The North Coast of the Philippines is a surf-kiter’s paradise.
From November through March, the powerful NE Monsoon gales hit North Luzon full force, bringing big surf. If it’s wind and waves you’re looking for, go north! And if flat water is more your style, there is some of it there as well. Wave riding, free ride, flat water freestyle and long downwinders—it’s all here.
Riding skills are necessary though; this is definitely not the best choice for beginners. At times, even professionals might find themselves overpowered on small kites. Even during off-season there is a good chance of getting some kiting done here and there.
From lush tropical rainforests to wind-swept deserts, the North is a land of transition. The Cordillera Mountain range of NW Luzon catches the rain laden NE monsoon, turning the wet conditions of the eastern side to bone-dry on the west, all visible within a couple of hours driving. This makes northern Luzon one of the most interesting and beautiful parts of the Philippines, surprisingly untouched by tourism. The meteorological divide starts in the middle of the Pagudpud peninsula and continues south from there.
East of Pagudpud peninsula, the weather is usually rather rainy and cloudy during Amihan.
Anguib Beach in Santa Ana on the North East tip of Luzon is one of the spots there suitable for Kitesurfing, but pretty time intense to get to.
Long beaches without a single tourist extend for about 50 Kilometers from Sanchez Mira to Aparri, where the biggest river of the Philippines, the Cagayan River, flows into the Philippine Sea. There is some surf in the river mouth. The wind is side-on to onshore, and the usually medium-sized waves are somewhere between total chaos and organized. Still, a lot of fun to ride. There are some estuaries with mirror-flat water to be found in that area as well.
Pagudpud peninsula has beautiful Blue Lagoon on the eastern side, which can be a bit sketchy to kite as the wind tends to be gusty, but once one has tacked out a bit it’s all fine and enjoyable scenery. Expect choppy waters.
The North West of Pagudpud peninsula has Kingfisher Beach, the only available infrastructure for kiteboarders on the North Coast. Kingfisher is already on the sunny side of the north coast. Check out our page about Kingfisher.
On the West side of Pagudpud Peninsula lies Saud beach, sometimes called “Boracay of the North”. It is not really kiteable there during Amihan as the wind blows offshore. However, Saud Beach has nice accommodation, restaurants and is an ideal base for a couple of relaxing days.
Continuing west, another spot for Kitesurfing is at the windmills of Bangui. The fact that one of the few wind farms (the only one?) in the Philippines is located here speaks for itself. It has a pretty nasty beach break over a pebble beach when it’s big. A tidal river mouth there provides some flat water.
The coast from Bangui to the West has some of the most challenging and awesome wave-kiting conditions in this area of the world. When it comes to Kitesurfing in the Philippines, this is arguably the best area for people who know what they are doing—not for the faint of heart. No spoilers here; you gotta go and find it yourself!
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