Free to Roam

Off the grid: the Mentawai are a chain of about 70 islands and islets approximately 150 km (93 miles) off the western coast of Sumatra. Population and development there are scarce, and so are cellphone signal, supplies and just about anything else, except for perfect waves. There are dozens of them! Made famous on the mainstream on The Search movies, these spots have become the training ground for international pros due to their super high performance nature, not only waves there are perfect but also powerful, diverse and plentiful. Barrels, airs, floaters, snaps, cutbacks, and just about anything else that is possible to do on a surfboard is on the menu here, depending on your own skill level and willingness to risk paying the price on the shallow reef bottoms inches below those perfect waves. As they say: “fortune favors the bold”.

 

PDG - Padang International Airport.

PDG has flight to/from CGK - Jakarta (Lion Air, Batik Air, Sriwijaya Air and Citylink) and KUL - Kuala Lumpur (Air Asia).

 

DRY SEASON: April - October,are the most consistent and bigger swells, but there’s surf here all year long.

WET SEASON: November - March, still has great surf but smaller and less consistent swells.

 

GUIDES: Charter Boats and Resorts in the Mentawai have their own guides, but we can fly any of our global guides (costs apply) if desired.

 

SIBON JAYA - Best for being very comfortable on a small group and free to wander around the entire Mentawai archipelago searching for the best waves.

SIBON BARU - Best for being very comfortable on a small group and free to wander around the entire Mentawai archipelago searching for the best waves.

 
 

THE SURF (most well known spots):

AREA SPOT QUALITY TYPE SEASON CONSISTENCY R/L SWELL WIND TIDE
Playgrounds Riffles ★★★★★ Reef Apr-Oct ★★★ R S - SW NW Mid-High
Playgrounds Kandui ★★★★★ Reef Apr-Oct ★★★★ L SW E Mid-High
Playgrounds 4 Bob's ★★★ Reef Apr-Oct ★★★★★ R S - SW W All
Playgrounds A Frames ★★★ Reef Apr-Oct ★★★★ A-Frame S - SW N All
Playgrounds Hideaways ★★★★★ Reef Apr-Oct ★★★★ L SW - W SE Mid-High
Playgrounds Bankvaults ★★★★ Reef Apr-Oct ★★★★★ R S - W N All
Playgrounds Nipussi ★★★ Reef Apr-Oct ★★★★★ R S - W N All
Playgrounds E-Bay ★★★★★ Reef Apr-Oct ★★★ L WSW E All
Playgrounds Pitstops ★★★ Reef Apr-Oct ★★★★ R WSW E All
Playgrounds Beng-Beng ★★★ Reef Apr-Oct ★★★★★ L S - W E All
Tuapejat Iceland ★★★★ Reef Apr-Oct ★★★★★ L S - W E All
Tuapejat Telescopes ★★★★★ Reef Apr-Oct ★★★★★ L SW - W SE All
Katiet Bintangs ★★★ Reef Apr-Oct ★★★ R S - W N Mid-High
Katiet Lance's Left ★★★★ Reef Apr-Oct ★★★★★ L S - W E All
Katiet Lance's Right ★★★★★ Reef Apr-Oct ★★★ R S - SW W Mid-High
Pulau Pagai Utara Macaronis ★★★★★ Reef Apr-Oct ★★★★ L S - SW E-SE All
Pulau Pagai Utara Mini Maca's ★★★ Reef Apr-Oct ★★★★★ L S - SW E-SE High
Pulau Pagai Utara Greenbush ★★★★★ Reef Apr-Oct ★★★ L S E-NW High
South Mentawai Roxies ★★★ Reef Apr-Oct ★★★★ R W - SW SE - NE All
South Mentawai Rag's Right ★★★★★ Reef Apr-Oct ★★★ R S - SW N Mid-High
South Mentawai Rag's Left ★★★ Reef Apr-Oct ★★★ L SW SE Mid
South Mentawai Thunders ★★★★ Reef Apr-Oct ★★★★★ L S - W SE All
South Mentawai The Hole ★★★★★ Reef Apr-Oct ★★★ L S NE-E Mid-High