The Philippines is an archipelago with the fifth longest coastline in the world and is made up of 7,107 islands – a sure-fire recipe for epic surf! That theory was proved right in the 1980s when a group of travelling surfers discovered a hollow tube they named “Cloud 9″ – a wave off the coast of Siargao island – and it made the country a destination for surfers the world over.
To continue exploring the Philippines, giving as we go.
Surfing The Nations has made two epic trips to the islands of the Philippines, focusing on Cebu and Siargao, in 2009 and 2010. Since Hawaii has such a strong connection to those islands with many Filipinos immigrating here, and with many staff members having direct links to the country, it seemed only natural to send our a pioneer team to see the potential it could have. The report was positive and as more interest has been expressed the trip has grown in vision, direction and popularity.
The fourth trip to the Philippines is another exciting adventure to our friends in Cebu and Siargao. The team will volunteer at orphanages, hang out with street kids, encourage the long-term volunteers who live there, using music and community development projects – as well as surfing – to connect with and serve the country of the Philippines.
We are in the developmental stages of this outreach. We want to continue gauging the needs of the communities of Cebu and Siargao in hopes of one day planting a surf base that will be fit to meet those needs.