Nias and Hinako Islands Surfing

About Nias and Hinako Islands

The perfect righthander at Lagundri Bay on the island of Nias was the first world class wave discovered in the Sumatra region. Nias was first surfed in 1975, by Aussie surf pioneers Peter Troy, Kevin Lovett and John Giesel. They put up with swarms of malarial mosquitoes and the most primitive of living conditions to ride absolute perfection in the jungle. More recently discoveries have been made on a group of little islands called the Hinako's. The two excellent, big wave spots are super consistent and have reduced crowd pressure in Lagundri. These days, it's much easier to get to Nias Island, but it still retains a feeling of being at the edge of the world. The perfect righthander at Lagundri Bay on the island of Nias was the first world class wave discovered in the Sumatra region. Nias was first surfed in 1975, by Aussie surf pioneers Peter Troy, Kevin Lovett and John Giesel. They put up with swarms of malarial mosquitoes and the most primitive of living conditions to ride absolute perfection in the jungle. More recently discoveries have been made on a group of little islands called the Hinako's. The two excellent, big wave spots are super consistent and have reduced crowd pressure in Lagundri. These days, it's much easier to get to Nias Island, but it still retains a feeling of being at the edge of the world. The perfect righthander at Lagundri Bay on the island of Nias was the first world class wave discovered in the Sumatra region. Nias was first surfed in 1975, by Aussie surf pioneers Peter Troy, Kevin Lovett and John Giesel. They put up with swarms of malarial mosquitoes and the most primitive of living conditions to ride absolute perfection in the jungle. More recently discoveries have been made on a group of little islands called the Hinako's. The two excellent, big wave spots are super consistent and have reduced crowd pressure in Lagundri. These days, it's much easier to get to Nias Island, but it still retains a feeling of being at the edge of the world.

Pros

  • World class rights

  • Calm winds

  • Off the beaten track

  • Dirt cheap costs

Cons

  • Long, hard access

  • Malaria

  • Crowds

  • Suffocating heat and heavy rain

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