The Maldivian government has terminated a contract to develop the military owned island of Thanburudhoo near Male’ as a boutique surf resort.
The reality is rather different. Since 2001 Nihiwatu (Sumba Island, Indo) has in fact been the site of a luxury resort, where these days a room for the night will cost you $900 USD — a price which includes food but not non-alcoholic drinks, nor the 21% government tax and service charge, nor your reservation for one of the day’s ten available “surf slots”. If you’re not staying at the resort and have not paid for a “surf slot”, you can’t surf the break; if you try to, you will be kindly asked to leave, possibly by a local wielding a machete.
We checked the prices for the most commum surf destinations in Indonesia based in a 12 days trip. Here goes what we found out:
We just had the swell forecast updated today, there are 3 Southwest swell coming to Indonesia. In the next 10 days we will have 3 opportunities to score waves like this at Padang-padang, Bali. This photo was taken during the Rip Curl Cup that takes place every year at Padang, the Balinese Pipeline as it is known. Are you joint us for a photo sesh next swell?
There are few countries left undiscovered when it comes to surfing. Now, North Korea is opening its doors for the first time for foreigners to ride their empty waves.
Amy Lambert, editor of the Mellow Waves blog, shares some tips on finding waves to suit your ability level when you go abroad.
Last April month, Casa de Mar Hotel closed the public beach access road to the El Sunzal surf spot. Sunzal is known for it’s great surf. The community of Sunzal includes a handful of small hostels that provide budget accommodations for travelers. The hostels, as well as local fisherman, oyster divers, surfers, and the community as a whole use the public beach access.
There is nothing more enticing than forbidden fruit, and propelled by this curiosity we spent a few hours navigating Google Earth in search of North Korean gold. As each new pixel loaded, we grew progressively more excited.
Southeast Asia seems like a rite of passage destination for most twenty-somethings these days, whether it be on a pre or post Uni gap year travel around Indo China, or for an extended break to Thailand. The amazing weather, top class nightlife and incredible value for money once you’re there are the key draws, but it’s also a ripe destination for a surf trip.
The most memorable sessions are usually not scored at home with 200 of your best friends, but rather off the beaten path far away in unfamiliar territory. In order to experience this bliss, one is usually forced to fork over some doe, and lots of it. Scoring the ultimate wave can cost a pretty penny. Well, not always. The good news is, if you dig deep enough and research, reaching that unfamiliar territory might be cheaper than you think. We broke down the Top 10 cheapest surf travel destinations outside the U.S. and Australia so you can score even if you’re poor.