One Week in Lombok: The Breaks

Judging by the number of families staying at the same hotel as us, it is reasonably safe to say that there is a fair amount that people can do in Lombok. Rich and I wouldn’t know though, we were too busy enjoying the waves to see what else was out there.

If you should ever happen to head down to Lombok for surf, which I highly recommend, here’s a run down of all of the spots you need to know.

ARE GULING
Are Guling was one of my favorite breaks when I was last in Lombok. It’s a right hand reef break, located west of Kuta, the main town in southern Lombok. They’ve redone the main road in recent years, so it’s a beautiful and easy motorbike ride out. They’re currently (as of June 2014) doing a fair bit of construction on the access road to the break, so it is not easily accessible for now.

The break itself though, is easily one of the best right-handers in Southern Lombok. Mid/low tides can see the inside section barreling. There is a left-hander on the other side of the bay, which is surfable, though only when it is small.

The only issue I have with the break is that it is hard to get to. About 500 meters away from the beach, it is best reached by boat. Unfortunately, boats are only in the area for tourist use sporadically. When they’re not there, you’re paddling out. The tides can get quite sucky, so just getting out there can be quite difficult.

DESERT POINT
The famed Desert Point is located on the South West Coast of Lombok, and is a 3-hour drive from Kuta. On good days, Desert Point has some of the best waves on the planet. There have been 20+ second barrels seen at this spot, and 10 seconders are considered common. However, it can go weeks without waves, so you have to pick your moment.

When it is going though, I’d exercise extreme caution. It’s incredibly shallow and the carnage can be significant. Surfers need to be much more experienced than myself and need to make sure they have the right board for it.

EKAS BAY
I have yet to try my luck at Ekas, but from what I hear, it is a great spot. Located to the east of Kuta it takes about 50 minutes to get to, 30 minutes by motorbike (stop at Awang) and then another 20 minutes by boat. Ekas is home to two different breaks.

Outside Ekas is a left hander that starts working over 5ft and holds up to 10ft.

Inside Ekas, which is located further inside the bay from Outside Ekas. It is meant to be quite a fun, walling peak. It needs a sizable swell and south east winds to get going, but when it goes, it can handle long rides and barrels on the inside of the right.

GERUPUK BAY
Gerupuk is located about 7 km east of Kuta, and is “easily” accessible by motorbike. The trip takes all of 25 minutes to complete, but the road is in tatters, so you have to be careful!

Within in the bay there are several different spots that you can surf, so depending on the tides, there is always somewhere that’s surfable. However, the bay is considered to have some of the best beginner surfing in Lombok, so it gets quite crowded at times. During our trip, we came out here at dawn each morning, but I think the afternoon is the best time to go, as most beginners will tire out and go home by around 3PM.

The surf can only be reached via boat, which you can hire along the main road in Gerupuk. Cost is about 50,000 Rupiah per person.

 

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Taking the boat out in Gerupuk Bay

Inside Gerupuk is a right-hander over a flat reef. It’s well suited for most surfers, though it can get really nice overhead sets. And on days when you get a sizable southwestern swell, it can be one heck of a spot.

Outside Gerupuk is a right-hander that is best at high tide. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to surf this break at all during this trip, as we seemed to only make it out to Gerupuk at low tides. You can actually see the reef protruding from the bay when it is low. However, from past experience, there are multiple peaks in this part of the bay. The inside peaks can have quite big drops, with hollow and fast insides, good for more experienced surfers, though the outside peaks are great for more novice surfers.

Don-Don is probably my favorite of the breaks in Gerupuk. It is the furthest break inside the bay and as a result needs a bigger swell to break. However, unlike the other breaks is has a brilliant A-frame peak that bends both ways. Finally somewhere I can turn left! Though still surfable it can get quite shallow in low tide. It’s a bit disconcerting getting off your board to realize you’re only waist deep in reef!

Kid’s Point is another right-hander, but it only breaks on larger days, so don’t expect much. I’ve never even seen it working! However, when it goes, it barrels.

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Taking a right-hander at Inside

MAWI
Mawi is stunning. Absolutely stunning. I’ve had one of my best waves ever at this break. On smaller days, Mawi offers a solid peak with short hollow rights and long lefts. When it gets to over/double overhead though, Mawi turns into a heavy left barrel, with elevator drops and heavy hold-downs (people have drowned here). Go right and you get spit out, hard. This is not somewhere I would take novice surfers and is not for the faint of heart.

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Lis taking a wave at Mawi in 2011

SEGER BEACH
Seger is the most easily accessible break from Kuta, less than 2km away. It is a right reef break, with the occasional left off the peak – a good place when the swell drops. Waves are easily double overhead, hollow, and very fast. Riding a wave there though has been described more as “running away from a monster” than actually surfing.

It is tough though, and scares me to death. The tides tend to be quite strong and the reef is very shallow. If you take a bad wave, expect to be torn to pieces.

When I was in Seger in 2011, I was quite hesitant to ride the waves, especially after a German man approached me and made it known that I shouldn’t worry too much – whatever happened, I’d float up to the top… eventually.

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The beach at Seger

 

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