If you're a beginner, The Bali Surf Guide gives you all the tips to help you look the part. If you're a pro, read on to see how you can challenge yourself.
If you didn’t try surfing, were you even in Bali? Here is a cheat sheet on how to convince yourself and your social media following that you were in Bali, to surf.
Look the part
Surfers spend a lot of time in the sun, leaving them with that sun-kissed look in their hair. Buy a box of hair dye lighter than your natural hair shade. After that, get the surfer wave in your locks. You can get this effect by just using sea salt spray and scrunching your mane with your hands, and then letting it air dry.
Dress the part
Girls, you’ll need to mix and match your bikinis. A popular style for surfer girls, this makes you look more like one of them. Your bikinis should be from a famous surf brand, such as Rip Curl, Billabong, Hurley or Quiksilver. This is the same for the dudes and your broad shorts. Bali has tons of surf shops that you can pick your outfits from.
Get a surfboard
If you are reading this article, you probably don’t own one. Fret not, there are plenty of boards for rent at the beaches. If you are really fussy, you can go to rental shops such as Rentasurfboard.com.
Pick a surf school
Don’t know nuts about surfing? Don't worry, there are schools aplenty for you to become a legit surfer. There are many established schools that you can choose from and here are some we recommend:
Odysseys Surf School at Kuta
Address: Mercure Kuta, Jalan Pantai Kuta, Kuta
Tel: +62 361 742 0763
Website: Odysseys Surf School at Kuta
Rip Curl School of Surf at Legian
Address: Blue Ocean Beach, Jalan Arjuna, Legian\ Tel: +62 361 735 858
Website: Rip Curl School of Surf at Legian
Quicksilver School of Surf at Legian
Location: Jalan Pantai Legian, Legian Kaja, Legian
Tel: +62 361 731 078
Website: Quicksilver School of Surf at Legian
Pick a Beach
Good on you! You must know a few moves, or you can at least stand on the board for a couple of seconds for the camera shutter? Here are five beaches novice surfers can practice at.
Padang Padang Right
This is next to the famous barreling wave of Padang Padang Left. Right is a beautiful sandy beach break suitable for beginners and intermediate surfers. During high tide, this long, unbroken wave is an ideal spot for you to practise your baby steps.
Found north of Uluwatu and on the northwest portion of the island. As idyllic as it sounds, its soft, flat waves will be suitable for the surf babies. When the swell is approaching 6 feet or more, leave it to the big daddies.
If you like crowds of people in your photos, Kuta is always the place. Despite the fact that it is the busiest part of Bali, it is still a good place to surf. Do it when the waves are gentler or you might embarrass yourself in front of a larger crowd.
This is three hours north of Kuta and is located on the southwest of the island. It boasts of amazing 30-second long waves and is friendly to surfers of all levels.
Complete the hipster image by surfing at Bali’s coolest area. The waves here are also friendly to surfers of all levels, but beginners should stick to spots like Echo Beach and Batu Bolong.
Snap a Selfie
Now that you are riding the waves, it’s time to get yourself on camera! Have your tripod, gopro, selfie stick, and camera ready. Brief a friend / surf instructor to help capture all your glorious moments on the water - whether mid surf, or mid face-plant.