WATCH: The Crazy Mentawai Mid-Season Dazzle

Jason Lock

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Updated 47d ago

Cover shot of Quincy Symonds by Manu Miguelez.

There's been no shortage of swell this season in Indonesia. Typically, waves begin to set hearts racing from April through until October, with many of the bomb sessions front-loaded in that time period. And then, quiet. The pace slows a little, visiting surfers disperse out of Bali to wherever they're bound, waiting on the next days of pristine surf as the months roll by.

Over at Kandui, one of the world's most picturesque waves, located on the north side of the tiny Karangmajat Island, it's been having a bit of a mid-season waltz. Only this time, Benj Brand, Willi Aliotti (with twin fin under foot), Ian Crane and young Aussie Quincy Symond have been reaping through fields of deliciously blue barrels.

© 2022 - Vid by Liquid Barrel/Federico Vanno. Edited by Hannah Anderson.

The past few days have been a treasure trail of spots around the area, helmed by photographer and videographer Manu Miguelez. A skipper on that side of the world for the better part of a decade, Manu's tapped into where to go when it's on – and even where to go when it isn't.

Here's a few vignettes from his lens.

Top, Benji with the vision. Quincy Symonds, right. Benji Brand centre not quite getting the scale dialled in and right, Ian Crane will lead the charge.

Top, Benji with the vision. Quincy Symonds, right. Benji Brand centre not quite getting the scale dialled in and right, Ian Crane will lead the charge.

© 2022 - Manu Miguelez.

Hideaways with Benji Brand from Manu Miguelez's eye in the sky.

Quincy Symonds.

Quincy Symonds.

© 2022 - Manu Miguelez.

Willi Aliotti out there on a twinny.

Willi Aliotti out there on a twinny.

© 2022 - Manu Miguelez.

Not all about the pros though, here's Gavin Wilchek and a pal hooting from the channel.

Not all about the pros though, here's Gavin Wilchek and a pal hooting from the channel.

© 2022 - Alaia Mentawai.

And Benjamin Mackenzie, just someone who loves to surf as much as we all do.

And Benjamin Mackenzie, just someone who loves to surf as much as we all do.

© 2022 - Alaia Mentawai.

Follow the leader, Willi Aliotti.

Follow the leader, Willi Aliotti.

© 2022 - Manu Miguelez.

Meanwhile over in Nias, 16-year-old Asia Braithwaite has been having the time of her life with pops, Magoo. The dad and daughter surf trip paid off in spades as Magoo pulled out of a rifling keg, only to have a front row seat watching his daughter catch one of the biggest waves and deepest barrels of the session.

“It’s not easy when you’re the only girl out there, amongst a group of men that have travelled half way around the world for these moments,” said Asia. “The first one I got, I swung really late and took off way too deep, didn’t make the drop, got slammed. Once I got back out there, my dad said ‘just wait’, and we did for like, five sets. Most of the guys were pushing really deep when that set came and my papa took the first one and I got the second.

“I felt like I had a load of speed paddling in to, it felt super deep and I just let the wave do the work. When I got spat out I could hear my dad, he was frothing so hard [laughs]. After that, the guys in the water seemed really cool, they even asked my name and called me in on a couple.”

Can we be Asia when we grow up please?

Can we be Asia when we grow up please?

As for what board gets you in and out of that situation: “Was riding a 5'5" Lost Driver, shaped by Tommy Dalton.”

Stay tuned for more out of Indo, soon.