Rip Curl Mentawai Pro Forecast

MSW has been honoured to be chosen as Official Forecaster for the Rip Curl Mentawai Pro at Macaronis, an ASC/ISC event bringing the best in local talent and cementing our reputation as forecaster of choice the the Archipelago.

Perfect Macaronis Barrel (Courtesy: Rip Curl)

Rip Curl hardly have chosen a better location for the inaugural Mentawai Pro. With the Southern Indian Ocean as your swell source and uninterrupted fetch from a wide range of angles you could pretty much pick the heat times now and be all but guaranteed the right conditions. The world’s ‘funnest’ wave, a pro surfers playground of choice, is also a surf forecasters dream. Working on almost any swell direction (but preferring just a touch of west) and any tide the wave even eats up onshore winds, turning into exactly the kind of fun park aerialists dream of. In fact the only scenario likely to cause concern is too much swell, beyond about double over head the wave becomes a different sort of challenge. With the historical record showing this time of year all but certain to deliver consistently in the 4-8ft@13 seconds swell range the outlook this early in the window is for a continued run of exactly this sort of conditions, giving most likely head to head and a half conditions on the reef. However we’ve already seen a couple of really solid early season swells hit Indo so we’ll be keeping our eyes open for repeats of this scenario too.

A decades data for the opening day of the Rip Curl Pro. Spot the bad day???

Rip Curl Mentwai Pro Website
MSW Official Mentawai Pro Forecast
Typical conditions for the start of the event

Macaronis broad swell window exposed it to the Indian Ocean full fury.