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Taking the conversation beyond the lineup, My Surf Rituals is an article series of casual, sit-down chats with our everyday surf friends from various surf spots–wherever, whenever. Stay tuned as we talk about our surf philosophies, anything under the sun, shared moments in the ocean, and life on land.

How long have you been surfing, Cel?

️I started surfing when I was 18. So I’ve been surfing for 10 years na.

Can you tell us about your earliest surfing memory? What made it so unforgettable?

Aaay! Ang daming unforgettable memories, hehe! Marami din ako na-meet na bagong friends, lalo na sa mga iba’t-ibang competitions na sinalihan ko dito sa Pinas. Pero mas unforgettable pa rin yung na-invite ako by Deus Ex Machina sa isang surf competition sa Indonesia.

What’s your favorite surf spot, locally and internationally? 

Aaay and daming magandang surfing spots! Siyempre, young “home break” ko, which is Siargao island. Gusto ko rin sa La Union and Indonesia.

So how do you prepare for your surf sessions? Can you walk us through your ritual?

Pag gising ko palang, unang ginagawa ko is mag-check agad ng alon. Madali lang din kasi yung Cloud 9 spot ay nasa tapat lang nung bahay namin hehe! After nun, may stretches ako na ginagawa habang nakikinig sa Spotify playlist. Tapos, inom lang ng kape bago lumusong.

When it to looking and feeling stylish, tell us more about your surf gear.

I’m currently using a custom No.5 Craft Longboard shaped by Gp, a Japanese Shaper based in Bali! Yung fins ko naman is an Alkali Fins signature model by my good friend and idol Josie Prendergast.

Actually pagdating sa mga bikini, kahit anong brand lang, pwede na. Dapat onesie para comfy and secure hehe! Minsan I wear din surf hat para may konting fashion fashion sa tubig.

Who are your surf inspirations?

Madami akong inspirations at surf pegs, lalo na yung my stylish gumalaw. Pero pinaka inspiration ko pa rin talaga si Josie Prendergast. Gusto ko kasi yung classic na style niya, nakakatanggal ng split ends tingnan! Gusto ko fresh lang tayo lagi.

When you’re not in the water, where can we find you?

Normally, bahay lang ako. Or, I go to the beach kasama ng partner ko and our two dogs. Sometimes, I jog or bike or skate depending on my mood. Kapag ginaganahan ako lumabas, nagkikita kami ng friends ko sa Bake Siargao for coffee!

How can you personally relate surfing to your life?

Malaking tulong sakin yung surf kasi and dami kong natututunan na hindi ko makukuha sa pag-aaral. Kung walang surf, hindi ko ma-experience yung pag-connect sa ibang tao at makarating sa ibang spots. Dahil din sa surf mas positive yung mindset ko sa buhay.

Super thankful din ako sa partner ko kasi kung wala siya, di ako surfer ngayon. He supports me all the way.

Lastly, what’s a surfing advice you believe in?

Be patient, chill, and go with the flow. And ako kasi… Chill lang ako sa tubig. Basta mag-enjoy lang tayong lahat.

Maricel “Cel” Parajes is a Siargao-based longboarder and surfing instructor. Find her on Instagram at @party_sleep.

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