Surfing enthusiasts, thrill seekers, and adrenaline junkies, brace yourself! This coming month of March the exhilarating Bekudo Bono Festival 2017 will again bring some of the most challenging waves, not to any beach but deep into the Kampar River in Pelalawan Regency, Riau Province. Normally held in November, this year the festival will take place when the tide is at its highest on 12th to 16th March 2017 during the full moon, and also on 27th to 31st March 2017 during the new moon period.
Only recently discovered by the international tidal river surfing community, the Bono Tidal Bore by the estuary of the Kampar River in the Riau Province is drawing surfing communities from around the world to this amazing Indonesian pororoca. Kampar is a long river that spouts forth in the Bukit Barisan mountain range that forms the spine of the island of Sumatra to the west. The river rushes down along the island's west coast, then meanders across the Riau province, to finally pour out into the Malacca Straits, on the east coast of Sumatra.
Along its long course the river divides itself into two large branches known as the Kampar Kanan (the right branch of Kampar) and Kampar Kiri (its left branch). They then converge at Langgar in the district of Pelalawan at Kampar's estuary. Here they are joined by many other rivers causing Kampar to funnel out into a wide river mouth. At each high tide, high waves from the sea rush in and meet the downstream current of the Kampar river. Where the two opposing energies meet, and - moreover, caused by the funnel shape of the river, - Kampar's phenomenal tidal bores are shaped, rushing deep inland, rolling to over 60 km upriver.
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