Pack Your Board Bag, The Mentawais Are Firing
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The Indian Ocean Brings The Mentawai Islands To Life
Report by Grant Davis
Photos by Grant Davis & Hatsumi Ishibashi
Video by Grant Davis
The swell hit properly on Monday morning, in the second week of May but with N winds, so our only real option was to hit Suicides. It was a little lumpy from the previous days onshore winds but very surfable at 4-6ft. It cleaned up during the session with the wind dropping and fading towards the NE direction. After lunch the wind had subsided and turned more into the eastery quadrant and telescopes was chunky with a few barrels on offer. A small crowd was on hand to tackle the 4-6ft waves with plenty of sets rolling through. Again the swell seemed to clean up into the afternoon and everyone got a few. In the end a very good day of waves with more to come.
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The waves were still solid the next morning and with N-NE winds again, suicides was the call. The swell had peaked overnight so it was a little smaller at 4-5ft. The waves were much more organised than the previous day and hitting the reef nicely - even some tubes for the brave. It was a beautiful sunny Mentawai morning with crystal clear water and only a handful of surfers so we took advantage of the opportunity and surfed for three hours before heading back to Aloita Resort & Spa for lunch. Very similar wind patterns to the day before meant that Telescopes was clean in the afternoon again. At 4-5ft, some excellent waves were being torn apart by a small crew of locals and tourists. As the sun dipped towards the horizon we were treated to some super fun green tunnels with the golden sunset light.
The following morning the NE winds were back up and swell was dropping. We decided Icelands would be worth a look and we were greeted with just 3 people out and some solid, clean 5-6ft waves so the decision was easy. The other surfers soon left and we were trading Icelandic bombs all morning; big kegs were coming through and the odd traditional cleanup set thundered in. Sunburnt and happy we called it a morning and headed back to Aloita. The afternoon was a little funky with a light S breeze so we grabbed a few 4-5ft waves at Icelands followed by some playful 3 footers at Tikus on the way home.
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The swell ended up being very good in the central Mentawai region and our guides at Aloita Resort managed to put us in the best spots to take advantage of all the available swell and best waves. With more swell on the way, May is shaping up to finish very strongly, so get yourself on a plane, there’s no time to waste!
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