Secluded Tubes At Tropical Temperatures, What Better Reason To Surf Samoa?

1 Jun 2018 0 Share

All photography courtesy of Salani Surf Resort.

All photography courtesy of Salani Surf Resort.

Secluded tubes at tropical temperatures. It sounds almost too good to be true, but therein lies the beauty of Samoa's surf appeal. Unlike its famous neighbours, this Pacific Island has flown under the radar and nurtured a small but impassioned community of surfers. Among them are the crew at Salani Surf Resort, who are offering a trip for two to the winner of our golden passport giveaway presented by World Surfaris, where they will stay, shred and soak in the sun. It's easy to enter, but first let’s pickup some vibe with Jess at Salani Surf Resort…

CW: The winner of the #goldenpassport wakes up at your resort in Samoa. What’s the first thing they do that day? 
Surf! It's a beautiful drive through local villages and Samoa's lush landscape, but there's nothing better than loading up the boats and heading out for a paddle after grabbing something from the breakfast buffet, and a short trip through the river estuary and reef pass straight out front with the peeling lefts and rights on both sides of the reef to get the blood flowing.

Describe the vibe at Salani in one sentence… 
Family; Salani is located in a beautiful, secluded village on the southcoast of Upolu where all the staff are local villagers which creates a really strong family vibe with loads of culture.  

What leaves people speechless on first impression?
The smiling friendly faces and how untouched and stunning Samoa is. 

What are the 5 ‘absolute musts' that every guest should experience at Salani Surf Resort?

1. Surfing Salani right, our every day wave, we surf all tides with mind blowing numbers of barrels on a good day.

2. Salani left, If you're lucky enough to get barrelled out here it'll be one of the best in your life.

3. Surfing the north side of the island, we have a couple bays we access when the waves are from the north that are scenically breathtaking and fun.

4. Tosua trench. One of the surf resorts non-surfing activities, this sink hole is a must do, check it out here!

5. Samoa's many beautiful beaches and waterfalls we explore between surfs.

What's Samoa's best kept secret?
Uncrowded surf! There are very few places in the world now where you can get world class waves with just you, or you and your mates if you feel like bringing them.

What continues to surprise you about this place? 
I've been surfing here since 2002 and the crowd factor is still the same, Empty quality waves!

What quiver would you recommend for the waves in this region?
Ideally you want at least three boards, you want your small every day board for those smaller fun days when laying turns and pulling in etc, but maybe one that handles faster heavier waves than your normal mushy beach break back home. It's always good to have a slightly bigger but not too big back up short board just incase. Maybe something more suited to handle the barrel. The third for those who like to charge would be a step up board. The waves here are very hollow especially when it's big and can pack a punch so something that holds its line well in the tube on big days. I like to mix my boards up but it's key here to have that one board that's a tube monster!

Talk us through a perfect day of surfing here... 
A perfect day at Salani would be waking up to a light offshore wind blowing down the river, watching the sunrise as you boat out front, squinting at perfect lefts and rights with just you and your mates. You'll be in the water all day screaming at each other, getting more barrels in one day than you've had all year back home. Only coming in for a yummy lunch when you're arms are falling off, before heading out and surfing again until sunset. Sunsets here are unreal, especially when its shared with a cold Samoan beer in hand or maybe watching our traditional Samoan Fiafia cultural night.

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