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Jackals ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.2
Consistency of Surf: 4.8
Difficulty Level: 3.2
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 3.0

Overall: 2.8

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Jackals break guidePhoto by: Casarina Simeulue

Jackals Surf Guide

Jackals in Simeulue Island is an exposed reef break that has very consistent surf. May-Oct (Dry Season) is the optimum time of year for waves. The best wind direction is from the east. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the southwest. A remote wave spot that never gets crowded.

Jackals Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
29.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Jackals:

The best conditions reported for surf at Jackals occur when a Southwest swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the East.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Jackals (for consistent clean waves)?

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Jackals with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 71% of the time in January while 29% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 0% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

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Interactive Jackals surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The nearest passenger airport to Jackals is Binaka (Gunung Sitoli) Airport (GNS) in Indonesia, which is 218 km (135 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Jackals is Polonia (Medan) Airport (MES), also in Indonesia, 299 km (186 miles) away.

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Jackals Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 15 April 2021, 15:13 Local Time
Thursday 15Fri
Wave (m) 1.2
Period (s) 15 14 14 14
Wind (km/h) 10
WSW 10
WSW 10
W 10
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Swell History at Jackals

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Wind History at Jackals

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Jackals Reviews:

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Based on 4 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s32.8
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s44.2
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s54.8
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s33.2
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s11.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s33.0
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Daniel Kane from New Zealand
“The break is actually known locally as "The Peak" not Jackals. It is by far the most consistent peak on the island. During my two weeks there the wave was extremely crowded when it was firing. With two surf resorts right out in front with at least 30+ surfers and surfers from other camps and locals surfing it it can get very crowded for a single peak with only short 2-3 turn rides.

Wave quality can get perfect but more often there are frequent close out sections. The wave is super consistent 6ft but not a wave machine, it attracts more swells than all the other nearby reefs. There is a 10 minute wait regularly between the 2 wave sets making the hassling and positioning for waves amongst crowds of 20+ not much fun. The reef on the inside is a live reef and very unforgiving, it can easily break boards and people once the swell gets to 6ft+.

This place is challenging to get to, the locals are amazingly friendly and real characters. There's loads of plastic rubbish on the roads and beaches here but there's plenty to do when the waves are not firing if you want to get out and about and explore. You will stand out as an outsider here as almost no one speaks English.

NOTE: Strict Sharia law here, NO ALCOHOL OR DRUGS OR HAPPY ENDING SHENANIGANS. The local cops were trying to sell weed to tourists undercover to entrap them...You have been warned.”

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