San Narciso, Zambales: Learn to Surf at Crystal Beach Resort
I’ve been to Crystal Beach Resort a few times before and even blogged about one of my summertime visits. I like how the resort hasn’t been over-developed, retaining a rustic, low-key vibe, despite its rise in popularity. Its sparkling gray sands, which I’ve long presumed gave the beach its name, provides not only a wonderful place to beach-camp, but also relatively safe and enjoyable breaks for beginner and intermediate surfers.
The in-house Quicksilver Surf School offers lessons for both novice and experienced surfers. I’ve surfed in a other places in the Philippines before like San Juan, Bagasbas and Guiuan. Though I’ve visited Crystal Beach before, it was my first time to surf there. The lessons started on dry land, where we were taught basic balance, proper posture, ideal foot stance and arm positions. Once we practiced getting up on the board properly, we then carried our boards out to chest-high waters to test our skills on water. The breaks were fortunately gentle, perfect for most of us in the group who were first-timers, or only attempted to surf a few times before. Surprisingly, I was able the stand on the board every single time throughout the one-hour session – thanks to the expert one-on-one coaching! Next time, perhaps I need to start learning how to maneuver the board.
Walk-in rates for surfing lessons are PHP 400 per person per hour, including rash guard, board rental and Quiksilver Surf School instructor’s fee. For three-hour and six-hour sessions with accommodations, check out their surfing packages.
For instructions on how to get there by public transportation, check out my previous blog entry.
This trip was made possible through NLEX Lakbay Norte 4, a media trip held from January 29 to February 1, 2015, and organized by the North Philippines Visitors Bureau (NPVB), a non-stock, non-profit organization spearheaded by the Manila North Tollways Corporation, builder and concessionaire of the North Luzon Expressway.
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