Surfing In The Big City: The Philippine Surfing Academy Experience
When in Manila, the closest surf spots are two to three hours away at the very least. In fact, Manila-based surfers are a breed entirely of their own accord. Travelling across unknown terrain for a number of x hours searching to satisfy that nagging surf itch, they will go through extreme conditions just to savor the chance of a good surf session.
Unfortunately, despite the noble desire of the Manilen͂o surfer to ride unabashed waves in the coastal regions of their Inang Bayan, they may be limited by a number of constraints: time, budget, unfavorable swell conditions, parents who don’t understand, etc.
These restrictions could literally cramp one’s style. They say the best way to improve one’s craft is to immerse oneself in it, though. Look at the masons. Surfing requires a lot of water time, which enhances muscle memory, endurance, strength, and even mental alertness. And staying on dry land for too long doesn’t do much good for those sea legs.
Well, even with time, money and the weather against the surfer, he or she can find comfort in the freshwater surf of the wave pool. Nothing near the ocean setting, the wave pool is utilized as a training hub for mostly Manila-based surfers restricted to the city by personal or unexpected circumstances.
Run by the Philippine Surfing Academy (PSA), surfing the wave pool at Club Manila East is equivalent to a day’s workout. Every day, the wave pools are fired up to produce sets at intervals throughout the day. Each set consists of two hours of continuous waves that range from two to three feet in height and produce rides up to 50 meters long. This venue gives both beginners and surf junkies the chance to experience waves right in the city. Club Manila East in Taytay, Rizal is just 30 minutes away from Ortigas (via Ortigas extension).
One of the wave pools of Club Manila East. Swimmers on one side. Surfers on the other.
The wave pool is also a great start for beginners and for the curious. In a controlled environment secured by surf coaches and lifeguards, the possibility of accidents is close to none. For precautionary measures, PSA only uses foam boards in the wave pool to ensure the safety of the surfers and the occasional disoriented swimmer.
PSA also employs surf programs to suit the needs of all types of surfers – novices, wave junkies and even kids – to further develop their physical and mental conditions in surfing even when they are land-bound. They also conduct near-Manila surf tours, depending on wave conditions.
No problem running over other foam boards. Safety and stoke ensured.
We are all smiles after an afternoon session.
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Philippine Surfing Academy
Club Manila East is located at Km. 24 Manila East Road Taytay, Rizal 1920
Call or text 09178946767