“The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson. – Tom Bodett
After four nerve-wracking weeks, I finally had the ultimate luxury of hanging out in the woods, with the boys and the Batibols Bikers, a bunch of weekend downhill bikers. I had a chill time photographing them fly their bikes. The awesome Mini Batibols were just amazing – so confident and skilled at a very young age. Their mentors, the older members of the group, were really proud of them. It’s all about motivation.
10 year-old downhiller Bianco Reyes
MTB junkie Jackie de la Cruz.
The rolling terrain of Camandingan, Batac, is a nice playground for the extreme sport, though I expected a more lush environment. The earth was so dry, the bell peppers and eggplants looked like prunes and some, like loofahs.
The boys' seaweed lunch.
9 year-old Lucius Cunanan and Bianco.
So cute, Mini Batibols Bikers Dylan and Lucius:)
Life is a big adventure. Adventure or nothing…
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Ever so proud of the LEAD Movement, the forward-looking Laoag-based eco-adventure group of which I am one of the founding members, I congratulate my fellow-LEADers for sharing their vision for Ilocos Norte, in respect to travel and tourism. They conceptualized the latest sport to experience in the Philippines, and of course, only in Ilocos, since it is only in Ilocos Norte, Laoag Sand Dunes in particular, where there are steep slopes suitable for the adventure. Sandboarding is like any other board sport (e.g. surfing, mountainboarding, skimboarding, skysurfing, snowboarding and skateboarding) except that it has to be played on sand.
In this extreme sport, I assure you, it is quite easy to get yourself started… no snowboarding or skateboarding experience required. All you need is a board and loads of guts… then head to the Desert of La Paz, where you can get your adrenalin fix and at the same time marvel at this natural wonder.
Visit and like the Ilocos Sand Boarding page on Facebook.
The LEAD Movement prepares for another sandboarding adventure along the slopes of the Laoag La Paz sand dunes.
Ready for the drop...
MC, The Man
Zooming down amidst pure natural beauty...
Ilocos Sand Boarding Contact #s 0919-873-5516 / 0932-358-7521/ 0917-523-0331.
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