Seventy feet long with a roomy, 15-foot beam, Aileoita was purpose-built from the keel up in 2005 with one purpose in mind: transporting surfers of every skill level to the best waves in safety and comfort.
Seventy feet long with a roomy, 15-foot beam, Aileoita was purpose-built from the keel up in 2005 with one purpose in mind: transporting surfers of every skill level to the best waves in safety and comfort. On the outside, Aileoita is rigged and ready to get surfers into the lineup and back in safety. Inside and below, Aileoita is outfitted with all the modern conveniences: full air conditioning, liquid crystal TV plus an Ipod-accommodating sound system connected to indoor and outdoor speakers.
Aileoita is crewed by a team of six made up of the captain, a mechanic, two deck hands, a photographer and the chef. All of them trained by experienced Indo surf tour guide Jordan Heuer to make sure that all needs are met both in and out of the water.
Aileoita’s built in surf photographer is on board and ready to record the highlights of all the guests with cutting edge still and video equipment: Canon 7 D, 40 D and 300 D . Sebastian shoots anywhere from 3,000 to 8,000 images on a typical trip, then edits them down to the very best and saves them into two photo CDs for each guest.
The Aileoita is 70’ x 15’ of modern comfort: full air conditioning, indoor and outdoor showers, liquid crystal TV, IPod-accommodating sound system connected to indoor and outdoor speakers. Low slung and built for speed, the maximum number of guests on Aileoita is 10, who sleep in five, two-bed cabins – with six of the beds large enough to accommodate couples.
In the wheelhouse she uses Furuno radar, Garmin depth sounder and GPS, VHF/HF radio and Satellite phone – all of it powered by 2X 220 V, generators. For safety there are life jackets for everyone, a 20-person life raft, EPIRB, fire extinguishers and First Aid kit. Another safety feature is the twin 180 HP Mitsubishi engines which power Aileoita to an ideal cruising speed of 9 – 11 knots. The 14-foot fiberglass tender is also equipped with two engines – 25 and 15 HP.
Maximum number of guests on Aileoita is 10, who sleep in five, two-bed cabins – with six of the beds large enough to accommodate couples.
Guests eat a healthy international mix of Japanese, Mexican, Indian, American and Indonesian cuisines. Meals can be served in either an air conditioned, indoor dining table or outside on the covered back deck with wrap around benches.
Aieloita sails from Padang with a standard itinerary of 12 nights / 11 days surfing into the Mentawai – but that standard can be customized to include northern Sumatra – Telo, Nias, Hinako, Pulau Banyak and Simeuleu. Guests fly into Padang in West Sumatra and board Aielotia late evening as it sails west into the sunset, and wake up from dreams to fantasy surf. No more staring at calendars or posters on the walls of cubicles and shaping bays. This is the real thing: The land of 18-second barrels on minute-long waves.
From northern Sumatra to the southern Mentawai the following is a list of better known spots from which to choose (leaving out some semi-secret and un-named spots):
Rockstars 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.
Telo Islands 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.
Ebay A perfect barreling left that needs a bit more swell. Very scenic.
Kandui A very fast, challenging, barreling lefthander that breaks from 3 – 12 feet, but is Triple Black Diamond over six feet.
Nokandui A long, hollow freight-train left hander, that needs size and perfect conditions to be makeable.
4 Bobs Short right well protected from most winds, shallow reef.
Bank Vaults Right hander that can be a little shifty, but serves up backdoor barrels. Very heavy board snapping power with size.
Nipussi A very consistent short fun easy right.
Scarecrows Just another world-class lefthander that will satisfy your wildest dreams – and occasionally match your worst nightmares.
Telescopes A long, beautiful lefthand reef pass that is out to sea and exposed, so prone to the wind. A spectacular wave.
Lance’s Left 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.
Macaronis 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!
Rifles 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.
Thunders 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.
Rags Left A long barreling wave that turns on during large southwest swells and has been surfed up to 15 feet.
Rags Right 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 Mentawais.
The Hole 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.
The Mentawai are in western Indonesia, just below the equator, so these islands generally see more rainfall than Bali and the islands further southeast. Indonesia as a whole has a tropical climate and in the Mentawai in particular, there is little difference in the length of a day any time of year. Indonesia’s seasons divide in two: wet and dry.
The wet season begins in October and lasts until March, with the peak rainfall measured in January and February, when high pressure flowing south from the Asian mainland combines with humid air from the Indian Ocean to bring rain throughout the archipelago. Although the northern and western islands receive more rainfall than those areas in the south and east, it can rain at any time of year.
March/April is the beginning of dry season, when high pressure over Australia pushes air north to blanket Indonesia with warm, dry air.
The dry season peaks during June through August, which is also in the heart of surf season.
Prime swell season for Indonesia is the southern hemisphere winter months from March/April through September/October when Low pressure systems off Antarctica and the Indian Ocean pulse ground swells toward the equator.
Winds are also a factor to be considered. May through Aug/Sept typically sees easterly trades which are favorable for many of the main breaks. November through February generally sees northwesterly winds, which may not be favorable for the big name breaks, but there are waves that favor this northerly wind direction.
The shoulder or transition months of March/April and September/October will experience light and variable winds due to the changing of seasons. These transition months often experience glassy conditions and can be the best time to sample a larger variety of waves.
Air temperatures range between 75° and 85° all year and water temperatures are always in that same range.
If you want big surf with favorable winds, May to September is probably best. If you want to experience some glassy conditions and get a few more rights and less people but possibly sacrifice some swell size then March/April or late Sept/Oct is probably best. If you don’t mind rain but want good surface conditions and smaller, clean surf with nobody else around: give the off-season a try, from November to February.
Napping, eating and drinking are among the most popular activities on board the Aileoita. Trolling from the rear deck or taking out the surf boat to comb the reef for lunch and dinner. Editing photos and video is a good way to relax and pass the hours in transit, or waiting for the ideal conditions to line up for more fantasy surf.
The crew aboard Aileoita are sensitive to the islands they explore and the native people; offering cultural tours of the island of Siberut, lead by Anom “Un” Suheri, a Siberut native who leads visitors deep into the jungle and back in time.
On/off site activities include:
|Dates||Exclusive Charter Rate||Non-Exclusive Rate Per Person||Available|
|May 12 – 24||$ 22,000 per charter||$ 2,500 per person||Departed|
|May 30 – June 10||$ 22,000 per charter||$ 2,500 per person||Booked|
|June 11 – 19||$ 22,000 per charter||$ 2,500 per person||10 Spaces|
|June 20 – July 02||$ 22,000 per charter||$ 2,500 per person||10 Spaces|
|July 03 – 15||$ 22,000 per charter||$ 2,500 per person||Booked|
|July 21 – August 02||$ 22,000 per charter||$ 2,500 per person||10 Spaces|
|August 04 – 16||$ 22,000 per charter||$ 2,500 per person||10 Spaces|
|August 18 – 30||$ 22,000 per charter||$ 2,500 per person||10 Spaces|
|September 01 – 13||$ 22,000 per charter||$ 2,500 per person||10 Spaces|
|September 15 – 27||$ 22,000 per charter||$ 2,500 per person||Booked|
|September 29 – October 11||$ 22,000 per charter||$ 2,500 per person||Booked|
|October 13 – 25||$ 22,000 per charter||$ 2,500 per person||10 Spaces|
|October 27 – November 08||$ 22,000 per charter||$ 2,500 per person||10 Spaces|
|November 10 – 22||$ 22,000 per charter||$ 2,500 per person||10 Spaces|
|November 24 – December 06||$ 22,000 per charter||$ 2,500 per person||10 Spaces|
Exclusive use of boat only for groups paying whole group charter price, and we reserve the right to fill the remaining empty beds if only paying for the Non-Exclusive Charter rates. Exclusive charter maximum of 10 passengers.
Professional Photographer photographing all of your sessions, and sending you home with 2 DVD’s full of all your best surfing photos, scenic, and lifestyle photos from the trip available for an additional $3,000 per charter.
$2,000 Fuel Surcharge for North Sumatra trips (Telo, Nias, Hinako, Pulau Banyak, and Simeuleu)
50% deposit required to secure your booking