Watch: The Last Man in the Mentawai

All Day Ray
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"We sincerely hope everyone is doing well and your families are safe and sound during these crazy times. 

"It's been such a tough time in the world and the Mentawais have not been immune. Indonesia and the Mentawais closed off its borders in late March and just recently opened up domestic travel for anyone currently within Indonesia.

"Kandui Resort has made a considerable effort to keep our local staff employed and, like everyone, we're looking forward to seeing the international border open soon. The one bright, shining light during this time has been the surf and the lack of surfers. 

"We've started a YouTube series 'The Last Man in the Mentawais' with the hope that this series pumps everyone up to return to Indonesia and visit your favorite island, resort, or charter boat. The Mentawais has been crushed economically and everyone is looking forward to your return.

"Episode 1 will focus on the Kandui Left swell of the year that recently blazed through the archipelago. Anthony Fillingim was visiting us in late March and shortly after he arrived to the island, the world started folding in. With no information available when anyone would be able to leave the Mentawais, he buckled in for the long run and the results were spectacular. 

"We hope you enjoy the series and it pumps you up to return. The Mentawais needs your help now more than ever."

- All Day Ray Wilcoxen

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Lottolonglong commented Thursday, 30 Jul 2020 at 10:49am

Faaaaaark

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crg commented Thursday, 30 Jul 2020 at 1:32pm

Double triple quadruple faaaaark...

I'm not cheap,
But I'm free.

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bluediamond commented Thursday, 30 Jul 2020 at 6:36pm

Faaaaaaarkin wow!!

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Ash commented Thursday, 30 Jul 2020 at 11:07am

Bravo to him, that's a guts up effort in some big drainers.

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zenagain commented Thursday, 30 Jul 2020 at 11:15am

You said it Lotto.

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Bob Sacamano commented Thursday, 30 Jul 2020 at 11:38am

What a pig! How good is that. As if he wants the world back to normal.

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Remigogo commented Thursday, 30 Jul 2020 at 11:38am

Oh great... now I have to wipe the drool out of my keyboard. Thanks All Day Ray.

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Bungan33 commented Thursday, 30 Jul 2020 at 11:39am

Shiiit....insane. I wonder that the ACTUAL barrel to reef-drag ratio is? How many thrashings does he get for each one of those?
That last wave was pretty close to the smaller waves on "THE" cloudbreak swell. That was seriously heavy. He has that place absolutely dialled. That was magic to watch.

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Bungan33 commented Thursday, 30 Jul 2020 at 11:41am

Oh? Whats that?? The Mentawais need my help?? OK...Looks like the sales pitch to the family for the 2021 mission is "public service duty"....

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NDC commented Thursday, 30 Jul 2020 at 11:46am

Masterful! Will surfing ever be the same for AF after this incredible, solitary few months, somehow I doubt it... Enjoy, thanks for sharing some viacarious thrills with the rest of us

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ringmaster commented Thursday, 30 Jul 2020 at 11:50am

I wonder what it would be like to have that all to yourself with just the one boat in the channel???

The plus is that you could be as selective as you wanted and not feel compelled to go on the 'semi makeable' ones.

The neg would be that at some stage you're gunna get yourself into a really heavy situation which could finish your trip in a heartbeat but you HAVE to stay out cause no one's there, right???

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Rabbits68 commented Thursday, 30 Jul 2020 at 12:07pm

Such a freaky wave. That end section!

How about the dude that got caught inside at 7:05. Fark! Wonder what was behind that one too.....

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andy-mac commented Thursday, 30 Jul 2020 at 12:44pm

Epic! He made it look easy. Such a serious wave, was always shitting myself when I have surfed it....

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tango commented Thursday, 30 Jul 2020 at 1:40pm

That's ridiculous. That's what you get with world class waves, surfer and film-maker coming together.

We go there every year but never seen it break properly, and never surfed it. I doubt I could handle the hidings.
I've surfed a similar wave close by a bit over double overhead in a 22-sec 6ft swell and it was just on the fun side of really serious, so I can't imagine the thrashings you get at this size at Kandui, especially on that end section. A mate who's a very good surfer pulled into one during one unreal surf in 2014 (one wave of his made the wave of the day on this venerable site) and went over the falls - he reckoned it was like a block of concrete on his head and there was no water beneath him......

Ray and Justis have around 40 staff at Kandui Resort, and I understand they have tried to keep on as many have families etc, so props to them. I just hope the corona shitshow gets sorted out soon for their sake....and cos we're on the 2021 roster...

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northeasterly commented Thursday, 30 Jul 2020 at 2:34pm

Doesn't get much better than that.

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Thegrowingtrend.com commented Thursday, 30 Jul 2020 at 3:46pm

karma.

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harrycoopr commented Thursday, 30 Jul 2020 at 4:12pm

Middleton Bay

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_Bodhi_ commented Thursday, 30 Jul 2020 at 6:14pm

Yep. He got barrelled.

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Troppo commented Thursday, 30 Jul 2020 at 7:37pm

Mind blowing wave!
Gutsy surfing!!!
He won't forget 2020 easily!!!

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nicko74 commented Thursday, 30 Jul 2020 at 7:43pm

Could that be the best left hand barrel in the world?

Is that fella the world’s best underground barrel rider?

Holy shit that was probably one of the best clips I’ve ever witnessed.

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nicko74 commented Thursday, 30 Jul 2020 at 7:50pm

I forgot to mention the sound track.....epic!!

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shoredump commented Thursday, 30 Jul 2020 at 9:13pm

Rock n roll
I love this so much
Fortune favours the brave

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Salmondog commented Thursday, 30 Jul 2020 at 10:29pm

hooley dooley

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matt.evans commented Friday, 31 Jul 2020 at 8:14am

Holy carp that was amazing! Talk about an amazing opportunity to get a spot wired!
Also, he plowed through some impressive foam balls. Insane!

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Ripradstan commented Friday, 31 Jul 2020 at 9:04am

Seriously!! Not even one claim, fist pump or anything. That dude is cool as a cucumber.

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David Hunt commented Friday, 31 Jul 2020 at 3:23pm

That's seriously terrible:

1. A ratio of 3 Camera Guys to 1 Surfer (Worse Than Padnag Padang when its on) or
2. IF you got barrelled off your scone for minutes and many times and no one saw it..

Fork it I'd live with the terror and the pain just to be alone.

I thought about being in Indon just before they closed it - good on him..