San Juan

After having spent 24 days in lovely Siargao, we decided it was time to explore a little more of the Philippines. So we flew back up to Manila, spent a night there and found a driver who would take us to an area named La Union. We got a pretty good deal, the driver agreed to take us to San Juan in La Union for 6.500 peso (150 USD). It took almost six hours to get here, partly due to heavy traffic going out of Manila.


Eventually traffic got lighter, and for most part of the way up, the road was surprisingly good. The driver told me it was built just a couple of years back, and when I asked how the road used to be, he told me: “No road, just fields”.


We arrived in San Juan around nine in the evening and wished the driver a most pleasant drive back to Manila. The morning after we did some recon. San Juan offers a 500 meter long stretch of beach with several surf spots. Most of them are beach breaks, but there’s also some reef. Easily accessible as we live right next to the beach.



Having tested the surf for a couple of days now at a spot called Sebay, I would describe the conditions as quite gentle and forgiving. The waves are not very fast, and not very steep, but they’re fun to ride! And the sandy bottom makes for most comfy conditions compared to a sharp reef. Furthermore, it seems that life here reflects the waves, relaxed and chilled-out, much like this fellow ๐Ÿ™‚


Thought I’d wrap up this post with a video from today’s session. Don’t be alarmed about my green face, I’m not from Mars, it’s just the color of the zinc I apply to protect against the scorching sun here ๐Ÿ™‚

2 thoughts on “San Juan

  1. Hey KJ & Eivind, I follow your reports with heavy interest since we met at Balicamp in July (!). Seems that you guys have a very good time and beautiful experiences! The smile on your face in the recent video says it all ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep on surfing and exploring! And keep on posting โ€“ itโ€™s very entertaining, sometimes even educating and most of all: it gives me a little notion of holidays every time I read from youโ€ฆ

    • Hey Matthias! Good to hear from you mate & thanks for the feedback! Hehe, that’s a correct observation, we’re surely having a great time ๐Ÿ™‚ As long as there’s decent WiFi around, I’ll keep on posting!


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