Hello! Mark Occhilupo here, just back from my fourth epic trip with The Perfect Wave. I’m feeling refreshed, relaxed and re-energized to surf more than ever right now.


Scoring amazing waves overseas is a massive motivator and something I look forward to doing as often as possible now that I’m retired from competing.

I have now done 3 annual trips to the Mentawai and 1 to Kandooma, the Maldives (with my son Jay) with The Perfect Wave. I love both regions with a passion to go on relaxing surf trips.

All up, I have done 15 or 16 trips to the Mentawai in my career, including one very memorable trip with close pal Andy Irons. My most recent trip to the Mentawai with The Perfect Wave was right up there amongst my best.


I don’t think I have surfed that much in a week in recent years, and it’s that surfed out feeling at the end of the day that I find really rewarding. The Mentawai has so much diversity – I can’t help but go back to sample different waves every time.

Although the waves are always different every time, it is that familiar content feeling at the end of a long day in the water that stokes me out every time.

You can get the wave of your life in The Mentawai. Sept 2016 perfection. – Photo Odgaard.
You can get the wave of your life in the Mentawai. Sept 2016 perfection. – Photo Odgaard.

This year, the Playgrounds area really delivered. When I’m travelling with my fans, we always find waves for every level of surfer – whether they be advanced, intermediates or even beginners. The Mentawai has a wave for all tastes.

The Perfect Wave have a wide variety of the best Mentawai charter boats and also land resorts suitable for families, partners and hardcore surfers.

Look out for a highlights clip and blog of my recent trip to the Mentawai on the TPW website in coming weeks, and also keep an eye out for details of my 2017 Maldives charter that I have arranged with my son Jay and The Perfect Wave photo and videographer Andy Potts in September 2017.

In the meantime, you can plan your 2017 Indo trip now and book before October 31 to save up to 20%. The specials also include $50 off any surfboard from SurfStitch as well as The Perfect Wave 10th anniversary gift – $100 off per booking.

(The minimum spend applies. The SurfStitch offer is limited to the first 100 customers only. The expiry date is Oct 31., 2016)