- 31 May 2011 | Travel
Cloud 9 is one of the best surf spots in the world. Located in the Sirgao Island, Philippines, this is an incredible wave touched by the Pacific Ocean swell and winds.
Surfing in Cloud 9 is a remarkable and stunning experience. The best months to hit the waves occur between September and March. Cloud 9 offers a thick and hollow barreling left/right-hander ride and was discovered by the American photographer John S. Callahan, in the late 80s.
The reef break delivers perfect waves with offshore SW winds, NE swell and around high tide, when the tide is rising. Make sure to protect your head with a surf helmet and prepare for more or less serious wipe outs if you're a beginner.
Although it can get a bit crowed, the famous wave can be surfed without boat support. If it's flat or too crowded at Cloud 9, check other surf spots nearby, where you can also enjoy perfect surf sessions.
- 16 May 2011 | Travel
"The Bono" is not a typical wave. It is a tidal bore, as it is only found in few rivers around the world. Located in the river Kampar, Sumatra, Indonesia, this wave has been secretly ridden by locals on their canoes for more than 70 years.
Deep in the jungle of Sumatra, 80 kilometres away from the sea, "The Bono" is one of the best tidal bores in the world and is easily accessible by land or sea either, via Pekanbaru (short flight from Kuala Lumpur) or via Singapore.
"The Bono" is situated along one of the last remaining peat swamp forests in Indonesia. Its surfing potential was first discovered by World Stormrider Guide's mastermind Antony Colas together with a group of French bore riders, in September 2010.
After realizing he only hit a smaller version of "The Bono" (due to unequal diurnal tides), Antony came back in December 2010 with another group of friends to witness the Big Bono with wave faces of more then three-metre and waves breaking for a total distance of 50 kilometres.