What's The Surf Like?
Nias, Banyak & Simeulue Islands
The remote regions of the Simeulue, Banyak and Hinako Islands could just about be described as one of the last surf frontiers of Indonesia! It is not only a surfer's paradise but sets the scene for anyone who is any kind of adventurer or eco-tourist, with the best and safest way to get around on-board a surf charter vessel. Nias renowned for the famous Lagundri Bay right hander has also many waves that break mostly unridden. The charter boats are a great way to explore more area in a shorter time.
Many of your surf breaks remain nameless and there is still so much exploring going on. Apart from the well-known breaks, what we can tell you about the surf is that there is a huge range of left and right handers. There are waves for every standard and style of surfing, ranging from fast shallow barrelling waves, long deep barrels to long cruisey walls with rippable faces.
Swell wise you can expect numerous and generally consistent 6-12ft swells during April and October. The North Sumatra region receives the same swells as the Mentawai's and with wind patterns being pretty calm most of the season, you can expect some awesome glassy conditions. The earlier and later months are also good for surf, the difference being the lull between sets is a little longer and the swell size not as consistent but you can still score some epic sessions with great conditions and fewer crowds.
Over the years, the Telo's operators have surfed the many breaks of the region and even during the 06 season explored and researched other locations in the area making a few secret discoveries of their own.
There are many different breaks in the area Including Coronas, Le-Ba, Churches, Dislocators and GT's to name a few. THE SURF HERE IS ULTRA CONSISTENT in the 3-5-foot range, lefts and rights that work in all tides and opposite wind directions virtually guaranteeing off shores every day.