Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding in Taal Lake with FiliSUP

Water sports and paddle boarding in Taal Lake with FiliSUP
Paddle boarding in Taal Lake
with FiliSUP

This post is about Stand-Up Paddle Boarding in Taal Lake with FiliSUP.

BEGINNING WATER SPORTS


Last weekend, the TRAVELIFE team learned the basics of Stand-Up Paddleboarding with the help of FiliSUP (facebook.com/filisup) founder and instructor Jose Antonio “Tono” Legarda at Calinisan Beach Resort (calinisanbeachresort.com).

Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is a fairly underrated water sport in the Philippines. Tono Legarda himself got into SUP through windsurfing, when he realized that paddling solves the “no-wind” issue that often comes up when windsurfing in the Philippines.

Paddle boarding in Taal Lake
with FiliSUP

FiliSUP, in fact, was just established in January 2015 by Legarda, who hopes to promote this fun water activity in the Philippines. For us, Tono Legarda started the paddleboarding lesson with a very apt introduction: “Stand-Up Paddleboarding is easy to learn but it is also easy to get into trouble.”

Like any outdoor sport, Stand-Up Paddle Boarding participants are exposed to the elements, particularly the wind. Legarda himself constantly checks the weather forecast at the launch site before any lesson.

Paddle boarding in Taal Lake
with FiliSUP

Participants would do well to listen attentively to the 30-minute “land lesson” where Legarda teaches the basic body and paddle movements for Stand-Up Paddle Boarding to maneuver and maintain balance on the board before actually getting into the water.

After learning the basics, the team immediately set out for the resort’s beachfront, each with a paddleboard in hand.

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FOR NEWBIES: 
WAYS TO ENJOY STAND-UP PADDLE BOARDING 


1. Start Stand-Up Paddle Boarding in Taal Lake with FiliSUP while kneeling down. This will make it easier to balance on the board before standing up.

2. Once you can stand up on the board, enjoy the verdant views of the Tagaytay Ridge, which participants will see whichever way they turn their head.

Paddle boarding in Taal Lake
with FiliSUP

3. Paddle close to the abundant tilapia fish pens surrounding Taal Lake and watch how the birds wait patiently to catch their own seafood.

Paddle boarding in Taal Lake
with FiliSUP

4. Sit or lay down the board so you can take in the clear blue skies.

5. Talk and chat with your fellow Stand-Up Paddle Boarding buddies. One of the best thing about this sport is participants can choose how fast and how powerful they want to paddle. Some of the TRAVELIFE staff took a leisurely pace and just talked with Tono Legarda while moving slowly across the water.

WHERE TO DO PADDLE BOARDING


Paddle boarding in Taal Lake
with FiliSUP

Paddleboarding is a great water sport to do in the Philippines, since the country has so many bodies of water to use. Tono Legarda himself has SUPed in local destinations such as Cebu, Bohol, Busuanga, Zambales, Pangasinan, Dumaguete and Surigao del Norte.

This makes it more accessible to locals and foreign visitors alike. The Laurel SUP launch site in Calinisan Resort, where we headed for our first lesson, is actually just a two-hour drive away from Metro Manila.

 Needless to say, the Travelife Magazine team enjoyed this daytrip to Taal Lake, living a #Travelife as always.

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1 comment:

  1. I can't wait to visit my homeland ! I'll have to make sure I visit Taal http://www.etihad.com/en-ph/

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