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A Mentawai Local with a World-Class wave in his Backyard

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A Mentawai Local with a World-Class wave in his backyard

Meet Ade

Multilingual, Carpenter, Surfer, Entrepreneur, and Owner of the only locally-owned upscale resort in the Mentawai islands.

Growing Up in the Mentawai islands, Far from any phone or internet signal

Born and bred on the island of Siberut. Ade grew up in a different world than most of us did. He found his inspiration by meeting fellow surfers traveling to the Mentawais.

The boom in the surf-tourism in the Mentawai islands played a major role to Ade’s life. He receives this blessing with humbleness and gratitude, which he shares with every single visitor.

Ade speaks fluent English, Indonesian, and the Mentawai dialect. But his desire to learn seems to just keep growing in him, so he learned Spanish from his girlfriend, Laura. It’s impressive to observe how someone who grew up on such isolated region can understand the expectancies of foreign clientele, while conversing in their own language.  He lives for his passion, family and friends while pursuing his dream (an uncrowded world-class wave in its back-yard). He offers his hospitality to any surfer who shares his dream. 

Read also here: Surf Coaching Retreat in the Mentawais – happening next month of October 2019.

It all started with one fishermen boat.

“Shadow” started over a decade ago when Ade was organising surf boat services to bring foreign surfers around the different surf spots of the Mentawai islands.

Shadow Mentawai
Chilling aboard one of the newly acquired ‘Shadow’ boats during our last trip

Ade’s hard-work led him to become the owner of nine boats while supported by family and friends. Ade has many different vision to his business, he dreams big and finds a way to get the results.

After building his amarda, Ade sold his boats and bought an island. The only inhabitants on the island are his family, him, and a coconut farm plantation.

Building A Surf Resort from the Sand Up!

Ade and his family lived rustically. Every night was filled with the smell of lit bonfires, tasty coconuts, and when dusk hit, a blissful tent to comfort a hard day of work.

It started with a bungalow 8 years ago – not any bungalow, but a beautiful and spacious one where you can fill the wood has been carved with love and talent. Today, Shadow is an all inclusive surf-resort with premium accommodations, AC, Hot Water and even a WIFI connection.

Don’t look further, everything you need for happiness is right where you are.

Life lessons all of us can get from Ade’s story:

  • Keep it simple
  • Don’t look further, everything you need is right where you are
  • Put love in what you do
  • Keep doing what you love
  • TRUST and the rest happens!

Family first!  

All the staff are family. Papa the boat captain, Dody (his brother) teaches surf-lessons with the help of the cousins. All of them have incredibly charismatic personalities and made us feel warmly welcomed.

Pull into some shade at Shadows

There are two waves, Shadow’s right and Shadow’s left. When the stars align, these World-Class waves have nothing on the Macaronis, HT’s or Kandui. Shadow’s right is considered one of the bests of Mentawai.

While we stayed there, a South African guest who is a regular traveler to the Mentawai’s for the past 10 years commented ‘When Shadow’s right awakes, this is the best wave in the Mentawais’. 

Best time to surf in Mentawai? You’ll have higher chances to see those waves working anytime between April to October on a South Swell > 4-6ft, which happens pretty often!

Shadow Mentawai
Finding shade during our last trip to Shadow Mentawai
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