Leisure & Tourism

Let’s surf! Part 3

Guide to the best surf spots in Bali

Surf season is in full swing and it is a perfect time to ride world-class waves together with skilled babes and dudes from around the world. Check out some more awesome spots and also bear in mind that you can enjoy this sport even from the shore. In July there is a surfing competition “Billabong Grommet Attack” at Padma Beach in Legian and also “Rip Curl Cup Trials” in Padang Padang and Uluwatu.

Canggu

Canggu has three different breaks which you can find in Batu Bolong, Echo Beach, and Berawa Beach. As a surf spot, Canggu has a
little bit of everything for everyone. Beginner rolling waves to advanced barrels for experts. Be a bit weary as the reef can be a bit sharp during low tide.

One of the most famous surf spots is still Pantai Batu Mejan, nicknamed by surfers as ‘Echo Beach’. The waves are usually larg- er than Kuta’s, especially in the mornings. The black sand beach and reef breaks have something for everyone, from intermediate to advance. Sets tend to shift during the day, and you might find yourself sitting in the line- up waiting for as long as half an hour before scoring the right wave. The waves are usually fast, and most prefer the lefts than the rights.

You can find more peaks down the coast to- wards Pererenan Beach on its northwest. As Bali’s expatriate neighborhood and surfing area, Canggu has latest surf camps, and also blooming bar and restaurant scene.

Nusa Dua

Located in the resort area, Nusa Dua is a great place to catch swells during the onshore winds. From there, you can reach Mushroom Rock and Black Rock. Black Rock has mel- lower waves which can be beginner friendly depending on the conditions. Closeby is Ge- ger beach which is accessible only by boat as the break is quite far off. The currents here can be quite strong so be cautious when pad- dling back. This is a powerful wave with some good tube sections and the reef is around 500 meters offshore.

Keramas

Keramas break is becoming extremely pop- ular. This break makes fast and hollow right- handers that average about 1.5 meters. This place is often home to competitions for Billabong and Oakley as it is often considered one of Bali’s best waves.

The black sandy beach goes on for 16 kilometers, offering fantastic views of the sunset in the afternoon. With a wide-open ocean view facing Nusa Lembongan, the Keramas beach break is now the home to the Komune Beach Resort, which presents night surfing spectacles as well!. The waves are mostly fast right-handers. It is one of Bali’s world-class waves, and the new beach resort has upped the hype.■

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