In the next instalment of our Breo Hero interviews we talk to Philippines based Elaine Abonal about her love of surfing, how she started, her tips for anyone wanting to begin surfing, and how she’s managed to turn it into her livelihood with her Surfista Travels business.
How long have you been surfing?
I first started in 2002 so that’s 13 years!
How did you get involved?
It’s been a crazy year of climbing mountains, crossing oceans, meeting different kinds of souls, experiencing unplanned adventures, opening and breaking hearts, surfing new waves, learning new languages and ways to live, and loving because of and despite everything. Endings and beginnings can be scary but whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far … Continue reading
Stepping up for the second instalment of our new Gear Check series is Philippines based Breo Hero, surfer and businesswoman Elaine Abonal. Read on for the lowdown on her essential surfing kit…
Hello my fellow Breo lovers!!
Life has been crazy in the island. Good crazy. I’ve been living in Siargao island for the past 2 months and have a couple of weeks left before heading home and continue my work with Surfista Travels Philippines. Time has been flying by super fast and as much as I thought I would be bored and brought all kinds of distractions with me, my life here has been hectic – there’s always something to do, people to meet, food to buy in the market, a new surf location to try, and lessons to learn. I’ve been surfing almost every single day, sometimes twice a day – depending on the tides since I’ve arrived here and I’ve been fortunate enough to have the best surfers on the island / the Philippines as my friends and coaches and I’ve learned so much. I feel very lucky!
2014 has been crazy (in a good way) and amazing for me and we haven’t even finished the 1st half of the year!! Ever since I started my own company Surfista Travels, I didn’t plan or think about going out of the country at all because I wanted to focus on my business and support surfing in the Philippines. I’ve … Continue reading
LIFE / TRAVEL LESSONS I LEARNED LIVING THE ISLAND LIFE IN SIARGAO: (and hopefully lessons the people I’ve brought to the island or have met in the island have learned too.) – Being out of your comfort zone is uncomfortable. But that’s the only way you’ll discover new things about yourself and what is around you. – Committing to something … Continue reading
Life goes by INSANELY fast and here we are already on the 2nd half of the year! It’s been a pretty intense first part of the year! There were a bunch of Surfista trips lined up and it was again awesome to meet new people and share my love of surfing in the Philippines. We also had the first Intermediate … Continue reading