Over the years Sumatran Surfariis boats have explored the west coast of Java, in and around Panitan Island, through the Sunda straits, along the deep bays and points of Southern Sumatra, up along the mighty Sumatran mainland all the way up to Aceh and out to the many island chains off the Sumatran West coast. We’ve seen it all, and we’ve have kept detailed logs of our travels along the way. We’ve also managed to maintain quite a few of secrets over the years, and the only people we share them with are our guests.
We have been running trips through the Mentawais’ quiet months for many years now and have found great little swell magnets to keep you in head high waves between swells while the chain is virtually empty of surfers. During the busier months we travel further afield anchored near empty lineups while the other boats fight for position. Ultimately our guests have first choice as to destination, but our skippers are very experienced and will always offer their expertise prior and during a trip as conditions can change daily.
You won’t find names of any waves on our site, but you will visit waves that have many names. We have spent thousands and thousands of days in the islands, and we ask that you trust us on the details and help keep it quiet. We have a great history with the locals and have been at the forefront of aid and health in many areas. Most of us started out here backpacking into remote villages and living with the locals, learning the island ways. We then moved to fishing boats and explored from the top to bottom of Sumatra, one year doing seven 25 night trips.
Sumatran Surfariis has always chosen to do longer trips and concentrate on more than just the 2 or 3 most popular waves. Our standard-length charter is typically 2- 3 full surf days longer than the most operators. This allows you to surf more waves than anyone, get the next swell, see the next point, the next island, reel in the wahoo, and get the backside pig dog wired. And we’re always excited to do even longer trips, as our schedule allows, so we can keep searching for that next secret around the corner.