Justin West is a founding partner in the adventure travel community & company OMX (Ocean & Mountain Explorers).


The OMX team created the adventure travel company with a vision to offer surfers, skiers and snowboarders trips with a shared sense of adventure.  


"Clients used to tell me of boat trips feeling like floating hotels with no objection to anchoring up for days on easy to access surf spots crowded with other boats and surfers.....with limited time on a surf trip we make it a priority to find uncrowded line ups, inject that feeling of adventure and discovery even if it costs a little bit extra."   Justin West 


Our 4, air conditioned berths (sleeps 8 can be arranged as singles or doubles) air

ocean going catamaran has a top speed of 28 knots with an experienced Captain Norm (formerly the engineer on Sea Shepherd) & crew willing to motor through the night to find unique, exotic, remote and uncrowded destinations.


Check out the schedule where in the worlds oceans you can join our community for a surf trip adventure of a lifetime.


We are offering up to 8 limited places on board for our trips suitable for intermediate, advanced & elite level surfers with surf coaching and video analysis.  Both group or individual bookings offered subject to availability.


Destination Mentawai Islands 2018


Sumatra is known as the Jewel of the Indonesian Crown. In terms of surfing there is probably no other location on the planet that delivers the quality, consistency and density of surfing breaks.  Add to this tropical waters, idylic islands, remote villages and the stage is set for your very own surfing adventure.


There are a lot of waves outside the breaks we’ve all become accustomed to seeing in the pages of surf magazines and it is these that we will try to focus on instead of battling with the crowds at HT’s or Macca’s.


For consistency, quality and density of waves The Mentawais is hard to beat.  We focus more on the lesser known surf breaks in order to get more days surfing with less people and a much greater chance of surfing alone.


Our catamaran will take us to the Mentawai Islands with a selection of quality waves to suit most standards of surfers from intermediate to advanced.




Bring plenty of sun protection in the form of long loose clothing as well as zinc & creams, sunnies & hats.  For surfing bring some old white T-shirts as well as traditional lycra.

Year Destination
2017 Maldives & British Indian Ocean Territory
2018 Mentawai Islands, Indonesia
2019 Papua New Guinea
  Marshall Islands
2020 French Polynesia
2021 Galapagos Islands
   South America

Mentawai Island Weather


The Mentawai’s have a typical equatorial climate with very high temperatures and humidity. Temperature variations are minimal year-round with a night/day range of 21-32ºC (70-90ºF).


Equatorial Indo “dry” season is Jan-Aug, but frequent 1-2 hour showers can be expected, usually falling at night. Rainy season is Sept-Dec, which requires an umbrella or poncho as it rains frequently (Sumatra means storms!).


The water is some of the warmest to be found in any surf region averaging 27ºC (80ºF) and sometimes creeping up to 30ºC (86ºF)! Old hands often wear white cotton tee-shirts instead of lycra to stay cool, since the lack of wind is good for glassy surf but doesn’t help with evaporative cooling.


Night time humidity remains high so modern metal-hulled cruisers need air-con below decks while traditional Indonesian ironwood vessels are often open air, sleep on deck affairs.


Mentawai Island Nature


The virgin forest, rugged topography, rare flora and fauna and a unique tribal society make the Mentawai’s an ideal spot for trekking. Neolithic material culture has evolved for 2-3000 years on Siberut, which is the place to experience daily life in an authentic Mentawai village.


The southern islands were colonised far later (2-400yrs) and recent immigration has brought some modernisation. Eco-friendly tours offered by various surf and trekking companies are now doing more to benefit the local populations and the land-based camps are increasingly sourcing food and labour from local villages.


A local government tax on every visiting surfer (land or sea) is earmarked to help create infrastructure. The non-profit organisation Surfaid International has already vastly improved health care by fighting preventable diseases like malaria, through education and mosquito net distribution.


dominant swell S  -SW  S  -SW  S  -SW  S  -SW  S  -SW  S  -SW 
swell size (ft) 6-7 
consistency (%) 70  85  90  90  90  70 
dominant wind W  -NW  W  -NW  E  -SE  E  -SE  SE  - W  -NW 
average force F3  F3  F3  F3  F3  F3 
consistency (%) 42  37  41  53  60  46 
water temp (C) 29  28  28  27  27  28 
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