On the lookout for a great surfing holiday in a gorgeous traditional Southeast Asian environment? Our Bali surf school provides excellent surfing lessons from qualified instructors in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere.
We are serious about surfing, but also appreciate the finer things in life, like good food, good company, and of course comfortable and tasteful accommodation. We also respect and admire the local character of this magical island and try to reflect it in every aspect of our Bali surf school.
Rapturecamps Bali is located on the Bukit Peninsula’s southwest coast at Padang Padang beach. “The Bukit”, as it is commonly referred to, hangs down from the island’s southern coast, providing an incredible mix of conditions for surfing. The Bukit, with its numerous top spots in such close proximity to one another, is what makes Bali legendary in the surfing world. Our Bali surf school takes advantage of these breaks and brings in our many years of surfing experience and knowledge of local conditions to provide a surf adventure you’ll never forget.
Padang Padang beach, with its long, consistent and unbroken wave, is an ideal place to learn how to surf and hone your technique. It’s also a beautiful beach for swimming, taking in the scenery and just hanging out. Besides Padang Padang, famous nearby surf spots including Bingin, Balangan, Uluwatu, Impossibles and Dreamland — all within easy reach of our Bali surf school.
Rapturecamps surfing instructors are qualified according to Australian certification standards and know all the ins and outs of local conditions and different breaks. They’ll teach you according to your level and take you the best spots Bali has to offer.
Bali surf school — What we’ll cover
A typical introductory lesson at our Bali surf school will cover basics like board handling, paddling out, catching a wave and then getting to your feet. You’ll learn your proper stance; whether you’re a “natural” left-foot forward surfer or if you surf right foot forward, aka “goofy foot”.
Important surfing tips
1. Start by lying down on your board, centred with your belly flat against the top portion of the board. Place your feet at the tail or just hanging over the edge. Make sure the nose of the board is level and not sticking up or dipping down into the water. You can control this by adjusting your position on the board by moving slightly forwards or backwards.
2. From this position paddle by moving your arms in a forward crawl as if you are swimming, but extended sideways, cupping your palms to push yourself through the water.
3. Then it’s time to find a wave to catch. First turn so that you’re facing the beach. When you see a good wave coming paddle in at the right speed so you catch the wave rolling in. To get to your feet put your hands palm-down in front of your chest and push yourself upright. Use your knee or back leg to help you if you can’t pop directly to a standing position. Once up, feet should be shoulder-width apart with your back foot parallel to the breadth of the board. Keep your front foot at a 45-degree angle. To steer and maintain balance, hold your arms out and keep your knees bent slightly.
Example Bali surf school lesson plans:
Surfing Lesson 1
- Safety and beach awareness
- Surf equipment
- Catching a wave
- Standing up
- Controlling your board
Surfing Lesson 2
- Refining your standing up technique
- Catching a wave to shore
- How to speed up and stall
- Popping up technique
- Refining stance
Surfing Lesson 3
- How to turn
- Back hand and forehand techniques
- Finding your style
- Surf awareness
Surfing Lesson 4
- Linking turns
- Enhancing your technique
Surfing Lesson 5
- Linking top and bottom turns
- Different ways to paddle out
- Coming out the back
- White water
- “Out of depth” waves
Surfing Lesson 6
- Surfing unbroken waves
- Sitting on your board
- Angled take-offs
- Selecting and timing your waves
Surfing Lesson 7
- Backhand and forehand turns on the face of a wave
- Positioning yourself in the line-up
- Using rip currents
- Refining wave selection and timing
- Surfing with hardboards