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World class coral reefs with consistent swells. Of course it's uncrowded and you will live at no cost except fot the transport (hard and expensive). Problems of sharks (but as much as the legend says), tradewinds.
Location: Southern Africa, island in the Indian Ocean, east of Mozambique
Geographic coordinates: 20° 0' S, 47° 0' E
Coastline km: 4,828 km km
Climate: Tropical along coast, temperate inland, arid in south
Terrain: Narrow coastal plain, high plateau and mountains in center
Elevation: highest point: Maromokotro 2,876 m
Natural hazards: Periodic cyclones, drought, and locust infestation
Currency: Malagasy franc (MGF)
Population: 18,040,341 (July 2005 est.)
Languages: French (official), Malagasy (official)
Divisions: 6 provinces (faritany); Antananarivo, Antsiranana, Fianarantsoa, Mahajanga, Toamasina, Toliara
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|Surf Spots (20)||Quality||Direction||Type||Frequ||Experience|
|Ambila Lamentsa||- / -||Right and left||Sand-bar||All surfers|
|Anakao (Nosy Ve)||2 / -||Left||Reef-coral||Experienced surfers|
|Androka||- / -||Right and left||Reef-rocky||Experienced surfers|
|Ankaninoof||4 / -||Right and left||Beach-break||Experienced surfers|
|Antalaha||- / -||Right and left||Reef-coral||Experienced surfers|
|Concussion Bowls||- / -||Right||Beach-break||Pros or kamikaze only...|
|Corre||- / -||Left||Sand-bar||All surfers|
|Evatra||- / -||Left||Reef-rocky||Experienced surfers|
|Flameballs||8 / -||Left||Reef-coral||Pros or kamikaze only...|
|Ifaty||2 / -||Right and left||Reef-coral||Experienced surfers|
|La Pointe||3 / -||Right||Reef-coral||Experienced surfers|
|Lavanono||1 / -||Left||Reef-coral||All surfers|
|Libanono||2 / -||Right and left||Beach-break||All surfers|
|Mahambo||1 / -||Right||Reef-rocky||Experienced surfers|
|Monseigneur||5 / -||Right||Reef-rocky||Experienced surfers|
|Safari Vezo house break||2 / -||Right and left||Reef-coral||Beginners wave|
|Sainte Marie Island||- / -||Right and left||Reef-coral||Experienced surfers|
|Tiger's Head||- / -||Left||Reef-coral||Experienced surfers|
|TT s||2 / -||Left||Reef-coral||Experienced surfers|
|Vinanibe lake||1 / -||Right and left||Sand-bar||All surfers|
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By Anonymous , 12 Sep
Mada Surf Tours - I just got back from a two week trip with Mada Surf Tours, and here is the skinny. The tour takes you to 3 locations: Soujan village (waves: maggots, kamakazes, TTs), Anakao village (waves: flameballs, jelly babies, puss puss), and a village called Marumena which they call Secrets (waves: sambos, sandies). I went in late July (peak swell season) for two weeks and basically got skunked. Here is why:
1. The waves are very fickle (the winds and tide must align perfectly) and the coastline is sheltered from swell (you need 3 meters of swell for any of the quality waves to start working- check out google earth). Do not expect to ever surf past 12pm. The onshore winds howl every day like clockwork and the only wave that might be surfable is Flameballs but you will need a large SW swell (we surfed it with a medium South swell and it was crap). This place is not Indonesia, it is not nearly as consistent and the onshores blow hard every single day. It can get good- but it needs the factors to line up.
2. The surf guides at Mada Surf Tours will not take you to surf the best waves. This absolutely baffled me and everyone else who paid for their service. They are extremely cheap with fuel so when you are staying at one of the villages they make you surf the reefs out front instead of driving you 30 minutes up/down the coast to wherever it is breaking best. They made up every excuse possible ("the winds wont be right", "we dont have enough fuel so we have to resupply first", "it will be crowded", "you went there yesterday so you cant surf there two days in a row" etc). It honestly blew our minds and felt like a bizzare nightmare. We came across the world to surf Madagascar and when a swell finally arrived the only thing stopping us from surfing the best waves was the very surf company we hired! It was surreal, and all the other surfers on the other speedboat got equally jacked around and they were furious. Their speedboat's motor broke down the morning of a swell and they all sat around in their wetsuits eating breakfast until it was repaired. Two of them had waited 3 weeks for a proper swell. On another occasion we went so far as to hire a separate boat to a wave after Mada Surf Tours told us it would be "shitty" and "we wont take you there today, you can go tomorrow". Good thing we went on our own with a local fisherman because it was far and away the best conditions/session of our trip. That wave was Sandies, just outside Marumena village, and it is the only swell magnet. Surf it in the morning on a low tide.
Mada Surf Tours wants to keep you at their camp in Anakao so you buy overpriced food and beer from them. If the waves are good elsewhere it is like pulling teeth to get them to take you. The operation is run by a disgruntled and haggard expat named Blair, who treats his local Malagasy employees like shit. The dude could care less if his customers are happy. One day we came back to camp after he sent us to surf a mediocre wave all morning and he said to us, "You fucked up, you should have surfed this other wave down the way". Why would the guy you hired to send you to the best waves tell your entire boat they went to the wrong wave after he himself sent you there? Mind boggling.
We were 6 and booked out an entire speedboat (the Cash pack). When we asked to surf specific waves where the conditions were best they often refused to take us. I quote the surf guide, "You dont get to decide where you want to surf". VERBATIM. They take you wherever they want to, regardless of swell and conditions, and you just have to deal with it. Expect to surf Jelly Babies, the fat logger wave.
IF YOU WANT TO GET WAVES IN THE ANAKAO/TULEAR REGION OF MADAGASCAR JUST HIRE A CATAMARAN OR STAY IN VILLAGES. HERE IS HOW:
Take the Anakao Express speedboat from Tulear to Anakao. Plenty of tourists do it and there are lots of places to stay in anakao. When you are there just hire a local fisherman to take you to the waves. They know exactly where they are and it is waaaaay cheaper. Best of all you can surf when it is good and where it is good.
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