The Switchfoot is a brand new addition to the Sumatra charter fleet. One of the Mentawai’s most experienced surf charter captains, Jason Quinn has commissioned this boat as the perfect platform to explore and surf the Mentawai and beyond.
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One of the Mentawai’s most experienced surf charter captains, Jason Quinn.
Strong combination of great design, new technology and a crew with years of experience.
Fast cruising, stable catamaran.
Roomy above and below decks.
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.
INCLUDED IN CHARTER PRICE
Transfers to/from airport to boat in Padang.
Mentawai surf tax (US$75 value).
All meals (cooked by an experienced Indonesian charter boat chef).
Snacks, drinks (juices, soft drinks, tea, coffee and water).
25 cases of Bintang per full charter (extra alcohol can be purchased before or on charter at local prices).
Surfing every day in the best waves on offer.
Surf guide with 20 years of experience
Use of all equipment on boat: quality fishing gear, snorkelling gear, zodiac and the speedboat.
2 tenders for surfing and fishing trips.
Pro Photo Package – limited time only!
You will only put your hand in your pocket if you choose to buy souvenirs from locals and/or choose to tip the crew for their hard work and hospitality.
NOT INCLUDED IN CHARTER PRICE
International or domestic airfares.
Padang Hotel costs.
Travel insurance (compulsory).
Pro photographer package: US$25 per person per day. (All guests must agree to the package, and the payment will be collected with your trip balance payment.)
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. In this case, your Switchfoot charter price already includes this fee.
Length OA: 15.8 Metres
Beam: 7.1 Metres
Draft: 0.66 Metres
Fuel Capacity: 2 x 2100 Litres
Fresh water Capacity: 2 x 620 Litres
Lightship Weight: 13 Tonnes
Hull Type: Symmetrical Hard Chine
Main Engines: YANMAR 6LPA-STP2 315Hp @ 3800/rpm
Transmissions: KMH50A Ratio 1.67
Max Speed: 24 Knots
Cruise Speed: 12 Knots
Genset: 2x VETUS 14 Kva
Watermaker: 120Litres p/hour
Steering: Hydrive Power Assisted
Controls: TELEFLEX KE4+ Electronic
Switchfoot is 50 foot fiberglass power catamaran, built in Jepara, Java, by German boat building company Crestrider Marine. She is specifically designed for luxury surf charters in the Mentawai Islands. Switchfoot is a high end charter vessel built with speed (capable of 24 knots), comfort, and safety in mind. She is capable of covering great distances, surfing as many different waves as possible depending on the prevailing conditions.
Transfers to/from airport to boat in Padang. Onboard accommodation. Mentawai surf tax (US$75 value). All meals (cooked by an experienced Indonesian charter boat chef). Snacks, drinks (juices, soft drinks, tea, coffee and water). 25 cases of Bintang per full charter (extra alcohol can be purchased before or on charter at local prices). Surfing every day in the best waves on offer. Surf guide with 20 years of experience. Use of all equipment on boat: quality fishing gear, snorkelling gear, zodiac and the speedboat. 2 tenders for surfing and fishing trips. 2 SUPs
Best quality waves in the world. The Mentawai Islands and the wider regions expanding up to Nias and further south has one of the best wave fields in the world. 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.