Welcome to Sumatra Charters

Now is the time to get your crew together and sail full steam ahead into a Mentawai surf trip of a lifetime - aboard our new 52ft wave hunting machine “Switchfoot” with Sumatra Charters.

The Mentawai Islands, situated 100 miles off West Sumatra, Indonesia, has an abundance of perfect, pumping, uncrowded waves to be surfed. Our trips are limited to 8 passengers maximum, so if you are thinking about your Mentawai surfing adventure and you want to do it in style and comfort, then Sumatra Charters has you covered aboard SWITCHFOOT.

Switchfoot 2018 schedule

Feb 14 -  27 Feb | 11 Days / 12 Nights

March 1 - 10 March | 8 Days / 9 Nights

March 12 - 24 March11 Days / 12 Nights

March 26 - 5 April | 8 Days / 9 Nights

April 7 - 19 April | 11 Days / 12 Nights

April 21 - 29  | 7 Days / 8 Nights

May 1-16 May | 14 Days / 15 Nights

May 20 - 1 June | 11Days / 12 nights

  June 3 - 13 June | 11 Days / 12 Nights

June 15 - 27 June 11 Days / 12 Nights

June 29 - 8 July | 8 Days / 9 Nights

June 10 - 22 July | 11 Days / 12 Nights

June 24 - 8 Aug | 14 Days / 15 Nights

Aug 12 - 24 Aug 11 Days / 12 Nights

*Aug 27 - 5 Sept 8 Days / 9 Nights

Sept 7 - 16 Sept 8 Days / 9 Nights

Sept 18 - 29 Sept 9 Days / 10 Nights

Oct 1 - 13 Oct 11 Days / 12 Nights

Oct 15 - 25 Oct | 8 Days / 9 Nights

Oct 27 - 5 Nov | 8 Days / 9 Nights


11 days - 12 nights |  $4,975 per person (8 guests) 

8 days - 9 nights |  $3820 per person  (8 guests)

Telo-Hinako-Banyak 12 days - 13 nights | $5150.00 Per Person (8 guests)

Mystery Trip: Nth-Sth-East-West?  14 Days - 15 Nights | $5,500 per person (Start & Finish in Padang)

*all prices aussie $$$*

*Price includes , airport transfers in Padang, all food drinks & snacks, 25 cases of beer for 8 day trips & 30 cases for 12 day trips, use of all equipment onboard, fishing, snorkelling gear, tenders for surf and fishing, all photos/video taken by crew and Mentawai Tax

Hire a pro-surf photographer

*Hire a Professional Surf Photographer with all full boat bookings at only $25 per person per day. You will receive nightly slide shows with fully edited high quality shots from land and water in surf magazine quality. You will take home over 100 shots each.
Check out our Photographer Mike Egans work on instagram @byronwaves

*Photographer fees must be paid at the same time as the trip deposit. 


Indonesian ph no.) +62 812 1272 9044
Australian ph no.) +61 403 030 607



(Australian number) + 61 487 179 725
(Indonesian number) + 62 812 3820 9015


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Mentawai Islands Surf spots

Below we have included a gallery of surf shots of what you can expect to surf when the Mentawais is pumping and you're onboard Switchfoot with Sumatra Charters we know the Mentawai Islands Surf spots.

 The majority of photos in our gallery and website are courtesy of Jas's time working aboard the BARRENJOEY

The Mentawai Islands are a chain of about seventy islands and islets off the western coast of Sumatra in Indonesia. The power of the southern Indian Ocean storms are turned by the prevailing sea trades towards these amazing islands and amplified. The result is that the surf is remarkably consistent and of unsurpassed quality. During the southern hemisphere winter (late April to early November) the Indian Ocean is an over-active groundswell machine.

We will always go the extra mile to find uncrowded waves.

The quality and consistency of the waves in the Mentawais Islands is well known, even though several charter boats are operating in the area there are still plenty of empty waves to be had. If you're looking for an adventure of sailing the ocean and surfing a variety of different breaks that land camps can’t offer then Switchfoot is for you. We will always go the extra mile to find uncrowded waves.

 * If perfect grinding barrels are not what you're after, then there are many, more mellower and  less challenging waves to be had                               


Switchfoot is a 52 FT fiberglass, powercat. It was built in Jepara, Java and owned and operated by Sumatra Charters. Switchfoot is specifically designed for luxury surf charters in the Mentawai Islands.

Switchfoot is a high-end charter vessel built with speed (capable of 18 knots), comfort and safety in mind. She is capable of covering great distances and have you surfing as many different waves as possible depending on the prevailing conditions. With a beam of 7.1 meters, there is plenty of space to move around on deck. There is also a spacious air-conditioned saloon/dining area for downtime to relax after a big day of perfect waves and barrels. 

To maximize surf time we aim to sail at night (at 10 knots for safety) or we anchor up in a safe calm anchorage close to where we may surf the following morning. We will have you on the break at first light every day. If we decide to surf elsewhere or the conditions change then she is capable of getting you to the next break with speeds of 15- 18 knots depending on conditions.


  • Ample deck space
  • Fully air conditioned comfortable sleeping accommodation
  • Four cabins with two bunks in each
  • Each bunk has a fan and reading light
  • Two toilets
  • Fully equipped galley leading onto our deck bar/eatery
  • A large seated dining area
  • Flat screen TV and a hard drive with an extensive range of movies
  • Bluetooth stereo system
  • Library with board games
  • Fishing gear
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Full medical kit


  • Switchfoot: Indonesian flagged
  • Length OA: 15.8 Metres
  • Beam: 7.1 Metres
  • Draft: 0.66 Metres
  • Fuel Capacity: 2 x 2100 Litres
  • F/W Capacity: 2 x 620 Litres
  • Lightship Weight: 13 Tonnes
  • Construction: Fiberglass
  • Hull Type: Symmetrical Hard Chine
  • Main Engines: YANMAR 6LPA-STP2 315Hp @ 3800/rpm
  • Transmissions: KMH50A Ratio 1.67
  • Max Speed: 24 Knots
  • Cruise Speed: 12 Knots
  • Genset:2x VETUS 14 Kva
  • Watermaker: 120 Litres p/hour
  • Steering: Hydrive Power Assisted
  • Controls: TELEFLEX KE4+ Electronic
  • 2 tenders
  • Electronics, Navigation & Communication Equipment
  • GPS Chart Plotter: 2 x LOWRANCE 12” HDS
  • Radar: LOWRANCE 4G Radar 36nm
  • Sounder: LOWRANCE Elite 7 x HDI
  • Autopilot: CORSEMASTER
  • Compass: PLASIMO
  • VHF Radio: ICOM IC-M504A
  • HF Radio ICOM
  • AIS ICOM MA-500 TR
  • Fuel Management system MARETRON
  • Sat phone / EPIRB
  • All required safety / Life raft equipment
  • 2 tenders. 3.5 mtr rubber zodiac 15hp / 4.6 mtr aluminium centre consol tinne 60hp


You’re in safe and knowledgeable hands

Between Jason and Davross they have more than sixty years of experience in surf travel around Indonesia.

Here is a little bit of background information on the owners and guides that you will be hanging out with on the boat. Jason Quinn aka ‘Quinny’ will be your captain/guide and host. Jason’s background consists of 30 years traveling around Indonesia (Since 1986) looking for the best surf he can find. He first traveled the Mentawais in 1995 on the Kartika.

For the past five years, Jason has been working in the Mentawai islands as a captain and guide. The last four of these being on 'The Barrenjoey.' All up Jason has been a part of over seventy trips, including working on 'The Huey,' 'Indies Trader 3' and 'Samudra Biru.' These trips covered the whole chain of islands from Banyaks to Enganno. Throughout all of this experience, he has also learned to speak fluent Bahasa, Indonesian. Jason hold’s a Master Class 4 and MED 2 Engineering ticket. His day job when back home in Sydney is Captain for the iconic Harbour City Ferries. Having had all of this experience it’s fair to say you’re in safe and knowledgeable hands and the needs and surfing levels of those onboard will always be of highest priority.  

All up Jason has been a part of over seventy trips, including working on 'The Huey,' 'Indies Trader 3' and 'Samudra Biru.' These trips covered the whole chain of islands from Banyaks to Enganno to West Java

Jason’s partner in the business is Davross Belcher. Davross has been traveling around Indonesia for the best part of 30 years as well and was previously the owner/guide of Simeulue Island land camp for six years. He holds a Master Class 5 and works on vessels in Western Australia in the oil and gas industry. He also speaks fluent Bahasa Indonesia and will be guiding when Jason is unavailable.

Switchfoot has a very experienced and friendly crew onboard. They have all worked many years on surf charter boats in the Mentawai Islands. All crew are fully certified by Indonesian Maritime law and will be there to make your experience fun ,safe, relaxing and will always be on hand for anything you may require.

You’ll eat like a king!

Here on Switchfoot, our meals will consist of Indonesian and Western cuisine. All are cooked by our experienced charter boat chef, Erik Wau, using the highest quality ingredients available. This includes fresh fish, chicken, imported steak, and curries, etc. The menu consists of an extensive range of healthy dishes. If you have any specific food requirements or eating disorders, these can be easily provided for by notifying us when booking your charter.

There are no set times for meals, so you will never miss out if you're surfing.
You will be eating like a king, as well as getting the waves of your life.


Early Breakfast will consist of fresh fruit, cereal, bread, coffee, tea & juices.
Hot breakfast / brunch; bacon, eggs, pancakes, jaffles and more.

Lunch & Dinner

For lunch & dinner you can expect anything from; Imported steaks, chicken currys, burgers, nasi goreng, fish tacos, fajitas, chicken satay to fish and chips or mie sop, a’la Switchfoot.

Beer O’Clock

Beers, snacks, sashimi, crackers, cheese, nuts.


These testimonials are courtesy of Jas's time working aboard "The Barrenjoey" and "Indies Trader 3"