Written by Captain Andrew Rigby of PNG Surfaris
The surf season for our area of operation in Papua New Guinea is from late October to April. This is taking advantage of the Northern Hemisphere swells coming from the northwest to northeast directions. During this period the wind is predominately from the N/NW. The surf generally ranges from 3-4ft; bigger swells see it at 5-6ft. Here is a run down of just a few of the hidden gems up here... Jump aboard and we’ll take you there.
Senta Pass: Extremely fast and hollow left. Goofy footers only, unless you really rip. One tube recorded at 11 seconds, followed by a trip to the Haus Sik (hospital). Get the picture?!!!
Malili: A long and playful workable wall. It’s a mellower option on the larger days, and good for all abilities.
Vala Vala: A right-hand reef pass close to shore, with a flat weed-covered reef, and a double bowl section. Very consistent break – swell magnet for the area.
Korongai (also known as Gas Chambers): A slab reef located in the entrance to a bay, which breaks best to the right. Extremely hollow in both directions, but only for 25 metres. Paddle, pull in, grab the rail, then get spat out. A 4 second ride that is a guaranteed cover-up.
Naikasau (also known as Outer Kiddies): A fast playful right, breaking off a beautiful point on an island. Short and shallow, but not too fast, just a lot of fun.
Lovongai Right: A peeling right-hander, up to a 100-yard ride, with a nice consistent wall, that just keeps pulling up in front of you... a very beautiful location.
Anselim’s Reef: Not frequently surfed, but sheltered in an easterly wind. Needs quite a bit of swell before it kicks in. Outer island location.
Drain Pipe: Needs solid swell, very hollow crazy right. Excellent cover-up potential.
Two Trees: It’s a very reliable, barreling right-hander with a few sections. Good for all abilities.