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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaya surfboard in Macaroni, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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By isaac , 10-11-2003

Give me some lovin - Im another person seeking info, so too all the people bagging out the crowd i dont guess you will repy. But if someone could be so good as to tell me whether or not its worth the time and money to go in jan/feb you will no doubt be rewarded in empty karma barrels next surf!!

By chip - on the shoulder , 31-10-2003

i fucking hate charter boats. - that's right, i hate em! leave these waves alone.

By friday , 28-09-2003

lazy bones - no real responsibilities. maybe some people make huge sacrifices and are willing to do so. and what are your responsibilities? what are your priorities? some people dream and don't sell out that dream so they can have a nice bmw convertible. you a judging the area by western standards, writing off how the locals do things. whose standards? mate, you if you don't have a clue don't post. the real frauds are the people who think cash is yourself.

By Robinson Crusoe?...........not! , 26-09-2003

Ripped off in Indo - All that BS about the adventure being half the fun is great if you're a loser drop-out with no real responsibilities and all the time in the world to float around from Island to Island. Those of us WITH LIVES need to get in and get out with the maximum amount of waves possible packed into a 7-14 day trip.
Boats charging surfers thousands of bucks just to get people over to Indo only to leave them SOL with no waves and no real attempt to follow through on what they promised in thier itinerary need to be exposed as the frauds that they are.
Those losers out there playing Robinson Crusoe and talking smack can go suck on a coconut!

By i want shacks , 25-09-2003

respect - respect boys. that's it i'm off. aceh insurgency be damned.

By anonymous , 22-09-2003

Too right - Adventures are what you remember and are proud of. Make the most of bad situations. When I first went to Mentawis I spent the first five days looking for a boat to take us out there. We stayed in a Padang shit hole and had a ball. Meet the locals - learn some Indo and you can have fun. The boat we got was a local indo boat with all indo crew that didn't speak English, We cooked our own meals, from noodles and coconuts from the beach, and fish the crew caught. Made all the decisions about where to go. Indos will always want to stay put. We found the surf spots using notes written into my lonely planet. Ended up surfing perfect waves, meeting some lifelong mates, and having the best trip of my life. .

By but for a spa ... , 04-09-2003

boats - about getting a shitty boat ... that's indo bro. guys have died surfing and getting to waves in sumatra in earlier days, like the first guys to surf Nias... malaria etc. boats have drifted out to sea. you had it easy and you complain. if you want five star luxury go to bali or tavarua. five star boats are out there and to be honest i think that sux. much better to have a real adventure, get lost, hire fishing boats, think you are about to drift to antartica and get that one day...mmmm. don't take tha adventure out of riding waves and getting to them...surfing is more than the waves (wierd but true) how much more do you appreciate that day after luggin your boards for five days through malaria infested jungles, learning bahasa indo, and coming back like some feral pig. woooooooot!!!! how come you did up anchor and explore instead of getting a guide. surf a break you are not sure about, ahhhh the rush of not knowing.

By i just got back from the mentawais , 30-08-2003

dumb guy - the guy who posted that the boats should be banned is pretty unaware of the situation considering that the only way of getting to the islands and the perfect waves is by boat, and im sure a mcdonalds would be successfull on the islands

By up shit creak without a paddle , 28-08-2003

i got screwed - hello, i am a surfer who lives in north county san diego and it has been a dream to go to the mentawai islands for years now.
after doing alot of research on the internet and elsewhere i had found one of the cheaper boat charters, on an older boat. this company had represented itself well in the surf shops and it seemed like a good deal. (you may have seen the flyers in the shops too, Good Sumateran)
so finally after saving up for a while and financial help from my family, i was off to get the waves of my life. ... or so i thought. it turns out once i get off the plane and get picked up by the company, the boat was not ready. infact the peaple who do all the work for Good Sumateran had only heard about the trip 2 days prior to my arrival. so after bieng checked into a not so great hotel in a not so great town.
there i had to stay for 2 nights only to get to the harbor and the boat could supposebly not able to get permission to leave the harbor due to weather off shore. so i slept in the boat that night in a bed that was wet from a leak on the deck, i figured.
the crew launched the boat in the middle of the night while i was sleeping, and finally 3 days later (since i got off the plane) in the evening we arrove in the mentawais. then the most surprising thing is when i woke up i discovered that there is not a surf guide on the boat that he went home to california, so there is 3 indonesian guys, only one of them know a tiny bit of english and the others dont speak english, and 2 (including me)americans who dont speak indo.
the guy told us that the surf guide told him to stay in one general area, and he didnt know why. so we did and we got the shittiest waves possible, on the islands.out of a 7 day trip which was supposed to be 10 there was only 5 days i was somewhat motivated to surf the mushy peaky left. the only good thing about being out there was the warm water, and sunny weather.
then once we arrove i find out that because i was on the boat with no phone or internet access my flight had been changed to an earlier time causing me to miss the flight home. now i am on my second day of trying to get a flight out of here with no help from Good Sumateran other than one ride to my hotel.
i submit this story to so the readers are aware that the company Good Sumateran is verry disorganized and untruthful, and in my opinion not in the business to see the customers have a good time or the stoke of the sport. just as long as they make their money, and satisfy themselves.

By anonymous , 16-07-2003

Is it that crazy? - I am aware that the place was deserted and is now overrun. Is this not propaganda to keep people away? I have no idea. I am aware that Lances right and left get really packed regularly as they are famous. I thought it was still possible. These cunts with their boats should be banned. What are they gonna do next? Open a mcdonalds boat?

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