Even after all these years, there’s still nowhere quite like the Mentawai Islands.
A cult favorite in the ’90s and everyone’s dream destination in the early 2000s, Indonesia’s Mentawai Islands, off the coast of Sumbawa, retain some of the world’s best waves. We’re talking Lance’s, Macca’s, Nokandui, Greenbush, and, as Dean Vandewalle showcased here, Rifles.
Sure, the Ments have blown up in recent times and often become overcrowded and a bit of a hassle, but there are still windows where you can score epic surf with very few people around. In this video, Dean found himself in a perfect Rifles lineup with barely five people in sight. Suffice to say he took full advantage of this rare opportunity.