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Published September 1st 2019
Learn to ride the wave in Bali
Bali is one of the world's top surfing locations. It didn't seem quite right to be here but not at least try it. So if you fancy giving it a go, here's how my day went.
There are a lot of places to surf in Bali, and hundreds of surf stands on the beach stretching from Kuta to Seminyak alone. So I was happy to have the choice made easier for me when I was invited for a surf lesson at Chandra's Surfing.
It was nice to see a surf school with an active social media and website with clear and fair prices. I had tried asking for information from other stands as I walked along the beach once, but I'm not a fan of haggling. Also, even though I know the waters aren't deep where the beginners surf, it was good to see that he was first aid trained and an "ASI certified surf" instructor. According to the website, this means that he can handle most situations that could happen while surfing but also has had extra training on how to deliver the lesson, communicate and offer feedback.
Another reason I tried Chandra's Surfing School was that as I was on my own, it was nice to know that photography of my lesson was included in the price. Normally I have to miss out on pictures as there's no one to take them for me. But as you can see, they managed to get a few good ones of me.
My final reason was that the location was easy to find, had parking areas nearby for mopeds and also was situated near the lifeguard tower. Oh, and of course, his English was perfect.
I can't compare to the other surf lesson providers but I have to say I was impressed by how easy it was to get in touch with Chandra. There was a wealth of information and helpful tips on the website or a simple email to book and get further information. Not to mention the option to call, whats app or contact via their active Facebook page. And if you're not sure what to bring with you or what's included simply drop them a line or check the website as it's all there.
So the actual day of my lesson arrived. No matter when you book you get confirmation of the best wave times around 3 days before. This was fine for me as I would prefer to be flexible and get the easiest waves to learn on.
With my rash vest on, we started the lesson. Of course, on a beach, there's nowhere to officially put your bag but Chandra's team was happy to keep an eye on my belongings. After a few minutes of explanation and copying what I'd been shown it was straight into the water. I really wasn't expecting to stand up as quickly as I did but having someone in the water helping to position you and give you momentum really helped. I enjoyed not having to worry about paddling to match the wave speed or try to hold my position, all that was done by Chandra. Plus, he knew how to spot a good wave and the etiquette of surfing so always made sure I was safe and not about to crash into another new surfer.
I'm happy to say that by the end of my lesson I had managed to stand a few times and honestly am really looking forward to going back another day. I'd highly recommend trying surfing as the waters are perfect for beginners in this area.
I can't believe I managed to stand up on my first lesson
Just a few other points about Chandra's Surfing School. Of course, you have the lesson options and sunbeds, but you can also hire boards separately if you don't need the lessons, together with body/buggie boards. And as mentioned you get photography of your lesson included, but if you were after some beach pictures of perhaps the family, or sunset etc then that can be arranged as he is a keen and talented photographer.
For more information take a look at his website or social media, or feel free to leave me a comment if you have any questions.