Words, photos and video by Grant Davis.
The Indonesia / Mentawai surf season has carried on well into November. A bunch of solid to mid-range swells hit the archipelago throughout October and well into November.
Oct 3: With the swell building (5-8ft, 212deg @17-16secs), a size check at Icelands was our first stop. We were greeted with 4-6ft clean solid lefts with only a handful of punters already out. It was an easy call for us to have a little dig. Some solid bombs were ridden. After everyone had caught a few, we decided to move on to Telescopes. Some chunky 3-4 footers and a rather large crowd were already there, the guests scored their share of waves though.
With the wind switching in a more S-SW direction the boats split for the afternoon session, one to Telescopes and the other to Tikus. Tikus was probably the pick with 3-4ft smackable walls and the odd little barrel.
Oct 4: 10-12ft, 210deg @16-15secs. The swell had peaked and straight to Telescopes we went with others opting to stay behind and surf some pretty good Tikus. Telescopes was 4-5ft with the odd larger one, Tikus was a good 3-5ft. Telescopes was busy again, but surfing smart at Telescopes is key and a lot of waves still go unridden. The Aloita Resort crew again got plenty of waves and after lunch everyone stuck around to surf super fun Tikus.
Oct 5: 10-11ft 208deg @15secs The surf was almost identical sized but super glassy at Telescopes and Tikus was firing again. Not much variety but these were the best options and no-one was complaining.