The Mentawai Islands, The Playground For Surfers

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High Season Suicides and Rifles.

Mentawai late May surf report from Resort Aloita

Words, photos and clip by The Perfect Wave’s resident Aloita photographer Grant Davis

We started the week with another pulse from the S and headed to playgrounds. Rifles is the closest “Playgrounds” break to Aloita Resort, only a 40min boat ride away (in good conditions). We pulled up to a fairly crowded lineup and 3-5ft runners with the very occasional 6ft set. I explained to the group that Rifles is fickle and this might be their only chance to surf it, so they decided to have a crack.

A few people got some bombs and saw some flashes of it's potential, but the lure of surfing elsewhere was too great. Over to Nipussi with solid 4-5ft of swell and with only two in the water, we were out there.

SEE ALSO: Swell After Swell Hit The Mentawai's

Our next stop was back to the skatepark that is Four Bobs, again the lineup was almost empty. This was our last stop for the day and the team happily drained their reserves trading off some sharp top turn combos. The next few days saw a dropping swell locally, and variable winds, nothing epic wave wise but still better than home.

We had a couple of chunky surfs at Icelands and some very playful Telescopes. With the swell forecast on hand anticipation levels were at boiling point.

As a large low pressure system parked itself due east of us in the Indian ocean, the N wind flow began. Normally this might cause a few headaches for us but with the swell on tap, Suicides was going to be cooking. The 30th May saw the first swell really show with 3-5ft in the morning, a super fun session was had.

The first swell peaked that afternoon, only a foot bigger than the morning but consistent and clean. The next morning was the best I have seen it at Suicides all year, lined up, offshore and hitting the reef perfectly. At 3-5ft and the right tide, Suicides gets almost playful. Two long outings were had on the 31st, many barrels were had and smiles were wide.

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