Words by Ben Horvath. Photos and video by The Perfect Wave.
High season in the Mentawais is in full swing, and late July was certainly no disappointment for those involved, with swell after swell ensuring it was a month to remember.
July was also a good month for crowds. The consistency of swell increased options and spread the boats. Generally speaking crowds were highly manageable outside of a few days here and there when traffic jam situations occurred in the Playgrounds region. Conditions aligned perfectly on the 17-18 of July, when a solid 6-10ft swell coincided with super light winds, making for some standout sessions.
The late July swell that peaked in the 6-8ft plus range on July 27 and 28 was near flawless, as light winds and minimal crowds ensured there were multiple options across the archipelago. The Perfect Wave photographer Andy Potts shot most of the accompanying images whilst aboard The MV Oasis late in the month. Young-guns Lucas Angulo and Ryder Guest from Kuai and Colin Deveze from California were the standout surfers aboard.
After north winds limited Mentawai options for a few days, the back end of the trip was balanced with perfect weather, limited boats and some of the most epic waves you could ask for. The most memorable sessions of the trip were down south at perfect 4ft Rags Right, perfect all day Macaronis sessions and finally draining Bintangs.
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