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karang nyimbor (sumatra) or batu karas (java) in may 2010?« on: February 25 2010 02:02:00 »
hi, i'm thinking of heading to either of these places in early may. not entirely 100% deinite why - i guess i'm happy to skip the hubbub of bali and i want something a bit more authentic. karang nyimbor is on south sumatra and looks the best to me - i'm intermediate. But i'm not sure it's easy to get to. it might take a day from jakarta (and same in return of course)
has anyone been to any of these (karang nyimbor on sumatra, or batu karas)?
i'm told batu karas has a beach break, a couple of surf shack and is quite relaxed.
if anyone has info on transport, flights, etc. good places to stay, i'd be very grateful
RE: karang nyimbor (sumatra) or batu karas (java) in may 2010?« Reply #2 on: March 09 2010 20:03:397 »
hi -batu karas is very relaxed. Has a chilled small point break and a bit of a reef as well but its not awesome surf and the options are limited. If you want to primarily chill out then its good. Look at javacove hotel website - its a new (revamped) hotel on the beach at batu karas -will give you more info.
South sumatra is more beautiful and has a lot more surf options. If i had a few weeks that's where i would head. A lot more options including beach breaks that can get very good. Search the net for places to stay or jsut turn up there and you'll do it cheaper. Its at least a day from jakarta - you can fly to lampung then its about a 7 hour bus ride or there used ot be buses from jakarta straight there - 14 hours.
RE: karang nyimbor (sumatra) or batu karas (java) in may 2010?« Reply #3 on: March 13 2010 02:03:633 »
thanks Matt i really appreciate the info. cheers
RE: karang nyimbor (sumatra) or batu karas (java) in may 2010?« Reply #4 on: March 13 2010 04:03:493 »
Batu karas will be onshore most of the time in may.
SE winds will come up by 11 or 12 in the morning which is dead onshore.
Karang nyimbor is ok but not good as often as youd think.
It sections badly very often despite getting a lot of swell.
In fact i dont rate south sumatra that highly even though ive spent four months of dry season there (i ran out of coin and couldnt move around- had to budget $2000aud over four months here).
The waves do get good if you're willing to wait, just not as good as bali and not as often.
Long distance between waves too which you get sick of.
RE: karang nyimbor (sumatra) or batu karas (java) in may 2010?« Reply #5 on: March 14 2010 18:03:43 »
I was in Krui last july. Stayed at OmbakIndah which is run by Aussie. Super nice guy. Right on the point.
We were there when a swell hit and the point was pretty solid. Not really a beginner wave. Seemed like a quality spot but not on the level of G land, etc.
Crowded in the am. 25 guys or so. Thinned out in the afternoon. Had some fun afternoons with just a few guys.
Krui lefts was super fun. Kind of like Bingin in Bali. Mechanical left barrel. Needs swell though.
Way Jambu looked very very heavy. Maybe smaller swell at mid high tide.
Beautiful area. Much mellower than Bali.
RE: karang nyimbor (sumatra) or batu karas (java) in may 2010?« Reply #6 on: March 16 2010 00:03:37 »
yeah I agree Malcolm,Ive spent some time in South Sumatra and most other surf areas in Indo and I dont rate it that high, id say its better than central java and west java(not including Panatian), but nothing compared to the other areas of Sumatra, and Bali and the islands going east.
RE: karang nyimbor (sumatra) or batu karas (java) in may 2010?« Reply #7 on: March 24 2010 03:03:457 »
surfing in sumatera with in Java there are some significant differences, especially infrastructure. Java has facilities and infrastructure better than sumatera. but it was not important for the true surfers, which you need is a beach and the waves. Batukaras easier to achieve than the second though karangnyimbor place to be reached by car. for beginners Batukaras have fun waves but there is a more challenging spots around the stone Karas. if there is a need for the information or co-surfing in Indonesia, can PM it to my email, FYI, I live in Jakarta
RE: karang nyimbor (sumatra) or batu karas (java) in may 2010?« Reply #8 on: March 27 2010 20:03:670 »
Hi again, i would just like to say My name is not actually Malcolm, i posted before as malcolm but he is actually a friend i met there.
I did spend four months there but my name i wont give.
It seems my friends in Krui do not like me posting negative information on Krui so i better not give mal a bad name. He is a good bloke
and using his name to say what I think of that area is probably a bad thing to do to him.
RE: karang nyimbor (sumatra) or batu karas (java) in may 2010?« Reply #9 on: April 09 2010 02:04:730 »
Hey fellows, thanks for all those comments. That's very handy and generous of you.
i guess we (a buddy and I) are going to head for south sumatra first. And work backwards it it does not work for us. We're intermediates, i.e. ok on longboards and complete rubbish on shortboards.
we'll head for that place OmbakIndah (run by the Aussie), subject to my buddy agreeing of course.
please keep the tips and advice coming. it's REALLY appreciated...