Bankvaults is a thick, barreling right

Playground Waves

Here is an overview of the waves close to Gordo Mentawai Surf Resort. There are some world class rights as well as left-handers. No matter if you are beginner-intermediate, advanced, or expert, chances are high that you will ride the best wave of your life – right here.

Burger-World

The place to head when the swell disappears and the wind is W to N. It’s a proper pointbreak nestled close to the dense jungle of this uninhabited isle, where the rocky reef platform trips up some hooky little rights, perfect for snap and cutback combos or a little punt. Friendly intermediate wave that’s rarely perfect and turns into a huge burger when the swell hits headhigh.

E-Bay

Lush, lefthand smoker with perfect form, especially when there’s more W in the swell and E in the wind. Tight take-off zone concentrates the crew who must do exactly that to avoid a brush with the coral that menaces at lower tides. Vert drop, quick turns then a race to the safety of the channel under the curtain, avoiding the 2 big rocks at high tide and praying that the exit doesn’t shut down at low. Handles all size swells but it’s really fickle so dont expect to score it on a 2 week tour. Lesser surfers should stick with Pit Stops and Beng Bengs.

Nypussi

Tucked into a corner close to shore, Nipussi gives lesser mortals a chance to work the consistent walls that are effectively the end of the Bank Vaults swell train. Big drops can be had across a couple of sections of reef and the inside zippers can offer a tube ride, but it is accessible for intermediates wanting to ride something a little juicier. Often the only show in town when N winds meet a smallish swell. Nipussi is a well-covered reef encouraging you to work it before it goes dry at the sign-posted shut down.

Beng-Beng

A very consistent world class wave, an extremely rippable left. This spot is loads of fun and probably one of the easiest waves to surf in the Mentawai’s. It’s the deepest and safest wave in the area and also pick up a bit more swell than other locales. 5 more breaks in the area, including E-Bay and Pitstops. Nestled inside a small bay with one of the most scenic views imaginable all around you.

Bankvaults

Fear inducing righthander that bends and warps over the exposed, swell sucking tip of Pulau Masokut. Deceptively fast, shifting sections look makeable from the channel, but only the real chargers will handle this complex line-up. Gets better when it’s double overhead or bigger and expect to get pinned on the “get me outa here” inside reef as the sets refract from wide, cutting off the escape to the channel. South swells and winds are sketchier, but tide doesn’t faze it. The left around the other side of the tip has been surfed, but is dangerous without the right’s rewards. Intermediates should head straight to Nipussi.

Pitstops

This is the right off the peak at E-Bay. A playful right that can offer some serious fun, but mostly a high performance wave with air sections at the end. Ends right at the beautiful beach.

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