Feel like your local shifty beachbreak closeouts are holding your surfing back? If only the ocean would just throw you some wall to let loose on… Well, here’s an idea. Take a surf trip to one of the world’s longest waves and finally unlock your true wave riding potential! Here are some options you may want to consider:
Only recently discovered by the international tidal river surfing community, the Bono Tidal Bore by the estuary of the Kampar River in the Riau Province is drawing surfing communities from around the world to this amazing Indonesian pororoca.
One of the world’s best kept secrets, it seems, is the amazing Bono, the huge roaring tidal waves that rush in more than 60 km up the wide Kampar river in the district of Palalawan in the province of Riau on Sumatra.
In the festival, the committee held a surfing competition for professionals and amateurs. Some local surfers from Bali who certainly participated, among others, Marlon Gerber, Varun Tanjung, and Pepen Hendrik.
Surfer Steve King braved a river full of crocodiles to set a new world record by riding a wave for 12.8 miles in Sumatra, Indonesia.
It was only 1 year ago I returned from my first visit to Teluk Meranti where, together with few friends, I went to Surf the Bono, a tidal bore wave on the Kampar river in Sumatra. This was a trip that I started to plan on the day I first watched the Rip Curl video on the web showcasing this unbelievable wave somewhere in Indonesia. A quick internet search brought me to the web site of “Bono Surf”, a company that was already promoting trips to surf the Bono.
Yes it’s SUPing but we just thought this wave provided a good mind surfing opportunity if you’ve had a surfless week. “Riding the Bono, river bore tidal wave, on Kampar River, Sumatra. This is the last section before Teluk Meranti call also Local Right. Good size wave on big tide. Riders Giancarlo”Jankie” Avancini & Tony Copley.”
Michael Barber uploaded this clip of a recent trip which saw him return to the Bono as seen in last years Rip Curl expedition. A trip he did with his dad and Eddie Wearne from Shednine surf shop to Krui in South Sumatra and the Bono River.