SIARGAO ISLAND, SURIGAO DEL NORTE PROVINCE, THE PHILIPPINES
Siargao Island in the southern Philippines was an obscure place with virtually no visitors of any kind until the early 1990s, when surfers began to arrive on the island.
The autumn typhoon season in the western Pacific is the best time for surf, with the local southwest “Habagat” winds blowing offshore on Siargao. Storms forming near the Marshall Islands intensify and move from east to west, pushing powerful groundswell towards the coral reefs on the east coast of Siargao. These northeast swells are met by the offshore winds, creating ideal conditions for perfect waves.
Since the early 1990s there have been a number of surfing spots discovered on Siargao, the most popular of which is the crowded, hollow right-hander known as Cloud 9. There has also been a great deal of development on the island, with both local and foreign-owned accommodation and dining facilities springing up seemingly overnight in the vicinity of General Luna.
Siargao was recently devastated by a direct hit from powerful category 5 super typhoon Rai on December 16, 2021, the first major storm to affect the island since 1984. Damage was widespread, with many homes and businesses destroyed and local residents left homeless and destitute.
Thank you John Seaton Callahan for these words and imagery!!!
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