Cowabunga! Surf season has recently arrived as the first signs of rain bring in the south swell.

The Philippine archipelago boasts roughly 115 different known and declared surf spots, according to Mapa.ph. While some have become the stomping grounds of advanced surfers, many places serve as ideal training sites for newbie surfers.

Beginner-friendly depends on the weather forecast, not on the spot and mostly, surf schools on our coastlines are not a problem to find,” explained Alex Pineda, the creator of Mapa.ph, the Philippine surf wiki.

Since go-to surf spots such as La Union and Siargao are already well-known, we enlisted Alex’s help to identify alternative surf spots for those looking for a quick weekend surf getaway. 

These places tick off that surf spot bucket list right here on our shores. Because it’s more fun in the Philippines.

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