Published on March 10th, 2013 | by RB TeamPhoto by bonosurf.com | 2
Bono / Seven Ghosts
The tidal bore “Bono” (or “Seven Ghosts”, named after a surf movie about the bore), is a famous surf spot in Sumatra, Indonesia. The wave in the Kampar River can rise up to 10 feet and travel up to 50 kilometers — in theory you can ride this beast more than one hour.
- Teluk Meranti, Sumatra
- There is one flight per day from Kuala Lumpur to Pekanbaru (PKU) in Central Sumatra and then the Bus to Teluk Meranti (7hr drive). Alternatively fly to Singapore and take the ferry to Sekupang on Bantam Island (45min), then the speedboat from Sekupang to Tanjung Batu on Kundur Island (2hrs) then the daily speedboat from Tanjung Batu to Teluk Meranti (3-4 hrs). Good luck.
- Kampar River
- Pekanbaru (7hr drive)
- Latitude: 0.2636709
- Longitude: 102.7249146
How to Get There
- Bore riding happens 4-5 hrs per day between 9am and 4pm.
- 8-10ft face
- glassy walls
- barreling momentum for 10-15 minutes
- 50km rides possible
- current record is a 1h30min ride
- gentle rolling wave travelling at slow speeds between 5 km/h (when super shallow) and 20 km/h (in deep water) with 2-5 knots tidal currents behind it
- Sun: zero degrees latitude, bring barrels of sunscreen
- Malaria: take tablets if you need them
- Food is spicy but fairly safe
- Crocodiles mostly upriver
No flow data available for Seven Ghosts
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