Surf Trips Indonesia Sumatra

Find untouched waves in Sumatra

The main island of Sumatra is another Indonesian gem, often overlooked by chargers wanting to score. Surfers often opt for the nearby Mentawai Islands, Nias or Bali, leaving picture perfect reef setups untouched. Not many people know this, but Sumatra is packed with world-class waves as far north as Banda Aceh without the heavy crowds to fight for waves with. Sumatra is the world’s 5th largest island and offers everything, from long windy pointbreaks to heavy slabs, a surfer’s heart desires. It might not be as easily accessible and explored as other Indonesian islands but it is definitely worth the effort as the island is a swell magnet, exposed to a heap of raw Indian Ocean power, hitting the perfectly laid out reef formations. It might never get as big as the Ments or Bali, but who really cares when you roll up to a spot and are graced with picture perfect, hollow barrels with not a single soul around - Welcome To Sumatra!

Surf Boats operating in Sumatrafor Mentawais go directly to Mentawai Boats

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Five Reasons for Surfing Sumatra


Perfect waves in a quiet, untouched paradise

Surf trips to Sumatra are all about adventure and exploration, both on and off the waves, and daring to step beyond the well-trodden tourist trail. This wave rich area of Indonesia is usually mentioned with reference to the iconic Mentawais which hog all the limelight but there is so much more to Sumatra and its islands than that. In most cases the concept of surfing hordes is unknown here – imagine Bali before it appeared on the surf atlas and you might get some idea of all the world class waves rolling in here, many of them empty and unridden as you read this


Stay where and how you want in Sumatra

Sumatra surf trips offer you a world of choice from surf boat charters, which explore the whole of this region including the Mentawais, to land-based options including the Sumatra mainland, Nias and Hinako islands and off-the-surf-radar Simeulue and Banyak islands, with everything from no-frills simple beach living to comfortable surf resort standards to choose from.


Sumatra is a swell magnet all year around

The warm tropical water surf spots of both mainland Sumatra and its islands are very consistent, picking up both Indian Ocean swell and mega-long distance Roaring Forties produced swell, all the way from the Antarctic. The optimum season for this region is considered to be from March/April to October/November but surfing is possible year round.

World class breaks and high-quality surf are everywhere in the form of coral reefs, points, beach breaks and even a tidal river bore, with conditions ranging from long and cruisey to heavy, fast and hollow.


Get into river surfing in Sumatra

Sumatra is also home to the Bono river bore, one of only a handful of waves of this type on the entire planet. The tidal bore only works on specific days dictated by full and new moon phases. Bores are at their most powerful when the river is fullest during the rainy season which peaks in January and February when waves can reach 10 ft with an average 2 to 5 feet. River bores are known for their ridiculously long rides which in the case of the Bono could mean 50 km (yes – you read that right!) Boats accompany surfers so that when the legs give out they can be fished out of the river.


Sumatra has a selection of waves for everyone on offer

Die-hard surfers whose only focus is world class waves and easy access to them will love the basic and easily affordable options here with plenty of choices for budget to medium range surf trips of both boat and land based variety. However, that doesn't mean you can't have some comfort too – several surf boats offer luxury options meaning couples and adventurous families are also drawn here. Whether you consider yourself an intermediate level surfer or a been-everywhere-done-that pro, all of our Sumatra surf vacations have something to suit with longboard and SUP suitable options also on offer.

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