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4 Bobs Surf Guide

4 Bobs in Sumatra (Mentawi Islands) is an exposed reef break that has reasonably consistent surf. May-Oct (Dry Season) is the best time of year for waves. Offshore winds blow from the east southeast. Groundswells more frequent than windswells and the best swell direction is from the southwest. A reef breaks right. Good surf at all stages of the tide. Relatively few surfers here, even on good days. Rocks are a hazard.

4 Bobs Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
29.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing 4 Bobs:

The best conditions reported for surf at 4 Bobs occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf 4 Bobs (for consistent clean waves)?

juneBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing 4 Bobs with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of June. Clean surfable waves are typically found 51% of the time in June while 23% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 26% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore 4 Bobs Location Map

Interactive 4 Bobs surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The nearest passenger airport to 4 Bobs is Tabing (Padang) Airport (PDG) in Indonesia, which is 164 km (102 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to 4 Bobs is Sultan Syarif Kasim Ii (Pekanbaru) Airport (PKU), also in Indonesia, 355 km (220 miles) away.

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4 Bobs Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 26 June 2022, 20:33 Local Time
SunMonday 27
Wave (m)
Period (s) 14 14 14 14
Wind (km/h)
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Swell History at 4 Bobs

Surf stats for 4 Bobs, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at 4 Bobs

Wind stats for 4 Bobs, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

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