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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Epson Fusion 4 Treats Members of the Media to Surf the Waves


Tired of surfing the net?

This year, Fusion IV, the Epson-Media Adventure invites their media friends to surf the waves off the coast of Calicoan Island in Eastern Samar, the Surfing Capital of the Philippines!

Calicoan is an island bounded by the Pacific Ocean on the East, and Leyte Gulf on the West. With its rugged landscape, virgin tropical forests, unspoiled white sand beaches, crystal clear water and surf, Calicoan is a must-see for the adventurous traveler or intrepid surfer.





The narrow, finger-shaped Calicoan island is bounded by the Pacific Ocean on the East, and Leyte Gulf on the West. With its rugged landscape, virgin tropical forests, unspoiled white sand beaches, crystal clear water and surf, Calicoan is a must-see for the adventurous traveler or intrepid surfer.

Calicoan Surf Camp is an idyllic tropical getaway situated along ‘ABCD’ beach, Calicoan island’s prime surfing area.


All are equipped with air-conditioning, hot water, satellite TV, mini-bar, safety deposit box and intercom. The resort features an infinity pool with an unparalleled view of the Pacific Ocean.

The eight luxuriously appointed cottages are inspired by Thai, Balinese, Indonesian and Filipino architecture.


ABCD Beach boasts both left-hand and right-hand waves. Surfing season runs from April to November. Summer months are perfect for learners with gentle 2 to 3 foot waves, while the latter months offer bigger and more challenging waves.

The adventure happens on May 22 to 24, 2013. Everyone will fly from Manila to Tacloban, and from the airport, will be treated to a scenic ride with breathtaking views, including the renowned San Juanico Bridge. For accommodations, Epson has already reserved the premiere Calicoan Surf Camp, with the nearby ABCD beach as our adventure ground. ABCD Beach boasts of both left-hand and right-hand waves. Surfing season runs from April to November-- summer months are perfect for learners with gentle 2 to 3 foot waves, while the latter months offer bigger and more challenging waves.





From the regional capital of Tacloban, which is only two to three hours away, we will travel to Guiuan via a scenic two-lane coastal highway which runs past mountains, steep cliffs, distant rock islands, boat-filled bays, and the famous San Juanico Bridge that connects Leyte and Samar.


Everyone was encouraged to pack their bags with swimsuits, beach booties, board shorts and sun block good for three days and two nights of fun and adventure.





"The San Juanico Bridge, part of the Pan-Philippine Highway, stretches from Samar to Leyte across the San Juanico Strait in the Philippines. Construction commenced in 1969 over San Juanico Strait from Cabalawan, Tacloban City to the municipality of Santa Rita, Samar, with completion in 1973.

With a total length of 2.16 kilometers (1.34 mi), it is the longest bridge in the Philippines spanning a body of seawater. It is considered one of the most beautifully designed bridges in the country." Wikipedia









Surfing Tip 1: Know your limits. If you're no Kate Bosworth from Blue Crush, you can still look pretty on a board or surf nearer the beach.


Surfing Tip 2: Big Surfboards Rule – the recommended surfboard for beginners is Malibu or Longboard. Its ideal length is 9’0’’, and usually made of foam. Mini-mals (or funboards), which range from 7’2’’ to 9’0”, can also be used by beginners. These bigger, thicker surfboards are easier to catch waves with and are more stable to stand up on.



Surfing Tip 3: A good wetsuit is recommended when surfing in cold waters; otherwise comfortable swimsuits and boardshorts or surf shorts are appropriate surfing attire for leisurely surfing in tropical waters. Rash guards are also recommended.


FYI: Surfboard Leash attaches the board to your leg; Surfboard Fins help hold the board on the wave; Surfboard Wax creates traction on the surfboard deck.



Safety Tips
• Learn to swim before you surf.
• Study the weather and the Landscape.
• Watch out for ocean animals. ---A very unpredictable yet important element of ocean safety is knowing about the presence of the “real” locals–ocean animals. These include jellyfish, stingrays, urchins, and yes, the men in the grey suits – sharks.
• Always know your limit - know when the conditions are too much. Make sure your skills and fitness levels can match the swell and weather conditions. Avoid crowded waves, avoid collision.


For the most part, most surfers don't worry too much about shark attacks. It is common knowledge that the occurrence is rare, and most likely a case of mistaken identity. The most common advice to avoid shark scare: Avoid surfing at night and at dawn; Surf in groups.



Epson's truly believes their media friends deserve this break!

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