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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Bankvaults

Indonesia, Mentawai

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
Precision: Approximate

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Latitude: 1° 51.125' S
Longitude: 99° 14.684' E

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Boat Only, a bit south of Nipussi.

English (Translate this text in English): Boat Only, a bit south of Nipussi.

English (Translate this text in English): Boat Only, a bit south of Nipussi.

English (Translate this text in English): Boat Only, a bit south of Nipussi.

DistanceSurf trip

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Easy to find?OK

Public access?Public access

Special accessBy boat only

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityWorld Class

ExperienceExperienced surfers

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

TypeReef-coral

DirectionRight

BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful, Ledgey

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

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

More details

Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow

 Additional Information

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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

Atmosphere

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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

General

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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

English (Translate this text in English): 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.

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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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