SOME QUESTIONS WE GET FREQUENTLY ASKED ALL THE TIME BY SURFERS.
*If you have any other questions please get in touch with our reservation team who are happy to help you with any questions you may have.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING ON A SURF TRIP?
When packing for a surf trip to remote locations in equatorial tropics such as the Mentawais and Telos, you will need less gear than you might think, and will need to bring some things that you might not think until the moment you need it. Keep in mind at many of these locations you can’t pop out to a convenience store or even a little warung. Many charter boats and resorts will have accumulated a collection of things as board wax and sunscreen and fin keys, but pack as if you are going solo.
- Clothes: This is where you can really cut down. A tropical surf trip is a board-short and T-shirt lifestyle. Three pairs should be sufficient and laundered as needed. The pair you wear today (which will get soaked with rain or sweat in the equatorial tropics), the pair being laundered and dried, and dry pair in reserve. A pair of light trousers/long skirt and long-sleeve shirt/blouse would be appropriate for formal occasions and public travel in conservative areas and also good cover in evenings if there are mosquitoes. A cap or hat is essential in searing hot sun.
- Beach Towel: Most boats/resorts provide towels, but we advise to bring your own.
Glasses and Sunglasses: Sunglasses are a must. If prescription, we advise an extra pair.
Toiletries: Small travel bottles of your favorite essentials (shampoo, lotions, toothpaste). A spare toothbrush is recommended. If you lose one, you really don’t want to borrow. Nail clippers as well. It can be annoying to want to trim your nails but have only your teeth. Dental floss—you don’t want to be using fishing line (which has been known to occur). For convenience and space, pack these in their own kit.
- Medicines & lotions: your prescriptions (extra in case of delays), charcoal pills and anti-diarrheals for stomach bugs, bug repellent, anti-malarials (check with us and doctor before you go), skin lotions, and 50+ sunscreen.
- Your own stash of energy bars. Quick energy between surf sessions. Don’t raid your friend’s. Also often preferable to local airline food.
- A travel first aid kit. Buy one that’s pre-packed.
- Multi-tool knife
- Electronics: Think long and hard. Do you really need to bring your laptop or tablet or big camera? A single device that has multiple functions (music, photos, games, Wifi) is the “travel light” ticket. And remember to bring the charger (it should be 120-240 volts). You might need an electrical adaptor to fit your travel destination’s electrical outlets.
- Pen flashlight or headlamp light. With extra batteries.
Book. Whether on device or as paper. Lounge time on a surf trip is a wonderful opportunity to engage in the increasingly lost art of reading.
- A small water-proof bag. You are on and around the ocean, in areas of tropical downpours. You never know.
- Candle and matches/lighter. Yup, you heard right. One of those things you might not think necessary until you really need it.
- Your surf equipment: You know what you like to ride. Research the average size and condition and power of the surf breaks and pack accordingly in easy-to-move-or-roll board bags. Bring an extra board in case one breaks. Many boats and resorts will have equipment you can rent if you want to avoid the board bag travel hassle altogether.
- Fins, wax, fin keys, ding repair, leg ropes
- Booties, rash guard. Even if you don’t like wearing booties in the surf, they might be essential for reef walks.
- Thin 2mm vest. Equatorial waters (such as the Mentawais or Telos) are pretty much boardshort warm year round. But in Bali and East Indonesia, especially during winter trade wind season, water temps can get wind-chill cold.
- And finally the GoPro: Ask yourself, do I really want to? We’ve noticed a curious phenomenon where some clients with GoPros get so caught up in fussing around with the technology (sometimes their first use) and getting the shot that they aren’t really enjoying the surf. But if you are experienced with the GoPro and it doesn’t really bother your sessions then go ahead—it really can record some epic moments and you can add it to your album…or ours!!
WHAT ARE THE FUNDAMENTAL REQUIREMENTS FOR A SURF TRIP ?
- Cash. Do travel with some local currency for incidental purchases such as souvenirs or extra beers. If you are exchanging foreign currency into local currency, pick a licensed money changer. The money changers offering better rates are unlicensed and have more ways to cheat you than you can flash a dollar at.
- Credit card. Take the usual care when using a credit card against double billing and voided charges and the like.
- Passport. Keep in a safe place. Make a photocopy (the information page and the page with your current visa) and keep that in a separate place. Should you lose your passport; the copy will make report and replacement much easier.
- Driver’s license. Get an international driver’s permit in your country before you leave on your trip. These are easy and inexpensive to obtain. International driver’s permits offered to you in the country of your destination are either invalid or forgeries.
- Vaccinations. We strongly recommend that vaccinations for your travel region are up-to-date. Consult with your family doctor.
- Malaria and dengue. We have years of experience with pesky mosquitoes, and have a policy of prevention, taking all reasonable measures to minimize your exposure. Consult your local doctor prior to travel for advice.
DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?
At World Surf Adventures, we take proactive measures to ensure the safety of each of our guests at every stage of the journey with us. But it is in the nature of travel and sports activities for accidents to occasionally occur. While we rarely have accidents or injuries that we cannot treat on site, for the sake of prudence and peace of mind, we require each guest upon booking to show proof of travel insurance with full location-to-hospital medical evacuation. You may purchase your own policy, or if you wish, we can provide travel insurance through one of our partner agencies. We recommend INDO SURF TRAVEL INSURANCE for Australian surfers as it is the ONLY one that covers UNLIMITED Medical expenses, including Medevac Flights, and also covers Surfboards IN the surf. They will pay up to $700 if your board snaps.
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO SURF THE MENTAWAI’S?
The Mentawai Islands are one of the most consistent surf destinations in the entire world. Its broad exposure towards the vast, southern Indian Ocean provides these magicial islands with remarkable consistency and quality. There are great waves in this area YEAR-ROUND, However, the most ideal time to surf in the Mentawais is during the dry season, late March to early November, the southern hemisphere’s winter, when the Indian Ocean is a very active, groundswell producing machine.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DING MY BOARD?
Everyone should bring their own ding repair kits on a charter, however, if you are not confident in repairing the board yourself most of the time one of the crew can help you fix the board.
HOW QUICKLY WILL I GET A RESPONSE FROM MY ENQUIRY?
At World surf adventures our aim is to get back to you immediately with a response. From there we will find out if the surf charter/resort/camp is available for your dates and get back to you ASAP. We are known for our fast customer service.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS NO SURF?
There are so many things to do to keep you occupied. Here are some activities you might like to try: fishing, spear fishing, reading, yoga, exploring nearby villages and snorkel. There is heaps to do if the waves are not working and the surf is flat.
WHAT ARE THE BEST SURF BREAKS IN BALI?
The best and most well known break are Uluwatu, Padang, Dreamlands, Canggu, Medewi, Balian, Greenbowls, Airports Lefts plus far far too many to mention. The best way to see all these famous breaks is to hire a motor bike or get a driver whilst you are in Bali and spend 1 or 2 days at each break. This is ideal if you are free to move around the island but if you are centrally located say in the tourist area of Seminyak or Kuta then you may want to focus on the local breaks. A good idea is to spend a few days in the Bukit area where you can surf Ulus and other nearby waves such as Bingin and Balangan. If you need to rent a villa or stay at a Bali surf resort please contact our reservation team for all the very best deals.