Mentawai Mentawai Islands Surfing Information

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Mentawai Islands Surfing Information

There are four main islands making up the chains including, Siberut, Sipora, North Pagai and South Pagai, These four main islands are surrounded by many smaller ones
The Mentawai Islands are one of the most consistent destinations to surf worldwide. Its enormous exposure towards the Indian Ocean provides these paradise islands with great consistency and quality. This archipelago of Islands attracts swells all year round with the swell being bigger towards the middle of the year. The waves are generally 4 - 6ft and can reach the 10 - 15 ft range occasionally. The variety of waves here means that all standards of surfers will enjoy the Mentawai Islands.

There is great surf all year round in the Mentawai Islands. Biggest waves are from May-September but excellent waves in all other months. The average wave size in the Mentawai's is 6 feet but can range between 2 to 15 feet.

Besides the main popular breaks, the Mentawai's has an abundant supply of perfect waves for all levels of surfing, ranging from cruisy long-boarding through to high performance barrel charging.

Winds are light and variable most of the year. During April to October SE to SW winds favor the left hand breaks and NW to W winds for the balance of the year favor the rights. E to SE winds are strongest (8-15 knots) from June till September but expect lots of calm glassy days, especially early mornings and late afternoons.

Expect the occasional small days (1-2 swell) for up to 3-4 days. The Mentawais are very consistent but the Indian Ocean is running the show and there is not much we can do. We have some special spots that break in the slightest ground swell so bring a short board for mini barrels in crystal clear water.

Expect lots of thunderstorms with squalls for short periods of time followed by calm. Take a break and have a warm rain shower.

Most Mentawai surf breaks are coral reef bottom but the variety and range of wave types is extraordinary. Some of the barrel sections are as perfect and challenging as any in the world (E-Bay, HT’s, Iceland and Mainu). Others peak and then barrel in two or more sections (Thunders, Lances left and Maccas). Others are fat and fun with a fun pit at the shoulder and long walls (Pit-stops, Chubbies, Nipussi and Burgerworld). Most have a workable shoulder or fat section for the less extreme surfer.

Snorkel over spectacular coral reef, troll for fish from the yacht or dinghy, lie under a palm tree and read a book, swim in crystal clear water or just do nothing!

Mentawai Mentawai Islands Surfing Information