A provincial board member has proposed the declaration of the municipality of Cuyo as the “Kiteboarding Capital” of Palawan because of its beautiful beaches and pristine waters.
Board Member David Francis Ponce de Leon, author of the resolution, said that Cuyo has beaches that are perfect for kiteboarding, an action sport that combines different boarding sports such as wakeboarding, surfing, paragliding, and skateboarding into one extreme recreational activity.
He said there are some tourists traveling to Cuyo for the sports activity, which needs an additional promotion.
“I remember 12 years ago, sa Capusan beach ay may konting turista and a couple of local Cuyunon and through words of mouth ay dumami sila. Last year ay mayroon rin na association ng international kite surfers na pumunta doon from Boracay at sabi nila isa sa pinakamaganda nga na spots ang Cuyo. They also promised to bring their colleagues kapag pumunta sila ulit,” he said.
Board member Cherrie Pie Acosta said that before this happens, readiness and acceptance of the local government of Cuyo should be considered first.
She clarified this is not because she is against the proposal but that she only wants to know if it can be sustained as a tourism activity in the town.
“I am not against the proposal, ito ay karagdagan na responsibility lang sa local government unit (LGU) na importanteng makita ang sustainability of such project. I am actually supporting this because if ever na mag-materialize ay this will embraced for economic advancement. Kailangan lang ng willingness from the LGU, hindi basta na lang natin ipapasa at ideklara,” she said.
Travel writer and photographer Edgar Alan Yap cited Cuyo, particularly Capusan beach in his blog as the best spot for kitesurfing in the country.
“Capusan Beach, in particular, is the perfect spot because it stretches out into a sandbar that offers both onshore and offshore winds. The sandbar also creates a broad sand flat of shallow water, ideal for kiteboarding, and choppy waves behind the sandbar for kitesurfing, which is essentially kiteboarding on waves,” he said.
The resolution was referred to the committee on tourism, which will also seek opinions from some local surfers for further discussion.