Sri Noa Noa

Indonesia

One of the few boats in Indonesia offering flexible trip dates and length. It is THE choice for small groups of 4 - 6 guests looking for affordable rates, uncrowded waves & great vibes. Solo surfers welcome!

LowPressure Stormrider Surf Guide says:

East Bali, Indonesia

Like the rest of the south-facing islands in the archipelago, Bali benefits from an almost endless supply of Southern Ocean groundswell arriving form the S to WSW (180º-247º) but by far the most consistent direction is due SW (225º). These swells range from 3-12ft (1-4m), with averages around 5ft @ 11secs from Nov-March, then upping to 7-8ft @ 14secs in the middle of the April to Oct high season. Underlying windswell can mix in from the SE to the W but has little bearing on the surf at most breaks. Sometimes, 6-10ft (2-3m) tropical cyclone swells can arrive from far off disturbances in the western Indian Ocean off the coast of Madagascar and occasionally from storms a lot closer, forming around the Keeling Islands and NW Australia through the southern hemisphere summer. The big Bay of Bengal typhoons are too far north for Bali. Swells are focused onto the Bukit Peninsula because of the deep-water channels on either side of Bali, particularly the east side Lombok channel, which can draw in overhead waves to Nusa Dua when everywhere else seems too small. The ESE trade winds blow reliably from April to Oct, giving west Bukit breaks a 50% chance of being a 5 star day throughout June, July and August. Transition months can have oscillating winds with a bit of everything – Nov blows mainly from the SE to SW. Winds then shift SW-NW for the Dec to March wet-season, with either side of W dominant and a higher percentage of SW than NW, which is not ideal for many east coast spots like Nusa Dua, Serangan and Keramas. March is more W-SW with 1 day in 5 swinging back to ESE offering the chance of empty Ulu’s for the switched on. Wet season wind speeds are on the whole lower, usually staying below 10mph (16kph) compared to the dry season SE trades which regularly hit double that. Tide charts are posted in surf shop windows. There is a big and a small tide each day (semi-diurnal odd) and some spots only work at certain stages of tide especially if it is small. Full and new moons often see a jump in swell size as tidal range increases and these spring high tides occur around the same time of day throughout the year. Charts are widely available in surf shops and on the internet.

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Lombok, Indonesia

Wet season tropical cyclone positions can vary greatly, thus sending short-lived swell from a 180º window, packing as much power as winter depressions. Winds blow like clockwork: the mild E-SE trades start in April, SE being the major direction, up to October with more S winds towards the end of the season. November is a transition month with oscillating winds around SE-SW. Then, it shifts to W-NW with W first and then NW until end of March. Get a tide table online or in Bali and pay attention to the range: there is a big and a small tide every day, with many spots working only at mid to high tide.

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West Sumbawa, Indonesia

Sumbawa receives all the normal Indonesian swell trains and the 6-12ft (2-4m) swells from April-Oct are needed to penetrate the western bays. Statistically, the Western Sumbawa Alas Strait doesn’t quite get the same amount of long period, bigger swells that hit Bali and Java and 5 star days are rarer. Slight variations include less swells from a due S direction and W swells are blocked, so only pulses that are 15º either side of SW will get in. The E-SE trades can be reliable (80% of the time) and very strong, averaging 25km/h (16mph) in July, but mornings can still be offshore as cool mountain air descends to the coast before convection brings the sea breeze. During the off-season the wind shifts to a W-NW direction, starting with W predominance and moving around to a NW direction towards the end of March. This is a good time to check the south coast or head to Lakey Peak. Download the diurnal tide chart so you know when the big tide is going to give the shallow reefs enough cover.

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Central Sumbawa, Indonesia

Winter (May-September) is prime surf season, overloaded with 3-12ft (1-4m) swells, but plagued by sideshore afternoon trades. The SE trade winds start in April and the skies begin to dry. Mornings are often light offshores. The really windy season starts from the end of July until middle of November with 13-25 knots trades and the wind is cross-shore on the beach. Being the official Indo “off-season,” November through February is not the best time of year for surf, being the wet season, but there is the chance of some cyclone swell and south coast spots will be offshore in the W-NW winds. The diurnal tide (one radical change per day) is a factor, so get a tide chart to plan your trip around AM highs.

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Sumba, Indonesia

Dry season (March-October) is the main surf producer, when generous Indian Ocean swells can sometimes reach 12-15ft (4-5m) in June-August from a SSW- WSW direction. The main trend is the SE trades, which blow-out many exposed spots, especially from June-Sept. Unlike Bali, the trades don’t blow consistently during the day, instead there are on and off windy periods. Obviously, trades gets stronger as the day progress, but sometimes thunderstorms can change wind patterns, so early and late glass-offs are common. Expect many 6-12ft (2-4m) days with windy line-ups, better suited for experienced surfers. Because of the deep ocean trench and direct SW swell exposure, Sumba gets big, with less nooks and crannies than western Nusa Tengarra islands. That’s why the wet season (Nov -April) is also a good time to consider for friendlier conditions at the rights of Tarimbang, Wainukaka or Mangkudu with NW winds being offshore. The Sumba coastline is typically steep rather than cliffs and often has a fringing coral reef. Nusa Tenggara has more extreme tidal range than the rest of Indonesia, making many spots very tide sensitive. There is a big tide and small tide everyday and tidal range can reach 8ft. Finding tide charts is difficult, trust your tide watch. Some spots are best on the bigger spring tides occurring 3 or 4 days before and after new and full moons.

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Savu and Rote, Indonesia

Roaring Forties lows send plenty of 6-12ft (2-4m) swell from April-October but the swell window for the West Timor region is smaller than much of Indonesia. Swell direction is critical and the more W the better, which usually makes September more reliable than the biggest month June. Swell charts often show Bali getting pounded while Rote is much smaller on the fringe of the arriving swell. The E-SE trade winds can be strong, consistently in June, and kicking up an underlying SE windswell. Winds shift to a more southerly direction from September on, which is still offshore for the west-facing lefts, but other spots should be surfed before 10am. The off-season is dominated by lower strength SW-NW winds, buffing the rare east-facing locations, but combined with inconsistent swell, means the summer season is a gamble that rarely pays out. Early/late season should be the best time for a boat trip, before the trades strengthen, making navigation and anchorage more difficult. There is a big tide and a small tide every day and some spots only work on certain stages.

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