Macaronis Resort Mentawai Islands Indonesia


Intermediate Surf Coaching Clinic – Year 2019

In year 2018, Macaronis Resort partnered with Clayton Surf Coaching and Shayne Nienaber Photography to host two very successful Intermediate Surf Coaching Clinics featured on Swellnet, which commenced Sat January 20th and concluded Mon February 5th – 2 trips of duration 8 days surfing / 9 nights.

Due to popular demand, in year 2019 we are offering 3 intermediate surf clinics of duration 8 days surfing / 7 resort nights, with 1 additional clinic subject to demand. Two nights accommodation in Padang is required at beginning and end of each trip (Thu and Fri), traveling on Mentawai Fast Fridays to and from the resort via Sikakap. Trips are available between Thu Jan 24th – Sat Feb 16th, year 2019. Guests may stay longer if preferred.

Limited Early Bird Spots: The first surfers booking pay just AUD 2775 for a private room (Save AUD 385) or AUD 2600 if sharing a room (Save AUD 315). This includes all regular package inclusions, surf coaching and photography (normally charged extra, transfers and surf tax is included).

If interested, be quick to submit your form enquiry below to secure one of the early bird spots currently available.

Intermediate Surf Coaching Clinics – Year 2018

Week 1 Movie  /  Week 1 Photos

Week 2 Movie /  Week 2 Photos

For further info on year 2019 clinics, click on the expandable menu below.

Intermediate Surf Coaching Clinics offer 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 between the dates Sat Jan 19th – Mon Feb 18th, year 2019.

The Venue
Macaronis Resort
Macaronis Resort from the air
Macaronis Mentawais

Macaronis Resort is the ultimate venue to host a surf coaching clinic. In addition to Intermediate Surf Coaching Clinics held in Jan and Feb year 2018, 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).

By taking part in our intermediate surf coaching clinics, participants quickly improve their surfing skills while acquiring a wealth of knowledge from Clayton Surf Coaching, with photography and filming provided by Shayne Nienabar Photography.

Theory and video playback classes are held in the bar and restaurant, while in the water Clayton provides real time surf coaching with Shayne collecting footage and photos, also with assistance from resort surf guide and photographer.

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 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 of the wave (much like a surfers half-pipe), makes this the perfect venue for practicing maneuvers, turns, or working on technique.

Regular services and facilities are available, 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

Macaronis Resort Blog – February 2018 Uncrowded Perfection

Conditions to Expect, search back to Jan & Feb:

Facebook Timeline

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 Indonesia, 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.

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 - EARLY BIRD SPECIALS

7 Resort Nights / 8 Days Surfing, Includes Surf Coaching & Photography = AUD 2275
Airport-Resort-Airport Transfers (overnight) = AUD 400
Mentawai Surfer tax = AUD 100
​TOTAL​: AUD 2775 pp

7 Resort Nights / 8 Days Surfing, Includes Surf Coaching & Photography = AUD 2100
Airport-Resort-Airport Transfers (overnight) = AUD 400
Mentawai Surfer tax = AUD 100
​TOTAL​: AUD 2600 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 @ AUD 195 per night (sharing) OR aud 250 per night (private), please enquire for details.



  • 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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