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Sipore
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Geography
LocationSouth East Asia
Coordinates2°11′S 99°38′E / 2.183°S 99.633°E / -2.183; 99.633
ArchipelagoMentawai Islands
Area845 km2 (326 sq mi)
Administration
Indonesia
ProvinceWest Sumatra
RegencyMentawai Islands
Demographics
Population17,557 (2010 Census)
Pop. density20.78 /km2 (53.82 /sq mi)

Sipore (Indonesian: Sipora or sometimes spelled Sipura ) located off Sumatra in Indonesia, is the smallest and most developed of the four Mentawai Islands at only 845 km2. The regency capital of the Mentawai Islands, Tuapejat, is found on Sipore. An estimated 10-15% of the original rainforest remains on this island.

Sipore is a surfing destination. Surf spots Lance’s Right and Lance's Left break off the southern end of the island - named after the man who found them, Australian surfer Lance Knight. Surf spots break in the northwestern region of this island including Telescopes, Iceland, and Scarecrows. The ocean swells are most consistent from April to October, but Sipore is a viable year-round surfing destination. Wind conditions can vary by the hour, and are often calm and glassy. For accommodation near Sipore, most surfers stay on yachts that can be chartered in Padang and motor between surf breaks as conditions change. Some visiting surfers choose to stay on the island itself at resorts or with local families in Tuapejat.

The islands of North Pagai (Pagai Utara) and South Pagai (Pagai Selatan) are situated to the south, and also have surf breaks along their western coasts. The fourth and largest of the Mentawai Islands - Siberut - is situated to the north of Sipore.

Surf breaks[edit]

Northern:

  • Iceland
  • Telescopes
  • Scarecrows

Western:

  • Arik
  • Seven palm point

Southern:

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