The Mentawais On The Pump

17 Oct 2016 1

THE PERFECT WAVE | Sponsored Story

SEPTEMBER MENTAWAI STANDOUT SESSIONS

Words, clip and photos by Andy Potts for The Perfect Wave

Unfortunately, it is that time of the year again where we sit back and reflect on the amazing waves that we had during the 2016 Mentawai surf season, wishing we could all just catch one more.

This year was an epic season compared to last year with consistent 6-8ft Indian ocean groundswells running into the island chain every 7-9 days. There were some memorable, highlight swells throughout the season that delivered some incredible waves at prime locations.

SEE ALSO: The Mentawai Islands, The Playground For Surfers

Macaronis throughout May, June and July offered a protected option from light south winds and threw out some amazing sessions with a fun mellow crew on most boats and at the camp. Two super special days in June delivered perfect 6-8 hollow barrels into the bay, crew traded epic barrels all day long.

July and August were incredible months in Indonesia this year with long range swells and favourable winds were combining and hitting reefs all over the island chain. The charter boats seemed to be scoring at every location they turned up at, while crew staying at land camps were enjoying their local breaks. It seemed like everywhere was going off.

July delivered one amazing swell from the southwest with light and variable winds all day, standing close to 12ft at 17 seconds. Lances right copped the brunt of the swell with some unrideable monsters finding their way into the protected reef system. Everyone on the day pushed their surfing abilities to another level, as you can see in the video.

The winds would become more favourable throughout August and early September as Occy and his guests shacked up in the Playgrounds area for a week to score some local delights. There were whispers of a giant Kandui swell that ended up arriving well below expectations. However, a consistent 4-6ft 15-second swell with light winds was on offer for the trip with the occasional bigger set every hour to keep you on your toes.

Occy was fit and ripping,  so it was the perfect finish to an epic 2016 Mentawai season.

« 1 of 16 »

Tags: video , mentawais , the perfect wave , surftravel (create Alert from these tags)

blog comments powered by Disqus
More From Mentawai Islands
Spectacular September Sessions In The Mentawais

Spectacular September Sessions In The Mentawais

Here's how it looked

1 10 Oct 2017
Maldives Late Season Has Been Mental

Maldives Late Season Has Been Mental

The September highlights reel

2 4 Oct 2017
A Perfect Trifecta Of Epic Mentawai Swells

A Perfect Trifecta Of Epic Mentawai Swells

The August report

0 14 Sep 2017
Recent

Someone's Taking Home A Brand New Chilli Surfboard!

The third winner announced for 7 Boards, 7 Weeks! Join Coastalwatch Plus to enter now

0 24 Nov 2017
Video: Firing Gold Coast Points This Week

Video: Firing Gold Coast Points This Week

0 24 Nov 2017
The WSL Is Going Back To Bali, Ditching Fiji & Trestles

The WSL Is Going Back To Bali, Ditching Fiji & Trestles

7 21 Nov 2017
WSL Announce Wave Pool For 2018 Championship Tour

WSL Announce Wave Pool For 2018 Championship Tour

3 18 Nov 2017
Look Who Just Scored A New Jye Byrnes Anchovy...

Look Who Just Scored A New Jye Byrnes Anchovy...

0 17 Nov 2017
Latest News

Someone's Taking Home A Brand New Chilli Surfboard!

The third winner announced for 7 Boards, 7 Weeks! Join Coastalwatch Plus to enter now

Video: Firing Gold Coast Points This Week

It's a standout session; tubes and tubes and tubes

The WSL Is Going Back To Bali, Ditching Fiji & Trestles

The WSL has released the 2018 schedule and, oh gee, are there some changes!

Look Who Just Scored A New Jye Byrnes Anchovy...

Our second winner announced for 7 Boards, 7 Weeks! Join Coastalwatch Plus to enter now

Popular This Week

Swell Blog: Monday Fires up On The Gold Coast

Here's the update from Chief Forecaster Ben Macartney on the swell event for the Gold Coast & Northern NSW

Swell Recap: After 48 Hours, We Look To The Horizon

Chief Forecaster Ben Macartney wraps up two days of groundswell, with a fresh outlook for weeks end.

Nick Carroll On: Embrace The Artifice!

A CT at the Ranch could change the whole game – if they let it

The WSL Is Going Back To Bali, Ditching Fiji & Trestles

The WSL has released the 2018 schedule and, oh gee, are there some changes!

Weak Wrap: You're Allowed to Surf Naked and Name Secret Spots Now

Plus other surf things explained in a 2 minute video by a man in a suit.

Go to Top