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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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Been there...will go back. - Talofa.I just spent a few days over there (mid to end november)and here's my comment.If you need a cheap(70 talas/day) and cool place to stay go to Maninoa surf camp, in Maninoa of course.It's a family owned camp, cool people, safe place (like most of the places in Upolu)and awesome surroundings.Tim , Aussie surf guide lives there and got a good knowledge of the south coast of Upolu.Plus you get a good feed twice a day and the boat rides are cheap.If you need to go to Nuusafe island, ask for Johnny next door (Sinalei reef resort), he's got a great boat and the ride is usually around 90 talas, worth it considering the distance.Rental car is a good option, for 100 talas /day, sometimes cheaper when you get a deal.Choose a four wheel drive to go to Tiavea (samll fee to park the car there), the road is not too bad but you might need the extra drive after the rain .Tiavea is easy to find and is a beautiful place, sheltered from the south east trades.Otherwise, when it's flat on the south coast, and believe me it happens, try "Plum pudding" on the north coast, easy to find just before Solosolo, with a small headland at the exit of a village.Regarding tour operators, I didn't want to go with any of them, but if I had to advise one of them , I would go for the Samoana stuff.The reason being that, we turned up at Salani to check the spot and everyone was watching surf dvd's, and when we turned up at Tiavea later on, Samoana had been surfing all day long.So that's what i base my judgement on, they apparently take you out everyday and chase for the waves.Apart from that , no comment to make about the food or the luxury fales or the facilities for the girlfriends,first because I don't give a fuck about that, i didn't try it and finally, my opinion being that you don't go to surf with your girlfriend in your luggage, cos she'll be a pain for every single surfer, especially when they've been travelling for 6 months on their own.Anyway , life is tough, Samoa is cool but nothing like Indo surfwise.Quite shallow, so be prepared before you go, otherwise you'll miss a lot of action like myself.I'll finish by saying that Boulder's is a must go.Only got it 4 ft , but it's the hell of a place.I'll finish it by saying that Samoa is rather well preserved and Samoans are taking care of their island.good on them and keep it this way guys.May the swell be with all of youz, and merry xmas.Feel free to ask for some more comments on my e mail.Greg
To samoa with concern... - It is so good to see all the comments on this site urging people not to pay the tour operators, but instead give access money and freindliness to the local vilagers. The comercialisation of the world only exist because demands make it exist. If true surfers (sensitive to the ecological, cultural context)refuses to pay tour operators to surf and alternatively give the locals sufficent funds for access to the surf (by boat or by land)then the commercialisation may be hindered. Samoa as a lost paradise can still be saved and it is not enough to claim that "it is no idea, what can I do, does it matter?". Let us refuse the commercial world to get its hands on this paradise island and work together woth the locals to save it. Eat their food, go with them on tours, listen to their stories over dinner and not a tour operator or for that reason a football or cricket commentator. It is obviously eaiser to go with the flow and accept whatever is offered and marketed to us, but if you do so, well then you haven't even tried to make a difference, you have only taken for granted that it does not work. Let us surfers that come from rich countries give the decision making power to the inhabitants of the islands and not to money-striving tour operators. Thank you!
By Anonymous kiwi
samoana surf resort - 5 of us stayed at samoana in early september and had a great time. Surfed the Island, and salumumu.Excellent tropical waves, heavy duty. Top Resort, fun staff and guests were all pleasant. food was excellent and recommend this resort. Samoa is a great place. Locals are warm and friendly and the island of Upolo is beautiful Super laid back. Im going back next year.
Board advice - A really thick board around six and a half feet. Plan on breaking at least one if it's on.
Boards - take at least 3 boards . nothing smaller then a 6.3' and anything up to 6.8' and if you got the Balls for big waves go bigger
What sort of equipment do you recomend? - Im headed to the Salani area around April. What size boards and how may would you recommend?In australia I ride a 6"4 in anything up to say 6-8ft?I hear its a good idea to take a few boards???
By Pig Fart
Somoa - Man.....I 've been here. Dangerous is all hell! Nevermind the sharks and the bacteria and virus' in the jungle. It's the fat ass bi-sexual men who you need to be aware of. The problem is that their woman are just so ugly on these islands that the men have nothing to do but to dress up in women's clothing, paint their fingernails green and purple, put on their wive's red lip stick and high heels and sit on the beach eating bananas and eating wild pig waiting for the Chinese sailors to roll into port. The transexual Somoan surfers are the worst as they try to run their long boards right up the visitors behind and then drag them into their straw huts and then who knows what they do in there?
By Trout Boy
easy big fella! - I know sarcasm is the lowest form of wit, but I guess it's still above some people, eh? Was just highlighting how surfer friendly Samoa is.
By Someone in the know about Samoa
Ignorance! - Trout Boy displays his extreme ignorance of Samoa. There are no dangerous aninals nor is there any malaria in Samoa and the locals are anything but seedy. They are very friendly and hospitable people. So please Trout Boy take your opinions and shove them back up your arse from whence they came!
By trout boy
reality check - how funny are all these "searchers" that are writing off the surf camp crowd. last time i checked you got off a plane or boat in Samoa and could then drive to just about any break within 2 hours. sure there might be a bit of a paddle to some breaks, but nothing in the epic adventure category. maybe it's dealing with all the seedy locals or the myriad of dangerous wildlife out there in the malaria infested jungle that has got them excited. straight to the hall of mirrors for these guys. get out there and surf.
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