Surf School in Bali: the perfect spot to learn how to surf
30 October 2018
On the lookout for a great surfing holiday in a gorgeous Southeast Asian environment? Our surf school Bali provides excellent surf lessons from knowledgeable and experienced instructors in a safe, friendly and comfortable atmosphere.
Likewise, 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 respect Mother Nature and admire the local character of this magical island and try to reflect it in every aspect of our surf school and surf camp in Bali.
Bukit Peninsula — the perfect place for surf lessons in Bali
In the surfing world, Bali is known for consistent waves and an incredible selection of breaks for all levels of surfers. “The Bukit”, as it is commonly referred to, “hangs down” from the island’s southern coast, providing an incredible mix of conditions for surfing, with its numerous top surf spots in close proximity to one another is what makes Bali legendary in the surfing world. Above all, our surf school takes advantage of these incredible surf breaks and together with our many years of surfing experience and local knowledge provide you with a surf adventure you’ll never forget.
Bali is the perfect place to learn how to surf and we built our camps as close as possible to surf spots ideal for taking surf lessons.
Padang Padang Right is ideal for beginners and those developing their technique, while Uluwatu and Padang Padang Left (the “Balinese Pipeline) are better suited for experienced surfers and pros. And you’ll love the breathtaking nature as well as the friendly locals.
Our Surfcamps in Bali
You’ll find one of our camps located in the southwest coast at Padang Padang beach, while the other right on top of Green Bowl. We’re situated walking distance to Padang Padang and within an easy reach to other famous surf spots, such as Uluwatu, Bingin, Dreamland, Balangan and Impossibles. Situated on the beautiful Bukit Peninsula, which features Bali’s highest concentration of surf breaks, Padang Padang is only a 25-minute drive from Denpasar Airport and only 3km to the north of Uluwatu temple.
The Rapture camp in Padang Padang is a friendly and comfortable camp with all the modern amenities set in a charming traditional Balinese architecture.
Wake group or private lessons for any level, whether you’re a beginner or an intermediate surfer. We love surfing and we love Bali — let us share our stoke and the best waves in the world with you.
Padang Padang beach, with its long, consistent and unbroken wave, is an ideal place to learn how to surf and to improve your technique. It’s also a beautiful beach for swimming, taking in the scenery and just hanging out. Besides Padang Padang, famous beginner surf spots including Bingin, Balangan, Uluwatu, Impossibles and Dreamland — all within easy reach of our surf school.
Discover the best surf spots in Bali with our Surf Instructors
Our surf instructors are skilled, experienced and qualified according to Australian surfing standards. In addition to that, they possess a deep knowledge of local conditions and surf spots and can help you find the best times and breaks for your skill level.
They’ll keep you safe, teach you according to your level and take you the best surf spots Bali has to offer.
What you’ll learn in our Surf schools
A typical beginner lesson at our surf school Bali will cover basics like ocean safety, board handling, paddling out, catching a wave and then getting up to your feet. You’ll learn proper stance and wave riding techniques; whether you’re a “natural” left-foot forward surfer or if you surf right foot forward, aka “goofy”.
Here are some fundamental steps you will start with at our camp:
Where to place yourself on the board to paddle out — stomach flat with your feet at the tail, maintaining a board that is leveled with the water.
Paddling should look like a forward crawl swim stroke, except with arms out to the sides. In addition to that, cup your hands to push yourself through the water.
Find out if your stance is “goofy foot” (right foot forward) or a natural (left foot forward).
Catching a wave
When the real action begins. After paddling out, turn your board around so that you’re facing the shore, paddle forward equal to the speed of the wave, timing your entry to catch it. Place your palms under your shoulders and push yourself up so that you’re standing with feet shoulder-length apart, slightly bent at the knees. Place your back foot across back end of the board as well as your front foot at 45 degrees. Hold your arms out at your sides for balance and steering.
Surfing tips for beginners
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 leveled and not sticking up or dipping down into the water. Moreover, 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.Furthermore, form cups with your palms and 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. Also, 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 under your shoulders and push yourself upright. Use your 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 width of the board. Keep your front foot at a 45-degree angle.
Surf school Bali example lesson schedule:
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