4 Bobs in the Mentawai Islands, also known as Spankers, is a super fun right-hander that’s curvature closely resembles a skate ramp. Perfect for turns and going above or hitting the lip, 4 Bobs is long enough to link together a couple of high-performance maneuvers before finishing the wave with an arching cutback. With a low tide and overhead conditions, you could also be lucky enough to catch a few barrels. Just don’t wiping out on the spectacular coral heads that capture your gaze on the inside.




What kind of wave is 4 Bobs?

4 Bobs is a clean, fun, and typically forgiving right-hand shoulder. Short and predictable, 4 Bobs is a great wave for anyone from beginners on a small swell and high tide to experts on the mid to low tide. Under all tides, and anywhere from knee-high to overhead, 4 Bobs is deceptively fun nearly regardless of conditions. Great for a warm-up session before, or after, heading out to one of the gnarlier breaks in the area. 

    • Wave type:

      Reef break.

    • Wave difficulty:

      Intermediate upwards.

    • What way does the wave break:


    • Sea bottom:

      Coral heads.


  • Booties:

    Personal preference.

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  • Crowd factor:

    Can be crowded from Kandui Resort but typically low crowds.

  • Hazards:

    Shallow coral heads towards the end of the break.

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    • What tide does 4 Bobs work best on:

      Mid tide.

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  • How consistent is the surf:

    Super consistent.

  • Best time of year to surf 4 Bobs:

    March – October.

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Paddling out at 4 Bobs:

4 Bobs is a short paddle by Mentawai standards. Head out through the channel north of the break from Kandui Resort’s beach. 


Where is 4 Bobs surf spot?

Directly out front of Kandui Resort approximately 200 metres offshore on the western coastline of Karangjamat Island in the playgrounds area of the Northern Mentawai Islands.

How to get to 4 Bobs?

If you are staying at one of the resorts on Karangjamat Island you can paddle out any time. Otherwise if you are staying anywhere else in the Playgrounds area of the Northern Mentawai Islands, you will access 4 Bobs by boat. For the finer details on how to get to the Mentawai Islands tap the link.