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Latitude: 1° 51.125' S
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Boat Only, a bit south of Nipussi.
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessBy boat only
Wave qualityWorld Class
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)
PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Ledgey
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionSouthWest, South
Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week crowdFew surfers
Week-end crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
This is a heavy, ledgy right hander with the inside bowl offering some wide pits. Watch the sets, it's a big reef and breaks all over the show, choose your take off zone and sit there and wait, don't be tempted by what you see up the reef! The end of the run out tide tends to suck you too deep as well. Its very shifty and getting caught inside means long hold downs in very turbulant water. Had some of the best barrels of my trip here.
Watch it from the channel for a bit and suss out how it breaks. A bit of extra foam doesn't hurt as you need to get into it nice and early. It doesn't always look makeable, and that's probably because its not. Take off anyway cause the ones you make are worth the beatings.
Great wave, has plenty of power and is a welcome relief from the rest of the shallow reefs in the Mentawai's. Long hold downs replace reef cuts.
By Mike , 07-05-2008
No comments for BV's?? - I just got back from staying on the Kandui resort. Bankvaults is a swell magnet that has some good barrel sections only if its glassy or offshore. Otherwise the barrel will close like a bank vault door. Can be heavy if you get caught right in the impact zone, othwise it just bounces and fizzles over the reef.
They say that Pitt Stops is the best air wave... I disagree, Bank Vaults, if the barrel isnt working has the best ramp sections.
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