1. Surf Board:
Yes it looks cool to walk on the beach with a tinny shortboard under your arm and it even looks cooler on Instagram or Facebook.
So grab the shortboard of your friend or surf guide and make these cool shots but as soon as you think about learning how to surf the time of looking cool is
Sorry girls and boys as a beginner everything you need is volumen. This means a long thick and wide surfboard. Your first few days you will spend in the whitewash.
This means on the part of the beach where the waves have already been broken. The power of the whitewash is much smaller than of a green wave and you really want to have a surfboard thats 8-9ft.
, best would be a soft top as it’s more save. Time will pass and you are ready for the first green wave. Stick to a Longboard or a Minimalibu for the first months of your surfing. Most people
step down to short boards way to fast and thats the biggest mistake you can make. The most important is to catch as many waves as possible and thats not what you gonna achieve with a short board.
So what’s next after the Minimalibu? Volumen is the key of catching waves for all your live as a surfer. Those tinny toothpicks surfed by John John and Kelly are not for the average surfer. Get a
hybrid or a fish. Volumen in the nose wide and thick is still what you wanna ride.
What spot is good for beginners and learners and why? As we are talking about Bali everybody will think about Uluwatu, Padang Padang and other big names. What ever
spot you have read about in a surfing magazine or watched in a surf movie, please stop dreaming about that this is for you. - not today and not in the next year -
As a beginner all you need is a nice beach break, best not even a surfspot. A sandy beach with not to many people around is just perfect for your first
Ok sandy beach - so Kuta beach sounds perfect. I was telling you a sandy beach with not to many people around so forget about Kuta beach. I am telling you the 2
main facts to find uncrowded waves now.
- first cold water
- second a long travel from the airport
As we are talking about Bali forget cold water and focus on the second fact. You wanna travel as far from the airport as you can and still be in a region where
there are waves. Welcome to Medewi in the west of Bali. It’s a 3 hour drive from Denpasar and well known as bali’s longest left point break. This place offers you a perfect beginner sandy beach
with no crowd and a super mallow point break once you are ready for green waves.
What season is best for beginners? No matter where in the world the best season for beginners is never the main season for a spot. Main season means it’s gonna be
the best and biggest waves for the spot and for sure also the most people. You don’t want the biggest waves of a spot and for sure also not the biggest crowd. So travel before or after the season
for a spot but make sure that there is still some swell left. As you are in bali don’t worry there is always enough swell for beginners and learners around.
The classic surf tourist spends 2 weeks a year or maximum 2 times 2 weeks a year for surfing. I am sorry to say but in 2 weeks there is no chance to learn surfing
or improve your surfing, not even with the best surfguide or surfinstructor. If you really want to learn surfing you should minimum invest one month to learn the basic skills. Surfing is a
complex sport and you need to learn basics of weather wind and ocean knowhow. To improve your surfing 2 weeks are also not enough. You need 5 days to get your paddle power back and 10 days to get
back to your surf level of the last year, so on a 2 weeks trip you have 2-3 days to improve. It’s way better to spend 3 weeks in a row than 2 times 2 weeks. An other big mistake many people do on
there surf trips is, that they are changing locations way to offen. Do a good online research and decide where you want to stay and spend as much time at one spot as you can. You will need 2-3
days to understand a new spot and once you know a spot the fun begins. It’s easier to understand a point break like Medewi than a beach break, as there is less change in the line up.
5. Etiquette & behavior:
As in any other sport or activity there are also basic rules in surfing which you can find here.
Every surf beginner and learner has to know this rules and stick to them. It will sometimes be frustrating in your learners time as respecting this rules will
mean that you not gona catch a lot of waves. The most important is to keep every body save in the water and thats what these rules are made for. Second is that everybody should have fun and catch
some waves. You wanna catch more waves? Easy just follow a few rules. Whenever you come to a new spot and see perfect conditions don’t grab your board and jump into the water. The way to
catch more waves is to spend 30-45min at the beach and study the line up, talk to locals where to paddle in and out. Once in the water respect other surfers and you will also get the respect
back, a nice hello and how are you is always welcome. Don’t forget to smile as the best surfer in the line up is the one who has the most fun.
See you smiling in Medewi west Bali
Mike from MedewiSurfHomestay