The alpha male of the Mahogany crew, Budi has been with us since Surabaya and helped build her from the engine room up. His knowledge is incredible, and the rest of the team respects him as a highly qualified leader. He is a recent father, and his career as engineer and overseer of Mahogany is a source of personal pride.
Bang Bood began his tenure with Sumatran Surfariis back in 2003, just after we launched Southern Cross. He is a really funny, entertaining guy who strikes confidence and happiness in the guests. He loves his fishing, and he’ll occasionally join the guests for a session or two in the lineups. He does a fantastic job of ding repairs and keeps us all laughing, while his booming voice cuts through the air and keeps the rest of the crew in top form.
Bujang is of the hardest working man you will find, in any industry, period. He has received offers for many jobs to bring him overseas; he’s just that good. Fortunately for us, he’s stayed loyal to the Sumatran Surfariis family for almost two decades.
Quiet and unassuming, Bujang doesn’t talk much. But he’s always ready to greet you with a smile, and he is constantly fixing something, cleaning something, or just seeking out the next thing he can do. The man just never stops working, and you’ll have a soft spot in your heart for him by the end of the trip.
Bujang was instrumental during the tsunami relief effort, always the first on the front line and ready to help out his fellow Indonesians in their dire time of need. He’s a master ding repair jedi, and a master at just about anything on board. He’s just a lovely guy, a family man who has also provided a great life for them through his time with Sumatran Surfariis.
One of the longest-working crew in Sumatra, Sujud has been in the islands from the start. He was the King of Lagundri back in the day, then came to Mentawais and has seen every wave as good as it gets.
He scoffs at a head wound that doesn’t have brains hanging out, will out spearfish you, and through more buckets of water than you could ever dream of.
We were so lucky to pick up Sujud around the early Mikumba days, and he has since moved on to crew our best boats such as Ilike and now Mahogany. ALWAYS a favorite of the guests, Sujud leads by example both in the water and on the ship.
Tulang is a Master Chef and a great guy. The masterpieces he creates in the tiny Southern Cross galley will blow your mind. He’s funny, energetic, upbeat, happy, and has a solid grasp of the English language. A bit of a hellman on his own, he often paraglides into his volcano home up at Maninja.
Tulang can customize his meals to meet any dietary requirements. He’s happy to look after any special request, and he does it with a smile. Another one of our crew with well over a decade with Sumatran Surfariis, Tulang is a huge favorite of any guest who has ever been on Southern Cross.
Cap Jap has been with us since the fishing boat days, with over 20 years with Sumatran Surfariis. He is a great fisherman, and he understands the ocean and weather off Sumatra like no other.
Cap Jap is currently at the helm of the Budyadahri. He loves a laugh, and you’ll hear his big booming voice telling the crew stories from all corners of the boat. Jap is always smiling and is very respected by all. Master of the ship, you’re in safe hands on the mighty Budydahri with Cap Jap.