Beng Beng Mentawai

Indonesia: Mentawai Islands

Relaxed and intimate surf camp in the Mentawais – world class waves right on your doorstep, with twice-daily boat transport to many more.

LowPressure Stormrider Surf Guide says

 In a very short period of time, this wild and remote chain of islands, lying about 90k’s (55mi) off the Sumatran mainland, have become the most sought after destination for surfers looking to ride “the best waves in the world”. This bold claim is rarely disputed, as those who score a solid SW swell will testify and few return from the Mentawais disappointed with the wave quality and quantity. The key to this rapid ascension to the pinnacle of world surfing lies in the sheer concentration of truly world-class breaks and an unmatched flexibility when it comes to handling different swell and wind combinations. Being a degree or three below the equator helps massively, as the light, flukey winds provide a variety of directions unseen in other parts of Indonesia and it often transpires that proper glassy conditions bookend the day. Furthermore, the geomorphology of this seismically active region seems to cause unusual swell refraction and diffraction, creating unexpected waves round the back of islands and islets where none should normally exist. These coral encrusted lava reefs fringe a still relatively untouched rainforest and many of the tribal inhabitants of the remoter regions still cling to a traditional subsistence lifestyle, maintaining little contact with the outside world. Progress is unavoidable though and whereas 15 years ago, yacht charters were the only way to go, now a half dozen land camps have been established at the banner waves and many more are planned. This has led to Silabu Village installing 2 buoys in Pasongan harbour next to Macaronis, requiring boats to book in a week before arrival and pay a $30 mooring fee plus the $1.50 per head surfer fee, which are used for community projects. This limits the numbers to around 36 maximum, shared evenly between the resort and charters and stops anchor damage in the bay. This precedent may expand across the region if resorts can obtain the various government licenses. Threats to revoke charter licenses for boats not registered in Indonesia have been rumoured and would drastically reduce surf fleet numbers if implemented.

The hulking mass of Siberut presents a primal vista, with the hardwood forest shrouded in mist and it exudes an air of power and mystery, emanating from the mountainous interior. This largest island in the Mentawai chain has only been lightly surfed by long-range charter crews grabbing an opportunistic wave on the way to the Nias area. That means spots on the backside are more often seen from the northern tip at Tanjung Sigep, down to the impossibly sheltered Teluk Tabekat and out to the headland at Sikabaluan, but most will pass by like ships in the night. A good deal of the SW-facing coast is straight line reefs, exposed and messed up by wind and swell, but a few obvious jinks in the coast could produce a left or two at Tanjungs Sakaladat, Sataerataera and Simasuket. Many captains will have a few spots sussed for certain conditions and there are some mellow breaks in the playgrounds area that get ridden like Taileleo, a fun mal slide facing south, Pearlers peak nestled behind Masokut and a righthander round the backside near the Muara harbour. It is important to recognise that while there are 40-60 named breaks, many more are out there, being surfed by experienced captains who know the deal.

 Find more general info about when to go and statistics on the Low Pressure’s Stormrider Guide website.

 

Condition descriptions provided by the operator

Kandui Lefts

It is one of the best waves in the world when it is on. This amazing left-hander is better on a high tide at 6 to 10 feet and then you have chances to see some of the most amazing barrels of your life.

 

E Bay

It is one of the best left-handers in Mentawai, this wave is a perfect, round and it has a powerful wall that can be barreled all the way when it’s going off. 

 

Burgerworld

The island (Kroniki) is one of the most amazing spots in the area and just being in the water makes it a real pleasure,it can be long and very playful

 

Pitstops

This wave has an easy take off that takes you to a short but very playful wall,the beach is one of the most spectacular in the area in terms of tropical scenary.

 

Beng Beng

It is one of the best left-handers in Mentawai, this wave is a perfect, round and it has a powerful wall that can be barreled all the way when it’s going off.

 

Nypussy

This right hander is probably one of the most consistent wave in Mentawai,it can offer real fun, big take offs and a fast section down the line that can become very playful.

 

Bank Vaults

This wave is an absolutely amazing right-hander when it gets good breaking in deep water in two different sections,it is the big wave of the area, it breaks with all tides.

 

Hideaways

It is one of the best and most consistent lefts in the mentawai. It breaks over one of the most beautiful coral reef of the area,it is safer at high tide and really good at mid tide.

 

Little Nias

This wave lies in the middle of the southern part of the play ground area breaking left and right.Perfect for beginners and surfers that want to enjoy turns and easy surf

Pistols

About 6 hundred meters further down from the Rifles take off zone,this beautiful right-hander wave puts you straight from the take off into a very fun barrel section and onto playful walls

 

Rifles

It is one of the longest and most perfect right-handers in the world and the wave that you must surf at least once in your life.

 

4 Bobs

It is short but very fun right-hander suitable to make great turns on a very easy wave for all kinds of surfers.

 

A Frames

It is one of the most consistent lefts of the Mentawais. Located in front of the idyllic island of Pananggalat, makes it a real pleasure just to be in the water.

 

Kandui Insides

Inside of the bay, about 300 meters down the line, there is another point that breaks when Kandui is over 6 feet, and even though is a little shorter, it can be almost as intense and perfect as its big brother

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