The Bali surfing scene started along the island’s southern shores, where rolling waves and quiet, beautiful beaches evolved into the popular wave riders’ playgrounds we now today. The origin of surfing in Bali is down to the first wave-riding visitors who discovered the incredible waves in the 1930s, and more have flown in being drawn by Bali’s sun, sea and surf ever since.
Some advices for Bali surfing
Bali’s surfer crowd comprises experienced riders and beginners who want a piece of the action. Pros can head to the outer reef breaks of the southern Bukit Peninsula, while newbies can opt for smaller waves in the lagoons. Bali is a great place to pick up the sport, with board rentals and surf schools widely available. Surf shops are also abundant, so you can easily source your wax, rashguards and any other gear you might need.
You can leave the more serious reef breaks and greater curls of the far-flung southern Bukit peninsula to the pros – and reserve them as your future wish list as you advance, because being constantly wiped out by five to six-foot curls is no fun when you’ve just found your balance on your board. Best waves for most sites are during the dry season, from April to August with good easterly winds and without much flotsam around.