A Dreamy Fortnight in The Mentawais

Chris Hunt

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High season in The Mentawais rarely fails to deliver. There definitely wasn’t any shortage of swell in June 2014, but the wind didn’t co-operate for a week or so late in the month, coinciding with the biggest swell of the season thus far, which was a shame for those getting particularly excited about the peak of the swell.

The two back to back 6-10ft SW swells at the end of June landed with gusty NW winds severely limiting rideable options in The Mentawais. Aloita resort surf guide Toasty said, “Suicides was the only offshore option for almost a week. It was weird, Suicides is usually small. On Thursday June 26 it was 8-10ft, even Mark Mathews came over from Playgrounds to surf it because it was the only option in the prevailing NW winds.”

Reports point to Deserts and Padang being all time during that swell. Koby Abberton, Walshy, Dylan Longbottom, Kirk Flintoff and Dylan Haylar were among the all-star cast scoring 4 double overhead pits per wave over on Lombok.

The first fortnight and the final week of June in The Mentawai was hard to beat though with non-stop 4-6ft SW swell, generally light to moderate SE trades and options everywhere. Andy Potts jumped aboard The Oasis and headed down to Macaronis, Hollow Trees and even further south. Most of the photos in the gallery and the clip were taken during the first fortnight and then the last few days of June. Enjoy.

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Chris Hunt

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