Lombok SurfSurfing Information
Lombok is World reknown Surfing destination among surf enthusiasts world wide. Huge waves and challenging surf lure die hards to Bangko – Bangko known as Desert Point on South Western tip Lombok.
Kuta on South coast are surf central and has range of accommodations and facilities especially for surfers. The waves at Gerupuk and Tanjung Aan offer a variety of challenges from beginners to sheer madness. Ekas bay has two surf breaks inside and outside with suitable for beginer to expert, depending on the season.
At certain time of years when condition are right you will find locals surfing the breaks at Senggigi, Mangsit beach, and off Gili Air and Gili Trawangan.
EXPOSING THE HIDDEN SURFING “JEWELS” IN THIS UNEXPLORED ISLAND PARADISE OF LOMBOK INDONESIA; Lombok has been an ideal surfing destination for years. Surfers, especially those that come to Indonesia to surf and are prepared to venture further than Bali, which is being, consumed by its own crowds, will discover Lombok rewarding beyond all expectations. We do have arguably the best left hand wave in the world at Desert point or Bangko-Bangko with barrels [hollow breaking waves], that run forever like there made by some wave machine. Although surfing it can get very crowded, and sometimes at low tide very shallow.
Many surfers have stitches from Desert point in the south of Lombok. Complimenting Desert Point, we have places like the Kuta region-not to be confused to Kuta Bali, supporting great surf at locations like Maui. A good left, but not at low tide, Air Guling in the wet season not far from Maui has great waves too. Gerupuk a left and right that is more suited for long boards. Without forgetting as well, outside Gerupuk a deep peaky wave that will have some big peaks in bigger swell these breaks are only accessible by boat.
Just around from Gerupuk there is Ekas Bay supporting a great inside right and a long lefthander breaking further out in the bay that can get sizeable swell. Heading up the west coast of Lombok you head into the Sengiggi region. Sengigg reef itself is a right, on one side and a left on the other-right breaking waves or left breaking as they head to shore. Sengiggi is more fickle than the south coast having to draw the swell from the Lombok Straight, but when it’s on has deep tube rights, and a fast moving left with a fast bowl section. Accommodation in Sengiggi is in front of the reef making life very comfortable. The dining and night life in is the best available in Lombok. Heading north these is Alung Alung point and some nameless breaks in larger swell. Completing the sojourn is the Gilli Islands offering some excellent waves at times. Should you want to continue further, there is the next island of Sumbawa with a multitude of world class breaks, depending upon where you head in Sumbawa dictates your waves.
There are places like Lakey area with 5 good reefs in close proximity to each other. Personally I prefer the West Coast of Sumbawa as it offers uncrowded breaks that are suitably named like, Scar Reef and Super sucks offering magic waves, not for the beginner. Again I’m not going to rave on about every spot there, if you go there you will fine the spots adding to the discovery and enjoyment of having a reef all to yourself Generally Lombok and Sumbawa surf suits the shorter board. It is more of a challenge to surf on a long board as the waves are mostly steep and hollow to make the drop and get a tube on a long board here is double the pleasure because it harder to do than the more responsive short board.
Always if you are coming to surf here bring spare leg ropes and wax, have travel insurance [a must], and a ding repair kit along with a small first as kit, as you are surfing over coral reefs. Lombok is completely different to say Bali, as different as Sumbawa is to Lombok.
The culture of the people of Lombok is nothing like Bali or other Indonesian Islands making it and experience to visit even without experiencing the waves.
“Remember if you enjoy surfing pristine waves in a beautiful settings, leave them as you find them don’t leave any rubbish behind or damage the vegetation, so it remains pristine always for future generations to enjoy”…..
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