UK’s Steve King to break Longest,Continuous Boreride World Record on Riau’s Kampar River

Monday, 28 January 2013 | 4065

One of the world’s best kept secrets, it seems, is the amazing Bono, the huge roaring tidal waves that rush in more than 60 km up the wide Kampar river in the district of Palalawan in the province of Riau on Sumatra.


The forceful bores on the Kampar can reach a speed of up to 40 km an hour and are 4 to 6 meters high. The Bono that come in with a deafening sound can persist for four hours and flows inland to the town of Teluk Meranti, some 60 km from the mouth of the river.


At highest tide, the sea rushes in, in a series of high waves that break from the left and right at both banks as also from the middle. 


Now, UK wellknown bore-rider, Steve King, who already holds two world records for long distance surf rides, will try to break the Guinness World Records for the longest continuous and furthest bore ride on Indonesia’s Kampar river.


The event will take place from 9th to 14 February 2013, said Achyarrudin, Special Interests Director in the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy.


In his attempt to break the Guinness World Record on the Kampar, Steve King will be accompanied by two friends from the UK, Steve Holmes and Nathan Maurice, and assisted by Fabrice Colas and Dominique Avrilleau from France, who will arrive earlier on location to ensure that all necessary preparations are in place, added Director Achyarrudin.


The Kampar river has its source in the Bukit Barisan mountain range, and empties in the Malacca Strait. Its shape which is narrow upstream expanding into a wide estuary towards its mouth, as well as its shallow muddy depth, are causing this extraordinary spectacular natural phenomenon.


The Kampar tidal waves, named Bono by the local population, which occur regularly in the Bay of Meranti, were first “discovered” by French and Brazilian bore-riders, where they found a different sensation. Since then, many bore-ride enthusiasts have ventured to surf the Kampar barrels, that are known by locals as the “seven ghosts”.


As the area is not yet built for tourism, the environment is very rural, and those wanting to watch the feat, should be prepared to live the simple life.


To reach Teluk Meranti, one needs to fly to Pekanbaru, capital of Riau mainland, from Jakarta, Medan or Singapore. From Pekanbaru airport it takes some 5 to 6 hours ride by car ro reach Teluk Meranti.  Here the local population open their houses as accommodation for visitors. Though simple, the homestays are clean.


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