SURFING IN AURORA
Aurora is a paradise for surfers, with its long coastline exposed to the Pacific Ocean. The sport was made famous in the Province by the classic film Apocalypse Now. The scene in which U.S. soldiers are surfing was filmed here, and the production crew left behind surfboards for the locals to use. The locals of Baler claim that the surf is sometimes so huge that they could hear it all the way from the provincial capitol building, some 1.5 km away from the coast.
Great Places to Surf:
Sabang offers the surfing community the glassy waves they yearn for. This normally occurs during the months of October to February, or whenever the Pacific swell is hurling down on Aurora’s waters. During this period, surfers – both beginners and veterans alike – can expect waves that they can ride on all day long. And the best part is that even if you fall off your board, you won’t have to worry about being battered and bruised by rocks from underneath, because the beach is sandy-bottomed. See Photo Gallery…
White sand, seashells, and crushed corals carpet the stretch of Cemento Beach. From October to February, waves tower up to 14 feet high, making for excellent and challenging surfing, as experts from Europe, Japan and Australia can attest. The area is recommended for expert or professional surfers as the waves break at the reef and are of the right-hand break type. The surfer is advised to wear wetsuits for protection.
The area is also suitable for snorkeling and wall diving during the calm season from April to June. Finally, Cemento Beach is a popular haven for lobsters and other marine species. – aurora.ph
Famous for being the setting for the surfing scenes in Francis Ford Coppola’s film, Apocalypse Now, Charlie’s Point is known for medium-quality right and left breakwaves on sand/gravel bottom. The waves are best from December to January. The place is within walking distance from Baler town proper, north of Sabang Beach.
Further North of Sabang Beach, Lindy’s Point is a newly discovered surfing spot. The place is within 15-minute walking distance from Bay’s Inn.
The tall waves were “artificially” created when local government engineers opened the mouth of Baler Bay to the town river to prevent floods during the rainy seasons. The clashing waters coming from the river and the Pacific form strong, sharp breakwaves that provide an exhilarating high among experienced surfers.
Surfing waves are present all year round, but the best waves come in from October to February.
The typhoon season coincides with the wet season from mid-June to November, although there are occasional typhoons in December. The area of Aurora is visited by typhoons at least 3 or 4 times a year. The typhoons blow in from the Pacific brought by the South-West Monsoon, through the South China Sea.
From October to March, the North-East Monsoon blows down from China. This is the best surf season. The hot months of May through early June bring a relatively calm sea breeze. During this time, the waves are small and are ideal for snorkeling, windsurfing and diving.