G’day grommet. Or maybe you are an experienced surfer, have taken a hiatus and are looking to get back to hanging ten on your next holiday? Either way, you have come to the right place.
This is all you need to know about the best time to surf in Lombok.
So you’ve heard that Lombok is well suited to beginner and intermediate surfers, but if you are anything like me – you will want to know more about why Lombok is such a special spot for surfers and holiday-makers of all abilities. Why is it Lombok stays in season less than Bali? Are there places around Lombok that allow for less strict seasonal visits? If you have found yourself pondering these or other questions about the surf in Lombok, read on!
Firstly, a word on seasons. Like all Indonesian islands across the board, Lombok has a beautiful tropical climate. While it is indeed humid at times, this can easily be counteracted spending most of your time in the swell, something you can do all year round! The water here in Lombok is always warm, topping out at a magnificent 29 degrees Celsius.
Time to take your board leash off and chuck your professor cap on, because now it is the part where we get down and dirty with the pressure systems that make Lombok a magical place to surf.
Lombok lies less very close to the Equator in the tropics. Days are almost universally 12hrs long with sunrise at around 6.20 a.m. and sunset at 6.30 p.m. The daytime temperature averages 30°C (86°F) all-year-long on the beaches. This is what they mean when they coined the phrase, “heaven on earth.”
Lombok’s tropical monsoon climate has two distinct seasons: dry (May to September) and wet (October to April). Monsoon refers to the wind – even in the wet monsoon the rain tends to be short lived and quite localized though. May, June, and July are generally considered the best for surfing (with the best in season swells) and this is because Lombok is more protected than the exposed beaches of Bali, which answers the question as to why the seasons often differ in length.
The peak season and swell dominates Lombok’s main attraction – 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.
Ok professor caps off, let’s finish off what you are really here to read about.
When it is on, Desert Point is indeed one of the longest, makeable left-hand barrels on the planet with over 20 seconds tube time possible on one wave, albeit this does not happen very often. Locals in the area have reported that the take-off area can change around a little from season to season but generally rewards a deep strike. High velocity is the key as it quickly winds up and starts peeling ruthlessly across the shallow reef, chopping a trench in the coral where the mechanical lips have been smashing for centuries. Only surfers experienced enough to deal with the advanced exit and the narrow reef should tackle this monster of a swell.
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