Anthony Walsh joins the Oasis in search of the perfect barrel riding adventure throughout the Mentawai islands. Join Anthony as we track and chase down the biggest and best waves available throughout our swell window. Sit back and let Walshy fine tune your surfing, learn tips on capturing video and photos of your perfect wave with Gopro, board mounts, drones, and DLSR. Enjoy great food and cold beers as you relive your day of epic rides with daily slideshows and video analysis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pricing & Packages
Return airport transfers, 11 nights onboard accommodation, 3 hearty meals a day, Some snacks and beverages, 3 beers/day, Mentawai zone permits, Use of onboard equipment for fishing and snorkelling, GoPro tips and tricks with host Anthony Walsh including lessons, shooting, editing and mounting help plus Walshy will bring a bunch of GoPro mounts and accessories for people to use, Video analysis of all footage, Barrel riding tips or any other surfing tips you may ask for...Equipment, wave positioning, slow motion video training, Andy Potts will also be shooting video and photos: follow cam, drone, in-water shots, Full video, photo and edit package included, Prizes including GoPro, Imperial Motion clothing, Refuel Battery accessories, Ocean and Earth accessories.
Oasis is a very good-value surf charter boat in Mentawais, able to serve up to 10 surfers. She is a 80-feet long traditional Indonesian boat and has a 17-foot speedboat with 85HP onboard to get you fast to the surf breaks.
After a surf, go for a snorkel or pull out a rod to catch some fish. Lots of good meals are just waiting to be caught in the clean blue Indian Ocean that surround the Mentawai Islands. As we journey between waves, we’ll be trolling with our lures out to catch fish. Often times we pull in Dorados, Onos, Mackerel, Grouper and the occasional Marlin or Sailfish.
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.