Hello friends and followers.
Rates for season 2016/2017 are out with special discounts for early bookings.
For those who really want to lock in for this upcoming season here is an even better early bird special.
Book and lock inn your days at the Pohnpei Surf Club or buy your credit days and book them later for anytime next season.…
USD$168.00 a night per person based on double room occupancy at Mangrove Bay/Pohnpei Surf Club.
This offer will be valid for bookings paid in full from today until Monday, May 11th
To get in touch with us please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember that booking early is a must for Pohnpei as we only have 7 rooms and for better deals on flights.
Tag your friends and better halves and keep in mind that it’s once it a lifetime chance!
Pic by @swillpics
Hello friends and followers.
It has been 10 years since Shane Dorian, Mark Matthews (pictured here) and Dan Ross got the cover for Surfing Life shot by Ted Grambeau.
It is not every day you get a 22 full pages article and cover about a location or surfer. Claims were coming from some much respected characters in the surfing world.
Not probably. Not arguably. Not maybe. This was the best trip ever.
And one to which standards have been based when it comes to Pohnpei swells. There have been big swells, not bigger but a few just as good. Still, when people ask that questions about how good it was it always goes something like this… Was it as good as Shanes?
Some things didn’t change much since. Shane Dorian still on top of the big wave surfing world with some of the best rides during this El Nino winter and Ted Granbeau still one of the top photographers who is always around any big deal surf event, swell or surfer. The wave at Palikir also remains the same. The reef is still colorful and alive with lots of fish swimming around, the water is clean and warm. The wave is perfect from 2 to 12 ft. It is very user friendly up to 6 ft. faces and then it starts getting thicker by the feet as it grows in height. It does not close out in the end. It does not have a dry section. You can surf it at any tide, all day long.
United Airlines is still keeping Micronesia an almost exclusive destination. A bit further and more expensive to get to keeps it much uncrowded. An unreal reward for those who take that extra step. I would say everything the surf media tries to sell you as the surfers dream coming true funnels into Pohnpei. Warm, perfect, untouched, shades of blue and green and for most of it, uncrowded.
Some things have changed a little
Other waves have been found in Micronesia. When it comes to a north swell and light trades winds nothing beats Pohnpei for a few thousand miles to the east or west.
We have fond a few more waves in Pohnpei. Not as reliable as Palikir (P-Pass) but waves that work on different swells and winds or when Palikir is too big.
Modern amenities have come to Pohnpei. New water front hotel with marina, sushi bar and grill and the Pohnpei surf Club are all steps from your room.
If we think about how the world is moving faster and faster and how places are being discovered for surf at a higher rate than ever, here at Pohnpei the surfer numbers have dropped, mostly I would say because of distance and airline rates. The hype is gone but the Pohnpei is better than ever. Sixteen years after I first surfed P-Pass and twelve years operation as the Pohnpei Surf Club numbers went up, down and then stabilized at around 15 surfer on island during the peak surf season and a lot less early and late season. Not unusual to find yourself with only a few guys out on a decent day.
We are really looking forward season 2016/17. La Nina during season 2010/11 was by far the best season we had with lots of swells and excellent winds. On our side we have the hotel and boats looking and working better than ever, the best local knowledge when it comes to surf, knowing where to go and what to do on the right day as location and weather go. The restaurant has been up graded and the bar is the place to be on island.
As soon as the first swell hits in October Australian photographer Simon Williams will be here to shoot every moment you have in the water.
From November 18th to December 4th, the Surf Bunnies Janni and Sylvi will be here surfing with us. Both surf and have modeled fashion and sports with lots of articles including Playboy, FHM and many other magazines covers.
Did we mention we also like to fish?
An El Nino/La Nina story.
The first time I came to Micronesia my trip started in Kosrae. There I met Ken Miklos. He was the first person to move to Micronesia because of surf and never left. I guess that was sometime in the 80’s.
He told me he came on a sail boat, got the taste of it and later came back by airplane and never left until he took his own life last year. So here is my small tribute to him. The main north wave in Kosrae is a dry, heavy and thick slab he surfed alone for around 15 years. He was also a great host to anyone who came to surf Kosrae and needed a hand and some info about where to go. His son will probably be the first and best surfer Micronesia ever produced. We should meet him in a couple years. So, Ken told me he moved to Kosrae during an El Nino year and all the nice waves and weather he experienced on his first trip were never to be seen during that El Nino season. He told me he thought he was never going to surf again due to the poor conditions. Were those waves he saw on his first trip a rare occurrence? Not really.
Move a good 20 years forward and I had two El Nino winters here. The first one in 2009/10. It was an ok season, not bad not the best. The 2015/16 El Nino was like Ken’s first year in Micronesia, the worst season I have experienced here. The best swells were in October, March and April.
What I really remember is what happened after my first El Nino here in 2009/10. A La Nina followed. To myself I though, if this El Nino was just ok, a La Nina might suck. Not really. To this day or my 16 surfing Pohnpei and 12 years living here the La Nina Season was by far the best with almost nonstop swells and excellent winds. I remember the winds were so dead late February I took a crew to surf a sheet glass left on the windward/east side of Pohnpei which we hardly ever do doing that time of the year.
After the worst season it can only get better and I am counting on it.
On the first swells of October our on house photographer Swilly arrives to shoot every turn anyone does on a wave her plus a lot of everyday lifestyle. Mid November the Surf Bunnies/Playmates Sylvi and Janni move in to share a line up with the guests. The sushi, bar and grill will have been up graded. Boats and rooms looking as good as ever and a great season ahead.
La Nina, bring it on!
Pohnpei. Saturday, January 30th. Believe me or not, 2 ft and 11 seconds from 341* (NNW). Winds 60* (NE) at 20 mph. Danny here by Justin.
Pohnpei. Friday, January 29th. 5 ft at 12 seconds from 335* (NW) and winds at 60* (NE). Danny from Santa Cruz, CA. on the wave of his trip, or of his life. Pic by Kotch.
Pohnpei, Thursday, Janaury 28th. 6 ft at 14 seconds from 335* (NW). Winds at 20 mph from 50* (NE).
Pohnpei. Wednesday, January 27th. 3 ft at 14 seconds from 359 (north). Winds from 40* (NE at 20 mph. The windiest day so far. Horrible conditions. So, we went fishing which wasn’t the best call. The most rough seas I have been in a long time. Swell jumping to solid double overhead for tomorrow.
Pohnpei. Tuesday, January 26th. Swell at 3 ft and 11 seconds from 340* (NNW) and 3 ft and 14 seconds from 359* (North). Winds at 48* (NE) at 20 mph. Dennis by Kotch.