Waves - Playground Surf Resort, Mentawais






Left Hander



Gus Garcez

“Pistols: The Go-To for Small Swell Thrills”

“Pistols stands out when the swell is on the modest side—a superb right-hander that delivers a concise, thrilling tube ride. It shines on any south swell, providing a ride that’s as accessible as it is rewarding. Regardless of the tide, you’re assured a picturesque surf over the stunning reef below.

When I paddle out to Pistols, I choose a board with a bit more buoyancy. It helps me catch those wedgy takeoffs early and sets me up for a flawless barrel ride. Plus, there’s always a chance for that bonus ramp at the end, ideal to launch.

The clarity of the water and the vibrancy of the reef make surfing at Pistols a visually stunning experience, offering a superb alternative when Burgerworld is busy. The spot truly excels with the gentle push of a small south swell, complemented by the nurturing influence of north and northwest winds.”

Gus Garcez – Playground Surf Resort Owner

Playground Surf Resort - Wave Map

11. Pistols



It’s the small southerly swells where Pistols begins to show its true colors.



The optimal winds are from the north or northwest, which fine-tune the wave for the ultimate tube session.



While Pistols is enjoyable at any tide, it’s the mid tide that really showcases its full potential.



Just 500 meters past the renowned Rifles, towards the southern tip of Karangmajat Island, you’ll find Pistols—a hidden surfers’ haven.



A brief 20-minute boat trip from our resort is all that separates you from the adventure that is Pistols. The journey itself is part of the experience, offering a scenic preview of the breaks along the way.

Tips from Gus Garcez, Playground Surf Resort

"I spent 8 days here with an awesome crew of friends and the outstanding coaching support of Margaret River High Performance Centre. The resort is simply stunning; the welcome from Donny and his tribe of cooks, photographers and boat crew goes well beyond anything I've experienced before. Such a great, happy, welcoming group of people. And the waves... OMG, these are world class and there are options for all levels. At least 20 surf breaks on your doorstep and local knowledge ensures that you hit the right ones according to winds, tide and swell. I'll never forget my time at Playgrounds and the wonderful people with whom I shared this experience!"

Jon Evans - July 2023

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