fbWild Cat Surf Charters — Thermal
Accommodation
Private & shared berths
Duration
11+ nights
Nearest major airport
Minangkabau International Airport (PDG)

The longest barrels of your life

"Travel quickly and comfortably... which means easy access to the best waves!! This catamaran is faster than most boats, allowing us to jet over to a different spot before the conditions change, also the hull design keeps the boat steady in rough seas. Get ready to ride the longest barrels of your life. This boat will show you the magic of the Mentawai Islands."

The surf

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Wild Cat Surf Charters will bring surfers to any surf spot they desire within the Mentawai region during their trip. Expert surf guide David Klein (previous owner) and current owner Jason Marcil will be your hosts. Between the two of them, they share about 20 years of combined knowledge and experience to ensure guests are surfing their dream waves.

You can trust your guides to find the epic waves, but if there is a wave you MUST surf before you leave, they'll do their best to make it happen.

Wild Cat offers trips as far South as West Java and as far North as Nias (an additional cost will be applied for fuel and extra days). These trips give you the opportunity to explore remote breaks. This is your chance to surf waves that most surfers have never even heard of, let alone surfed. If you're looking to spend days on the open ocean in pursuit of empty lineups, this extended option could be the best option for you.

The boat

You'll love this 2000 square foot catamaran. Wild Cat is a spacious vessel that offers comfortable sleeping arrangements below deck. Berths are split across two sides of the boat. Under the direction of an expert crew and experienced surf guide, this boat is your gateway to exploration and pursuit of epic waves in the islands of Sumatra.

Appropriate for up to 10 guests but capable of sleeping 12 (shared berths), Wild Cat operates year-round hunting down the very best waves in the far reaches of the Mentawais, Telos, Nias, and beyond.

The Wild Cat is a twin-engine powered catamaran with premier amenities that includes comfortable sleeping arrangements, a large open plan living saloon, 3 sweet chill-out spots. It is fully air-conditioned throughout.

The large saloon which works as a comfortable communal area is a great place to relax out of the sun, have a midday nap, read a book or watch back footage from the days surfing.

Surf Food

Lunches and dinners are provided daily in large family-style portions with multiple entree/tapas options to choose from. Breakfasts are available upon request from each guest. Wild Cat chooses not to provide large breakfast meals because every charter is different, some guests love breakfast, some don't eat until lunchtime. This is all part of their flexible charter options. Additional meals are also available to anyone who eats more than 3 times a day. Sandwiches, omelets, pasta, noodles and whatever is available is fair game for additional meals. You will NEVER go hungry on Wild Cat. Large fruit bowls are available daily including mango, dragonfruit, bananas and apples. Each guest is also entitled to 5 FREE beers per day (500 free Bintangs per trip)!!!

Non-Surf Activities

Wild Cat Surf Charters offers a variety of activities to keep you busy on flat days or the days your arms are just too worn out to paddle.

There is one soft top on the boat for smaller days, there is also a kayak and stand-up paddleboard for exploring. You'll also have access to top-spec fishing gear as well as free fishing excursions on their speed boat (tender). These trips are guided by Popeye and are a lot of fun, especially with a cooler full of cold Bintangs.

Snorkeling equipment is also available and can be used at any time the Wild Cat is anchored in the channel of surf breaks or protected anchorages.

The crew also offers local island excursions where you may visit local villages, take hikes to waterfalls or just chill out on a tropical white sand beach.

Berths

On either side of the large saloon area beneath the wheelhouse, you'll find one private double bed, one private single bed and 3 single beds (all right next to each other). There are 10 beds in total. The mattresses were upgraded in 2020 to 3-inch memory foam, adding even more comfort to your experience...much needed after long days of surfing hard!

Location

Southeast Asia/Indonesia/Mentawai Islands
Getting there
Fly into Padang, Indonesia.

"After getting one of the longest barrels of my life, I pulled out to the hoots and cheers of my best friends. My arms were so tired I had already promised myself this would be my last wave, but as I started waving for a ride back to the boat, I noticed a fresh set of glassy bombs looming on the horizon.

As I watched my boys getting another round of perfect waves, I found the strength I didn’t know I had, to extend the session one more hour. Another hour turned into 4 more hours, and as the sun started to set…I realized I had spent more time in the tube that day than the rest of my life combined. Crazy thing is, I still had 7 days left in my trip…I bought this boat so I could help re-create the magic I have personally experienced in the Mentawai Islands for others." — Jason Marcil

Jason Marcil was raised in southern California and has been living in Oahu (Hawaii) through COVID times. He'd been traveling to Indonesia for 6 years doing surf trips every summer and says "I had always wanted to own one of the charter boats out there. The global issue/covid 19 allowed me to buy one of the existing businesses at a discount." Jason purchased the boat from an existing surf charter company that was going out of business and re-branded it as Wild Cat. The original boat name was Nusantara. Jason's inaugural trip is scheduled for spring 2021.

Current owner Jason Marcil and expert surf guide David Klein (previous owner) and will be your hosts on the adventure. Between the two of them, they share about 20 years of combined knowledge and experience to ensure guests are surfing their dream waves.

Accompanying David or Jason, are the expert crew of Rizal (mechanic), Dodi (captain), and Popeye (first mate). Popeye is a guest favorite and does bits of everything. He drives guests out to the break, teaches them how to fish, keeps the beers icy cold and is a bit of a prankster. Trust, you're in good hands with this lot!

Languages: English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: Within 24 hours

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Questions?

What's included?
Trips include 10 days of surfing with travel to and from the islands before and after each trip. Please note that the $80 local surf tax is included in your booking, videographer, photographer, along... read more
What's not included?
Flights.
How does booking work?
Please book one of the available 11-night windows in between closure periods, bookings currently available through the end of 2021.
What's the cancellation policy?
Cancel and get a full refund within 48 hours of purchase, or at least 90 days before the trip starts.
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