The most famous surfing region in Sumatra is the Mentawais, and for good reason. After years of searching and Google Earthing, no one has even managed to come close to finding a stretch of islands that offers more world class waves so densely packed together. Within the four main islands, and dozens of additional smaller islands, there are probably 100 waves that are better than your home break on most day, and about 20 that will absolutely blow your mind.
We’ve completed more than 15 full seasons in the Mentawais, and we have seen and surfed some absolutely amazing waves…many of which have never appeared in the hundreds of magazine articles and videos. We have seen many different swells, wind, tide variations, islands slowly sinking (and then rising again), waves slightly changing, reefs being damaged by anchors, more and more boats, new land camps, new crews, storms, empty perfect lineups, delicious sashimi dinners, electric sunsets, pros busting airs, palm fringed points, Hawaiians calling “best ever”, the odd shipwreck, meteor showers, sea snakes, a booming wood carving trade, sunburns, stitches, stoke, hoots, and more stoke.
A boat trip to the Mentawais changes lives. It opens minds, and feeds the soul. The amount of quality waves packed into this part of the Indian Ocean is unbelievable and second to none.