The break at Greenbush is reminiscent of perfection scribbled in the margins of your high school math homework. An abrupt shift in ocean depth results in a solid square barrel. Framed by a lush tropical forest on the eastern edge of a large bay, Greenbush is one of the most picturesque, and rippable waves in the Mentawais. Beware, Greenbush surf spot is not an ideal break for inexperienced surfers. The unforgiving reef has claimed more than a few layers of skin from even experts who wander into the line-up. Fickle and conditions dependent, read on to discover how to score the best session at Greenbush.  




What kind of wave is Greenbush?

One of the best waves in the Southern Mentawais, Greenbush is a thick-lipped, consistent, deep hollow barrel which breaks like clockwork over a shallow shelf of live coral. Be prepared for an airdrop likely to close-out or bowl out over a nearly exposed reef shelf at this surf break. Ideal conditions will coincide with a new or full moon spring tide. With near proximity to other fun breaks in the area, Greenbush surf spot is a great home base for surfers with a diverse set of abilities. Expert barrel riders (especially goofy footers) will feel right at home in the green room at Greenbush.    

    • Wave type:

      Reef break.

    • Wave difficulty:

      Advanced – Hellman Kamikaze.

    • What way does Greenbush break:


    • Sea bottom:

      Live coral.


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  • Surfboard type:

    Sharp pintail.

  • Crowd factor:

    Few crowds.

  • Hazards:

    Strong currents, shallow reef and hollow barrels.

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  • Best time of year for waves:

    March – June (ideal conditions), breaks through to November.

  • What is the vibe like in the lineup:

    Can be intense when it’s firing.

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How do you get in and out of the surf at Greenbush?

Greenbush surf spot is accessible only by boat. Ask your guide to stick to the channel and head towards the peak. You might find better luck making the barrel, and occasional shoulder, farther down the shoulder.


Where is Greenbush surf spot?

Located off the Southwestern edge of Pulau Pagai-Utara. You won’t find civilisation on land or sea in any direction for miles at Greenbush.

How to get to Greenbush?

The best way to access Greenbush is via boat either in collaboration with your accommodation or better-yet surf charter boat.