Sifting Sands: Only the Best Remains (The 2nd Laoag La Paz Sandboarding Competition)

2nd Laoag La Paz Sand Boarding Competition

There’s only one sandboarding competition in the Philippines and it happened again for the second time at the Laoag “La Paz” Sand Dunes. And as the young President of the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC), Mikee Fariñas, has mentioned in her inspirational talk, it has become  the sandboarding capital of Southeast Asia.

Though this year’s competition was not as epic in terms of preparations and size, just the same the spirit rose above the sea of sand.

We still get the goosebumps. Five years ago, who would have thought the humble DIY sandboard made of plywood could launch a new culture of extreme sand shredding in these parts?

Tattoo de Iloco

Judging the intimidating, almost-head-splitting Free Style Category were Ilocos’s premier tattoo artist Janer Santos (chairman), eco-adventure enthusiast from Adams Paul Acupan and pro skater Kriss Castro. The best time was central in the Time Trial Category. A total of eleven city boys and three La Paz homeboys braved the burning sun, the launcher (like how Fairon and Klein want to call it), the ramp and a wipeout. The top five placers in both categories were awarded a trophy and cash prize each.

The get-together was made possible by the City Government of Laoag, through the leadership of Mayor Chevylle Fariñas, and the Laoag Eco-Adventure Development Movement (LEAD), with the unequivocal support of the Barangay Talingan leaders and the Laoag Solid 8 Corp.

Let the spirit of fiesta and bayanihan live on!

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Two-time champion in the Free Style Category, Ema Manuel

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2nd Laoag La Paz Sand Boarding Competition!

Time Trial Category
1st – Maco Custodio
2nd -Eugene Tan
3rd -Carlo Domingo
4th -Ema Manuel
5th -Jay Clavel

Free Style Category
1st -Ema Manuel
2nd -Adriano Aceret
3rd -Eugene Tan
4th -Carlo Domingo
5th -Maco Custodio

2nd Laoag La Paz Sand Boarding Competition

*On behalf of the LEAD Movement, thanking the participants, judges, Laoag Solid 8 Corp., Marc Nicolas  (the race director), Clyde (the emcee), Toto, Sean, Rommel, Allan, Jao, Darwin, Nick, Jake, Brgy. Talinngaan, ABC President Mikee Fariñas, the Laoag City paramedics, the City Government of Laoag and everyone who in one way or another helped make the event meaningful.

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Sandy Summer Adventure with Havaianas

Watching the world go by

The winners of “My Summer, My Havaianas Sandboarding and 4×4 Wheel Drive Adventure” (the first quarter promo of Havaianas via the Ilocos Red Dot stores) made the scene with their family and friends in the dunes of La Paz Laoag.

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Manong Francis Flores, the passionate and enterprising landscape artist and owner of Hidden Garden in Vigan was spotted among the winners.

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A point of fact, I was the unapologetic gatecrasher, protocol wise. I glued myself to the seat of the LEAD Movement truck which Brandon and Marc took to La Paz.

Flickr FriendsMaryaneeePhotographed by Maryaneee

Picture swapping with Marianne G.Pasion. She took these cool photos of me while I shot her with her Eric in the montage above.

Color PopPacking UpSummer Sunset

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Carolyn and her Rough Guide to Ilocos

The Rough Guide to The Philippines

On a bus going to Ilocos, a foreigner calls up the hubby’s office to inquire about sandboarding. She comes to Laoag only to experience the sandbooarding adventure attraction explicitly endorsed in “The Rough Guide to The Philippines”, a 464-page paperback published by the Rough Guides Ltd and distributed worldwide through the Penguin Group. With travel titles covering more than 200 destinations,  the Rough Guides’ slogan is “Make the Most of Your Time on Earth.” And indeed Carolyn Kiefer, a senior manager space systems engineer of Boeing-IDS (a rocket scientist, she says) is spending 5 weeks touring the Philippines with a backpack and her Rough Guide.

To the La Paz Sand Dunes

While she was in La Paz bringing to life a wish, I dissect her Rough Guide. Just how would you react when 2 foreign authors put your adventure group’s name and contact details on a travel guide to make travel easier for fellow foreigners? My eyes almost popped out of its sockets.

Ilocos Norte Sand Dunes detailsThe LEAD Movement contact details on The Rough Guide to The Philippines

Sandboarding was first introduced by the LEAD Movement in the LEAD Movement blog and here in BlauEarth, and we’ve earned the bragging rights of being the innovators of sandboarding in the Philippines, but to discover LEAD’s sandboarding on a travel guide that is being compared to Lonely Planet is something we never saw coming. We are just a small group with no funds for big league marketing, but then again, there is a saying that you have to believe in yourself so others will believe you — I mean offering an alternative travel option, setting in motion Ilocos Norte’s unique sandy characteristic.

Authors of The Rough Guide to The Philippines

In behalf of the LEAD Movement, I am extending special thanks to the authors and contributors of the book for the blurb. Check out the other Rough Guides destinations and books at their website.

A tourist eating utong in our humble abode

The rocket specialist goes back to the house and while she waits for her bus to Pagudpud, we offer her dinner, and then she notices my blog on the computer screen and says she’s been there, yay, a real small world! We talk about life, Saturn V and Atlas V.

Her next wish after the Laoag Sand Dunes was to be in Blue Lagoon, and she got it. At this moment, she must be somewhere in Aurora. In the bus, she texted — til our paths cross again. Carolyn, the moon, in the moon… hahaha, believe!

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