Friday, March 30, 2012

a woman they call bindy

Belinda Baggs (or Bindy) is definitely, without question, the most graceful surfer i have EVER seen. My friends and I would always marvel at how effortless she surfs and how her movements -- her cross steps, her noserides -- she just... flows.

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photo by Dane Peterson

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photo from liquid salt magazine, by Adam Kobayashi

If you've ever seen her surf, it is really mesmerizing how amazing she is on her longboard.
So ladylike ... such style. 

Reading about her, it's wonderful that even though she's travelled the world, experienced so many things, met so many people,she's just simply happy to be able to surf and grateful for this earth, a clean ocean, and being able to surf with friends. Someone I truly aspire to be surfing and in life. :)


Imagine how star struck and excited my friends and I were when we met her. And not just met her...we actually had dinner together, and had conversation! Wow. What a dream come true!

Buji and I, and our brothers Miguel and Enzo were gonna meet them at 7pm at their hotel, but we ran a little late and got stuck in a bit of traffic. We were worried because they didn't have a local phone and we couldn't contact them to say we will be late!

We drive up to their hotel -- I was excited/nervous, of course -- and we saw them, Belinda, Adam and their son Rayson just goofing around by the lobby. We apologized for being late and to have kept them waiting, and Adam goes, "Oh, no worries at all. We were never waiting. While you guys weren't here yet, we were looking around and Rayson was just playing, so we were never waiting." 

They. Were. So. Nice. And it's true. When we drove up the hotel lobby, we saw them doing this

hahaha. so chill.

We headed to Parmigiano in Resorts World Manila to meet up with our other friends for dinner. Aside from ALL of us being star struck, we actually had an awesome time talking to them, asking her about her surf, travels and now family. :)

Rayson the cutie pie!

photo by Buji Brownlegs
That's me playing with Rayson, and trying to act all cool and not suddenly scream "I love you Belindaaaaaaaa!!"

Yes, I confess. I'm a fangirl. But how can you not be??

{all photos by me, except the first two}
{read more about Belinda Baggs on Liquid Salt Mag and Patagonia}
{watch her surf here}

1 comment:

  1. Niks! This is not the "manly" thing to say... but kakakilig yung note niya sayo! Haha. "You are so beautiful, like your contry & all of your friends." <-- kasama ako dun sa "beautiful"! Haha