Surfing South Sumatra from Tanjung Setia to Krui

Honey Smacks surf break South Sumatra
Photograph of Honey Smacks by Heath Mellvile Courtesy of Lovina Krui Surf.

Why surf the Krui area of South Sumatra?

Surfing the South Sumatra coast from the sea-side town of Tanjung Setia puts you within striking distance of 10 quality South Sumatran surf breaks. Surf Camp Accommodation is only a 2 minute walk from the 400 mtr long Ujung Bocur (Karang Nyimbur), 10 min to Way Jambu (Sumatran Pipeline) and a short scooter ride to Krui Left and The Peak.

Development is limited to a few areas leaving most of the coastline unspoiled and open to having a surf adventure no longer available at most other destination.

Access to the surf spots and what about the crowd factor?

Way Jambu South Sumatra

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.

Beginners or experienced surfers only?

Some beachbreaks are suitable for the beginner however they can still be fast and hollow on small days and board-breaking at 1.5+ mtrs. Almost all the surf spots break over sharp shallow reef so you need to honestly ask yourself "how do I feel about surfing over a sharp shallow reef ?". Reef surfing can be quite intimidating even on small days and leave your confidence shaken.

Timing your surf trip during the full-moon will give you the opportunity to surf the reefbreaks when there is a lot more water between you and the reef.

Whats in the area?

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, board repairs shop and fully equipped gym are located near Ujung Bocur. It is advisable to bring all your surfing supplies including a basic medical kit for the inevitable close encounter with the reef.

ATM machines (Mastercard only) are available, Bank Lampung & Bank BRI in Krui.

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.

Other Resources

To view a comprehensive set of images of Krui surf breaks and the Krui area visit Muhammad Hasim´s South Sumatra Surf photos gallery. or this blog on Surfing in South Sumatra.


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.


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