SDB Pioneer Andrew Bennett Chases a Swell in Indonesia
Surfers have extremely high expectations of the surf in Indonesia for good reason. Geographically situated to take advantage of every swell passing through the Southern Indian Ocean, Indonesia easily has the best waves in the world. I made a quick five night trip to the Mentawai Islands for a swell that looked very large and had a lot of people worked up with enormous expectations.
The surf certainly showed up, but the worst possible wind direction put a damper on things. The wind howled the entirety of the three day swell. This Northwest devil wind crammed us frothers together at two surf spots out of the at least 20 breaks that exist in the Northern Mentawais Playgrounds area. Even though there was a sense of disappointment that we didn’t score Nokandui at 10-12 foot looking like a Pipeline pointbreak, we did get high quality surf. And any time you can live in boardshorts is a good time. Once you reset your expectations you realize you can’t really get skunked in the Mentawais.