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MENTAWAI SURF RETREAT

Picture perfect

"MSR" is nestled in an idyllic bay, just 50 metres from "Pitstops" and only 200 metres from "E-bay" one of the Mentawai Islands most celebrated waves"

MENTAWAI SURF RETREAT

Location, location, location

Jaw dropping in every way, this small but beautifully crafted retreat, offers five star sunsets and direct access to some of the region's best waves."

Mentawai Surf Retreat

Specials

From pp

USD 200

Resort Guide

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Overview

About

Overlooking Pitstops
Mentawai Surf Retreat - directly overlooking Pitstops

Camp Size: Max 12 guests
Accommodation: 3 x Private beachfront bungalows
Daily Meals: Included
Daily Transport: Daily boat rides included
Located in front of surf break: Yes, directly in front of Pitstops (right)
Destination: Mentawai Islands
Surfing Ability: Intermediate to advanced
Budget: 4/5
Surf Lessons: Yes (subject to availability)
Surfboard Rental: Yes
Yoga: Yes (subject to availability)
Ideal for: Everyone!

Mentawai Surf Retreat rests amongst 20 acres of beach front land on Nyang Nyang Island in the Northern Mentawai region. The retreat is just a stone’s throw from Pitstops and Ebay - 2 world class waves giving you unlimited surf time! There are around 20 waves within a 30 minute boat ride of “MSR”.

"MSR" also offers both complimentary Yoga Classes as well as very affordable Surf Lessons (subject to availability).

The surf camp consists of three comfortable and spacious beach front bungalows set in a pristine bay with sunset views overlooking “Pitstops” an extremely fun and rippable right hander. The location is second to none in the Mentawai Islands.

Accommodation

beach front bungalows
Beach front bungalows

3 x private bungalows (with private bathroom) - up to 4 guests per bungalow

* Single guests are expected to share
* Couples will always have a private bungalow

Bungalows can be set up in any configuration:

Double Share: Two full size beds
Triple Share: Three full size beds
Quadruple Share: Four full size beds  

private bungalow

Each bungalow is nestled amongst a tropical hillside that overlooks one of the most idyllic bays in the Mentawai Islands. Sit back and enjoy perfect views of “Pitstops” or take in a dreamy sunset, all from the comfort of your very own private deck.  

The accommodation is airy, comfortable and spacious, and accommodates between 1 & 4 guests in each bungalow. A large & private bathroom can be found at the rear & includes western toilet, high pressure shower and a separate entrance to keep your space sand free.

Inclusions:

- Beach front bungalows
- Private bathroom
- Western toilets
- High pressure showers
- Separate entrance
- Private deck/balcony
- Overlooks "Pitstops"
- Personal fans for every bed
- Sunset & Surf views from your balcony

private bathroom

Yoga Platform

Nestled high above Mentawai Surf Retreat, guests can find some solitude, enjoy panoramic ocean views and stretch out those surf fatigued muscles. There's no question that it's the perfect place for Yogi's, but the view alone means it's an incredible spot for any guest to enjoy. Namaste!

Mentawai Surf Retreat

Food & Drink

daily meals

All packages includes:

- Breakfast, lunch, dinner, & snacks
- Drinking water, tea and coffee

Not included in the price: Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks or additional snacks

The elevated beachfront restaurant, bar and lounge also boasts sunset views overlooking "Pitstops" as well as distant coastal views of Siberut and its neighbouring islands. The Nyang Nyang Lounge is the perfect place to gather, eat, drink & share stories from the days surf sessions.

Breakfast, lunch & dinner are served each day around the guest’s schedule. The menu includes a variety of traditional Indonesian cuisine with a few western favourites. We can cater for special dietary requests, including vegetarian and gluten-free, just let us know.

Beer & soft drinks are available for purchase but are not included in the packaged price.

Note: Guests are more than welcome to bring their own duty free liquor!

3 meals included each day

Daily boat

Playgrounds Surf

Included in the package are your twice daily boat rides to the surf. There’s no set schedule but usually a plan is made the previous evening based on what the guests want and what the surf guide then suggests. Sometimes a first light mission is what’s agreed whereas other times a more relaxed approach is taken. It all depends on what the guests want. Usually we return to the camp for lunch & set off again mid afternoon and return home by dusk. It’s always a full day of surfing. Of course guests don’t have to take the boat every session if they’d prefer to stay at base camp and surf Pitstops or Ebay then that’s fine too!

Inclusions

surf camp mentawai
Sunset views from the camp

Included in the nightly rate:

ALL ACCESS SURF PASS - unlimited boat trips to any of the surf spots in our area AND any of the neighbouring islands - there is NO EXTRA CHARGE to surf other islands. So you'll get to surf spots like - Bank Vaults, Kandui, Rifles, Hideaways, A-Frames, 4-Bobs, Burger World, Nipussi, E-Bay, Beng Bengs and many, many more.

* Surf guide to take you to the best spot on the day suited to your ability
* 3 delicious meals/day prepared by a top Mentawai chef
* Unlimited Coffee/tea
* Unlimited filtered water
* FREE FAST WIFI
* Pitstops right on your doorstep, roll out of your bungalow and straight into the line-up (Shared bungalow of up to 4 people)
* Private en-suite bathroom in each bungalow

Additional costs:

* Beers and soft drinks
* Mentawai Surf tax (US$80)
* Speedboat transfer Padang - Ments - Padang

Photography Packages

mentawai surf

"MSR" always have a professional & experienced photographer available for each of their trips. 

Photo packages are US$250 pp / trip & includes:
  • Shots from land
  • Shots from the boat
  • Shots from in the water
  • Video
  • Drone footage (when available)
There is no extra charge for the video content or drone content, or water shots - all included in the package price. 

Trip Information

What to expect

Mentawai Surf Retreat is located in the heart of the surf region and guests have access to all the waves. None of them are more than 30 mins away (see map above). Guests also have direct access to Pitstops (below) which is one of the funnest right handers in the Mentawais. Not the scariest, not the hollowest but always a lot of fun, even at chest high. Its literally 50m from the camp.

If you're looking for a little more grunt, then you'll also be a short paddle (from Pitstops) across to the other end of the reef to Ebay. Its not as consistent as Pitstops because it generally needs to be head high or bigger to start working but once it does you'll be blessed with one of the Mentawais crown jewels.


The Surf

mentawai surf retreat

Detailed information for all the surf breaks can be found in the destination's section of the site within the Playgrounds, Mentawai pages.

Playgrounds Surf Breaks

Travelling to Sumatra

mentawai travel

Guests need to fly into Padang Airport, West Sumatra 

We recommend using https://www.skyscanner.net/ and flying into either Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - or Jakarta, Indonesia.  From KL, there is usually one morning flight (1hr) with Air Asia  as well as a lunchtime flight to Padang.  From Jakarta, there are over a dozen flights each day that fly into Padang, from airlines such as Garuda Airlines, Srwijaya, Citilink  & Lion Air. We recommend https://www.traveloka.com/

Note: Visa On Arrival: A FREE 30 day Visa On Arrival is now available for the following countries: Australia, USA, Brazil, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada, Peru, Costa Rica, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Ireland, England, France, Switzerland, Sweden and Germany. To see the full list visit this link: http://www.topbali.com/indonesia-free-visa-entry/

Padang Airport to camp

Transfers

Padang Airport (PDG) to Mentawai Surf Retreat - USD 210 per person, each way.

This includes the following:

• Speedboat return trip from Padang straight to MSR in just 3,5 hours and back, all harbour fees, luggage fees and porters.
• Meet and greet airport pick up
• Transfer to hotel (if staying at a hotel) - then to harbour
• Transfer from airport to harbour
• Porter charges and port clearance fees

Arrival: Padang to Mentawai Surf Retreat

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Taxi to Speedboat
12:30 PM Loading
1:00 PM Departure
4:30 PM Arrival at MSR

Guests can arrive in Padang the day of Check In before 11:30 am.

Departure: Mentawai Surf Retreat to Padang

6:30 AM Loading
7:00 AM Departure
10:30 AM Arrival Padang

When departing guests can fly out of Padang any time after 2:30pm

Padang Hotel (extra cost)

There are a number of very affordable hotels to choose from. Even the best hotels (below) are only around $50-70 for 2 guests including breakfast.

We suggest staying at either of the following options:

Mercure Hotel - www.mercurepadang.com/
D'Oxville Hotel - https://oxvillehotel.com/

 

Useful stuff

Before booking a trip to Mentawai Surf Retreat, make sure to check our "Know before you go" section which is a handy page of what to expect as well as a detailed inventory of what to bring.

For those that are unsure what's better a surf charter boat or surf camp, or for those looking for a comprehensive list of all the surf camps in the Northern Mentawai, then check out our blogs below.

mentawais

mentawai surf charter

PRICES

How to book

Please select from the available options below. Once you have made your selection please click the continue button.

Special Offers

Full Access Surf Package for 2022 and 2023 bookings

01 JAN 22 to 31 DEC 22

Price per person per night: USD 200

2022 Prices

Full Access Surf Package

01 JAN 22 to 31 DEC 22

Price per person per night: USD 270

2023 Prices

Full Access Surf Package

01 JAN 23 to 31 DEC 23

Price per person per night: USD 270

Transfer Costs

Padang to MSR to Padang (each way) - private speedboat

01 JAN 22 to 31 DEC 22

Price per person per night: USD 210

Booking Notes

2022 & 2023 rates

Standard rate : US$270/n pp
Deposit (in 3 weeks) : US$200/n pp (25% discount)

GROUP DISCOUNTS

4 – 6 guests : US$235/n pp (15% discount)
7 – 9 guests: US$210/n pp (22% discount)
10 – 12 guests: US$195/n pp (28% discount)

If any groups pay deposits within the 3 weeks, then they’ll get the Early Bird rate of US$200/n pp, each.

RETURNING GUESTS

Deposit (in 4 weeks) : US$195/n pp (28% discount)

Deposit & Payment

A USD 500 deposit per person is required to secure your booking. Initial deposit is non-refundable but transferable or exchanged with a friend to take your place on that specific date (passengers are responsible for finding their own replacements).

Balance of payment is due 60 days prior to departure and is 100% non-refundable.

Payment Options

Payment only by Bank transfer

All transfer charges & bank fees, including correspondent bank fees, are to be incurred by the guests.

Bank details will be emailed upon booking.

Save a lot of $$$ by using www.transferwise.com for your international bank transfers. It's free and easy to use, you will receive much better currency rates than any bank. 

Terms and Conditions

Travel Insurance is mandatory for your safety and no guest will be able to depart on any trip unless they have copies of their travel insurance documents before departure. We advise all guests take out insurance upon booking in case of accident or personal problems prior to your trip.

By way of payment guests are agreeing to both Mentawai Surf Retreat & Surf Camp Sumatra’s Terms & Conditions.

Both links can be found below;

Mentawai Surf Retreat: http://www.mentawaisurfingretreat.com/terms-conditions/

Surf Camp Sumatra: http://www.surfcampsumatra.com/surf-camp-sumatra-terms.shtml

Disclaimer

This surf trip is an independent surf operator and is not part of or in partnership with Surf Camp Sumatra. Surf Camp Sumatra acts as an agent only. We sell various travel related products on behalf of numerous transport, accommodation and other service providers, such as land based accommodation and boat charter operators. Surf Camp Sumatra's obligation is to make travel bookings on your behalf and to arrange relevant contracts between you and travel service providers. Surf Camp Sumatra has no responsibility for these services nor do we make or give any warranty of representation regarding their standards. All bookings are made subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by these service providers.
Mentawai Surf Retreat MSR with Pitstops breaking off the beach Pitstops surf check Jungle cruisin Evening delights Couples will always have a private bungalow Bintang time Ticking the boxes 3 healthy and delicious meals served each day Sharing the stoke Private ensuite bathroom in each bungalow MSR bungalow Dinner is served Your private bungalow Under the stars 1-4 guests per bungalow Private balcony Yeeeeew Lunch time at the MSR restaurant The MSR speedboat parked up out the front Your accommodation Balcony views Double room at MSR Mentawai Surf Retreat bungalow Walking through the MSR garden Pitstops is one of the funnest right handers in the region Views from the camp with Pitstops breaking Pitstops looking fun Sunsets views at MSR Inside Bank Vaults Hideaways on the pump Plenty of this close by E-bay Playgrounds juice Not far from MSR Hideaways Burgerworld Mentawai gold Playgrounds Pitstops

Location Map

Overlooking Pitstops
Mentawai Surf Retreat - directly overlooking Pitstops

Camp Size: Max 12 guests
Accommodation: 3 x Private beachfront bungalows
Daily Meals: Included
Daily Transport: Daily boat rides included
Located in front of surf break: Yes, directly in front of Pitstops (right)
Destination: Mentawai Islands
Surfing Ability: Intermediate to advanced
Budget: 4/5
Surf Lessons: Yes (subject to availability)
Surfboard Rental: Yes
Yoga: Yes (subject to availability)
Ideal for: Everyone!

Mentawai Surf Retreat rests amongst 20 acres of beach front land on Nyang Nyang Island in the Northern Mentawai region. The retreat is just a stone’s throw from Pitstops and Ebay - 2 world class waves giving you unlimited surf time! There are around 20 waves within a 30 minute boat ride of “MSR”.

"MSR" also offers both complimentary Yoga Classes as well as very affordable Surf Lessons (subject to availability).

The surf camp consists of three comfortable and spacious beach front bungalows set in a pristine bay with sunset views overlooking “Pitstops” an extremely fun and rippable right hander. The location is second to none in the Mentawai Islands.

beach front bungalows
Beach front bungalows

3 x private bungalows (with private bathroom) - up to 4 guests per bungalow

* Single guests are expected to share
* Couples will always have a private bungalow

Bungalows can be set up in any configuration:

Double Share: Two full size beds
Triple Share: Three full size beds
Quadruple Share: Four full size beds  

private bungalow

Each bungalow is nestled amongst a tropical hillside that overlooks one of the most idyllic bays in the Mentawai Islands. Sit back and enjoy perfect views of “Pitstops” or take in a dreamy sunset, all from the comfort of your very own private deck.  

The accommodation is airy, comfortable and spacious, and accommodates between 1 & 4 guests in each bungalow. A large & private bathroom can be found at the rear & includes western toilet, high pressure shower and a separate entrance to keep your space sand free.

Inclusions:

- Beach front bungalows
- Private bathroom
- Western toilets
- High pressure showers
- Separate entrance
- Private deck/balcony
- Overlooks "Pitstops"
- Personal fans for every bed
- Sunset & Surf views from your balcony

private bathroom

Nestled high above Mentawai Surf Retreat, guests can find some solitude, enjoy panoramic ocean views and stretch out those surf fatigued muscles. There's no question that it's the perfect place for Yogi's, but the view alone means it's an incredible spot for any guest to enjoy. Namaste!

Mentawai Surf Retreat

daily meals

All packages includes:

- Breakfast, lunch, dinner, & snacks
- Drinking water, tea and coffee

Not included in the price: Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks or additional snacks

The elevated beachfront restaurant, bar and lounge also boasts sunset views overlooking "Pitstops" as well as distant coastal views of Siberut and its neighbouring islands. The Nyang Nyang Lounge is the perfect place to gather, eat, drink & share stories from the days surf sessions.

Breakfast, lunch & dinner are served each day around the guest’s schedule. The menu includes a variety of traditional Indonesian cuisine with a few western favourites. We can cater for special dietary requests, including vegetarian and gluten-free, just let us know.

Beer & soft drinks are available for purchase but are not included in the packaged price.

Note: Guests are more than welcome to bring their own duty free liquor!

3 meals included each day

Playgrounds Surf

Included in the package are your twice daily boat rides to the surf. There’s no set schedule but usually a plan is made the previous evening based on what the guests want and what the surf guide then suggests. Sometimes a first light mission is what’s agreed whereas other times a more relaxed approach is taken. It all depends on what the guests want. Usually we return to the camp for lunch & set off again mid afternoon and return home by dusk. It’s always a full day of surfing. Of course guests don’t have to take the boat every session if they’d prefer to stay at base camp and surf Pitstops or Ebay then that’s fine too!

surf camp mentawai
Sunset views from the camp

Included in the nightly rate:

ALL ACCESS SURF PASS - unlimited boat trips to any of the surf spots in our area AND any of the neighbouring islands - there is NO EXTRA CHARGE to surf other islands. So you'll get to surf spots like - Bank Vaults, Kandui, Rifles, Hideaways, A-Frames, 4-Bobs, Burger World, Nipussi, E-Bay, Beng Bengs and many, many more.

* Surf guide to take you to the best spot on the day suited to your ability
* 3 delicious meals/day prepared by a top Mentawai chef
* Unlimited Coffee/tea
* Unlimited filtered water
* FREE FAST WIFI
* Pitstops right on your doorstep, roll out of your bungalow and straight into the line-up (Shared bungalow of up to 4 people)
* Private en-suite bathroom in each bungalow

Additional costs:

* Beers and soft drinks
* Mentawai Surf tax (US$80)
* Speedboat transfer Padang - Ments - Padang

mentawai surf

"MSR" always have a professional & experienced photographer available for each of their trips. 

Photo packages are US$250 pp / trip & includes:
  • Shots from land
  • Shots from the boat
  • Shots from in the water
  • Video
  • Drone footage (when available)
There is no extra charge for the video content or drone content, or water shots - all included in the package price. 

Mentawai Surf Retreat is located in the heart of the surf region and guests have access to all the waves. None of them are more than 30 mins away (see map above). Guests also have direct access to Pitstops (below) which is one of the funnest right handers in the Mentawais. Not the scariest, not the hollowest but always a lot of fun, even at chest high. Its literally 50m from the camp.

If you're looking for a little more grunt, then you'll also be a short paddle (from Pitstops) across to the other end of the reef to Ebay. Its not as consistent as Pitstops because it generally needs to be head high or bigger to start working but once it does you'll be blessed with one of the Mentawais crown jewels.


mentawai surf retreat

Detailed information for all the surf breaks can be found in the destination's section of the site within the Playgrounds, Mentawai pages.

Playgrounds Surf Breaks

mentawai travel

Guests need to fly into Padang Airport, West Sumatra 

We recommend using https://www.skyscanner.net/ and flying into either Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - or Jakarta, Indonesia.  From KL, there is usually one morning flight (1hr) with Air Asia  as well as a lunchtime flight to Padang.  From Jakarta, there are over a dozen flights each day that fly into Padang, from airlines such as Garuda Airlines, Srwijaya, Citilink  & Lion Air. We recommend https://www.traveloka.com/

Note: Visa On Arrival: A FREE 30 day Visa On Arrival is now available for the following countries: Australia, USA, Brazil, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada, Peru, Costa Rica, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Ireland, England, France, Switzerland, Sweden and Germany. To see the full list visit this link: http://www.topbali.com/indonesia-free-visa-entry/

Transfers

Padang Airport (PDG) to Mentawai Surf Retreat - USD 210 per person, each way.

This includes the following:

• Speedboat return trip from Padang straight to MSR in just 3,5 hours and back, all harbour fees, luggage fees and porters.
• Meet and greet airport pick up
• Transfer to hotel (if staying at a hotel) - then to harbour
• Transfer from airport to harbour
• Porter charges and port clearance fees

Arrival: Padang to Mentawai Surf Retreat

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Taxi to Speedboat
12:30 PM Loading
1:00 PM Departure
4:30 PM Arrival at MSR

Guests can arrive in Padang the day of Check In before 11:30 am.

Departure: Mentawai Surf Retreat to Padang

6:30 AM Loading
7:00 AM Departure
10:30 AM Arrival Padang

When departing guests can fly out of Padang any time after 2:30pm

Padang Hotel (extra cost)

There are a number of very affordable hotels to choose from. Even the best hotels (below) are only around $50-70 for 2 guests including breakfast.

We suggest staying at either of the following options:

Mercure Hotel - www.mercurepadang.com/
D'Oxville Hotel - https://oxvillehotel.com/

 

Before booking a trip to Mentawai Surf Retreat, make sure to check our "Know before you go" section which is a handy page of what to expect as well as a detailed inventory of what to bring.

For those that are unsure what's better a surf charter boat or surf camp, or for those looking for a comprehensive list of all the surf camps in the Northern Mentawai, then check out our blogs below.

mentawais

mentawai surf charter

All guests travelling to any surf camp or charter boat in Sumatra will require Travel Insurance. Surf Camp Sumatra recommends using World Nomads for any trip to Sumatra. Simply use the below form to get a quote.

Special Offers

All guests

Dates

Person/Night

Full Access Surf Package for 2022 and 2023 bookings

01 JAN 22 to 31 DEC 22

USD 200

2022 Prices

All guests

Dates

Person/Night

Full Access Surf Package

01 JAN 22 to 31 DEC 22

USD 270

2023 Prices

All guests

Dates

Person/Night

Full Access Surf Package

01 JAN 23 to 31 DEC 23

USD 270

Transfer Costs

Transfers

Dates

Total

Padang to MSR to Padang (each way) - private speedboat

01 JAN 22 to 31 DEC 22

USD 210

Booking Notes

2022 & 2023 rates

Standard rate : US$270/n pp
Deposit (in 3 weeks) : US$200/n pp (25% discount)

GROUP DISCOUNTS

4 – 6 guests : US$235/n pp (15% discount)
7 – 9 guests: US$210/n pp (22% discount)
10 – 12 guests: US$195/n pp (28% discount)

If any groups pay deposits within the 3 weeks, then they’ll get the Early Bird rate of US$200/n pp, each.

RETURNING GUESTS

Deposit (in 4 weeks) : US$195/n pp (28% discount)

A USD 500 deposit per person is required to secure your booking. Initial deposit is non-refundable but transferable or exchanged with a friend to take your place on that specific date (passengers are responsible for finding their own replacements).

Balance of payment is due 60 days prior to departure and is 100% non-refundable.

Payment only by Bank transfer

All transfer charges & bank fees, including correspondent bank fees, are to be incurred by the guests.

Bank details will be emailed upon booking.

Save a lot of $$$ by using www.transferwise.com for your international bank transfers. It's free and easy to use, you will receive much better currency rates than any bank. 

Travel Insurance is mandatory for your safety and no guest will be able to depart on any trip unless they have copies of their travel insurance documents before departure. We advise all guests take out insurance upon booking in case of accident or personal problems prior to your trip.

By way of payment guests are agreeing to both Mentawai Surf Retreat & Surf Camp Sumatra’s Terms & Conditions.

Both links can be found below;

Mentawai Surf Retreat: http://www.mentawaisurfingretreat.com/terms-conditions/

Surf Camp Sumatra: http://www.surfcampsumatra.com/surf-camp-sumatra-terms.shtml
This surf trip is an independent surf operator and is not part of or in partnership with Surf Camp Sumatra. Surf Camp Sumatra acts as an agent only. We sell various travel related products on behalf of numerous transport, accommodation and other service providers, such as land based accommodation and boat charter operators. Surf Camp Sumatra's obligation is to make travel bookings on your behalf and to arrange relevant contracts between you and travel service providers. Surf Camp Sumatra has no responsibility for these services nor do we make or give any warranty of representation regarding their standards. All bookings are made subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by these service providers.
Guest Reviews
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Fantastic

By Andy Yates
Fantastic location, hospitality and waves. Really great set up and the Pit Stop retreat team were what made this experience exceptional. Well be back. Thanks Brent and the team for making for such a great holiday

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Paradise

By Adrian Davidson
An amazing, picture perfect surf camp. Lovely accommodation. Great food provided in an amazing dining area over looking “Pitstops”. Friendly mangers and surf guides. Everything was organised well and spot on. I have absolutely no complaints.

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Location, location, location!!!

By Leon
Fun waves in front of our bungalow, plenty of other good waves about. Not super quiet, but not super busy. Wish I had stayed longer!

Reasons to book!

  • Max 12 guests
  • 3 beach side bungalows
  • Overlooks right hander (Pitstops)
  • 5 min walk to left hander (E-Bay)
  • Central to Playgrounds surf zone
  • Free Yoga Classes (subject to availability)
  • Access to more than 20 waves within 30 mins
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