Excert from “Dune Day Out: The LEAD Movement” on Monday

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Excerpt from Karl de Mesa’s Dune Day Out: The LEAD Movement on Monday magazine isuue 5

“The whole sports sprung almost fully formed from the days of slow boredom that Glenn and Reny, both 4×4 racing enthusiasts, shared early last year, “malamang dahil sobrang tumaas ang presyo ng gasolina at hindi na kami makapag-4×4 kaya nag-isip kami ng ibang pagkakaabalahan,” Reny shrugs. Copying the equipment that sandboarders in Dubai used, Reny and Glenn devoted hefty man-hours to their backyard RND operation by August 2009, after building and breaking a lot of prototypes, they finally developed a board that could handle the dunes. “It’s made out of laminated plywood with a formica bottom,” says Glenn, an architect by profession. “I think we have three layers d’yan.” From their word spread like wildfire. People from as far as Hong Kong, Australia and China have since flown over to Laoag to try it. It’s something that makes Tina Tan just ecstatic: “The kids really love it! I can’t believe this is becoming a sport and getting the attention it’s had.”

Photographed by Paolo Seen

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Ilocos Sandboarding is catching on

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A year that was…

Starting from scratch

Same time last year, the LEADers were engrossed in making a blueprint for a new eco-adventure project. Apart from fine beaches and heritage structures, Ilocos Norte is known for its vast stretches of sand dunes, so they thought of coming up with something unique in the Philippine adventure scene, something that promises a new thrill for the intrepid adventure seekers. After studying the possibilities, they decided to focus on sandboarding.

They crafted their first sandboards.

Trial run

On August 2, 2009, the sandboards were ready, but not the sandboarding newbies. At the Laoag Sand Dunes, the LEADers took turns in surfing the slopes. There were some misses, but all in all, the downhill adventure got them all stoked. They were ready to bring it to the next level.

The buzz

Thereafter, the LEAD Movement started its info campaign.

Other adventure groups in Ilocos climbed in the bandwagon. Through the new media, television, and social networking,  sandboarding in Ilocos Norte is beginning to catch on.

Photos by BlauEarth

Explore the Ilocos Norte outdoors

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A series of awesome eco-adventure awaits you in Ilocos Norte…

Go fishing or birdwatching and bask in the serenity of  Paoay Lake.

Sweet Childhood

Discover the unique allure of Laoag’s La Paz Sand Dunes on a wild 4-wheel drive ride.

Get your adrenalin pumping while surfing the dunes.

Adore the sun, sea and sand in picturesque Pagudpud.

Surfing

Skimboarding

Be amazed in Adams, where nature is at its finest.

Rubber tubing

River crossing

Rock climbing

Rappelling

Trekking

Falls hopping

Crossing the several hanging bridges that connect the mountains in Adams

Cliff diving

Extreme mountain biking

All these and more, like a string of rare gems, forever to be treasured.

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Sandboarding Adventure Plus by the LEAD Movement: It’s all about the ramp

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Yes, the Ramp is the new addition to the sandboarding adventure in Ilocos! Another first by the LEAD Movement.

Seems easy?

*Gasps*

Maybe…

Sandboarding Contact #s 0919-873-5516 / 0917-523-0331

Photos by the LEAD Movement

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Catch LEAD Movement’s sandboarding adventure on TV

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The Ilocos Norte-based Laoag Eco-Adventure Development Movement hopes to attract more tourists through GMA Network’s Ka-Blog. Sandboarding was first introduced on the LEAD Movement blog  in August last year and was later blogged about by travel bloggers, who were in Ilocos early this year, until it was picked up by Ka-Blog. The teen magazine show’s sandboarding episode airs on April 10, 2010 Saturday at 9:00 AM.

Ka-Blog host Mico Aytona hops on a sandboard and discovers the thrill of the latest sport to try… and where else but in the vast sand dunes of  Ilocos?

More Ka-Blog behind the scenes photos

“Party Pilipinas, Summer Skin Problems, Cold Treats and Sandboarding!” – Public Affairs – GMANews.TV – Official Website of GMA News and Public Affairs – Latest Philippine News.

Location: Laoag Sand Dunes, La Paz, Laoag City Photographed by blauearth

Love and Protect The Earth

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NASA’s Blue Marble

This spectacular “blue marble” image is the most detailed true-color image of the entire Earth to date. Using a collection of satellite-based observations, scientists and visualizers stitched together months of observations of the land surface, oceans, sea ice, and clouds into a seamless, true-color mosaic of every square kilometer (.386 square mile) of our planet.

Let Us Rise Above Plastics

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Plastic fishes, anyone?

The photo was created by Blauearth in support of Rise Above Plastics and Surfrider Foundation.

From Rise Above Plastics (a program of the Surfrider Foundation, an international non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education):

  • In some places in the Pacific Ocean, the amount of plastic suspended in the ocean outnumbers plankton six to one!
  • Each year. one million sea birds and one hundred thousand marine mammals die from ingestion of, or entanglement in plastics!
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The photo may not be downloaded, reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without written permission. Photographed by Blauearth. Blauearth wishes to thank kittykatfish for the TTV texture, and JoesSistah for the fishes.

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