Bali Surfing Championship and Events Calendar 2017

Surf Festivals and Championship Tours in Bali

This Bali surfing championships and events calendar shows you all the special happenings scheduled throughout the year. Some are held regularly each year and are part of competition tours sanctioned by the Asian Surfing Championships (ASC). Most of all, they showcase the finest local, national and international surfing talents ruling the island’s famous surf breaks, while also introducing promising future stars through their equally thrilling ‘grom searches’.

Also listed here are some other surf-related events in Bali, such as movie nights that are held regularly each year, where you can gather with like-minded wave riders and movie buffs, and even meet up with the film makers and the living legends behind the action clips, all while admiring their inspiring footage on large open-air screens. Speciality surf events are also something not to miss out on! Think we’re missing out on one? Let us know using the feedback button below.

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APRIL

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.

JULY

Billabong Grommet Attack 2017

Date: July 2017 (TBA)
Location: Padma Beach, Legian (TBA)

This ASC Junior sanctioned surf event in Bali is an annual offering by Billabong, and will see the first leg of the year’s series (depending on wave conditions), tentatively hitting the surf breaks at Padma Beach and Kuta Beach in July and August respectively. Triumphant riders are to receive a Billabong product pack and the grommet with the highest accumulative score will be crowned series champion, taking home a trophy, gifts and prizes from sponsors.

Rip Curl Cup Trials 2017

Date: July 2017 (TBA)
Location: Padang Padang, Uluwatu

This specialty surf event leads up to the highly anticipated Rip Curl Cup each year that is commonly held at Padang Padang near Uluwatu. Last year’s specialty event saw the battle for the one position up for grabs as tight as it's ever been between 32 Indonesian competitors. 

AUGUST

Rip Curl Cup 2017

Date:  August (TBA)
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.

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) 
Location: Uluwatu

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.

SEPTEMBER

Rip Curl GromSearch 2017 - Series 3

Date: September 23-24 2017
Location: Canggu

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.

NOVEMBER

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.

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