Kandui Surf Resort / Mentawai islands; June 1 surf report
Beautiful sunrise this morning. Not many clouds in the sky except on the horizon. The winds were light out of the southeast and the ocean surface was pretty much looking like a lake. The swell was looking a little smaller though, but that did not keep a couple of our guests from getting out to 4 Bobs early to get a few good ones before our first boat picked them up on their way to Burgerworld. This was the only day they could get Burgerworld because it looks like it will be too big for that spot the rest of their trip. When they got there they found an empty lineup and glassy conditions. Waves were a little overhead and there were some long, fun rides. Our second boat showed up to join in the fun, so it was just “Crew Kandui” out there for quite a while. Eventually another boat showed up, but by then our boys (and girls this time) where ready for some lunch anyway so they let them have it. Midday a few of the guys went out to John Candy’s and they got some head high fun ones. Today was one of those days that you can see why this spot sometimes gets called A-frames. Usually it’s pretty much just a left, but today they were going right and having a blast, getting 2 or 3 nice turns in. 4 Bobs was looking glassy and fun also, but there were no takers. Where were you around lunchtime today? We needed you to get a couple of those for us! Later both boats went to Nipusi. There were some boats, but they got their windows of uncrowned moments and everyone had fun. Looking for the waves to start increasing again tomorrow.
Kandui Surf Resort, Mentawai Islands; June 31 surf report
Surf was a little smaller today, but not by a whole lot. Winds were more out of the straight north than yesterday, with maybe even a little east in it, and it was fairly strong. No one was in any big hurry to look for surf early. Even though we knew conditions would be good at Bankvaults/Nipusi, it was hard to rally anyone after a day like yesterday combined with the look of the chopped up ocean just in front of the resort and cloudy skies. Eventually the pots of coffee took effect and we sent a boat over to Bankvaults. It was a little smaller, but cleaner with no west in the wind today. Nice tubes again, with Jeff joining in on the barrel-fest this morning. I took it easy today, but I saw the pictures. Nice! The winds died midday and the sun came out. The swell was fading as well, but there were still some head high plus waves coming in at 4 Bobs and we were watching our guys as we ate lunch skating on the glassy walls, wave after wave. Just 2 guests and Kaliang out. Afterwards, one of those guests said, “That’s what you come to Indo for!” I’m so stoked when guests are so stoked. Seeing that it was such a nice day, about half the guests went snorkeling around the small islands out front. Ya have to do that at least once while you are here. It’s pretty cool. The winds picked up in the afternoon with even more east in it than this morning. No Rifles in the cards today. Some of the guys looked at Pistols, but the shape just wasn’t there today. So it was a 4 Bobs and Karambat left afternoon for those that wanted to surf. Expecting smaller surf tomorrow.
All photos courtesy of the kandui surf resort and Indies Trader surf charters