Bali Surfing How the island gained such popularity2019-03-20 | views: 291
Surfing on Bali - why Bali and not another island in Indonesia? From our article you will find out why you can ride all year round in Bali, who was the discoverer of local waves, how the island became a Mecca for surfing, why people from all over the world come here, and also why learning to surf in Bali is in great demand.
Surfing on Bali. Where do the waves come from?
The answer to this question lies in the very location of the island. Bali is located in the Indian Ocean at 8th latitude below the equator. The southern part of the island goes into the open ocean, and it is from there that the waves come to Bali. This is due to the fact that there are 40th latitudes, about which many stories have been written and told - it is at these latitudes in the open ocean of the storm that almost never ceases. When the wind blows in one direction for a long time during a storm, its energy is transferred to the ocean and makes huge masses of water move, forming a certain flow (swell). And, accordingly, when this current, he swell, approaches the coastline and begins to encounter a rising level of the bottom, waves begin to form. And Bali as a magnet attracts them to itself.
Bali Surfing History
Legend has it that back in 1936, a certain Bob Koke, a California native, moved to Bali with his wife Lewis, fell in love with this place at first sight and opened a small tropical hotel on Kuta beach. The wild beach of Kuta with a sandy bottom and excellent waves did not leave him indifferent. At that time, this place was a small fishing village where Bob rode a longboard and felt like the surf king of the whole island.
Much time has passed since then, and surfing in Bali has changed a lot. The first wave of surfers who began to arrive on this island came in the 1960-70s. It was at this time that surfers found out about places like Uluwatu and Padang-Padang, which are recognized as one of the best surf spots on the planet. Thus began the story of surfing in Bali, which made this island the way we see it today.
Why does Bali attract not only waves, but also tourists
The main reason lies in the fact that surfing in Bali is a year-round phenomenon, the ocean is almost always warm, and the number of surf spots exceeds 40. There are waves for any level - both for beginners and for “burned”: and beach breaks, and reef spots with fast and sharp waves, and gentle long waves, ideal for longboard. Everyone can find a suitable spot for their level and enjoy surfing in Bali.
The second advantage of the island is the absence of dangerous living creatures in the ocean, although, of course, it is worth taking precautions. It is for this reason that Australian surfers love to surf in Bali so much. To arrive at dawn and ride in the company of 5-10 people gives everyone the opportunity to "catch" more than a dozen of excellent waves.
The third point - here everyone will find what he likes. The magic of the island and the Asian flavor do not leave indifferent most people. Bali attracts a huge number of tourists from all over the world, and everyone can find something for themselves. Wild and deserted beaches, tropical thickets and preserved original culture of the locals closely coexist with a well-developed infrastructure of tourist centers with all its attributes. All this you can find in Bali, and more. The main thing is to be inquisitive and know what to look for. Lovers of fun can stay in Kuta, fans of luxury and expensive restaurants in Seminyak, and those who want to combine a fun party and surfing in Changu or Uluwatu. In recent years, the number of visitors to the island, including surfers, has increased dramatically, but there are still a lot of unexplored places left on the island.