This is an overview of the most well-known waves in the Mentawais. Our resort is located in the Northern Mentawais while other waves like Macaroni's, Greenbush, HT's, Lance's Left & Right, etc. are located in the Southern Mentawais.
A deep dive
When we said "surrounded by world-class waves" we weren't kidding... When you come to Driftwood, these waves are all accessable to you!
Ebay is one of the coveted gems of the Ments. Its a lefty with several barrel sections during mid-tide. When the tide is high, it transforms into a fun, high-performance wave. Let's just say, beginner's are better off watching with a beer from our yoga platform for this one.
Next to E-Bay, Pit Stops is a punchy right-hander with fun little barrels at the take-off. This is one of Indonesia’s most high-performance waves, if not the world. And the good news is that it’s suitable for all levels, from beginners to advanced.
Off the southern tip of Masokut, Bank Vaults is one of the trickiest waves in the Mentawais. This powerful right-hand reef break throws some draining barrels, and it’s so easy to get caught inside. It can handle huge swells, it rarely goes flat, and is not for the faint of heart.
Off the west coast of Masokut, Beng Bengs is a left-hand reef break with an awesome shape. It’s fast, fun, and ripable, but also quite forgiving. Therefore, it’s suitable for all levels, even beginners who are already comfortable catching waves.
East of Bank Vaults, Nipussi is a short and fast right-hander that breaks over a shallow reef. It’s one of the most consistent breaks in the Mentawais and is relatively sheltered from the wind. When other waves are being messed by the wind, this is a safe bet. The wave itself is pretty mellow, which makes it accessible for intermediates too.
Good Times is the left-hand version of Burger World. Suitable for all levels, it’s a super fun wave with a mellow take-off and long walls. With a bigger swell, it becomes a great place for advanced surfers to enjoy some carving sections.
Off the south coast of Siberut, Burger World is a long right-hand point break. Loads of fun and very picturesque, it’s suitable for both intermediate and advanced surfers. It’s a swell magnet and when everything else is small, this is your best bet.
Off the northeast coast of Karangmajat, Kandui is one of the fastest left-hand-barrels in the world and one of the most dangerous waves in Indonesia. It was first called “No Kandui” because if its difficulty and heaviness. Only head out when there’s a big swell. When small, the sharp reef below can cut you to shreds.
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On the opposite side to Kandui, Rifles is one of the best waves in the Mentawais. This long right-hander is also known as Kandui Right. It delivers great speed and size, and the barrels are simply insane. When it’s firing, it delivers some of the longest tube rides of your life. The ride itself is rather violent, so only advanced surfers should tackle this one.
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Hideaways | Hollow lefthander with a punch. (20 min boatride)
4 Bobs | Fun, mellow and protected right hander. (20 min boatride)
A-Frames | Perfect left and right with character! (20 min boatride)
Icelands | Left-hander perfect for (unusual) smaller swell (2h boatride)
Telescopees | One of the crown jewels of the Mentawais, World class lefthander that suits a wide range of skill levels (2h boatride)
Scarecrows | One of the least hyped up waves, a super consistent left. (2h boatride)
Suicides | The name says it all. A full throttle, heal to the steel, freight train barrel. (2h+ boatride)
Arik | Can offer an extremely long barrel that barely relents along a shallow reef pass (2h+ boatride away)