Bali’s surf spots have become favourites for wave riders of varying skill and experience, and some may find a trip to the island incomplete without trying out the waves. Beginners in particular may find it slightly intimidating due to the pro dominated waves, but they can always have a go once they’ve got a hang of their craft. Along Bali’s sandy south-western coast, and the likes of Kuta, Legian and up north to Canggu, there are sandy beach breaks that provide ideal spots to improve your wave riding. Here are Bali’s top surf schools to help those anxious about getting on their board to feel the real thrill of surfing.
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Odysseys Surf SchoolKuta
Odysseys Surf School has been giving lessons since 2003 and has its headquarters right at the front of the Mercure Kuta Hotel’s arcade on Kuta Beach. It provides an open, fun, and friendly learning environment for beginners, with a team of experienced instructors who are determined to get you standing on your board within your first few lessons. Your first lesson gives you handy hints in selecting the right board for you, and the basic know-how of body and board positioning, along with basic manoeuvres. Supported by Oakley and the Academy of Surfing Professionals Australia, Oddyseys offers group and private surfing lessons, and there’s even a special class for kids. Its arsenal of rash guards, helmets and soft different sized foam-lined boards help you learn ride the waves instantly and safely. Read More...
- Location: Mercure Kuta, Jalan Pantai Kuta, Kuta
- Tel: +62 (0)361 742 0763
Rip Curl School of SurfLegian
One of the leading surf brands, Rip Curl set up a base for its surf school in Legian in 1998. These shores are not as crowded as Kuta in the south, and provide you with slightly better conditions for learning. After around four hours of guidance from Rip Curl’s experienced team of instructors, you’ll get a clearer understanding of the techniques, the form, and positioning on the board, and most importantly find your way on the waves. Safety is held to be top priority by the instructors as you can get hurt while trying hard to stand up on your board, and they provide the latest range of Rip Curl’s top gear for the purpose. Its expanded courses include kitesurfing, wakeboarding and windsurfing. Rash shirts, board shorts, booties for reef surfing, wetsuits (on request), and helmets, impact vests for kite, wake and windsurfing sessions are all are provided. You can have fun with the soft boards after the course to hone your newly acquired skills.
- Location: Blue Ocean Beach, Jalan Arjuna, Legian
- Tel: +62 (0)361 735 858
Pro Surf School BaliKuta
Pro surfer Frank Faust has set up his school with a friendly attitude and sociable atmosphere, and his students have formed long-lasting friendships with his team of instructors. Pro Surf School Bali maintains its personal touch in learning to surf through six levels of courses running daily. Its Kuta beachfront location adds to the convenience of getting out to the waves and putting to practical use the basic theories that you learn in the swimming pool. Their boards and surf gear are renewed annually, so you get the best training boards equipped with rubber fins to maximise safety on every go. Fibreglass and epoxy boards are thrown in as you move up to more advanced classes, up to 9’6 Malibus. Pro Surf also provides luxury accommodation with a beach lounge bar and restaurant, and the bonding endures through monthly pool parties and barbeque nights.
- Location: Jl. Pantai Kuta, Kuta
- Tel: +62 (0)361 751 200
Quicksilver School of SurfLegian
Former world champion surfer Cheyne Horan set up his school in Legian several years back, and it later became the Quicksilver School of Surf where he remains as head instructor and coach. Headquarters are right on Jalan Pantai Legian next to the Jayakarta Hotel. The instructors are professional and friendly and they stock great Quiksilver surf gear. Perfect for beginners as well as experienced surfers who have taken a break from surfing and would like to refresh their moves. Some beginner classes take over two hours and the team are determined to get you standing up on your board and ride a wave over the course.
- Location: Jalan Pantai Legian, Legian Kaja, Legian
- Tel: +62 (0)361 731 078
Canggu Surf School BaliCanggu
The surfing craze reached the shores of Canggu, north of Kuta and Seminyak, due to the discovery of favourable waves and terrific beachfront locations. As the first surf school in Canggu, the Canggu Surf School conducts surfing lessons daily at 09:00 and 14:00, with its ‘Canggu-specific curriculum’. It provides you with hints on fundamental topics from currents, shore breaks, sets, lulls, and the areas to be or not to be in, paddling, taking off, to identifying the peak of a wave. Then comes the big day when you apply all what you’ve learned, catching the first real wave out the back and riding a wave independent from the coach, while enjoying the ocean and the acquired thrills and skills of surfing. The best thing about the Canggu Surf School is that they guarantee one professional coach for every two participants.
- Location: Jalan Pantai Sentosa, Echo Beach, Canggu
- Tel: +62 (0)361 800 428 4