The Relentless Season of Rapture

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Dubbed as the Season of Rapture – 2014 in the Mentawai stands out in recent memory. In this final instalment we take a look at the relentless swells which graced the Playground region around Kandui Resort during July.

Words by Justis St John.

Relentless as defined in the dictionary, unyieldingly severe, strict or harsh. Going into July of 2014, Relentless was the one word I kept coming back to.

Ever since the dam burst in May, the Mentawai did not stop. It seemed like every three days a new double overhead plus swell would truck across the Indian Ocean and plough through the Mentawai. Our resident surf guide, Nate Behl was having a pricey year, having already mowed through 12 surfboards (including three in an hour) in 2 months.

The biggest forecasted swell of the year caught the eye of Kandui Resort's good friend and favourite human, Dingo Morrison. Dingo grabbed his old man, Bobby and good friend Koa Rothman and jumped on the 50 hour journey to meet the swell head on.

Follow the links for Part I and Part II of the Season of Rapture.

A common sight in 2014. Israel Hyde throwing some appreciation from the shoulder.

A common sight in 2014. Israel Hyde throwing some appreciation from the shoulder.

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Dingo Morrison:

Dingo Morrison: "Not a better feeling in the world...straight into empty perfect Kandui with ya best mate and old boy after 2 days of straight travel... frothing. That's why I surf."

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Koa Rothman, straight off 50 hours of travel and straight into the pit.

Koa Rothman, straight off 50 hours of travel and straight into the pit.

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Dingo Morrison: "Koa is one of my best mates. I love traveling with him, he's fearless, super humble, respects everyone and is one of the best humans I know. We had some great times and laughs, usually at my expense."

Koa and Dingo arrived on the island right as the first of 2 swells was gracing Kandui. Koa grabbed a board, a canoe and snagged this bomb within 20 minutes of arriving on the island.

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Nate Behl: "Koa is a super humble guy, one of the best tube riders in the world and he obviously charges, so for him to say Kandui is one of the heavier lefts he's ever surfed is saying something. It was sick to surf with someone who frothed just as hard to surf Kandui."

Dingo washing off 50 hours of travel.

Dingo washing off 50 hours of travel.

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Dingo Morrison: "Nothing's better than sharing perfect waves with ya mates. Straight into perfect lefthand grinding barrels. Couldn't wipe the smiles off the boys face with a sledge hammer!"

July 2nd, 7:00am.  One of the swells of the year starts filling and the boys pack for a full day.

July 2nd, 7:00am. One of the swells of the year starts filling and the boys pack for a full day.

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July 2nd was one of the best days seen in the Mentawai in years.  Solid Swell, perfect winds and mid tides made for 12 hours of perfection.

July 2nd was one of the best days seen in the Mentawai in years. Solid Swell, perfect winds and mid tides made for 12 hours of perfection.

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Dingo Morrison: "This nearby right-hander has a perfect canvas for big open face carves and wide open pits."

Israel Hyde picked a good week to visit the Mentawai.

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Nate Behl: "Israel got some really good waves during his stay. He may not have a name like Dingo or Koa, but he could sure hang with the boys and got some of the best waves of the trip. It was also sick to watch him get pitted all morning and have fun surfing with the wife and daughter out front in the afternoons."

Dingo digging in.

Dingo digging in.

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Snapper Rocks on steroids. Dingo Morrison.

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How many 55-year-olds do you know doing this? All Day Ray Wilcoxen.

How many 55-year-olds do you know doing this? All Day Ray Wilcoxen.

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Dingo Morrison: "Man, I heard rumours about All Day Ray and I didn't ever think I would find someone who surfs more than me. But All Day Ray lived up to his name. He's one of the kindest, giving humans you will find on this earth.

Nate Behl: "All Day Ray is one hell of a man. He may be older, but that doesn't mean shit. He will get the wave of the day over and over again. I get so pumped to see this guy get shacked off his melon and I want to be like him when I grow up. He has also made a huge impact in the Northern Mentawais and you can tell by the way the locals treat him."

Nate Behl. July Perfection. Nate, what a legend this kid is... I don't think any human in the world got more barrelled than this kid last year.

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Mid day break.

Mid day break.

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Afternoon perfection.

Afternoon perfection.

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Dingo backdoor.

Dingo backdoor.

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Koa Rothman.

Koa Rothman.

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Grab the bull by the horns. Nate Behl.

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Afternoon delight. Dingo Morrison.

Afternoon delight. Dingo Morrison.

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Nate Behl: "Dingo's a legend, true inspiration, he's a good dude. Such a good time hanging with the maddog. Pretty cool to surf with someone who was on the WCT, pure stoke out in the lineup."

Like father like son.

Like father like son.

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Dingo Morrison: "Dad frothed on surfing right out front. We got some of funnest perfect little rights and he still raves how this trip put his love back into surfing."

Koa and Bobby.

Koa and Bobby.

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Terima Kasih 2014.

Terima Kasih 2014.

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