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Enjoy it, even if you’re not on it© 2014 Photo Potts/The Perfect Wave
13 year old Californian Ryder Guest getting some scarecrow airtime© 2014 Photo Potts/The Perfect Wave
It is amazing how fast HT’s can grow from 1ft to well overhead, Lucas Angulo eyeing his line.© 2014 Photo Potts/The Perfect Wave
Colin Deveze enjoying super fun Pitstops on day one of his Mentawai adventure© 2014 Photo Potts/The Perfect Wave
Lucas Angulo racing the section with the reef just inches away© 2014 Photo Potts/The Perfect Wave
Do you remember your first Rags right tube, Ryder Guest sure will© 2014 Photo Potts/The Perfect Wave
Lucas Angulo boosting a Pitstop section© 2014 Photo Potts/The Perfect Wave
Drop, turn, barrel….boost© 2014 Photo Potts/The Perfect Wave
Living the dream.© 2014 Photo Potts/The Perfect Wave
Matt Deveze spraying the sky at fun Macaronis© 2014 Photo Potts/The Perfect Wave
Ryder Guest on rail above some shallow reef at HT’s Wave.© 2014 Photo Potts/The Perfect Wave
In the moment with Lucas Angulo© 2014 Photo Potts/The Perfect Wave
Ryder Guest exiting a solid Rags Right tube© 2014 Photo Potts/The Perfect Wave
The Macaronis show featuring Ryder Guest© 2014 Photo Potts/The Perfect Wave
Grommet in a barrel© 2014 Photo Potts/The Perfect Wave
High and tight at Macaronis© 2014 Photo Potts/The Perfect Wave
Unknown 6am speed blur at Macaronis© 2014 Photo Potts/The Perfect Wave
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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