The accident has damaged an estimated 13,500 square metres (145,000 square feet) of coral reef which could cost up to $16.2 million to restore
There was a swell coming for the end of January and our photographer packed and went to Sumbawa. The weather wasn’t the best but waves were really fun. 3-5 ft with occasional 6ft sets. This is what he brought back. Enjoy and Sampai jumpa!
Macas is the dream of any surfer. One of the must perfect playful wave in the world. You can be a beginner or you can be a Pro, it does not matter we all love Macas. The wave being perfect, easy to surf and fun in any condition makes it one of the most crowded waves in Mentawai, if not the most crowded.
It was not a big swell prediction. Greenbush would for sure the best because I thought Macas would be too crowded for the first few days so I drove Aileoita to Greenbush.
Yesterday we posted an gallery with Bingin photos telling that it was the best call for this mid range swells. Yesterday the boys gave us a call and we headed back again.
Last Saturday we spent the afternoon at Bingin between surfing and shooting photos and this is what we got
In an exciting finale to the Volcom’s Totally Crustaceous Tour Indonesian Finals 2016, Rio Waida claimed victory in the Pro Am (Under 21) Division, Ketut Agus took out the 16 and Under Division, Dhea Natasya earned the Girls Under 21 championship, and her brother Dhanny Widianto nabbed his second consecutive 13 and Under crown.
I sit slumped, fatigued from air travel, gazing aimlessly at my phone screen. I am flicking through images to pass time while I wait for my guests to arrive. A little nervous, a tad excited and quite unsure of what awaits on-board the Aileoita. My legs stick to the faux leather seat in the hotel lobby. Foreign exotic smells waft through the air, circulated by air conditioning that is tricking my body into thinking I am back home and not in a smoke engulfed tropical Sumatra, that I am not. Although we share the Indian Ocean with our Indonesian neighbours I am a far cry from my Western Australian desert shores. A day’s travel from Perth to Padang I find myself pensively waiting to board the boat to set sail on my first Mentawai surf trip as a coach and guide.
Yesterday the rain that has been terrifying Bali’s visitors gave us a break. We had some sun between clouds and a bit, just a bit, of rain. The swell that was supposed to arrive on Tuesday wasn’t as good as predicted so we went to our perfect scape: Bingin
Photo: Iuri Borba