Unlike many other countries in Africa that are no longer a secret to foreign surfers, Madagascar sill keeps its secret spots and a genuine wild side all along the way.
If you’re looking for a spot to surf with your friends and no other people at sight on the lineup, this is the place! No crowd in waves yet to be named is the common scenery. Its amazing consistency allows perfect surfing conditions all year round.
The 60km stretch of coastline between Efaty and Anakao host more than 18 surf breaks which are accessible by boat only. At least 12 of these surf breaks are world class on their day. We have a left hand reef break that looks like a mini Teahupoo and another two which are twice as long as Saint Leu in Reunion Island. We also have a right hander that resembles Kirra in it’s heyday as well as a large variety of other waves suitable for all levels of surfers, and to top it off the surf is consistent all year round and the weather and climate excellent for surfing.
Unlike the East coast of Madagascar, the west coast is shark free so here you can surf at ease.
The base camp is set up in Tulear and each day according to the forecast we either surf locally at one of the 4 main breaks within close distance to home, or pack everyone up and head either north or south where we surf and sleep for as long as there is swell.
Tulear itself is home to the most consistent waves in the area, there's usually always a pretty decent wave breaking just 15 minutes away from the hotel by boat. There are 4 main surf breaks that we surf in Tulear, a world class left hand reef break called "Joeys" that was named after expat Maroubra boy Joey Adams who spotted the wave from 30000ft back in 75 whilst flying over Madagascar on his way to Mauritius Island from South Africa! The second wave is another classic left hander called Pete's. When the swell is big, Pete's also lays host to a world class right hander that rifles down the line like a runaway train! The last wave is our favorite as it was discovered by us whilst doing a google search for waves in the area. It's a hot doggy little left hand reef break that can absolutely pump on its day. Fittingly we call this break Google's. There are also loads of beach breaks between Pete's and Google's.
When the conditions are right we'll pack everyone up and head off towards Efaty and Mangily to surf the reef passes which are situated a couple of km's off the beach. There are two main breaks that we can surf here. The south pass which hosts a classic right which is probably best in the 5-6ft range, can handle up to a solid 10ft if the swell is clean and the right direction. The false pass although less consistent as it needs a larger swell to work, can also be excellent on its days.
When the swell gets really big, it's time to hit the Sarodrano which hosts TT's, on its days probably the best wave in the area. This winding left hander reels off down a horseshoe reef for around two to three hundred metres and is without a doubt a world class wave. When the wind is wrong or the swell too small there is also a classic right hander on the other side of the reef that can be really good fun. The right is called Inners cause about five kms further out to sea there is an insane right hander called Outers that can handle anything. Down the reef from Outers there is another world class right that looks like Kirra back in its hey day! And just to top it off there is another classic left hand reef pass that remains unnamed which can also be a classic wave when the conditions are right.
With modern internet surf tools it's pretty easy to forecast when big swells are going to hit and the direction they’re coming from. When this happens we'll let everyone know the night before and head on down south towards Anakao and Nosy Vé Island. Flameballs is situated off the northern tip Nosy Vé is a screaming lefthander which rifles off down the reef over for around 200m. If I had to describe this wave I'd call it Mini Teahupoo, definitely a challenge for even the best of surfers! When the swell is too small or the tides or winds wrong for Flameballs there are also several other left and right hand breaks in the area we can surf too that can be really ripable.
Madagascar is a unique place, well preserved due to its isolation. It’s not easy to reach this country and more specifically Tulear but the reward is an unforgettable surf experience full of adventure and the perfect surf holidays you ever dreamed of!
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