Tupira Surf Club

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Surf Skill: 
2
Beg/Int
Comfort: 
2
Basic
Season: 
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec
Max Surfers: 
12
0
Surf Resort
Beautiful PNG Experience
Great Value for Money
Excellent fishing

Overview

Tupira Surf Club is located in a pristine bay north of Madang, Papua New Guinea. Friendly locals will shower you with fantastic hospitality. Ulingan Bay is approximately 180 kilometres north of Madang Town and approximately 3 hours scenic drive from Madang Airport along the beautiful north coast of Madang. Under the vision and guidance of the SAPNG Patron Justice Nicholas Kirriwom and the President of the Surf Association PNG Mr Andrew Abel, Tupira Surf Club was established in 2008. Tupira has rapidly transformed from an idea into a living breathing entity. Tupira can proudly claim to be Madang Province's first and only surf club in existence and now officially affiliated with SAPNG.

At Tupira, you will have access to up to five uncrowded breaks and Ulingan Bay is one of the most consistent swell magnets in Papua New Guinea. Surf straight out front... great culture... awesome food.  Tupira is perfect for your surfing holiday this summer.  

The surf management plan in the Ulingan Bay area is capped at 20 surfers with a maximum of 12 surfers who can stay at Tupira Surf Club. With half a dozen accessible breaks within short travel by boat or car, crowding is not an issue. Enjoy surfing this new frontier with a select few. The breaks are user-friendly in this region with limestone bottoms.

 

 

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Accommodation

The accommodation at Tupira Surf Club, rebuilt in 2012 is a guesthouse capable of sleeping 12 adults comfortably in 6 x twin rooms. An additional 2 bedroom bungalow capable with private balcony and bathroom has been added recently and can be booked at slightly higher rates for those looking for a little more privacy. The house has high ceilings with thatched roofing that provides good ventilation. The seaside location of the house means that ocean breezes cool things down in the evenings. The facility also has running water pumped down from natural springs for showers and 2 septic toilets. Power is provided by generators. Tupira Surf Club is also fully licensed to serve alcohol and will always have a supply of cold beer for evening relaxation after a hard days surfing, fishing or sightseeing.  Back to basic surf camp with surf on your doorstep. 

Meals

Tupira clients can expect to be served fresh fruit and vegetables, organically grown chicken, freshly caught yellow fin tuna and reef fish (red emperors, GT’s, snappers), the occasional BBQ. 

The kitchen girls at Tupira put on a fantastic spread with plenty of hearty food for the hungry surfer.  A variety of fresh fish and local produce are features of the menu.   The food at Tupira is simple yet hearty and will definitely keep you fuelled in between surf sessions.

You'll find a fully licensed bar serving cold chilled beer. The local brew is called South Pacific Lager in cans or stubbies. Cold drinks such as cokes, lemonades and bottled water are available.  1 x large or 2 x small bottles of spring water are included in the package.

 

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Surf

This region is still a relatively new frontier with new breaks being discovered every season.  Tupira Surf Club manager, Nicki Wynnychuk is a mad keen explorer and can sniff out a wave in any nook and cranny.  The contour of this coast means it hosts and abundance of set up’s from the classic Tupira point to hollow intense slabs.  The first north swells start to roll in around early October and consistently occur until April.  During a 1 week stay at Tupira you will surf your brains out and get a good variety of waves.  Having the right directly out front is a major bonus and means you are constantly excited about surfing during your holiday.

A brief description of some of the known breaks in the region as follows. 

Tupira right:  This super fun wave is directly out front of the camp and is the most consistent wave in the region due to it being a north swell magnet. There is rarely an unrideable day over the October to April period.  You can cruise on this wave on your longboard or push your limit and take off deep and get barrelled directly off the take off. 

Medebur: A fun right hander within 10 mins from Tupira and often a crowd of locals will gather to cheer you on. 

Mereman, Sakula left:  A great little slab that offers some exciting barrels 

Mereman right:  Handles 3ft plus but better with a more northerly swell and good for longboards

Simbini left:  Compared to a mini Padang Padang with plenty of barrels on offer.

Patakai:  right hander but better on big swell

Suaru:  incredible location with a fast right on the north side of the village and a classic outer reef left. (see shot of left with volcano in background)

Watch this space as there’s more breaks being discovered!

 

Surf Guides

Mick Gordon is the newly appointed manager/surf guide at Tupira Surf Club for the upcoming season 2017/18:

I have travelled and surfed a lot of places over the past 15 years, mainly through Indonesia.  I was finding it hard to come across those unspoiled hidden places to go and enjoy.  Then I came across PNG... I have now done 4 trips through this region on land and sea and loved how untouched and remote these areas are... I was hooked instantly.  As a travelling surfer this was what I was looking for... a traditional village lifestyle with very little western influences... great surf and no crowds... a true surf adventure.  That is what attracted me to this position.

I am looking forward to seeing you all and enjoying a great season at Tupira Surf Club.  Cheers Mick
 

Mick Gordon - Manager / Surf Guide

Non Surf Activities

Fishing and trawling for yellow fin tuna (extra charge for fishing trips by boat), bush walking and bird watching for the famous bird of paradise or just hanging out with the friendly locals at the nearby village. Night activities such as fishing for prawns in the creek will keep you entertained.  The fishing is out of this world in PNG with the abundant marine life all but jumping onto your line.

If you are not up to it and just want to relax under the starry night then the smooth melodies of our local north coast bamboo and string bands will enable you to mellow out on the point.

Itinerary

Depart Sydney or Brisbane on Saturday morning direct flight to Port Moresby (3 hour flight from Brisbane).

Clear customs and collect bags and proceed to check in for domestic flight to Madang.

Wait at airport till departure then 1.5 hour flight to Madang.

Met on arrival by rep from Tupira and approximate 3 hour drive to Tupira Surf Club in time for dinner.

Stay 7 nights Saturday to Saturday with 6 full days surfing (Sunday to Friday)

Early Saturday morning transfer to Madang airport for domestic flight to Port Moresby.  Collect luggage and proceed to international terminal to check in.

Afternoon flight back to Australia to arrive Brisbane on Saturday night.  

An easy 1 week trip or stay for 2 weeks :-)

World Surfaris are a member and long time supporter of SAPNG (Surfing association of PNG)

Reviews for Tupira Surf Club

Blair Rawlins

Date of Stay: 
1-8 Apr 2017
Surf Stoke: 
4
Accommodation: 
4
Quality Of Food: 
4

Our group had a wicked 7 nights at Tupira. The first 3 days we scored nice overhead walls on the right handed out front which exceeded expectation. The last few days were smaller but still fun .... There wasn't a day we didn't spend in the surf.  The camp as a whole (accomodation/food/facilities Read more...

Clint McCarthy

Date of Stay: 
1-8 Apr 2017
Surf Stoke: 
4
Accommodation: 
3
Quality Of Food: 
5

Tupira was great, we had some awesome non-crowded waves, good fishing and experienced a great cultural ceremony. Read more...

James Brownlee

Date of Stay: 
1-8 Apr 2017
Surf Stoke: 
4
Accommodation: 
4
Quality Of Food: 
5

Had a great time at Tupira.  Great adventure to get there, locals are really accommodating and just an easy going atmosphere and a good escape from busy life. Read more...

Wayne Macchion

Date of Stay: 
25 Feb - 4 Mar 2017
Surf Stoke: 
3
Accommodation: 
4
Quality Of Food: 
4

Awesome food and well looked after. Read more...

Eddie Byrne

Date of Stay: 
25 Feb - 4 Mar 2017
Surf Stoke: 
4
Accommodation: 
4
Quality Of Food: 
4

Relaxed great surf consistant Read more...

John De Laurence

Date of Stay: 
4-11 Mar 2017
Surf Stoke: 
4
Accommodation: 
3
Quality Of Food: 
4

The down side relates to the connections. So much time waiting around. The road trip to Tupira is a bit on the diabolical side but it also adds to the sense of adventure and certainly brings home the fact that you are heading into an environment that is not like home in so many ways.

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Peter Fitzpatrick

Date of Stay: 
4-11 Mar 2017
Surf Stoke: 
3
Accommodation: 
3
Quality Of Food: 
3

PNG people at Tupira are very friendly and welcoming to guests.  Surf was consistent over the week from 2-4 ft with offshore mornings and light arvo onshore and dropped of late each day.  Thursday night community dance night with the local children was a highlight. They love to entertain their Read more...

Ian Kerr

Date of Stay: 
11-18 Feb 2017
Surf Stoke: 
5
Accommodation: 
4
Quality Of Food: 
4

Great trip, surf was fantastic, food plentiful and tasty, accommodation just great. People and culture wonderful. A real adventure, including the trip to and from. Thoroughly
enjoyed myself and great value for money. Where to next?

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Pete Johnston

Date of Stay: 
28 Jan - 4 Feb 2017
Surf Stoke: 
5
Accommodation: 
3
Quality Of Food: 
5

Unlimited consistent and challenging waves.  Everything was excellent.  The only thing I didn't enjoy was the drive from Tupira to Madang at 3am in the morning it was brutal. But hey that is a small 
price to pay for such a great trip.
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Mark Hughes

Date of Stay: 
28 Jan - 4 Feb 2017
Surf Stoke: 
5
Accommodation: 
4
Quality Of Food: 
5

Day One, the waves were as big if not bigger than anything I had surfed (see pic).  The wave out front was shorter than expected and heavy enough to break leg ropes.  Morning and afternoon glass with light winds during the day.  The long left at Tavulte and the left at Suarue were excellent.  As Read more...

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