Regarded by many as the most perfect left barrel in the world, The Hole is a clean, predictable and death-defying left which breaks over a shallow shelf of reef comparable to shards of glass. The Hole, as a result, is recommended only for highly experienced surfers, or those with a deathwish. The Hole offers surfers the ride of their life if they make the drop and is frequented by bodyboarders, big wave riders, and short boarders alike. Say a prayer and read on to find out how to survive The Hole.
Equivalently epic and death-defying, each wave promises to rival the best of your life. Saumang Island, the tiny host of The Hole’s notorious skin-claiming reef, is picky and fickle about when it’s makeable. Keep your eye out for a steep south swell, NEE wind or glassy conditions. The peak itself has a tendency to shift as well with rising and falling tides. The inside section is almost guaranteed to claim a wipeout or two paired with The Hole’s solid slab or live coral.
Barrel board (step-up/sharp pin tail).
Few crowds due to few surfers capable of making the drop.
Guaranteed gnarly surf, deep barrels and shallow reef.
April – October.
Intense if you’re inexperienced.
Once anchored up stick to the channel and keep your eye on the first few sets before dropping in. Be sure to figure out where the reef pops up, or you’re likely to end up skidding high and dry across the reef.
The Hole is a solitary wave on the eastern side of South Pagai. A small outlying island sits shaded from South Pagai’s southwestern peninsula. You’re not likely to find crowds this far from more popular waves like Rag’s Right.
You can only access the Hole by boat. You’ll need to head to the southeast side of South Pagai to Saumang Island.