Not for the faint of heart, Ombak Tujuh is one of West Java’s most notable big wave spots and is literally translated as Seven Wave. Known for its steep and shifting take off, Ombak Tujuh magnifies the swell by opening up with a giant slabby barrel section that pitches on a rock shelf and then turns into a long reeling wall. Know your limitations and if in doubt, don’t paddle out, this spot is purely for surfers that have experience in big waves. Hold downs can be long and arduous, even for big wave experts. Read on to make sure your next session here doesn’t end with a big injury, near death experience or worse.
Capable of holding legitimate 20-foot waves, the surf breaks over a protruding deep-water rock and coral shelf. This wave, unlike other world class spots in Indonesia, rises suddenly making for near airdrop take-offs. Located on the Western corner of the Ujung Genteng region, Ombak Tujuh is more than a bit of a swell magnet and can vary in shape and size depending on swell direction. Ideal conditions are 6-15 feet, swells from the Southwest with South Easterly winds. A ways off the beaten path, the surf can be accessed by a long unpaved road and paddle out through a washing machine of whitewater. Keeping this in mind, boat access is your best bet. Not recommended for surfers inexperienced in big wave spots.
Rock shelf reef break
Experienced – Hellman Kamikaze
Rock an coral reef
No crowds (which is the least of your worries, it is uncrowded for a reason)
Big waves, heavy waves, strong currents, hold downs, being dragged long distances underwater, rock and reef. You’re a long way from any hospitals.
Mid to high tide
Dead high tide
April – October
Lonesome – go hard or go home
The best way to access Ombak Tujuh is by boat and paddling in from the outside. This is partially due to the fact that the break is so remote. There is a channel, but depending on wave size and swell direction, the channel might be washed out.
Seven Wave Beach is a long stretch of white sand framed by tropical forest, tidepools, rock shelves, and a nearby waterfall. Because this area is objectively tough to access by land, you can expect there to be few crowds on the beach. A great place to explore when you’re not in the line-up.
Your best bet is staying at in the neighbouring area of Ujung Genteng at surf accommodations near Turtles surf break.
The neighbouring beach village of Pengumbahan is well known for sea turtle nesting. In the 80’s and 90’s, an Indonesian company harvested the eggs for consumption. Today, this is a common area for viewing turtle nests at night or volunteering for conservation.
Located on the western rim of a large stretch of rainforest, Ombak Tujuh is nearly due north of Ujung Genteng on a peninsula southwest of Sukabumi. Secluded from the rest of West Java’s more populated corners.
There is no official access to Ombak Tujuh by road, although you can access Seven Wave beach through the jungle by scooter. However, it is best to get there by boat.