El Nino Loves Goofy-Foots
What does El Nino mean for the Mentawai? The last El Nino years were 2016 and 2019 and typically El Nino results in slightly less swell, less rain and more trade winds. El Nino kicked in late this year and the Mentawai, being located next to the equator, is not as affected as the rest of Indonesia.
We expect a slightly drier season, slightly less swell and the winds tilt a bit more for the lefts. If you're a goofy-foot or a lover of lefts, you're a happy human.
July22 - Aug1, 1 Spot
Aug1 - Aug12, 1 Spot
Aug22 - Sept2, 2 Spots
Sept2 - Sept12, 5 Spots
Sept12 - Sept23, 3 Spots
Sept23 - Oct1, 1 Spot
Are You Riding the Right Boards for the Mentawai?
Chris has been a long term Kandui guest and during Covid19 made the move to the Mentawais and hasn't looked back. He's a good example of an everyday guy that has really spent the time working with us and our surfboards partners to get him on the right equipment to take advantage of the best swells each year.
Chris recently purchased a Christenson Water Lion and was one of the standouts during the last Rifles swell. The Water Lion is a great board for the Mentawai, volume forward, a bit shorter than a traditional step up, baby swallow tail for hold and one of the better looking step ups we've seen. From just overhead to double overhead, it's an incredible option for waves like Rifles, Kandui, Bank Vaults, etc. If you're looking for a longer, narrower option, Christenson also makes a Water Loin Ultra.
Looking for a Father/Son Surfing Getaway?
We host 100s of father/son trips each year at Kandui and our umas are tailor made for families. From top level up and coming pros like Makoa to everyday groms looking to catch their first waves. Something for everyone with all the comforts of the western world in the middle of the jungle. - Ray
Two Questions We Get Asked on a Regular Basis:
1. What's the Heaviest Wave in Indonesia?
2. Who's the Best Surfer You've Seen in the Mentawai?
While everyone has an opinion these days, after almost 20 years in the Mentawai and Indonesia, the heaviest waves we've come across are Kandui Left, GreenBush and Desert Point Grower. In regard to Best Surfer, of course Kelly, Andy, etc are top of the list but ask any of our local surfing crew, one name comes up every time without hesitation, Nate "McNasty" Behl. Nate has what we call the perfect combination of Talent and Stupidity. Talented enough to ride the heaviest surf in Indonesia and stupid enough to think any wave is makeable. The Result? 14 Minutes of the Heaviest Indonesian Edit we've come across.
Hit the link in our bio for the full edit and don't agree with our claim, feel free to drop your edit in the comments.
What's the Difference Between April and May?
We get this question a lot and both months are similar in regard to the type of surf you get. Early March is when the Shoulder-Season tails off and as you enter April, you start seeing more swell mixed in with fun size surf. As you enter May, the surf increases more and the chance of bigger rights (Bank Vaults, etc) increase with each day of the month. You see more people during late March, April and May but there's always more waves to choose from due to more options opening up with more swell.
A general rule of thumb is you're after the fun size surf only, visit for Jan/Feb and if you're after bigger rights mixed with fun size surf, visit in late March, April and May. All photos are shot in April and May and hit the link in our bio for a breakdown of what to expect each month of the year. - Ray
We’ll Keep This Short and Sweet, Do You Want to Score This?
Well, your time has come, we just had a couple last second cancellations and the Indian Ocean is in a great pattern. - Ray
May20 - May30, 1 Spot - $3,450 US
May30 - June10, 2 Spots - $3,750 US
The Best Surf Location on Earth
Ever wonder why we call our area "The Best Surf Location on Earth"?
Look no further than this last south swell that just plowed through Indonesia. Something for everyone and all waves posted are within 5 minutes of Kandui Resort. - Ray
In-Season is Here!
Hold on tight, it's been a wild couple days and more on the way. - Ray
April29 - May9, 3 Spots
May20 - May30, 1 Spot
Aug22 - Sept2, 9 Spots
Sept2 - Sept12, 3 Spots