Rasta’s Ripping Sequences From The Mentawais

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Dave Rastovich puts on a display of impeccable positioning and technique at Bankvaults in the Mentawais. Sequence: Caliang/Kandui Resort

Let me preface this post by saying that, despite what my co-workers believe, I am not gay for Dave “Rasta” Rastovich. There may be a bit of a man crush going on, but it’s a very masculine man crush. I just like (okay, love) the way he surfs. After witnessing his act during our recent Billabong Surf With A Pro trip to Kandui, I’m convinced he’s easily one of the best surfers in the world—top five for sure.

Case in point: check out the sequence above where Rasta, sitting way up the reef from the pack, takes off on one of the bigger waves of the session and gets a two-section barrel before doing the biggest flyaway loop pullout I’ve ever seen. This 6-8 foot day at Bankvaults was no walk in the park, either, and more than one camper had his ass handed to him.

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Dave Rastovich at Bankvaults. Photo: Caliang/Kandui Resort

Dave Rastovich at Bankvaults. Sequence: Caliang/Kandui Resort

If you ever surf Bankvaults in the Playgrounds area of the Mentawais, do yourself a favor and analyze this sequence before you paddle out. When it’s proper, the wave starts with a somewhat easy drop followed by an almond shaped barrel section. Barrel section number two is far from almond shaped, so when you find yourself coming in hot you better have your shit together, otherwise you’ll be scraping your sorry ass off the coral reef. Your best option is to spot the inside bowl early and set up accordingly like Rasta here…good luck replicating the cutback.

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Rasta at Bankvaults in the Mentawais. Sequence: Caliang/Kandui Resort

Rasta at Bankvaults in the Mentawais. Sequence: Caliang/Kandui Resort

A barrel-to-cutback-to-crazy-bottom-turn-to-yet-another-barrel is grounds for a man crush, right? Dave Rastovich in the Mentawais. Sequence: Caliang/Kandui Resort.

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Dave Rastovich riding an alaia at 4 Bobs in the Mentawais. Photo: Caliang/Kandui Resort

Dave Rastovich riding an alaia at 4 Bobs in the Mentawais. Photo: Caliang/Kandui Resort

One night over a few Bintangs at the Kandui Cantina we were talking about having a contest to see who could throw the most spray while surfing. Rasta caught wind of the conversation and claimed that someone on an alaia would win. I called bullshit on him until seeing him ride one of the finless wooden planks out at 4 Bobs. I could barely stand up on one while he was pulling off big carves to 360s…baffling!

Thanks to Kandui Resort and Billabong for an epic trip!

For more on the trip go to the Kandui Chronicles