For more information, contact Tony at Surf Solomons located at Raintree Café where you can pick up surf supplies, hire surfboards and get the latest swell forecasts.
(www.surfsolomons.com or Phone (+677) 22086)

SURFING IN SOLOMONS

Solomon Islands is becoming known as one of the last remaining frontiers for travelling surfers, with opportunities for surf exploration in a pristine cultural and natural environment.
Some of the best surfing options are in the north coast of islands such as Malaita, Isabel and Makira. Long period ground swells pulse consistently from the North Pacific. The famous swells that hit the north shore of Hawaii reach the Solomons some days later and break on perfect coral reef passes. These coasts are remote areas with little tourist facilities and irregular and often difficult transport.

In the Lau Lagoon of North Malaita there are more than a dozen breaks, some of them world class right and left handers. Typical wave size in Solomons is 3 to 5 foot, but can get bigger. Like anywhere, there can be flat days better spent fishing or snorkelling. Depending on tides and breaks, the waves are suited to a range of surfers from beginner to advanced, and short or long board waves can be found.

The waves on the south coasts of Guadalcanal and Western Province, including Pailongi and Titiana in Gizo, rely mostly on depressions in the Coral Sea to generate swell. Local resorts around Gizo offer surf transfers. Summer offers the optimum conditions with clean ground swells being more frequent than wind swells and ensuring the lines are clean and evenly spaced. The backdrop to these breaks are the tropical coconut palms along the shoreline and crowds depend on how many mates you invite.

While there are opportunities for adventurous travellers, you could spend weeks travelling and never even get your boards out of your bag. Local knowledge is needed to get to the breaks. Arrive on the right tides and swell direction, as well as judge the right places to paddle out, take off, and pull off the waves. You are not going to run into any other surfers. If you have the time and patience, jump on a ship and explore.

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