If you know what a bombora is; or what I mean when I refer to a cutback, this is the article for you.
As an experienced surfer, I have travelled the world and particularly Indonesia in search of the gnarliest swells, and the highest crests available.
Today I want to share what I have learned that could help you on your next surfing adventure. So, get ready for a dawn patrol like no other and let’s get to it.
Sheltered between Bali and Sumbawa, Lombok has been crowned the sister of Bali. The two are compared almost everywhere I go in Indonesia, which surprises me more every time I learn an exciting new difference that exists between them. Bali has some awesome swells, but Lombok appeals to the adventurer within and it has a special place in my heart. A lot of it remains undiscovered to everyone but the locals, and that just means you must try it for yourself to get the whole picture, and I loved that.
Those wishing to escape Bali’s over-crowded tourist hotspots need to give Lombok a go. It is home to one of the world’s best left-handers, namely Desert Point. This is the sensational wave that pinned the island on the world’s surfing map. It has some of the most consistent surf in all of Indonesia and is one of the least crowded too. Whether I am hanging loose or hanging ten, this is where you will find me season after surfing season.
Speaking of, more so than any other island in Indonesia, Lombok is a year-round surfing affair.
The peak season and swell dominates Desert Point and other beaches in the area from April until November, when you start to see the more classic 6-12ft (2-4m) longer period swells arrive from a south westerly direction, which continue to arrive at 3-6ft (1-2m) during the wet season.
Those wet season tropical cyclone stances can vary greatly, sending very short periods packing just as much power during winter slides.
Winds blow across Desert Point with clear regularity: the mild easterly winds start up in April and usually finish up in October with more southerly winds prominent towards the end of the season.
One good tip I will say is that a tide table is worth its weight in gold when you are looking to explore the swells around these parts.
It should come little surprise to a seasoned wave traveler like yourself that the waves in Lombok are lower quality than what you will find in Bali. This applies in theory to everywhere except Desert Point. All that aside however, surfing in Lombok does have its clear perks to certain demographics.
Most of the surf spots are very suitable for beginners and intermediate surfers. And truth be told, Lombok is an excellent option if you are looking to learn or teach someone to surf. The waves are friendlier and the water less crowded. Therefore it should weigh heavier as a consideration to those off the pro circuit and treating the family to a relaxing surf holiday.
The south coast surfing spots: Gerupuk, Ekas, and Selong Belanak all have great beginner waves. Inside Gerupuk is the most popular surf spot for learners in Lombok. All of this adds together to form the perfect holiday destination for experienced and beginner surfers alike, all joined in a love for a sport – with different beaches posing different challenges.
Last but certainly not least, I wanted to talk about where I stayed. I stayed at Charlie’s Shack during my time in Lombok, a self-proclaimed Bar & Grill with a Bed and Breakfast option. Very close to all the major surfing destinations, this was a solid 10/10. I indulged in great food, solid surf and made some lifelong friends and memories. I could not possibly recommend them enough for your next surfing adventure in the area.