WSL brings crowds to South Sumatra

The South Coast of Sumatra has seen a steady increase in crowds since it hit the surf destination map in the 90's. Each year another half dozen surf camps and losman open for business with crowds at the quality breaks now often reaching critical mass. Since the arrival of the WSL (Word Surf League) Krui Pro there has been a noticeable increase of visitors and surfers in the Krui, Tanjung Setia and Way Jambu areas.

Local surfers feel the days of uncrowded surf are already over unless your capable of charging 2.4 mtr plus Way Jambu or Jimmy's Right.

What does this mean for surfers ?

If you: are in the area to surf waves under 1.5 mtrs and don't like hassling for waves then you might want to head further north of Krui or south of Way Jambu. If conditions are good at Mandiri (offshore wind) this long beach offers a number of good quality peaks.

If you: are in the area to surf Ujung Bocur, Way Jambu and Jimmy's at 2.4 mtrs plus then you are still going to score waves with only a few in the water.

Way Jambu 2017 Joaquin Maugere surfs Way Jambu ~ Sept 2017
Jimmys Right 2017 Jimmy's Right solid, no crowds ~ Sept 2017

Looking ahead ?

Access to the area requires return flights to Sumatra AUD $120, accommodation during transit AUD $60 and AUD $240 for taxi fares, these costs will continue to keep the crowds down to some degree. However if the proposed Krui airport expansion goes ahead in 2019 then a large increase of travelers and surfers is very likely.

Bottom line ?

If you want to enjoy uncrowded surf in this area then do it sooner rather than later.