Lance’s Left Surf Spot
Lance’s Left is a clean and predictable left.
This reef/point break has plenty to offer surfers looking to ride for upwards of a quarter-mile. Offering a thick-lipped barrel section up the reef and long, fast walls for big turns with the occasional soft shoulder down the reef towards the inside. While not exactly forgiving, or gentle by any means, Lance’s Left is recommended for experienced surfers. Keep scrolling to find out when Lance’s Left is at its best.
What kind of wave is Lance’s Left?
Lance’s Left: Reef Break
Lance’s Left: Experienced
Lance’s Left: Left
Lance’s Left: Reef
Lance’s Left: Consider rocking a pair of booties if you’re hoofing it to the peak
Lance’s Left: Sharp pin-tail shortboard or step-up
Lance’s Left: Crowded
Lance’s Left: Shallow reef, hollow waves and big swell
Best swell direction:
Lance’s Left: S
Best wind direction:
Lance’s Left: E
What tide is best:
Lance’s Left: Mid tide
Best tide movement:
Lance’s Left: Rising
Lance’s Left: Ultra-consistent
Best time of year:
Lance’s Left: April – November
Lance’s Left: Frothing chargers
Other names for spot:
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.
What is the beach like?
The beach is truly something out of a movie with a backdrop of idyllic palm fringed beaches and beautiful turquoise waters.
Where can I stay?
The Kingfisher Mentawai has three Mentawai-style bungalows and is the only accommodation located directly in front of Lance’s Left, offering close-up views of this spectacular wave. The design of their bungalows combines the best of the local look and feel with the rigour and comfort that most Western travellers enjoy. Including AC, fans and high-speed internet. The result is an elegant yet strikingly exotic experience. The Resort is designed to accommodate a maximum of 10 guests allowing each guest a luxurious and comfortable stay. The private experience also ensures that the surf doesn’t get too crowded. Kingfisher Mentawai gets its name from the amazing acrobatic kingfisher birds which regularly frequent the area. All in all, the Kingfisher Mentawai provides a remarkable experience that never disappoints.
What else do I need to know?
The locals enjoy soccer and volleyball. If you visit the village you’ll see daily volleyball matches and may even get an invite to join in!
What else is there to do in the area other than surfing?
As guests of Kingfisher Mentawai, you can always relax in a shaded hammock or catch the breeze in their open-planned restaurant, where drinks and food are available. Meals are prepared using fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood and meats, cooked in a variety of styles including Western, Indonesian, Chinese and barbeques. You will be glad to know that Kingfisher Mentawai consider delicious and plentiful food an integral part of an enjoyable dining experience to ensure even the most ravenous appetites will be satisfied.
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?
When staying at Kingfisher Mentawai in front of Lance’s Left you have two options in getting there.
A great option for bigger groups is a fast boat directly from Padang to the resort. This is the most time efficient option and can be tailored to suit any connecting flight schedules to/from Padang.