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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Pantai Purus

Indonesia, Sumatra Mainland

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 Access

Right in the centre of Padang. Ask for 'Pantai Purus.

English (Translate this text in English): Right in the centre of Padang. Ask for 'Pantai Purus.

English (Translate this text in English): Right in the centre of Padang. Ask for 'Pantai Purus.

English (Translate this text in English): Right in the centre of Padang. Ask for 'Pantai Purus.

DistanceIn the city

WalkInstant access (< 5min)

Easy to find?Easy to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Alternative name Cholera Creek

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)

Wave

TypeRivermouth

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerFun

Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouthWest, South

Good wind directionSouthEast, East

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+

Best tide positionAll tides

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

More details

Week crowdFew surfers

Week-end crowdFew surfers

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Dangers

- Pollution

 Additional Information

Park your car/bike right in front and leave your gear at Ojings Surf Rental. Easy paddle out.

English (Translate this text in English): Park your car/bike right in front and leave your gear at Ojings Surf Rental. Easy paddle out.

English (Translate this text in English): Park your car/bike right in front and leave your gear at Ojings Surf Rental. Easy paddle out.

English (Translate this text in English): Park your car/bike right in front and leave your gear at Ojings Surf Rental. Easy paddle out.

Atmosphere

Cholera Creek is a lame substitute to the waves in the Mentawais 100 miles to the West. It is dirty like you wouldn't believe and always dead animals and sanitary napkins floating in the lineup. Though if you are stuck in Padang and want to go for a surf it is not too bad especially with half a south swell and an incoming tide. Good lefts and rights always shifting around depending on how much sand is being dumped out by the river. Wear ear plugs and don't swallow any water!!

English (Translate this text in English): Cholera Creek is a lame substitute to the waves in the Mentawais 100 miles to the West. It is dirty like you wouldn't believe and always dead animals and sanitary napkins floating in the lineup. Though if you are stuck in Padang and want to go for a surf it is not too bad especially with half a south swell and an incoming tide. Good lefts and rights always shifting around depending on how much sand is being dumped out by the river. Wear ear plugs and don't swallow any water!!

English (Translate this text in English): Cholera Creek is a lame substitute to the waves in the Mentawais 100 miles to the West. It is dirty like you wouldn't believe and always dead animals and sanitary napkins floating in the lineup. Though if you are stuck in Padang and want to go for a surf it is not too bad especially with half a south swell and an incoming tide. Good lefts and rights always shifting around depending on how much sand is being dumped out by the river. Wear ear plugs and don't swallow any water!!

English (Translate this text in English): Cholera Creek is a lame substitute to the waves in the Mentawais 100 miles to the West. It is dirty like you wouldn't believe and always dead animals and sanitary napkins floating in the lineup. Though if you are stuck in Padang and want to go for a surf it is not too bad especially with half a south swell and an incoming tide. Good lefts and rights always shifting around depending on how much sand is being dumped out by the river. Wear ear plugs and don't swallow any water!!

General

Better than nothing!

English (Translate this text in English): Better than nothing!

English (Translate this text in English): Better than nothing!

English (Translate this text in English): Better than nothing!

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By stevenfuchs@gmail.com , 20-07-2007

Purus is fun, but be choosey - Without knowing Benny, my buddy Mark and I met him at the airport almost on accident. It's funny what the universal quiksilver symbol means to a surfer 9100 miles from home. We hit it off at the airport and were instant friends. He took us to our hotel and even picked us up at 7am to surf some fun shoulder high / head high sets at Purus. Even Cafe Fellas in downtown Padang was the scene of good times with he and his crew. Daik and Hendrey hold down this spot--but not with muscle... with Indo charm. You guys rock and thanks for making our two layover before the Mentawais so damn fun. Call this guy if you go to the Mentawais and PLEASE leave any spare boards with these guys. All they have are repaired broken boards. Tell Steve and Mark from Los Angeles said what's up! Seriously, these guys and their local crew are what surfing used to be before I was born.

By Tristan , 03-07-2007

Might be stinky, but its a wave - Surfed here while waiting for my friends to arrive before we could go to sipora. not the best wave in the world, but its got a fun little right and a longer left worth hitting. definatley a warm up wave. and with no other waves around, if you are desperate for a wave its there. the water is damned dirty though. bought some ear plugs. didnt see any dead turtles or syringes though. its agood thing i got my shots!

By Anonymous , 13-04-2007

- Couple years ago I think, I ever surfed here,Purus rivermouth.This spot is ok except all the shit foating on the water.Sometimes you guys get to alert with the jellystinkfish !No rules here,..

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