I have always enjoyed watching photographs of people doing sup boarding, they have looked so authentic, close to nature with some mysterious Native American touch in them.
I am still here in the Bohol island in the Philippines and I saw an ad that I could explore a beautiful Loboc river by the most authentic way – paddle or sup board, during which I would be able to see the jungle, waterfall, and local’s huts.
After I have experienced 3 hours paddling by Loboc River surrounded by mountains and palm trees, I can say that the whole journey to the Philippines is divided into the two parts: before and after the sup tour, and here’s why 🙂
We came to the Paddle Center located right near the river and after having a really delicious lunch I jumped on my board and the new adventure has begun.
You really don’t need to have any special physical strength, anybody can paddle, but the body always reacts to something new. After 15 minutes of paddling my arms were aching so badly, I thought I’d just give it up. There were still 3 hours to go, 1,5 of which is to paddle against the current. But you now, when you do a lot of hard physical work or exercise, you let all the thoughts go and you only concentrate on what is happening at the moment, on every move you make. This is exactly what happened – a long, exciting, vivid, deep and picturesque meditation during 3 hours. And of course, there’s always a reward for any hard work that you do – my reward was swimming in the waterfalls. And I call it a reward because this was the first waterfall I had seen in my life.
While paddling, I saw the sun setting in the mountains, leafs becoming bright and transparent, coconuts falling in the water, fisherman, local kids jumping in the river from the bridge, but what’s more important I was very lucky to see a river with very clear water.
On the way back we were going by the current so at some point, I just lay down on my paddle and let the river carry me. I was looking up the yellow sky, the wind playing with leaves and palm trees, I listened to its whispers, the birds singing and felt the power of the Loboc River. That is why that day had changed my whole journey to the Philippines and made it even better.
I hope you enjoy the photos from that day and feel our mood.
Photographer: Vitaliy Pototskiy, check out his Instagram
And I am very grateful to Sup Tours Philippines for organizing the tour and I really recommend you to get in touch with them when you visit the Philippines.