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Tips for Buying a Paddleboard



There are many fun activities that you can try in the summer if you enjoy the water. You might not be athletic enough to try surfing. If this is the case, you have nothing to worry about. Paddleboarding is an activity that will allow you to be on the water in a manner that is much more controlled and safe than surfing. However, you will need to do a little research before you spend a considerable amount of money on a paddleboard. This is a big purchase and you need to be sure that you get it right. Here are some tips that will assist you in this endeavor.

1. What company makes the paddleboard?

You need to pay attention to the paddleboard’s manufacturer. This is a very crucial detail because all boards are not made with the same level of quality. This is why you will find a large price difference between some of the boards that are available. You need to decide if you want to pay a little more money for a paddleboard that is made out of the best materials and will last for a very long time. Buying a paddleboard for a low price will save you some money. However, you will most likely need to buy another board in the near future.

2. How big to you want the board to be?

There is a large selection of paddleboards for you to choose from. You can get one that is very wide and provides you with a greater amount of stability. Alternately, you can select one that is narrow and allows you to travel on the water at a greater amount of speed. The size paddleboard you buy should be related to the amount of experience you have. More experienced riders will be able to keep their balance more easily. Therefore, they will not need a wider board to help them keep their balance.

3. Do you plan on standing or sitting while you are paddleboarding?

This is another consideration that you will need to make. Many people prefer to sit on their paddleboard so they do not have any risk of falling into the water. These people often like to have a wider board because it provides them with more surface area on which to sit. You would be wise to test out several different boards before you make your final decision.

Siargao Island

The Philippines being surrounded by water, is known for beautiful beaches, white powdery sand and pristine water. The list is endless with 7000 + islands to visit.

One of them is Siargao island – a tear-shaped island located in the province of Surigao del Norte. The coastline is characterized by a chain of reefs, small white, sandy beaches,  it’s neighboring islands also have the same land forms of islets.

By Mclovin'tosh - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

By Mclovin’tosh – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Haven for Surfers – ‘Cloud 9’

One of the highlights in this beautiful beach is the Annual Siargao Cup – a domestic and international surfing competition.

Siargao surfing

By Mclovin’tosh – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

One of the well-known surfing waves on Siargao and the Philippines, with a reputation for thick, hollow tubes is “Cloud 9”. This right-breaking reef wave is the site of the annual Siargao Cup, a domestic and international surfing competition sponsored by the provincial government of Surigao del Norte.

The wave was discovered by traveling surfers in the late 1980s. It was named after a chocolate bar of same name, and was featured by American photographer John S. Callahan in the United States-based Surfer magazine in March 1993. Cloud 9 also has a reputation for being a relatively cheap destination for surfers with many cheap accommodations and restaurants and bars to choose from.  (source: wikipedia)

A truly heaven destinations for tourists and backpackers when looking for scenic and  economical place to stay, including bars and resto for happy hour with adam a7 sounds and partying.

Lake Caliraya Summer Get-away


The smelting heat of summer prompted us to seek a better place to cool down even for a short period of time, and very timely my husband’s siblings planned an out-of-town tour to Caliraya Laguna. We stayed at a rest-house owned by his niece that is near the lake where they were supposed to fish, with all the fishing gears they brought, unluckily it was not a good time as the lake is surrounded by water hyacinth and the jetski motor when started to remove the hyacinth on the pathway drove the fishes away as well. Nevertheless, we had a wonderful time bonding and reconnecting with each other.

Laguna outing

Barbecuing and boodle fight for lunch and later swimming in the private pool were some of the activities we did. In the evening the singers in the family had their videoke sessions ala thenewno2 at GC till the wee hours of the morning. Some of them also tried the jetski and drove along the stretch of the lake.

On the way to Caliraya, we saw the windmills in Pililla, also in Laguna, the beautiful scenery of the mountains, rice-fields and the Laguna Lake, it so nice to be out of the city away from hassle and bustle of everyday life once in a while and commune with nature to rejuvenate.

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