The Mad Hueys Komune Bali Pro 2017
Date: April 23-27 2017
Location: Keramas Beach, Gianyar
This World Surf League (WSL) sanctioned event is slated for the Keramas surf breaks again this year. Last year’s Komune Bali Pro saw Taj Burrow paddle back to shore triumphantly, clinching victory in the final minute against Central Coast underdog Shane Holmes who was a standout throughout the event.
REnextop Asian Surfing Tour 2017
Date: June 8-11, 2017
Location: Echo Beach, Canggu
The first stop of the REnextop Asian Surfing Tour 2017, China’s first professional surfing tour, is set to begin on the 8th of June at Pererenan Beach, Canggu. Surfers from different countries in the Asia-Pacific region including China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, the Philippines and Taiwan as well as from Australia, Brazil, Hawaii, and the USA have already registered and are standing by for the start of the 4-day event.
Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang 2017
Date: 10 July - 10 August
Location: Padang Padang, Uluwatu
This is one of the biggest annual surfing competitions in Bali, culmination of the preceding Rip Curl Cup Trials in July. When the dates with the best swells are confirmed within this month, it will be a great chance to see the world’s best surfers in action, barrelling through their way to the top at the famous breaks of Padang Padang near Uluwatu. Organisers were forced to turn their sights to this year, after last year’s cancellation, which was only the second time in the 12-year history of the highly anticipated event. The first significant swell is expected to reach Bali July 15-16, and a possible better swell is currently on the charts for July 20-22.
Ombak Bali International Surf Film Festival 9th Edition
Date: 11-13 August 2017 (TBA)
Location: La Plancha, Jalan Mesari Beach, Seminyak
Ombak Bali hits the shore of La Plancha in Seminyak again this year, presenting three days of surf film screenings, music and art on August 11, 12 and 13. The film screenings are usually the main draw, and is free entry for the public. Ombak Bali in itself becomes a platform for surf filmmakers to promote their work, and aims to promote awareness of social issues and the environment by screening inspirational surf films.
Volcom Stone Totally Crustaceous Tour 2017
Date: August (TBA)
Location: Kuta Beach
Volcom’s Totally Crustaceous Tour usually kicks off with over a hundred contestants in April, at Lembeng Beach in Sanur. The young surfers compete for fun prizes and a qualifying spot in the TCT Indonesian finals, usually taking place in August at Kuta Beach. Volcom Stone’s Totally Crustaceous Tour has run across the globe since 1999, making it one of the longest free surf series dedicated to the youth.
Quiksilver Uluwatu Challenge 2017
Date: 17 August 2017 (TBA)
This pro event is set to be an annual highlight, part of the annual ‘Bali's Big Eco Weekend Event’ by Quiksilver and Coca-Cola Indonesia that takes place around Indonesian Independence Day on 17 August. The week-long surfing festivity calls out to the public for cleaner and safer beaches, while promoting an active and healthy lifestyle through surfing. Last year’s challenge took place at the Race Tracks surf break, with several heats seeing dozens of Indonesia's best surfers battling it out through long backhand barrel rides.
Rip Curl GromSearch 2017 - Series 3
Date: September 23-24 2017
Rip Curl usually announces their GromSearch series in January, and the series runs through six separate competitions staged at six different surf spots throughout the Indonesian archipelago, including Bali. The annual GromSearch gives any surfer under 16 years their shot at big time. The 2016 series saw its third leg held in Canggu in mid-April. This year, the third series will be held in Canggu, after the first and second in Java.
Surf Jam Bali 2017
Date: November (TBA)
Location: Balian Beach, West Bali
This is one wacky surf event to witness while in Bali. This year’s would be the sixth time the annual Russian surfing festival unfolds, with participants (mostly Russian), hitting the waves in various costumes as one of the festival’s highlights. Then, the real board-riding competitions begin, including short board and long board categories. Last year’s event saw winners receiving gifts and prizes such as jewellery, surf gear and surf trips to neighbouring islands. Last year, Hilton Worldwide as sponsor announced the prize for SurfJam 2016 as SGD 50,000.