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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaya surfboard in Macaroni, MentawaÃÂ¯, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.
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Real deal - This whole summer season only had a handful of good days. June, July, August saw major tradewinds and few bowling alley swells. All the people who stayed at Salani this summer really wasted their time and money. There was a few lucky ones who got the May/early June swell but if you think you scored late June, July you must be from the most windy, small surf zone on the planet. Late August had a few decent days. Anyone who tells you otherwise is eithier tied to the surf tourism market down there, or really bummed on their trip and just don't want to tell you they got skunked. Just ask these people if they are going back next year. Samoa is not the place you go for your once a year weeklong trip unless you can get an open ticket and interperate the swell/wind forcast well enough to chase it when it comes. Happy hunting..
samoa can be cheap - there is accomadation everywhere, there are a lot of waves you can paddle to, i found that the . don't believe that you need a boat bullshit. stay in a beach fale it will cost you about $5aus a night. Where it can be a little bit more expensive is that the reef there are of the barrier type (on the south shore) so there are no large passes and the waves are heavily dependant on wind and swell direction. the points are a bit more flexible eg boulders so the go is hire a 4wd, start at about $50aus a day, get a map, work out the wind and swell directions and empty huge barrels await.
surfing aganoa november? - Sounds like the surf fales in aganoa are a nice place to stay? is this true? has anyone stayed there? does anyone have any ideas for our honey moon. cheap and cheerful with surf would be good. not busy and paddle out if possible! cheers.
Reliable info - Is SAMOA cheap and safe to travel alone.Like is it possible to get around on $40aud a day or should i stick to INDO. I don't wanna pay over priced surf resort rates but i wanna score waves. Is it easy to find cheap accomodation over there, homestays possible? which island is better? Any help from someone who has been an done an exploring surf trip would be great. Thanks, please email me.
just got back - have just returned from a month on upolu in that time i scored 8 days of perfect to near perfect 6ft+ surf, a week of completely blown out surf and a mix of days in between. I didn't stay with any of the surf resorts, but a 4wd type vechile and a willingness to explore is needed to make the most of your stay. Paddle outs range from 2 mins to 20mins and if you are not up to a 20min paddle the surf is going to be to heavy for you and best you stay at home as the sneaky 10ft clean up seats will get you at some stage. i will try to post some photos of our "everday left", but there is no way i am posting photos of a rarly surfed secret spot at which i made about 15 identical barrales in a row, i will say though it works on all tides, its hard to find and the resorts don't know about it.
webmaster - by looking at the messages it is plainly obvious that Salani is just adding up their good comments by themselves and talking badly about other guide/accomodations all under pseudo names....get real web dude you need to check the IP addresses
cant we all get along? - talk about surf..give a daily report or something, make us working hacks dream about going! to all you haters get a life already.
By the oldest grommet in the world
C u guys soon - My son and I will be over on Upolu next week for a couple of weeks. Looking forward to plenty of early and late sessions with who ever is out there. You will be able to tell us - the old bloke and the little bloke giving it their best, charging hard, and laughing a lot.
just a tip - hi there,anyone out there that can steer me in the right direction. i'm looking for a nice kicked back place to stay...near a good left if possible. thanks
By Chris UK
aganoa - To anyone going to savaii, i encourage you to stay with keith and lanu at aganoa. I spent around two weeks there with my mate and got uncrowded waves of a life time, had GOOD and plentifull food,didn't drain our bank account ,and enjoyed every minute. Why would he (sharky) knock someone for charging a couple of extra bob so he can support the local primary schools?Beats me also. Even though it's custom for ALL savaii villages to charge for surfing on there private land. Anyways i'd like too publically THANK Keith, Lanu and Niki for looking after us and i look forward to going there again, without seeing sharky there.
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