Telo Island Surf Spots
Below is the main waves we surf within less than an hour boat ride.
What should you expect wave wise?
If you are expecting the Telos to be like the Mentawais or G-land and seeking big stand up barrels you will be disappointed, although it can get very good and we do have some world class barrels these waves are generally fickle and need rare big swells to turn on.
The waves in the telos are generally more suited to more intermediate level surfers, i guess you could call it the old mans mentawais, waves tend to be more approachable than many areas in Indonesia, less life or death and more fun and rippable generally in the shoulder to head high size (see pics below), with the odd bigger days.
Directly in front of the Telo island surf house, is the telo's most consistent left.
A long wrapping left suited to all level of surfers from cruisers to rippers, the wave has everything long walls, fast sections, hollow sections, and plenty of shoulders to carve, breaks on all tides from 1ft to 8ft.
Having this on our door step is a true blessing especially under southerly wind patterns, and some days there is no need to surf anywhere else.
About 15-20 minutes walk along the beach to the other side of the Island or a short boat ride away is the boot, named after the rock Island near the wave.
A bowly right hand reef, that receives a similar amount of swell to the left but works in the opposite wind direction.(best surfed at head high or bigger)
As long as there is swell most days either the left or right is offshore and breaking.
One of the most consistent waves in the region, lines up in a shifty peak followed by a variety of sections suitable for carving.
Although far from world class, it can still be a lot of fun with an amazing backdrop.
A fun right that peaks up outside on a reef ledge before peeling down the side of an island covered in coconut palms, this is a wave suited to all levels of surfers, rarely barrels but a high performance wave well suited to top to bottom style surfing.
Although not the longest wave or the most consistent, this is one of the higher quality waves in the Telos, a world class wave and a perfect barrel from start to finish.
Suits most surfers when smaller, but only for more advanced surfers when solid.
A fairly consistent wave, that lines up in a peak breaking through to a flat safe reef.
Most days it's a pretty mellow wave, almost like a beach break over reef, but like this photo shows on it's day it can barrel from take off to pull out.
On a solid swell offers long rights with long walls and barrel sections.
Best when bigger and can hold any swell the ocean throws at it, although it is very exposed to any wind.
Another wave that can be a little fickle needing a certain set of conditions to turn on but when it's day does come this is super fun wave, super sucky and a very very fast little wave, only negative is over head high it becomes an unridable tsunami like surge of whitewater.
Mouse traps is a swell magnet, kind of like a mini sunset, a swinging peak, fat shoulders to carve and mousetrap like inside bowls.
Located near Slappers we often anchor between the two waves and let guest choose the wave they want to surf.
The go to spot when everywhere is tiny or near flat, a reef pass with a mellow peeling left on one side of the channel and a fun sucky right on the other.
A world class very hollow and shallow left, that needs a solid swell to break.
One of the heaviest and shallowest waves in the region so a wave only suited to experienced tube riders.
Currently boat trips to waves, town or fishing is charged as needed, we always try to get the best waves possible but if you just want to surf the left out front or right 20 minutes walk away that is also fine.
Our currently boat prices range from Rp350,00 to Rp 1,500,000 (about USD $25 to $106)
Average price about Rp600,00 (about $43 USD to Rp1,000,000
Price is charged per boat load return, divided between guest.
Once a semi secret now it's fairly well known.
This is mostly a left reef break with the odd short right, it breaks similar to a sucky shifty peaky beach break.
The main wave a left lines up in a nice A frame peak where on a good one you can get barrelled, while most waves provided a quick section for a turn or carve, if your lucky it might then run into another section on the inside.
This is a fairly consistent wave and a regular go to spot.
Another right also peels off nearby and can be tempting, but in all honesty is rarely worth surfing.
Another left reef, this one is a little more fickle needing a solid swell to break and doesn't always line up, often running off too fast or sectioning, but when all the conditions come together it can be a high quality wave with plenty of barrels.
Suits most surfers up to head high, but for better surfers once its starts getting bigger and hollower.
Depth Chargers (DC's)
This is another very fickle rare wave and only suited to the most experienced surfer, but when on this would rate as the best wave in the Telos and arguably one of the best rights in Indonesia.
This wave is a full to the floor barrel comparable to the office section of HT's in the Mentawais, solid hollow barrels breaking over a shallow reef, a serious world class wave for serious tube riders.
But as we said it is fickle and if you score it on consider yourself very lucky.
There is also about half a dozen spots that can be worth a paddle on their day ranging from novelty waves to dry reef slabs to kinda waves, we rarely surf these waves, but every once in a while they can be worth a paddle, but generally speaking when they are decent other spots are much better.
-Razzor backs: Slabby hollow lefts over an uneven shallow reef but really need to pick them most don't line up
-Blue moon bay: Quality split peak left-right reef that only breaks on the biggest swells of the year.
-Island rights and lefts: fairly average rights and lefts.
-Kadang Kadang: Very short novelty little left.
-The golden pig: Series of fickle sucky rights but really need to pick them as most run of to fast or close out.
Please note this is the current waves we surf, but as time goes on and we upgrade our boats we will access a number of other waves further afield such as Wegs, Jurasics, Mini Trestles, Mystics and a few lesser know waves. (most needing very solid to big swells to break)