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Chasing the Bono

Presented By: Rivers Are Life
"A lot of the locals used to run away from the Bono, but now they’re chasing it."

"Bono Seven Ghosts"

The world’s longest tidal wave can’t be found on the ocean; it’s born from the Kampar River in Teluk Meranti, Indonesia. Known as “Bono Seven Ghosts,” this wave can run up to 13 and a half miles long and has become a destination for local and professional surfers alike. 

“Chasing the Bono” delves into the relationship between the Kampar River and its surrounding communities and how surfing has strengthened this connection.

Ecotourism Making a Splash

The film features Dedy “Eddie” Endoni, a surf guide on the Bono tidal wave. He and his best friend, accomplished surfer Ruzi Hartono, promote conservation of the Kampar River as well as ecotourism and surfing of the Bono. 

The Bono becoming an attraction has positively impacted the village of Teluk Meranti. It’s even garnered the attention of Indonesian surfing legends Rizal and Varun Tandjung, a father and son duo who have been riding the immense wave for eight years.

“Even Bali surfers dream to one day surf the Bono.” says Varun.

A Closer Look at the Kampar River

The Kampar River is more than 414km (250 miles) long, and is a heartbeat for the many communities that depend on it. It’s more than a simple resource or landmark, it’s a way of life. Everything is integrated into the river ecosystem: transportation, the economy, and now, ecotourism. 

Varun explains, “A lot of the locals used to run away from the Bono, but now they’re chasing it.”



surf ride on the Bono

13.5 MILE

long tidal bore

13 - 20 FOOT

high waves

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