Dog Reef in Mentawai

What to bring with you on your trip to WavePark

1. Necessities

  • IDR 1,000,000 for Mentawai Surfer Tax, payable upon arrival in Padang.
  • Cash (USD or IDR) for consumables at the bar, souvenirs, massages,
  • photography package and staff tip.
  • Credit cards (Visa or mc)
  • Ding repair kit
  • Indo Surf and Lingo Book
  • Charger for phone/device and adapter
  • Long sleeve t-shirt (1-2)
  • Pants (1-2)
  • Passport + 2 photocopies
  • Travel insurance information
  • Prescription medicine
  • Sandals
  • Sealable ziploc bags
  • Personal toiletries
  • Shoes
  • Socks
  • Sunglasses + spare
  • Flashlight/headlamp
  • Beach towels (2)
  • T-shirts (3-4)
  • Shorts (2)
  • Travel backpack (1)
  • Waterproof wind breaker jacket
  • Big wave leash
  • Boardshorts (3)
  • Fin key
  • Extra leashes(2)
  • Long sleeve rash guard
  • Reef booties
  • Sunblock
  • Tropical surf wax
  • Wax comb
  • Surf hat
  • Surf bag

2. Optional

  • Duty Free Liquor
  • Eye mask for long flights
  • Energy snacks
  • Fishing lures (“rapala” w/ red head/white body, and “yozuri” flourescent the best).
  • Casting rod
  • Waterproof camera
  • Helmet
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Spring suit
  • If you have had a good trip and good service, please consider bringing cash or presents to tip the staff with. The amount is up to you, we recommend a starting tip of $70 US. To give you an idea of what that amounts to: with 17 staff, a $70 tip is the equivalent of 40 cents per day per staff on a minimum 10 day trip.
  • Yoga Mat

3. Other helpful tips

  • Buy Bose noise-cancelling headphones for your trip. You won’t regret it.
  • T3 in Jakarta Airport has great money-changing rates.
  • Stock up on vitamins before you get on the plane, as it will be your best chance to get sick during your trip.
  • Inflatable neck brace for traveling. Available at most pharmacies.
  • If you plan to exchange money while in West Sumatra, please remember to bring brand new USD cash with you, later date than 2010 only! The banks give horrible exchange rates for any cash that is older or of a different series than that described above.
  • Always carry your money and passport in a money pouch. If you carry a backpack and are walking through the market, make sure the backpack is in FRONT of you, not behind.
  • We recommend your surfing equipment to be up to scratch and ready to take some poundings. Managing Director Christie Carter has made a short equipment advice video, and a surf tips and etiquette video. There are no cut and dry answers for what size you should bring. That question is dependent on the size of your regular equipment, your confidence, experience and overall ability. If you are the least bit hesitant about your abilities in these waves, bring larger boards that will allow you to get into the waves earlier and catch more of them. For the more competent surfer, you should bring the shortest board possible that will still allow you time to get into steep, fast waves. Contact us directly with any questions.