Calling out all Surfer Dudes! Roof Edge awaits… in Indo!
By Dian Hasan | September 5, 2009
Any 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.