Australian Surfer Dies at Scar Reef in Western Sumbawa

By on August 15, 2014

Indonesian police have confirmed the death of an Australian school teacher on holiday at the remote surf break known as Scar Reef in Western Sumbawa. According to reports, 27-year-old Peter Luke was surfing solid six- to eight-foot surf on Tuesday when he went missing. A couple of Peter’s surfing buddies used a boat to search for him and eventually located his body washed up on a nearby reef.

Australians have been surfing Bali and all the Indonesian islands since the 1970s, and consider it their Hawaiian Holiday due to its proximity to the Australian mainland. A majority of the vacationing surfers travel to Indonesia each and every year, making up a large percentage of the foreign surf population. Scar Reef is an isolated break east of Bali and got its name from the jagged bottom the surf breaks over. While surfing deaths in this part of the world are not common, injuries are. While no one is surf exactly how Peter Luke lost his life, witnesses say he was slammed by a massive set, and when that happens at a spot like Scar Reef, you know he was in a dire situation.

On the other hand, Peter Luke died doing what he loved to do, surfing an absolute epic wave with good friends in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Our condolences to his family and friends who will certainly keep his memory alive in all their hearts. He will be sorely missed. Rip in Peace, Peter Luke. RIP.

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