal here and there is a good chance it is dark and cold wherever you are but… Okay, I think you should be envious.