Published on March 10th, 2013 | by RB Team

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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.

Spot Details


  • 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

Nearest City

  • Pekanbaru (7hr drive)

GPS Coords

  • Latitude: 0.2636709
  • Longitude: 102.7249146

How to Get There

Wave Details


  • 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

Current Conditions

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    FUS Crew surfing the tidal wave Bono in SumatraBono, Seven Ghosts, Sumatra

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Pekanbaru Weather

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It is forcast to be Thunderstorm at 7:00 PM WIB on December 18, 2017


It is forcast to be Thunderstorm at 7:00 PM WIB on December 19, 2017


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