Wavehunters Surf Travel Presents The Trip Of The Month: Caroline Islands

Overview
Almost all the surf breaks are located one to two miles off shore, on the island reef passes, very similar to the set ups you see in Tahiti. The only way to get to the surf is with a reliable boat. Caroline Islands gathers swell produced by the North Pacific winter storms, and by the Western Pacific typhoons from October to May.

All photos supplied by Swilly, Allois and Andrew Shield

The Spots
The East and West sides of the island have different passes but by far the most consistent surf occurs on the north west side. The main break, P-Pass is a world-class right. Very fast and hollow a full on barrel wave. This wave is located 25 minutes away from the P.S.C. by boat. On medium and high tides there is plenty water on the reef and lower tides can be surfed with caution. The predominant winds here are side and off shore. The swell wraps around the reef at P-Pass, combined with the trade winds make this wave the place we surf on most of the days. P-Pass is so good that you don’t want to go anywhere else. A very perfect and rippable wave to about 6 feet, above that size you enter another level of surfing.

The second option is for the very experienced surfer, a reef pass right in front the hotel that requires a 10 minute boat ride. This right pass is called the Main Pass is always bigger. Main pass holds any size and imitates Sunset Beach if we had to compare it to any other wave. Main Pass wraps around the reef even more than P-Pass and is to be surfed only on high tides.

Both waves were featured on Surfer Magazine and The Surfers Journal. Location was never disclosed. As we said, there are many passes on all sides of the island but most have not been consistently ridden and are yet to be discovered. Chris and Allois, owners and operators of PSC have lived in Hawaii and surfed all over the world. It did not take to long for them to figure out that it was here where they had the best surfing sessions of their lives.

The Staff
Born 1962, Allois Malfitani grew up skating the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil. A career as a professional skateboarder was all in the making until one day in 1979 everything was changed when he was introduced to the world of surfing. Overcome with the desire to surf the best waves the world had to offer and live the “surfing lifestyle Allois in 1992 moved to the Mecca of the sport, the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. For the next twelve years Allois had it all. He lived steps to the infamous Waimea Bay, surfed whenever he felt like it and for work had the ultimate job – managing Mark Foos Backpackers Vacations Inns. It was the epicenter for all the traveling surf pro’s and he was immersed at the pinnacle of the sport.

More than fifteen years back Allois had seen a picture in a National Geographic showing an unparalleled wave wrapping around a reef pass. In the winter of 2000 with much apprehension and only a single picture to go on Allois ventured out to find this fabled reef pass. After many trials Allois found the wave and the beautiful island that accompanied it. The wave and the setup were ideal.

Endless waves peeled off the pass with no one out, waves with almost cartoon like perfection. When he rode that first wave across the bowl, he knew he had found something special. He came back to Hawaii charged from surfing the best waves of his life. Now, even the famous waves of the North Shore lacked in comparison to the waves he had ridden there. Upon returning he invited many friends to come and surf the perfect reef pass he had discovered. Most of them wrote him off thinking that he might be over estimating the quality of the surf and in addition no one wanted to leave the North Shore during the prime winter season. Although the few that left with him and took the risk were rewarded ten times over. For three weeks at a time he and his closest friends surfed their brains out with no one out grinding barrel after barrel. Now Allois and his good friend Chrisroark (co-owner of PSC) are sharing their treasure with others. Allois and Chris have joined forces with Global Surf Guides to offer unparalleled surf vacations to PSC where selected small groups of surfers can enjoy and preserve this forgotten place. A world-class wave hidden as a true jewel in today’s crowded and over exposed surfing destinations.

The Caroline Islands can be a hard place to get from point A to B, specially on the water. PSC, is the only operation on the island that caters to surfers and understand their needs. Allois and Chris, are experts on local surf forecasting and every day conditions, their local boatmen and guides are ready to keep you busy on water or land!

What Else Besides Surfing?
Besides the surf this island have many large waterfalls, long mangroves channels that will remind you of a water maze, ancient ruins the size of a couple city blocks, very clear water for snorkeling, incredible fishing, good restaurants and bars on the mountains where you can relax, have a beer and see a beautiful sunset over the barrier reef.

Language
In every different island or Atoll a different language is spoken. English is used in schools as a medium of instruction and is the official language in Caroline Islands. The crime rate is very low. The natives are as nice people as you can imagine. The local people drink a similar drink to what KAVA is in Fiji. If you want to try some they can bring you a bottle for around $4 US.

Friendly Natives?
The local people are very gifted in when doing their traditional wood carvings. PSC will take you to their carving village where you can choose The island is 130 square miles and has 40000 habitants. Continues Protestant missionary activity has taken place here since 1852, and continuous Catholic missionary work since 1886. At present, the population of the island is divided about equally between this two Christian religions. There are also active churches from Assembly of God, BabaI National, Calvary Batist, Church of Christ, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Pentecostal, Jehovas Witnesses, Roman Catholic, Seven Day Adventist, The United Church Of Christ (congregational), The Universal Church and Lutherans.

Weather
The Climate in the The Caroline Islands can be characterized by high temperatures, lots of rain fall and high humidity. About 190 inches of rain falls annually around our hotel area and up to 400 inches in the high mountains of the island. Temperatures are uniform with the mean lows in the mid seventies and the mean high in the mid to upper eighties. The humidity in the island is eighty to ninety percent.

Transportation:
Transport will be supplied for all surfing activities, fishing activities will be limited to the camp owners discretion due to high fuel cost. Transport on land will be supplied with the PSC fleet and with the local taxi service. PSC has an agreement with the local government to sometimes use the local taxi service at the guests expense. A taxi into town costs a total of 1 dollar.

The History:
During my search for empty perfect waves, and the location to start my camp on these islands of the Pacific, I came across something I really was not expecting, there are origins of surfing here. Surfing that could be as ancient as the the art performed by the Hawaiians.
The Hamburg Expeditions.
1908-1910, the ship “Pesho” with the Hamburg South Seas Scientific Expedition, worked for 3 months on these islands.”People and Culture of the German Pacific” by Ernest Sarfert and Kramer, includes accounts of ancient ruins, cultural aspects, the weaving, the looms and skills and the constructions of canoes and houses by the natives.

Fishing
The fishing here is just awesome !!!! being only 400 miles north of the equator the ocean here is very warm and so fish are very active !!! Most of the fishing is done on the way to and from the days surf, what a way to finish a session pulling in a 8 kg wahoo. There are all kinds of fish here…..
Fish Species : Wahoo, Yellowfin tuna, Stripped tuna, Dolphin fish, Rainbow runner, Giant Trevally, Bluefin, Trevally, Sailfish , Marlin and more of course….
Fishing Gear : 2 x Penn trolling outfits (Penn senators with 80lb test and Penn rods), 3 Casting outfits (Penn 950 with ugly sticks), Large array of lures (Rapalas, high speed skirts, spoons and poppers)
After you have caught your fish the restaurant at base camp will cook it up for your lunch or dinner for a small fee. They also do great Sashimi!
The following games were observed or were documented: “Lying on a piece of wood and riding the surf towards shore, Supposed to be an ancient game. They called it, Lallal Noa.”

The Surf

P-PASS : The Jewel !!! truly a world class wave with various moods depending on the size and direction of swell. At 2 – 3ft it offers a fun wave that can be ridden by most levels of surfer. When the swell reaches 4 – 5 ft wave opens up more giving hollow waves with less room for error. From 5 ft and above it is recommended that experienced surfers take on the sets and let everybody else enjoy the show. For the most part the reef here is flat and user friendly, all of the passes do have some strong current at different changes of tide.

EASY-PASS : Easy pass, the name really only describes the outside section of the wave. With a soft, wrapping outside section can be surfed on high tide at between 2 – 4 ft. The pass is not as open to swell as Main pass and also has an inside section that should be avoided. This is another fun wave that should be surfed by intermediate to advanced surfers only.

MAIN-PASS : Main pass is the channel that all the large boats use to enter the lagoon of the island. The pass also offer a fast and challenging wave that grows as you surf along the wall. Main Pass is the swell magnet and will break from 2 ft to 10ft. The inside section of this wave is not for the faint hearted or the in-experienced surfer, the reef at low tide is fully exposed. This wave is for experienced surfers and is a super rippable wave, the best size to surf it is 3-5 ft.

FREDDOS : A world class left on its day for sure !!! Freddos is only 10 mins from the camp and has the potential to really pump when the winds are not trade. There are at least three surfable sections on the reef and sometimes they all link into a wall the imitates Money Trees in G-Land. From 2 -10 ft this wave is totally surfable and is very user friendly.

SONDENS : From 2 ft to well we don’t know yet….. This wave is nothing short of incredible. At two feet it can provide a fun user friendly wave it has at least two sections. At 12 ft it looks like a mini Jaws with big drops and heaving outside and inside sections. This wave also needs non trade winds or light winds.

SPAGETTIS : Named after the striking similarity to Macaronis in the Mentawais. Spaghettis needs a large north swell or an easterly swell to break. The reef has a perfect shape to turn the ocean swell into funneling tubes between 2 and 6 ft. The reef here is a bit sharper than Freddos as it does not get as pounded, intermediate to advanced surfers will love this wave!

RUSSEL’S RIGHTS : Russell’s rights is a great wave with at least 3 surfable sections on the corner of a small Island. It is not the most consistent wave needing an easterly swell and favorable winds. If conditions prevail there is an opportunity to surf fun waves from 2- 6 ft.

Caroline Islands: Pohnpei Surf Club
PSC is the first and only operation in The Caroline Island Group that was founded in 2004, having surfers in mind. Allois and Chris have been surfing these waves since 2000 by themselves!!! We and our team of local boat pilots and local guides will be doing our best to take you where the best surf will be everyday.

If girlfriends or wives don’t feel like staying on the boat all day long we can show them other things to do arounession pulling in a 8 kg wahoo. There are all kinds of fish here…..
Fish Species : Wahoo, Yellowfin tuna, Stripped tuna, Dolphin fish, Rainbow runner, Giant Trevally, Bluefin, Trevally, Sailfish , Marlin and more of course….
Fishing Gear : 2 x Penn trolling outfits (Penn senators with 80lb test and Penn rods), 3 Casting outfits (Penn 950 with ugly sticks), Large array of lures (Rapalas, high speed skirts, spoons and poppers)
After you have caught your fish the restaurant at base camp will cook it up for your lunch or dinner for a small fee. They also do great Sashimi!
The following games were observed or were documented: “Lying on a piece of wood and riding the surf towards shore, Supposed to be an ancient game. They called it, Lallal Noa.”

The Surf

P-PASS : The Jewel !!! truly a world class wave with various moods depending on the size and direction of swell. At 2 – 3ft it offers a fun wave that can be ridden by most levels of surfer. When the swell reaches 4 – 5 ft wave opens up more giving hollow waves with less room for error. From 5 ft and above it is recommended that experienced surfers take on the sets and let everybody else enjoy the show. For the most part the reef here is flat and user friendly, all of the passes do have some strong current at different changes of tide.

EASY-PASS : Easy pass, the name really only describes the outside section of the wave. With a soft, wrapping outside section can be surfed on high tide at between 2 – 4 ft. The pass is not as open to swell as Main pass and also has an inside section that should be avoided. This is another fun wave that should be surfed by intermediate to advanced surfers only.

MAIN-PASS : Main pass is the channel that all the large boats use to enter the lagoon of the island. The pass also offer a fast and challenging wave that grows as you surf along the wall. Main Pass is the swell magnet and will break from 2 ft to 10ft. The inside section of this wave is not for the faint hearted or the in-experienced surfer, the reef at low tide is fully exposed. This wave is for experienced surfers and is a super rippable wave, the best size to surf it is 3-5 ft.

FREDDOS : A world class left on its day for sure !!! Freddos is only 10 mins from the camp and has the potential to really pump when the winds are not trade. There are at least three surfable sections on the reef and sometimes they all link into a wall the imitates Money Trees in G-Land. From 2 -10 ft this wave is totally surfable and is very user friendly.

SONDENS : From 2 ft to well we don’t know yet….. This wave is nothing short of incredible. At two feet it can provide a fun user friendly wave it has at least two sections. At 12 ft it looks like a mini Jaws with big drops and heaving outside and inside sections. This wave also needs non trade winds or light winds.

SPAGETTIS : Named after the striking similarity to Macaronis in the Mentawais. Spaghettis needs a large north swell or an easterly swell to break. The reef has a perfect shape to turn the ocean swell into funneling tubes between 2 and 6 ft. The reef here is a bit sharper than Freddos as it does not get as pounded, intermediate to advanced surfers will love this wave!

RUSSEL’S RIGHTS : Russell’s rights is a great wave with at least 3 surfable sections on the corner of a small Island. It is not the most consistent wave needing an easterly swell and favorable winds. If conditions prevail there is an opportunity to surf fun waves from 2- 6 ft.

Caroline Islands: Pohnpei Surf Club
PSC is the first and only operation in The Caroline Island Group that was founded in 2004, having surfers in mind. Allois and Chris have been surfing these waves since 2000 by themselves!!! We and our team of local boat pilots and local guides will be doing our best to take you where the best surf will be everyday.

If girlfriends or wives don’t feel like staying on the boat all day long we can show them other things to do around the island.

Transportation with PSC is simple. You and your friends need only to gather your boards and fishing gear and walk outside your bungalow to the waters edge. From there all it takes is to get in the boat and we are off !!!!

PSC has two boats, a 23 ft and 26 ft boat ready to go at any time. They are to surf, fish, picnic on one of the private other island located inside the lagoon, navigate the mangrove channels or to reach the trails of waterfalls or ancient ruins.

If you want to come and great surf with all the best amenities a surf camp could offer then come out to PSC.
We want you to be curious and excited with the mysteries of The Caroline Islands before you come, and 100% satisfied when you leave.

ACCOMMODATIONS:
These are modest and very functional bungalows situated less than 50 feet from the waters edge. Each bungalow is equipped with running hot and cold water, three beds (two water beds and one queen size bed). The rooms are complete with air conditioning, fans and a spacious balcony to watch the sunset or check the surf from. All of the bungalows are made from local mangrove wood and have local wicker bamboo furniture. There is ample room inside to store your boards and fishing gear. Rooms are cleaned daily and are supplied with fresh towels. You’ll fall asleep at night listening to thunder showers and awakening to mornings of dead calm breezes and the rumble of surf out on the outer reef.

PSC is ideally situated 500 yards from the airport, steps to PSC’s main restaurant and even fewer steps to the bar “Déjà  Vu and our own small dock. From the dock you’ll typically enjoy phenomenal sunsets with drinks in hand and a warm breeze coupled with island tunes filtering in from the bar.

Another perk of PSC is that in less than a half hour from your plane landing we can have you in the boat and on your way to surfing. Be ready to surf as soon as you get here!

For food PSC offers only breakfasts for its’ guests at it’s on site restaurant situated close to the water and about 80 steps from your bungalow. Breakfast includes such choices as fresh fruit, tuna omelets, eggs, pancakes, coffees and teas, and our beloved Spam. PSC does not offer lunch or dinner with its packages because we believe that we would rather have our guests take full advantage of all the wonderful restaurants the island has to offer.

There are restaurants that offer all you can eat Sashimi to great steaks with island views to match. Friday nights are our favorite as you can feast on the islands own mangrove crab and take in a Hula show put on by the local kids. It’s a tourist attraction without all the hype.

TOUR PACKAGES & PRICING:

POHNPEI SURF CLUB – CAROLINE ISLANDS
2006/07 season
Packages include:
– Roundtrip airport transfers.
– 6 nights a/c accommodation and breakfast at P.S.C.
– All surf transfers to offshore reefs with local personal surfguide (Water, fruit and snacks provided).
– Use of snorkelling and basic fishing gear.
– Island transport supplied (conditions apply).
– 1 Island Tour.

2006/07 PACKAGE COST:
6 nights- $1020.00 per person
Extra nights- $170.00 per person

AIRFARE:
Los Angeles: $1500-$1700 Roundtrip Subject to Availability
Honolulu: $1300-$1500 Roundtrip Subject to Availability

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Wavehunters Surf Travel, Inc.
Toll free: 888-899-8823 x 13 (Sean Walker)
Email: sean@wavehunters.com

Caroline Islands Testimonials

Thanks for inviting me along. This has been one of the best trips I have ever been on. We scored good waves every day. That right-hander Sonden’s on the big day blew my mind. I wish I had my 6’8″ on the boat so we could have had a go at some of the 10-12 foot bombs. The beetle nut was a memorable experience along with the hazard con