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Telescopes ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 3.3

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Telescopes break guidePhoto by: Peter Arbic

Telescopes Surf Guide

Telescopes in Sumatra (Mentawi Islands) is an exposed reef break that has reliable surf. May-Oct (Dry Season) is the favoured time of year for waves. The best wind direction is from the east. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southwest. A reef breaks left. When it's working here, it can get crowded. Rocks are a hazard.

Telescopes Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s33.3
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
consistent
29.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Telescopes:

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

Surf Forecasts:

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

julyBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Telescopes with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of July. Clean surfable waves are typically found 74% of the time in July while 26% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 0% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
74%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
26%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
0%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Telescopes Location Map

Interactive Telescopes 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 Telescopes is Tabing (Padang) Airport (PDG) in Indonesia, which is 158 km (98 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Telescopes is Sultan Syarif Kasim Ii (Pekanbaru) Airport (PKU), also in Indonesia, 350 km (217 miles) away.

Icon breakBreak
Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Telescopes Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Saturday, 10 April 2021, 18:31 Local Time
Saturday 10Sun
4PM7PM10PM1AM
Wave (m) 0.5
SW
0.5
SW
0.5
SW
0.5
SW
Period (s) 14 14 14 14
Wind (km/h) 15
WNW 15
NW 10
WNW 15
WNW
Wind State cross-
on
cross-
on
cross-
on
on

Swell History at Telescopes

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

Wind History at Telescopes

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

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Telescopes. Click below to view there surf guides.


Wave Buoys Nearest To Telescopes:

We hope you find the new 12-day forecasts and additional details useful.

Kudos to everyone who helped us debug this over the past 3 months.

Be sure to click on the Advanced Surf option to see extra details about the sea-state. Look out for crossing swells and short period local wind swells and chop that will often spoil a groundswell even if the wind is perfect. As yet there is no allowance for this in the swell rating. This is something we are working on.