West Java Surfing

About West Java

Aside from a few notable exceptions, it seems that most of the Sumatran and Javan coastline is devoid of the world class spots, found on the small offshore islands. These coastlines are open to the same SW swells, but much of the Sumatran mainland is sheltered by offshore islands, while Java consists principally of a dangerous, black-sand shorebreak, where few reefs have managed to form. However, the western end of Java does have excellent mainland surf, even though the areas' world class waves are to be found on Panaitan Island.


  • Good consistency

  • World class Panaitan

  • Variety of waves

  • Cheap


  • Crowded Cimaja

  • Sea Urchins

  • Hard access to some spots

  • Pollution, disease and malaria

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