Surfing Village

Indonesia: Sumatra

A Sumatran island surf village with a secret location offering fantastic accommodation and the choice of 3 top waves on your doorstep.

LowPressure Stormrider Surf Guide says

Often referred to as the Telos, the 51 Batu Islands have dodged the bulk of the Nias and Mentawai crowds for much the same reason as the Banyaks. There are fewer big name spots and the best set-ups often require stronger swells, usually from the rarer W direction. However, consistent, year-round, headhigh surf can always be found with plenty of fun, easier line-ups that cater to most tastes and abilities. A few surf camps have opened, but for independent travellers, this place is a mission without a boat to get around and it has a reputation for malaria and other diseases. There are flights from Medan and Padang to the small strip at Lasondre on Tanahmasa, plus ferries from Nias, but most of the waves are found on the smaller islands to the NW. Check around and in between the larger islands of Telo, Sipika and the more exposed reefs of PulauSigata. Like the Mentawais, refraction brings swell in at unusual angles so don’t discount either end of PulauPini during big pulses. Down south on Tanahbala, there are some less frequented breaks with longer travelling times between them especially if going all the way to Bojo. The camps all have their own names for the spots, so it depends on who you travel with, but there is no doubt this group holds some excellent waves and since the equator runs through here, winds are rarely a problem with plenty of glass and a spot for all wind/swell combos.

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Condition descriptions provided by the Operator

When to come?

Whenever you want! In Indonesia the season that the bigger swells arrive more constantly goes from April to September.

According to a research published on the American magazine ‘Surfer’, the probability of surfing on perfect conditions, on a 10 day period on the high season is 85% in Indonesia, while in Hawaii is approximately 70% and Australia little more than 60%.

Between the months of October and March, the swells arrive with less consistency and pressure. Ideal for begginers and for couples in search of something less hardcore.

But with all this global warming, El Niño, La Niña, El Tico, El Katso..... Neptune already lost his references.



In 2008 we discovered 6 new waves, which, when added up to the 12 waves we already knew about, culminates in the incredible total of 18 different waves. 3 of them are located right on the doorstep of the Surfing Village, Pasti, Nagadens and Ibua. The other 12 waves are less than a 20 minute boat trip away. (Jauh, Facas and Shhh, are a little more than an hour away) And it doesn’t stop there! There are a number of reefs with a lot of potential that we haven’t even had time to explore.... Maybe you will be the next to surf and name a virgin wave in 2009!



Fast and powerful right hander, 3 tube sections, with its ripabble days.

Level: Beginners – Intermediate – Experienced



Barreling right hander. Short and thick. Indicates when Pasti will pump.

Level: Beginners – Intermediate – Experienced



Big, heavy and suicidal right hander.

Level: Experienced – Kamikaze



Sinister left hander. FSH. Fast, Shallow and Hollow. Located on the opposite tip of Plankton Bay.

Level: Experienced – Kamikaze



Island in front of the Surfing Village. Ripabble left hander, long and powerful, with barreling sections. Holds waves as big as the ocean throws.

Level: Beginners – Intermediate – Experienced – Big Rider



(New Discovery) Long barreling left. On the right tide it is one connecting barrel all the way down the line. A mix of desert Point and G-Land.

Level: Beginners – Intermediate – Experienced.



Long and shreddable right hander that works on any swell. Located behind Baga’s island.

Level: Beginners – Intermediate – Experienced



(New Discovery) Right and left barreling A- frame with Hawaiian weight and style.

Level: Beginners – Intermediate – Experienced – Big Rider



(New Discovery) Hair Raising Left. Fast and hollow. The area’s Teahupoo.

Level: Experienced - Kamikaze



Fantastically fun left with amazing back door barrels.

Level: Beginners – Intermediate – Experienced



Peak wave opening long and easy walls to both sides inside a protected bay. Ideal spot to learn to surf.

Level: Beginners – Intermediate – Long Board



Right and Left breaking in the middle of the neighboring bay, in front of a small rock island.

Level: Intermediate – Experienced – Big Rider



Big and powerful right hander, the first of 3 rights on the coast of Tantras.

Level: Beginners – Intermediate – Experienced – Big Rider



Fast, shallow and hollow right hander, less consistent, but the most challenging.

Level: Experienced – Tube Rider



Right hander with the first section barreling, then opening up to a ripabble wall with another barreling section toward the end.

Level: Beginners – Intermediate – Experienced – Long Board



Long and ripabble left hander, with good barrel sections, set in a paradise bay, fast and hollow.

Level: Beginners – Intermediate – Experienced



(New Discovery) Very shallow, fast and hollow left, with amazing barrels. Only for the experienced surfer.

Level: Experienced – Tube Rider



(New Discovery) Very heavy right hander that only works on big swells.

Level: Experienced