Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Skimboarding in Dahican, Mati, Davao Oriental

When my wife and I celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary in Dahican Beach, Mati, Davao Oriental, I was amazed not only by the stunning view of the 7-kilometer white sand beach but also by the awesome sight of skimboarders gliding over the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean.
Skimboarding is a boardsport that is somehow similar to surfing. The skimboarder, with skimboard in his hand, will stand about twenty feet from the ocean and wait for a wave. Once a wave is coming, he will sprint towards it and upon reaching the wet sands, drop the board, quickly jump onto it, glide into the ocean to meet the incoming wave and then ride it back to the shore.  
 A skimboarder running to meet the waves.

He then dropped his board and jumped onto it.

Gliding over the waves , in and out of the ocean.

Dahican Beach is situated in Barangay Dahican, Mati, Davao Oriental. Its location is directly facing the Pacific Ocean making it an ideal place for skimboarding and some surfing. The sport is pioneered here by Mr. George "Jun" Plaza and his Amihan sa Dahican Skim and Surf Team. In fact when we were there last October 28, 2010, the Amihan boys are busy preparing for the Mati Annual Skimboarding Competition which was held two days after.
A young skimboarder waiting for a wave.

While we missed the competition, I was able to take these photos of the skimboarders honing their skills two days before the event. Aside from the Amihan team, skimboarders from Tandag, Surigao, Leyte, Davao City, General Santos, Tagum City and Iligan City also participated in the competition. 
A balancing act on the skimboard

 Skimboarding is a fast-paced and exciting sport.

A skimboarder performing some tricks while gliding over the waves.
How to get there:

Mati, the capital town of Davao Oriental is 165 kilometers from Davao City and can be reached by aircon and non-aircon buses, van-for-hire and private vehicles. Travel time from the Ecoland Terminal of Davao City is about 4-5 hours. Bus fare for the aircon bus is 250.00 per person.

Once in Poblacion, Mati, Dahican Beach can be reach by pedicab and motorcycles (habal-habal). It is about 20-30 minutes ride from the Poblacion, passing through rough roads amidst a vast coconut plantation.

For more information about Dahican Beach, CLICK HERE.
This is me posing with Sonny Boy "Bayogyog" Aporbo of the Amihan sa Dahican team. Bayogyog won the Skimboarding Challenge Expert Category during the 2010 Mati Skimboarding Competition  which was held two days after this pic was taken.



  1. Hmm... I haven't visited this part in Davao yet. When I'll be on vacation I might visit this place since a relative lives near there.http://www.cdokay.com

  2. @cdojobs: thanks for dropping by!visit dahican beach whenever you can.it's the best beach i've ever been to so far in mindanao. : )

  3. i'm a skimboarder and i wanna go there!

  4. @fetus: you should! haven't tried skimboarding yet but i wanna learn how to do it someday.

  5. hadlok man diri kay dako kaayo waves, heheh...

  6. mao na ang gipangita sa mga skimboarders! : )

  7. cool pix! smaller waves for skimmers? larger waves for surfers? :)

  8. Im convinced! I will go to dahican with my skimboarding buddies. Find skimboarding articles on this site (crownprinz.wordpress.com). You will find them useful.

  9. Sonny Boy "Bayogyog" Aporbo one of Amihan Boys just recently won the 6th International Skimboarding 2012 competition in Penang, Malaysia..

  10. Congrats Jun and the rest of the Amihan team members; especially to Bayogyog! Jose

  11. i want to buy a skim board...kala ko madali maka buy...hirap pala...does anyone know if may shop dito sa Davao city n benta ng skim board na good quality?


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