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Nomad Surf Charters

Join Mick & Jake on board Nomad Surf Charters and embark on the ultimate Mentawais surf trip. Nomad is a traditional 60 ft Indonesian sailing ‘phinisi’ that’s ready to set off on an adventure to find epic waves throughout the Mentawai Islands, Telos and North Sumatra.

Nomad is complete with an air-conditioned cabin that accommodates up to eight people, making it a great option for small groups of friends. With skilled surf guides on hand, you can expect to encounter a variety of fun waves and embark on an unforgettable surf holiday.

With a multitude of world-class waves at your fingertips, a trip on board Nomad is perfect for any surfer who seeks empty waves and perfect tube rides. Guests on board Nomad Surf Charters will access a variety of waves such as The Hole, Lances Left, Thunders, Macaronis and more. Experienced and full of local knowledge, Nomad’s surf guides go to great lengths to find amazing waves for their guests, so don’t be surprised if you’re the first boat to arrive at a break, guaranteeing your chances of scoring epic waves all to yourself.

Chill out on the deck of this traditional Indonesian craft as you motor towards the pristine surf breaks and beautiful islands of this Indonesian archipelago. Take in the stunning scenery and relax in air-conditioned comfort as the experienced skippers make you feel at home and ensure you have everything you need for an epic Mentawai Islands surf adventure. While on board Nomad, feast upon delicious western and Indonesian cuisine cooked by the onboard chef while you take in the views of this magical region. With tasty food, epic waves and top notch service, what more could you want from your Mentawai Islands surf trip.

January to December
All Levels
Fishing, Snorkeling/Diving
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Nomad Surf Charters has a comfortable 8-person cabin built to make your stay on board comfortable and relaxing. The fully air-conditioned cabin is a welcome escape on hot days in the tropics and the spacious interior of the boat gives guests plenty of room to stretch out and unwind after a long day of surfing.

Recharge your batteries in the cosy sleeping quarters while watching a movie, or relax in the lounge and dining area, a great place to kick back with other guests to watch the surf or enjoy the sunset.

1x cabin: 8 single bunks


Foodies won’t be disappointed on board Nomad Surf Charters. The same chef has been working on board Nomad for over a decade, and he knows exactly what surfers like to eat after a long day in the waves. During your surf trip in the Mentawais, you can expect a variety of delicious and healthy meals, including BBQ seafood, pasta, indonesian cuisine and pizza.

Surf Nomad Surf Charters

Guests on board Nomad Surf Charters are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding epic waves. The Mentawai Islands are home to some of the best waves in the world and guests on Nomad will experience a variety of waves, from fun waves with rippable walls, to big, hollow barrel rides. With a maximum of eight guests on board at any one time, the boat tender will get you out to the break without wasting any valuable surfing time. 


Playgrounds Area

With more than 20 waves in close proximity, this extraordinary area of the Mentawai Islands is definitely a surfer’s paradise and you’ll have so many waves to choose from. Surf breaks in this area include Rifles, Kandui, Hideaways, Beng-Beng, E-bay, Pitstop and more. 

Lances Left & Right

Lances Left is one of the most consistent waves to surf in the Mentawai Islands. Even when there are more surfers, it rarely feels crowded thanks to several different take-off spots. 


Lances Right, or as it’s locally known, Hollow Trees (HT’s) is a wave you’re likely to find on the cover of a surf magazine. This mechanical right-hander is consistent and in the right conditions, picture-perfect. 


Adding to the plethora of world-class waves in the Mentawai Islands, Macaronis has been listed as one of the top 10 surf spots in Indonesia. Macaronis has a hollow first section, followed by a long rippable wall that’s perfect for advanced to intermediate surfers.


Greenbush sits south of Macaronis and is a well-known break in the southern end of the Mentawai Islands. A shallow left-hander, Greenbush offers up tubes for more experienced surfers. 


A super-consistent wave, Thunders is a left-hander that produces heavy barrels on bigger days, and more relaxed conditions on a smaller swell. Thunders is a great option when swell isn’t hitting some of the other surf breaks in the Mentawais. 

The Hole

More out of the way than other surf breaks in the Mentawai Islands region, The Hole is a heavy left-hander suitable for advanced surfers. While it only breaks in the right conditions, when it does surfers may get the best ride of their lives. 

Surf Guides

Part-owner of Nomad and surf guide extraordinaire Jake Thomson may be young, but he’s considered a veteran in the world of Mentawai Islands surf charters. He’s spent the last eight seasons working as a guide on different charter boats, gaining plenty of local knowledge and skills in reading the waves and conditions of this region.

As an experienced waterman, Jake prides himself on his skill to track down the best waves on offer and is committed to finding empty waves to keep his guests happy and their stoke levels high.

Non-Surf Activities

It’s not very often you’ll have moments without waves, but if there is a break in the swell, guests on board Nomad Surf Charters still have plenty to do. Nomad is equipped with the best fishing gear, and the super-fast tender is ready and waiting to take guests to the best fishing spots Sumatra has to offer.

Prefer to explore the Mentawai Islands’ reefs? Guests can grab a snorkel and drift around the beautiful lagoons, taking in the abundant marine life and crystal clear waters when there are no waves on the horizon.



for Nomad Surf Charters

Epic waves, epic fish, epic boat, epic crew!

Liam C
Date of Stay 03-14 Nov 2019
Surf Stoke5
Quality of Food5

The trip was well organised and run very smoothly... love to do it all over again.

Jason P
Date of Stay 20 April - 2 May 2015
Surf Stoke4
Quality of Food5

Jonathon L
Date of Stay June 2014
Surf Stoke4
Quality of Food5


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