I mean let’s be real here, what do you really think of when you hear of Bali? Um, surfing of course! (Well in my case anyway, I come from South Africa where every second person surfs).
Bali has been on every surfers’ radar for the longest time. It’s also known for its variety of beaches, so where does one even begin to look and plan? Would there even be enough time to visit all of them if you tried?
To help make things a little easier, we’ve put together a list of firing and epic spots around the island, but actually catering for all surf levels.
So whether you’re a beginner and not so comfortable in the water yet, or you’re reading this itching to know where you can rip it up – you’ll come across a beach that’s suitable for all surfing levels.
Perfect barrels, cooking lefts and rights, endless tubes and fun aerials, fat waves and mellow rides – what are you waiting for? It’s time to get in the water, man.
For those that are just starting out, and are still at beginner level, we’ve made a quick breakdown of some of the surf jargon and lingo:
Swell – The size of the waves rolling in as a body of water.
Swell conditions – What is the wind direction, using directional coordinates; North, South, East, West, etc. This determines how strong the waves will be.
Ft – Not actually ft if you’re American, this is more like a surfers language that they use, 2-3ft would be about 1 metre.
Point break – Location where a wave breaks as it hits a point of land protruding from the coastline.
Tides – There’s high and low tide and they’re usually about 6 hours apart until the change.
Low tide – Water is shallower where the waves are breaking.
High tide – There’s more water so waves are deeper, fuller, long-lasting and powerful.