Water Sports You Need to Try this Summer
Seeing as a significant number of schools have moved the start of the school year to August, many students will be on summer break longer than usual. With so many free days, one challenge you need to complete this summer is finding a way to spend your free days wisely. While spending quality time with your family and loved ones is well and good, it's also your chance to finally get out and about, and explore.
As the weather gets hotter and summer goes into full swing, it's time to brush up on your swimming skills (or start learning them if you don't know how). To help you beat the summer heat, we've rounded up a list of must-try summer water sports and activities, and where you can go to try them.
Come Sail Away
Why do it: Besides being extremely fun, sailing teaches you a lot of life skills. It also doubles as a good exercise. As you learn to handle the vessel, the sail, and its mast, you learn a lot about coordination, flexibility, responsibility, and problem-solving. This is also one of only a few water sports where you can learn teamwork as well as independence. The plus side is that you get to cool down and get a deeper appreciation for Mother
Nature, including the wind, weather, and the water.
Where to try it: A great place to try sailing is in Palawan. Tao Philippines, described as 'one of the most pioneering cultural eco-tourism projects in the Philippines', takes visitors on a journey to the most remote locations in Palawan. These trips will take you on a sailing expedition centered on the idea of experiencing remoteness. This is not a tour, however, and there no itineraries. It's just you, maybe a group of friends, the open sea, your sailboat, and Mother Nature.
For more about Tao Philippines, their expeditions, and schedules, check out their website at http://www.taophilippines.com/.
What and why: Stand-up paddle boarding, or SUP, is essentially surfing using a paddle. This surface water sport, as the name suggests, requires you to stand up and paddle along while riding a type of surfboard. This water sport has considerably better views than, say, kayaking or canoeing (because of the standing position). It's also a great alternative if you're not into the fast moving water sports, such as surfing. Also, it's basically a full body workout done in the water-you not only get to cool down, you also get in a bit of exercise.
Where to try it: Try stand-up paddle boarding with SUP Tours Philippines. This local group is the first Academy of Surfing Instructors-accredited SUP instructor in the country, offering some of the best paddle boarding experiences that explores the Philippines in a unique way. Book your trip with them and you can take in the beauty of Bohol, Dumaguete, Palawan and other places at your own pace via a guided paddle board tour.
Visit their website at http://www.suptoursphilippines.com/ to check out their tours, packages and destinations.
Kayak Mo Yan!
Why do it: Kayak is one of only a few water sports that's perfect for all abilities and ages. Everyone in your family, from the little teens, young adults, to your grandparents can have a good time kayaking.
Where to try it: You can do kayaking in almost any beach, as long as you have the equipment. For the best views and experience, try the waters of Palawan, Boracay, Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte, Morong in Bataan, or practically any beach with crystal blue waters. When arranging your trip, contact local hotels and ask if they have kayaking equipment.
Wind Beneath Your Wings
What and why: Kiteboarding is perfect for adrenaline junkies looking for the ultimate thrill. This water sport combines the maddening rush of surfing and flying. The surface water sport relies on the wind beneath your wings to fly or pull you through the water on a small surfboard.
Where to try it: Some of the best kiteboarding spots in the Philippines are in Palawan, Boracay, Ilocos Norte and Camarines Norte. You can book a kiteboarding trip with groups such as 250K Kiteboarding (http://www.kiteboarding-philippines.com/), or get in touch with resorts offering this activity.
Wake Me Up
What and why: Another thrill ride you can try is wake sports: wakeboarding, wake skating and waterskiing. This is perfect for when the waves at the beach just aren't pushing it enough for you to surf properly. Get towed by a motorboat or a jet ski and experience skimming the water's surface as you do flips, turns, and other techniques.
Where to try it: Probably the hottest destination nowadays for wakeboarding is the Camsur Watersports Complex in Camarines Sur. This unique watersports park is perfect for everybody, from first-time wakeboarders to professionals.
Summer is all about spending time in the water and making the most of your free time. So, book your trip now, put on that life jacket, and start crossing these off your 2014 summer bucket list.