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2022 worst surf season on the South Sumatra Coast ?

After waiting 3 years to get back to South Sumatra the dream of endless waves and offshore winds proved to be just that ... a dream.

South Sumatra can be a fickle surf destination but 2022 may have produced the worst Krui surf season in living memory.

Things looked up briefly in early June when the WSL Krui Pro kicked off with some exceptional swell and conditions. However things were falling apart by the closing days of the comp and never really recovered.

Ujung Bocur surf break day 1 Krui Pro 2022 Krui Pro opens to near perfect conditions.

It's now Aug 30th and after enduring one week of flat conditions the swell turned on yesterday ... but this morning it's pouring rain and onshore again. The visiting surfers are all wandering around looking forelorn and bewildered, drenched to the skin with 7 days of rain predicted.

Krui Left small and crowded 2022 Small and overcrowded at Krui Left July 2022
Small and a crowd at ujung Bocur 2022 Another bad day Ujung Bocur Aug 2022
Bummed out surfer at Ujung Bocur Aug 2022 Bummed out surfer Ujung Bocur Aug 2022

El Niño or La Niña

All the locals had their theory. a weak El Niño, the wrong cycle of the Great Southern Ocean Oscillation or the cause of all our woes climate change.

After visting this area for eight years I have finally come to the conculsion that the South Sumatra coast is just a fickle surf destination regardless of what the El Niño–Southern Oscillation might be doing.

The silver linning is that the same fickle nature keeps the crowds down and could protect this area from over development.

Another onshore rainy day 2022