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The often debated case of Nihiwatu is quite unique in Indonesia, since the deluxe resort claims exclusive use of “Occy’s Lefts” for the happy-few who can afford $236/454 per day staying in beautiful cottages with 8 surfers max. As founder Claude Graves puts it, it’s a way to avoid the usual surf-slum scenario and generate more benefits for the local communities with the help of the Sumba Foundation. Lefts work on any size, the bigger the better and get really fast and hollow at low tide. There are fat righthanders across the bay from Nihiwatu and there are Sunset style rights and lefts on the next point that can be accessed by boat or car in about 1 hour. There is also a right hand reef wave at the end of the beach that breaks on small days and is a half hour walk away.
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