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SCAME Sailboat Surf Charter - Sumatra, Mentawai. Indonesia


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The Mentawai Islands are one of the most consistent surf destinations in the world. This archipelago is located approximately 100 miles off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia’s northernmost and largest island, and the port city of Padang, gateway to the Mentawai.


The 72 feet classic wooden cutter is a family operated boat that will gently take you to the spots under the wind of her sails. Surfers will be taken in charge on arrival at Padang airport. Relax atmosphere and customised itinerary according to weather conditions, surfers level and client wishes.


Scame is a classic wooden cutter built in 1971 at the renowned Sangermani boat yard in Italy. Since 1980, she has been sailing around the world without homeport, making more than three circumnavigations of the globe.  Gracing countless exotic destinations, from the Mediterranean, Greece and the Galapagos to Madagascar, Tahiti and New Caledonia, this timeless 72-foot boat is currently sailing in Southeast Asia.


She is fast and comfortable, her crew friendly and warm.


Scame holds the distinction of being one of the few sailing boats that has been continuously operated.


She is home to sailor Daniel Ballian, his wife Janine, and their 22-year old son, Teiki, who have spent their lives sailing the world aboard Scame Relax atmosphere and customised itinerary according to swell conditions, surfers level and client wishes.


Boat characteristics:

  • Three cabins sleeping 6.
  • TV/DVD stereo system.
  • Diving and fishing equipment.
  • Spicy exotic food and friendly, relaxed atmosphere.


While the Mentawais produce some of the most consistent and amazing waves the planet offers, they can also claim to have quite a large variety of breaks.  The countless islands scattered throughout this pristine tropical environment hold vast amounts of sheltered bays, coves and reefs that generate every type of wave imaginable, due in part to the refractive nature of swells which allows them to bend and wrap around any obstacle they encounter.  The high profile spots such as Lances Right, Macaronis, Rags Right, E-Bay, Rifles and Thunders speak for themselves but there are just as many lesser known breaks ranging from fun walls to long peeling barrels.


The majority of the waves in the Mentawais are best suited for the intermediate to advanced surfers but there are several spots which are ideal for beginners, making the Mentawais a destination for anybody who loves to surf. Because the Mentawais sit near the equator they are less affected by the trade winds, so most of the time the winds will be light and variable with plenty of glassy days. Although a few land-based surfcamps have sprouted up in the last few years adjacent to some of the better known breaks, the best way to access so many waves spread out over such a large area is by charter boat. Crowds can be a factor at the top spots, and occasionally you might find yourself sharing a break with another boat. Boats do maintain respect for one another, but with a knowledgeable and experienced captain and such a diversity of breaks you will definitely stumble upon plenty of empty waves for you and your crew.


Best Time To Go


The Mentawais have without a doubt some of the best waves in the world. They also have excellent exposure to the south and southwest swells moving up from the southern Indian Ocean and this means a consistency factor that is unmatched. The main swell season normally begins in late April/May and continues through September/October, with the wave height jumping up a notch from June to September. During this time the waves will stay in the overhead to double overhead range with some occasionally bigger days. That being said, the Mentawais could easily be considered a year round destination, as even during what are considered the slower season months of November thru March/February there is still plenty of surf in the head high range thanks to a very active Indian Ocean that churns out low pressure systems on a regular basis.




Zone: Playgrounds 

  • Hideaways:  A top-to-bottom lefthander that will get very hollow on a low tide.
  • Nokandui:  One of the more difficult waves in the islands. This is a very fast and barreling lefthander that has plenty of critical sections and is not always makeable. Tends to shut down at the end but you’ll spend lots of time in the barrel before you get there.
  • Rifles: A very long, fast and intense righthander and one of the standout waves in the Mentawais when it’s on. When it gets a few feet overhead it turns into a barreling machine and you’ll be racing to make the sections as you fly down the line.
  • 4 Bobs:  A more forgiving righthander that has a quick little barrel on the takeoff.


Zone: Nyang Nyang 

  • Pitstops:  A fun righthander immediately adjacent to E-Bay that ends on a sandy beach.  Nipussi:  Just inside of Bankvaults, this is a fun and rippable righthander  that stays fairly consistent.  Breaks in deep water and finishes close to the beach.
  • E-Bay:  With a stunning backdrop this quick lefthander stands up on the takeoff and has a nice, fast barrel down the line. Not the longest wave but definitely a great option if the swell is on the rise.
  • Bank Vaults: A thumping, shallow righthander that provides plenty of tube time.


Zone: Sipora 

  • Lance’s Left: A consistently lefthander that peels down the point and offers plenty of carvable sections and sometimes a few barrels when it gets big.
  • Lance’s Right:  The famous righthander that starts barreling on the takeoff and doesn’t stop barreling until it reaches the channel. Can be fickle at times as it likes to have all the conditions in its favor before putting on a show. Larger swells can be tricky and the end bowl can be difficult to read at times so stay focused or you might pay your dues on the shallow reef.
  • Telescopes: A sweet lefthander that wraps down the reef with long walls. Not too many sections to navigate and can get really solid on a big swell.


Zone: Pagai 

  • Macaronis: The reigning wave in the Menta
  • wais. This stellar lefthander has a powerful barrel on the take off and then a carvable wall for plenty of maneuvers. It is one of the more lined up waves in the islands and can get shallow while offering tube time along the way.
  • Rags Right: A challenging and hollow righthander that will turn into a smoking wave if the conditions are right.
  • Thunders: A consistent lefthander that likes a lot of size in the swell. The outside has a fast hollow tube before it eases up on the inside section.



The Mentawais are without question one of the best locations on the planet for catching a ridiculous amount of quality waves. In a stunning, tropical location that is at the heart of what we’ve always dreamed, these islands have all the necessary ingredients  that create some of the most perfect waves in the world, the ideal playground for surfers. With excellent exposure to the southern Indian Ocean, the Mentawais offer some of the most consistent surf in the world, welcoming every ounce of swell to unload upon the reefs that protect these beautiful islands.  And there is an endless list to describe these waves: flawless, perfect, clean, powerful, world class –take your pick. Toss in the clear, warm water and the wild beautiful scenery and there is only one conclusion: the Mentawais really do have it all.


The Location


The Mentawais are a chain of lush, tropical islands lying about 100 miles off the west coast of Sumatra in the Indian Ocean. They are considered part of the Sumatera Province, of which Padang is the capital, and are separated from Sumatra, Indonesia’s largest and northern most island, by the Mentawai Strait. There are approximately seventy islands, consisting of four major islands and many numerous smaller islands and islets that spread out in a northwest-southeast direction for nearly 200 miles. Siberut is the largest and northern most of these islands and lies just across the Strait from Padang, the launching point for all charter boats heading to this surfing paradise.


The Climate


The Mentawais are basically sitting on the equator and therefore stay hot and humid all year round with very little change in temperature. Temperatures range between 72°- 90° F (22°- 32°C). The water temperature is a steady 80°F(27°C).The Mentawais have a dry season which runs from February to October and a wet season from November to January. This being the tropics rain does occur during the dry season as occasional squalls and storm showers make their way thru this region.

Getting Here

The port city of Padang is launching point for Mentawai surf charters and boat transfers to the resorts.


Padang Airport (PDG) Daily flights to Jakarta, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur (Garuda Airlines)


30-Day visitor visa issued on arrival (EU, US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand citizens).


Malaria treatment required.



  • Padang airport – boat transfers
  • Daily guided surf sessions
  • Full board accommodation
  • DVD of your cruise to take home
  • All quoted rates are per person
  • Fully customised tours.


Exclusive Booking:

  • No other passengers will be added to your group
  • Minimum passenger required to book:
  • 10 Pax (less than 2 weeks) or 8 Pax (more than two weeks)


Non Exclusive Booking:

  • You will share the boat with other passengers
  • Minimum passenger required for the boat to sail off:
  • 8 Pax (less than 2 weeks) or 6 Pax (more than two weeks)


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