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Re: The Purist’s Mentawais Quiver [Re: Maz] #2953908
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Originally Posted by Maz
Quick update, guys.

The 6’3 Chilli I bought in Padang saw me through the first 5 days admirably. Great board. Got my board bag on day 6!- great joy!

Now to the waves. Kool Aid nailed it re HTs. Insane wave, and our first stop. Four sessions on day one in 10-12 foot faces, and yes I got barreled and bounced on my arse on the Surgeons Table.

Then onto Bintangs, Lance’s Left, Maccas, Roxy’s, Burgerworld, Bengbengs, PitStops, E Bay, Four Bobs, A Frames, Karangbat left and right, Hideaways.

39 surfs in 11 days. Never below HH, biggest waves 15foot faces. Always powerful. Worst crowd was 15 dudes, but everyone was well behaved, especially the Aussies. No hassles.

HTs, E Bay and Hideaways are world class gems. Roxy’s and Burgerworld so fucken fun.

Edit: not sure how Pyzel fins became Pyzalien, but blame autocorrect :-)
Yeeewwwww!


And thank-you Maz for the envy-inducing surf report!

Re: The Purist’s Mentawais Quiver [Re: Aruka] #2953910
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Originally Posted by Aruka
Good on ya Mazzy. Sounds like an epic trip. Making me question what I'm doing with my life here groveling in 45F water.



Saving up for a trip!

Re: The Purist’s Mentawais Quiver [Re: Maz] #2954785
05/16/19 12:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Maz
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I treated myself to 10 nights at HTs and glad that I did. I feel like it's a good value for the money and perhaps the most comfortable you can be in the Ments without spending significantly more.

I also feel like I have unfinished business at HTs so maybe I'll see you out there!


Looks very nice, and while it's not cheap cheap, it's not stupidly expensive either.

Would be great to meet up. Definitely going back, maybe April 2020.



Might see you out there bru!

Re: The Purist’s Mentawais Quiver [Re: Mr Doof] #2954788
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Originally Posted by Mr Doof
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If you take off from the top part of the reef you basically have to get barreled or straighten out. Definitely saw some of the most insane waves I've ever seen IRL and keep in mind I regularly surf TOH+ ocean beach. Pulling into heaving barrels over shallow reef passes is a pretty big adjustment for me. I got some great waves but not the epic barrels I was looking for. I did, however, walk away completely unscathed when other guys were getting cut up pretty bad or breaking boards and leashes.


Excellent report!

At any time did you wish you were wearing reef booties?


I wore them on the last day of the trip when I started moving up towards the top of the wave.

If you're a competent surfer you can definitely surf any part of the wave without booties at high tide.

If you're surfing all tides and you're taking off at the top of the reef, it's only a matter of time before you end up on top of the reef and have to walk around. Or worse, you get dragged over the surgeon's table.

You can definitely surf all tides without booties but you will definitely be walking away with numerous cuts which may vary from quite small to foot amputation level.

Re: The Purist’s Mentawais Quiver [Re: kool-aid] #2954801
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Originally Posted by kool-aid
Originally Posted by Mr Doof
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If you take off from the top part of the reef you basically have to get barreled or straighten out. Definitely saw some of the most insane waves I've ever seen IRL and keep in mind I regularly surf TOH+ ocean beach. Pulling into heaving barrels over shallow reef passes is a pretty big adjustment for me. I got some great waves but not the epic barrels I was looking for. I did, however, walk away completely unscathed when other guys were getting cut up pretty bad or breaking boards and leashes.


Excellent report!

At any time did you wish you were wearing reef booties?


I wore them on the last day of the trip when I started moving up towards the top of the wave.

If you're a competent surfer you can definitely surf any part of the wave without booties at high tide.

If you're surfing all tides and you're taking off at the top of the reef, it's only a matter of time before you end up on top of the reef and have to walk around. Or worse, you get dragged over the surgeon's table.

You can definitely surf all tides without booties but you will definitely be walking away with numerous cuts which may vary from quite small to foot amputation level.


+1

Very shallow at low tide, and the wave is deceptively powerful.

With my booties stuck at Sydney airport I had no choice but go barefoot. Surfed 6am to 5.30pm the first day, with only three short breaks, so got my fill of low tide. A few scenic tours of Surgeons Table and the lagoon. Small cuts to legs and a solid bruise to my arse/coccyx, but feet survived.

Would definitely go booties at low tide in the future. No shame in that.

Re: The Purist’s Mentawais Quiver [Re: Maz] #2955221
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Appreciate the points view from those that know. applause2

Re: The Purist’s Mentawais Quiver [Re: Maz] #2956700
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i'm over there on a boat trip in about 6 weeks ..... shaping my quiver now.... is it rude not to take a round pin? Have been riding swallows only for the last year, but everyone takes round pins to indo.

So far I'm taking:
- 5'6 x 20.5 x 2.75 round nose swallow twin - my go to at the moment for 1-4ft
- 5'9 x 20 x 2.75 round nose swallow twin/thruster (like a swallow tail tomo nano i guess) - 2-6ft
- 6'0 x 20 x 2.75 round nose swallow quad(with 5 fin option) (stretched out pulled in tail step up version of 5'9) 4-8ft
- 6'8 x 20.5 x 2.75 swallow longfish quad (kind like a christenson nautilus) 6ft+

So for my 5th board tossing up between a 6'0, similar to an album insanity with either a round pin, or a pulled in swallow as a versatile backup option for the 5'9 and 6'0. Round pin for a bit more versatility in the quiver or swallow to keep it familiar?

Re: The Purist’s Mentawais Quiver [Re: Maz] #2956718
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You can use more "exciting" fin placements on Swallow Tails .

Re: The Purist’s Mentawais Quiver [Re: toddo] #2956724
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Originally Posted by toddo
i'm over there on a boat trip in about 6 weeks ..... shaping my quiver now.... is it rude not to take a round pin? Have been riding swallows only for the last year, but everyone takes round pins to indo.

So far I'm taking:
- 5'6 x 20.5 x 2.75 round nose swallow twin - my go to at the moment for 1-4ft
- 5'9 x 20 x 2.75 round nose swallow twin/thruster (like a swallow tail tomo nano i guess) - 2-6ft
- 6'0 x 20 x 2.75 round nose swallow quad(with 5 fin option) (stretched out pulled in tail step up version of 5'9) 4-8ft
- 6'8 x 20.5 x 2.75 swallow longfish quad (kind like a christenson nautilus) 6ft+

So for my 5th board tossing up between a 6'0, similar to an album insanity with either a round pin, or a pulled in swallow as a versatile backup option for the 5'9 and 6'0. Round pin for a bit more versatility in the quiver or swallow to keep it familiar?


Jeez, I think you're over thinking it. Granted, when I went it wasn't all-time, but 3-4 boards is more than enough, and you have your bases well and truly covered.

Re: The Purist’s Mentawais Quiver [Re: Greg Griffin] #2956725
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Originally Posted by Greg Griffin
You can use more "exciting" fin placements on Swallow Tails .



6.5" from the tail on my twin options is a happy time

Re: The Purist’s Mentawais Quiver [Re: Waxfoot] #2956727
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Originally Posted by Waxfoot
Originally Posted by toddo


Jeez, I think you're over thinking it. Granted, when I went it wasn't all-time, but 3-4 boards is more than enough, and you have your bases well and truly covered.


i've got 30kg of sports equipment baggage allowance, so might as well use it!

5 boards can turn into 3 pretty quickly with a buckle or fin blowout.

Re: The Purist’s Mentawais Quiver [Re: Maz] #2956750
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Out of interest, where are you from Toddo, do you regularly surf waves of the kind you'll find in the Ments? Do you think you'll notice much of a difference in two near identical boards in powerful surf? (I don't ask that in a condescending way, genuine curiosity)

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Re: The Purist’s Mentawais Quiver [Re: Maz] #2956777
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Toddo, even at shoulder high to HH, the waves have a lot of power. Never wished I'd brought a small wave board. Really happy to have my 6'10 mini gun.

Re: The Purist’s Mentawais Quiver [Re: Waxfoot] #2956791
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Originally Posted by Waxfoot
Out of interest, where are you from Toddo, do you regularly surf waves of the kind you'll find in the Ments? Do you think you'll notice much of a difference in two near identical boards in powerful surf? (I don't ask that in a condescending way, genuine curiosity)


nsw south coast. don't regularly get ments type waves, but we do occasionally get some powerful swells. I can definitely tell the difference between a swallow and round tail in everyday surf. don't know about perfect ments waves though.

Re: The Purist’s Mentawais Quiver [Re: Maz] #2956795
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I go to indo every year and only ever take 3 boards. A 5'9 black box 2 / 3 type shape for up to 4 foot (a bit overhead for size scale) My 6'0 shortboard for up to 6 foot + and then a step up a few inches bigger for 8 foot plus. I've always found indo waves are pretty easy to paddle into (unless you want to surf nias / kandui / bankvaults / outside corner on those mega swells that really only come once or twice a year). You will surf your regular shortboard most of the time.

(I'm just under 6 foot and 78kg)

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