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Telescopes

Telescopes

Mentawai islands - Sipora , Indonesia

Surf

Telescopes is a world class left in the north of Sipora, not far from Suicides, in front of Kinilok Point in Mapadegat Bay. Pulau Sipora is the least extensive island but it’s the most developed and the most populated and therefore has the best transport links. If you visit by your own accord, you’ll arrive at the capital Tua Pijat from where you can begin your experience and find cheap boats to take you to the island.

It’s as the name suggests, a cylindrical telescope that opens up little by little in a predictable way and invites you to test your limits, catching bigger waves and going deeper into the barrel each time. It’s a popular wave because it allows a high number of surfers in its line up and it’s also very well located, near other waves such as Scarecrows and Iceland. It breaks over a large, very exposed reef in the middle of the sea but it needs the correct swell to work. If you’re lucky enough to have these conditions this wave is ultra-consistent and easily reaches 200 metres, turning it into one of the best waves in the world. It’s very good because it’s also one of the most accessible and with half the size, it allows intermediate surfers to link various sections.

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Conditions

The best conditions for Telescopes are between five and six feet, holding sets of eight well. It needs southeast wind and west swell at mid tide. It starts breaking at three feet with an accessible take off and a barrel in the first section, and after it has good sections where it creates good curves. When it’s bigger, it starts to break much further back from the normal take off zone and like the other places in Mentawai, when the sets break further out, you should know the dynamics and take off zones because the waves come quite a lot faster and are rounder.
Optimal Conditions
  • Wave
    Left Pointbreak
  • Wind
    SE
  • Tide
    Medium
  • Swell
    SW - WSW
  • Bottom
    Coral reef
  • Size
    3 to 12 ft
  • Time of year
    From April to October
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