Lingayen – Skimboarding, a new adventure water sports, will be offered for free to enthusiasts at the Capitol beachfront from April 27 to May 1 as part of the annual Pistay Dayat celebration which reeled off last week.
Revelers to the annual summer festivity should take this opportunity to join the series of skimboarding clinics and exhibitions from 7-10am and 2-5pm on said dates to be conducted by the Skim-Your-Heart-Out (SYHO) group.
“Skimboarding was introduced in Lingayen last year during the Pistay Dayat celebration as another featured water sports activity, Provincial Population Office OIC Ellsworth Gonzales, event chairman, said.
The Espino administration is promoting skimboarding to attract more tourists, Gonzales added.
The SYHO will invite skimboarders from Agoo, La Union who will provide lectures and clinics to the participants.
Skimboarding is like surfing, but played with smaller board without fins. It is usually played in shallow waters with small waves. Anyone who would want to try this activity will ride on a skim board, meet an incoming breaking wave and glide across the water surface then catch back to the shore in a manner similar to surfing.
Participants are advised to wear proper beach attire (shorts and shirt of any fabric except maong) and additional safety gears (goggles, elbow and knee guards, etc).
Skimboarding is open to all. Children below 15 years old should be accompanied by an adult/guardian who shall sign a consent/waiver form to be provided at the event site.
Slots will be limited per clinic on a “first come, first serve" basis.
Gonzales said personnel from Provincial Health Office (PHO) are tasked to check health concerns of the participants while Water Search and Rescue (WASAR) crewmen of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) will be deployed to ensure safety and security of the participants in the Capitol beach area for the entire duration of the skimboarding event. /Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca