Kandui Surf Resort in the Mentawai island chain; June 3rd surf report
Me and Wetto did the surf check on the Kandui side again this morning. This time we were making a U turn in the dingy before we even got past Baby Kandui. It was obviously bigger today as an overhead, three waves set peeled through. We got a boat together and took off shortly after I spread the news. We checked Kandui, but the light winds there were southwest and it was not looking that good, although there was some size. We pasted Bandvaults, but the backs of the waves were looking a little sizeable and the consensus was to keep moving. We looked at E-Bay, but it was a little funky with a northwest wind there. So we went to Beng Beng where the wind seemed to be blowing out of the north! It was looking a little big and high tide for Beng Beng, but we decided to get a few waves and let the wind figure out what it wanted to do. An hour or so later the winds picked up southeast so we retraced out path and checked out E-Bay. It was all right, overhead with only 2 guys out, but we passed. Bankvaults? No one out, but a little crumbly with the light southeast winds, so we pasted. (Our guys are already getting spoiled!) Then we checked out hideaways. Conditions there were perfect and overhead waves were reeling across the reef and nobody was out! But the tide was already getting a little low and I could see a lot of reef sticking up on the inside. I told the guests how shallow it was and how dangerous the reef was there, and most of them wisely decided to hang in the boat. But those open tubes and glassy, blue walls were too much to pass up for Jeff so he rallied Chris and the three of us went out. There were some epic waves. I have seen the carnage that Hideaways can dish out on days like that, but our two guests only knew that they were seeing some sick waves and they were charging! Ignorance is bliss as they were getting some great waves! The conditions were so good that we were making just about every wave, and we miraculously didn’t pay much of a price when we didn’t. Jeff said he got the backside tube of his life! I saw it from the back and that statement was easy to believe. After a couple of hours the tide was dead low and we decided to we had pressed our luck far enough and went back for lunch. Our second boat had left later than we did and headed straight for Kandui’s. Yes, Amen was guiding that boat! Conditions had cleaned up since we had looked at it and it was going off! Waves were well overhead and winds were light offshore. I saw the pictures. SICK! Amen and Taylor got some absolutely mind blowing barrels. I’m sure we will get some of those pictures posted. If you can get a better barrel in the world than Kandui’s, I would like to know where it is! In the afternoon we sent a boat to E-Bay. Waves were overhead, although it was a little shallow. But everybody came back with their skin intact. A late boat went back to Hideaways. The winds were a little side shore now and not as clean as before, but waves were still well overhead and only a few people were out. We managed to get in a few barrels and headed back as we watched the sunset. It was a pretty good day. Me and Amen heard the usual, “I got the wave of my life!” “I got the barrel of my life!” Blah, blah… Just another day in the office at Kandui Resort! Expecting even bigger surf tomorrow.
June 2nd surf report
Winds were light and variable this morning. It was looking smaller out front, but our new swell is forecast to have quite a bit of west in it so me and Wetto jumped in the dingy to give Kandui’s a look. If our southwest swell was starting to hit, we would see it on the more west facing reefs like Kandui’s. But all we saw was dribbling waist high or so waves coming down the reef so we didn’t come back to the resort with good news about the size of the swell, but we did have some good news. The winds were light out of the west over on the Kandui side, so Burgerworld could have some good waves. Both boats headed there and they were happy they did. Waves were a little over head and the conditions were clean. There were a couple of boats there, but everybody was mellow and they all had a great time. Burgerworld is one of those spots where the expert and the novice can both have a lot of fun, and our mixed group did just that. In the afternoon the winds were light southeast and we decided to give Beng Beng a check, hoping to see some sign of the new swell. Conditions were super clean there, but the swell was just barely starting to show. It was only chest to maybe shoulder high, but nobody was out and we ended up having a good time. Our other boat went to Nipusi. It was around head high, but our guys managed to get some good waves before sunset. Looking for bigger waves tomorrow.
All photos courtesy of the crew at Kandui Surf Resort / Indies Trader surf charter boat and Sebastian