Playgrounds Left (and Right) is found in the middle of a triangle of islands in the heart of the “Playgrounds” surfing area of the Mentawai Islands. Playgrounds Left goes by several names. Most commonly; Karangbat Left or Karamba. Less often; Bikinis, G-strings, Duckies or Floating House. This spectacular area is famous for its vast range of world-class surf breaks and incredible scenery. In this lineup, you can kick back, soak up the scenery and catch a few mellow waves before stepping up into the serious stuff that the Ments is so well known for.
A longboarders dream this wave breaks in the middle of the popular “Playgrounds” anchorage and is predominantly a long easy left. However, when the swell is up a right-hander splits off the peak as well. Expect long peeling lefts during mid-tide. Playgrounds Left usually stays below chest high and is a fun wave for beginner and intermediate surfers. Just a stone’s throw from 4 Bobs you can paddle across the channel between the two if you want to escape the crowd at 4 Bobs.
Peaky reef break.
Left and right.
Longboard or fish.
Typically few crowds.
March – November.
Karangbat Left, Karamba, Bikinis, G-strings, Duckies or Floating House.
Right in the middle of Playgrounds anchorage, Playgrounds Left is accessed by boat or a long but leisurely paddle out from Karangmajat Island. Smooth, long, clean, predictable lefts are ideal for longboards and beginner surfers while a significant channel and sheltered bay provide a haven from open ocean swells.
Playgrounds Left is located in the Northern Mentawais on the sheltered Eastern side of Karangmajat Island, the opposite side of the island to open ocean waves Kandui and Rifles.
There are some seriously good resorts to stay at in this area, take your pick and lock in your flights to Padang Sumatra, the gateway to the Mentawai Islands. Click the link for more information on getting yourself to the Mentawais from Padang.