Bali Surfing Championship and Events Calendar 2018

Surf Festivals and Championship Tours in Bali

This Bali surfing championships and events calendar shows you all the special happenings slated 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!

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The Mad Hueys Komune Bali Pro 2018

Date: April (tentative) 
Location: Keramas Beach, Gianyar

This World Surf League (WSL) sanctioned event is slated for the Keramas surf breaks again this year. Last two 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 2018

Date: June (tentative)
Location: Echo Beach, Canggu

At the first stop of the REnextop Asian Surfing Tour 2017 last year, China’s first professional surfing tour began 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 registered and stood by for the start of the 4-day event.


Rip Curl Cup Padang Padang 2018

Date:  July - August (tentative)
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 last year, after last two 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 10th Edition

Date:  August (tentative)
Location: La Plancha, Jalan Mesari Beach, Seminyak

Ombak Bali presents three days of surf film screenings, music and art. 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 2018

Date:  August (tentative)
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 2018

Date: August (tentative) 
Location: Uluwatu

This pro event is 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 2018

Date: September (tentative)
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. Last year, the third series was held in Canggu, after the first and second in Java.


Surf Jam Bali 2018

Date: November (tentative)

Location: Balian Beach, West Bali

This is one wacky surf event to witness while in Bali. The annual Russian surfing festival has participants (mostly Russian), hitting the waves in various costumes as one of the festival’s highlights. Then, the real board-riding competitions include 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.

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