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Surfing Savai'i

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Western Samoa has two main islands called Savai’i and Upolu. They are made up from huge volcanic rocks, which make the land extremely beautiful and mountainous.

The land itself has a huge covering of lush greenery which is kept that way due to the huge amounts of rainfall throughout the year.

Savai’i is a little less inhabited and developed than Upolu but there are lots of beach falẻ’s scattered around the island for accommodation. They tend to have their own restaurant next door which makes things easy so there is no need to travel around once you are at a spot.

The south coast has some great surf spots, Sala’ilua probably being the best set up with accommodation right in front of the break. Like most spots it is a little way offshore but paddling is an option over the shallow lagoon. It is also over reef so is generally suited to those more experienced surfers.

The weather can be a little funny going from pure sunshine to monsoon conditions in a matter of hours. It does rain a lot but it is normally short lived.

The air temperature is between 23 – 30˚C all year round with the summer/ rainy season being between November and April.

Water temperature is never less than 27˚C so boardies and a rash vest are fine year round.

Western Samoa is a very religious place so you will need to check the areas you are surfing as some spots may be too close to villages and therefore not allowed. There is also a strict rule which forbids surfing on Sunday as it is their day of rest.

The currency is in $US and all food and accommodation can be fairly cheap depending on what luxuries you are looking for. Make sure you drink bottled water only and take plenty of mosquito cream too!

There are no surf shops so make sure you take all your supplies with you. Try to include your standard size board and a bigger wave board. Reef boots are a must and also something to put on any reef cuts you may pick up.

Written by  Alistair Lawson.

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