Just a few miles south of Suicides, off Cape Kinilok on Sipura Island, Telescopes curves left around a shallow section of reef and is reminiscent of perfect waves drawn in the margins of your high-school notebooks. Picture perfect, Telescopes consistently offers a long barrel section that is open to a wide variety of surfing abilities. All things considered, Telescopes is one of the mellower options for this section of the Central Mentawais. Read on to learn when, where, and how to surf Telescopes.  




What kind of wave is Telescopes?

A well known world class wave that draws surfers from all over the world. Expect a steep drop in, near perfect barrel which opens up to a clean, steep shoulder ripe for maneuvers. A surprisingly deep coral shelf sits under the break and offers a bit of forgiveness you won’t find from other waves on this list. On a good day, you can expect 200 metres of thigh burning goodness. Can hold surf up to triple overhead but be ready for strong currents and the occasional clean-up set. Overall, Telescopes should definitely be on your list of places to surf in the Central Mentawais.

    • Wave type:

      Reef break.

    • Wave difficulty:

      Intermediate upwards.

    • What way does the wave break:


    • Sea bottom:

      Live coral.


  • Booties:

    Not necessary.

  • Surfboard type:

    Shortboard to minigun (when big).

  • Crowd factor:

    Expect crowds.

  • Hazards:

    Strong currents (when big) and shallow reef on the inside.

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    • What tide does it work best on:

      Mid tide.

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  • Best time of year for waves:

    April – November.

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  • What other names does Telescopes go by?


Paddling out at Telescopes:

Telescopes is another break accessible only by boat. There are a few accommodation options nearby but you’d still expect a long paddle from the southern edge of the island to reach the lineup. Boat is your best bet. 


Where is Telescopes?

Telescopes is located on the northwest side of Sipura Island to the southwest of Suicides but not too far from Pulau Pototogat.

How to get to Telescopes?

Telescopes is accessible only by boat.  Visit how to get to the Mentawai Islands for more information on getting yourself there.