Dream Trip: Hunt for Big Waves in the Mentawai Islands, Indonesia

Ultimate Adventure Bucket List: Surfer Carissa Moore's dream trip was surfing in the Mentawai Islands, Indonesia. Learn about this trip and her top gear pick.

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Carissa Moore surfing in the Mentawai Islands, Indonesia

For six years straight, surfing prodigy Carissa Moore has devoted a portion of her summer to the Mentawai Islands off the western coast of Sumatra in Indonesia. With more than 70 islands and islets and powerful waves that break on a shallow reef, the destination offers many challenges and, according to Moore, adventure there never gets old.

“We charter a 65-foot boat with Pelagic, usually five or six surfers and a few photographers, and spend the days looking for the best waves, eating delicious food, enjoying the sun and crystal clear water,” Moore says. “It’s pretty much the greatest trip ever because you spend all day literally on the water, and surf from sunrise to dusk.”

Indonesia is known as one of the planet’s ultimate surf spots, and the Mentawai Islands are no exception—pristine beaches, year-round 86-degree temperatures, continuous swells, around 50 named breaks, and a hundred miles of world-class surf. And thanks to the distance required to travel to the remote archipelago, Moore says you’ll have most waves to yourself.

Carissa Moore

In 2010, the same year she graduated from high school, Hawaiian surfer Carissa Moore was accepted into her first Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Women’s World Tour, where she won two events and Rookie of the Year. She also won the U.S. Open of Surfing. In 2011, she took the ASP women’s overall, becoming the youngest person on the planet to win the world title. Read her Adventurers of the Year profile.
Carissa Moore's Gear Pick: Surfboard
“I never go anywhere without a surfboard.”

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