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NIAS & HINAKO'S

"North West Sumatra"

"Much more than just Lagundri bay, the small cluster of islands found off the west coast of Nias are home to a handful of excellent waves, particularly a left & right known as Asu and Bawa."

Bawa Surf Break

Bawa surf break Sumatra

Bawa, Hinako Islands, Nias

Wave Quality: Great Quality
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Bawa
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: Reef
Crowd: 5-20 surfers
Season: April until October

Certainly a great option in north wind days, Bawa is one of the go to options in the area. Bursting into the limelight thanks to the mid 90's epic surf flick "Searching for Tom Curren", this growling beast is one of the most consistent waves in the Hinako's - in fact all of Sumatra. Its an absolute swell magnet. At shoulder high its a fun wally runner that offers numerous walls to hit. As the swell builds expect a few tubes on the take off. This wave can handle any size swell. The bigger the swell, the bigger the barrel.  

Other Surf Breaks in Hinako Islands, Nias

Asu

Asu surf break Sumatra

Wave Quality: Great Quality
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: Asu
Experience: Intermediate+
Consistency: Very
Wave Type: Reef
Crowd: 5-20 surfers
Season: Year round

Asu produces some of the longest & funnest waves in the region. Breaking from shoulder high and up, its optimal size is around head high to double over head. It can handle anything mother nature throws at it though. Breaking for more than 200 yards, if the wind is bang on from the south its a picture perfect sight. Tubes can be found for sure, but the wave generally offers reeling speed walls. Its a lot of fun. Surfers have plenty of time to pull out from the nuclear zone, so don't get too greedy!

Bawa

Bawa surf break Sumatra

Wave Quality: Great Quality
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Bawa
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: Reef
Crowd: 5-20 surfers
Season: April until October

Certainly a great option in north wind days, Bawa is one of the go to options in the area. Bursting into the limelight thanks to the mid 90's epic surf flick "Searching for Tom Curren", this growling beast is one of the most consistent waves in the Hinako's - in fact all of Sumatra. Its an absolute swell magnet. At shoulder high its a fun wally runner that offers numerous walls to hit. As the swell builds expect a few tubes on the take off. This wave can handle any size swell. The bigger the swell, the bigger the barrel.  

Afulu

Afulu surf break Sumatra

Wave Quality: Great Quality
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: Afulu
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: Reef
Crowd: 5-15 surfers
Season: April until October

Located on the mainland of Nias, Afulu needs a solid swell to break and is for intermediate to advanced surfers only. That said the wave that's found just 40-50 minutes from Asu, offers incredible world class tubes as well as some workable high speed walls. Certainly worth a look when other waves are maxing out.

Hamutala

Hamutala surf break Sumatra

Wave Quality: Good Quality
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: Hamutala
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Consistent
Wave Type: Reef
Crowd: 5-10 surfers
Season: April until October

Another great option that's only a short boat ride away from Puri Asu. It needs a bit of swell to get going but during a 10 day trip you'd expect to surf this wave. As the name suggests, its a picture perfect tube and although it doesn't break every day, if you score it, you'll be pretty darn stoked!

Bommie

Bommie surf break Sumatra

Wave Quality: Good Quality
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Bommie
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Consistent
Wave Type: Reef
Crowd: 5-10 surfers
Season: April until October

This deep water slab provides short and challenging tube rides for barrel hungry riders. It's also an option for tow-in surfing when staying at Puri Asu.

Heruanga

Heruanga surf break Sumatra

Wave Quality: Good Quality
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Heruanga
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Consistent
Wave Type: Reef
Crowd: 0-10 surfers
Season: April until October

Another deep water slab that's found on one of the islands outer reefs. Especially ideal for "tow in" surfing, guests can be whipped into waves effortlessly thanks to one of the trained Jet Ski operators available when staying at Puri Asu Rsort.

Sirombu

Sirombu surf break Sumatra

Wave Quality: Good Quality
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Sirombu
Experience: All levels
Consistency: Consistent
Wave Type: Reef
Crowd: 5-15 surfers
Season: April until October

A very rippable and short right hander, located near Sirombu harbour, it's the "go to" spot for progressing beginner intermediate surfers. That said its also a very fun wave for more advanced riders and on its day can deliver some epic sessions.

Salonako

Salonako surf break Sumatra

Wave Quality: World Class
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Salonako
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: Reef
Crowd: 5-15 surfers
Season: April until October

Only 30-40 minutes from Asu, this world class right hander is found on the mainland of Nias. Producing some very tasty barrels rides, this quality wave needs some swell to get going, it also works on larger ground swells.

Bawa surf break Sumatra

Bawa, Hinako Islands, Nias

Wave Quality: Great Quality
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Bawa
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: Reef
Crowd: 5-20 surfers
Season: April until October

Certainly a great option in north wind days, Bawa is one of the go to options in the area. Bursting into the limelight thanks to the mid 90's epic surf flick "Searching for Tom Curren", this growling beast is one of the most consistent waves in the Hinako's - in fact all of Sumatra. Its an absolute swell magnet. At shoulder high its a fun wally runner that offers numerous walls to hit. As the swell builds expect a few tubes on the take off. This wave can handle any size swell. The bigger the swell, the bigger the barrel.  

Other surf breaks in Hinako Islands, Nias

Asu

Wave Quality: Great Quality
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: Asu
Experience: Intermediate+
Consistency: Very
Wave Type: Reef
Crowd: 5-20 surfers
Season: Year round

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Bawa

Wave Quality: Great Quality
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Bawa
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: Reef
Crowd: 5-20 surfers
Season: April until October

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Afulu

Wave Quality: Great Quality
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: Afulu
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: Reef
Crowd: 5-15 surfers
Season: April until October

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Hamutala

Wave Quality: Good Quality
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: Hamutala
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Consistent
Wave Type: Reef
Crowd: 5-10 surfers
Season: April until October

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Bommie

Wave Quality: Good Quality
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Bommie
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Consistent
Wave Type: Reef
Crowd: 5-10 surfers
Season: April until October

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Heruanga

Wave Quality: Good Quality
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Heruanga
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Consistent
Wave Type: Reef
Crowd: 0-10 surfers
Season: April until October

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Sirombu

Wave Quality: Good Quality
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Sirombu
Experience: All levels
Consistency: Consistent
Wave Type: Reef
Crowd: 5-15 surfers
Season: April until October

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Salonako

Wave Quality: World Class
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Salonako
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: Reef
Crowd: 5-15 surfers
Season: April until October

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