Nipussi wave Mentawai Island


Nipussi is a swell magnet just like its big brother ‘Bank Vaults’ further up the reef. 

One of the most consistent surf breaks in the Northern Mentawai Islands, Nipussi a.k.a. Pussies sits in a pocket of Masokut Island sheltered from the wind.  When the wind goes North and everything else is blown out, Nipussi is offshore and ready to rip.  Super fun on any size swell and wind, you can bet on set after set of wide peaks that run down the reef producing high-performance right-hand walls of water.

Bank Vaults: A shorter chunkier version of Rifles.

Sits in an unusual wind shadow and tends to hold its shape when other breaks in the area are blown out. A consistent right-hand reef break, Nipussi offers intermediate surfers a chance to taste the far end of Bank Vault’s. Expert-only terrain as it is situated further down the island’s coastline. It has a tendency to get crowded under a strong North Wind. A few peaks along the reef offer steep drops, and you can expect the occasional barrel on the inside under perfect conditions.

Great for experienced surfers not quite ready to paddle out in the surrounding gnarliness. A shorter right that breaks down the point from Bank Vaults. Definitely a fun and rippable wave. Usually has fairly deep water from the takeoff to the inside. Ends in a riptide that sucks all the water back out to sea. A good option when there’s not much swell, and usually the most consistent spot in the area.

Nipussi is a quick and easy paddle out through the keyhole on the southern tip of Mosakut Island. Just be careful of the jagged reef entering and exiting the water in particular. Otherwise, you’ll have to stick to easy boat access. There is a thin strip of palm-tree lined white sand beach which meets jagged reef rock on the ocean edge. You can enter the water through a keyhole over the rocky reef and into the lineup.