Switchfoot Surf Charters

To explore everything the Mentawai Islands have to offer, you need a great boat and an even better crew. Switchfoot Surf Charter provides this and more, gaining a reputation as one of the best surf charters in the Mentawais. 

Switchfoot’s owner and operator, Jason Quinn has a burning passion for Indonesian waves, with over 20 years of experience surfing and guiding in Indonesia, mostly in the Mentawai Islands. 

Access a Huge Variety of Waves

Switchfoot Surf Charters is a high-end surf charter that can reach speeds of 12 knots, ensuring you get to the waves fast and have more chances of empty lineups. While on board Switchfoot, you can access a huge variety of waves, depending on conditions, all while enjoying the comfort of this beautiful catamaran. 

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A Spacious Mentawais Surf Charter

There’s plenty of space on board Switchfoot Surf Charters to stretch out, with an air-conditioned saloon/dining area, large deck/bar and large restaurant/dining area. Switchfoot accommodates up to 10 guests in comfortable two bunk cabins. 

Switchfoot Surf Charters is the ultimate wave-hunting machine with an epic crew who will go above and beyond to make it the best surf trip of your life. If you want a surf holiday in style and comfort and epic, pumping waves, booking a surf trip on Switchfoot will be the best decision you’ve ever made. 


Switchfoot Surf Charters comfortably accommodates up to 10 guests, with five, two-bunk cabins. Each bunk has a fan and a reading light and the cabins share two toilets and bathrooms. 

Relax in the large deck/bar area or the restaurant-style eating area, or in the fresh air on one of the covered decks at the front or rear of the boat. The saloon (communal area) features a large TV for playing movies when you’re not out in the surf, as well as a great bluetooth stereo system to play your favourite music while you’re relaxing on board. 



You won’t go hungry on board Switchfoot Surf Charters, with a beautiful variety of Indonesian and Western cuisine served every day. All meals are cooked by Switchfoot’s experienced chef, Erik Wau, using only the freshest ingredients. 

You can expect a range of locally caught fresh fish, chicken, imported steak and curries, plus much more. If you have any specific food requirements, the chef can cater to these too, just notify the team when you book your surf charter.

On board Switchfoot, the crew know surfing is your number one priority, so there are no set times for meals, ensuring you never miss out on food because you’re deep in a Mentawai barrel. Breakfast consists of fresh fruit, cereal, tea, coffee and juices, then there’s a hot breakfast/brunch of bacon, eggs, pancakes, jaffles and more! 

In the afternoon, feel free to relax with a cold beer, with plenty of snacks, sashimi, crackers, cheese, nuts and more. Lunch and dinner will leave you satisfied, with curries, burgers, nasi goreng, fish tacos, fajitas, chicken satay, fish and chips and a range of other healthy choices. 


Surf Switchfoot Surf Charters

Off the coast of Western Sumatra, Indonesia, the Mentawai Islands is a chain of about 70 islands and islets. This region is home to some of the best quality and most consistent waves on the planet, with a huge variety of waves to suit all ability levels. 

There are plenty of waves on offer and the crew on board Switchfoot Surf Charters will always go the extra mile to find empty waves. No matter the wind or swell conditions, there is always somewhere to surf in the Mentawai Islands. 

Switchfoot Surf Charters will travel throughout the Mentawai Islands to ensure guests get to experience the best waves in the region. From mellow, beginner-friendly breaks, to hollow tubes for experienced surfers, there’s something for everyone. 

Some of the most popular waves include Burgerworld, Beng Beng, E-Bay, Pit Stops, Bank Vaults, Nipussi, Hideaways, No Kanduis, Four Bobs, Karangbat Left, Rifles, Icelands, Telescopes, Scarecrows, Bintangs, Lance’s Left, Hollow Trees (HT’s, Lance’s Right), Bat Caves (Gilligan’s Island), Macaronis, Greenbush, Rags Left, Rags Right, Thunders, and The Hole.


Siberut Island (Playgrounds Area)


An easy, mellow right hander with a beautiful tropical backdrop. A good option if nearby Bankvaults is a bit too intimidating. Nipussi is best on a mid-size swell with light NNW winds.


A powerful, challenging right hander. Expect an open ocean style take-off,  then an incredible, wide open barrel section. This wave suits experienced surfers only, as it ends up bending back over shallow reef. Bankvaults is best on a SSW swell and a N wind.

Pit Stops

A playful and rippable right hander with a sand and reef bottom. The wave breaks close to the shore, within paddle distance of Mentawai Surf Retreat. Pit Stops needs a WSW swell to get into the sheltered bay, and any wind except for N/NE. The wave is perfect for busting out some turns.


A beautiful, barrelling, and world-class left, with intense emerald green water, just a short paddle down from Pit Stops. E-Bay needs a big W/SW swell with SE winds to work. The bigger it gets, the better it gets. This is a truly magical wave!

Bang Bangs

A playful, user-friendly left that breaks further down in the bay from E-Bay and Pit Stops. Suitable for longboarders, funboards, and has a good section for some big turns.


A world-class hollow left hander that breaks directly in front of Wave Park Mentawai Resort. Hideaways picks up plenty of swell and offers incredible barrels for experienced surfers. This wave works best with a SW swell and SE wind on a higher tide.


This novelty right hander, perfect for longboarders, runs down the side of a tiny sand island. A super scenic spot suitable for all levels.

The Secret Slab

A short, intense right-hand barrel. This wave is a good option on small swell.


A very mellow peak, perfect for longboarders or beginners.

Burger World

This long right-hand wave with a beautiful backdrop is considered the swell magnet of the Mentawai Islands and works best on a small 2-4ft SW swell with NNW winds. On bigger swells, the paddling required to hold position tends to prove not worthwhile. Burger World is a great wave for a relaxing surf together with some turns. Some surfers pack a fish or funboard specifically to surf at this spot.


A playful peak that’s mostly a left, a good wave for a couple turns.


World-class right hander with multiple barrel sections over a reef so perfect it must have been designed for surfers. Rifles likes a big SSW swell and light WNW winds. This is considered one of the longest, most perfect waves in the Mentawai Islands.

4 Bobs

A playful, one-section right with an easy take-off. If you’re lucky, you’ll score a quick almond shaped barrel or a 2-turn combo.

Kandui Left

Incredible freight-train left out the front of Kandui Villas, with big, heavy barrels and long sections on good days. Here, there’s potential to get the best barrel of your life. Kandui Left likes a SW swell and E/SE winds on a mid to high tide.

Baby Kandui

A very mellow, playful left hander. Baby Kandui is great for beginners and long boarders, or a relaxed session for more advanced surfers looking to refine their skills or trial a new board or fin set up.


A super fun right with short but good barrels, and nice sections for turns.


Sipura Island


An enjoyable, playful left near Villa Mentawai. On a big swell, this is a good, mellow option for intermediate level surfers or longboarders.

Omak Tidur

A long, slabbing right out the front of Awera Surf Resort with intense barrel sections on good days. This wave can be super challenging, and often seems surfable when it’s not. Always wait for the green light from your surf guide before attempting this one!

Awera Left

A fast left hander, super fun for a couple speed runs across the fairly shallow reef.


A perfect beginner wave out the front of Awera Surf Resort.


Ridiculously perfect left, easily accessible from Awera Surf Resort, Togat Nusa Retreat and Villa Mentawai. A user-friendly wave with multiple good sections for barrels or turns. Telescopes likes a SW swell with SE winds.


Another swell magnet, this time a peak, that picks up any available swell. When Telescopes is big and pumping, Iceland can be 2-3 times bigger. A true big wave spot, this wave has been surfed at 20ft and is a great place for an adrenaline rush on your step up.


A heavy and unpredictable left with gnarly barrels over a very shallow, live coral reef. When it links up, it’s a remarkable wave, suitable for advanced surfers only and definitely at high tide.


This is a challenging right hander suitable for advanced surfers chasing a novelty experience.


A good, sometimes hollow, usually uncrowded left hander, working best on a SW swell. Mostly suited for experienced surfers, as the wave can get shallow on the inside.


A fickle wrap-around left that can be challenging. This wave needs a big swell to come to life.


A relatively under-the-radar right hander that’s fast and zippy breaking over shallow reef. Arikis can offer good barrel sections and is best at higher tide.


A bowling left in front of Togat Nusa Resort. Scarecrows picks up a lot of swell, and on bigger, heavier days requires a bit of paddling and a bigger board. This wave can offer a good barrel on the inside section after some big carves on the outside.


Shifty lefts off random peaks. This spot, rarely crowded, picks up plenty of swell but can be hard to surf.


This wave is a short, powerful right-hand barrel that perks up quickly over a shallow section of reef. Amazing barrel on it’s day but a very short ride. Bintangs is visible from Kingfisher Surf Resort.


Left: A playful, usually uncrowded left that picks up plenty of swell. Monkeys is one of many waves close by to Kingfisher Surf Resort.

Bintang Beachie

This wave is located on a long stretch of beach that runs from Kingfisher Surf Resort all the way to Bintangs. On small, short period swells this beachie can offer some playful peaks, and every now and then turns out to be something special.

Lance’s Left

A fun, super consistent left, straight out the front of Kingfisher Surf Resort where guests can watch perfection from the comfort of the pool bar or private bungalow. Lances Left has a good barrel section and enough space to link together some turns before kicking out.


You’ll find Cobras at the top section of the Lances Left reef. This wave is a cylindrical barrelling left, shallow and often challenging but sometimes a better barrel than at Lances. This spot works best on S swells.

Lance’s Right (HTs)

This famed wave is positioned directly in front of Katiet Beach Resort. On it’s good days Lances Right is one of the best waves in Indonesia with flawless barrelling rights. To work best, the wave likes a confusing combination of W swell and W winds. When it turns on, it’s a mesmerising 8-second barrel from the office all the way to the channel.

The Bombie

A shallow section of reef in Katiet Bay, occasionally good on a longboard and an amazing wave for foiling.


Pagai North

Bat Cave

A novelty right hander breaking off a beautiful tropical island. This wave can be fun on a longboard or a fish.


A picture-perfect left with multiple barrel sections, just a 5-minute speedboat ride across the bay from Macaronis Surf Resort. Macaronis is widely considered the world’s most fun left – it’s just barrel, turn, barrel, turn over and over again! Macaronis is a super consistent wave that breaks on any swell but is best on a SW swell with E/SE winds.

Mini Maccas

A much smaller and shallower version of Macaronis, worth considering on a big swell at high tide, and is usually about a quarter of the size of Macaronis.


The ultimate wave for groms or beginners! This is a perfect sand bottom right, just a 5-minute paddle down from Macaronis Surf Resort.

Maccas Right (KFC)

A shifty right across the bay from Macaronis, that occasionally links up into a couple of sections. This is a popular wave for those chasing a mellow, less crowded session.


A incredibly perfect barrelling left, 45 minutes by speedboat from Macaronis Surf Resort. This is a heavy wave, over shallow reef. Greenbush needs a combination of high tide, S swell and N wind. Expect a steep drop into an intense barrel that may or may not let you out. This wave is suited to experienced surfers only.


Pagai South


A playful rippable right that peels into a picturesque bay. Expect almond shaped barrels and beautiful carveable walls. This wave is a 60-minute speedboat tide from Macaronis Surf Resort.

Rags Left

A shallow, hollow barrel. Fickle, but when it’s on, it’s on.

Rags Right

A super shallow right-hand barrel that can be one of the best in the Mentawai Islands, best suited to advanced surfers only. There’s potential to score utter perfection boasting multiple barrel sections.


A swell magnet that picks up almost any available swell and handles S winds. This wave can get popular with charter boats if it’s the only spot that’s working, but the shifting peaks handle a crowd well. Expect an easy take off into a predictable barrel on the inside section. Around the corner is gnarly secret spot if you’re feeling up for it, ask your surf guide!

The Hole

A flawless left-hand barrel. Short, intense, but truly one of the best waves in the Mentawai Islands when it’s on. The wave can be fickle, and needs a S swell, E wind and a confident skipper to navigate the tender.


A big open-ocean point-break-style right with some unpredictable sections but a good ride on its day.


A long, sometimes perfect left. Good barrel sections and space for some powerful turns.


Surf Guides

Jason Quinn is an experienced surf guide and Indo junky with over 20 years of experience in the Mentawai Islands. As the owner and operator of Switchfoot Surf Charters, Jason is highly respected for his extensive knowledge of the Mentawai Islands region and is dedicated to finding the best waves for his guests. 

With a passion for barrel riding, Jason always keeps his finger on the pulse to locate the best waves, even those hidden gems away from the crowds. It is because of his expertise and dedication, that Switchfoot Surf Charters has quickly become a popular choice for surfers looking to catch the best waves in the Mentawai Islands.

Switchfoot Surf Charters also provides a professional onboard photographer, Mike Egan, who captures high-quality photos and videos of guests surfing and enjoying their time in and out of the water. 

With over eight years of experience in surf photography and videography, Egan comes equipped with over 30 k’s worth of high-end cameras, water housings, and drones to capture stunning footage from all angles. 

Guests can enjoy fully edited slideshows and clips of the footage captured from previous days’ sessions on the big screen after dinner every second night. By the end of the trip, guests can take home a USB filled with around 100-300 photos and videos. Check out Mike Egan’s work on Switchfoot Surf Charter’s website or his Instagram page, @byronwaves.

Non-Surf Activities

Switchfoot Charters revolves its non-surfing activities around the ocean. The advantage of 2 tender boats means you can go fishing at any time with high quality fishing gear to use. The boat also has SUP boards, spear fishing gear, snorkeling masks & flippers. Switchfoot Charters can also plan special on-island experiences like visiting local villages, beach BBQs or bonfires, and stop ins at some of the local camps and resorts in the area.


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