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Seeababes marker at the The Philippine Wahine Classic

Taylor amongst all 10 toes over the nose, wearing the Tofino inwards Blue Tide. Photo yesteryear Ian Zamora. 

Landlocked people may run across all waves equally the same — H2O crashing into the sand. But surfers read the linguistic communication of the ocean’s divulge energy cresting into A-Frame peaks, outstretched points, quick reefs too barreling tubes of water. Look at the to a greater extent than than 7,000 islands that brand upwards the Philippines too it’s slow to envision the potential for surf-able waves at whatever fourth dimension of year. That’s what happened to span Carla (formerly Rowland, right away Zamora) too Ian Zamora, who arrived to the Philippines for a two-week trip inwards 2011, merely ended up extending their remain for a calendar month to surf the long, California-like peelers inwards lxxx score water.

Carla right away lives inwards San Juan, La Union for one-half of the twelvemonth during the wintertime season. San Juan is dubbed the “surfing capital” of Northern Luzon isle too ane of the to a greater extent than tourist-friendly surfing communities because its amenities too closed proximity to Manila. To bring upwards the local women’s community, Carla started the annual Philippine Wahine Classic Event that unites surfers from established communities amongst the local describe of piece of job up. This final result takes identify on the contrary coast from her home, inwards Baler, Aurora. Baler's kokosnoot tree-laden terrain faces the Western Pacific Ocean too has a handful of real different, character waves inside a brusk driving radius.

Last month, Seeababes Taylor Nelson too Rosie Jaffurs traveled to the tertiary annual Wahine Classic Event inwards Baler to explore the unlike types of waves too landscapes amongst immature human California travelers Taylor Bruynzeel too Sophia Sarlo.

Taylor Nelson wears the Tofino inwards Blue Tide. Photo yesteryear Ian Zamora.
Rosie Jaffurs inwards the Tofino inwards Geo Gold Photo yesteryear Ian Zamora. 
Taylor Nelson wears the Tofino inwards Blue Tide. Photo yesteryear Ian Zamora.
Taylor Nelson wears the Tofino inwards Blue Tide. Photo yesteryear Ian Zamora.
In the middle of a hairflip, Taylor Nelson wears the Tofino inwards Blue Tide. Photo yesteryear Ian Zamora.

Taylor Nelson was mentored yesteryear Carla at Malibu, too said it was a dream come upwards truthful for her to lastly experience Carla’s dwelling household away from dwelling household inwards the Philippines. “We were sharing meals amongst people too getting to know husbands too wives. They weren’t shy bespeak most what it was similar living inwards California,” Taylor said of dinner conversation amongst Carla’s Filipino neighbors. “One of my favorite things was to verbalize most food. I am a vegetarian too ii of them were baffled yesteryear me.”

Surfing inwards the Philippines is a relatively novel thing. One of the most famous waves, Cloud ix on Siargo Island is said to direct maintain been discovered inwards belatedly 1980s. When y'all grow upwards surfing Malibu, too and hence Oahu, Hawaii, Taylor Nelson has had her part of beingness snaked yesteryear guys paddling around her. It's no wonder that the beginner stoke divulge energy of the Philippines was a refreshing change. “There’s such a competitive chauvinist vibe inwards California, U.S., Commonwealth of Australia too developed surfing communities. The Filipino civilisation of loving too beingness opened upwards actually transcends inwards the water. It would live pumping too everyone was stoked. That was the coolest affair most the Philippines,” Taylor said.

Carla added, “What I dearest most most having a life inwards the Philippines is the simplicity of it. In the States, it is hence slow to teach caught upwards inwards the rat race. In the Philippines, I am reminded to live content inwards the moment, amongst what I have, too whom I direct maintain around me." 

Poverty is rampant inwards the Philippines, amongst many coastal residents living inwards shanty houses that are frequently destroyed inwards Category 1 storms. For this trip, Carla partnered amongst Waves for Water, inwards which the California surfers brought build clean H2O filters to a local schoolhouse affected yesteryear a recent typhoon. 

"There are hence many things to dearest most the Philippines if y'all are willing to pass some fourth dimension getting to know it. While the province could live much cleaner, I absolutely dearest the climate too bounding main temperatures," Carla said. "The welcoming mabuhay approach from Filipinos is something y'all don’t experience inwards the States. Even when I am surfing amongst a relatively crowded lineup, the divulge energy too mental attitude of that lineup is by too large that of joy too togetherness.” 

And from the looks of these waves they scored, there's enough to live happy about. Special thank y'all to Carla Rowland too Ian Zamora for their hospitality on this trip! 

All photos yesteryear Ian Zamora too Brendan Simmons.


Organizer of the event, Carla Rowland-Zamora. Photo yesteryear Ian Zamora. 

Carla amongst all 10 toes over the nose. Photo yesteryear Ian Zamora. 

Carla's someone arch. Photo yesteryear Ian Zamora. 
Taylor Nelson inwards her happy identify going right. Photo yesteryear Ian Zamora. 
Taking a suspension betwixt the waves. From left to right, Taylor Bruynzeel inwards the Tofino inwards Geo Gold, Taylor Nelson inwards the Capitola Bikini inwards Geo Gold too Rosie Jaffurs inwards the Zuma inwards Burgundy. Photo yesteryear Ian Zamora. 
From left to right, Taylor Bruynzeel inwards the Tofino inwards Geo Gold too Taylor Nelson inwards the Capitola Bikini inwards Geo Gold. Photo yesteryear Ian Zamora.
Checking out the local scenery. From left to right, Taylor Nelson inwards the Capitola Bikini inwards Geo Gold, Rosie Jaffurs inwards the Zuma inwards Burgundy and Taylor Bruynzeel inwards the Tofino inwards Geo Gold. Photo yesteryear Ian Zamora. 


Taylor Nelson amongst her longboard. Photo yesteryear Ian Zamora. 
Taylor Bruynzeel inwards the Tofino inwards Geo Gold too Taylor Nelson inwards the Capitola Bikini inwards Geo Gold. Photo yesteryear Ian Zamora.
Hanging around the house. Rosie inwards the Capitola Bikini inwards Blue Tide too Taylor inwards the SanO inwards Coral. Photo yesteryear Ian Zamora. 

Off to uncovering waves. Photo yesteryear Brendan Simmons. 
Rosie inwards the Leucadia Top inwards Black Iris too Capitola Bottom inwards Dot Dot Dot. Photo yesteryear Brendan Simmons. 
Rosie inwards the Leucadia Top inwards Black Iris too Capitola Bottom inwards Dot Dot Dot. Photo yesteryear Brendan Simmons. 
Taylor inwards the SanO inwards Coral. Photo yesteryear Brendan Simmons. 
Taylor inwards the Tofino inwards Blue Tide. Photo yesteryear Brendan Simmons. 
One of the local surfers gets a sweetness olfactory organ ride. Photo yesteryear Ian Zamora. 
Fresh grab for lunch. Photo yesteryear Ian Zamora. 
The crew inwards a local eating theater inwards Baler. Photo yesteryear Brendan Simmons. 

On their Waves for Water mission delivering H2O filters to a local school. Photo yesteryear Brendan Simmons. 
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