Get barrelled in the Mental-wais
Sat 150km off the western Sumatra coast, the Mentawais are one of the prime surf destinations in the world. Smack in the path of swells that power up from the Southern Ocean, the islands offer a litany of world-class breaks. With the reefs often shallow and holding real jeopardy for the unwary, this is not the place to learn to surf, but the more experienced will be rapt. The most famous breaks are congregated on Pa gai, North and South Sip or a and southern Siberut, the largest island in the chain. There are resorts and surf camps dotted throughout including Macaronis Resort, www.macaronisresort.com; Togat Nusa Retreat, www.togatnusaretreat.com; and Wavepark, www.wavepark.com Alternatively, if budget allows, book a berth on a surf charter in Padang, the usual jumping-off point for the Mentawais.