About Thunders

A heavy, bowly left-hander that can handle more swell than just about anywhere else in the Mentawais, Thunders has a tricky, shifting lineup complete with strong currents that challenges all but the most experienced surfers. That being said, it is one of the bigger waves in the area, and bigger boards make the current manageable.

Source: Thunders Surf Guide

Ability Level

Advanced

Beg Int Adv

This tricky, powerful reef break is best for experienced surfers.

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

Primarily surf tourists.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Gets busy when all the other nearby waves are flat.

Spot Rating

Perfect

Poor Perfect

One of the best big waves in the Mentawais.

Shoulder Burn

Exhausting

Light Exhausting

Power wave with strong currents.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Typical Mentawais perfection.

Additional Information

Hazards

Reef cuts, hold downs.

Access

Boat access.

Bring Your

Shortboard

Seabed

Coral reef.

Best Season

March to November, when the trades blow.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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