Water sports in Luzon

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Water Sports in Luzon

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  • Vagenende
    NYC134 contributions
    The resort - I will review separately. I loved it. So simple, nice, and restful.
    The group managing the water sports. A bit more complex. I think the location is splendid for kite surfing. We were there at the very tail end of a typhoon, winds were strong. A windsurfer was having a hard time (strong currents, blind wind spot inshore of the reef). But the kite surfers – were achieving amazing jumps and fabulous runs. A great place for the sport – with a back up location down the beach at Saud when there is no wind here (with transport).
    My concerns are with the health and safety aspects. One evening, reading my book at some distance from the main takeoff and landing zone, I watched five different Kite surfers coming in with difficulties. The strong current brought them down to my end of the beach. I heard a Frenchman mention to one of the working team that someone needed help (appeared to be dragged without a board) - nothing was undertaken. Another guest let someone else know he had found and saved their Board. Two other guests helped a person come to shore and capture their kite - no one else was there to help, wind was gusting balefully. I tried to help someone - and a young guest ran to help me, realizing I had no clue what I was doing. One person's kite went off, and a rescue mission was mounted for the kite - he had been told to release it for his own safety, but no one helped him when he and the kite exhausted made it to shore. The kite then went off. It was eventually found quite far down the Coast. Chaos. The guy running the place (Born in the Phillippines, from Hawaii, Polynesian) was anything but client friendly or oriented – if you were experienced, unafraid, ready to rent – cool. The local helper did not do much with his own initiative. The Polish gentleman seemed to be very can do.
    As a resilience and disaster planner – none of this was truly necessary – my sense was that the guys working there wanted to be out on the water. There was a lack of planning, a lack of teamwork, a lack of commitment to client safety. The guest and renting kitesurfers helped one another out most of the time rather than anticipate help from the people who rented them the equipment. Very different from my experiences in the Indian Ocean along the African Coast.
    More than one person found the kite safety ropes and harnesses to be incorrectly joined - please check it all out for yourself if you are there. Find out about a receipt when you book/rent equipment. The resort will give you one for the kite surfing even though they seem to be separate entities sharing the area. It is hard to get one from the kite surfing team.
    For full disclosure: the first day, lying on the beach, with several others, in front of the resort, near the deck chairs, I was hit on the head by a metal ring from a kite. It hurt a lot. I iced it for 3 hours and had no ill effects. No one involved with the kites showed any concern (the folk at Kingfisher resort who did offer to take me to hospital, I did not feel the need to go). I think being hit on the head made me more observant than I may otherwise have been – did not want a repeat accident!
    The swings by the beach bar – do not sit on them wet! They are slanted and very slippery. Several people slipped off them, hurting themselves on the cement step below (which adds to the risk). A layer of abrasive material to help stay on the swing may be useful.
    Not sure who manages these items: The swimming pool – there are a lot of rules around it, pay attention to them! Just be careful. The obsidian sides are at an angle (not evident when the pool is very full). It is very easy to slip and hurt yourself. There are signs everywhere – but nothing around the pool to protect it from children who do not read signs. There are also cords associated with the Volley Ball net and the slip line (For walking on) which are hard to see in the penumbra and invite people to trip (I did not – was being very careful by then).
    Final Observation: I love being in a place where you can test yourself out, without all the rules and laws to stop you from pushing to the limit. On the other – not everyone is smart, and many clients need more hand holding to enjoy themselves than they seem to be willing to give here. Know who you are, and take steps to enjoy yourself here fully, accordingly.
    Written 15 January 2019
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  • Jen A
    7 contributions
    I have visited this place twice for manta ray wing dive with friends. We went here after climbing Gulugod Baboy last June 2016. The staff were friendly and they gave us free sushi :) Most of my event organizer friends choose spot because the owner is very friendly.
    Written 24 October 2017
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  • Mitch S
    Makati, Philippines24 contributions
    I've been windsurfing there many times for many years, but have only seen one kiter ever, who is probably Mr. kite earth. The problem for kiters is light wind at the launch. So they have to go out in a boat to the wind line. No disrespect to Kite Earth, just a caveat. A more popular kiting spot is Lake Caliraya.
    Written 25 March 2018
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