Mentawai Boat Charter, Surfing Aboard the Bintang Charter Yacht Mentawai - Waterways Travel Images
Bintang Mentawai Yacht Charter :: THE SURF
After more than 10 years crossing the gaps between Sumatra and the Mentawai islands (and all the smaller channels between island groups) Daryl Robinson, his family and crew have the winds, tides, currents, swells of the islands wired into their DNA. Daryl Robinson defines the Bintang strategy like this: "To find the best waves by looking at swell and wind reports, which puts us in the right locations to get barreled or whatever the guests standard of surfing implies we'll be there."
"Our range includes all of the Mentawai: Tellows, Nias, Banyaks and Simulue are my favorites places in the world. There are 15 world class waves in the inventory and dozens of others when it’s smaller. Luckiest spot for me? I can't name one for they all have a different character every day. I’ve had any one of these waves all-time so not one can be said to be the best. Some say HT’s or Maccas, but I don’t play favorites with any one spot. Where we go depends on the ability and desires of the guests."
Once the mother ship arrives at a spot, there is one of the six crew members whose job it is to drive Star. The 30-foot skiff is Bintang’s mini-me. Star can transport as many as 11 surfers, and with 2 X 200 HP engines, the Star gets there in a hurry with a top speed of 30+ knots. – Star is an additional cost for each charter. If Star is not desired a standard 12’ dingy is available to transfer guests from the mother ship to the line-up!
During any given charter you may surf 5, 10 or even 15 different breaks, but there is no way you’re surfing them all. From north to south, the following is a list of better known spots from which to choose (leaving out some semi secret and un-named spots):
The crown jewel of the Banyaks, this very long right-hander provides a smooth takeoff ramp leading into a long wall and hollow inside section. Be careful of "The Claw" at the end that can pinch and not let you out.
A perfect, very workable left breaking into a beautiful bay with a sandy beach. Playful with shallow barrels.
Bay of Plenty
Small horseshoe bay with a left and right off the top and another left further inside. The left off the top is the best wave with a long wall and hollow section, very shallow at low tide. The left inside the bay is very protected from any wind and user friendly. The right is super short and heavy.
Hidden away in the Hinako Islands, Asu is a perfect left that is brother/sister to the perfect left at Bawa.
In the southern Hinako Islands, Bawa is a right reef that breaks way out to sea, with nothing between the reef and the Southern Ocean. A Sunset-like wave over eight feet.
On the island of Nias, in the neighborhood of Lagundri Bay – just another barreling, world-class right.
Nias (Lagundri Bay)
During the 80s, the spot that the world knew as Nias was actually the right at Lagundri Bay. This is the wave that inspired more exploration into these islands, but it’s still a crazy-perfect wave after all these years, ruler edge and wrapping into the bay.
There are a number of spots around the island, including the long, bowling Max’s Left, the fun, bowling Max’s Right, a hollow right at GT’s, the longboard-perfect right at Pinnacles as well as Schoolyards, Le Ba, the Bubble and the E.R.
A perfect barreling left that needs a bit more swell. Very scenic.
A very fast, challenging, barreling lefthander that breaks from 3 – 12 feet, but is Triple Black Diamond over six feet.
A long, hollow freight-train left hander, that needs size and perfect conditions to be makeable.
A short right, well protected from most winds. Shallow reef.
Right hander that can be a little shifty, but serves up backdoor barrels. Very heavy, board-snapping power with size.
A very consistent, short, fun easy right.
Just another world-class lefthander that will satisfy your wildest dreams – and occasionally match your worst nightmares.
A long, beautiful lefthand reef pass that is out to sea and exposed, so prone to the wind. A spectacular wave.
Quality fun long left, very consistent, best with southeast wind. Can be a series of lefts if you want to push further up the reef.
Lance’s Right (HT’s)
One of the best right hand barrels in the Mentawai with a couple take off zones. Best with no wind or northwest wind. Be careful of the "Surgeons Table" and inside area of shallow sharp reef.
Voted the best wave in the world by Tracks Magazine and "funnest wave" by Waves Magazine, this left hander is the star of countless surf videos. A hollow but manageable take off followed by a long wall that is often workable, or hollow. Makes the average surfer feel like a super star!
One of the best rights in Indonesia, a long hollow wall with multiple tube sections. To make the length of the wave you must commit to riding the tube. Likes the south swell and light northwest winds.
A swell magnet and "go to" spot when the swell is small. This can be a fun, long-walled left with multiple tube sections, but when big provides a Sunset-like drop that sometimes gets a bit fat and shoulders off down the line.
A long barreling wave that turns on during large southwest swells and has been surfed up to 15 feet.
This wave has been described as "a formidable opponent to your health, safety, and well-being." Low tide is out of the question, but on a high tide and the proper swell, this is one of the thickest, hollowest tubes in the Mentawai's.
A fast hollow left with quick take off and hollow end section. Ends in very shallow water, better for advanced surfers.
...Get the picture? If there is a landmass poking up above the surface of the ocean in this part of the world, it probably has a coral reef protecting it and a perfect wave wrapping around one end or the other.