8th La Union Soul Surf2013 | Review
La Union is known for having great waves that moves along with the body language of the board riders in the Philippines. Since surfing became a craze among the youth, looking for the most accessible place to play the sport is one of the most important elements to them; aside great accommodation, food and amenities that are within budget. The convenience of hotels, restaurants and public lavatories being right beside the scene, plays a part in making it very accessible to the public. To eliminate inconvenience to those who does not owe a surfboard and no experience surfing , locals offer rental of surfboards and surfing tutorials to those who are interested in exploring the water sport.
What started as a hobby has now become one of the most awaited event in the Philippines. People from different regions would visit just to be able to ride the waves of La Union. For 8 years, La Union Soul Surf has been celebrating the beauty of its waves and the culture of the place. As part of the celebration, La Union’s culture is shared through arts and music.
Surfers from different walks of life gather together to compete, celebrate and savor their passion for this sport. In addition to the event, local and international artists are invited to showcase their talent. This is to further understand the wide range of cultures and the interests that frolicked along the way.
In order to keep everyone busy, activities have been lined up throughout the day. The event does not solely focus on the surfing activities, but taken each and ever person’s interests is taken into consideration through the lineup of activities, which requires them to interact with each other. Overflowing quantity of frisbee, unlimited booze, infinite waves and boundless entertainment have drawn thousands of travelers to join the annual event.
As a result, the event helped develop the livelihood of the La Union local residents. Furthermore, the organizers incorporated the preservation of the beach by assigning delegates to observe and clean the environment.
Text & Images by: Dannavie Chanyongco
*DJ & Performances images credited to DJ Fabian
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