A peek at travel must-haves of Surfista Travels founder Elaine Abonal.
Finding the perfect surfboard could be very challenging as there are tons of brands to choose from. But for Elaine, Folklore is her go-to brand for surfboard not only because of its chic design and quality design but also because of the advocacies that this brand uphold. As stated on its website, for every board Folklore sells, it gives two water filters to a village in Bali in need of clean water.
BUY on: Flcksurf.com
The bright sun can really damage one’s eyes so it’s better to come prepared with a pair of sunglasses. But to create a chic and stylish look, Elaine’s go-to brand for sunnies is Oakley which is a good choice because this brand seamlessly combines fashion and function.
Oakley has a branch at R2, Power Plant Mall Rockwell, Rockwell Drive cor. Strella St., Makati City.
Hurley rash guards and board shorts
Specifically engineered for in-water performance, the Hurley brand ensures that the wearer is given the ultimate sun protection and the range of motion and flexibility she needs while surfing. The brand uses soft, lightweight, and water-repellent materials which is why it’s rash guard and board short collections are among Elaine’s favorites.
BUY on: Hurley.com or at R.O.X, B1 Bonifacio High Street, 11th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City
For comfortable and durable flip flops, Havaianas remains unbeatable. This is why Elaine prefers to wear a pair when she’s on land and away from the waters.
BUY on: Havaianas.ph or at 2nd floor, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Manila City
OY Surf Apparel for bikinis
Solid, steady, and sweet are the three words that sum up the surf bikinis of OY brand. This brand resonates well with Elaine’s personality as it helps surfers to focus on their best performance given that its apparel is designed to fit any shape and style.
BUY on: Oysurfapparel.com
VMV Armanda Sunscreen and VMV skin care and beauty kit
When it comes to skin nourishment and protection, VMV Hypoallergenics is the ideal brand especially when you have a sensitive skin. Elaine’s choice of brand is designed for all skin types and the only one to rate its hypoallergenicity, which means that the consumers are assured that they are given the safest and most effective skincare they could ever find.
VMV has a branch at The Landmark Makati, Makati Avenue, Makati City.
Food from Healthy Grocery
Surf harder and eat healthier. After all, every surfer needs a healthy recovery meal to keep them going. And for Elaine, Healthy Grocery is the mecca for superfood and all things organic and healthy.
BUY on: Thehealthygrocery.com or at The Wholesome Table, 2nd floor, 30th St. corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City
iPhone 7 plus
A surfing trip would not be complete without taking some snaps, and with iPhone 7 plus’ dual-camera setup, you’re sure to bring home beautiful photos. Its camera features are not a letdown, thanks in part to its larger sensor and greater pixel depth, which is why it’s Elaine’s phone of choice.
BUY on: Apple.com or at 2nd floor, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati City
GoPro Hero 6
This newest edition of GoPro is said to have gotten better, delivering twice the performance of Hero5. Aside from capturing smooth footages courtesy of its advanced image stabilization, Hero6 is also waterproof without a housing down to 10 meters deep. So just mount this GoPro on your surfboard and you’re good to go.
Buy on: Shop.gopro.com or at 9th Flr NetSquare Bldg. 3rd Ave., cor. 28th St., BGC, 1634, Taguig, Metro Manila
Photos by Oli Bayer