Watch: Wide open Bank Vaults

Stu Nettle
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With the Mentawai resorts re-opening for business late last month - albeit only to domestic surfers or expats living within Indonesia - the advertising campaigns have gone into overdrive. 

The crew from Kandui Resort took a short trip across the channel to Bank Vaults to record this sesison with owner Ray Wilcoxen and surf guide Anthony Fillingim the only two in the water.

The footage is raw but worth a short scroll.

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surfstarved commented Monday, 13 Jul 2020 at 10:12am

It's a tough gig, but someone has to do it I guess. I can't even remember what surfing in boardies is like...

Don't let the bastards grind you down

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tango commented Monday, 13 Jul 2020 at 11:38am

Great surfing, good to see the land/boat perspectives too. Been there 4 times and never broken properly to have a crack at it. When I see footage of it bigger and angrier I sometimes wonder if that's not a bad thing.

Wait til you see the grom who's talking at the end in the water - Ray's son Dylan....most naturally gifted surfer I think I've ever seen.

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loungelizard commented Monday, 13 Jul 2020 at 3:26pm

nature vs nurture.. I'm game.. I reckon getting pushed onto 4 bobs (as nice a friendly right reef as I've ever seen) from about age 2 might help the "natural gift" along a bit. good luck to him tho

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tango commented Monday, 13 Jul 2020 at 3:39pm

True, most groms would kill for his front yard, but having watched him charge a few decidedly unfriendly waves last year at the ripe old age of 12 or so, I'm convinced there's a bit more going on than ski tows off the pontoon.

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Island Bay commented Monday, 13 Jul 2020 at 4:44pm

Friendly, yet not. It breaks super soft, but is hideously shallow - at least at the takeoff.
Weird wave.

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tango commented Monday, 13 Jul 2020 at 10:56pm

Yep, low tide cheesegrater if you're not careful and leggies snagged on coral heads.

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sangsta commented Monday, 13 Jul 2020 at 11:44am

Raw Joy. Must have been what surfing the Mentawai's was like back in the day.. with a crowd of 3.

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freeride76 commented Monday, 13 Jul 2020 at 12:22pm

is that "all-day" Ray?

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stunet commented Monday, 13 Jul 2020 at 1:35pm

Yep.

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frog commented Monday, 13 Jul 2020 at 12:59pm

Surfed there once with 4 others in similar conditions but smaller than this vid. There were some perfect waves but it was more like a beach break with random peaks coming in over a 50 metre plus take off zone. Lots of sections and no channel or clear line up. I got some nice ones but regret not going for some of the long sectiony racetrack waves as there could have been some deep barrels to be had. Coral bottom, no channel and random big sets made that seem sensible at the time but the photos of that day looked so clean and easy that I would now love to have just have gone a bit harder on a few.

Another surf where "Non, je ne regrette rien" does not quite ring true....

Frogg

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memlasurf commented Monday, 13 Jul 2020 at 1:30pm

Don't worry Frog, I got cleaned up on a couple of 8-10 footers that went wide. Washed me in near shore and flushed me out the other side. Took a bit of wind out of me, went back out and was totally off my game and looked like a headless chook. Seems you have to sit inside but out the back and pick the right ones so I was told after the fact.

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ringmaster commented Monday, 13 Jul 2020 at 1:56pm

You can never be far enough out at Bankvaults. If you spend an hour or two out there it's inevitable.......you WILL get mowed down by a freak set that's twice the size of anything else that's come through.

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Chipper commented Monday, 13 Jul 2020 at 2:53pm

Great Video, love the rawness. Great surfing too...

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Hoodie commented Monday, 13 Jul 2020 at 3:54pm

Great footage. Scary wave, but this looks perfect compared to many years ago when I surfed it. As Frog suggests, sectiony, peaky and a lot of open space.

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Island Bay commented Monday, 13 Jul 2020 at 4:47pm

We saw it huge in May last year, but it was very chaotic, and we never saw anybody surf there during the 3 days we spent at Playgrounds.

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Bnkref commented Monday, 13 Jul 2020 at 6:24pm

Sick. Enjoyed the raw footage. Nice to see the whole thing and be able to hear the waves.

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lost commented Monday, 13 Jul 2020 at 7:25pm

Nice. The wave looks twice as big from land as it does from water.

Those land resorts and boat operators must be hurting big time. I can't see locals or expats filling the gap.

We have a early season boat trip booked for 2021 and it looks pretty unlikely we will be able to fly to India from Aus by then.

knB

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Eugene Green commented Monday, 13 Jul 2020 at 11:05pm

Read a short article in the
West Australian today mentioning
7000 aussie expats being sent home from Indonesia.
Visas will not be renewed.

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lost commented Tuesday, 14 Jul 2020 at 2:45pm

Hope they are all been sent to Vic and not up here

knB

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memlasurf commented Tuesday, 14 Jul 2020 at 3:43pm

Yep send the scum down here we love it.

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jimbrown commented Tuesday, 14 Jul 2020 at 1:01am

God it's refreshing and welcome to watch an entire wave, from positioning to kick out

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bluediamond commented Tuesday, 14 Jul 2020 at 1:22am

So good hey. Loved seeing the paddling in. What a dream sesh. Lucky buggers.

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tango commented Tuesday, 14 Jul 2020 at 9:57pm

When are the blokes doing the cutting on other clips etc going to cotton onto how much better it is seeing the positioning and paddling?

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tyzee63 commented Tuesday, 14 Jul 2020 at 10:12am

I was there this time last year, definitely a tricky wave to surf, especially when there's usually a hefty crowd out

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ringmaster commented Tuesday, 14 Jul 2020 at 3:21pm

Just watched a clip of that bloke (A.F) surfing 10ft plus Kandui in the last day of so with possibly one other bloke out.

How good's his life going??? He's been there since March.

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tango commented Tuesday, 14 Jul 2020 at 9:58pm

How was that barrel on his backhand - frickin masterclass in tube riding.

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Horas commented Wednesday, 15 Jul 2020 at 12:42am

Jago hian,nipi namai baah

Horas