It’s debatable where, or how, surfing originated in the Philippines. This image is a clue to where it all began. Stay tuned for the photo essay that will shed light on where it all started.
This entry was posted on May 1, 2012 by The Surf Doc. It was filed under Uncategorized .
Saan nga ba and when? The first time I saw somebody surf was around 1993-1994 in Baler, Aurora.
May 15, 2012 at 1:52 am
I could be wrong, but like what I told Buji on one of his trips here in Santa Cruz, I really think it all started in Baler during filming of the Apocalypse Now. The cast and crew left their boards and the rest is history. The bug has bitten me and has kept me young and more in tune with nature.
Buji, you are one of those who helped surfing
in PI to the level where it is now. I believe if you look up Warren Bolster, a surf photographer, he might be able to shed light on this. Aloha
May 23, 2012 at 4:19 am
Thanks Alex for the comment. Philippine surfing’s origins will be explored in an upcoming issue. The earliest recorded surfing came from the US Military that explored Subic Zambales in the 70′s during the vietnam war. However you are correct in assuming that local “Pinoy” surfing did in fact originate in Baler. The visiting crew for Apocalypse now gifted their boards to the locals and that sparked the boom for local Filipino surfing. Read about it all in an upcoming issue.
August 15, 2012 at 4:57 am
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