Gallery: Mentawai Islands - April 2014

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Gallery by Andy Potts
Swell Recap by Ben Horvath

The beginning of the 2014 Mentawai surf season has been mixed. There have been a couple of mid-sized long period swells, but unpredictable winds generated by unforeseeable storm cells have been a bit of a hazard at times.

You can’t help but smile at the lack of surfers and charter boats though. For some reason early season numbers are down. It is such a great time to be here.

The last week or so has delivered a variety of conditions, ranging from onshore slop through to perfect Playgrounds.

The stand out session went down at near perfect 3-5ft, 12-second interval, near-empty Rifles.

Here are the local swell stats from on the ground at Aloita Resort for the last week or so of April to give you an idea of what to expect at this time of year. Of course from now on we move into peak season (May through October) when the SW swells become bigger and more frequent. The SE/E trades also generally kick in like clockwork.

Monday, April 22 - Tuesday 23- 3-4ft SW swell with occasional 6ft sets @ 11 seconds, wind: light to variable N.

Wednesday April 24 - Saturday 27- 3ft SW swell with occasional 4-5ft faces @ 9 seconds, wind: light N-NW variable during the afternoon.

Sunday April 28- 3-4ft SW swell @ 10 seconds, wind: strong-howling onshore W

Monday April 29 - 4-5 ft. STH swell @ 12 seconds, wind: light to variable NW

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