Karangbat Left Playgrounds Mentawai

PLAYGROUNDS LEFT SURF SPOT

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.

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SURFING CONDITIONS

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What kind of wave is Playgrounds Left?

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.

    • Wave type:

      Peaky reef break.

    • Wave difficulty:

      Beginner upwards.

    • What way does the wave break:

      Left and right.

    • Sea bottom:

      Live coral.

 

  • Booties:

    Not necessary.

  • Surfboard type:

    Longboard or fish.

  • Crowd factor:

    Typically few crowds.

  • Hazards:

    Beginner surfers.

    • Best swell direction:

      South-southwest.

    • Best wind direction:

      Northwest.

    • What tide does it work best on:

      Mid tide.

    • Best tide movement for surfing:

      Any.

 

  • How consistent is the surf:

    Consistent.

  • Best time of year for waves:

    March – November.

  • What is the vibe like in the lineup:

    Mellow.

  • What other names does Playgrounds Left go by?

    Karangbat Left, Karamba, Bikinis, G-strings, Duckies or Floating House.

Paddling out at Playgrounds Left:

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.  

LOCATION

Where is Playgrounds Left?

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.

How to get to Playgrounds Left?

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.