NIAS, PERFECTION & CONCISTENCY.
The Point at Lagundri bay is undoubtedly a world-class wave for surfing with many other world class waves in the vicinity, namely the famous left-hander on Asu Island and the notorious right-hander at Bawa Island. These excludes numerous of other waves in the further south (Batu-Batu Islands, also known as Telos).
With our long involvement since the early 90s and Nias surfing history, Boraspati plays the biggest role as a travel company, easing surf trips to Nias to stay at the local homestays (losmen). We offer a range of losmen variety, from the ones having the main break as a front yard, to the ones at the end of the bay, a nice quiet hideaway.
Nias used to carry a reputation as an off-the-beaten-track destination, and was only for dedicated & adventurous travellers.
For over 20 years, Boraspati has been making trips to Nias much easier, not to mention the improvements on infrastructures by the Tsunami Relief Program in 2005 onwards.
The main gateway to Nias Island is Medan, a modern bustling capital of North Sumatra, also Indonesia’s third biggest city. The new Kualanamu International Airport of Medan (KNO) connects directly with Kuala Kumpur (KUL), Singapore (SIN), Bangkok (DMK), Penang (PEN) and Jakarta (CGK) as well as Padang (PDG).
Medan to Gunungsitoli (capital of Nias) are linked daily by 6-7 flights by Garuda Indonesia and Wings Air (Lion Group). The best way to get to Nias is flying, but it is also an option to go by boat from Sibolga (a town the western coast of North Sumatra), especially for those travelling with longboards or SUP as planes are unable to take boards more than 195 cm. The boat leaves at 7PM from both Sibolga - Gunungsitoli on Monday to Saturday.
The perfect right-hander, "The Point", at Lagundri Bay on the island of Nias was the first world-class wave discovered in the Sumatra.
It breaks perfectly from 2 to 15 feet, and it peaks in April to November. Nias receives similar swell to Mentawais, and despite Indonesia's reputation for hollow lefts, in North Sumatra right handers are slightly more prevalent. The other option to surf is the inside section (known as Kiddie's Corner), Indicator, Sobatu, Walohiu, Machine and Rock Star at Hilisataro.
Access to The Point is easy, thanks to a break in the reef called "The Keyhole" that will spare you getting over the sand bar no matter how big the obstacle is. The reef itself is not dangerous compared to other surfing spots in Indonesia. The paddle-out through the keyhole allows you to catch your first wave with your hair dry.
It is recorded that it was first surfed in 1975 by 3 wandering surfers, Peter Troy, Kevin Lovett and John Giesel. For over 40 years, The Point has been a compulsory break for travelling surfer from all over the world. It is an all condition of tides, winds and times kind of wave!
The massive 2005 earthquake tipped the island, lifting reefs in the south with some waves improving and others disappearing. The Point has got even hollower over the lifted reefs. With predictable take-off point and a flawless almond shaped barrels peeling with precision at the perfect speed for up to 10 seconds, the reef is well covered, even though the recent up-thrust has made it barrel harder from waist-high up to double overhead and beyond. With the light seaward current from the channel deposits you nicely back at the peak, ironing out any shoulder bumps on the way, what else do we expect?