The most famous surfing region in Sumatra is the Mentawais and for good reason. After years of searching and Google Earthing, no one has managed to come close to finding a stretch of islands that offers more world-class waves so densely packed into such a small area. Within the four main islands and dozens of other smaller islands, there are probably 100 waves that are better than your home break on most days and about 20 will blow your mind.
Starting tours of the Mentawais in 1998, we have seen and surfed some absolutely amazing waves, many of which have never appeared in the hundreds of magazine articles and videos. We’ve also surfed dozens and dozens of waves you’ve likely never heard of or seen footage of. We have seen many different swells, wind, tide variations, islands slowly sinking (and then rising again), waves slightly changing, reefs damaged by anchors, more and more boats, new land camps, new crews, storms, perfect empty lineups, delicious sashimi dinners, electric sunsets, pros busting airs, fringed palm 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 number of quality waves packed into this part of the Indian Ocean is unbelievable and second to none.
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