How To Score The Best Waves – Lombok Surf Guide.

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Welcome to Lombok, an enchanting island with an epic surfing scene, and thankfully still less busy than its bustling neighbour, Bali.

Lombok caters to all skill levels, from beginners to intermediates, with a variety of Lombok surf spots to choose from. The island’s diverse surf breaks provide something for everyone. To top it off, pristine beaches, lush landscapes, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant local culture makes it a paradise for surfers.

With quality spots that work year-round, you can really fast-track your surf progression here, with waves for all levels that allow you to expand your comfort zone slowly and ensure you’re never going to end up sitting around all week stuck on a tiny island waiting for swell to come ( made that mistake a few times )!

Lombok is a dream location with a wide variety of surf camps and surf retreats. The international airport also makes it a hassle-free destination for those who want to avoid the traffic and pollution in Bali. All of this bundled up into a fun, vibrant area is a big reason why I chose this location for some of my retreats.

Lombok Surfing 101:

Lombok’s surf is heavily influenced by Indian Ocean swells, with the dry season (April to October) providing ideal conditions. The island’s wave breaks can be categorised into three main types: reef breaks, point breaks, and beach breaks.

The south coast of Lombok (Kuta Lombok) is particularly known for its variety of waves and good exposure to S-SW swell channels.

  • Reef Breaks: Formed when waves break over rocky coral reefs, these spots offer powerful and hollow waves sought after by experienced surfers.
  • Point Breaks: Occur when waves break along a point or headland, offering longer rides with more predictable patterns, suitable for both beginners and advanced surfers.
  • Beach Breaks: Found where waves break along sandy shores, these spots have more forgiving waves for novice surfers.
lombok surfers guide

Understanding tides is crucial for planning your surfing adventure in Lombok. Different tide levels significantly affect wave quality and shape.

Low tides can expose reefs, creating shallow sections that are challenging or dangerous. Certain reef breaks work best during mid-to-high tides with enough water coverage. For more tips on this try Getting Dialled In: Ocean Tides and Surfing

Top Surf Breaks in Lombok:

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For Beginners

Lombok is a haven for surfers, offering fun waves and spots for every skill level. Here’s a guide to some of the best surf locations on the island for beginners. If your struggling with your pop up strength have a look at this post for some awesome exercises and technique tips.

Senggigi Beach

Senggigi beach - lombok
  • Skill Level: Beginner wave
  • Description: One of Lombok’s most popular tourist destinations, Senggigi, offers consistent surf conditions in a tropical setting. The beach break is fun and playful, perfect for both beginners and intermediates. If travelling over on the fast boat, you’ll land in Senggigi, so why not stay a few days before heading south to Kuta.

Kuta Lombok

Selong Belanak: Ideal for Beginners and Longboarders

Seling Belanak beginners surf spot lombok

Selong Belanak is perfect for beginners and longboarders. The gently rolling waves and wide sandy beach offer an ideal learning environment with crystal-clear waters; for some tips on noseriding, check here.

  • Waves: Mellow waves and forgiving, perfect for practicing pop-ups and balancing.
  • Longboarders: Enjoy long, peeling waves for classic, soulful rides.
  • Facilities: Several surf schools and equipment rentals are available. After surfing, relax on the sandy shores or dine at local warungs with views of the bay.

Selong Belanak’s laid-back atmosphere and beginner-friendly waves make it a must-visit spot for new surfers and longboard enthusiasts.

Tanjung Aan

Tanguang Aan surf spot

A wave with a nice long wall, great for longboarders and beginners, best when around 2-3 foot. The waves at Tanjung Aan are gentle and forgiving, making it an ideal spot for beginners looking to catch their first wave. The sandy bottom provides a comfortable landing, reducing the risk of injury for those just starting out.

  • Skill Level: Beginners and Longboarders
  • Description: Near Kuta, this sandy beach features A-Frame lefts and rights breaking over a sandy bottom.

Seger Beach

This is the first ridable spot to kuta village. Check this out when the swell is small, it’s best at 2-4 foot and mid-low to mid-high tide. It’s a fun peaky right. It breaks over reef, but a great spot for beginners to start expanding their comfort zone.

  • Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Description: Near Kuta, Seger Beach features black sand and stunning cliffs. The breaks are generally mellow, making it suitable for beginners, with challenging sections for experienced surfers during bigger swells.

Best for Intermediate surfers

Ekas Bay

Located on the east side of Awang Bay you’ll find 2 breaks.

Inside Ekas : Right which needs a solid swell to break well. Check on mid tide and light winds.

Outside Ekas: Perfect for those goofy footer looking for a fun racy left on its day.

  • Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
  • Description: Situated on the east coast, Ekas Bay offers both left and right-hand waves over coral reefs. Advanced surfers will appreciate the challenging conditions, while intermediates can find smaller swells closer to shore.

Mawi Beach

Mawi is consistent. The area benefits from favourable wind conditions that ensure frequent surfable swells throughout the year.

  • Skill Level: Intermediate surfers
  • Description: A hidden gem on the southern coastline, Mawi Beach is known for consistent waves and a picturesque backdrop. The reef break offers both lefts and rights with plenty of power.

Are Guling

Are Guling surf spot in lombok

Are Guling is the first bay west of Kuta, offering both right and left-hand waves ideal for intermediate to advanced surfers. This large bay works best during the rainy season (October to April) and features reef breaks with unique characteristics.

Are Guling Right

  • Wave Type: Right-hand wave
  • Conditions: Holds both big and small swells, works best at low to mid-tide
  • Experience: Offers a long, playful ride with a nice wall or a fast barreling wave

Are Guling Left

  • Wave Type: Left-hand wave
  • Conditions: Fast and hollow, best with mid-size swell (4-5 ft) and mid to high tide
  • Experience: Shorter, more intense rides, often less crowded than the right

Both waves break in the middle of the bay. You can either paddle out or take a boat drop-off. Be sure to understand the currents before heading out to ensure a safe and enjoyable surf session.

Gerupuk Bay: Versatile Surfing Haven for All Levels

Gerupuk Bay - surf spots in lombok

Gerupuk Bay, located near Kuta in Lombok, is a versatile surf spot catering to all skill levels. The bay features four main breaks, each offering unique surfing experiences. Planning a Lombok surf trip to Gerupuk Bay ensures a versatile surfing experience for all skill levels.

DonDon: Beginner to Advanced

  • Wave Type: A-frame wave with both left and right equally good
  • Conditions: Needs medium to large swell to break
  • Experience: Easy takeoff with a long ride; perfect for beginners on medium swells and better for experienced surfers on big swells

Outside Right: Intermediate to Advanced

  • Wave Type: Outer reef break
  • Conditions: Picks up much swell, best for small to midsize days
  • Experience: Steep takeoff with fast inside and barreling sections; several peaks to choose from, with smaller inside peaks for less experienced surfers
  • Best Time: Rainy season when the tide is not too low due to the sharp and shallow reef

Outside Left: Advanced Reef break

I’ve had some of the best sessions of my life out here!

  • Wave Type: Fast and hollow left-hand wave
  • Conditions: Works best on a small swell, very wind sensitive
  • Best Tide: Mid to high

Kids Point: Beginner to Intermediate

  • Wave Type: Right-hand wave
  • Conditions: Only works on a big swell
  • Experience: Fun wave with a nice shape, ideal when other spots are too big

Gerupuk Bay’s unique geography provides protection from strong winds, resulting in clean and enjoyable surf conditions year-round. Whether you’re a beginner looking to catch your first wave or an advanced surfer seeking challenging breaks, Gerupuk Bay has something to offer for everyone.

Advanced Surfers

Spotlight on Desert Point: Lombok’s World-Class Wave

Desert Point, located in southwestern Lombok, is renowned for its perfect left-hand barrels and epic rides. This wave attracts surfers worldwide, offering breathtaking views of untouched coastline and lush green cliffs.

  • Best Season: May to October (dry season)
  • Challenges: Strong currents and sharp reef edges make paddling out challenging, but the reward is crystal-clear turquoise barrels that wrap around for extended rides.
  • Skill Levels: While intimidating, beginners can enjoy smaller waves on the shoulder. Intermediate and advanced surfers will be challenged by bigger sets.

Reaching Desert Point requires effort, as it is off-the-beaten-path, but the experience is unforgettable. Pack your board, find a knowledgeable local guide, and pray you get there before any charters. My advice before heading out here is to do some breathing training – you’ll feel a lot more comfortable out there. Surf Apnea Mastery: Unleashing the Power of CO2 Tables

Best Times to book that Lombok Surf Trip

Lombok offers consistent surf year-round, but the best times vary by season. The best time to surf Lombok is from April to October, during the dry season.

Peak Surf Season (April to September)

desert point lombok

This is when Mawi and Desert Point turn on alongside Tanjung Aan, Gerupuk and Ekas.

  • Conditions: Larger swells and more consistent waves
  • Ideal For: Advanced surfers seeking bigger challenges
  • Weather: Trade winds blow offshore, providing ideal conditions

Shoulder Season (October to March)

This season is when surf spots like Seger and Are Guling work best.

Check out some lesser know spots with incredible waves: Labuhan Haji, Sereweh, and Upper Sereweh, on Lombok’s East Coast (opposite the next island – Sumbawa).

  • Conditions: Smaller but manageable swells
  • Ideal For: Beginners and intermediate surfers
  • Weather: Occasional rainfall in December and January, but often uncrowded and pristine waves
  • Know Your Limits: Choose surf spots that match your skill level to ensure safety and enjoyment.

Accommodation Guide: Where to Stay for Surfers

Lombok offers a variety of accommodations catering to surfers:

Kuta

  • Vibe: Vibrant and social
  • Options: Hostels and surfer-friendly guesthouses
  • Perks: Surfboard rentals and lessons available

Check out my top picks –

Xanadu surf camp – Relaxed atmosphere, made for you surf experiences.

Dance Lightly – experiences unlike any other, using oceanic wisdom and technical tools to guide guests to greater depths of transformation, yet walking away with a refreshed sense of weightlessness.

Wondering why you need to try out a surf camp as a chick – have a read here.

Selong Belanak

  • Vibe: Luxurious and serene
  • Options: Upscale villas and resorts
  • Perks: Stunning ocean views, pristine beaches, board storage, and easy access to surf breaks

Gerupuk Bay

  • Vibe: Quiet and tranquil
  • Options: Cozy beachfront bungalows
  • Perks: Direct access to surf spots, peaceful environment, and breathtaking sunsets

I love staying out in this village – To really improve your surfing FAST try out Surf Camp Indonesia!

Travel Tips: Getting to and Around Lombok for Surfers

Getting to Lombok

  • By Air: Direct flights from major Indonesian cities like Jakarta and Bali to Lombok International Airport.
  • By Sea: Fast boats from Bali’s Padang Bai harbor to Lombok’s Lembar Harbor. Pray it’s not a bumpy day …. It’s a long hour if you get seasick like me !

I’ve also rented a car in Bali and travelled across on the car ferry – but it’s a long journey; my pick these days is by air.

Getting Around Lombok

kuta lombok village
  • Motorbike Rental: Popular for exploring surf spots at your own pace. Available in tourist areas like Kuta and Senggigi.
  • Private Car with Driver: Convenient for groups and navigating Lombok’s roads comfortably.
  • Organized Transfers: Book through tour agencies or resorts for hassle-free transportation to surf spots.
  • Boat Charters: Essential for reaching remote surf spots like Desert Point and Ekas Bay. Available at Gerupuk Bay and Kuta Beach.

Plan your transportation in advance to make the most of your surfing adventure in Lombok.

Conclusion: Lombok – An Unforgettable Surfing Destination

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Lombok offers stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, and world-class waves for surfers of all levels. Beyond surfing, immerse yourself in the island’s rich culture and natural beauty. Visit traditional Sasak villages, hike Mount Rinjani, explore the Gili Islands, and enjoy local cuisine.

If you’re on the fence about visiting, I’d recommend getting here sooner rather than later. Lombok is very rapidly progressing, with new villas and hotels popping up every month. Gone are the days when we used to call Lombok “the hidden Gem of Indonesia” or what Bali used to be. Its dramatically changed over the last 9 years since I visited last. But still has the vibe and charm that made me deeply resonate with it many years ago.

Whether it’s your first visit or one of many, Lombok leaves a lasting impression with its perfect waves, warm hospitality, and breathtaking scenery. Pack your board and get ready for an adventure in this Indonesian paradise.

FAQ

Does Lombok Have Good Surf?

Yes, Lombok offers excellent surf year-round for all skill levels, with ideal conditions during the dry season (April to October). The island has various breaks for beginners, intermediates, and advanced surfers, ensuring consistent waves.

What Are the Surf Conditions in Lombok?

Lombok’s surf conditions include primary surges of around 3 feet and secondary surges up to 7 feet. Onshore winds provide favorable surfing conditions.

Can You Surf on Kuta Lombok Beach?

Yes, Kuta Lombok is a surf paradise with consistently good waves. Key spots include “Point X,” Mawi, and Mawun. Hotels like Matahari and Kuta Indah offer surf information.

Which Is Better, Bali or Lombok?

Lombok is quieter and less crowded than Bali, with excellent diving spots around the Gili Islands. Bali has more developed tourism and busier beaches.

When to Surf in Kuta Lombok?

The best surfing season in Kuta Lombok is from September to April. However, good waves are available year-round.

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