Throughout my travels, I occasionally bump into fanatical surfers. They travel the world, occasionally for travels sake, but usually a deserted beach with the right waves is the only thing on their mind. Nearly every one of these surfers has one county in their small handful of favorites: Indonesia.
Although there are even more sought after locations (by experienced surfers) in Indonesia, Bali is nonetheless its most famous. I was lucky enough to get a chance to surf there during the recent international blogger trip.
This was not my first time surfing. I had my first lesson a few years back on the shore near San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. I got another chance on the rough waves of San Blas, on Mexico’s Pacific coast. Despite knowing the basics, I am still a beginner.
Surfing in Bali
I joined a few others one morning on Kuta Beach in Bali. We joined the Pro Surf School’s beginner lesson. This included a thorough 30-minute theory lesson indoors followed by two hours on the beach in practice.
Kuta Beach is great for starters because it’s got a sandy bottom. If you fall, and you will, you smash against the soft sand instead of rocks or reef. The instructors at Pro Surf School were knowledgeable and helpful. They took it step-by-step and within a few minutes I was standing up and riding waves into shore.
A stop in Bali is a good way to break up the more serious stops while traveling through Indonesia. My surf lesson in Bali came after two weeks of intensive sightseeing, including the orangutans of Kalimantan, the temple of Borobudur, hiking Mt. Bromo volcano, and visiting the Komodo dragons.
My visit to Kuta Beach Bali was part of the international blogger trip to Indonesia hosted by the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy. All content and opinions are my own.
*photos taken by Pro Surf School in Kuta Beach, Bali
Have you taken a surf lesson? If you’re experienced, where is your favorite place to surf?