IndonesiaDestinations.Com – Challenging River Surfing in Kampar River – Deep in the Sumatra Island, surfing has been the most interesting water activity attracting many tourists. Not in the ocean but in the river. Yes, river surfing has made so many people fall in love with this beautiful river known as Kampar River located in Riau, Indonesia. Many years ago, the Bono waves, the name for dangerous waves in this river was known to be scary and made so many ships sunk while killed many people at those times. In fact, the locals believe there are seven ghosts that make the waves and hurt people. But now, this is nothing but something that rather attracts more tourists to come and surf in this charming river.
Intriguing Bono Waves
There is actually scientific explanation behind the Bono waves. Kampar River is rather unique as it becomes meeting point of South China Sea’s stream and Kampar River’s stream and also the Melaka Strait’s stream. This makes the stream high, huge and strong. At some point, the wave reaches 6 meters high accompanied with strong rumble sound which makes it even scarier. Actually, this phenomenon also happens in another part of the world, Pororoca to be particular in the Amazon River. With this height, the waves definitely have something surfers look for.
How To Reach Kampar River
Kampar River is in Sumatra, the big island in the west of Indonesia. To reach it, surfers need to first reach Pekanbaru city via planes or bus from main cities in Java. Some international flights are also available from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur for instance. Then, from Pekanbaru, the journey continues by taking car or bus to Teluk Meranti village. It takes around 6 to 7 hours drive. Along the way, the scenery is beautiful. However, the weather can be quite hot and humid.
Best Time for Surfing
Just like most rivers in Indonesia, the water debit is higher during rainy season. Therefore, to be able to enjoy the peak waves, rainy season is recommended. This means the best river surfing g time is from November to February. Lots of tourists coming all the way within these months to get the chance riding the challenging Bono waves. Since the waves are considered dangerous, only professional surfers are allowed to surf not the beginners because surfing in Kampar River definitely needs some skill. The surfers also have to face the muddy water which makes the boards become heavier than when surfing in the ocean. At some point, it can cause trouble.
Characteristics of Kampar River
Read this information about detailed characteristics of Kampar River to get you ready to river surfing in this river. The wave height is around 4 to 6 meters of 8 to 10 feet with glassy walls and 10-15 minutes of barreling momentum. According to the record, the longest wave recorded is 90 minutes ride with 50 km rides possibility. Meanwhile, the gentle rolling wave travels rather slowly at around 5km/hour. The danger around the river may include Malaria so you need to take tablet, a lot of sun and crocodiles at upriver.