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NIPUSSI

A right reef about 15 minutes by fast longboat from Mentawai Surf Holiday Guest House. If you’re tired of going Mach One through barrels frontside or backside, Nipussi is the place to go for hitting the lip, launching your bag of tricks and big carves. In other words: A performance wave that actually lets you out of the barrel from time to time. Nipussi is one of the more consistent, reliable waves in the Playgrounds inventory.

BANKVAULT

About 15 minutes by fast longboat from Mentawai Surf Holiday Guest House, Bank Vaults is the 2nd best right hander in the Mentawai after Rifles, often compared to a cross between Backdoor Pipeline and Sunset Beach, but better, and with much easier drops. At any size, Bank Vaults offers amazing tube rides, but when it’s big, this spot has the biggest right hand tubes in the Mentawai Islands.

PIT STOPS

Twenty minutes from 15 minutes by fast longboat from Mentawai Surf Holiday Guest House, Pit Stops is kind of like sushi, or other acquired tastes: Some people swear by it, others swear at it. Pit Stops is a right reef and a favorite wave for surfers who want to work on their aerials, tailslides and other tricks. In other words: A hotdog wave that will still barrel, although a lot of surfers prefer to float over the barrel than ride in them on this wave.

E-BAY

Twenty minutes from Kandui, E-Bay is a fickle left reef that fires when the swell is out of the west. E-Bay starts to grind when it’s overhead and goes to double overhead plus and is a fairly typical, perfect, hollow grinding Mentawai left barrel.

BENG BENG

If you want to come to the Mentawai and enjoy the view and surf without worrying about getting caught inside or trapped inside the barrel, Beng Beng is one of the spots. Anywhere else in the world, Beng Beng would cause riots but this left reef – which is better on lower tides – is one of the easier nearby waves when the easy waves in the Kandui area are not working – and Beng Beng is a good tune-up for the more Black Diamond waves available. Beng Beng is 25 minutes from Kandui

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