Macaronis near-perfect left

Macaronis Surf Spot

Super mechanical left that barrels from takeoff then provides a long, extremely workable wall. One of the best performance waves in the world. Situated in Pasongan Bay on the western side of North Pagai in the southern region of the Mentawai Islands this super mechanical left-hand reef break offers a bit of extra gnar for experienced surfers.

The long trip across the globe to the remote area of the Southern Mentawais is worth it for just one pumping session at Macas. This unique corner of the Mentawais is also home to several other waves which provide surf for all abilities. Find out how to surf Macaronis and much more below.

Hundreds of “world-class” reef and beach breaks exists up here, making it one of the most surf-infested regions in the world.

Experienced surfers travel from all across the globe to get barreled, throw airs, or rip up the face of Macaronis near-perfect left. Reminiscent of the Kelly Slater Surf Ranch. Macaronis breaks predictably and consistently over a less threatening section of reef than other death-defying waves in the area.

Not only a goofy footer’s dream but favoured by natural footers too, expect a solid barrel section, followed by a clean and open inside shoulder ripe for maneuvers. It’s easy to find yourself too deep in the barrel when below head high and don’t expect to paddle out in a hurry at double-overhead as the take-off becomes extremely ledgy and heavy (except for onshore conditions which round-out the tube section).

Caught inside?

Be prepared to wait out the set in the foam over a few inches of water above seriously razor-sharp coral. If it is a bit overhead with Southwest swell and East wind then leg it for Macaronis. Great fun for charging and highly experienced and advanced surfers.

The real perk of Macaronis is the predictability. With changing swell, you can expect slight differences, but the channel always seems to stay same as you make your way into the lineup. Macaronis and the surrounding surf breaks are accessible only by boat with Macaronis being a short boat ride of approximately 800 metres from Macaronis Resort. There are two anchorages available in the bay for two surf charter boats per day which are booked in advance according to the regulation put in place by the Mentawai Government in 2009.