Versatility has been the name of the game this week at Aganoa Lodge Samoa, as conditions have been ever-changing! So, we’ve been able to tick off a variety of different waves: freight train lefts, playful peaks, steep walls and glassy lagoon paddles. A solid swell hit our South coast on Sunday morning, and then afternoon high tide allowed us two great sessions out the front on the famed Aganoa Right.
Monday brought with it a change in the winds, so we packed up the van and hit the road to the far reaches of the island to a wave that is sometimes playful, sometimes fierce... We had open expectations, but on arrival at Coconut Grove, conditions were irrefutably mean! The swell was much bigger on this side of the Island, and when we broke through the dense coconut forest and out onto the sand, sets were twisting and gurgling their way down the reef at lightning speeds! Oh what a sight!
These were some serious conditions, and we could do naught but stand and watch, intimidated, mesmerized and profoundly impressed! Our mind-surfing skills were going into overdrive, but with the reef lurking all too close below, for us, the only things getting wet were our lips - from the depths of an ice cold Vailima!
The last two days we’ve been getting some really fun waves along the coast at the ever-faithful Middles.
Each morning spent splitting the fun-sized peak and finding some really rippable walls. The early starts have allowed us to partake in what’s becoming a bit of an Aganoa Lodge Samoa tradition; post-dawn patrol morning tea, with freshly baked pineapple pies! As well as our guests unwinding with the obligatory Samoan R&R, we’ve also been to the market and made regular paddleboarding trips down to the neighboring lagoon, where turtles and eagle rays feed in the sheltered waters.
The forecast is for similar conditions through the end of the week, so we’re expecting much more of the same, don’t stress though (we sure don’t in Samoa), it’ll be a beautiful time!