Exploring surf beyond Krui & Tanjung Setia

There is no doubt that the South Sumatra coast still remains a destination for the more adventurous surfer. However in the last 5 years the coast between Tanjung Setia and the Pugungn Penengahan area has been well explored, with the roads, lanes and tracks used by the local fisherman providing easy access to surfers looking for a new surf spot.

A few new small breaks have been discovered but none that rival the quality of the major breaks. Small reef setups unnamed and seldom surfed in the past are now named and during peak season some have a small crowd (of three) due to overcrowding at the major breaks.

Jennys surf break South Sumatra Jennys point break South Sumatra ~ 2014
The road to Jennys point lampung Sumatra One of the many bays on the way to Jennys Point

To find new breaks will require searching the coast south of Bengkunat or north around Bintuhan. There is now surf accommodation at Bintuhan. The coastal road continues north to Bengkulu and south past Bengkunat, the south is far less traveled beckoning to those who can't get far enough off the beaten track.

Pugungn Penengahan to Bintuhan

This is a well traveled route serviced by a number of bus companies but the area still remains uncrowded and visited by only a few surfers.

Heading north of Jimmy's and Pugungn Penengahan the highway leaves the coast winding its way through the mountainous jungle for 40km, returning to the coast at Pantai Batas Manola.

The stretch of coast from Pantai Batas Manola to Kaur north of Bintuhan is worth exploring. There are a number of breaks in the Bintuhan area, but the 9 hr return drive and difficulty in predicting the swell will stop most day trippers from Krui. From all reports this destination requires a large swell of 2.5 to 3 mtrs.

South of Pantai Siging Bengkunat

Heading south there are a number of breaks that could be good on their day but the only known quality break is the point at Bengkunat a wave reportedly similar to Unjung Bocur.

There are a few promising setups south of Bengkunat but in 2019 locals have reported that to explore this area you will need to be accompanied by a driver who can ensure your security.

Truck breakdown in Sumatra The road to Jennys, washed out and blocked ~ 2016
Banana Island Lampung province Sumatra Banana Island 2017 ~ © Simone Corradi 2017

Once you step beyond the well worn track the language barrier becomes a real issue even a good grasp of Bahasa Indonesia might not help much as in out of the way villages the local inhabitants might not speak Bahasa Indonesian. Organizing accommodation will be a mission all by itself, find yourself in a medical emergency and you will always be grateful to have the assistance of a local guide or driver.

Cultural Sensitivity

Behaviour that is acceptable in many western countries is often considered in very poor taste by the modest people of South Sumatra. Becoming aware of some Sumatran culture and customs is very important if you plan to venture very far from your surf camp.

It is our hope at Surf South Sumatra Net that your adventure in Sumatra develops good will and respect in the communities you visit.