Bono - Amazing Waves at the River

Where are the best surf spots in the world? I think popular surfers have traveled the world looking for the best waves and they choose Playa Grande (Costa Rica), Ulu Watu (Bali), Bondi Beach (Sydney), San Clemente, (CA), Taghazout (Morocco), Teahupo'o (Tahiti), Arugam Bay (Sri Lanka), Tavarua Island (Fiji), Bundoran (Ireland), etc. Most of the surf spots in the world are located in the beach. How if you try to surf in the river? Please relax and I want to take you to travel in my country where we can find beautiful surf spot in the river with the best wave. Curious…please continue to read!

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Now, I would take you to the Kampar River. Kampar River is located on the Island of Sumatera (Indonesia). It is a well-known river surf spot because of its tidal bore and it known as “Bono”. So, why do the people called it "Bono"? It caused by the sea water from a high tide flowing upstream into a wide and shallow. It moved rapidly and narrowing channel against the normal flow from the river.

That's why almost every surfer has heard about "Bono". So, I'll ask again, do we can surf in the river? Yes, we can surf here in the Kampar Rivers as well as in the ocean. The tidal wave of “Bono” breaking in the Kampar River and it is a bit different from the European river waves like in Munich (Germany). The locals also called "Seven Ghost", like incarnation of the seven evil spirits. But actually, many of boats have sunk in the Kampar River when caught in the bore. So, the local inhabitants are mostly scared when the wave appears.

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Bono is an amazing natural phenomenon. Bono attracted many tourist, both local and foreign tourist especially surfer. Bono wave begins with whistling sound followed by the sound of thundering water. The sound grew louder it will be like the boom of thunder accompanied by waves. Tidal Bore is regarded as a natural phenomenon in the hydrodynamics field. It is closely related to the movement of water masses.

In the Kampar River, the mouth of the river is shaped like the "V", the mass of water entering through the wide mouth of the bay and then restrained, until the tide meets the estuary area. The accumulated water then pushed upstream towards some sort of effect that causes intense pressure when passing through narrow areas that are constantly in the mouth of the bay. This situation gave rise to a wave that varies in upper bay, like small waves up to several meters in height.

Bono waves can produce faces up to 10 feet and also offers rides of several minutes. So, this wave can travel up to 50 kilometers if we want riding it. There are several peaks which produced more than 4 hours of surfable waves daily. But the average ride on it lasts about 15 minutes with wave sizes between 2 up to 5 feet. There's a record about the surfer who can ride it more than 1 hour on one and the same wave.

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But normally the Bono wave is mellow. So, it’s suitable for intermediate or even advanced surfer. The beginners can also have a lot of fun experience. They can practice surf maneuvers. Some surfers said that surfing the Bono waves is difficult, because of the quantity of mud in the river. Many people said that “bono” waves similar with the Brazilian wave “Prororoca”. Prororoca is a tidal bore that has waves up to 4 metres high that travel as much as 800 km on the Amazon River. How about "Bono"? The sea water is flowing into the river mouth (Kampar River), at high tide. It produces waves together with the flowing river water.

Kampar River

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From the pictures, maybe there's a question, why do the river color so brown? It is not caused by pollution. But it caused by mud and also the high percentage of peat in the surrounding area. In fact the Kampar River has good water quality, like in European rivers.

Based on the world research, Bono is regarded as the best river surfing in the world. It is based on the size of the waves and the length of the waves to survive. There's unique thing can happen with "bono". There are 21 pieces of waves can occur simultaneously. So, 21 surfers can ride Bono simultaneously.

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When is the best time to surf in Kampar River and find the "bono"? Bono appears only on special days around the full moon and the new moon. Be careful during rainy season, because the Kampar River has more water. It looks stronger and the waves are bigger.

How about accommodation over there? Don’t worry, there's a small hotel situated in the village of Teluk Meranti with 2500 inhabitants. "Mega Lestari" is located on the shore of the Kampar River. The hotel consists of nine rooms and completed with fan cooling. So, this place is great for adventure. While surfing on the river, there are two modern inflatable boats, completed with the pilots will accompany us. There is surf boards rental (several fun-shapes or short boards), with the price about 10 EUR per day.

Steve King with the world record in Kampar River

Steve King, a 48-year-old British surfer has breaking the world record during his 64 minute surf on the giant Bono tidal wave on the Kampar River in Sumatra (Indonesia), and rode a wave for 12.8 miles (20.5 kilometers), in February 2013. Actually, he already holds two world records for long distance surf rides. Steve King is able to conquer the waves of bono on the Kampar River and able to broke his own previous record, riding the River Severn’s famous bore in 2006 (7.6 miles). Steve said that he has been surfing for 30 years and the Bono on Kampar River was only discovered in recent years. So, she has to do it.

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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Leave it to you to find something so interesting! Never heard of such! Now there is no way I am surfing in the ocean but I just might try a river. Great pictures you have as always! Voting all your ups and sharing. Good to come read you again!


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

Amazing videos, You never fail to bring us the most unique sites and events, Loved this Prasetio. Thank you again....


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Indian Chef 3 years ago from New Delhi India

Very very beautiful pictures you have posted and also amazing videos. Loved them.


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, Jackie Lynnley. Thank you very much for coming and nice comment from you. So, river also great for surfing, right! I love your vote. Cheers :-)

Prasetio


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, Ruby. I am so happy to see you again. Thanks for your compliment to me. I'll give the best for the next hub. Take care!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Indian Chef. Good to see here. Thanks for stopping by. I am glad you enjoy it. ~Prasetio~


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suziecat7 3 years ago from Asheville, NC

Hi Pras - Wow, this is so cool! I'd never heard of such a thing before now. I have to share this - thanks.


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Suzanne. I am glad to see you again and you enjoy this hub. Thank you very much. Take care!


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srsddn 3 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

prasetio30, Enjoyed the videos thoroughly. Surfing could reach this level. It is so amazing. Thanks for sharing. Voted up, interesting and awesome.


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AliciaC 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is so interesting, Prasetio! I would love to watch the surfers and photograph the Bono waves, although I would be scared to surf myself! Thank you for teaching me about something new today.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

This is awesome pras, I would love to see that! That would be a great sight to photograph, I know someone who would love to visit and do this, wonderful! great to see you! nell


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

What a fascinating place that must be to surf, Pras. Makes me want to go search for my old surfboard. :) The videos you included are beautiful and exciting. So, where have you been, my friend. Have missed you. Nice to have you back.


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, srsddn. Thanks for coming and the vote. I am glad you enjoy it. Take care!


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, Alicia. Thank you very much for stopping by. Personally, I never tried surfing...but I don't know that I love watching surfers when they try to conquer the waves. Nice to see you here. Cheers :-)

Prasetio


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, Nell. Thanks for coming. I agree with you that now many people want to see the phenomenon of Bono at Kampar River. See you :-)

Prasetio


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear friend, drb. I am so happy to see you again. Bono is totally awesome and I am glad you enjoy it, including the video as well. Thanks for the kind words for me. I try to come back here. God bless you.

Prasetio


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Micky Dee 3 years ago

We always have a nice trip when we travel with my nephew!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Dear Prasetio ~ I did not know that it was possible to surf in a river. And this is some river!

I enjoyed learning about this. Thank you for the wonderful videos. Very well done. Big votes and sharing. Nice to see you again, dear friend. Blessings to you ~ Audrey


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

I never heard of this but it looks very exciting.


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Paradise7 3 years ago from Upstate New York

Really awesome pics and the subject matter is totally new to me. I didn't know people COULD surf in a river. It looks like fun!


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Bono - Amazing Waves at the River looks an adventurous place and you created such a wonderfully thought of hub. Great photos and well shared.


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, my uncle (Micky Dee). I am proud to share this hub to you and you enjoy to travel with me. God bless you.

Your Nephew,

Prasetio


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, vocalcoach. Thank you very much for coming and I am glad to know this hub useful for you. I hope you can visit my country and see many beautiful things in Indonesia. Cheers...

Prasetio


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, FlourishAnyway. I hope you can put the Kampar river on your travel list. Take care!


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, Paradise7. Thanks for stopping by. I hope we can open our eyes about others natural phenomenon around the world. including "Bono" at Kampar River. Cheers...


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, DDE . I am glad you enjoy it. I hope you can see "Bono" in person someday. ~prasetio~


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agusfanani 3 years ago from Indonesia

Hi Pras,

Glad to see you again !. I really didn't know about this surfable river in Kampar, so it's amazing to find it from you. Thank you for introducing this phenomenon to the world. Vote up this hub, Pras.


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA

The scenery is quite beautiful there.


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My brother, agusfanani. Thank you very much for coming and beautiful comment about Bono. There are many beautiful places in our country and "Bono" is one of the beautiful phenomenon. I hope you can see the Bono someday. Take care!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, SweetiePie. I am glad you love this hub and of course, the scenery..so beautiful. Thank you very much. See you :-)


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

This is an amazing article. I had no idea there was a river on which one could surf. I enjoyed reading this and the photos and videos. How unusual for the sea and river to collide and this happen. Thanks so much for sharing this with us.


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bdegiulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Prasetio. This is absolutely amazing. The videos are unreal. Really enjoyed this. Very, very unusual. Thanks for sharing with us.


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torrilynn 3 years ago

It was nice to read about Bono, how you can surf there, and the reason why this river is called Bono. Thanks for the article. Voted up and shared.


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dahoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Extraordinary hub, prasatio. I've always though surfing would be fun but I don't live anywhere near places where you can surf. Sharing.


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MG Singh 3 years ago from Singapore

Lovely hub. We have a similar bore in the Hooghly river in India, but its more dangerous


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Ruby expressed it perfectly…you always bring us to unique events and places that are fascinating. Well done, Prasetio. :-)


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oceansnsunsets 3 years ago from The Midwest, USA

I have never heard of this before, how fascinating! Thank you for sharing Prasetio!


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, suzettenaples. Thank you very much for coming and you enjoy this hub. I hope I can give the best information for the next hub. ~prasetio~


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Brother, bdegiulio. Thanks for beautiful comment about unusual place for surfing. I am proud to share this hub to you. Take care!


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, torrilynn. I am glad you enjoy this hub. I hope you can go there someday. ~prasetio~


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My uncle, dahoglund. Nice to see you here. Though you don't live near the place where you can surf, but I hope you enjoy all information here. Take care!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, MG Singh. Thanks for sharing about Hooghly river in India. I'll find out more about it. ~prasetio~


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, Genna East. Thanks for your compliment. I hope you can see this phenomenon someday. God bless you.

Prasetio


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, oceansnsunsets. I am glad you love this hub. I'll give the best for the next hub. Take care!


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

I have never heard about surfing waves on rivers before. This is utterly amazing. Wonderful information,and so well done.


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, aviannovice. Thank you very much for coming. I hope you can put this place in your travel list. Take care!


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida

Great photos, prasetio

I never even thought about river surfing. I lived for many years in New Smyrna Beach (Florida, US) and surfers came there to surf and still do; there are even surfing contests. It is not a most famous place but the surfers do enjoy it.

Thank you for sharing this grand surfing adventure with us.

Angels are on the way to you ps


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, pstraubie4. Thanks for coming and nice information about New Smyrna Beach. I am glad to see this beach one day. Take care and Merry Christmas.

Prasetio


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moonlake 2 years ago from America

How interesting never knew a river could have waves like that. Enjoyed your hub and voted up. Have a Happy New Year.


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, moonlake. I am glad you enjoy it. Take care and Happy New Year.

Prasetio


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Sandyspider 2 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

The photos and video make this look like so much fun.


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, Sandyspider. Thanks for coming. I am glad to see you again. I hope you enjoy this hub. Take care!


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vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

What interesting information and photos! I've never heard of river surfing or Bono. It jus gies to show you can learn something new every day! Thank you for sharing.


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, vespawoolf. I am glad you enjoy this hub. Take care!


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rajan jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Amazing information. I wouldn't have thought about waves so high in a river that one could surf for hours.

Beautiful picture of the Kampar river from atop.

Voted up and awesome. Thanks for sharing, my friend.


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, rajan jolly. Thank you very much for your appreciation to this hub. I have the same feeling as you before I see the beautiful wave on the river, like the wave in the Kampar river. I am glad you enjoy it. Take care!

Prasetio


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dis-cover 2 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

Prasetio, you are an amazing writer. But you also bring us unique articles. I never thought about river surfing, unbelievable! Thank's for sharing this interesting story with us.


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, dis-cover . I am glad you enjoy it. You can read another hub of mine. Thank you very much.

Prasetio


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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

This river surfing seems to rival anything that can be done in the ocean. Who would guess people could surf in a river? This amazing article with beautiful pictures is voted up and shared.


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, ologsinquito. I am glad you love this hub. Take care!


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LeslieAdrienne 2 years ago from Georgia

Wow! I have been ignorant to the knowledge that rivers can have waves... This is what you get for living near the ocean half of your life.


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks.LeslieAdrienne. I am glad to see you here and I hope you enjoy this hub. Have a good day!

Prasetio


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CarolynEmerick 2 years ago

beautiful pictures and the nature surrounding the area looks so lush. But, I would not want to surf in such muddy water! :-)


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, CarolynEmerick. Thanks for coming and I am glad you like it, except the muddy water. Take care!

Prasetio

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