Here, we will discuss the 8 things you need to know before surfing in Bali. Also, if you missed yesterday’s blog post about some of the most unique places to stay in Bali, you should check that one out, too! See it: here.
Once you work up a sweat in the ocean, you’re probably going to want go back to your villa and freshen up a bit, so please, check out the above blog post. Also, what if you have a companion with you? Yeah, best get your lodging taken care of, first. Whether you’re on a budget or have more money than you know what to do with, the aforementioned blog post has got your back!
So now that we’ve got your lodging out of the way, let’s get on to the point of this post, which is what you need to know before surfing in Bali.
Let’s dive in!
So without any further preamble, I will provide you with the list, and then we’ll dig a bit deeper from there. Sound good?
- The Best Time to Surf in Bali
- The Different Types of Waves You’ll Encounter
- Surfing Spots for Beginners, Intermediates and Experts
- What to Bring surfing
- An Important Tip About surfing Etiquette
- Surfing Lessons in Bali
- The Best surfing Boards for Different Levels
- A Few Final Thoughts on surfing in Bali
The Best Time to Surf in Bali
The best time to surf in Bali is between the months of April and October. These are the months when the waves are at their biggest and best. If you’re a beginner, you’ll want to stick to surfing in the morning, when the waves are smaller. Combining these two factors (April – October & small waves in the morning) will give you the best surfing experience as a beginner.
If you’re an intermediate or expert surfer, you’ll want to head out in the afternoon, when the waves are bigger. Just be sure to keep an eye on the tide, as it can change quickly and without much warning. You’ve been warned.
The Different Types of Waves You’ll Encounter
When surfing in Bali, you’ll encounter three different types of waves: reef breaks, beach breaks, and point breaks. Reef breaks are created when waves break over a coral reef. Beach breaks occur when waves break over a sandy bottom. And finally, point breaks form when waves hit a promontory or headland.
- Promontory: a point of land extending into the sea
- Headland: a piece of land extending beyond the shoreline and into a body of water
Each type of wave offers a different surfing experience, so it’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into before paddling out.
Reef breaks are the most challenging type of wave to surf, as they tend to be very powerful and can be quite dangerous. If you’re a beginner, it’s best to avoid surfing reef breaks.
Beach breaks are the most common type of wave in Bali. They tend to be less powerful than reef breaks and are therefore more suitable for beginner and intermediate surfers.
Point breaks are relatively rare in Bali. They tend to form in remote locations and are therefore not as easily accessible as reef and beach breaks. Point breaks are typically more gentle than other types of waves, making them ideal for beginner surfers.
Surfing Spots for Beginners, Intermediates and Experts
Now that you know a bit about the different types of waves you’ll encounter in Bali, let’s talk about some specific surfing spots.
For beginners, we recommend surfing at Padang Padang, Uluwatu, or Kuta Beach. These spots offer gentle waves and are therefore ideal for beginner surfers.
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Anyway, for intermediate surfers, we recommend surfing at Batu Bolong, Canggu, or Echo Beach. These spots have slightly more powerful waves than the beginner spots, but they’re still manageable for intermediate surfers.
If you’re an expert surfer, you’ll want to head to Dreamland, Uluwatu, or Padang Padang. These spots have powerful waves that are suitable for experienced surfers. Keep in mind, though, that even experienced surfers can get into trouble at these spots. So, always be sure to surf with a friend and never paddle out alone.
What to Bring surfing
Now that you know where to surf, it’s time to talk about what you should bring with you. When surfing in Bali, you’ll need a swimsuit (of course), sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a surfboard.
If you don’t have your own surfboard, don’t worry – you can rent one at most surfing spots. Just be sure to ask about the rental rates before you head out.
Pro Tip: While I haven’t heard any horror stories in Bali, there are some other locations where I’ve learned this lesson the hard way. If you have a camera or phone, it’s encouraged to take photos / record your surfboard BEFORE renting it. This way, no damage you didn’t cause, can be pinned on you, causing you to have to fork over money.
Pro Tip #2: Do that for everything. Even if I’m in the USA and renting a car, I’m recording every inch of the vehicle, prior to taking it off the rental lot.
You’ll also want to bring a towel and a change of clothes for after your surfing session. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.
Surfing Etiquette While Surfing in Bali
When surfing in Bali (or anywhere else, for that matter), it’s important to be aware of surfing etiquette. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Don’t drop in on other surfers. This is one of the cardinal rules of surfing and is considered very rude. If you’re not sure what dropping in means, it’s basically when you paddle into a wave that another surfer is already riding.
- Don’t steal waves. This is another surfing no-no. If another surfer is paddling for a wave, give them the right of way. It’s not fair (or cool) to try and steal their wave.
- Be respectful of other surfers and the surfing community. This includes things like not littering, not being noisy, and not surfing in a dangerous or reckless manner.
- Don’t be a kook. A kook is basically a surfing term for someone who isn’t respecting the rules or etiquette of surfing. So, don’t be one.
Now that you know a bit about surfing in Bali, you’re ready to hit the waves! Just remember to always surf with a friend, be respectful of other surfers and the surfing community, and have fun!
Getting Surfing Lessons in Bali
Another bit of advice I have for you is to consider taking surfing lessons while in Bali. Even if you’ve surfed before, it’s always a good idea to get refresher lessons in a new location. This will help you familiarize yourself with the waves and surfing conditions in Bali.
Plus, it never hurts to have a professional surfing instructor by your side, especially when you’re surfing in a new place.
There are plenty of surfing schools located all around Bali, so finding one shouldn’t be too difficult. And, most surfing lessons only cost a few dollars. So, it’s definitely worth considering if you’re new to surfing or just want to brush up on your surfing skills.
The Best surfing Boards for Different Levels
We’ve already covered quite a bit! However, there’s still more you need to know. For example, to beginners, all surfboards probably look more or less the same. The reality is that there are different types of surfboards for different surfing levels.
If you’re a beginner, you’ll want to get a foam board. These boards are big, buoyant, and easy to paddle. They’re also very stable, making them ideal for beginners who are still getting used to surfing.
As you become more experienced, you can start to experiment with different types of boards. For example, intermediate surfers might want to try a fish surfboard. These boards are shorter and wider than traditional surfing boards, making them more maneuverable.
If you’re an advanced surfer, you might want to try a shortboard. These boards are smaller and narrower than traditional surfing boards, making them much, much more maneuverable. Shortboards are also great for doing tricks and surfing in small waves.
My best advice is to visit some surf shops and have some conversations with the people who work there. You may be surprised by just how much you may not have known.
A Few Final Thoughts on surfing in Bali
Hey, thanks for reading all of this. I know it’s a lot of information, but these travel tips are designed to help you make the most of your adventures in Bali. So, for some final thoughts to leave you with, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Surfing is a great way to explore Bali’s coastline. There are plenty of surfing spots all around the island, so you’re sure to find one that’s perfect for you.
- Surfing can be dangerous, so always be aware of your surroundings and never surf alone.
- Surfing is also great exercise! It’s really, really, REALLY great exercise. Surfing is a full-body workout like no other.
- Always respect the surfing community and be respectful of other surfers.
- Finally, have fun! Surfing is a great way to relax, have fun, and catch some waves. So, enjoy your time in Bali and make the most of it!
Now that you know a bit more about surfing in Bali, it’s time to start planning your trip! Trust me, surfing in Bali is an experience you’ll never forget.
Just remember to always respect the surfing community, be safe, and have fun! Thanks for reading and I hope this guide was helpful.
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