Surfing in the Mentawai Islands
The Mentawai Islands lie off
the west coast of Sumatra in Indonesia.
They offer some of the most perfectly formed
surfing waves in the world. Their virtues
have been praised in surfing magazines around
Here are some first impressions
published in SURFER Magazine:
"Just when you thought you'd seen
it all, you realize you haven't. This was
my first trip to this area, and it shocked
me. I've been going on surf trips for 30
years and bar none this is the richest wave
field I've ever been to. You see photos
of this place on the printed page and go,
'Yeah, wow!' But you have to go there
to appreciate the area, how remote it is,
and how beautiful and wild and how many
damn surf spots there are. It's like a miracle...
"... Another thing that really struck
me about this area is how pristine it all
was. Most of the islands were just schoolbook
fantasy scenes--palm-lined, white sand beaches
with thick jungle beyond that. Sometimes
there was a little hut built on the end
of a point. But for the most part, nature
overwhelmed any sign of man. There's something
very satisfying about that."
In addition to surfing,
the area offers beautiful island beach walks,
and memorable contacts with the local Mentawai
people, who live close-to-nature in small
villages on the unspoiled islands.