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The Rock-itt : January 2010
I guess it all started 4 years ago when my best mate Adam went on his first trip to the Philippines. He was only meant to go for two weeks but ended up coming home nearly 6 weeks later. Within a day or so of him being back we had planned a trip there and eight months later we were on our way to suss it out properly. We scored some amazing waves! Every place we explored seemed to just turn on for us. We were blown away with the quality of the waves, the lack of crowds and the beauty that surrounded each spot. Before we knew it we were extending our visas. We didn't ever want to leave. In September 2009 after two years of planning we were back there again this time hoping to show everyone the Philippines through our eyes. We went there with a goal - to put together a documentary we have called 'The Philippine Dream'. I'm not here to exploit the Philippines, but promote it. All you read in the papers and hear on the news about the Philippines is kidnappings, murders and natural disasters. Sure, there are some dangerous parts but they are very easy to avoid. There are parts of Australia that I wouldn't go to. We have been to over 35 countries between us, and as a whole the Filipino's are by far the friendliest people we have encountered. You can't walk 10 metres down the road without be greeted by big smiles and shy laughter. They are so stoked to even see a foreigner. Funnily enough, the only issues we ever came across were with the x-pats that seem to think they own the place. These "locals" are selfish old kooks who try to keep it all for themselves and the funny thing is they actually think they are hardcore surfers. It's something that is not going to change but it's all good, there's plenty more waves out there. Many people refer to it as "The Fickleppines". Yes, there may not be waves all year round but when the typhoon season hits, so do the waves. As a whole, surfing is fairly new to the Philippines. It originated in 1977 when the American war movie 'Apocalypse Now' was filmed on a beach in Aurora. There's a scene in this movie that involves surfing and when the cast and crew left the town they gave the surfboards to a couple of locals. Surfing in the Philippines was born. In writing this, I'm not going to tell you step by step how to get to every wave and all the rest of it. Besides the search is half the fun! If you are willing to put all your luxuries aside for a while and step out of your comfort zone, book your ticket and go on an adventure through the Philippines. My advice to people going to the