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Calling out all Surfer Dudes! Roof Edge awaits… in Indo!

September 5, 2009

By Dian Hasan | September 5, 2009

Ujung Genteng-photo ida-brian california dude readying to ride some waves-www.travellermadness.tripod.comAny die-hard surfer will tell you that INDO (that’s surf speak when referring to Indonesia’s surfing haven) is blessed with some of the best surfing and most consistent year-round waves on the planet.

For the novice, you’re thinking Bali, right? Well, that’s partially correct, and it’s just a tip of the iceberg. They’re probably thinking Ujung Genteng, and many others.
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And while Bali does have its surfing culture, it is not the dream destination for extreme surfers (simply because of the length they go to find the best surfing spots), Bali is “acceptable” up to intermediate level. Ujung Genteng, G-Land, Leakey Point, Lagundri Bay, and Mentawai, are just some of the top dream destinations. They must all sound greek to any non-surfer. And the latter two, Nias and Mentawai in Sumatra, are considered to have the most consistent waves. Whereas Java has Ujung Genteng in the West, and G-Land in the East.

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Great swells await! Ujung Genteng, West Java

Great swells await! Ujung Genteng, West Java

Pangumbahan Beach, Ujung Genteng, West Java

Pangumbahan Beach, where sea turtles lay their eggs. Ujung Genteng, West Java

Ujung Genteng is about 4 hours south of Jakarta, via Pelabuhan Ratu, West Java and little towns of Surade and Jampang Kulon. Named after the the shape of the cove, like the edge of a roof, hence Ujung Genteng in Indonesian. After Pelabuhan Ratu the drive is along the coast, passing beautiful beaches, and countryside dotted with rice fields and tea plantations. For the best views of the rolling tea plantations, make a stop at Loji.
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Ujung Genteng is a gem of nature tucked away in a corner in West Java. Well-known for its surf, and its Giant Sea Turtles that lay eggs on Pangumbahan Beach.
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Miles of unspoilt beaches. Ujung Genteng, West Java

Miles of unspoilt beaches. Ujung Genteng, West Java

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Just before entering Ujung Genteng, you’ll pass Cikaso, which has an interesting waterfall. Ujung Genteng has been on the international surfing radar for many years, attracting surfers as far as California and Brazil.

There is a choice of surfing areas in Ujung Genteng: Turtles, Ombak Tujuh (Seven Waves), and Mama’s.

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Turtles, Ujung Genteng, West Java.

Turtles is the most common surf spot in the area, as it doesn’t need much swell to be surfable. Turtles is a punchy barrelling left hander that can be surfed at all tides.

All surfers unite, in the name of wave-riding! Ombak Tujuh (Seven Waves), Ujung Genteng, West Java.

All surfers unite, in the name of wave-riding! Ombak Tujuh (Seven Waves), Ujung Genteng, West Java.

Ombak Tujuh is an exposed reef and point break that has consistent surf. May thru October (Dry Season) is the favored time of year for waves. Ideal winds are from the East. Groundswells are more frequent then windswells, and the ideal swell angle is from the Southwest. The waves are point breaks that peel left. Crowded at times, submerged rocks can be hazardous. Ombak Tujuh picks up almost as much swell as anywhere in Indonesia and really starts to do its thing once it hits 6 feet and regularly gets much bigger than this. There are a few other waves around the bay of Ombak Tujuh for those with a keen sense of adventure.

Accommodations: not much in terms of range, mostly small Inns and Surf Lodge/Camp types. Among them: Batu Besar Losmen (Batu Besar Inn), Mama’s Cottages.
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8 Comments leave one →
  1. iwalktheworld permalink
    September 7, 2009 6:40 am

    great blog… makes me wanna grab a board and go…. wait! I’m in Bali…. so I will. 🙂

    • uniquetraveldestinations permalink*
      September 7, 2009 6:43 am

      GEWELDIG!! Doe ‘t dann!! Glad u like it! Stay in touch. BTW, can I repost some of your interesting travel blog posts? Your pics of Broome, OZ are AMAZING!!! tot ziens! ciao, dian

    • uniquetraveldestinations permalink*
      September 7, 2009 6:50 am

      Stupid Q: your blog is entitled “I Walk the World”, do you actually travel on foot? Or it’s just a metaphor? ‘t spijt me for such a ridiculous vragen, I’m curious. Thx. ciao, d

  2. November 3, 2009 2:25 am

    hi …

    • uniquetraveldestinations permalink*
      November 10, 2009 6:11 pm

      Hi Blackgerry tour d’java, good to find c u in the blogosphere. Pls tell me ttg yg Anda tulis di blog. Sy tidak ktemu gbr2 in ur blog. Memang Anda fokus ttg Ujung Genteng, Sukabumi area, etc? Let’s stay connected! ciao, dian

  3. rakaboy permalink
    July 16, 2010 7:10 am

    @uniquetraveldestinations, terima kasih anda masih berkenan sharing beauty of UJUNG GENTENG kepada DUNIA….

    BR 🙂

    • uniquetraveldestinations permalink*
      July 19, 2010 1:54 am

      Hi Raka, Anda sendiri surfer jg? Do you have a blog? Saya memang sangat terdorong utk menggali lbh jauh semua unique travel destinations across the mighty Indonesian Archipelago. Yg ironis (well, it’s actually a positive problem), yg lbh banyak tahu (dan mengapresiasi) keindahan Indo, terutama yg related to surfing, diving, kayaking, kitesurfing… other eco- and adventure- travel, lbh banyak org asing yg tahu. Pls stay in touch. ciao, dian (san diego)

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