S H A P E S H I F T E R
S U R F • S P O T S • S I A R G A O
Epic waves everywhere you look and one of the most relaxing locations you can imagine – that’s Siargao Island! The home of the #8 wave on the planet, Cloud 9, a perfect right that barrels faster than Pipeline, only steps away from the lookout tower.
But Cloud 9 is not the only amazing wave you will find here. Cloud 9 is a perfect right barrel but a relatively short ride. Siargao offers countless other world-class breaks – left, right and long. Stimpy’s for example is a goofy dream. A long left that also barrels, located at a shallow reef somewhere in the middle of the ocean, accessible only by boat. Right next to it – Rock island – an even longer right. Pacifico in the north of the island is another world class left. Powerful, fast and can hold huge swells without dealing with huge crowds in the lineup.
We will only publish 5 surf spots of Siargao on our website, but come visit Siargao and ask the friendly locals for our other (more than 15) great surf breaks.
C L O U D 9
Cloud 9 – one of the most well-known waves world wide and one of the best in the Philippines, is a perfect barreling right hand reef break that can be both fun and challenging. Although it is a relatively short wave, the fact that it barrels nearly the whole way guarantees satisfaction.
It breaks on very shallow reef and is not a beginner wave and recommended for advanced surfers only, but in walking distance to Cloud 9 you will find a beginner spot with guides on request.
Cloud Nine is best at mid to high tide. At low tide it is extremely shallow and a high risk of getting hurt or breaking your board. At low tide the biggest part of the reef is dry, surrounding the famous boardwalk and tower, from which you can watch the surfers getting one barrel after another.
S T I M P Y S
Stimpys is, without a doubt, one of the best and longest lefts you will ever surf and a goofy dream. A world-class left-hander located in the middle of the ocean next to a rocky island, exploding on a shallow reef. Stimpy’s produces the best barrels at low tide with the tide coming back in, but it also works great at high tide if the swell is big enough.
It can hold pretty much every swell height and there are two peaks, you can easily get a 15-20 second ride on a good day. The wave can even work well in windier conditions or small swells and can be challenging and fun. You can get there only by boat in about 15 minutes from the location on the map.
P A C I F I C O
Pacifico is a wave most visitors of Siargao won’t get to see. Many don’t know about it because everybody is focused on the fame of Cloud 9, but a one hour trip to the north-east of the island can be worth it in the right conditions.
While on small days you will find a mellow longboard wave here, the wave turns into a barrel spitting beast when it gets bigger and the wind is just right. The peaks are very consistent and you can get very long barrels here if commit to paddle in. The drop is steep, powerful and full concentration is needed to ride this beast on big days. Plenty of awesome places to stay at in the area and you can stop at Magpupungko Pool at Pilar on the way and relax or keep cruising further north to Taktak Waterfall to avoid the blasting noon sun while swimming in fresh water.
T U A S O N
Tuason Point is located in walking distance of Cloud 9 and shares many similarities although it doesn’t barrel as consistent as Cloud 9. The bottom is the same, going from deep to just inches of water at lower tides and breaks equally powerful and hollow. Some consider this the best left on the island but – just like Cloud 9 – it is not a long wave.
Hollow, shallow, fast and only good over 3 feet. Beginners need not apply. A very hard breaking left that builds up quick over a shallow rocky reef with big holes and cracks. This is a very powerful and hard breaking wave. Wave selection is crucial at this break. There are many peaks here and the crowd is not really a big issue here.
Best at medium to high tide, even at higher tide you are standing in only knee-high water on the inside. Easy to access but watch the currents when you want to get back out. Great spot to get some good pictures from someone at the beach.