Mentawai Surf Trip, Indonesia

A photo story of our time in the Mentawai Islands during August 2017.

We travelled to West Sumatra, Indonesia via Jakarta and Padang and stayed at a place called Umma Maonu. We slept in wooden, raised huts with no doors or windows on an island off the coast of Siberut. For 15 days we would travel to different surf spots with our crew; Lucho and Inés from Uruguay, Mat from The States, Rafa from Argentina and Andy our local guide. We survived on rice, coffee, fresh coconuts and Beng-Beng chocolate bars.

We had no running water, internet or phone reception, but we did have a generator for a few hours during the evenings so we had hot food and light. It was an incredible feeling being so disconnected from the outside world, fully immersing ourselves in this beautiful part of Indonesia.

Scroll down to see some moments from our time in the Mentawais.

Photographs shot by Ellen 

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Andy our local guide. Loves surfing and smoking ciggies

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Stopped off at an island for a well-deserved coconut. Rafa and Mat

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Lots of live-aboard charter boats like this one in the Mentawais. It’s better to stay on an island where your money goes to the community.

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I probably spent most of my time sitting on the roof of this boat watching and reading or taking photos.

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Udi waiting for us to return to the island in the rain. It rained a lot

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Island friends

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Lucho

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We dived off the boat and swam to this Island.

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Lucho, Inés, Tiago and our boat.

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3 thoughts on “Mentawai Surf Trip, Indonesia

  1. Thanks for sharing! Shots and words! Gracias por compartir lugares y vivencias a través de imágenes y palabras.
    Looking forward to the next one!
    Please 😘

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  2. ohh increíbles imágenes,excelente trabajo. realmente es un lugar impresionante, ojala siempre se mantenga así, y no lo conviertan en un parque de diversiones , espero poder llegar hasta alla alguna vez, un saludo!

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