When did you get into surfing?
I started back in college. I just went on a random surf trip with one of my best friends and my sister. We’re three girls who just hopped on a bus going to La Union and searched for a place to stay using the Internet. I took lessons. Then I sort of stopped for a couple of years and picked it up again, so now I surf almost every weekend or a couple of times in a month. The easiest and most convenient surfing spot for a weekend trip is Zambales, La Union, or Baler. It depends on the weather; I check the forecast for waves. I’m game anywhere.
Does that apply to your personality, being always game?
I think I’m open to trying new things. That’s really what I try to keep doing because you learn when you try new things.
What else are you willing to try?
I think I want to try bungee jumping but I’m kind of scared of heights, so level-up talaga siya if I try it. Medyo duwag din ako eh. I’m scared of the dark!
Speaking of scary things, have you experienced wardrobe malfunctions while surfing? Not that we’re scared of seeing it..
Over the years medyo nababawasan siya kasi you learn how tight you should tie your bikini depending on what size the waves are. When it happens I shrug it off kasi you can’t do anything about it anymore. I think when I first took lessons natanggal ‘yung tali ng bikini ko, pero tinali ko na lang ulit. I just closed my eyes. Nangyari na eh.
Does surfing open a huge room for romance?
Surfing lets me meet a lot of people from different walks of life. The conversations are packed with ideas that you don’t normally come across with if you just hang out with the same crowd all the time. I’ve been in a relationship with someone from the [surfing] scene. I don’t think it’s about whether you’re in a same clique or not, as long as you get along well.
Most people think surfer girls are really tough. How do you react to that kind of stereotyping?
I don’t really think about it too much, I guess. But my friends always say to me “ang itim itim mo na,” and I always say “come with me so you’ll know what you’re missing” kasi it’s so much fun.
We think your skin is amazing. Does surfing make you feel sexy?
I like being active, so that makes me feel good. With the skin, I think I was darker or ‘morena’ when I was younger, and it sort of goes with surfing. But now I don’t really know what my original skin tone is anymore.
How do you feel when you catch a perfect wave?
I don’t think I can compare it to anything I’ve experienced. You feel like you’re in total command of yourself even when the environment is not that good. There’s also an element of chance, like catching the perfect wave and if you mess it up, hindi na siya perfect wave.
Surfers love music and we’re guessing you do too. Any favorites?
I like Little Dragon, Cold War Kids, and I like The Black Keys. Sometimes I listen to jazzy stuff. I like Alice Coltrane, not John Coltrane, sorry, ha ha!
Nice taste! What do you do when you aren’t surfing?
Sometimes you have to give up on doing other things because it takes up a lot of time. Pero I like to paint shirts.
How do you deal with unwanted attention?
Well no one’s really persistent on asking me out.
Promise. I don’t know.
You surf, you’re sexy, and you’re artistic. Are you sure you’re single?
Eee! Nahihiya na ako!
INTERVIEW: CAMILLE BANZON
STYLING: DARYL CO
HAIR AND MAKEUP: AMANDA PADILLA FOR MAYBELINNE
SPECIAL THANKS TO MANILA SURFERS ASSOCIATION, ALOHA BOARDSPORTS, HACIENDA PETER'S, LA UNION SURF CLUB; BIKINIS FROM BILLABONG AND RED LOLLIPOP