Samudra Biru was designed for speed, to be able to put guests on the best waves at any given time. Not only fast, she is also comfortable, both under power, even in rough seas and at anchor. They receive many compliments from guests on how well they have been able to sleep on Samudra Biru. Guests who have been on other Mentawai surf charter boats compliment this boat on its superior sleeping accommodations.
What we love
one of the nicest catamarans operating in the Mentawai
one of the fastest surf charter vessels in the region
Main salon with panoramic views with seating for everyone
experienced surf guide and great crew, providing excellent service
A short distance up the reef from Lance’s Left, you will find this intense left-hander. It gets really shallow on the low tide and prefers a bit more water. Due to the shallowness it is normally relatively uncrowded. On a South swell and East wind it is a non-stop barrel from the takeoff all the way to the channel where the wave spits you out. Therefore appropriately named, The Cobra.
A short and hollow right across the channel from Lance’s Left. As the wave approaches the reef, the bottom drops out before barreling towards the channel. When conditions are prime, Bintangs delivers amazing, round barrels and extremely fun, rippable walls. A major advantage of Bintangs is that on the days when the dreaded North wind blows out most spots in the Mentawais, Bintangs is offshore and pumping.
This left-hander is a consistent and frequently surfed crowd-pleaser. Lance’s Left has the ability to hold big swells and can offer up rippable walls and some little tube sections. It can also handle an onshore wind and still have fun waves. Facing Southwest makes this spot very consistent however its nature become more serious when there’s a large swell running.
One of the worlds greatest right barrels, HT’s has been all over the surf mags and videos over the last decade. The main takeoff spot is up the point where most of the waves start barrelling and peel flawlessly down the reef. On larger swells it can be very shifty and hard to read. It can shift more to the end bowl where it can break, reform, then bowl again into the channel. The inside is very shallow and is often referred to as the “surgeon’s table” due to the many reef-cuts doled out to travelling surfers.
The most famous wave in the area its hard to beat this wave for its variations of sections. A long left with mutiple deep barrel opportunities, can hold real size. Made famous by the Young Guns 2 movie with Kelly Slater and Co having a load of fun with Indies Trader 4 and a helicopter!
Aptly named, this high performance right off Awera Island is very shallow and can only be surfed on a mid to high tide due to the reef. However produces an amazing barrel and the locals love this break.
The swell magnet for the area, Icelands is a left with many faces. An easy going west peak look fun but the main part of the wave loves the south swell angle produces a solid drop, barrel section and bowls at the end. Can be very heavy on its day.
Breaks off of an island called Tugat Nusa just south of Telescopes. Great consistent left as exposed to South as well as SW swell. Best on a dropping high tide with the end section named the Curry bowl the pick of the wave for barrel riders.
Not very well known wave which makes it a very good choice when conditions are right as not a lot of charter boats know this wave. A great walling left with occasional hollow sections. Tucked in a small bay in the middle of Sipora you have to know where it is to find it, but worth it when its on.
Meaning Mouse Wave, this lesser known fun left is up the beach from Villa Mentawai. Ombak Tikus is a hidden gem and fun for most levels of surfer depending on the size. At 2-3 ft super fun and user friendly, however over 4-5ft it takes on a different look and feel.
Padang airport transfers, surfboard and ground handling.
Fully air-conditioned accommodation onboard Samudra Biru, a 71-foot custom power catamaran.
3 + delicious meals per day.
Bottled water, hot drinks, sodas.
5 Beers/day per person.
Use of all onboard equipment and facilities.
Flatscreen T.V. with DVD and entertainment system.
Services of owner/operator skippers Adam Kranz (USA), Dan Foss (USA), Cindy Yang (Santa Cruz), Mike Corica (USA), David Klein (USA) and/or Western Guide.
Tenders to shuttle you to surf and to use to shoot photos when buying photo package.
Every surfer visiting the Mentawai is required to pay the Mentawai Regional Government Surfer Tax of IDR 1,000,000 for 15 days surfing in the region. This is normally paid on arrival in cash (Indonesian Rupiah) and collected by the local operator before departing Padang. You will be issued a wristband with dates. Please ensure you have this for your entire stay in the Mentawai.
70ft x 22ft power catamaran.
2 x 380hp Mitsubishi turbo-diesel engines.
14 knots top speed, 8-10 knots cruising.
2 x 13kwh generators – brand new
18ft aluminum tender with outboard
12ft inflatable w/20hp 4 stroke outboard engine.
ACeS satellite phone.
Brand new whole-boat air-conditioning system.
15ft x 12ft air-conditioned salon/living room w/big screen TV, DVD, MP3-iPod compatible stereo.
22ft x 15ft open-air, covered, upper level teak deck w/cushioned seating.
New galley, paint and eating counter.
All sleeping areas refinished with new bedding and cushions.
2 double beds and 8 single beds in dormitory style cabins
Huge new hangout deck/lounge and canopy off bow.
New surfboard racks with large capacity.
Low-level platforms for easy access in and out of the water.
Fishing gear – trolling and casting/whipping.
Hot/cold water dispenser.
Plenty of storage so you are not tripping over board bags and boxes
The owners and crew have years of experience servicing guests, getting the best surf, providing safe and fun charters and exciting surf holidays. They have many return guests, some returning for their 4th, 5th, even 6th trips. They take their guests to the appropriate surf spots for their abilities, and don't push them out into surf that they are not capable of handling. Not only are they about getting the best surf for their guests, they also provide a safe, comfortable and enjoyable experience.
Samudra Biru has open air aft deck dining area to take in the sunset while you dine or watch the surf over breakfast/lunch; 24-hour access to cold/hot drinks/snacks; a big, open air, but covered upper deck for relaxing, viewing, prepping for your go-out; safe, secure surfboard racks shaded from the sun; and surfboard-travel bag storage area protected from the sun and weather.
Since the discovery of waves by hard core explorers in the 1990s the Mentawai Island chain has revolutionised surf travel. Open to all the amazing long period swells generated from the south indian ocean’s roaring 40’s, yet nestled away on the equator with lighter winds and weather systems. This combined for perfect swells, perfect weather and amazing barrels. The 70 or so islands off the West Coast of Sumatra pack more perfect waves per square mile than any other surf destination. There are 50 recognized quality breaks, with Hollow Trees, Macaronis, Rifles and Green Bush are known as some of the best in the world. Being isolated and spread out over 100 miles it was discovered early on that boats were the best way to access the breaks.