Lagundri Bay Surf Spots

Lagundri Bay is home to one of the best right-hand point breaks on the planet and a number of other waves.

Also commonly referred to as Sorake Bay, Lagundri Bay is a deep horseshoe shaped bay on the southern coastline of Nias. The Point was first surfed in 1975 and word about it has spread around the globe ever since. Unlike some areas of Indonesia, Lagundri Bay is little affected by adverse winds, due to the hills and large coconut plantations that direct the winds offshore down into the bay with consistent surf year-round making it a highly prized spot to tick off your bucket list.

Indicators

The Point

Kiddies Corner

Lagundri Beach

WAVE INFO

What kind of wave is The Point?

The Point has long since reigned among the top 10 greatest waves in the world. Known as Nias, Lagundri or Saroke, The Point is a quick and easy paddle out to the line-up. Once outside you can expect a predictable take-off and long, clean, barrel rivalling perfection. The Point is known to break clean regardless of conditions and holds swell anywhere from waist high to double overhead plus. Expect heavy crowds, slight localism, and general tom-foolery in the lineup.

What kind of wave is Indicators?

Located just above the point at Lagundri Bay, Indicators is the point’s needy and gnarly cousin. Under the right conditions, Indicators can throw some of the thickest barrels in Nias let alone the world. Indicators breaks over a short section of sharp and shallow reef which fires hairpin barrels. On a high spring tide, under ideal conditions, Indicators can offer expert level barrels for those willing to take the risk. If you’re willing to test your limits and you can’t handle the crowd at The Point, Indicators might be the spot for you.

What kind of wave is Kiddies Corner?

Also known as The Inside, Kiddies Corner is the area of small surf on the inside of The Point at Lagundri Bay. It is a super fun section of reef protected from the open ocean providing some nice right hand runners for the local kids and beginners stepping up from the beachie on higher tides. At times there is also a small A-frame at the end of Kiddies Corner known as the Rice Bowl.

What kind of wave is Lagundri Beach?

On the very inside of the bay at Lagundri, approximately 15 minutes walk from The Point, is a super fun beach break perfect for beginner surfers on most days. While on the big days, it’s a great option for intermediate surfers looking to steer clear of The Point and instead surf perfect head high right-handers that peel down the beach into a small river mouth.
Wave type:
  • Indicators: Point Break

  • The Point: Point Break

  • Kiddies Corner: Reef Break

  • Lagundri Beach: Reef Break

Wave difficulty:
  • Indicators: Advanced

  • The Point: Intermediate

  • Kiddies Corner: Beginner

  • Lagundri Beach: Beginner

Wave direction:
  • Indicators: Right

  • The Point: Right

  • Kiddies Corner: Right

  • Lagundri Beach: Right

Wave bottom:
  • Indicators: Reef

  • The Point: Reef

  • Kiddies Corner: Reef

  • Lagundri Beach: Reef

Booties:

Indicators: Yes
The Point: Personal preference
Kiddies Corner: Personal preference
Lagundri Beach: No

Surfboard type:

Indicators: Step-up
The Point: Shortboard/step-up
Kiddies Corner: Shortboard
Lagundri Beach: Short or long

Crowd factor:
  • Indicators: Low Crowd

  • The Point: Crowded

  • Kiddies Corner: Crowded

  • Lagundri Beach: Low Crowd

Hazards:

Indicators: Deadly end section
The Point: Crowds
Kiddies Corner: Crowds
Lagundri Beach: None

Best swell direction:

Indicators: WSW
The Point: SSW
Kiddies Corner: SW
Lagundri Beach: SW

Best wind direction:

Indicators: N
The Point: N
Kiddies Corner: NNW
Lagundri Beach: N

What tide is best:

Indicators: High tide
The Point: All tides
Kiddies Corner: High tide
Lagundri Beach: High tide

Best tide movement:

Indicators: Incoming
The Point: Incoming
Kiddies Corner: Incoming
Lagundri Beach: Incoming

Wave consistency:

Indicators: Fickle
The Point: Consistent
Kiddies Corner: Consistent
Lagundri Beach: Consistent

Best time of year:

Indicators: March – October
The Point: March – October
Kiddies Corner: Year-round
Lagundri Beach: Year-round

Lineup vibe:

Indicators: Chargers
The Point: Competitive
Kiddies Corner: Competitive
Lagundri Beach: Cruisey

Other names for spot:

Indicators: None
The Point: Nias, Sorake
Kiddies Corner: Kiddieland
Lagundri Beach: Beachie

How do you get in and out of the surf at Indicators?

Between The Point and Indicators is a keyhole in the reef. From The Keyhole, Indicators is approximately a 250 metre paddle. Head far to the right and you’ll see Indicators peeling over the reef. Stick to the channel until you make it to the peak and keep your eye out for dry reef on the inside. If it’s your first time surfing Indicators, stick to the line-up for the first few waves and keep an eye on where and when other surfers are kicking out. It’s good to be conservative on your first session anywhere, but particularly so at Indicators. Don’t get caught on the inside.

How do you get in and out of the surf at The Point?

The Point put Nias on the map as one of the greatest waves in the world and potentially one of the easiest paddle outs too. Surfers paddle out through a small break in the reef called the keyhole located directly in front of Sorake Beach on the topside of The Point. A quick 1-2 minute paddle puts you at the peak with dry hair. While The Point is predictable, easily accessed, and by far one of the best waves globally, know your limitations and be prepared for thick, heavy, reeling barrels. If you’re caught in the impact zone instead of paddling through the oncoming sets you can head for the deep water of the channel and back out to the point. It is also reassuring to know that The Point breaks in deeper water and it is rare to touch the bottom even if you kook it over the falls. When you come in, catch a wave prone across the top of the reef to the step stone walk in front of KabuNohi.

How do you get in and out of the surf at Kiddies Corner?

You can enter and exit the lineup over the reef. Just take your time, watch it for a while and wait to paddle out in between sets steering well clear of other surfers.

How do you get in and out of the surf at Lagundri Beach?

Depending on the conditions and the sand, take some time to see what the waves are doing and then pick the best route to paddle out.

What is the beach like?

There is just a thin strip of beach lining Lagundri Bay with the most sand located in the deepest part of the bay at Lagundri Beach. These days the bay is busy with surfers and locals that make their living off surf tourism, however, if you want to escape the crowds you can venture off to neighbouring beaches which are much more secluded. However, the beaches in the south or Nias aren’t that pretty compared to most Indonesian beaches.

Where should I stay?

Along the point in Lagundri Bay, you’ll find it lined with local homestays and various other accommodation options. Be sure to book your accommodation in advance to ensure there’s a room waiting for you on arrival.

Nias Keyhole Surf Camp

Nias Keyhole Surf Camp is aptly named for the very reason that you have access to the keyhole right on your doorstep. Literally, the closest accommodation to get you out into the lineup through the keyhole at the point, Nias Keyhole Surf Camp is a budget-friendly guesthouse for an ultimate Nias adventure. Family owned and operated, they have six air-conditioned rooms each with a private bathroom and one large air-conditioned room with 2 bathrooms perfect for families or groups.

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Jamburae Lodge

Located beachfront down the end of the point with views over the surf in Lagundri Bay. Jamburae Lodge is a story building with private rooms in what you could say is an extra-large home. The perfect place to stay for surfers who are looking for a nice accommodation with prime views of The Point from a spacious second-story terrace. From the terrace, you can check the wave conditions or just relax and watch the surf for hours while sipping on a smoothie or beer. All in all Jamburae Lodge provides good food, helpful staff, and the local owner-operator Site is a great host too!

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KabuNohi Sorake

KabuNohi Sorake is the first upscale resort in Lagundri Bay and as far as accommodation goes it is as good as you can get. The resort stretches over 100m from the front gate on Sorake Road through to the ocean front with views over The Point and Kiddies Corner. Within the open space resort you will find a restaurant, beautiful bar, shared lounge and immaculate gardens. Choose from standard bungalows, deluxe bungalows or the KabuNohi Surf House during your stay. The main building has been built in an impressive traditional South Nias style where the open plan ground floor and local carved furniture is sure to impress and provide a super relaxed atmosphere. 

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Faq

How did the 2005 Nias–Simeulue earthquake affect the waves at Lagundri Bay?

While the earthquake actually improved The Point and increased the time spent in the barrel, on the opposite side of the bay, a left-hander called The Machine now rarely breaks, requiring a very high tide and large swells.

Who was the first to surf at Lagundri Bay?

The Point was discovered in 1975 by travelling Australian surfers Kevin Lovett and John Giesel. Accompanying them were Peter Troy and Wendy Adcock of Australia, New Zealander Michael Day and Australian Patrick Waite. Lovett and Giesel, aged 20 and 22 at the time, were travelling through south-east Asia, living rough and pursuing the surfer’s dream of perfect uncrowded surf. They were drawn to Nias by a map they saw in a chieftain’s house in North Sumatra. On their final sea leg to the island they found legendary surf traveller Peter Troy and his partner Wendy Adcock. Michael Day, 25, a former surfer, and Patrick Waite were travelling in Indonesia and just happened to arrive at the time of the discovery.

On the island and after traveling 15 km through the jungle they finally reached the bay and were greeted by, as Lovett put it, “Relentless sets of smokin’ 6-to-8 foot almond-eyed waves”. Those who surfed it for the first time were Kevin Lovett, John Giesel and Peter Troy. Michael Day, who swam in the break, could speak Indonesian and, at the request of Lovett and Giesel, asked a local to build a shack for them, and he agreed. That was the beginning of the surf village now there. Lovett and Giesel lived there for 3 months surfing it alone.

What else is there to do in the area other than surfing?

Nias has an old and colourful history (head hunting and slave trade was renowned in Nias not so long ago either). The south of Nias was known for hard warriors and dominating kings from the hilltop villages. The unique architecture of these villages can be still seen today. Guided tours of Botohili and Bawomataluo villages are available and provide you the opportunity to meet and trade with the locals while learning more about the very unique culture of the Nias locals.

  • Botohili Village is within walking distance with two traditional villages.
  • Hiliametaniha Village is a 40 minute walk down the point along Lagundri Beach and up the hill. Hiliametaniha Village is still very traditional and provides a great view over Lagundri Bay up to Sobatu Bay.
  • Bawomataluo Village is where the king/chiefs house can be found which is said to be over 200 years old and thought to be both the oldest and the largest on Nias. Bawomataluo Village is renowned for its cultural displays of war dancing and the famous stone jumping sport and sun hill sunset.

Traditional Markets can be found a 30 minute drive from Sorake in the village of Amadaya. Every Thursday there is a traditional roadside market here that is very busy. Produce from the surrounding mountain villages is spread along the side of the main road and sellers and buyers bargain for goods. Here you can get a great perspective of Nias village life and the Nias people.

What else
do I need
to Know?

The main surf season for Lagundri Bay is during the dry season, generally April to October. You’ll find a crowded line-up most of the season and truly thick crowds whenever a swell is forecasted. The local surfers rip, so be prepared for localism in the line-up and surprisingly, sometimes you’ll find very little surf etiquette in the line-up unfortunately. Localism out of the water can also be present with the likes of local photographers showing a little hostility towards outsiders capturing footage of the surf when it’s on. Best to try the off-season to avoid big crowds or venture a little further to the Hinako Islands to score empty lineups.

Location

Where is Lagundri Bay?

Lagundri Bay is located on the southern coastline of the island of Nias. Nias sits to the south of Simeulue Island and to the north of the Telos Islands off the western coastline of North Sumatra.

How to get to Lagundri Bay?

If you’re determined to score one of the most perfect waves on the planet, then the gateway to Nias Island is Medan in Sumatra. Here, flights run daily to and from Nias…seriously don’t bother with the slow ferry option. If you are coming from Bali your trip will look like this.

Step 1 
Fly from Bali to Jakarta, Java (1 hour 55 minutes)
Step 2 
Fly from Jakarta to Medan, Sumatra (2 hours 20 minutes)
Step 3   
Fly from Medan to Binaka Airport, Nias (50 minutes)
Step 4 
Drive from Binaka to Lagundri Bay, Nias (2.5 – 3.5 hours)