Macaronis Resort Mentawai Islands Indonesia


Intermediate Surf Coaching Clinic

Event Dates: Jan 20th – Feb 5th

Macaronis Resort in partnership with Clayton Surf Coaching and Shayne Nienaber Photography is hosting an Intermediate Surf Coaching Clinic as featured on Swellnet, commencing Sat January 20th and concluding Mon February 5th, 2018 (two 1 week clinics).

Remaining Spots Surf Clinic as at Jan 03, 2018: Week 1, 13 booked, 4 rooms remaining. Week 2, 10 booked, 4 rooms remaining.

Recently released 8th Dec 2017, Podcast Interview with surf coach Clayton Nienaber 

For further info, click on the expandable menu below.

This is a unique opportunity for Intermediate surfers to quickly improve their surfing skills and technique with high quality surf coaching provided by Clayton Surf Coaching at one of the world’s great surf breaks, Macaronis.

Macaronis is considered the ideal venue due to year round and day to day consistency, breaking perfectly in all tides and most wind conditions, and due to the speed and angle at which the wave breaks, the length of ride, and forgiving mainly flat bottom reef.

Clayton Surf Coaching will provide video play back and real time surf coaching, theory sessions focusing on surfing equipment in relation to performance, and loads of out of the water technique drills, enabling intermediate surfers to quickly improve their surfing skills and technique with background knowledge of equipment.

Those taking part need to book a minimum 8 days / 9 nights trip, commencing Sat Jan 20th or Sat Jan 27th, or you may arrive a few days prior to commencement of the first 1 week clinic, or depart a few days after conclusion of the second clinic.

The Venue
Macaronis Resort
Macaronis Resort from the air
Macaronis Mentawais

Macaronis Resort is the ultimate venue to host a surf coaching clinic. We’ve previously hosted ‘Surf Simply‘ in year 2012 and in recent years Manly Surf School have regularly hosted their elite surf coaching clinics (twice in 2017).

During our upcoming intermediate surf coaching clinic, participants will quickly improve their surfing skills while acquiring a wealth of knowledge from Clayton Surf Coaching, with photography and filming provided by Shayne Nienabar Photography (supported by Bali Prod, subject to numbers).

Theory and video playback classes will be held in the bar and restaurant, while in the water Clayton will be providing real time surf coaching with Shayne collecting footage and photos.

The event is aimed at being a fun and educational experience for any age group, ultimately aimed at each participant going home a much improved surfer with certain aspects to keep working on. We’re pretty sure there is no other wave on earth where a surfer can improve their surfing ability so quickly.

Many professional surfers have stayed at Macaronis Resort aiming to refine their surfing technique and skills, often winning events shortly afterwards. The consistency and perfect breaking speed and angle (much like a surfers half-pipe),  makes this the perfect venue for practicing maneuvers, turns, or working on technique.

During both weeks of the event tides will be optimal to surf other classic breaks such as Greenbush and Macas Right, which work best in South swells common at this time of the year. Day trips will be offered further afield depending on numbers, prevailing conditions and preference of participants and surf coach.

Regular services and facilities will be available as normal, with surf photography and coaching included as a part of the package.

Related Articles & Blogs:

Indo Surf & Linggo – Where is least Crowded ?

Macaronis Resort Blog – Low Season Surfing Mentawai

Macaronis Resort Blog – January & February 2017

Conditions to Expect, search back to Jan & Feb:

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Video Archives

Clayton Surf Coaching
Clayton breaking down the techniques


Clayton Nienaber surfing

Based on the Gold Coast, Clayton Nienaber is a Level 2 ISA Coach. Originally from South Africa, Clayton has served as South African coach for Seniors, Juniors, and Longboarders, and has previously been involved in coaching the South African Junior Team at ISA Games in France, Brazil and California.

Clayton has coached in Japan, South America, Canary Islands, Spain, and the UK. He has worked with surfers of the caliber of Jordy Smith, Travis Logie and Ricky Basnett. Clayton is also an experienced surf board shaper and can bridge the nexus between technique and surfing equipment to deepen your understanding of surfboard design.

Filming your surf sessions will assist Clayton in providing a detailed analysis on your surfing technique, and where improvements need to be made. Throughout the week, you’ll be given practical and theoretical instruction to improve your surfing style, and increasing your knowledge of the technical aspects of surfing equipment.

Recently released 8th Dec 2017, Podcast Interview with surf coach Clayton Nienaber 

Other Related Links:

Swellnet Article – Featuring the Event

Surf Mastery Website – Topics to be covered


** Just google Clayton Nienaber and you will find various places Clayton has worked, or is still currently employed as a professional surf coach.

Shayne Nienaber Photography
Shayne Nienaber surf photographer
Shayne is a professional, freelance photographer on the Gold Coast of Australia, with a style consisting of creative and energetic imagery. His work has featured in:

  • Surfing Life magazine
  • White Horses magazine
  • Zig Zag magazine
  • Bride magazine
  • Gold Coast Surf magazine
  • Sin Eyewear cattalogue
  • Cross Fit cattalogue
  • On A Mission cattalogues
  • Clayton Surfboards

On any given day, you will find Shayne treading water for hours, waiting to capture that unique shot. Shayne prides himself on satisfying client expectations and being a perfectionist.

Shayne has more than 9 years of experience in photography and has traveled to the Maldives, Philippines, Indonesia, New Caledonia, South Africa, Fiji and Europe to expand his portfolio.

In his spare time, Shayne enjoys surfing, jet skiing and spending time with family and his dog, Mylo.

Recently released 17th Nov 2017 – Interview with surf photographer Shayne Nienaber

Shayne’s Website:

Surf Coaching Packages

7 Resort Nights / 8 Days Surfing, Includes Surf Coaching & Photography = AUD 2500
Airport-Resort-Airport Transfers (overnight) = AUD 400
Mentawai Surfer tax = AUD 100
​TOTAL​: AUD 3000 pp

SURFER PACKAGE – TWIN ROOM (Two Adult Surfers Sharing):
7 Resort Nights / 8 Days Surfing, Includes Surf Coaching & Photography = AUD 2260
Airport-Resort-Airport Transfers (overnight) = AUD 400
Mentawai Surfer tax = AUD 100
​TOTAL​: AUD 2760 pp

7 Resort Nights / 8 Days Surfing, Includes Surf Coaching & Photography = AUD 1715
Airport-Resort-Airport Transfers (overnight) = AUD 400
Mentawai Surfer tax + Coaching + Photography = AUD 100
​TOTAL​: AUD 2215 pp

* Non-Surfers & Beginner Surfers are also welcome, please enquire for details.

** Enquire about special discounted dates just before or after the surf coaching clinic.



  • 3 hearty meals daily​​; ​​baked goods & fresh fruit​ in the afternoons; appetisers & dessert with dinner!
  • Basic beverages (coffee, tea, juice, milk​ ​&​ ​filtered water)​
  • A​ir Con. ​suite​ (​ocean​/lagoon views), daily cleaning, hot shower,​ ​TV​ &​ DVD, movie channels​, & ​Macas ​Live surf cam
  • ​Wifi in-room & through​​out the main guest areas​
  • ​​All surf boat transfers​ & ​recreational boat use
  • ​Use of all recreational equipment (​soft-top surfboards, snorkel​ling gear​, SUP’s, kayaks, fishing equipment etc.)
  • Local ​Silabu Village tour ​&​ donation
  • Surf coaching and photography

Items purchased over the bar such as:

  • Massage & spa treatments
  • High-performance surfboard rentals
  • Laundry service
  • ​Extra meals, snacks or drinks​​ ​from the bar menu​


Surf Clinic Enquiry form

  • * Only intermediate surfers accepted. Advanced surfers will be offered elite surfing clinic options on different dates. Beginner surfers always welcome.
  • Careful!! hitting the ENTER or RETURN keys will send the form!
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