Australian surfer dies at Scar Reef

August 14, 2014 | Surfing
Scar Reef: dangerous coral below | Photo:

An Australian surfer has died after hitting a reef in Bali, Indonesia.

Peter Luke, 27, was riding big waves at Scar Reef, when the tragic accident took place. Reports tell that the young surfer was catching five-meter waves (16 feet) at Jelenga Beach in West Sumbawa.

Luke was enjoying the surf with two friends, when he hit the reef. They noticed he was missing and used a boat to locate him.

The local authorities say "the victim's death was caused by a wave smashing into him, which at that time was massive, up to five metres high."

Scar Reef is a relatively remote surf spot. In 2008, the Rip Curl Scar Reef Pro was the first ever pro surfing competition in the region.

Scar Reef is a fast left-hand barreling wave with coral heads in the ocean's floor. It can only be accessed by boat and usually works on high tide. uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Learn more on our About section.