Should I stay or should I go? These are the decisions which us surfers take every day. It doesn’t matter whether you are a pro, or grafting on a construction site, the decision is the same weighing-up time vs opportunity, cost, family etc. Will it be worth it?
Fresh off the red eye from Teahupoo, Nic von Rupp had a choice to make: head home? Or rinse and repeat? Fortunately, for him and us, this guy is a listener - and when he saw the numbers clicking into place for a once-in-two year event, he spun on his heels and headed back into departures.
In every swell call there is an element of uncertainty which oscillates up and down depending on the location. Fortunately, Indo allows you a solid 10 day window of reasonable certainly about a swell’s arrival and significance due simply to the distance a swell has to travel.
What happens when it arrives? Well, that is another story and one which involves understanding the nuances of direction and period which favour one island chain over another. And these digits promised that statistical once-in-two year Mentawai event, with a direct not dissimilar to the Muzza swell which lit up some of Playground’s wild rides back in 2015.
The added bonus of a WSL tour event running at the same time kept the pro crowd factor thin, and the promise of a last minute bed at a packed-out Kandui Resort where the ground crew had given up their bunks to accommodate the surfers proved irresistible.
And the result? Was it worth it? Hell yes.
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