Sunday, 28 December 2008
Exotic surf travel almost never has the kind of grace and logic that it does in magazines and movies. Beautiful, uncharted waves are out there, but its a long, tedious, sometimes dangerous job finding them. Only a few surfers ever sail out into the great unknown. This is why many people today think of Grajagan (G-Land), in southeast Java, not just as a perfect wave, but as a perfect adventure.
More than a name or a place, G-land is a haven. So close but yet so far from Bali, G-land is a magnet for swell and is definitely not overrated. The set up in G-land is simple, the relaxed atmosphere and pumping waves make for an experience like no other surf trip. Starting with the fact that its located at
Photo " G-Land Surf Camp"
the edge of a jungle filled with birds, reptiles, insects and other creatures not found on the beaches of Sydney or Los Angeles.
G-Land is a long fast wave typical of most Indonesian waves, suggested surf board length at 68 " 72 Gun " unless you surf like a top 44 contender, so bring a couple of Guns and your hot-dogger for the small days or down at 20/20s. You should bring at least 2 boards, Indonesian waves are powerful and its possible to break boards, so be prepared and bring at least two boards.
SPOT INFORMATION FOR SURFING AT G-LAND:
1.Type of break : reef break
2.Type of wave : fast wave
3.Direction : left hand
4.Bottom : coral
5.Average lenght of ride : long
6.Suitable for : expert level
1.Crowd level : a normal crowd
2.Best tide : mid
3.Ideal board size : 6'8-7'4 Mini gun
4.Ideal wind direction : north,west,south,east
5.Wavesize & wetsuit : Spring (10' - 15') Boardshorts
Summer (6' - 10') Boardshorts
Autumn (6' - 10') Boardshorts
Winter (10' - 15') Boardshort
From your local domestic airport, you can fly to Bali. Arrive in Bali use a travel to go to G-Land, but its recommended to use surf guide to go to G-Land because it will more easier and safe.
On G- Land there are several beach front losmen, front beach room and bungalow.
Example of accommodation in G-Land: "G-Land Jungle Surf Camp" With a bungalow style accommodation which is strongly constructed to facilitate the unique lifestyle of most adventurers who love being in the jungle and nature and to provide as much natural element as possible inside the room. Accommodation is in free standing thatched bungalows sleeping for 2 adults and equipped with double or 2 single beds with mosquito nets, bed side light, small table inside the room, cool fan, private balcony, comfortable terrace seat, table, water dispenser and board racks.
There is National Park called "Alas Purwo" and is open March to November and located just off the beach line.
There are several traditional restaurants and cafs who serve western and Indonesian dishes.
Sea-related products, and wooden carving
1.Visit the Alas Purwo National Park
2.Marvel at the diversity of the plants and animals (birds, reptiles, insects and mammalians)
3.Swim on the pristine beaches.
4.Snorkel to glimpse the diversity of the marine life.
5.Visit a traditional village in order to observe their way of life.
Condition of surrounding areas since the camp is exclusively situated near the jungle where there are big trees as well as many bushes spread out everywhere plus a humid air resulted by such natural circumstances. Accordingly , these could probably a proper habitat for mosquitoes that may unexpectedly lead to malaria disease. However, during this season actually there are seemingly very few mosquitoes found, as weather is quite dry. Yet, it's still very much advisable for all guests to follow these helpful tips as:
1.Take an anti malarial Prophlactic medication (Chloroquiet Progvanil, Larium or Doxylycline).
2.Take measure against being bitten, e.g. by wearing a long shirt and trousers and mosquito nets anytime when sleeping.
In addition, at Jungle Surf Camp, the medical facilities are also equipped with emergency medical supplies like: detection first-aid kits for malaria along with proper treatment as well in case any guest get contacted with this disease.
More impor-tantly, the sun is very strong and hot, hence, bring enough sun block, protect your skin from sun-ray's direct exposure which might be seve-rally causing any serious sun burn case. Besides, it is pretty useful to use hat, helmet with the visor, sun glasses especially in the late after-noon.
HERE ARE SOME TIPS WHAT YOU SHOULD TAKE TO G-LAND:
1.A good hat and water-proof sun-screen.
2.Basic first-aid kit, antiseptic dressing, etc.
3.Sand-shoes and thongs.
4.Board-shorts, t-shirts, 1 pair light-weight, long-pants and long-sleeve wind cheater.
5.Two towels and sun-glasses.
6.Personal toiletries, after-sun cream, insect repellent.
7.Walkman, camera, handy-cam and books.
8.Booties, 2 surf-boards.
9.Light-weight wet-suits, rash-vest, gate helmet and spare leg-ropes.
G-Land Jungle Surf Camp - www.g-land.com
Surfing Indonesia, periplus action guide.
Surf History- www.surfhistory.com
Global Surfer- www.globalsurfers.com