Macaronis a.k.a Macas is undoubtedly one of the best high-performance waves on the planet. Situated in Pasongan Bay on the western side of North Pagai in the southern region of the Mentawai Islands this super mechanical left-hand reef break offers a bit of extra gnar for experienced surfers. The long trip across the globe to the remote area of the Southern Mentawais is worth it for just one pumping session at Macas. This unique corner of the Mentawais is also home to several other waves which provide surf for all abilities. Find out how to surf Macaronis and much more below.
Experienced surfers travel from all across the globe to get barreled, throw airs, or rip up the face of Macaronis near-perfect left. Reminiscent of the Kelly Slater Surf Ranch, Macaronis breaks predictably and consistently over a less threatening section of reef than other death-defying waves in the area. Not only a goofy footer’s dream but favoured by natural footers too, expect a solid barrel section followed by a clean and open inside shoulder ripe for maneuvers. It’s easy to find yourself too deep in the barrel when below head high and don’t expect to paddle out in a hurry at double-overhead as the take-off becomes extremely ledgy and heavy (except for onshore conditions which round-out the tube section). Caught inside? Be prepared to wait out the set in the foam over a few inches of water above seriously razor-sharp coral. If it is a bit overhead with Southwest swell and East wind then leg it for Macaronis. Great fun for charging and highly experienced and advanced surfers.
Macaronis Right is the less well-known brother to Macaronis illustrious fame and needs a particular set of conditions to be at it’s best. A combination of northerly wind, solid south swell and a mid to high tide may bring the most often surfed outside section of Macaronis Right to life. While the inside section is surfed on the highest tides only due to it being super hollow and shallow. Often, ideal conditions at Macaronis Right coincides with near-perfect conditions at Macaronis located just across the bay, leaving this right-hander uncrowded for the surfer looking for some solitude. While not exactly a wave machine of Macaronis calibre, it is still worth the time to paddle out, especially in an empty line-up.
Mini Macaronis is frequented by intermediate surfers who haven’t entirely built the skill set to brave the sharper, steeper, and faster lefts of Macaronis. Located inside of Macaronis, Mini Macas is a predictable left-hand peak with a clean open face that breaks best on high tide. It needs a bit of extra swell to break due to it being situated further inside the bay and typically breaks best under the same conditions as Macaronis which can be seen breaking further up the reef. All in all, an excellent option for surfers who aren’t quite at the level required to surf the surrounding waves.
Fish Fingers is a sand bottom beginner’s wave in the Macaronis area of North Pagai. This soft peak breaks right with the occasional left and is utilised by learner surfers on soft-tops from Macaronis Resort. Fish Fingers is conveniently located across the channel from the Macaronis Resort where the resort’s boats commute in and out to the surf.
Macaronis: Reef break
Macaronis Right: Reef break
Mini Macaronis: Reef break
Macaronis: Experienced upwards
Macaronis Right: Intermediate upwards
Mini Macaronis: Intermediate upwards
Macaronis Right: Right
Mini Macaronis: Left
Macaronis: Live coral
Macaronis Right: Live coral
Mini Macaronis: Live coral
Macaronis Right: Recommended
Mini Macaronis: Personal preference
Macaronis: Shortboard to step-up
Macaronis Right: Shortboard to step-up
Mini Macaronis: Shortboard
Macaronis: Expect some crowds
Macaronis Right: Uncrowded
Mini Macaronis: Uncrowded
Macaronis: Heavy when big, shallow and razor-sharp coral on the inside.
Macaronis Right: Super shallow, long and hollow sections.
Macaronis Right: South
Mini Macaronis: Southwest
Macaronis Right: North
Mini Macaronis: East
Macaronis: All tides
Macaronis Right: High
Mini Macaronis: High
Macaronis Right: Rising
Mini Macaronis: Rising
Macaronis Right: Consistent
Mini Macaronis: Semi-consistent
Macaronis: April – October
Macaronis Right: April – October
Mini Macaronis: April – October
Macaronis: Can get hectic
Macaronis Right: Low key
Mini Macaronis: Low key
Macaronis Right: Macas Right, KFC’s
Mini Macaronis: Mini Macas
The real perk of Macaronis is the predictability. With changing swell, you can expect slight differences, but the channel always seems to stay the same as you make your way into the lineup. Macaronis and the surrounding surf breaks are accessible only by boat with Macaronis being a short boat ride of approximately 800 metres from Macaronis Resort. There are two anchorages available in the bay for two surf charter boats per day which are booked in advance according to the regulation put in place by the Mentawai Government in 2009.
On the western side of North Pagai in the southern region of the Mentawai Islands, Macaronis surf spot is found on the outer edge of Pasongan Bay opposite Siniai Island where Macaronis Resort is located.