12 June 2016 Surf Report - SOLID SEND OFF
With the swell peaking at a solid 6 foot through the mid part of the week, we awoke Thursday morning to see a welcome change in the winds, and the much awaited Aganoa Right come to life. With a mid-morning high tide it was an eager crew at breakfast, omelettes and coffee pre-empting our attack on the surf. Some wise words on how to take on the conditions from our expert surf guides and it was on! Aiden, Nate and Ben led the charge and the conditions were torn apart, wave by wave, drop by drop and barrel by barrel. As surfers we know mother nature doesn’t give up her delights with ease, but each wipeout was rewarded by hoots and cheers of entertaining appreciation! The Alofaaga blowholes are a staple in our Samoan experience, and with the large conditions at sea we knew we’d be in for true demonstration of the ocean’s power. Thursday afternoon we launched coconuts to record heights, and when our supply had dwindled we took our ecstatic (if not salty!) crew to the local waterfall, for a refreshing swim before returning for sunset appreciation/happy hour back home at Aganoa Lodge Samoa.
7 June 2016 Surf Report - TURTLE TIME
With a fresh week starting here at the lodge, our new guests were greeted with a glassy afternoon at Aganoa Rights, with the waves breaking around the 3-4ft range. Sunday, being a day of rest here in Samoa, provided a perfect, peaceful start to the trip with a well-deserved sleep in. A relaxing day followed, full of lazying around in the tropical weather as well as snorkeling complemented by small adventures around the lagoon in the kayaks. Monday arrived with a new kick in the swell, so we packed the van and did a late mission down to Middles for the sunset session (which our guests ripped apart!). Pleasantly surfed out, our guests enjoyed cold beers on the way home. Everyone had smiles from ear to ear! We also have been chasing the wind this week, which has paid off for our kite-boarding guest with strong cross on-shore winds. With endless runs in the lagoon, he was one happy customer. An early morning trip to middles saw 3-4ft waves breaking onto the reef and a light off shore breeze. After some awesome sets, we were surfed out and headed back to the Lodge for lunch, then did a quick mission over to the North side to swim with the turtles. With the report looking good for out-the-front later this week, we all have our fingers crossed!
1 June 2016 Surf Report - BLOWING IN THE WIND
Greeted with 2-3ft playful waves, our guests enjoyed the first surf for the trip at Aganoa accommodated by blue, unclouded skies, tropical warmth and translucent waters. This week our guests took part in a wide range of activities, from snorkelling out the front with our resident turtles, to bringing in the night's dinner guided by our local Captain, Lee. We also managed to enjoy the refreshment of the local waterfall numerous times throughout the week. June 1st was a big day in Samoa for the locals, celebrating 54 years of Independence. Here at the lodge, we celebrated with our local staff. They performed a few special dances and songs that were significant to their culture. They even included all our guests for a big Samoan BBQ for lunch.
We’ve had the privilege of a kite-boarder staying with us this week, who has shown us something a little different from the usual surfing. He was able to use the strong off-shore winds at Middles to launch from the post-card beach. His skills generated a small audience of amazed local children who were so taken with his performance they were more than excited to help when packing up.