03-10 // Boracay Island, Philippines
After only one night at home, I jumped again in a plane. This time I went toward Asia, in the Philippines.
The Philippines archipelago is located 1000 km South-East of the Asian continent. It is composed of 7000 islands of which only 2000 are inhabited. More than 2500 islands don’t even have a name, and I went on one of the smallest one’s. Let me tell you that the length of the trip is nothing to compare of the size of the island. From Europe, take a plain to Manila, Philippines’ Capital, then take a taxi to change airport, board in a propeller plane to Panay Island, then take a tricycle to the port then a boat that you don’t even know how it floats, then an other tricycle and you are finally arrived on Boracay !
It’s a pretty long trip but it’s forgotten as soon as you put one foot on this absolutely wonderful island. The landscape and kite conditions make you realise straight away that the trip was worth.
Kiting conditions are just awesome. The main kite spot, called Bulabog Beach, is composed by few different bays protected by a long reef. The major wind comes onshore and it is super steady. When low tide, the spot gets flat and with a smooth wind you get epic sessions. The wind can blow from 15 to 25 knots. During my stay it wasn’t too strong so we usually rode 12 or 14m but it was good though.
There I hooked up with Mallory and Hugo photographer and owner of the French Magazine Kitesurf Mag’. Susi also joined us for few days and we could shot different places around. Basically we cruised around the island on tricycle and found amazing places; uncrowded spot, flat water and incredible colour. The shots we get are insane and it will pull out a sick trip that you could see in the magazine.
After the trip I joined a pretty cool event as a stop of the KTA (Kite Tour Asia). The ambiance and spirit were really nice, like really different of the world tour and it was great to see something different. Those guys are definitely motivated to mix riding, lifestyle and parties which are the perfect combination! I could manage to pull out some good tricks and ended up 3rd.
Boracay is obviously a really cool chill out place. There are few nice things you should do if you hit this rock so here is a list of what you can do there:
- Climb Luho Mount and check out the view. On the way meet monkeys, koalas, parrot.
- Have a Pina Colada at White Beach and look at the sunset diving into the ocean
- Go to the fish market and choose between the tastiest fresh fish
- Have a proper relaxing Asian massage
- Have drinks for the whole night at the beach parties of White Beach…
Here is a link of a gallery with some action and lifestyle : boracay gallery.
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Photos: Loic de Collasson
Damien Francis, www.bluebayouboracay.com