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THE HOLE 

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.

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SURFING CONDITIONS

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What kind of wave is 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.

    • Wave type:

      Reef break.

    • Wave difficulty:

      Hellman Kamikaze.

    • What way does The Hole break:

      Left.

    • Sea bottom:

      Live coral.

 

  • Booties:

    Yes!

  • Surfboard type:

    Barrel board (step-up/sharp pin tail).

  • Crowd factor:

    Few crowds due to few surfers capable of making the drop.

  • Hazards:

    Guaranteed gnarly surf, deep barrels and shallow reef.

    • Best swell direction:

      South-Southwest.

    • Best wind direction:

      North-Northeast.

    • What tide does it work best on:

      All tides.

    • Best tide movement for surfing:

      Rising.

 

  • How consistent is the surf:

    Consistent.

  • Best time of year for waves:

    April – October.

  • What is the vibe like in the lineup:

    Intense if you’re inexperienced.

  • What other names does The Hole go by?

     

How do you get in and out of the surf?

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.

LOCATION

Where is The Hole surf spot?

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.

How to get to The Hole?

You can only access the Hole by boat. You’ll need to head to the southeast side of South Pagai to Saumang Island.