Sumatran Surfariis runs trips all year round and have found that some of the best times to travel are outside of the traditional “peak season”. This is considered to be roughly May – September. Most of the reefs in this region favor South – West direction swells, which are prevalent at this time. As no surprise, it’s also the most crowded time of year. However, we have a few secrets up our sleeve for when the island chain is busy, so trusting in our many years of knowledge is always recommended.
You can also score waves in the “off” months, and these times are generally favored by our skippers and guides because this reminds them of how the islands “used to be”. October – April offers fewer boats and can have magic condition, including those months when people are convinced there is no swell. And that’s fine with us. It’s quiet, the weather is epic, we have our secret swell magnets that are actually better when the swell is smaller, and if the swell DOES pop then we have our pick of the magazine waves to ourselves.
The Mentawais and the Sumatran islands are not just for pros. If you would like to come and see why its considered the best and most consistent surf destination in the world, but are more interested in head high waves alone that big tubes, look outside the box and trust us with finding you what you want. If you are not a full group, we’d ask that you give us a complete and honest bio of yourself, and we will do our best to fit you with a group of similar skills, desires, personality types, nationalities, etc.
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