Indonesia :: Tip to Tip
Indonesia is a bottomless wave jar that just keeps on giving. With countless premium waves scattered across its 17,000 islands – most of them lined by palm trees, fanned by offshores and warmed by equatorial waters – it is an archipelago that rewards return visits if not dual citizenship. A two-week boat charter through the wave-rich wave gardens off North Sumatra is still considered the ultimate surf trip. Between them the Mentawai, Telos and Banyak islands offer 60 shades of perfection. There are waves out there so good they could reshape your DNA. The same could be said of a classic day at G-land, Desert Point, Supersuck and Lagundri Bay and a bunch of others. Even studying line up photos of Indo's best waves can work away at your subconscious. It can trigger daydreams, disrupt work, illicit incantations or inspire sudden changes of plan. And while many of its remotest corners have been opened up and become not just easy but luxurious for the cashed up traveller there is plenty of room for dirt-bag adventures. If you're game you can go tip to tip – Aceh to Papua – with nothing but a single fin, a motorbike, a couple of hundred bucks and bottle of Betadine. Independent travel is clearly harder but perhaps more rewarding and culturally enriching. With more time and less money, you're more likely to get to know Indonesia. To climb its volcanoes, dive on its reefs, see its wildlife and get to know its many disparate peoples (there's a billion of them). With a bit of luck and some effort you might even find your own wave.
GREENBUSH BEGGING YOU TO SEE JUST HOW DEEP YOU CAN RIDE. PHOTO: BEN BUGDEN