WHAT’S THE BEST TIME TO SURF IN NIAS ISLAND?

Every year, surfers from this universe take a chance to experience the point break of Sorake and Lagundri. Nias is where it’s at!

 

There are not many surfcamp in Indonesia but when it comes to Nias, it consistently gives the best surfing experience for you. Since the discovery in 1970, Nias portrayal has changed from just-a-quiet land of ancient culture to an adventurous surfing destination.

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NIAS ISLAND: SORAKI AND LAGUNDRI

The Lagundri bay is a curved bay gulf forming a horseshoe in the South of Nias Island. The bay is house of the leading lady as far as Surf goes: the Main Break, Soraki Point or simply “The point”, however you want to call this classic surfing point in Indonesia. This break is considered second only to some of the most important ones in Hawaii.

lagundry-soraky-surfcamp-pleasure Since the mid ‘70s, when this world-class break was first surfed by a group of “Aussies” (Australians), Soraki has been receiving surfers from all around the globe. The place evolved from an original secret spot among a couple of daring friends, to being house for several international competitions during the ’90 (Also the World Surfing Championship in 2000). “The point” has the most epic right handed barreling waves over a coral reef (That’s where it gets its name: Sorake means numerous reefs according to the locals).

It is notorious because of its effortless paddle out and the progressive, round-shaped, energical tubes which have, according to the surfers, reached 15 feet, although regular waves measure from 3 to 6 feet. Usually it is not a highly crowded spot and the break has a consistent frequency (150 days a year).

surfing-lagundry-soraky-surfcamp-pleasureThe Soraki Point is recommended only for skilled surfers. However, after dying in deep waters, the Point produces a lower decreasing sloppy swell that breaks again a few meters to the left in what is called the Kiddies Corner, a perfect break for beginners and children to practice.

Most of the Breaks in Nias has been accentuated after the 9.2 (on the Richter scale) earthquake that strucked the island from the North in 2004. The ocean distorted the geography of the Island, eating parts of the land and withdrawing from some others. As far as surfing is concerned tubes are becoming more curved and increasing in length. While before the earthquake waves lasted 7 seconds, now they may get to 9.

The Island is nick named “All time Nias” after the continuous set of waves delivered in the Sorake Bay. Anytime is a good time here. However, the best time is during the dry season, from June to September. Most Surfing competitions are held in June and July.

Although Sorake is the core break in Nias Island there are many other points. Read our article “Best Surfing Spots in Nias Island” to fin out more.

BEST SURFING SPOTS IN NIAS ISLAND

To get a glimpse at the array of Surfing in Indonesia, here’s a list of the best surfing spots in Nias Island

Sorake Break: Also Main Break, it is the core of Nias and a classic in the region. This is the break where the first world-class wave was ever surfed in Sumatra (1975, by Australian surfers). It is a reef-coral right handed, especially easy to access: you can paddle out from Lagundri Beach. Usually there are not many surfers and the break has a consistent frequency (150 days a year). It is recommended only for experienced surfers and it rises from 3ft. to 6+ ft.

The Machine: Also in Lagundry bay, it was considered as a totally epic type of break, but it became more shallow after the earthquake and rumor has it that it actually doesn’t break anymore. (Locals assure it does) It is generally not crowded and suggested only for qualified surfers. From 3ft. to 6+ ft. This surfing spot in Nias Island offers powerful, hollow and fast tubes. It is best on the high tide and very easy to paddle back. Right next to the machine there is another surfing spot called the Beach Break which is the ultimate break for learning.

Indicator: The third and last break in Lagundri bay, just a little further from Sorake’s or Main Break. It is surfed only in exceptional occasions. There is considerable danger because the waves crush part of the reef, so it is not viable at low tide. However, in the right swell and at very high tide this spot has presented some of the most amazing barrels.

surfspots-nias-surfcamp-indonesia8-Frame: This coral-reef surfing spot is ranked as one of the highest, most refined in Nias Island. It breaks in both directions: left and right. It is relatively easy to access: located in the southern tip of the Island, direction East from the Sorake Bay, near the village of Hilliduha. Very close to another break called Rockstar. It is excellent for tube riding.

Rockstar: Next to Hilistaro Village and a few minutes walk from the 8-Frame break, this is another high quality surfing spots in Nias Island, recommended for experienced surfers. It is a right handed wave, normally with short length; quite tricky to take off, but once you do it holds up. Not crowded at all!

Sobatu (Secret Right Hander): Located North to the Indicator, on the South West coast of the Island. Sobatu produces a solid right-handed barrel. The paddling back is a little challenging, so it is very easy to get caught inside.

Walo Hiu: This break produces the most extreme left handed up-to-10 second barrels. Although this surfing spot in Nias Island is not the most accessible one, the 30 minute walk through the jungle to get there is absolutely worthy (otherwise you can always get a boat).