I have to be careful lest I succumb to an identity crisis. From Boracay, I head straight to La Union, the surfing capital of the North. Massive breaks! Celestial difference from the tranquil, hypnotic waves of Boracay.
You probably think it is a better idea to let my bruises from Legacy Gym heal first before getting more from surfing. You are not wrong. But poisoned by the surf in Baler to close last year, I cannot pass this chance to visit Urbiztondo, San Juan to catch the waves with my very best friends. Do not worry. I will not be punished for my travel greed. My greed is the punishment and I can only be grateful my body tolerates our demanding schedule!
First surfing day proved rough. Overcast, the sea was out of control, very choppy. But you have to do what you have to do. Still stood on the first try, and eventually got a few scratches here and there after a shitload of fun on the surfboard.
For beginners, I think learning in Baler will be easier. The swells in La Union are more challenging, but hey, I am not saying they cannot be conquered!
However, the vibe in La Union is an entire world better. More established, more shops, more options and activities aside from surfing. All good fun. Now excuse me while I attend to my sunburn.