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Surfing in SE Asia

Postby Em Eye » Wed, 14 Sep 2005 9:11 pm

I'm would like to spend a week or 2 surfing over the New Year. I was wondering if any one can give me some options?

Thanks

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Postby banana » Thu, 15 Sep 2005 1:38 am

yeah the party crowd can be so boisterous and fun loving

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Postby sapphire » Thu, 15 Sep 2005 12:31 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: @ banana's comment!
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Re: Surfing in SE Asia

Postby dot dot dot » Thu, 15 Sep 2005 12:37 pm

Em Eye wrote:I'm would like to spend a week or 2 surfing over the New Year. I was wondering if any one can give me some options?

Thanks


Go Bali, good season for surfing in January.

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Postby barmyarmy » Thu, 15 Sep 2005 2:48 pm

Unfortunatly it is in fact the wrong time of year for most of the good breaks in Indonesia as its the wet season. The surf camps in Java (G-Land) are closed till around 1st March, Nias is a big risk of getting waves especially the hassle of getting there, but you might get lucky though and it will def be uncrowded??

The best bet will be the east coast of Bali places like Nusa Dua, Sanur etc. But around the corner on the west side, starting at Ulawatu it will be small and very very crowded and winds mostly onshore. Most of the other world famous reefs in Bali including, Padang Padang, Bingin, and Dreamland will be almost always flat.
This all depends on your level of competency though, if your a beginer then Kuta will be the place all year round?
Best time of year for the reefs is May to September.

Another good tip is to buy a surfing guide, try this Indo Surf and Lingo:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASI ... k_code=as1


Or try "Wave finder Indonesia" at barnes and noble: http://service.bfast.com/bfast/click?bf ... mtype=book

Good luck and good waves.

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Postby dot dot dot » Thu, 15 Sep 2005 5:32 pm

Should have been more exact indeed barmyarmy, it is from Kuta all the way up at the eastcoast. But Kuta is surfin' year round, isn't it?
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Postby skimilk » Thu, 15 Sep 2005 5:47 pm

I love this topic!

I haven't gone surfing since I got here (more than half a year) because I'm just too lazy to do my own research so I'm glad to have stumbled upon this topic...

So Kuta is good year round, eh? would they have board rentals? Are there hotels/inns anywhere near the area? Are the locals friendly?

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Postby dot dot dot » Thu, 15 Sep 2005 6:16 pm

Kuta is the most touristy place in whole Bali, if not Indonesia... yep, loads and loads of hotels, in all ranges. Loads of surfers, Kuta beach is full of them. Easy to rent equipment, no problem at all.

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Postby Sud Afrika » Thu, 15 Sep 2005 6:39 pm

All year round yea..but to catch the perfect wave is another thing tho.

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Postby barmyarmy » Thu, 15 Sep 2005 8:32 pm

Yes the place is very friendly, in fact too friendly, you will be hassled to death sitting on the beach in Kuta, ok if you surf though as you can paddle away from the pests.
Its only going to get worse as I believe that tourism is down 30% as Bali is apparently being boycotted by lots of Australians because of the treatment of Schapelle Corby, there tourists and reports of random drug testing on Australians in pubs and night clubs???
I can agree with the boycott - as long as we're talking about corrupt officials, not the balinese people who will forever remain a beautiful race.

http://www.atsnn.com/story/165575.html

Another good thing is to padlock your bags and check they are still locked when picking up your luggage at the baggage carousel in the airport. If they are missing report it straight away, before you reach customs.

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Postby beenhere10years » Thu, 15 Sep 2005 8:53 pm

barmyarmy wrote:Yes the place is very friendly, in fact too friendly, you will be hassled to death sitting on the beach in Kuta,


Agree Barmy. I went with a girlfriend a few years ago, no husbands no kids. What a different experience. I will never go back to Kuta. We were harrassed, mauled, poked, licked, my hair was even braided by a pack of roving haridressers -- I'm not kidding. It was awful. I like the sanitized more sedate Ubud scene myself. No surf but nice ambience. :)
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Postby dot dot dot » Thu, 15 Sep 2005 9:54 pm

Ubud is a world apart, stayed there in Komaneka suites, private villa's. Spa treatments throughout the day, the top of the top.

In Kuta I once stayed with my Japanese grilfriend back then, can't remember the name of the place or the exact price we paid for the hut we stayed in, but it was probably 1% of what I paid in Ubud. In Kuta I just surfed and had other fun, in Ubud we had the most luxurious of all times, superb...

Shapelle Corby, I better not react on that one, seems to me she is in the right place now.

Eric

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Postby EADG » Thu, 15 Sep 2005 10:20 pm

the question is, where do you want to go?

I surfed chest-to-head high waves in Phuket last weekend, it was a blast

have done Bintan, so-so, depends on your level, kind of board, shape you're in, etc.
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Postby barmyarmy » Fri, 16 Sep 2005 10:49 am

EADG
Where are the spots to surf in Bintan?? Is there anyways of knowing there are waves before you go? Is it very inconsistant?
Any info on going for a surf would be great.

Level - Been surfing 26 years
Board - 6'4
Shape im in - Why have a six pack, when you can have a whole keg???

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Postby dot dot dot » Fri, 16 Sep 2005 10:57 am

barmyarmy,

Bintan mana mana beach huts is the surfers place at Bintan

http://www.holidaycity.com/manamana/

Just give them a call and ask, the season for surfing at Bintan is December to March, because of the monsoon starting then, with winds included.

Eric


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