Air Recreation Sports in the Philippines

WET SUMMER (Photo by Travel Man March 29, 2011))
WET SUMMER (Photo by Travel Man March 29, 2011))

Summer of 2011 is expected to be rainy here in the Philippines. That's why, everybody is calling it as 'Wet Summer'. But it will never stop summer sports enthusiasts to try exciting kind of entertainment and recreation that the strong wind can bring. It can be both expensive and tedious but the feeling of contentment while you're on air will never be equaled by any amount of money.

You can forget your problems momentarily as you enjoy the air and go along with any direction it dictates you while doing something exhilarating through the following sports.

Hot Air Balloon Festival in the Philippines
Hot Air Balloon Festival in the Philippines | Source

HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL in Clark Air Base, Pampanga, Philippines - Feb. 11, 2010 c/o DCRJPhilippines

1. Hot Air Balloon - The usual location of flying huge, unique hot air balloons coming from participating nations around the world converged in Pampanga's terrain where the remnants of Mt. Pinatubo eruption (1991) serve as the ground for the festive gathering of sports enthusiasts.

How to fly the big balloon: The first thing to do is to induce cold air inside the balloon, but propane gas will follow in order to heat the cold air that will make the balloon float. The ascending stage will depend on the amount of propane gas that will be released. As you ride inside the basket attached to the balloon, you will appreciate what you see on the ground. The descending process will depend on the duration that you'll let the air inside the balloon to cool. Tha maneuavering of hot air balloon can reach up to 5, 000 feet that riders and crew will need an oxygen mask to battle the air pressure up in the sky.

Kiteboarding Racing
Kiteboarding Racing | Source

Stance Trip Kiteboarding in Boracay - The End - Kite Asia c/o ExtremeElementsTV


2.Kite Boarding - requires the agility of a skateboard rider while flying a kite and bracing the air on the beach while riding the surf and waves. A sport participant should have a well-coordinated reflex so that he or she can simultaneously fly the kite while skateboarding on the water and fly on air from time to time then back to the water again.

Boracay is the favorite destination for kite boarders in the country. It usually started when the surf and waves are high and strong in December until March. There are training schools in the island where you can enroll and learn the ropes of this exciting sport.

I can personally boast that the 1st-ever International KiteBoarding competition in theĀ  country was held at Bagasbas Beach, Daet, Camarines Norte on the first week of February, 2009. That's in our region, Bicol. It attracts sport enthusiasts from all over the world and it's beenĀ  a part of the tourism industry since then.

Parasailing
Parasailing | Source

Parasailing@100 Islands, Alaminos Pangasinan,Philippines c/o sanluis8

3. Parasailing - requires a parachute with a makeshift seat for the participant attached to the former. The rider will need the aid of the speedboat to make the parachute inflate as he or she will be drag on the water and fly on air later.

Filipinos are new to this kind of air recreation sport. Because of the beautiful beaches in the country, more and more amenities are added to beach resorts, one of which is the availability of parasailing sport. It's been available in Subic Bay, Pampanga; Alaminos, Pangasinan (where you can see some of the Hundred islands there); Cebu and but of course, Boracay.

A ride in the Catamaran

Catamaran Sailing is getting noticed in the country. Aside from the ordinary wooden boats for transportation, families can rent a catamaran along with its crew for a ride at sea, near the shore. With the use of sails, you can ride it at sea and enjoy the moment with friends or family.

In Boracay, catamaran rentals are available. You can haggle for the price or it depends on the availability of the service.

It's also the same in Bohol. More and more local tourists are getting excited about this thing.

Catamaran Sailing via Bohol Strait c/o CaTTaiLsVille

I'll just fly a kite with my own design!

You can say that these sports are for those who can afford because of the gadgets and equipment needed. You can still join by just renting the equipment and gadgets for kite boarding and para-sailing or pay for a balloon ride.

As for the children or even some adults, they can always race to the rice field or nearby vacant lot to fly their homemade kites of different sizes and enjoy the chase and windy environment.

You'll never need money and hi-tech gadgets for it. You can make your own kite with your own design out of plastic bags or colorful Japanese papers with bamboo strips as its structure or framework. With just the use of glue for binder, you can easily make it in just an hour. Don't forget the tail (it can be long or short for the balance) and the string.

When I was a child, my father used to make a big kite (the size of the full-length of my both arms, including my chest or about 1.5 meters) with its oval-shaped head and new moon- shaped tail. The string used was big that when I hold the flying kite, as was literally carried away at the rice field. Yes! I was already floating or elevated with the kite (about a foot) when my father grabbed me laughing. I can never forget that day because I was almost carried away by a kite. Lesson learned: Never trust a big kite, just the small one.

Now, seldom I see children flying kites in our place. It's because of other entertainment media they can indulge into or maybe it's already a lost sport in my barrio.

KIDS Flying Kite at the pier in Manila Bay (By John Javellana, Reuters)
KIDS Flying Kite at the pier in Manila Bay (By John Javellana, Reuters) | Source

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Romano Arnesto 5 years ago from Philippines

Well, I've been thinking of trying kiteboarding, water surfing with a twist (LOL!). You didn't mention wakeboarding at CWC (Camarines Sur Watersports Complex). It's been a fad all year round. Many tourists are there. I'm sure you've been there, too.


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Clare-Louise 5 years ago from Birmingham UK

Hi Travel Man, that all looks like so much fun! i remember making kites as a child, can't remember them being that successful but it was great fun putting them together! Voted Up... like a balloon! ;P


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thesailor 5 years ago from Seven Seas

I want to try, Paragliding. Must be fun riding the parachute with the aid of a speedboat. Thanks for sharing, travel man.


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earthbound1974 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Loved these air sports. I'll try riding on the hot air balloon. Thanks, travel man!


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Arian Rey 5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES)

Wet summer will not be put in vain because of these sports. Rated it up, travel man.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Good suggestion, Romano. I didn't include wakeboarding because I'm gonna make a hub out of it. It's an all-year round sport that needs no air, just water.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Clare-Louise: Thanks for the vote! You can still try flying a kite these days, can't you?


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Sailor: Rentals are available for paragliding equipment, the parachutes and speedboat. I'm sure you can easily enjoy being elevated on air while enjoying the summer. Go for it!!!


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@earthbound: Yey!! Don't miss it for the world. You can see what's happening below when your up there!


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Arian Rey: Yes, rain is fun in summer. Just an extra precaution because forces of nature can be dangerous. Enjoy these sports with your group. Avoiding doing it along, you can be lost.


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thesailor 5 years ago from Seven Seas

Better surf the waves this summer or stay at CWC. Boracay is to far from here in Bicol. We have white beaches here, too!


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Yes sailor, you can go there all-year round. The uniqueness of the site is that it's a man-made lake. Many detractors tried toppling down the existence of this project but it generates income for the local residents and employees of the provincial government. Plus, the Caramoan peninsula, especially Gota beach is the present location of foreign versions of Survivor series. The roads are being developed and you'll notice that the popularity of the province is now being hailed as one of the richest provinces in the country.

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