South Sipora, Sumatra

When thinking of South Sipora, surfers will immediately think of Lances Right (HT’s) – and its neighbouring left round the corner. Of course, these world class set-ups are the big pull for the masses but those who spend a lot of time in the area know it’s got much more to offer. There are around a dozen quality and very accessible set-ups that will often go unridden whilst the majority of the travelling surfers pursue a dream session at Lances Left or Lances Right.

Although there aren’t quite as many waves in the direct vicinity as *playgrounds* - there’s a nice variation of lefts and rights with differing ferocity. HT’s can get busy but when you consider the other so called lesser waves on offer, it’s actually pretty uncrowded when comparing to some of the other spots in the Mentawai Island archipelago.

South Sipora

Kingfisher Resort

The only camp in the bay, each bungalow overlooks Lances Left, one of the most consistent & fun waves in Indo

Surfers From: USD 180 pp / night
Non Surfers From: USD 180 pp / night

Wave Quality: World Class
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: Lances Left
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Consistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 10-25 surfers
Season: April until October

Lances Left is a very long, superbly shaped wave that is renowned for being one of the most consistent breaks in the Mentawai islands. A number of take-off options means this place rarely feels crowded, and with an easy entry, it’s obvious to see why Lances is such a popular option. At head high, expect long, peeling, down the line walls, ideal for turns, combined with two distinct tube sections. At six feet plus, the wave transforms into a steep, deep water take-off with big open faces and some makeable barrel sections. Although not the most consistent barrel in the Mentawai archipelago, it’s length and overall variation means most surfers will prefer Lances Left to HT’s. 

Wave Quality: World Class
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Lances Right
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Consistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 10-35 surfers
Season: April until October

Located in a palm fringed cove, the waves of Lances Right is one of the main reasons surfers make the long trip to the Mentawai Islands. More commonly referred to as "HT's" - this world class right hander is considered one of the top ten waves in the world. The wave wraps 180 degrees and actually breaks almost due south after bending and amplifying around the Southern tip of Sipora. Wide sets are softer but everything else is fast, hollow and picture perfect. Depending on swell direction and size, there are a couple of different take off zones where you can take off quite easily. And like many of the world's most alluring reef breaks, high tide is a safer option and the lower tide for the more advanced surfers. Failure to exit the inside bowl will often result in a horror experience amongst the reef pinnacles guarded by the aptly named surgeons table.

Wave Quality: Very Good
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Bintangs
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Average
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 5-15 surfers
Season: April until October

Truly one of the most underrated waves in the Mentawais, this classy right-hander produces a slabby, take-off barrel section followed by a fun bowly wall. A 5 minute boat ride from Lances Left, although relatively short, Bintangs can deliver some memorable sessions under the noses of the crowds at the regions more famous waves. Certainly fun under 4 feet, a more solid swell will deliver a more thick perfectly formed cavern along the entire length of the wave. 

Wave Quality: Very Good
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: The Cobra
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Average
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-10 surfers
Season: April until October

Just 50-100 meters from Lances left, The Cobra rears up from deep water to produce a tube from start to finish. Many waves shut down after 50-100m  but some will go much further. Its a matter of spending time in the water there & then picking the right one. Most surfers will head for Kingfisher Bay's main wave, but don't under estimate how good The Cobra can be. Those willing to surf this spot will not only share with far less surfers but they will also give themselves the chance of occasionally linking up with Lances left for one of the longest lefts in the whole of the Mentawai Islands. 

Wave Quality: Very Good
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: JJ's
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Average
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: April until October

Located on an outside reef on the edge of a small bay, this right hander offers two main peaks. The outside section offers an easy take-off, before lining up into a horseshoe style barrel on the inside bowl which produces a perfect back door section. This wave is a body boarders heaven - especially with a perfect ramp at the end section. Intermediate to advanced only.

Wave Quality: Very Good
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Unicorns
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Average
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: April until October

Another well kept secret in the region, Unicorns is one of the more challenging waves in the area. A thick right hander with mechanical shape has a barrel comparable to that of HT's. A large peak jacks up on take-off before exploding onto the shallow reef, where it fires down the line with numerous backdoor sections along the way. Advanced surfers only.

Wave Quality: Very Good
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: Chongs
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Average
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-15 sufers
Season: April until October

One of the areas secret spots, Chongs is a thick left hander that rarely gets crowded due to its secrecy. Its outside peak offers an easy take-off before hitting the reef, bending into a long barrel section. Intermediate and advanced surfers only, the wave is surfable at all sizes - but with an increase in size, turns into a thick lipped barrel machine.

Wave Quality: Good
Wave Direction: Left and Right
Also Known As: Beach Break
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Consistent
Wave Type: Beach
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: April until October

A one kilometre stretch of idyllic palm fringed, white sand beach is not too far from the resort. The turquoise coloured water is picture perfect, with a series of sandbars to choose from. Good sand banks can be a little fickle, but with the right conditions a super fun session can be had by the patient surfer. 

Charter Boats in Mentawai Islands

Sola Gracia SPECIAL OFFER

Sola GraciaMentawai, Telo & Banyaks

Perfect for groups of 8-12 guests, the Sola Gracia had a recent refit and is incredible value for money

From: AUD 3500 3200 per person
Max 12 / Min 8 guests

Kuda Laut SPECIAL OFFER

Kuda LautMentawai, Telo & Banyaks

The Kuda Laut had a recent refit and is ideal for small groups looking to explore the Mentawai & Telos...

From: USD 2100 1999 per person
Max 8 / Min 6 guests

Melaleuca SPECIAL OFFER

MelaleucaMentawai & Telo Islands

Built in 2007, The Melaleuca is a spacious charter boat that specialises in trips to the Mentawais & Telo Islands

From: USD 2350 1750 per person
Max 14 / Min 8 guests

Santa Lusia SPECIAL OFFER

Santa LusiaMentawai & Telo Islands

Santa Lusia is a popular Mentawai surf charter ideal for budget conscious groups of up to 10 guests

From: USD 2300 1950 per person
Max 11 / Min 7 guests

Naga Laut SPECIAL OFFER

Naga LautMentawai & Telo Islands

Built in 1999, the Sea Dragon was designed exclusively for upmarket surf charters...

From: USD 2590 2380 per person
Max 12 / Min 8 guests

Aileoita SPECIAL OFFER

Aileoita Mentawai & Telo Islands

The Aileoita 1, is a modern & comfortable surf charter that can host groups of 8 to 10 surfers...

From: USD 2500 2395 per person
Max 10 / Min 8 guests

Nusa Dewata SPECIAL OFFER

Nusa DewataMentawai & Telo Islands

The Nusa Dewata is all about scoring uncrowded surf where the larger charters simply can't compete...

From: AUD 3400 3075 per person
Max 6 / Min 4 guests

Moon Palikir SPECIAL OFFER

Moon PalikirMentawai & Telo Islands

If you're looking for that something extra from your Mentawai experience, then the MP just might be the answer...

From: USD 2990 2595 per person
Max 14 / Min 8 guests

Kaimana 2 SPECIAL OFFER

Kaimana 2Mentawai & Telo Islands

Built in 2013, The Kaimana 2 is a spacious charter boat that specialises in trips to the Mentawais & Telo Islands

From: USD 2390 2190 per person
Max 12 / Min 8 guests

Bintang

BintangMentawai, Telo & Banyaks

The Bintang is one of the largest & longest serving charter boats in the West Sumatra region...

From: AUD 3800 per person
Max 14 / Min 10 guests

MV Addiction

MV AddictionMentawai & Telo Islands

The Addiction is the most luxurious surf charter in the Mentawai Islands as well as being one of the fastest...

From: USD 3520 per person
Max 12 / Min 10 guests

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