Kandui Surf Resort, Mentawai islands, 1st October surf report . Sunday night everyone enjoyed a Kandui-style barbecue. Think fresh fish grilled outside to perfection under calm skys. Monday’s hope was a small but building swell according to the surf forecasting models. That led a number of guests to embark on a rum and coke journey in the hope of awakening the surf gods to bless the resort with future surf. A number of cuban cigars were also sacrificed. There is an underlying desire of many of the new guests to see the famous Mentawai style smooth barreling lefts and rights at such breaks as Riffles and no-Kandui, Ebay and the razor sharp Hideaways.
So the resort guests got a late start, but after a breakfast and some lounging a boat left around 11ish to check the swell magnet known as Beng Beng. We pulled up and there were six people in the water-no worries- it was shoulder high with some head-high sets coming in. Plenty of waves for everyone. The break is what they call a “soft” wave in the Ments. For 98% of the population if you saw these waves coming in at your local break it would be called an epic day. So would the 100 other people in the water with you. B eng Beng is a left that peaks up near the reef and gives you a ramp-like entrance to gain speed to beat the middle section. The better surfers blast the middle section with a full fin-out Reo or a floater and jam in four or five turns. You can ride the inside or wait for the set waves. Its easy to get your fill. After a 3 hour session we headed back for a late lunch and we found out that another Kandui boat had gone to to Hideaways- shoulder high , shallow but again a great tune-up for the swell.
The waves are expected to jump up tomorrow, with the real pulse coming later in the week. We are taking no chances and have asked the local shaman to visit and perform a traditional offering to the wave gods.
Joe Dowling for Ray Wilcoxen
Kandui Surf Resort, Mentawai islands, September 30th surf report . The wind was really blowing this morning out of the south. We could see there was a storm coming so we hung out at the restaurant until it passed, then took off for Beng Beng. Conditions there were near perfect with light offshore winds and the waves were about as big as yesterday, around chest to shoulder high. We surfed for a few hours then headed back for a late lunch when the tide started coming back in. Some of the guests that didn’t surf Beng Beng had a little session at Hideaways before the tide got too low. It wasn’t bad with side-offshore winds and shoulder high sets coming through. We stuck around the resort in the afternoon and surfed some 4 Bobs. The wind had moved a little west and the conditions out there were doable and there were some shoulder high sets there as well. Looking like we will have to weather one more small day of surf before our next swell hits.
Kandui Surf Resort, Mentawai islands September 29th surf report. Our latest swell was winding down even further today. The winds were not as strong as yesterday, but it was still blowing pretty hard. We headed for Beng Beng again and got the low tide session there. There were only 3 guys out and they headed in right away so we had it to ourselves. It was a nice, sunny day and we went to the beach and hung out with some local people and we got a few fun waves as well. 4 Bobs was not looking too bad this afternoon so a few of the crew had a go there as well. We are hoping for a little bump in the swell tomorrow. Brad Gerlach arrived today so maybe he will bring us some good luck!
Thanks to Amen May for the photos !!