MADAGASCAR SURF LODGE | SURF COACHING TRIPS

We are running two week all inclusive surf coaching trips every month between April & September 2018 to our very own new surf lodge located in the remote South West of Madagascar...one of the last remaining surfing frontiers.

 

The Lodge Accommodation:

 

You will have all your meals designed by a professional nutritionist cooked by our chef from fresh local organic produce, surf guiding, video analysis coaching & fitness training from pro surf coach Justin West.  

 

The surf lodge offers direct access to a private beach and a variety of perfect waves on the outer reef to suit abilities from improver to elite athletes, just 5 minutes by our boat.

 

Each private bungalow comes with ocean & beach views, private terrace, double bed and a single bed en-suite.

 

We have a large fully staffed communal restaurant / bar / video analysis / chill out area perched on top of a hill providing breathtaking 360 degree views of the beach, the bush and the multiple surf line ups breaking on the outer reef.

 

Availability & booking:

Group bookings maximum 8.  Booking is confirmed with full payment.  Book early to get the very best flight prices.  For further information, price & to book your place please contact us.

Month Dates Availability
April 1 - 14 Fully Booked
May 4 - 18 Fully Booked
June 1 - 14

8 places

July 1 - 14 

8 places

August 1 - 14

Fully Booked

September  1 - 14

8 places

The Surf:

 

Measuring 1600km (1000mi) in length and 650km (406mi) across at its widest, Madagascar is the world’s 4th largest island.

 

A mountainous central ‘spine’ separates the permanently damp east from the drier west and sub-desert south.

 

Thanks to an difficult access and an exaggerated reputation for sharks found mainly on the East coast and 10 km offshore only a small number sighted close inshore, Madagascar is the surfing worlds biggest secret spot!  With nearly 5000km (3125mi) of coastline, there is huge potential.

 

Our surf lodge local spots have a 270° swell window, facing directly into the SW swells with mainly offshore conditions and 700km (438mi) of varied coral reef to explore. 

 

The surf lodge main reef has five main exclusive surf spots suiting all ability levels.

 

We can also arrange exploration of new undiscovered spots for surfers wth an adventurous spirit.

 

When to Go:

 

Low pressure systems moving east, away from South Africa pump swell up and along the Mozambique Channel. SW-facing reefs will receive up to 12ft (4m) surf but most of the quality surf will have to wrap around the NW-facing reefs so SE trades can blow fully offshore.  From April to September, expect regular swells producing 4-12ft (1.2-4m).

 

Unlike the rest of Madagascar, the tide factor rises in the Mozambique Channel and can reach 6ft (2m) on spring tides, which is enough to bring the live coral close to the surface and cause slow navigation at low tide in the lagoon. 

Whats included:

  • All inclusive 14 nights accommodation
  • Healthy food menu designed by a nutritionist & soft drinks 
  • Meet & Greet Tulear Airport to lodge
  • Three or four hours of surfing per day
  • Pro surf coaching with video analysis sessions in the afternoon
  • Our private boat to the best surf spots 
  • Sunrise sessions
  • Maximum 8 surfers
  • Supermarket visit for any last minute personal supplies

Extras:

  • Alcohol (served from our bar)
  • Day trips to the local nature parks
  • Overnight boat trips to other surf spots

Tips:

  • bring plenty of Ibooks & save plenty of movies
  • bring reef boots, ding repair kits, wax, spare leashes, fins etc
  • Shortie wetsuit for sun rise surfs
  • time slows down on the island!
  • We recommend www.worldnomads.com travel insurance

Ethical program:

 

Your custom helps contribute to our surf camp building & supplying a new school project in the neighbouring village.  Upon request we can arrange a visit for you to meet the local kids.

 

To help maintain equilibrium in the village we ask all our clients not to tip or give any money to the local villagers.  Should you wish to contribute to the local people you are more than welcome to contribute to our village fund that assists locals with medical issues, sponsoring the school project and providing sanitary infrastructure for the well being of the whole village community.

 

Waves for Water:

 

We have also worked alongside the charity www.wavesforwater.org to provide a water filtration system to our local village well providing sanitary clean water accessible to the whole village.

 

Weather:

 

This is the driest region of Madagascar. Tulear with an average of 36cm (14”in) rainfall makes it the junction between a tropical west coast and the desert south. The southern regions (Vezo, Antandroy) show a bushy kind of vegetation, with spiny desert and unique flora varieties: baobab-like plants, thickets, euphorbias, didiereaceas, aloes and bottle trees. The dry season lasts 9 months from March to Nov and even during summer. Ifaty is rather shrubby with grassy savannahs, palm trees and tamarind trees fed by muddy rivers in the estuaries, deltas and mangroves. During winter, air temps hover around 28°C (82°F), while the water temps rarely dip below 23ºC (75ºF), but take a shorty for windy days.

 

Nature:

 

Wild ringtail lemurs live near St Augustin Bay, where a visit to the Sarodrano Cave is a must. Active travellers spending a night in Tulear have to check the local clubs (an open mind is required) and dance the Minotsobe. Bird watching in Anakao and awesome forest hikes around Ifaty.  Also some good dive sites.

 

Hints:

  • A step up for 10-12ft (3-3.6m) conditions
  • Don't encourage begging by giving money
  • Be patient, this is one of the last true surfing frontiers

How to get there:

 

Air France fly direct to Antananarivo Airport from Paris CDG, we recommend overnight accommodation in Antananarivo and a short internal flight the following morning with Madagascar Air to Tuleur Airport.

 

Our surf guide will be waiting for you to arrange transport from Tuleur Airport – it’s a 30 minute drive to the port where we breakfast together in a luxury french hotel whilst your luggage is loaded on to a speed boat.


SURF STATISTICS
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dominant swell S  -SE  S  -SE  S  -SE  S  -SE  S  -SE  S  -SE 
swell size (ft) 3-4  4-5  5-6  2-3 
consistency (%) 30  70  80  70  60  40 
dominant wind SE  - SE  - SE  - E  - E  - SE  -
average force F4  F4  F4  F4  F4  F4 
consistency (%) 51  63  54  73  72  54 
water temp (C) 27  27  25  23  24  26 
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