jaffa1949 wrote:The Mentawai area particularly the playgrounds area has a wide range of options ranging from Feral single family home stays to high cost resort camps, there are over 30 breaks that change regularly according to tide, swell and wind conditions. Forget a motorbike here you need a boat and an experienced guide, otherwise you will be caught by the vaguaries and confined to one break or maybe two on a single island,
Surf itself ranges from pitching full throated Indonesian barrel fests to mellower breaks. You are are 150 kilometres off the coast of Sumatra, it is not a place for guess work.
Sumatra coast has breaks all along and you can luck in there and do the trip, but once again local knowledge is a essential key,you can access some awesome breaks.
It's a great trip to do, keep your wits about you as well as your manners and respect, learn as much Bahasa Indonesian as you can, then tread lightly.
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