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Greenbush

Greenbush

Mentawai islands - North Pagai, Indonesia

Surf, Bodyboard

When it was thought that the best waves in Mentawai had already been discovered, Greenbush is soon going to become the new jewel and the most talked about of all. It has managed to allure this industry, the best tube riders, surf teams and others that are waiting for that magical moment to go to this tropical setting in the middle of nowhere which is perfect for surfing in what is possibly the most beautiful and surely the most mysterious wave in Mentawai. Some of the privileged that know it well have spoken of it as being the punchiest, so it’s not exactly the classic playground that we are accustomed to like other spots in Mentawai.

It’s located one hour south of the well-known Macaronis, but the difference is as its name Greenbush suggests, green for the colour of the water and bush because it’s very unpredictable. Not many have fulfilled their Mentawai surf experience here, it’s a young wave that was first surfed in 2004 and its history is still to be written. Don’t underestimate the heat and humidity. Around the equator hydration is essential, especially around midday. It’s also important, whilst anywhere in the Mentawai, to carry a complete first aid kit with two essential items, mosquito repellent and antibiotics because any cuts from the reef always get infected and any serious injury or infection will need hospital attention and the nearest is in Padang, on Sumatra island and this a long journey away. A session with this left can make your whole journey worthwhile but it won’t be easy as Greenbush is inconsistent and unpredictable, so you’ll need to look for a good guru as the waves can only be caught by those that know its secret.

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Conditions

This unpredictable left works with a solid S or SW swell, NE wind and a high tide, and if you're lucky it's even better with spring-tide or dead-tide. Greenbush is always a very fast wave, but like all the Mentawai waves, when it’s around 4 feet you should go with caution as it’s when most surfers can enjoy this sweet wave. But when it rises to six to eight feet the two main sections start to work .

In the first, the drop is incredible, the lip is very thick and it catches you so it’s essential that you anticipate it well and go fast so it spits you out from the first barrel and launches you into the second section. In the second section a long tube opens for up to twenty metres and you have to pump very quickly, something which isn’t within everyone’s reach. Take care as it’s very treacherous while the tide is rising or falling. It’s preferable to avoid those times because of the horseshoe shaped slab that forms here. It’s also important to mention that since the earthquake that occurred in 2010 the last section has changed…if it was fast before, it’s now a real canon.
Optimal Conditions
  • Wave
    Left
  • Wind
    NE
  • Tide
    High
  • Swell
    S - SW
  • Bottom
    Coral reef
  • Size
    4 to 12 ft
  • Time of year
    From April to October
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