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P-Pass

P-Pass

Pohnpei - Micronesia , Micronesia

Surf

The right-hander P-Pass is located in the central west of the Pacific Ocean on Pohnpei Island, which is also known as the Emerald of the Pacific because of its beauty. It belongs to the Federated States of Micronesia, formerly known as the Caroline Islands. Like other islands located in the middle of the ocean such as Fiji, Tahiti and Hawaii, the waves have extra power so you shouldn't underestimate P-Pass as the edge of the reef is more than ten metres deep and this means the swell doesn't lose any energy upon arrival.

This wave was discovered relatively recently, at the beginning of the nineties, and is considered as one of the ten best right-handers in the world. To get to it you have to go towards the channel known as Palikir Pass, which is where P-Pass breaks and also where its name comes from. Only United Airlines fly to Pohnpei and the flights arrive at Kolonia International Airport which isn't far from P-Pass. It won't be difficult to find accommodation there, but keep in mind that the cost difference between one place and another is the proximity to P-Pass as if you stay around Palikir you''ll be a 40 mintue boat ride away whereas if you opt to stay in one of the nearby surf camps you'll only be 10 minutes away.

Not long ago it was unknown and now it's one of the most sought after. With the diffusion of some epic sessions showing some well-known surfers demonstrating its potential, it's likely that P-Pass will soon give us a lot to talk about. There are two important reasons for going there. One is that P-Pass is a wave that when it's half its size, it gives opportunities for intermediate level surfers and the other is that Pohnpei doesn't get crowded, even in high season, and if that's not enough, there are other good quality waves nearby. You can be sure that you'll have an original surf trip in Pohnpei as it's easy to lose track of time there but it still maintains the essence that the Micronesian villagers transmit. The Australian magazine Tracks, said "Just when you thought you had surferd the best waves in the world, there is always a diamond in the rough".

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Conditions

P-Pass is an incredibly powerful and consistent wave which, unlike some, has the capacity to adapt. This is because the reef has a perfect form and lets the lines form perfectly above it. In general the wave functions from 4 to 12 feet, with all tides, but better with mid. The season runs from November to April with large swell more likely in December and January.

It is located in the central west of the Pacific Ocean and P-Pass needs a swell that comes from low pressure in the north of Japan. It normally works with 4 ft and depending on the tidal conditions, the dynamic period will be with intermediate periods. With mid to high tide it's quite long, predictable, fun and very rideable, however, with more than 5 feet and periods of over 16 seconds the situation is quite different and it becomes a very fast wave, a barreling cannon from beginning to end. If it rises above 8 ft it's a high level wave which is still amazing as its dynamic is the same as with 5 ft. In any case if you're a good surfer it's a magical and predictable wave that helps you control the speed both to enter the pipe and to link turns. You'll find there is a friendly atmosphere around this wave and your smile and collaboration is very important so that in the future this wonderful place does not turn into the craze of similar places.



 
Optimal Conditions
  • Wave
    Right
  • Wind
    E - SE
  • Tide
    Medium - High
  • Swell
    NW
  • Bottom
    Coral reef
  • Size
    4 to 12 ft
  • Time of year
    From November to April
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