Freeline pioneered this area in 1993 and has operated tours each year since. Nev Hines was the guide, we stayed in the local town of Krui and drove each day to the various breaks in the area, depending on swell conditions. It was hard core travel.
Today you have the relative luxury and convenience of being based for the duration of the tour at either
'Ombak Indah Surf Camp' or 'Damai Bungalows'. Both these Sumatra surf camps are situated right in front of
'Ujung Bocor, the longest, most consistent wave in
the area. This left-hander handles most swells
and offers something for everyone. There are about 10 quality waves in this beautiful area, that is often compared to how Bali was 30 years ago.
Not too far away is a more challenging
left, and the nearby town of Krui has nice left & right
reef breaks on bigger swells.
Further north are a couple
of left and right reef breaks that offer a real challenge
on the right conditions. And as a back-up for the infrequent small days, quality beach breaks are are 20 minutes north.
You can also visit the many
places of interest in the area including local markets and towns, hot springs, nearby island, jungle and elephant treks and handcraft makers.
The location is a very remote part of mainland south Sumatra in the Krui area. English is hardly spoken nor understood and you'll often be an attraction for the locals, who, while sometimes are shy, are friendly, helpful and very curious about strangers.