Adventurous surfers are heading to Pulau Nias’ west coast in search of empty waves and as yet undiscovered spots, given Sorake’s consistent (and sometimes overwhelming) popularity.

Much of the west coast is still a DIY adventure; some surfers stay in losmen (basic accommodation) around the village of Afulu and hire local boats to take them up and down the coast.

Further afield are the islands of Asu and Bawa. More exposed than Nias itself, these islands see bigger and more consistent waves. With a left-hander at Asu and a strong right-hander at Bawa, good surf is almost guaranteed regardless of wind direction. The risk of malaria is high on these islands, however, particularly on Bawa, which has a large swamp in its interior.