Unlike some of the other breaks in the Central Mentawai Islands, Lance’s Left is a clean and predictable left which offers walls for plenty of turns, a thick-lipped barrel section, and the occasional soft shoulder. This reef/point break has plenty to offer surfers looking to ride for upwards of a quarter-mile. While not exactly forgiving, or gentle by any means, Lance’s Left is recommended for highly experienced surfers upwards. Keep scrolling to find out when Lance’s Left is at its best.




What kind of wave is Lance’s Left?

While not exactly the most famous wave in this part of the Mentawais, Lance’s Left wraps around the point of Sipura Island via three predictable sections. Each section has its own flare and changes from a heaving barrel to a soft and lumpy walled section. With too much swell you can expect deceivingly unmakeable hollow barrels. For ideal conditions, keep your eye on the forecast for a rising mid-tide coinciding with anything chest high to double overhead. Expert tip: Steer clear of the inside when big and keep your eye out for the keyhole in the reef when paddling out, or in.

    • Wave type:

      Reef break.

    • Wave difficulty:

      Advanced upwards.

    • What way does the wave break:


    • Sea bottom:

      Live coral.


  • Booties:

    Consider rocking a pair of booties if you’re hoofing it to the peak.

  • Surfboard type:

    Sharp pin-tail shortboard or step-up.

  • Crowd factor:

    Expect crowds.

  • Hazards:

    Shallow reef, hollow waves and big swell.

    • Best swell direction:


    • Best wind direction:


    • What tide does it work best on:

      Mid tide.

    • Best tide movement for surfing:



  • How consistent is the surf:

    Very consistent.

  • Best time of year for waves:

    April – November.

  • What is the vibe like in the lineup:

    Frothing chargers.

  • What other names does Lance’s Left go by?


Paddling out at Lance’s Left:

There’s a small keyhole in the reef that you can follow to the line-up if you get caught inside but you’ll need to take a few on the head before getting back out to the channel. Definitely best approached from the outside by boat, especially under larger conditions.


Where is Lance’s Left surf spot?

Far to the south of the great majority of the Central Mentawai Islands destinations, Lance’s Left is just across the bay from Bintangs on the southwest corner of Sipura Island. 

How to get to Lance’s left?

If you’re looking to post up and score Lance’s Left, you might consider crashing at Kingfisher Mentawais Resort. This accommodation has easy paddle accessibility to Lance’s Left. You’ll still need to paddle far around the shoulder to the take-off zone, which means skipping out on some of the more mushy shoulders before the barrel section, but you’ll have quick and easy access to the line-up without the aid of gasoline. Otherwise Lance’s Left can be accessed from accommodations on the other side of the island where Lance’s Right is located, however, you will need to take a scooter ride for approximately 25 minutes. Visit how to get to the Mentawai Islands for more information on getting yourself to Lance’s Left.