Say what, there’s surfing here in El Nido?!?
We were having sunset drinks at La Plage bar in Corong-Corong. Bastian, the French guy bar owner, was telling us about Duli – a beach area in a much more remote region still to the north of Nacpan and Calitang. He’s a bodyboarder but he’s got a few longboards that we could use. He said he could take us there for Php 2500 per person. Can be cheaper if we can get more people to come.
Our very own beach break. Incoming swell of shoulder to head high waves. Tempting… but, but…
We got hold of this guy – Mike Hular, the person you should hound if you want to get a low-down on surfing El Nido’s breaks. We met him thru Pong’s friend KT, who’s been living in El Nido since early this year. It really pays to have friends from the locale. We learned that it was thru Mike that Bastian found about waves in Duli, and that aside from Duli, there are several other breaks in Nacpan, all over Bacuit bay, and one that’s a few minutes walk from El Nido town’s main beach area!
The surf scene in El Nido, if you can already call it that, is practically just this guy, his Spaniard friend who comes to El Nido every year for tropical winters, and a few locals whom Mike teaches how to surf.
Translation: That’s one uncrowded playground!!! (@_@)
In my previous post, I wrote about how we basically revamped our itinerary just because we discovered that we could surf here. It may sound OA, but the mere thought of getting to play here already made us super kilig! Nothing was going to stop us from trying out El Nido’s breaks. Not even our freshly skinned knees from the previous day’s action sequence.
Mike’s Point – I guess locals call it that because it’s only Mike who surfs there on most days. A good 40 meter walk on a stony shore, and another 20-30 meters of paddling out to the line up. My spoiled beach break paddle arms were already crying before even getting there! (Note to self: Strong paddle arms – something I should REALLY train for especially before returning to Siargao next year!)
Against the beautiful backdrop of Cadlao Island, Pong and I were the lone souls in that playground. Right hand and left hand breaks abound. Shoulder-high waves and long rides. Surfing shallow reefs still make me antsy though, but in the end, good thing it was shallow enough ’cause my leash broke! Another uh-oh moment.
Sorry, I don’t have pictures. I’m still waiting for Santa to give me a GoPro HD Hero 3 for Christmas. Just one more day to go Santa! Ehem, ehem…
Anyhow, you can check out Mike’s Surf El Nido Facebook page for the pictures. And if you come looking for him in El Nido, he gigs at Pukka Bar and at Sea Slugs.
So instead of Php 2500, we got to lower our surf expense to just Php 400 each for the board rental. The difference, we got to spend on food. Sometimes, we eat like teenage boys after surf sessions. That’s me on a carbo-loading feast at La Chupetta. What diet?!
ANNNNDD… If ever you’re shopping for some nice souvenirs, Mike does handcrafted bracelets too! These are made of rattan and semi-precious stones. He accepts custom orders. Pretty, pretty things!
We only got to surf Mike’s Point for just over an hour, and yet we were already so stoked! How much more if we got to try other spots?! Indeed, this was the perfect closer to this year’s El Nido stint. \m/
Two years in a row, El Nido has been soooo amazing. I’m seriously thinking about making this a yearly affair. I guess I’ll be back same time next year. And possibly stumble upon more uncharted territories.
Yes, most definitely.