So, you’re in Bali, full of enthusiasm and ready to try your first surfing lesson. For those of you who already apprehended the surfing technique, we recommend reading our guide for aperfect surfing trip to Bali. We told you about two of the best surfing beaches in Bali: Balangan and Jimbaran. If you’re a rookie, don’t even think about trying to get your first lessons here. But a trip here is worth, just to observe the waves, the surfers and the atmosphere.
After seeing the pros in action, it’s time to get yourself a surfboard ad start learning. Head out to Kuta, for your first lesson. You might be disappointed that hundreds of other beginner surfers are here, but the beaches here are among the best to get the hang of surfing in Bali. Our first advice is to hire a local surfing guide. The guys at The Perfect Wave Surf Experience are among the best schools who can teach you how to surf fast and well. For those of you choosing the right way to learn how to surf in Bali, our guide ends here.
For all of you wanting to learn how to surf the hard way, pay attention to some of our tips for the best practices when surfing in Bali. First of all, after choosing the right beach, spend a few minutes observing the waves. It’s not just how high they are, but also their frequency counts. It’s important to know whether they have a 30-second pattern, or one minute pattern, as this way you k now how much time you have to recover yourself after falling from the board.
The wave’s direction and the speed at which they break also counts. And remember! Depending on your front foot, you’ll need a wave which breaks the right way, so you can face its apex. This means you’ll need to choose a wave which breaks on the right if your front foot is the left one or the other way around. Another important aspect is to find the waves which break farther from the shore, in deep water.
Start small. Start with the basic standing position on the board. Do this on the beach. Place your feet at the end of the board and use a planking position to sit on it. This is the starting position. When the wave hits you, start rowing hard with your hand and push the board hard while you raise your chest, so that the wave does not roll you over.
After that, there are 3 important moves you must do: put your hand below you and rise just like you’ll do a push-up, put your left foot below you and then the right foot in front of you, just at the middle of the board (or reverse for those one preferring the right foot), and, while keeping your balance, flex your knees, put your weight in front and stand up on the board. This is the theory. It’s easy to do on the sand, hard to learn while in water.
It may seem a little overwhelming, but do not despair. This is exactly the advantage Bali offers for enthusiast surfers: the island of gods has wave types for just about everyone. Anyway, once you’re in the water, pay attention to one important rule: priority. It’s just like with car traffic, and its purpose is to avoid accidents. Unfortunately, few surfers obey this rule. So, just before standing on the board, take a look in the opposite direction and check whether there is another surfer already standing. If so, then stop and wait for him to pass.