Tuesday, May 29

My Wakestyle article gone wrong

It was brought to my attention a couple of weeks ago that the article about me in Boracay Magazine caused a few issues with the kiteboarding community in Boracay. I wanted to take this time to apologize for any misleading / misconstrued information that was published about me, but specifically around my background in kiteboarding.

Before kiteboarding, I was first a wakeboarder, 
back in 2009 provincial governor of Camarines Sur, Gov. Lray Villafuerte together with Mauricio Abreau, Moehau Goold and Jason Wolcott came to Boracay to check out the kiteboarding scene and there they saw the potential of bringing in "wakestyle" kiteboarding to the Philippines.

**At that time, I was new to kiteboarding learning from my mentors,
Captain Nenette Graf and Normeth Preglo of Hangin Kiteboarding Center 
with Mars Gersbach and Danielle Gonzales, my friends and kite instructors.**

I brainstormed with them on how we could make this happen and followed the preparation of this event, after a year or so of planning, the first ever kite/cable crossover event “Wind or No Wind” debuted at CamSur in December 2010, where the top wakestyle riders from different parts of the world converge to ride and have fun.

I was really excited and together with my teammates,
Khristopher Ken Nacor and Doque De Los Santos
We were on our way to represent Asian kiteboarders at Wind or No Wind’s inaugural event.


At that time of the cover shoot for Boracay Mag I had just gotten back from
Wind or No Wind’s 2nd year, so naturally, during my interview with the editor this came up. It’s challenging to explain board sports to the outside world because some folks already have a hard time distinguishing wave riding style of kiteboarding, wakeboarding from freestyle kiteboarding, what more when I’m trying to explain “wakestyle” kiteboarding to someone? Unfortunately, the editor didn’t “get it” and published an article that had several factual errors.


The lesson for me here is to be more careful, making sure that the editor understands what I am saying and make sure to ALWAYS personally proofread the articles before they are sent out.


I am truly sorry to everyone who was misled by this article. It was not my intention to step on anyone’s toes especially those who have been kiteboarding in Boracay way before my time and helped me to get to where I am right now with the sport that I have come to love and be truly passionate about.

A new and revised article about Boracay Kiteboarding and the emergence of Kiteboarding on a national and global platform will come out in the July/Aug issue of Boracay Magazine.

Attached is an apology letter from the editors of Boracay Magazine 

Bay to Breakers 2012

best holiday ever!!!
well i still love halloween
but Bay 2 Breakers is the bomb! 
am so happy to be in San Francisco for this, and to be with the best crew ever!!!

it's the first time ever that i managed to be drunk AND pass out before Lunch time.

i open my door and brandon was already dressed up with shiny gold pants and a fur coat. 
Goodmorning! he said
Come on you, get ready now.

I had a coffee with some food (yogurt and cereal) - which ended to be the only thing i ate the entire day, so the lesson here is DO NOT FORGET to eat or you will pass out before lunch.

We opened tiffany's costume box and i came up with being a fairy, just because i wanna wear the leaf tutu i found in the box.
Tiff came up with the great idea of wearing this summer place shirt 
on top of her exercise outfit.
so funny.

We started with mimosas, beer and moscow mules. prancing in the street, headed to Alamo Square for the parade.

it's like everyone was on acid. I never felt so normal looking in a fairy ensemble.

After the parade, we went home for a Pee break and more drinks before then headed to The Panhandle, just to continue where we had left off.

The morning was full of posing, running, dancing in the streets AND A LOT OF PHOTO BOMBING.

i don't remember half of what happened after that.
All i know is that i woke up on tiff's bed with a lot of glitter in my body and grass on my hair matched with a massive hangover and a bump on my forehead - which i only found out where i got it from when i saw the pictures.

So we managed to break 4 sunglasses at the end of the day plus
i am pretty sure i looked like a lunatic fairy in the end too.

Haha. Check out where i got my forehead bump from. :)

The pictures are AWESOME!! 
take a peek and laugh with me.