Swell After Swell Hit The Mentawai's
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Swell after swell bombarding The Mentawai’s
Three fun days from May 21 to 24, 2016 at Aloita Surf Resort
Words, photos and clip by The Perfect Wave’s resident Aloita photographer Grant Davis
21/5/16 - Saturday, May 21 dawned without a breath of wind. After checking Telescopes captain Terry steered us towards 7 Palms. There was no one out and some solid, silky 3-5ft lefts there to welcome us. The exodus from the boat was understandably swift. The unusual group (comprised of 5 Kiwis, a Dutchman and a lone German) surfed for the next 2 hours, picking off some really nice runners and the occasional barrel. The swell was getting a little too big for the reef to handle with a few wider sets so Terry pulled anchor.
We motored the short distance to Scarecrows and were met with more glassy conditions, the same size but running down the point. The waves were so good that a late lunch at Aloita Resort and Spa was on order, another 2 fantastic hour session. With the strong NW wind coming up in the afternoon, the cold Bintang at the bar and the massage table at the spa were the preferred option.
22/5/16 - A trip to the fabled Lance's right was our plan for Sunday. We arrived to chunky 4-6ft kegs with a little wobble from the previous days N winds. The waves were very surfable all morning, though and most of the crew had a solid crack. As the tide dropped the seemingly clockwork W winds arrived just after lunchtime. This changed the wave into the epic right-hand barrels that we all know and love. After everyone had had their fill we hit the ocean back to Aloita Resort to recount tales of the day's conquests.
23/5/16 - NW winds were forecast for the day, so another trip was at hand, this time to Playgrounds. Pulling up to an empty clean 3-5ft A-frame's line up, the call was easy. We spent all morning trading mainly lefts with a smattering of rights. In between surfs the crew quickly ate lunch on the boat and we're back out there. With the wind persisting from the SW direction we headed over the channel to 4-bob's. The wave was super clean and throwing up 3ft skatepark like right-handers, again we had it to ourselves and surfed until near exhaustion set in.
All-in-all, It's been non-stop here in the Mentawais and the forecasts is looking even more epic in weeks to come. No doubt we will have another update real soon.
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