I was looking to do something new, something I haven’t tried before but I did not plan for anything before I left for Bali. So, when I was there strolling along Seminyak beach it was just an instinctive and impromptu decision to take a surfing lesson.
Seen so many surfers in Bali made me want to try it. Also I love the sea, the water and the waves, so I could imagine myself surfing through too.
After the overview on the basic techniques on shore it was time to test the waters. My instructor Wayan was really really patient with me and always cheered me up after every of my failed attempts to stand. Once I started to catch the waves and finally stood up , it was the best I’ve felt in a long long time.
Learning to surf isn’t easy at all, but it is addictive once you catch the first wave standing. I felt that way once I could stand up after a lot of attempts, albeit for a very few seconds. Next time I visit Bali (hopefully very soon) I know I am going to spend most of my days in the water on a surfboard.
There are a lot of places with instructors along the beach itself that offer surfing lessons (approx 25-30 USD for 2 hours). I went for one such as it was not a planned one. Nevertheless, it was an unforgettable experience!!
The Ripcurl school of surf is supposedly the best in Bali when it comes to surfing lessons. Their lessons would cost approx. USD 60$, but I’ve heard nice things about them!!
Learning to surf properly is no magic. It takes time, patience and effort. But the end result is something that stays with you!!