Yesterday was a great day to explore the second most northern town in Ilocos Sur. Only then did I discover that Cabugao is home to the newest surfing destination in the north. Through the twists and turns of the Salomague Road, with no signs, it was easy ending up in another village. The locals were helpful, however, in leading us to Sabang. To surfers, the quiet, less crowded Sabang is Kido’s Point, named after its pioneer surfer, Ronald “Kido” Cabasug.
Kido was trained by visiting Australian surfer, Rene Hodgens, in 1993. He continues to be the big influence in the growing culture in the fishing village where surfboards are paddled most, next to bancas. The swells from the north and south produce quality waves.
Kido heads the group of Sabang surfers known as Surfing Ilocos. A local competition around the coast is slated this Saturday. They also teach beginners the sport. (For inquiries, contact Kido Cabasug at his number, 0905 778 4292.)
Next year, the group is again also assisting the Philippine Surfing Federation with a national event scheduled on January 28-February 2.
No waves, no glory. ‘Tis the season to get stoked in Sabang.
The youngest, cutest surfer in Sabang.
I’d go boating to St. Benedict Island, a private island off the coast of Sabang, when the winds are down.
Other Points of Interest in Cabugao
At the side of the Cabugao Municipal Hall is the St. Mark the Evangelist Church.
Not too far from the surfing capital of Sur is the historically significant Salomague Port and fishing village. Salomague Port was the foremost entry point of the Japanese Imperial Army during the WWII Japanese Invasion.
The Sakada Centennial Memorial, situated in Salomague, was built in commemoration of the first Ilocanos who left for Hawaii in 1906 to work as sakadas in sugar cane plantations. In Ilocos, the old-timers and their descendants are commonly referred to as Hawaiinos.
Sundown at Pug-os Beach, known for its white pebble sands. Beach resorts can be found around the area.
*With special thanks to Barangay Captain Eduardo Cobangbang, Sr. Ronald “Kido” Cabasug and the friendly surfers of Sabang.
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