The Inertia Contributing Writer

When you’re tired of dealing with ropes or crashpads, there is deep water soloing — rock climbing where the consequence of a fall is splashing into a body of deep water. And if you’re Sasha DiGiulian, that body of water is the sparkling Indian Ocean, off the Indonesian island of Sumba, where she’s developing new deep water soloing areas.


DiGiulian recently lit off for the island 250 miles east of Bali as part of a bid to expand tourism to the region and has documented it on her social channels. Though less frequented than neighboring Sumbawa or Lombok, there’s plenty of reasons to venture to Sumba with a board, like the large southerly window to Indian Ocean swells, abundant reefs, and of course the arid tropical landscape and crystalline water these islands are known for. Sumba’s most notable named wave might be Occy’s Left (yep, after that guy), a barreling goofy-footer’s dream out front of Nihiwatu, a luxury resort which tightly restricts the number of surfers in the lineup.

But unlike surfers and divers, climbers have little reason to venture to Indonesia other than scaling non-technical volcanoes like Lombok’s Mount Rinjani. Until now, anyway.

DiGiulian has been exploring the white limestone sea cliffs via kayak. And from the looks of it, she’s found some pristine faces floating above inviting coves. The gem-colored waters make the prospect of falling actually look okay.


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