CHRIS “SCUZZ” SCURRAH
Our founder, that is too humble to write a proper bio about himself and his extensive exploits, Scuzz started it all back in 1998. He began by exploring on land and fishing boats from mainland Aceh’s tip all the way down to Enganno. After hooking up with a local fisherman, he started Sumatran Surfariis, building it from the ground up as a family business.
A unique and genuine individual who seems to have a magical connection with the sea, Scuzz focuses on making the trips a relaxing, enjoyable, and exceptional experience. He’ll often try to get the guests not to focus on the small things but to take in the entire trip as a whole and let the adventure come to them. Though these islands are no longer a secret, Scuzz loves exploring new places and finding little channels in reefs that can offer another option to surf alone when other waves are crowded. Though he would never say this about himself, Scuzz is genuinely a legendary guide who has literally spent more than half his life guiding trips in these waters. His knowledge is endless, as are his stories that will keep you entertained at every dinner conversation. He has an extremely loyal following, and he’s the main reason we’ve never had to use outside agents and have been able to control our operations from start to finish.
He worked with over a dozen wooden charter boats, running roughly 10 – 15 charters a year and overseeing another 30, while also being a part-owner in a Mentawai resort. You can do the math, but what you can’t add up is his personal connection to the guests and the sea.
He’s a special guy, and he runs trips like no other.
Yu has spent nearly half his life in Sumatra and has been running trips for Sumatran Surfariis since 2002. We met this slight-of-build Japanese hellman charging HUGE Bawa, and after hanging with him for a bit, we learned he was living there in a little shack, spearfishing in the mornings and surfing when the wind went west. We knew he was our kind of guy and asked him to join our crew.
Yu is known more for his actions than any bluster. A quiet, soft-spoken, and highly knowledgeable guide, Yu will often have his guests on epic waves before any other boat even thinks of moving. He’s logged in as many epic solo sessions as anyone, and he is often running the only charter boat over the Christmas and New Year’s periods.
A gentle and caring guy who loves his righthand barrels and his fishing/spearfishing, Yu is very well medically trained and knows the islands off the western coast of Sumatra like the back of his hand.
Originally from New Zealand, Grant spent plenty of time on the hollow waves of Australia`s Gold coast.
He got so good at documenting the heavy barrels and epic rides that GoPro started giving him cameras for free.
As his passion continued, he began visiting the Mentawais and spent four years working for various resorts before we nabbed him in 2014. He’s been a perfect fit for the Sumatran Surfariis family with his calm, kind, and caring demeanor.
Grant puts in long hours shooting our guests, and he’s got a personality that gels with pretty much anyone. He’s fully medically trained, and we doubt you can find anyone who would say a bad word about him.
Manu is the newest addition to our crew. A Spanish charger who loves solid hollow and heavy waves, Manu is also a qualified surf coach, commercial diver, and trained medic.
Manu spent several years traveling all over Indonesia before landing in the Mentawais several years back, running camps and guiding for resorts in The Playground. After many excellent recommendations, we asked him to join our team in 2018, and it’s been a perfect fit ever since. An extremely avid surfer who loves playful small waves as much as deep barrels, Manu always amps up the guests and gets them to surf as much as possible.
Always upbeat with great energy, Manu will make you feel like you got the absolute most out of any charter you take with him.