MENTAWAIS

New Zealand Surfing - - 5 On Five -

I wanted to go ev­ery­where for this swell but couldn’t make my mind up where to go, then I got a mes­sage from a mate and all he said was “Mentawai’s on a boat for 10 days u in?” Add to that we were to be go­ing on Doris’s boat the Raja Elang, you would have to be mad to pass this trip up. Be­cause the swell was look­ing so good we de­cided to avoid the gen­eral Mentawai’s milk run and go look­ing for some­thing dif­fer­ent. We def­i­nitely found what we were look­ing for when the swell ar­rived, and the two big­gest days were men­tal; the swell was com­ing in so thick on one af­ter­noon that some of the waves you couldn’t even pad­dle down, as you were just get­ting sucked back up the face when it drew off the reef. I had never seen any­thing like that in Indo be­fore. We ended up scor­ing waves all around the many is­lands, even when the swell dropped a bit, that’s the lux­ury of hav­ing a skip­per like Doris who knows the In­done­sian Ar­chi­pel­ago bet­ter than most. An all round epic trip and ev­ery­one was stoked, can’t wait to get back there again.

Matt Scor­ringe, Bali. Photo: Tech­nic Surf Photography

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