The Waves

Following is a breakdown on a few of the more well-known breaks in the area. There are other breaks for those who want to try something different or new based on prevailing conditions. The beauty of the zone is that given some swell there is generally a spot or two for most any wind direction.


Nemberala Left is the main break fronting the resort and the premier wave in this region of Indonesia. The break is also known as T-Land by some given its similarities to the famous wave on Java, G-Land. Nemberala is definitely a softer and more “user friendly” wave than its namesake. The point like reef is approximately 400 yards long and broken into four separate take off zones; from top to bottom: The Point, The Steeple, Magic Mountain and Inner-tubes. Nemberala is a “wave magnet” and takes the predominant trade wind as off-shore. This wave can also be very good early and late season when the winds are light and variable in nature. The reef is non-threatening and the wave is not tide dependent, often better at low tide then high.

The Bommie

The Bommie is a section of reef on the north side of the large Nemberala channel. Although the Bommie is a Right/Left peak, the left is seldom surfed as it is not as organized as the right which ends in a deep water channel. The Bommie is a – lower the tide, the better the wave.


Suckies, or Sucky Mamas is 10 minute boat ride north of Nemberala. It gets its name from the village on the beach with a similar sounding name. Suckies is an often hollow right hander, but on a higher tide it can be a fatter, steep wave. Suckies is a shorter wave of approximately 50 yards and is best at mid tide. Suckies will take the standard SE trade wind as off or side-off shore.


Boa is typically accessed by 15 minute boat transfer, but can also be accessed by overland transfer. This is a heavier more advanced wave best at mid tide. The wave starts with a steep hollow top section which opens up to a thick down the line wall. Boa can handle a light trade or south wind, but is typically best with light winds, very early morning, or during the shoulder and off season months.


Right hander off a nearby island of the same name. This is a fickle wave typically best during the offseason or shoulder season months as the s trade blows on-shore. The reef is shallow and sharp.

Other Waves

Yes, there are other waves – rights and lefts. Spend a little extra time and sample a few. Sometimes you just have to paddle out to see if it is any good.

Seasons & Weather

Rote, Nemberala, and the surrounding Islands pick-up all the South and South West swells tracking across Antarctica moving from below South Africa towards South Australia; same as the rest of Indonesia. Although there can be swell year round the season is typically thought of as March to November with the largest swells May through September/October. The wind pattern typically will see light and variable wind conditions early and late season, with firm and consistent ESE trades blowing June through Aug/Sept. June through August is the coolest period when water temperatures could drop into the upper 70’s. Air temps will generally stay in the low to mid 80’s year round. For those who get cold easily we suggest a very light wetsuit top to cut the morning and evening off shore breeze. Early and late season water and air temps will increase along with humidity.

Surfboard Rental

Given the ever increasing cost to travel internationally with surfboards many guests are now opting to utilize our rental quiver of over 30 boards of all shapes and sizes: Fish, short, hybrid, guns and longboards are available.

Rental rate is $20 per day; $200 if you break or buckle it. You pay for small ding repair. You can swap out boards every day or even throughout the course of the day as you desire based on what is available. If you want to put something on hold prior to your arrival that is not a problem.

Foam Boards

Length Width Thick Tail Fin Type Model Make
6’2 21 2 7/8 swallow twin fish Wavetools
6’2 21 2 7/8 swallow tri fish Wavetools
6’2 18 1/2 2 1/4 square tri MG Aloha
6’2" batwing quad custom Rusty
6’2" 19" 2.3" Round Quad Custom Rusty
6’2" 18.5" 2.28" Round Quad Traveler Rusty
6’4" 18.85" 2.3" Round Quad Custom Rusty
6’4" 18.5" 2.28" Round Quad Traveler Rusty
6’5" 18.75" 2 3/8" Square Tri Custom Kaysen
6’6" 19" 2.5" Square Tri Custom Channel Islands
6’6" 20 1/4" 2.5" Swallow Tri/Quad Stryker Aloha
6’6" 18.8” 2.3" Round Quad Custom Rusty
6’6" 18.5” 2.3" Round Quad Traveler Rusty
6’6" 19.25” 2.5" Square Tri Dominator Firewire
6’7" 18.25” 2 3/8" Square Tri Custom Watercooled
6’8" 18.85 2.45" Round Tri Custom Rusty
6’10" 18.85 2.45" Round Tri Custom Rusty
6’10" 19.85 2.3" Round Tri Custom Rusty
6’10" 22" 3" Swallow Tri Piranha Rusty
6’10" 13.75" 2.5" Swallow Tri Mini-Mal Sharp Eye
6’10" 19 1/8" 2 5/8" Round Tri Custom Bob Comstock
7'0" 21 1/4" 2 3/4" Square Tri Custom Peter Benjamin
8'2" 21 1/4" 2 3/4" Square Tri Custom Denis Pang

Surftech Boards

Length Width Thick Tail Fin Type Model Make
6’11" 20.25 2.68" Square Tri Rusty
7’3" 20.25 2.68" Square Tri Rusty
7’6" 21" 2 7/16" Round Tri Wayne Lynch
9'0" 20 1/4" 3" Square Tri Longboard Maku
9'0" 20 1/4" 3" Square Tri Longboard Maku

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