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PITSTOPS MENTAWAI ISLANDS

Pitstops surf break has featured in many Taylor Steele & Kai Neville surf movies for obvious reasons. Super fun barreling take-offs across a perfectly shaped reef running into peeling right-hand walls. One a good one you can kick out on the dry sand beach. Pitstops serves up some of the best performance waves in the Ments, if not the world.

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PITSTOPS SURFING CONDITIONS

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What kind of wave is Pitstops?

Pitstops is a clean, predictable, and seemingly endless right reef break. Pitstops is typically overlooked in comparison to other world-class breaks in the area. However, this spot offers beginners to experienced surfers a chance to carve as maneuvers across its peeling steep faces. You’ll find the occasional barrel on the take-off when the conditions align. However, Pitstops is known for high-performance maneuvers. A local favourite, you’re likely to find a crowd when it’s breaking perfectly, but the vibe typically stays mellow. This spot is walking distance from Pitstop Hill Mentawai resort. When it’s good here, it’s good at Ebay.

    • Wave type:

      Reef break.

    • Wave difficulty:

      Beginner upwards.

    • What way does the wave break:

      Right.

    • Sea bottom:

      Submerged reef.

 

  • Booties:

    Personal preference.

  • Surfboard type:

    Shortboard.

  • Crowd factor:

    Some crowds.

  • Hazards:

    Current.

    • Best swell direction:

      West.

    • Best wind direction:

      East.

    • What tide does it work best on:

      Mid tide or lower.

    • Best tide movement for surfing:

      Incoming.

 

  • How consistent is the surf:

    Consistent.

  • Best time of year for waves:

    March – November.

  • What is the vibe like in the lineup:

    Mellow but can be a bit of a hustle.

  • What other names does Pitstops go by?

    None.

Paddling out at Pitstops surf spot:

Pitstops is a quick and easy paddle on the western edge of Mosakut Island adjacent to Ebay. Paddle out from a small channel south of Ebay directly in front of Pitstop Hill. Stick to the channel until you are well on your way outside to steer clear of bigger sets and reef.

LOCATION

Where is Pitstops surf spot?

This surf spot is located in a small bay at the bottom of Pitstop Hill on Pulau Nyang Nyang (Mosakut Island), Mentawai Islands.

How to get to Pitstops?

Getting yourself to Pitstops takes plenty of forward-thinking. Are you going to stay on land or surf charter boat? Either way, once you know where you will be resting your head, you have to get yourself to Padang on the Western coastline of Sumatra. Padang is the gateway to the Mentawai Islands, and from here you only have a couple of options to travel out to the Ments on either the fast or slow ferries.