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Macaronis

Macaronis

Mentawai islands - North Pagai, Indonesia

Surf, Bodyboard

The Macaronis left can be found on North Pagai Island, Mentawai, in one of the best perfect wave scenes in the world. A place where without doubt this wave isn't only one of the main ones, it's definitely the most sought after. Macaronis was one of the first to be discovered and despite the passage of time, and the fact that many more have since been discovered, for most it remains the best. In 2003, the Australian Waves Magazine conducted a survey between many organisations within the surf industry and some of the best surfers at the time with the aim of creating a ranking of the best waves in the world. Macaronis was chosen as the number one and 76% of the participants agreed that it was the wave with which they'd had most fun.

Maccas, as some call it, is in the small bay of Pasangan, west of Pagai Utara. It was discovered back in 1980 when three adventurers, Scott Wakefield, Chris Goodnow and Tony Fitzpatrick, after many ups and downs whilst searching for a left, arrived at this bay and found a fisherman and his hut. He shared his roof with them and it was there where they discovered the left they were looking for. They called it P-Land, in relation to G-Land which at the time was a fashionable wave. They tried to keep it a secret, but little by little, more surfers found out about it and eventually the name was changed to Macaronis because that type of pasta was the most common food eaten by those that camped there. Today to surf Maccas you have the option of hiring a surf-charter or going to a surf resort. Both options are all inclusive with transportation, food and accommodation. The other option is to take the ferry from Padang to the capital Sikakap, and from there to look for a boat which will take you in a little over an hour to the village Silabu where you can find accommodation.

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Macaronis is suitable for a wide range of surfers so it's the most sought after and, in turn, it has become the most saturated. This prompted the government to create a law which only permits the berthing of two boats per day. This regulation has caused a serious problem for many of the operators who have Macaronis as one of their main attractions. The controversy is with the local population who state that all these boats are cluttering the waves and taking advantage of their natural resources without having any benefits for the local community as opposed to the activities and initiatives operating from the island. Recently they have been trying to reach an agreement which is as fair as possible to the various parties involved, considering that such conflicts are of no benefit to the true spirit of surfing. Don't lose sight of the peak and although it'll be complicated, find the moments when the wave is less crowded. Don't underestimate the heat and humidity because as it's near to the equator, it's intense the whole year round so good hydration is essential. It's necessary to carry a first aid kit anywhere in Mentawai, and it should include two essential items, mosquito repellent and antibiotics. Keep in mind that cuts from the reef always get infected and any injury or serious infection will require hospital attention, and from there it's quite far away in Padang, Sumatra.

Conditions

It works with S- SW swell and any tide, logically glassy is ideal but it maintains its good shape even with a bit of onshore. The classic Macaronis works at around 4 feet with a barrel from the take off which links with the perfect walls and punchy bowly sections for all types of manoeuvres. With 3 feet it's a very fun wave and doesn't require too much level but be careful of the inside because you could be surprised by a set which drags you onto the reef. Pay attention as with more than 6 feet the take off is a slab, the wave becomes squarer and requires a technical point that makes the difference. With 8 feet, some call it the mini Teahupoo. The best season is from April until October although there can also be very good conditions out of season, between November and March. This equatorial region is characterised by the almost absent annual strong, prolonged winds, so at that time there may be less consistency but there are frequent swells of 3 or 4 feet and it's a lot less crowded.
Optimal Conditions
  • Wave
    Left
  • Wind
    E
  • Tide
    All
  • Swell
    S - SW
  • Bottom
    Coral reef
  • Size
    3 to 8 ft
  • Time of year
    All year long
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