October 30, 2011

A. Who can join?

1) Contestants should be an official participant of the Aloha Boardsports & Travel Factor Surf & Music Festival 2011. Pre-registration will be done and will begin on September 15, 2011 and will end when slots are fully booked. On-site registration is discouraged.
2) Contestants must be aged 18 years old and above.
3) The competition is open to all beginners who have not won or placed (up to 3rd place) any surfing competition.
You are considered a beginner surfer if you mainly catch whitewash waves. Surfers are judged on long rides standing up. Extra points are given for going left or right, catching green waves and bigger waves. 


1) Contestants may only use long boards on this competition. 
2) Boards must be at least 8ft long. 


A. Mixed Tandem
* Any male or female beginner can join and will be randomly assigned among the official instructors as their partner when they surf. Their instructor is to be considered their guide who will choose the waves for them. Participants just need to listen and trust their instructor when to stand up. Basically, it’s like a normal surf lesson but with a challenge!

* Maximum of 25 contestants

B. Mixed Solo
* Maximum of 15 contestants


1) Surfers will be judged on every ride to a maximum of 10 waves per heat. Judges give 0-10 on each ride. There will be 4 judges for each heat plus a fifth person as a “spotter”, who will help with identifying the surfers paddling for the wave. 
2) Experienced judges and team riders will judge the SURFVIVOR Challenge IV heats and finals. 
3) The surfer must be clearly in possession of the wave on the wave face, making a movement to stand, his/her hands having left the rails for the wave to be scored. 
4) Interference rules apply.


1) All contestants must report to the Travel Factor booth 30 minutes prior to the start of the first heat to receive their instructions and run through the rules. If, in the event a competitor does not check-in by the 5-minute warning prior to their heat, they will be replaced by the next surfer on the list. The “late” surfer goes to the bottom of the list.
2) Heats are 15 minutes long unless otherwise specified.
3) Heats start from the water. Surfers will get a 5-minute paddle out time on the yellow flag.
4) A green flag means a heat is on. A yellow flag means 5 minutes to the end of the heat. A red flag signals the end of the heat. 

* Please do not catch a wave before you see the green flag. When the red flag goes up come in lying down. The hooter sounds the beginning and the end of each heat.

5) Your best 2 waves are counted for your total score.
6) Don’t drop in on a surfer already standing up. The surfer who takes off closest to the breaking part of the wave has claimed that wave. Two surfers may ride the same wave if one rides left and the other right as long as they don’t cross paths.

Trophies and prizes from sponsors will be awarded to first through third places in all categories on Oct 30, 2011 at the awarding ceremony at night. 


1) Complaints and protests by contestants shall be addressed to the official panel of judges. All decisions made by the official panel of judges shall considered final.
2) Prizes will be announced on or before Sep 30, 2011.
3) Full Time Employees of TRAVEL FACTOR, ALOHA BOARDSPORTS and CREATIVE JUICE are not eligible to join.



1) Send an email to (Email subject: Surfvivor Challenge IV Registration - Oct 30, 2011)
2) Indicate your full name and category type you’re joining [ mixed tandem / mixed solo ]
3) You will receive thru email account details where to deposit payment (BPI). Full payment must be settled on or before due date. 
4) The registration fee of P 500 is non-refundable.

Surfvivor La Union Trip

Went on a surfing trip with friends at La Union last weekend and we joined Travel Factor for the second time around. This is for us not to have a hard time arranging the trip due to our busy schedule at work (so thanks again to Travel Factor). We left Manila Friday night around 12mn and arrived at San Juan, La Union around 6:00am. The group stayed at Sebay resort since San Juan Surf resort is fully booked. 

So we played frisbee first while others took a nap since they weren’t able to sleep well on our way. 

Then at 9am we have to get ready since that’s our schedule for Surfing 101 with the surfing instructors from Billabong Surf School owned by Luke Landrigan. Since the waves are too high and too strong for beginners like us in Urbiztondo, San Juan…

we had to transfer to Bacnotan for some smaller waves that we can ride on.

I love the boards that the instructors from the Billabong Surf School used since they have this so-called ‘soft’ boards for beginners. I also love the attitude and personality of the instructors since they’re super friendly and they really are dedicated to teach their students how to surf. They would make sure that their students would be able to ride on the waves before the surfing lesson ends. 

(Me and my friends while waiting for our turn.)

(w/ the instructors)

After our surfing lessons, we had an appointment with Jack Daniels to end our day. (Kiddin!) 

We had our breakfast at San Juan Surf resort which is right beside Sebay resort and look who we found… The famous Luke Landrigan.

(The view from San Juan Surf resort)

(with my adventure buddies Pao and Donna)

(The whole group)

If you guys want to learn how to surf, I definitely suggest that you go to the Billabong Surf school at San Juan Surf resort since they offer the same price per hour which i think is around 400php atleast they have safer boards if its your first time to try surfing. 

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