you might want to change selatan sumatra to sumatra selatan.
You wouldn't want people questioning your professionalism on two fronts
In that case wouldn't it also be Sumatera?
yeh your probably right carpetman, i think it depends which island your on?
Nah, might just leave it how it is. They're photos of southern Sumatra not a test for Indonesian citizenship.
Surfed that place about ten years ago now but never saw it that size. If you go there from Bandar Lampung it is a great drive through the mountains. The nearby town though was full of Bali bomber look alikes who had obviously been working on their death stares because they had it down pat. I've never felt so unwelcome anywhere in my life! But times change so it could be cool now.
BB, the locals are pretty friendly but it is getting super crowded these days.
A few years ago the crowds weren't that bad, I was there again in June and the crowds, drop-ins etc were getting rediculous. Camps and homestays popping up everywhere.
Yeh Fitzs I heard about the crowds which is why I haven't been back. Are the Newcastle crew who used to own the house on the point still there?
Havent been back either for a while i think Fitz goes every year. but theres heaps of waves north of jimmy bobs and south of wai jambu..even one rare sick left, right under everyones noses near town hardly ever anyone surfed.Absolutely my best barrels were at that joint. i wonder if people are onto it yet. fickle waves are often overlooked.
Up north of Jimmys a few bays north a local told my friend- "Buleh (white man as most of you know) are not welcome here we dont want this area turning into bali". nothing religious about it i think more protective, kind of like cactus locals.
One local once said to me if i stay here i will get sick sick and flexed his biceps. not sure what that meant. he worked in the restaurant i was eating in.
BB, not sure about the Newcastle crew. I stayed up around Krui. There is an American bird that has built a homestay/camp up the point from Secret Sumatra recently.
I've been 3 times in the last 5 years and to be honest, not sure if I'll go back. Heaps of Euros and I can't put my finger on it, but the place is changing.
Last trip I spent a lot of time exploring like Groundswell points out above. Found some nice waves well north of Jimmy's and way south, but also skunked out too. Spent alot of time hitting dead ends and waves that would be all time if a couple of sections of the reef were missing or filled in. A few novelty waves around that were fun right under everyones noses between Krui and Jenny's.
To be honest, I never really had any dramas with the locals. Some petty theft here and there that I heard of, but there was nothing that stands out. Most would stop and chat.
It truly is beautiful country, mountain ranges and coastline.
That sounds a bit disrespectful stunet .
Fitzroy is right beautiful place, generally friendly people, but it is changing a lot, pretty theft is getting out of control, getting crowded considering the effort getting to waves. Don't think I'll go back either. Don't know about cactus style surfer localism, but you don't need to go far to see the other villages are over the bules.
Plenty of newcastle people, It seems Newcastle pretty much owns the point.
I believe Susi air have started doing flights from Bandar lampung to the new krui airport this winter.
I havent spent that much time there as spend most of my time in the offshore Sumatra islands, but bought a block of land in the area years back a stones throw from a good wave, at the time there was only two places to stay at Karang niymbor/ombak bocur and secret sumatra had just opened, but have heard and seen online the crazy amount of accommodation opened up and know that quite a few westerners have land near us as inlays keep in contact with locals there and give us updates.
Disrespectful to who, Sypkan?
If I were trying to write in Bahasa Indonesian I would've written Sumatera, same as Nippon, Maroc, Zuid Afrika etc etc, But I wasn't, I was writing in English. Selatan, in that context, felt like mot juste.
You know if we are getting technical and nit picky, there is no N on the end of Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa= language so language of Indonesia (not language of indonesian) or what ever place you put next to it, Bahasa jawa(java), bahasa ingris (english) etc
Its a real common mistake though, same when people say can you speak Bahasa? (can you speak language?)
Even Indonesians will say or ask like this, but its also not technically correct, but Indonesians just love shorting things, and everybody knows what you mean by it, same with if you put a N on Bahasa Indonesia.
PS. sorry stunet, we all love and appreciate you work :)
BTW. Thanks Swellnet for not naming the exact area of todays pic from north sumatra.
No worries, ID. Just wait till you see the Wave of the Day we're gonna run - but not name - early next week.
Indo-dreaming, how could you tell the location from just one photo??
Theres not many beach breaks like that in Indo, the caption also gave it away, plus i saw a whole heap of photos from the same session the other day on FB.
Havent actually surfed it, but know where it is and conditions it breaks in and have spent quite a bit of time in that Island chain.
I guess its not really a secret, its been in videos, mags, and even on a resorts website, but its still cool to see swellnet not name it.