A-Frames For Sale

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Stu Nettle (stunet)
Swellnet Dispatch

Not the sort of story we usually run here at Swellnet, however we all love to dream.

A company called International Surf Properties has listed a large chunk of the island that A-Frames breaks off - local name Panangalat Island - for sale. Said block is "17,400 sqm [4.3 acres] and is covered with beautiful green coconut trees from end to end."

The serving suggestion from International Surf Properties is for "a boutique eco surf retreat or an amazing private eco residence."

Located immediately east of Kandui Island, in what was once called the Playgrounds area, Panangalat has easy boat access to all the waves fringing Kandui plus those around Masokut Island, such as Bank Vaults down to E-Bay.

Also, once Rokot Mentawai Airport is finished later this year, air travellers will have greater access to the northern Mentawai.

International Surf Properties have the lot listed as $950,000 USD noting "international buyers are welcome to lease the property in their own personal name or international entity name, as per Indonesian foreign investment law guidelines."

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Island Bay Friday, 27 May 2022 at 9:22am

I've got NZ$124.25 (after filling the Toyota up). Who else wants to pitch in?

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mr mick Friday, 27 May 2022 at 5:19pm

I’ll match yours & raise ya $10,.... about all I got after buying a lettuce & 2 tomatoes!

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zenagain Friday, 27 May 2022 at 5:23pm

You can afford tomatoes?!!

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mr mick Friday, 27 May 2022 at 5:45pm

Haha, actually no, I swiped ‘em out of a little old lady’s trolley..... this is what it’s come to!

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Island Bay Friday, 27 May 2022 at 6:09pm

Guys, we're onto a winner here. Only a matter of time and we'll be lording it in the Ments!

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velocityjohnno Friday, 27 May 2022 at 6:15pm

Add our passionfruit vine to the fund, hundreds of fruit this season which were going at $2.50 at local greengrocers...

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sunhil Friday, 27 May 2022 at 9:30am

Short term lease!!
Looks pretty susceptible to a rising water level, maybe tree house accommodation:-)

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mpeachy Friday, 27 May 2022 at 9:34am

Not sure what's worse, $1.3m AUD for a small apartment in Sydney, or $1.3m AUD for a lease on part of an island that would still be partly owned by a surf resort developer.

Would be awesome to have enough money to be able to buy that though.

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zenagain Friday, 27 May 2022 at 10:05am

You'd need another coupla mil to set it up I reckon but from a resort perspective and so close to some pretty premier waves, I can see the potential.

Who currently own the lease? Even though I'm totally ignorant to the Ments and Indo in general, I can't see Kandui owners being too impressed with someone muscling in on their turf.

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stunet Friday, 27 May 2022 at 10:44am

There are already a couple of resorts on Kandui Island, plus every nearby island has one, and in the case of Masokut, quite a few resorts. The days of Rick Cameron-style hustling are long gone.

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Charlie Brown Friday, 27 May 2022 at 10:13am

Orrrrrrrrrrrrr ... just spend your $1.3 million on travelling through the Mentawais on a nice yacht every year for the rest of your life and save yourself the trouble

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Crab Nebula Friday, 27 May 2022 at 3:46pm

Fair point. If I had a spare 1.3 mil I wouldnt be investing in Indo. I would like to spend the profits in Indo

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freeride76 Friday, 27 May 2022 at 10:14am

Definitely need the money to make it tsunami resistant.

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john.callahan Friday, 27 May 2022 at 11:18am

Considering that all the Mentawai Islands are essentially scrapings from the subduction taking place with the Indo-Australian plate being pushed under the mainland Sumatra plate, a major earthquake in this area is inevitable - with a likely large tsunami completely covering all the low-lying islands in the area.

It's just a matter of time.

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Plasticspastic Friday, 27 May 2022 at 11:22am

time in geological terms could be 10,000 years.. but you make a good point..

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stunet Friday, 27 May 2022 at 11:36am

No, quicker than that.

Take note of all the palms falling into the sea on the fringes of the islands. I've been to many tropical places but never seen as many as in the Mentawais. Those trees sprouted and grew when the islands were higher and are dying from saltwater intrusion as the islands sink.

Similarly, the large swamp behind Maccas and how the trees in there are dying as the swamp is new, formed as the islands sink. These things are happening in time frames equivalent to human lifetimes.

It's a wildly active zone and John's right about the ever-imminent risk of tsunami and earthquake.

Much more here about the Sunda Megathrust and how it's dragging the islands down in an article Craig and I wrote ten years back:

https://www.swellnet.com/news/surfpolitik/2012/11/15/mentawai-islands-ri...

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donweather Friday, 27 May 2022 at 11:59am

For $1m bucks I’d say that’s a bargain. Just look anywhere else in Aus and NZ and ask what a $1m bucks gets you there? You’re talking out past the blue mountains in Syd now. No ocean views there my friends!!

Just build a houseboat on it!! On stilts but when the tsunami comes the stilts get washed away and it becomes a house boat.

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stunet Friday, 27 May 2022 at 12:07pm

Equivalent prices may put you out past the Blue Mountains but at least you own the land.

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wallpaper Friday, 27 May 2022 at 12:25pm

Don't know much about 'buying' land in Indonesia do you. That million would get you nothing you couldn't do anyway except the right to brag about a pretty much useless piece of paper and after a few years the sinking feeling you get when you eventually realise that.

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simba Friday, 27 May 2022 at 12:08pm

what a great idea a house boat free falling down a 30 m wave ........what could go wrong

or spend the interest off ya million bucks staying in top line accomadation in the ments no hassels

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indo-dreaming Friday, 27 May 2022 at 12:35pm

I could be wrong but I believe this was one of the very first locations to ever be bought/leased in the Mentawai's.

I beleive Paul King bought/leased most of the island and wanted to set up a surf camp there which would have been the first in the Mentawai if it happened, i think this was late 90s

But Christie Carter and Wave Park ended up being the first place built and opened early 00's.

They would have got it dirt cheap as even about 2006 the price was still only about 30c a square metre but quickly became $3m2 and then went up and up and up

IMHO the location is one of the best in Indo possibly the world for world class and variety of waves, but you would have to be pretty worried about erosion, Bat Cave Island down near Macca's has gone from an island im guessing one third to half the size with a forest of coconut palms around 2008 to now a small sand patch with a couple palms remaining.

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Luke02 Friday, 27 May 2022 at 1:39pm

I've been to Kandui resort a couple of times, never seen A frames the wave good. Beautiful spot however my understanding is the island is infested with snakes according to the local boys who work at Kandui

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velocityjohnno Friday, 27 May 2022 at 3:13pm

Introduce 10 pairs of domestic cats to the island to clean up the snakes, then, by the time you develop you will have a side business of being a tropical escape for Cat Ladies in the off season. Win, win.

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stunet Friday, 27 May 2022 at 3:17pm

With a side side business of selling kopi luwak to said Cat Ladies.

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velocityjohnno Friday, 27 May 2022 at 3:20pm

Brilliant! Will need a few civets too then. Do cats eat civets? The cat numbers should be fine as the only natural predator of cats is youtube.

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stunet Friday, 27 May 2022 at 3:23pm

Civets eat snakes so you don't need cats.

Oh hang on, the ladies like the cats, don't they?

Just make it a menagerie with a cafe and we're all good.

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velocityjohnno Friday, 27 May 2022 at 3:26pm

I think many of the ladies might be single and approachable, too.

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sypkan Tuesday, 31 May 2022 at 1:14pm

an off season academic retreat velocityjohhnno?

good proposal

single...

not approachable

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Panman Friday, 27 May 2022 at 1:56pm

Tell them their dreaming

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john.callahan Friday, 27 May 2022 at 2:27pm

Thanks Stu - yes, this area is one of the most tectonically active zones on earth - with subduction happening as we write, making the occurrence of a large earthquake in the Mentawai area inevitable, as energy from the megathrust fault is suddenly and catastrophically released as happened in Aceh in 2004 and then near Nias in 2005.

The BBC did a feature on a fascinating study of limestone caves in the Aceh region - well above sea level, yet had layers of beach sand inside, alternating with layers of bat guano.

How does beach sand get into caves well above sea level? Tsunamis, that's how.

There is ample evidence of many earthquakes followed by major tsunami waves, similar to the 2004 quake, taking place over tens of thousands of years in these caves -

If you do choose to lease and build in this area, you should get a few years of tropical living and world-class surf, but know a major earthquake is coming - but no one knows exactly when : )

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-25269698

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Plasticspastic Friday, 27 May 2022 at 4:18pm

ok I stand corrected. Fascinating. makes you ponder that these waves may have not been around for millions of years...??

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john.callahan Friday, 27 May 2022 at 5:58pm

Certainly, long-period groundswell has been arriving in the Mentawai area for eons - but what it encounters when it gets there is what is changing, in some cases within a time frame of our lifetimes, which in geology terms, is very fast indeed.

As no one surfed in this area until perhaps the mid 1980's when those Aussies went out from Sikakap and camped at Macaroni's, no one knows what the main spots (or any spots) looked like in the 1500's, 1700's or even the 1960's as there were few people living in the area and no one was doing anything scientific.

I did hear from an old fellow in Katiet who spoke incredible good English that he could remember as a boy, before the arrival of the Japanese Imperial Army in Katiet in 1942, that the reef stretched across the Keyhole area in front of the village, with only a small channel for canoes.

JIA engineers dynamited the current channel to allow landing craft to access the sand beach and offload the occupation garrison and the heavy equipment used to build the airstrip, now covered by forest and unrecognisable.

So Lance's Right may in fact be a man-made wave.

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muffsic Friday, 27 May 2022 at 6:16pm

Buyer beware... on a large swell and king tide waves wash across the island.

Tsunami risk on top of this. Serious infrastructure needed to make it a safe long term investment. You will need deep pockets and the patience of Jobe.

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tylerdurden Friday, 27 May 2022 at 6:33pm

When did they change the name from Playgrounds? What’s Playgrounds called now?

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nicko74 Friday, 27 May 2022 at 7:47pm

Crickets

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I focus Friday, 27 May 2022 at 8:19pm

Been stranded on there (long story) lovely spot.

My understanding of the Ments is that the whole area is actually due to rise pending death and destruction for the next mega earth quake / tsunami might be a bargain longer term?

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willi Sunday, 29 May 2022 at 7:01pm

Screenshot-2022-05-29-185851
All the earthquakes from 2004-2019

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indo-dreaming Tuesday, 31 May 2022 at 4:13pm

Fark thats a good but scary shot for perspective, that Mentawai to Aceh area is like the hot spot out of a crazy ring of fire thing

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Jamyardy Sunday, 29 May 2022 at 8:30pm

I surfed that left, there is the outside left and the inside left, you can even go right out the back, pretty ordinary wave for that area, C grade. We thought it was called John Kendy (well that's what's written on the back of the shirt).

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indo-dreaming Tuesday, 31 May 2022 at 4:27pm

Yeah its also called John Candy's, pretty much all waves through Sumatra have a number of names, some names gain more popularity than others because they sound better or just sometimes because a more popular resort used the name online everywhere.

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Pablolo Tuesday, 31 May 2022 at 9:34am

Fuck A Frames…. It’s only a 10 min boat ride to Rifles from there!

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Chris Buykx Tuesday, 31 May 2022 at 4:43pm
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Daytona Wednesday, 1 Jun 2022 at 11:54pm

I camped on the Island 25 years ago. I remember the centre on the island being a big swamp. Not sure if its still like that but very low lying island and prob a bad investment in the long term with all the bribes and red tape to conduct a business there. Probably would never make your money back needing to build with inflated prices to ship in all supplies. But if you got money falling out of your pockets and can afford to loss it all go ahead and roll the dice.

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Daytona Thursday, 2 Jun 2022 at 12:00am

To put it into perspective you could take about 8 boat trips a year for 40 years for that type of money, just relaxing without the stress of construction, bribes, whinging guests, lazy staff and all the things that break down.

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hackonayak Friday, 10 Jun 2022 at 10:23am

My offer is, 276 Lettuces for that Island.