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07-05-2012, 10:03 PM #1
Bali or other Indo surf school?
I have surfed once or twice without lessons on a long board (and sucked). I want to take advantage of my new location and try to get some surfing done. Any one have any recs for places in Bali, maybe a surf camp type place that is more like a resort experience? Price is of relatively low concern.
08-28-2012, 05:29 AM #2
Anybody? headed up Friday.
08-29-2012, 01:59 PM #3Registered User
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I'm not sure a quality resort experience surf camp exists in Bali.
Kimasurf looks like a decent option, Seminyak location if you want to be in a busy touristy area, lots of expats live in Seminyak, cafes, shopping, groceries. They also have a Canguu location which is close but quieter which you might prefer.
I met a Swiss beginner couple once that went to Padang Padang surf camp and really enjoyed it but this time of year everything on the Bukit Peninsula is firing so you'd probably be spending too much time driving around to the more mellow locations.
Drifter surf shop (driftersurf.com) is located in Seminyak and I believe co-owned by an American and Canadian so they would be good to talk to about recommendations, just make sure you talk to them and not the staff.
Oh, and if you're German, Russian, or Japanese then there's probably a camp that caters to you.
Last edited by robnow; 08-29-2012 at 02:10 PM.
08-29-2012, 02:12 PM #4
The euro kook camps on Lombok were probably a better package setup for beginners, and imo, better beginner breaks. It's kinda busy this time a year though.Lord King of the Beater-Kooks
08-30-2012, 01:56 AM #5
Thank robnow, I am an american expat living in Indo.
Also thanks Hugh, we were originally planning this vacation for Lombok, but decided to go back to Bali because there is a little bit more for the kids.
I just ended up booking some random deal in Kuta and we'll see how it goes. 100 bucksish for three days of private lessons.
08-30-2012, 09:03 AM #6
eeesh, smoking cigarettes and hanging out with waterbuffalo and chickens is fine for the kidsLord King of the Beater-Kooks
08-30-2012, 09:12 AM #7Registered User
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I really don't know but my impression is to avoid booking anything out of Kuta Beach. If anything in the immediate area then maybe the Ripcurl school just down the beach at Double Six(Legian). Anytime I've run by them on the way to the gym they seem to be more professionally run, but that could be just smoke and mirrors with newer rashies and nicely decalled vehicles.
Maybe somewhere like Kimasurf picks up from your hotel? Since you've surfed a few times then look into places/sites that have better board selection(longboards as opposed to softtops).
09-02-2012, 02:45 AM #8
I used the term "surfed" before to indicat that I've paddled around on a surf board getting my ass kicked and sucking.
Today was good...used a soft top board, but it was a lot of fun. Amazing what a few fundamental pointers can do. Mostly just surfing the crappy wash close to the shore, but there was one wave I caught just as it broke and I haven't had a feeling like that since I was 16
Also, if 2 hours later everytime I lean over, water pours out of my nose, that means I'm doing it right?
09-02-2012, 02:46 AM #9