Adventures and Sports

8th La Union Surf Break!

La Union

Renzelle Ann Palma
Renzelle Ann Palma | Sep 17, 2013

La Union Surfing Break, which is held at Urbiztondo, San Juan, is one of the biggest surfing, sport and music event in the country. From surfing competitions for the professionals, surfing clinics for the beginners and various sports like mixed martial arts and beach volleyball inland, this event is open to everyone who loves riding the waves and anyone who just wants to have fun.

The Department of Tourism, with the help of the locals and surfers, spearheaded the affair and were first to conceptualize an event during the rainy season. La Union has always been a surfer’s paradise, thus the conception of the La Union Surfing Break.

At its first year, roughly 200 hundred people attended the event. Now on its 8th year, thousands of surfers, travelers and the like are expected to hit the beach and ride the waves this Oct 24-27. With numerous people in attendance every year, The La Union Surf break solidified its standing in the Philippines’ major festivals and events.

Perfectly timed during the semestral break of students, this event targets young people to encourage them of living a healthy and active lifestyle. People from Manila, Baguio and nearby provinces come in droves with their surf boards on their cars and an enthusiastic vibe, for the weekend will only offer two things: relaxation and all night parties.


Though the surfing competition is one of the highlights of the event, the surfing clinics are gaining equal popularity. The waves are tamer in La Union especially at the Urbiztondo area which is perfect for beginners who want to get the feel of the sport first.

Aside from the usual concessionaires, Foodtruck Philippines is set to join in the fun and provide delicious food for everyone. At night, a party central pops out of nowhere as the guests flock to the beach and party the night away.

Surfing lessons are 400php ($9.7) per session and surf board rental is 200php ($4.8) per hour. Other water sports equipment are also available in the area.

With the success of the La Union Surf Break every year, it continually proves that surfing, water sports and an active and healthy lifestyle is definitely more fun in the Philippines!

How to get there: (From

The air conditioned bus firms (Dominion Bus Lines, Philippine Rabbit, Partas, Fariñas, Maria de Leon, and Viron) depart from terminals in Manila every hour. Destinations can either be La Union, Narvacan, Vigan, Laoag or Abra. The City of San Fernando lies 273 km. from Manila, which is about 5 hours by land or 30 minutes by air, and is about an hour’s drive from Baguio City.

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