Cloud Nine Surfing

Cloud Nine Surfing

Siargao Island, Mindanao, Philippines

Cloud Nine is a chance for the many good but not elite surfers in the world to ride a perfect open arms tube. It is up there with the best in the world but without the ferocity of Teahupoo or the heaviness of Pipeline. Cloud Nine is still a very powerful, thick wave not to be toyed with.

Cloud Nine is a reef break peak with lefts and rights. The right is the more famous wave. It’s a straight up pitching lip into a hollow fast tube then a neat exit into the channel. The left is shorter but just as hollow.

Cloud Nine is one of the few spot in the Philippines you can access without a boat so crowds are to be expected. However, Cloud Nine is not the only quality wave in the area. Those a little more intrepid or with the money for a boat trip can find uncrowded island perfection easily.

The swell season for Cloud Nine and the Siargao Islands is October to March, with November and December being the best time to score. Northeast to east swell direction is required and the southwest monsoon winds are straight offshore.

Siargao Island is on the eastern extreme of the Philippines and can be reached by air from Manila or Cebu international airports. There are a number of surf camps on land near Cloud Nine.

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