Even though, Bali is known as the most consistent surf travel destination in the world, from time to time the swell gets too big or the wind blows our home beaches. But Bali would not be Bali, if there wouldn’t be an option! While the east coast of Bali can be a good option during rain season and for expert surfers, the west coast can be in dry season. Especially the famous lefthand pointbreak Medewi is always worth a visit, when the breaks around Canggu and Kuta can no longer hold the swell (10- 12 ft. and bigger).

Bali Corduroy

An outstanding lefthand pointbreak - Medewi

Medewi beach is located in the left corner of a bay and the swell does not hit the spot as hard as in the south and south-west. Speaking in numbers, the waves at the Medewi spot usually are 2-3 ft. smaller, compared to Canggu. In addition, this spot is an interesting training ground for intermediate to advanced surfers. On a good day, even step up beginners can have a look. Although Medewi is breaking over rounded rocks, the wave is much smoother than many other pointbreaks and not as dangerous as if it would be breaking over sharp coral reef. Usually it is also not as crowded as many other breaks along the coastline, especially compared with those spots closer to the Bukit peninsula.

Left Pointbreak Turn

Medewi, a village between past and future

Contrary to many villages in East Bali, Medewi has a large muslim population. Like anywhere else in Bali, they get along with the surrounding Hindu culture very well. But that’s not the only contrast found over there. The little village is just about to improve to the next step. Shortly after the first tourist resorts have been built in the nineties, Medewi experienced a serious drawback after the terrorist bombings in Kuta in the early 2000’s. Now that the situation is obviously stable again, the village has recovered and as a first sign, you can see a constant effort to improve the infrastructure. The road to the beach gets repaired, some new houses are built close to the shore, more and more little shops open at the main road. In only 5 -10 years, Medewi will probably have changed a lot and the local people are really looking forward to that.

Fiherboats Bali

The Medewi Boardriders Club

Soon after your arrival, you will notice some of the local beach bums. Most of them are members of the Medewi Boardriders Club and their main business model is selling their t-shirts to tourists. With the money from the t-shirt sale, the club helps local kids with equipment and organizing an annual surfing competition. The shirts are quite pricey compared to a typical sweatshop in Bali, but if you are not short on money, maybe consider to buy a shirt or make a little donation to the club. You won’t regret it. The locals know how to appreciate a friendly gesture and will always help you with information about the village, the spot, the conditions and everything else.

Medewi Boardriders Club

Bali daytrip to Uluwatu

Instead of a lazy weekend, most of our guests at the surf camp choose the option to go on a daytrip on sunday. We usually don’t offer surf lessons during the weekend. The surf spots in Bali are mostly too crowded then and our surf guides need a day off from time to time, too :) This time, it was decided to go on a tour to Uluwatu, which is one of our favourite destinations, besides Ubud, the Kings Graves, the monkey forest and the temple of Tanah Lot. On the way to Uluwatu we usually stop by at another famous surf spot of Bali, that goes by the name of Padang Padang. Afterwards we often join the traditional firedance ceremony at Uluwatu.

Kuta Traffic Jam

The streets of Kuta are a little less crowded during the weekend, but still busy, compared to the roads in Europe or anywhere else in the western world.

Padang Padang – one of the best surf spots in the world

Padang Padang is not only a lovely beach, it is also one of the most famous surf spots in the world, that offers perfect conditions nearly all year long. Just 30 meters away from the parking lot,the beach of Padang Padang is entered through a steep stairset, cutting through between the cliffs. The beach itself is just a short stretch of 200 meters, next to a high cliff on the left and sharp rocks to the right. The waves break over a shallow reef 70 meters away from the beach and even if you don’t surf you will be well entertained by those who do. The real Padang Padang, a shallow, barreling lefthander, which is not visible from the beach cause it is hidden behind the cliff, usually hosts a bunch of real good surfers on the. Beginners and intermediates are well served on the smaller break, right in front of the beach, that goes by the name of “Baby Padang”. Like usual, the beach is pretty busy with vendors of all kinds of souvenirs, surfboard rentals and little warungs. Since the beach is not that extended, it gets crowded early and runs out of shady places pretty fast, but if you stay longer you can rent an umbrella to stay cool.

Padang Padang Beach

Overview from the above the beach at Padang Padang

The famous Uluwatu cliffs and reefbreaks

After Padang Padang, it’s not that far until you arrive at Uluwatu, which is another well known surf spot in Bali, famous for its long and hollow tube rides in front of a stunning view from the cliff. Both spots are considered to be “pro spots” and only well trained surfers should go out there, especially at a swell size which brings the spots to life, somewhere above the 6ft. mark.

Uluwatu Channel

The Channel, your way into the break at Uluwatu

Aussie Surfer at Uluwatu

Big spray and cutback at Uluwatu

Watch the surf and relax

All the way down the cliffs at Uluwatu, many small shops, cafés and restaurants are built into the cliff walls, which offer everything to satisfy the needs of the visitors. On a good day, you can spend hours and hours, just catching affordable food from the restaurants, have a few cold beverages and watch the incredible surf. If you surf there yourself, every single wave will be caught by professional photographers on the cliff and you can buy your shots later in one of the booths, that are specialized in that business. A common price for your shots is about 150.000 IDR.

Uluwatu Restaurant

Campers hanging out at one of the restaurants on the cliff.

Traditional Balienese firedance

If you are not too tired after your Uluwatu experience, our drivers take you to the temple where you can enjoy the traditional firedance ceremony at Uluwatu, before everybody gets transferred back to the Stormrider Surf Camp.

Uluwatu Fire Dance

Firedance ceremony, Uluwatu at sunset