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Southern Sumatra


Southern Sumatra

  • A bucket list destination for experienced bodyboarders

  • Bodyboarding heaven far away from tourist-heavy crowds

  • Raw and untouched tropical perfection in Indonesia

  • We’ve got it all planned! You only have to bodyboard, eat, sleep, repeat!

  • A bucket list destination for experienced bodyboarders
  • Bodyboarding heaven far away from tourist-heavy crowds
  • Raw and untouched tropical perfection in Indonesia
  • We’ve got it all planned! You only have to bodyboard, eat, sleep, repeat!


Quick Facts

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Quick Facts

  • Frontier travel to an under the radar destination – we’ve done the hard yards for you
  • Tropical climate, consistent swell, water temperature 28°C
  • Years of exploration to find the best spots, both beach and reef
  • Expect to be greeted by empty line ups 
  • Includes video & photography package for you to take home
  • Experience & local knowledge minimises risk of things going wrong
  • Fully insured with contingency & emergency plans for any eventuality
  • Locally sourced ocean to table healthy food
  • Accommodation is a 7 minute walk from a 400 metre long left hander 
  • Experiencing a simpler way of life is grounding
  • Our accommodation is owned by a local family
  • Incredible nature, located between Indonesia’s largest rainforest and the vast Indian ocean

Why join a Bodyboard Holiday in Southern Sumatra?

Come with us to bodyboard one of the last Indonesian frontiers, a largely unexplored wave-drenched island, home to some of the sickest bodyboarding waves we’ve ever found. Perhaps you’ve had a dream trip like this lined up for years but not had the friends, confidence or knowledge to organise and tackle an adventure of this magnitude? Well, now is your chance!

What to expect?

Sumatra is frontier travel, where unless meticulously planned and without local on the ground knowledge, there is a high chance of missing out on so much of what this area has to offer or worse still, something going very, very wrong. Compared to the Mentawai Islands, Sumatra has more slabby waves, relatively few surfers in the water and is still an uncharted destination. It’s now or never to take on Sumatra!

Who is this trip for?

This trip is NOT for the novice or entry level bodyboarder, you must be able to paddle out, unassisted in solid, overhead waves (over 6 feet in height). You must be able to duck dive, to catch waves, to trim and gain speed. You must be able to stop yourself and pull out of waves confidently. You must be comfortable walking in swim fins across reefs and have experience walking across reefs with powerful waves breaking near you. Our coaching is pitched at those that can self-manage, not those that need to be handheld through sessions. Please be realistic with yourself whether the waves in the videos on this page look like something that you can ride. Please contact us to chat if you aren’t sure.

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  • A video call with the trip leader – Here we’ll discuss how to book your flights, insurance and where you will be met on arrival. We’ll cover your objectives, pre-trip planning, dietary requirements, physical preparation, kit list, trip expectations and you’ll have the chance to ask any burning questions about the holiday or bodyboarding in general.
  • Upon completion of the call, you will receive the trip leaders direct contact number so that you have personal, immediate line of communication until arrival in the destination.
  • Bespoke Bodyboard-Holiday preparation fitness video.
  • Bespoke Bodyboard-Holiday preparation Yoga video geared toward bodyboarding flexibility and cramp reduction.
  • If you have footage of your riding, we can offer a pre-trip analysis.


A member of our team will be waiting for you at the airport hotel in Jakarta, having tracked your flight. This is within the terminal. We will then check you in to your room before heading out for a welcome meal to have some intro’s and look at the plans for the week ahead. The following morning it’s time to fly to Sumatra. After a surf stoked week we will return you to the airport hotel in Jakarta in good time for a stress-free journey home.


Jakarta airport hotel (1 night)

The first night of the trip is spent in a modern hotel within Jakarta International airport. This overnight stay at the beginning of your trip is a great way to reenergise and to acclimatise after a long flight.

Southern Sumatra (7 nights)

Here we spend seven nights in traditional beachside bungalows surrounded by coconut palms and tropical jungle.

  • Twin room for each guest (limited single rooms, must be booked early and supplement will apply, please enquire via online chat)
  • Swimming pool
  • Bar with ice-cold beers and drinks
  • Air Conditioning
  • TV for surf videos and music
  • Room cleaning
  • Incredible local knowledge and contacts from accommodation owner
  • 7 minute walk from a 400 metre long left hander 
  • Epic sunset view point out the front of the accommodation 


Jakarta airport hotel (1 night)

The last night of the trip is spent in a modern hotel within Jakarta International airport. This overnight stay at the end of your trip is a great way to reenergise before a long flight home and potentially enjoy a night in the megacity of Jakarta.


  • We have a selection of bodyboards and fins available to hire. Please get in touch for more details about our hire equipment.


  • Every day throughout the week our expert trip leaders and local guide will draw upon their collective 40+ years of experience to find the best waves for your ability.
  • Each day we’ll have one long 3 to 4-hour session or this may be split in to two shorter sessions. We work around the tides and daily conditions to guarantee the best waves for our guests.


  • We will find the waves that suit your objectives as discussed in pre-trip video call
  • For those with the desire to really improve their riding, we will plot your progression and sign post you through each stage of your bodyboarding development
  • Using our bespoke resource bank of explainer videos, footage review and experience we will help you to overcome your bodyboarding challenges
  • Coaching can be optional, if it’s not for you we can focus more on free surfing, photography and video. It’s your trip, we will facilitate your fun!


  • Land, in water and drone photo and video package to take home with you (all uploaded to an online gallery for you)
  • You will be digitally supplied daily imagery of you bodyboarding to reflect on the great sessions and post to social media
  • Daily analysis and feedback sessions, led by your coach of the footage to see you improve immediately


Throughout the week during the video feedback sessions we will deliver several bodyboarding related workshops, these are optional to attend, and can include the subjects below or others that are relevant:

  • Surf forecasting & the areas waves
  • Duck diving and paddling techniques
  • The secret to riding Sumatra’s reefs
  • 360 and roll workshops
  • Yoga, stretching and nutrition session to improve your bodyboarding
  • Ask Me Anything session (a workshop tailored to your burning questions)


We spend a lot of time bodyboarding, but when it is finished for the day, people’s time is then their own to explore the local village, or simply chill in the pool, enjoy a sunset, put a bodyboarding movie on the big screen in the bar or with grab a book and read it on the shaded sea front area.


The benefit of having a 400m left hander only 7 minutes walk from our front door means that we have an epic location for an end of the day free surf session. Not only that, but there is also a bar on the edge of the jungle where we buy cold drinks and watch the action. As a group we form a peanut gallery, watching the action as the sun drops behind the waves for some of the most jaw dropping sunsets. As night falls, we return to camp for our group meal, then those that fancy a chat and a drink will chill in our onsite bar. Some cool off in the pool. For many it’s time to relax with a book in the air conditioning of your room.


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