Cloud 9 Reviews and Ratings
(Philippines – Siargao Islands)
Visitor reviews of Cloud 9 surf break
November 04, 2010
Cloudninesurf.com from Philippines
The surf season normally kicks off in September and continues until around March. However, you can catch a decent wave at any time of the year. The biggest and best months for surfing are November and December. Cloud 9 Break: A barreling right hander that is the most well-known break but only one of the many surfing spots on Siargao Island. Next to Cloud 9 is Tuason Point, easily accessible. There is a pier and tower located on the shore looking out at the break which makes life easier for paddling/walking out to it. The reef isn’t as brutal as one may think, it’s more mossy reef with the odd rock. Booties aren’t a necessity, just go easy. Best at high tide, pretty dangerous to surf at low tide as it gets pretty shallow in places. The Cloud Nine break is by far the most famous wave on Siargao Island but by no means not the only one. There are many other quality waves on Siargao and nearby islands, but Cloud 9 has received more publicity than any other, indeed in the Philippines as a whole. It is one of only a few waves which is easily accessible without a boat, leading to overcrowding and the nickname of “Crowd 9? among surfers.
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Cloud 9 Ratings
Based on 3 votes. Vote
Quality on a good day: 4.7
(1 star: Even when the swell and winds are optimum, the waves are poor quality, 5 stars: If conditions are right, the waves will be World Class).
Consistency of Surf: 4.3
(1: Cloud 9 is a fickle surf spot that only works a few times a year. 5: Reliable year-round spot).
Regional Rating: 4.5
(1: Cloud 9 is usually very poor quality compared to other spots in Philippines - Siargao Islands. 5: the best break in Philippines - Siargao Islands).
Difficulty Level: 4.0
(1: Suitable for Groms. 3: Intermediates. 5: Expert tow-in surfers only).
Onshore Wind: 4.5
(1: even a light onshore ruins the surf. 5: Cloud 9 can offer better rides with a light wind behind them).
Other Options: 5.0
(1: If wind or tide conditions are poor at Cloud 9, it will be poor everywhere nearby. 5: other locations nearby provide a rich variety of wind and swell exposures).
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
(1: An unsuitable spot. 5: Wind and wave conditions at Cloud 9 are often excellent).
Water Quality: 5.0
(1: Known health risks from pollution. 5: Never any pollution).
(1: Often too crowded. 5: Cloud 9 is an isolated spot where you are unlikely to meet other surfers).
(1: Getting to Cloud 9 requires an overland expedition or chartering a boat. 3: A 30 minute walk from the nearest parking. 5: Park a vehicle right by the break).
(1: An ugly industrial backdrop. 5: A spectacular setting).
Local Attitude: 5.0
(1: Locals are hostile to visitors. 5: Either there are no locals who surf, or else they are accommodating and friendly).
(1: No convenient places to stay indoors. 5: A wide variety of accommodation near Cloud 9 for all budgets from hostels to luxury hotels).
(1: Camping at Cloud 9 is not possible. 3: Camping tolerated but no facilities. 5: A nearby camp ground has excellent facilities and a good vibe).
(1: Besides the surf and the solitude there is nothing to do when it is flat. 5: Cloud 9 is in such an interesting area to visit that getting wet is a bonus).
Equipment and Repairs: 5.0
(1: Nothing can be sourced, not even wax. 5: Quality surfing equipment can be purchased or hired. Major repairs can be fixed too).
(1: Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. 5: A wide variety of places to eat and drink at Cloud 9, from fast food and cafes to fancy restaurants).
(1: Alcohol is not allowed in the country. 5: There is an excellent pub near Cloud 9 where you can stay or park a camper van overnight).
Based on 3 votes. Vote