Heading to Indo in July but having trouble deciding on which area to go to.
Anyone have any thoughts? been to both or been to either recently?
Thanks for any advice, info or stories.
Need a bit of swell for Scar and Supersuck to tick over, and while you've got Yo-yos down south, the Lakeys area has more between swell options.
Get a good day and a few good ones at superuck and you'll never forget it. but like Stunet says it needs swell. more from the west than anything, south swells march straight by.
In july it would be a good bet for supers but you might only score it once or twice in a month.
at least supersuck and scars are offshore in the trade winds.
Speaking of tradewinds the winds in west sumbawa arent as reliable as say g-land, something to do with the mountains. some days you're waiting all day and the winds dont change even though theres enough swell.
Travel with boards can be a hassle to west sumbawa as well. lakeys its much easier with an airport at bima and bemo or truck from there to lakeys.
Plenty of accommodation in Maluk (supersuck) and lots of places to eat unless its Ramadan.
Depends on skill level too. Lakeys catering for anything from beginner too advanced swell depending. Supersuck and scar are bit more balls to wall.
Don't go the wide ones at Scar!
Now I’m curious I.B
Is there a difference in conditions when supersuck is good versus when scar reef is good?
goofyfoot, take this with a big grain of salt, as I haven't surfed Scar since 1996:
We sat in a super dodgy boat at Scar for a week, and surfed it from 4ft and sectiony to 8ft and as good as it gets (I think). On all the solid days wide sets would swing in and do this semi-grower thing where it wouldn't let you out, but just ended up closing out down the line on dry reef.
I had a few close calls, and got some dings and scrapes, but my mate got thoroughly thrashed; board snapped, cuts and bruises everywhere, couldn't walk or stand for 3 days. He had to sit out perfect Deserts on the way home.
Super Suck was probably pumping on the bigger days, but we never went. No idea why :-P
The good ones would of been a sight for sore eyes though
Thanks for the info guys. I surfed Scar and yoyo's a few years back on a boat trip but was only there for a couple of days, it was flat when we arrived at Scar and as the changed it went from a lake to 5-6 ft and clean in an hour, everyone touched the reef that day hahaha but not sure how consistent it would be. How big does Lakey area get? Thinking it might not be as epic, but more consistent swells at that time of year.......
" it was flat when we arrived at Scar and as the changed it went from a lake to 5-6 ft and clean in an hour"
thats another thing with scars and supers they both like the draining tide, well supersuck does, it can be flat even when theres enough swelll then boom it starts pumping as the tide drains out.
Scars gets more south swell but still not a huge amount, best on ssw swells i think but when i stayed there i only went there once(in 6 months) as the bike trip was so tedious and dangerous with sand all over the road. My good mate fell off his bike and was out of the water for a few weeks with injuries, lucky to be alive.
July usually pumps for swell so its a good bet for both lakeys and supersuck areas. but theres better small wave spots in lakeys area. more crowds too. Not that supers and scars are uncrowded, they sometimes are but not often, and in july you could see 50 heros out there all dropping in on each other. You often run into people in the barrel at supersuck as people the barrel lets you get very very deep and keep on traveling while people on the shoulder or wider sections just keep paddling into them without looking back.
I wouldnt be surprised if someone one day gets a punctured lung from the nose of a board hitting a duckdiver or dropin kook out there.
Lakeys can get handle as much is it can. Its probably the biggest surf ive seen at the peak one day. It was in sep 13 and 99% of the time there was the seabreeze after lunch but this day when the swell peaked it stayed offshore. The peak seriously got to about 15ft. The period must of been massive cause the lump of swell when hitting the reef just jacked like fuck. It was quite the spectacle. I cant remember what Periscopes was doing but i dont think anyone surfed that day. I would too track down some photos
Nungas could have been a good option on that huge swell........
I was at Lakey during a massive swell. We only just snuck back into the lagoon after a big day at Maci Point before it started closing out from Pipe to NoMan's.
Next morning it was huuuuge! That swell closed the airport on Bali, and I timed the period at 27s. Nungas was pumping, but everywhere else was a churning maelstrom and not even remotely surfable.
Hi islandbay that sounds a little bit exaggerated.......are you sure you didnt press the wrong buttons on the stopwatch or something???
Gday Damothediver cant offer you much except yeh Lakeys loves a bit of swell. Ive scored it in July just over double head (6ft +) and Flawless, just sooo perfect, waves everyday at all the breaks in that stretch. But that was in "92 so its no doubt hectic these days peak season. Plenty of options though , and consistent. I reckon youll score wherever you end up, good luck
Is "No Man's" adjacent (to the right) of Lakey Peak? Regardless, does anyone know if that right - breaks towards Lakey Peak - is surf-able?? Have seen it doing the most perfect, insanely long barrels that I could imagine -still it sits in my mind as though it was an illusion.. really wanted to charge it, no other person was keen to join me. On low tide LP looked like Bonzai Pipeline that particular day.
Yeh, it's the closeout section deep of Nungas.
Timmy turner and Travis Potter surfed it in one of their videos. looked like it always closed out, eventually.
I remember about 20 plus years ago seeing a home video of Simon McShane and i think Andy Cambell charging No mans getting big pits don't think many had surfed it before then.
Sure that was not far far away to the west groundswell???........apocalypso...
The Princes island - Vimeo
John Erye they were in that too but the vid im thinking of was earlier than second thoughts, although i forget the name of it.
Yeah mate thats right.....there was too its a beast of a wave.....
Thank Mezkal, we have decided on Lakey in the hope it will be more options and more swell. If we can get it at 6ft I'll be stoked!!!!
Anyone got any fresh feedback on these options?
I have a spare week in late August without the wife and kid
I imagine Lakey would be pretty full on crowd wise this time of year
Any feedback appreciated
Keen to know the above as well trying to plan a few weeks for the beginning of September but not sure if Lakey is a shit show with crowds .
Not been to West side yet, but went East last year ( Overland !! - faaaaaark 12+ hrs in van at night). Off season still had plenty of swell & mainly offshore. Plenty of takers even though peak season was a good way off. Lots of options with Cobbles & Pipe quite good & less crowded. Lakey broke at up to 3m, and was a serious challenge even for the locals ( I should've looked at Nungas / Hu'u that day ). Good luck & keep an eye on your money & gear ;-o.
Only been to lakeys once.
Crowded, lots of agro in the water, heaps of tension.
Ended with a massive punch on in Aman Gati
On state of origin night between knee borders from Wollongong and surfers from qld. Still easily the biggest, longest blue I’ve ever seen. Us Vic guys just stood back with our beers and watched the action.
Actually the peak was very quiet the next morning though! Wouldn’t go back, plenty of better spots imo
Spent the month of May at Lakey in 1990, 91 & 92. Great memories..........
Sneaking up to Periscopes in the dark on the right high tide mornings with just us out for the first hour or so............insane mid to late afternoon offshore wind switches at the peak and staying out till it was pitch black plenty of times due to the perfection. Uncrowded Nungas from 5 - 10 foot and a massive acid bender one night after a couple of Euro backpackers blew through and unloaded the best part of a whole sheet. Stayed at Antons (only about 4 options then) and you'd end up getting to know just about all the surfers there due to the lack of crowds back then.
The last trip in 92' it was getting busier (in relative terms) and haven't been back since. It was a surfing paradise.
periscopes is a good wave and not usually as crowded, surfed lakey 3 times and each time around 15 people in the water, the accom there is not so good, not sure about taking wife and kids there IMO