Surfspots Sumatra

The Peak

The Peak is a really fast and hollow barrel which is usually surfed left with a weird right. Because of the small take-off zone, it becomes less enjoyable as the crowd increases.

Location

Take the coastal road south for roughly 1 km, turn right at Villa Desa and park in front of the break.

Access

Straight off the beach.

Way Jambu

Way Jambu is a quality left-hand break that offers a down the line hollow barrel. Because of its critical take-off in front of shallow reef and subsequent stand-up barrels it’s usually referred to as Sumatran Pipeline. Therefore, it’s suggested only for experts to surf this spot and it’s way safer on a higher tide. Favorable with S to SW swells and E to SE winds.

Location

15 minutes away from Tanjung Setia

Head towards Tanjung Setia and turn right after the second bridge past Indomart. Turn left at the following intersection and you will see a surfboard-shaped wooden sign pointing towards the break.

Access

Paddle out north of the surf break.

Krui Right Spot

Krui Right is a fast right-hander that breaks good on big SW swells and excellent on W swells. In perfect conditions, it can hold 2 meters with a bustling barrel and a steep drop which makes it a spot for experienced surfers. However most of the time it’s 1.5 meters or less and it takes time to figure out when it works best.

Location

Located in front of a little headland at Pantai Labuhan Jukung just in front of the camp.

Access

Easy paddle out.

Jimmy´s

Jimmy’s one of the best waves in the area – a sucky peak on shallow reef with a wide barrel which works best with onside shore winds in Krui. It can be surfed as a long hallow left or as a little less hollow right.

Location

Located 20km away from the camp in Pugungn Penengahan area.

Access

Shallow paddle out with head of coral to boot.

Honey Smacks

Honey Smacks with its steep drop from the lip and a fast left-hand barrel is an intense break which is especially popular within the bodyboarding community.

A beautiful sandy beach and a shady coconut grove invite to a day spent hanging out and watching the surf.

Location

Located almost 1.5 hours by scooter NW of Krui near Walur Village..

Access

Easy paddle out. If surfing with an outgoing tide, the current produced by the creek will take you out

Mandiri Spot

As a giant stretch of beachie with a lot of left and right peaks, Mandiri works best with off-shore winds, which it gets especially between February and May. Between June and October on-shore winds are predominate and Mandiri Beach turns into a messy clutter. Off-shore winds and over 1.5 meters off-shore conditions give rise to heavy spitting board breaking barrels. On smaller days, however, Mandiri becomes an easy spot for beginners and surfers that like to surf over sand.

Location

Located 20min SW of Krui.

Access

Right timing becomes a necessity when paddling out on bigger days.

Pulau Pisang (Banana Island)

Banana Island offers, in right conditions, both, a long, fast right over friendly reef and a sucky left for tube masters. The spots work best with a S SW swell and off-season W winds.

Location

30-45min by boat from Krui (boat for transport provided by Palmbeach Krui).

Access

Easy beach access.

Krui left

Krui Left work best with a big SW swell that swings past the sticking out southern point. In perfect conditions, it’s a hollow left-hand reef break with a clean barrel. Most of the time it is between 1 to 1.2 meters and ideal for intermediate to advanced.

Location

Right in front of Palmbeach Krui.

Access

Paddle out from the beach close to the fishermen’s boats.