Kandui Surf Resort, Mentawai islands, Nov. 20th surf report . It was raining steadily with morning. Winds were light, but everybody was content to hang out and relax until the rain stopped around mid morning, then a couple of the guys went out and surfed some chest high plus 4 Bobs with glassy conditions. After lunch, the wind started blowing out of the northeast, but not that strongly. One of our boats went up to Last Resort’s and got some overhead, fun surf. One of the guests, Neil, said he got his first ever barrel that he came out of during that session! Cool Neil! Welcome to the club. Another boat headed for Bankvaults. There was a bit of size showing there. It was a couple of feet overhead, plus, on the sets. No one was out. It was a little hard to find a shoulder, like so often is the case out there. There was a bit of a current also, and that was just enough for me to move down to Nipusi. One guy was out over there, but it wasn’t long before I had it to myself. Overhead with offshore winds. Forecasts say increasing swell overnight and there was already some legit sets this afternoon, so we have high hopes for tomorrow.
Kandui Surf Resort, Mentawai islands, Nov. 21st surf report . It was the last surfing day for our guests. The surf forecasters had pretty much been lying to us for over a week so we were pretty skeptical about this predicted swell. The winds were out of the north this morning, and that is what we were hoping for. That’s offshore at Bankvaults and it is the biggest, meanest swell magnet around. Low and behold, the forecasters got it right this time and when we arrived we were seeing overhead waves coming through with nice, offshore wind conditions. We surfed for something like 6 hours, only coming to the boat for a little food and drink before getting back into the lineup. It was getting a little bigger the whole time, some waves reaching 3 or 4 feet overhead. We were actually happy when the winds switched to west and made it just imperfect enough for us to have an excuse to go back to the resort and. We had some lunch and a little rest. The wind switched north again, but we were so beat! But we eventually fought our exhaustion and won. We jumping in a boat and got back out to Bankvaults with a couple of hours of light left. When we pulled up, we were kicking ourselves for not getting back out earlier as we saw a 3 wave set, bigger than it had been earlier, peel down the reef perfectly with wide open barrels, seemingly giving us a little lecture on tardiness! It took us about 30 seconds to get into the takeoff zone and start getting waves. And there were some beauties! Some waves you could do turns on and others were just a barrel all the way down the reef. A few were just about as good as it gets, and guys were getting stand up barrels when they were lucky enough to snag one! Not the stand up barrels your friend told you he got down at Malibu or Trestles this morning! We are talking legitimate stand up barrels, 6 foot tall guys standing straight up and getting shacked! And only the 5 of us were there to tell the tale. I was so stoked for our return guests and now friends, Stew and Drew, to get a solid day of good surf in before they had to go. If you have to end your trip, that’s a good way to do it! We surfed until dark. The swell should peak tonight and fade through tomorrow