Surfing Bali & Lombok, Indonesia

Surfing Bali & Lombok, Indonesia

Surfing Indonesia

June 2019

Kuta, South Lombok

We stayed in the surfer lodge Drop In near Kuta. It turned out to be a great choice, the lodge has nice and clean bungalows, good breakfast and a beautiful tropical garden with lots of spots to hang out and chill after surfing.

It is a 15 minute scooter ride to Gerupuk, where the boats will take you to the surf spots “Outside” (advanced) and the two easier spots “Inside” and “Don Don”. We surfed “Inside”, good for beginners, however, also quite crowded – check Lombok surf map at www.magicseaweed.com.
Don’t forget to stop at Cafe Fin on the way back for a fruit smoothie or a bite to eat.

Kuta is within a ten minute scooter ride and offers dozens of restaurants with all kind of different food, You will find everything from local Gado-Gado to Italian Pizza – and vegetarion/vegan options in most places. We can recommend:

  • Lalapan – really simple restaurant with good local food
  • Kenza Cafe – trendy place with local food
  • Milk Espresso – another trendy restaurant with local and international food
  • bamba – elegant restaurant with great choices in nice athmosphere

 

Medewi, West Bali

After an almost full day transfer to Medewi (West Bali) we spent one night in the Brown Surgar Surf Camp but decided not to stay there and switched to the Kelapa Retreat and Spa a real luxury place. We had a huge room with a private pool – simply amazing, but a 10 minute scooter ride from to surf spot. In general, it might be a good idea to book on short notice, since we got lucky with a 50% deal!

Medewi is a small town, with not too many restaurants and places lodges/hotel, if you want to stay close to the main surf spot. We checked out a few places which we would consider for next time:

  • UMADEWI Surf & Suites located on the beach front, just a few steps to surf! Very clean, with a big pool, rooms facing pool or sea (surf break) and a nice restaurant
  • Bombora Medewi Wave Lodge also a few steps from the surf sport, it it slightly less luxurious (we haven’t actually seen the rooms), really nice restaurant and a small pool
  • Hotel Medewi Beach Inn is a bit further back from the beach, nice and simple hotel with a pool but and a nice restaurant

The surf spot is super nice, you paddle out from the beach. The are stones all over the beach which makes it a little tricky to get out, also you have to watch the tide and check the water depth – we got a few cuts from the rocks, so you need to be careful.

We were super happy with our local surf guide Ali – just contact him via WhatsApp on +‭62 878 605 887 85‬ if you need surf lessons in Medewi. 

Canggu, Denpasar, East Bali

The last stage of our surf trip was in Canggu the new trendy district of Denpasar. We stayed at the Kima Surf Camp a popular place for surfers in the area.

During the three days in Canggu, a big swell hit the shore and we were not able to surf. Instead, we did some cultural things, such as visiting the town of Ubud with its temples and rice fields.

In general, the area in Denpasar is very busy, super crowded and totally traffic jammed. 

 

Ramadan

During Ramadan, things are a bit more quiet. Usually not a big deal. At the end of Ramadan, there are extensive celebrations – which we enjoyed watching a lot. The next day, everything is closed (e.g. surf instructors don’t work), sometimes two days or even more.

Early Morning Surf Sessions

It is hot in Indonesia, with only small differences between summer and winter.

However you might appreciate a warmer top for the early morning sessions.

Indonesia

Indonesia is huge, countless islands, current population of 270 million people, mostly Moslems. Balis is mixed between Hindus and Moslems.

Waves, wind and rain depends on the seasons, current conditions on www.windy.com.

 

Kitesurfing Waves in Indonesia

Kitesurfing Waves in Indonesia

Lakey, Sumbawa, Indonesia

the remote Indonesian island turned out to be a total winner. The spot is famous for surfing, while the wind is blowing almost perfectly side-shore, making it great for kitesurfing too.

The two hour drive vom Bima airport to Lakey leads through villages and hills and you get already a feeling on how remote the spot is. Lakey itself is a 2 kilometer beach strip, with one surf spot after the other. Nungas is the place for kitesurfing.

Best season for kitesurfing for wind and waves (www.magicseaweed.com) is August to October, which happens to be the hottest and driest months (www.meteoblue.com) of the year. 

You will find lots of places to stay on Airbnb and Google Maps while personally, we can recommend Nungas Heaven and the Rock Pool Home Stay.
We tried a couple restaurants, our favorite is Fatmah’s and right next to it the Ship Wreck.

If you are interested in wave clinics, there are two excellent options: Kite Surf Wave Clinics and Indo Kite Camp, both run by professional kite surfers.

Lake Zürich Kitesurfing

Lake Zürich Kitesurfing

First time Kitesurfing on Lake Zurich

Autumn storm Fabienne terminated the amazing Swiss summer with a large low pressure system, hitting Switzerland on Sunday, September 27.
With a perfect timing, the wind kicked in late Sunday afternoon, just early enough for a two hour amazing kitesurf session…

Brazil 2017

Brazil 2017

Brasil 2017

Great three weeks kitesurfing in Prea, Brazil. Consistent wind, maybe a little lighter than usual, still mostly on 7 meter kites, a few times 9 meter, even a few days with light wind.

Staying at Vila Prea was again the perfect choice. Super nice bungalows and great food, the beach just a few meters from the pousada.

Kitesurfing El Medano, Tenerife, Spain

Kitesurfing El Medano, Tenerife, Spain

El Medano 2017

Two weeks kitesurfing vacation in El Medano on Tenerife, the biggest Canarian Island. The vulcanic island’s rocky coast doesn’t offer too many spots for watersports, so the bay of El Medano is pretty much the only option on the island.
According to www.windfinder.com, the wind ist strongest in July and August. During our two weeks, we still had days with light or almost no wind – rather exceptional for this time of the year.
The bay itself with its large sandy beach is a nice area to launch your kite, there is a strong shore break on many days.
The water is very choppy and usually lots of people on the water. The schools are teaching along the shore, so playing in the shore break with a directional board is unfortunately not an option.
Live webcams of the kite beach let you check the current conditions anytime.

Waves at Kanaha

Waves at Kanaha

Big Waves on the North Shore

A massive swell has hit Maui’s North shore last Tuesday, the 14 foot swell created really big waves also in Kanaha. The wind was on the lighter side, so minimum 9m kites were necessary. The big sets were scary, we were mostly trying to find the smaller ones to play with.