The most consistent months for surf in the Mentawais is generally between March and November when the Indian Ocean is turning into a groundswell machine, however the shoulder season from November through to March can also produce amazing waves with almost no crowds. As the Mentawai Islands are so close to the equator there are no trade winds, so you can always find off-shore waves throughout the whole year due to the circulating winds. Whichever month you go, whatever the wind and swell and tide conditions happen to be, somewhere in the Mentawai Islands will always be working.
Waves vary in size from 2 to 15 foot, with the average day being 3-5 ft. They can range anywhere from fun sized walls to awesome stand-up barrels. If there is a large swell there is a wave that will pop up around the corner for any standard of surfing at smaller sizes. It’s amazing what secret spots pop up around the back of the islands when there are large swells.
Whether you’re natural or goofy, advanced, beginner, or the most experienced charger, the Mentawais will provide the perfect wave for you, your friends and your family.
Surfing in the Mentawai Islands requires surfboards that are designed for perfect waves.
Here are few tips on how to pack your quiver:
How many boards?
- Most people bring 2-3 boards to suit all conditions and sizes
- Most airlines allow 23 kilograms per board bag (please check with your airline to confirm). This is approx 3 boards.
- Along with your boards consider a minimum of three leg ropes, a few blocks of tropical warm water wax and a small ding repair kit.
As a general rule bring boards and fins designed to handle hollow, fast and powerful waves.
Boards with more volume will get you into the waves earlier, therefore making the waves easier to surf. The earlier the entry into the wave, the easier the take off and set up for the perfect ride.
If the swell forecast predicts large waves, pack boards accordingly with 2 everyday short boards and at least one step up board for larger waves.
If you’re used to riding a fish or quad, bring it, there’s plenty of waves that these boards will handle.
Mini-mals, long boards, stand up paddle boards, body boards and surf skis can also be ridden at most surf spots.
If you are unsure on which boards to pack, you should pack the boards you are comfortable riding in good waves at home.
You should also pack a good selection of fins. Some people can adjust their standard short board to handle bigger and hollower waves by changing their fin setup and size.
You could also consider having boards that are glassed a bit heavier to make them stronger to eliminate breaking your surfboard.