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Bonosurf launch tidal bore surfcamp in Sumatra

Bono © Antony 'Yep' Colas


Surf Travel

Bono ranks among the top three tidal bores in the world

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 16 May, 2011 : - - In a country blessed and known for some of the best waves on the planet, there remained a hidden treasure. As perfect blue waves peeled onto the shores of Bali, Java, Nias, the Mentawais and all those other dream spots of Indonesia, another sort of wave has been secretly ridden by locals on their canoes for more than 70 years.

And what a wave this is: deep in the jungle of Sumatra, 80km away from the sea, the Bono as it is called by the local inhabitants of the river Kampar, meanders his way along the riverbank for up to 50km. This wave is not a typical wave; it is a tidal bore, as it is only found in few rivers around the world.

The now discovered Indonesian Bono ranks among the top three tidal bores in the world. But whereas it requires a proper expedition to surf the Pororoca in the Amazon, the Bono is easily accessible by land or sea either via Pekanbaru (short flight from Kuala Lumpur) or via Singapore. And whereas the Qiantang Silver Dragon tidal bore is breaking in one of the most heavily industrialized areas of China with legally restricted access to surfers, the Bono is situated along one of the last remaining peat swamp forests in Indonesia.

The surfing potential of the Bono was first discovered by World Stormrider Guide mastermind Antony Colas together with a group of French bore riders in September 2010. After realizing he only hit a smaller version of the Bono (due to unequal diurnal tides), Antony came back in December 2010 with another group of friends to witness the Big Bono with wave faces of more then 3m and waves breaking for a total distance of 50km. Back then, the whole surfing arena was mapped out using Garmont GPS devices for future expeditions.


Bono © Antony 'Yep' Colas


Then, in March 2011, a team of international surf professionals among them legendary Tom Curren and Billabong Pro Tahiti winner Bruno Santos hit the Bono in all its glory with massive waves, including the first ever tube rides recorded on tidal bores.

With this press release, Bonosurf announces the establishment of a tour operation to experience and surf the great natural phenomenon of the Bono. Starting its operation with the beginning of the next tidal bore period (end of August 2011), any surfer that wants to experience the longest rides ever can now book what is possibly the trip of a lifetime.

 Guests are welcomed in the friendly village of Teluk Meranti, situated along the Kampar river bank. Bonosurf works together with local hotels and restaurant to provide a full all-inclusive package that includes boat rental with fuel and trained pilots, accommodation, food & drinks, daily briefings and the necessary local permits.

Bonosurf uses special boats to position the surfers in front of the wave and to pick up the surfers once they fall, miss a wave or let the wave fade out due to muscle fatigue! Depending on the moon phase and tidal ranges, Bonosurf offers up to 6 consecutive days of surfing, with possible riding times around 2 hours per day. In any case, you can expect the longest waves of your life!

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