This was my 5th trip in the Northern Philippines, and this time I decided to make it long term. The Pagudpud point is a gold mine for wave sailors like me. In my opinion this is the best wind and wave combination that South East Asia has to offer. I’m talking: warm water, nonstop side shore wind conditions from November to April with an average of 20 knots and 2 meter waves per day. Sounds like Hawaii? Well, to some extent, I think it’s actually better for this time of year.
This is why we decided to set up the first and only windsurf and kite center in the region of Ilocos Norte. Located in the heart of the Kingfisher Resort, this new Green Yard Wind and Wave Treasure Center is loaded with the latest NeilPryde Windsurfing and Cabrinha Kite equipment.
The Kingfisher spot is the true wave magnet, in the 5 months that I was there this winter it never went flat, and it was not uncommon to ride mast high plus waves. The 250 meter wide windy lagoon facing the waves makes it ideal for picking up speed to hit the waves and jump as high as possible, and it is where your gear will safely wait for you after a good wipe out. The lagoon is also perfect for teaching windsurfing and for sailors to improve their skills on flat water if they are not ready for the waves. This spot is the dream location for a windsurf and kite center, offering good conditions for the beginners and challenging and high performance wave conditions for even the pros.
It was the ideal spot for me to spend my winter, to train in consistent and perfect wave sailing conditions and also to work on new video and article projects. A variety of pro windsurfers and pro kiters came through this year to experience the best that the South China Sea has to offer. Every one of them had the opportunities to ride the Kingfisher spot and its surrounding secret spots at their best and I believe they were all impressed by the conditions. What make the Pagudpud region so ideal for traveling Wind Riders are not only the perfect weather conditions or the most beautiful rural surroundings, but also the friendliness of its locals. It is obvious to most travelers how clean the area is, and I believe it is a reflection to the local population. They take care and respect their environment and they take care and respect each other. The crime rate is probably as low as it gets anywhere and contact and communication with the locals is super easy, especially since their English is at minimum basic.
I was able to spend some time with some of the Kingfisher’s staff and teach them the basics of windsurfing. I was very happy to see the rapid progress that some of them were making. Now they got windsurfing in their lives and with our center they have access to the best gear. They will be riding while I’m away, and I’m looking forward to next season to take them to the next level.
We’ve been keeping Pagudpud secret for couple of years, but now the time has come to share the wealth. If you are looking for a beautiful, perfect conditions, and a unique windsurf vacation destination, come and visit us.
For more information on the Kingfisher Resort and our Wind and Wave Treasure Center, look us up online at www.kingfisherbeach.com and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/kingfisherresort