Words, photos and clip by Andy Potts.

Well, sadly we have come to the end of what everyone universally regards peak Mentawai surf season. March through October is when an endless procession of S and SW swells light up the Indian Ocean.

Mid to late October is the time of the year when many sit back and reminisce on the swells experienced during the 2016 Mentawai surf season, and start planning next year’s charter or land resort holiday.

Jake Scott high above the reef for the lens

This year was widely regarded as much more consistent than last year, with consistent overhead and double overhead Indian ocean groundswells running into the  island chain pretty much every week. There were so many standout swells during the season that delivered incredible waves at both the well known haunts and also some of the lesser known set ups.

Macca’s in May, June and July offered protection from light south winds, delivering so many memorable sessions with generally cruisy crew on most boats and at the camp. Two incredibly special days in June delivered perfect 6-8 hollow barrels that pumped all day long.

July and August were incredibly consistent months in Indo this year, groomed groundswells and favourable trades combined to produce perfection all over the island chain. The charter boats were scoring wherever they turned up, while crew holidaying on land camps surfed their brains out at local breaks.

It seemed like everywhere was going off.

Do we or dont we_ first world decisions in the Mentawai

July delivered a real standout swell from the South/West with light and variable winds all day. For memory it peaked in the 12ft at 17 seconds range. Lances was pretty bloody epic, check out the footage. The winds were consistently more favourable throughout August and early September as Occy and his TPW guests stayed up in the Playgrounds area for a week.

Occ’s guests scored consistent 4-6ft plus waves all week. Occ himself was looking fit, recharged and ripping,  so it was the perfect finish to an epic 2016 Mentawai season.

Adam Instone adding another notch to his barrel count after scoring on the day of the season at Lances Right

Adam Instone adding another notch to his barrel count after scoring on the day of the season at Lances Right
Adam Instone locks into a crazy cross shore Macaronis drain pipe on the final day.. Barrel of the season!!!
Adam Instone locks into a crazy cross shore Macaronis drain pipe on the final day.. Barrel of the season!!!
Chad Scott locked into a gem of a barrel at Macaronis
Chad Scott locked into a gem of a barrel at Macaronis
Checking where to surf is always a fun boat ride
Checking where to surf is always a fun boat ride
Do we or dont we_ first world decisions in the Mentawai
Do we or don’t we? first world decisions in the Mentawai
Empty Heaving lip at Lances Right
Empty heaving lip at Lances Right
Jake Scott high above the reef for the lens
Jake Scott high above the reef for the lens
Joey Hasprite on his first Greenbush wave, go now and think later was the plan
Joey Hasprite on his first Greenbush wave: Go now and think later was the plan
like a wild stallion
like a wild stallion
Mark _Occy_ Occhilupo in his prime while surfing Playgrounds, Mentawai
Mark “Occy” Occhilupo in his prime while surfing Playgrounds, Mentawai
Matt Jones warms up for another fun session in the Playgrounds area
Matt Jones warms up for another fun session in the Playgrounds area
Max Ashford off the bottom of a Macaronis drainer
Max Ashford off the bottom of a Macaronis drainer
Michael Schwab pushing himself into some solid ones with consistant swell mid season
Michael Schwab pushing himself into some solid ones with consistent swell mid season
Paradise in the Mentawai islands
Paradise in the Mentawai islands
This is how you do it boys.. Stephen Scott takes one for the team
This is how you do it boys.. Stephen Scott takes one for the team
Would you go
Would you go?