Surfing Bali: Why You Should Hire A Surf Guide When You Visit Bali
Planning on surfing Bali?
Planning on surfing Bali? When I was on the Island of the gods on my round the world trip, I surfed quite a bit. I probably surfed a lot there because it’s one of the world’s biggest surf destinations. It’s an intimidating sport so I was nervous to try it. Swimming is not my strong suit. I can swim but I’m not the strongest of swimmers.
When I was in Nha Trang, in Vietnam, my friend Paul taught me how to surf. Because I have been snowboarding for a long time and even used to skateboard, I was comfortable on a surfboard. I even stood up on my first try. When I was in Phuket, I took lessons again and again in Bali. Then I left for the Philippines and went surfing on Siargao. When I returned to Bali I was fully focused on surfing Bali because I was hooked!
Surfing Bali – My Experience
In Bali, I took private lessons from a guide for a week and it was much cheaper than taking lessons with a surf camp. If you wander around the beach many surf instructors will come up and try to sell lessons. Many of them know how to surf but are not skilled at teaching others. I learned that through trial and error.
My friends Willie and Paul with our surf guide Eddie
Because Eddie is local, he knows which breaks will be less crowded and what time the swells are at. He also drove us to surf spots and brought a friend to help drive our motorbikes. They know shortcuts to get to the surf breaks and fended off the local police who sometimes try to bribe tourists. My friend Willie who has been surfing for over 10 years agreed that having a guide was beneficial.
Me and a surf guide in Seminyak – try different ones if you can, not all are good
This is my surf guide, Eddie. He is awesome. He was a former guide at a German surf camp in Bali. They overwork and underpay the local guides. He was making $150 a month! When he went off on his own, he was making much more money.
When you are in Bali, speak to some locals and get recommendations. Try surfing Bali with a few different guides to see who is a better fit for your skill level. After my own experience, I learned it made a huge difference to try out guides before making a longer commitment.
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