Video & Gallery: All Cylinders Firing, Mentawais June 2015
Article provided by The Perfect Wave Surf Experience
Report and video by Andy Potts
The first four days of the trip were spent cruising down the island chain slowly, searching for fun, uncrowded waves to give the crew plenty of time to prepare for the “Swell of the season” to date – which was due any day now. (Of course this swell is set to be blown away in terms of size this coming last weekend of the month.)
Day 1 and 2 would be filled with fun chest to head high Lance's Left and Right. Day 3 delivered clean, empty and manageable Greenbush with a few first timers stoked to tick the world renowned wave off their bucket list.
On day 4 and 5 the swell dropped off a little, giving us the time to get the boat down south and reassess the trip plan with a solid dose of swell imminent.
After day 5, the lads were ready to get into some bigger sets, but chasing all the wave magnets hoping to see the first signs of the new swell just didn’t totally scratch the itch so to speak.
Day 7 of the trip (June 7) turned out to be one of the days of the season as the much anticipated swell arrived with all cylinders firing.
We had planned to spend the day down in the southern end of the Mentawai chain, giving ourselves a few options if the other charters decided to come and spoil the party.
A few hours into the day and with only a couple of boats around with minimal crew onboard, it all came together. We enjoyed a perfect 6-8ft+ SW 17second second period swell and perfect light to variable offshore winds.
The beautiful southern reef also came to the party, delivering some of the best tubes I have ever seen in the Ments.
I must have heard “That was the best wave of my life” at least six times echoing from the line-up, this would also be backed up with “The worst beating of my life” comments from a few long time charges too.
A handful of broken boards, next level sore sunburnt bodies and endless half squished limes floating around the break, you knew it was a day to remember for all involved.
The boat mooring was filled with an energy like no other that night, as all the boys gathered together to check photos, talk it up, sink a few Bintangs and prepare themselves for what the next day would bring…
Special Thanks to Tim, Martin and all the boys aboard the Indies Trader III for changing lives.
Scroll to the bottom for the photos from this trip.
Mentawais Early June
Report and video by Grant Davis
After a relatively patchy start to the season, June has be a fantastic month in the Mentawai chain.
The first proper swell of the month hit us on June 7, a 200deg SSW swell at 8-9ft.
The forecast called for W quarter winds so the call to hit Playgrounds was made.
Foregoing the well known spots our surf guide Terry had hoped a couple of his secrets might be firing.
Unfortunately morning sickness was an issue, so we headed back to Rifles and hooked into some glassy 4-6ft waves.
The boys were straight out there, the "Surfers in suits" crew were on full froth.
Adam Robertson (team coach and former QS surfer) absolutely tore the place apart, on one particular wave he free-fell into the barrel before exiting and re-entering a total of three times.
The forecast W winds didn't hold, but the guys had another session with no crowds in still very good, but slightly onshore conditions.
Terry then suggested we head closer to home for the last surf of the day.
Perfect 6-8ft Iceland’s greeted us without a soul in sight, again Adam dominated getting a couple of long barrels.
The rest of the team had their best session of their trip. It was an awesome end to the day in some of the best conditions I have seen this year.
The swell hung in there on the 9th, at 5-6ft but more W at 209deg.
A trip to Lance's Right was the plan.
We surfed most of the day with less than ten crew in the water.
The wind shifted more to the west and the wave size pulsed a little in the afternoon.
Wow, we were really lucky to score one of the best waves in the Mentawais with so few people. It was a case of smiles all round at the end of the day.
June 10 was almost identical but the westerlies were perhaps a tad stronger. We decided to double down. As forecast the swell size was very similar at 3-4ft with a few larger sets getting up into the 5ft+ range in the afternoon.
The only slight bummer was the number of boats onto it, due to the fact that the wind not favourable anywhere else in the nearby vicinity.
Admittedly the crowd was a little frustrating at times, but the nature of the wave means that there are plenty of barrels for everyone regardless.
Another great day and an excellent start to the month.
The forecast for the end of June is ridiculous, if you have some free time I'd get yourself to the Mentawai islands right now!
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