The small sea-side town of Tanjung Setia has to be the perfect place for a South Sumatra surf trip. Surf Accommodation is only a 2 minute walk to the 400 mtr long Ujung Bocur (Karang Nyimbur), 10 min to Way Jambu (Sumatran Pipeline) and over 10 quality breaks are within striking distance.
Still unspoilt by development this area of the South Sumatra coastline can still offer a surf adventure no longer available at most other surf destination.
Surfing spots for both surfers and bodyboarders are all just a paddle out, no need to hire boats or deal with Bali style crowds.
The consistent swell that hits South Sumatra is easily accessed from the main road that winds its way north west along the Sumatran coastline, the incredibly friendly locals always happy to give directions.
You could park yourself in accommodation right in front of a quality surf break but to take full advantage of the surf you will need to hire transport, either a taxi and driver at a negotiated price or a scooter and helmet for approx IDR 65,000 (AUD $7) per day. Fuel in 2013 was 80 cent a litre.
The average crowd on the main surf breaks is 10 to 30 during peak season (May - early October) and 5 to 25 during the off season (November - April), the weather from November to April can be severe with the wind howling in from the Indian Ocean during the period the locals call the Windy Season.
Though the vibe in the water is far more laid-back and way less agressive than surfing in Bali snaking is still common and competing for waves happens at the major breaks. But with so few in the water its a pleasant escape from surfing the crowds of Bali, Lombok or Sumbawa.
So if you don´t need to be spoon fed then check out this area of South Sumatra. There are still unnamed waves and new areas to explore.
If you are looking for a fullon daytime shopping experience this may not be the place for you, no Mc Donald´s, Starbucks, Burger King or air-conditioned shopping centers. There are small Indomarts but don't expect to find such items as sunblock or postcards in the local market. A surf shop and board repairs shop are located near Ujung Bocur but it is still advisable to bring all your surfing supplies including a basic medical kit for the inevitable close encounter with the reef.
The UNESCO’s World Heritage Listed Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park (BBSNP) offers guided day tours if your surfed out or would just like to explore the Sumatran jungle.
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