Hello everyone! If you thought about learning how to surf, let me tell you something, you’ve got to start in Bali. Here is why. Bali is super safe, beautiful and affordable (a class would be around $12!!). In this blog post, I will tell you exactly where to learn how to surf in Bali for female solo travellers like yourself.
Ready? Let’s dive in!
The Best Surf Schools in Bali
Whether you’re a seasoned surfer or a newbie eager to catch your first wave, Bali has got you covered. Here are some top-notch surf schools that welcome female solo travellers with open arms.
Kuta is the original surfer’s paradise in Bali, and for good reason! It’s famed for its long sandy beach and beginner-friendly waves, making it the perfect spot for those dipping their toes into the world of surfing for the first time. And, let’s not forget the epic sunsets, you’ve just got to see it to believe it! The beach is lined with lively bars and restaurants, giving you plenty of spots to chill and recount your surfing tales after a day in the water. If you’re looking to surf and want a taste of Bali’s vibrant nightlife, Kuta is the place for you. 🏄♀️🌅
Here below are the best places to learn how to surf in Kuta for female solo travellers:
- Odysseys Surf School: Just steps away from Kuta Beach, Odysseys offers a relaxed and easy-going environment that’s perfect for beginners. Their patient instructors will have you up and riding in no time. You’ll leave with a smile, trust me!
- Mysurf School Bali: This surf school is more than just a place to learn, it’s a tight-knit community. They embrace beginners with open arms and make you feel like part of the family as soon as you set foot on their sandy beach.
- Harry Potter Surf School: Experience the magic of surfing with Harry Potter Surf School. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced, their patient instructors provide one-on-one attention to ensure a comfortable and confident ride.
- Kuta Beach Surf Lesson: Located right on Kuta Beach, these guys offer friendly and personalized lessons for beginners. They’re all about making you feel like part of the surf family from the get-go.
- Tio Surf: This surf school provides exceptional surf lessons with patient and detailed guidance to help beginners find their balance on the waves.
So, you’re wondering why Uluwatu is such a magnet for surfers, right? Well, let me tell you, it’s all about the waves, my friend! Uluwatu is famous for its stellar surf breaks that can make any surfer’s heart race with excitement. And it’s not just about the waves, there’s also this breathtakingly beautiful cliff-top temple overlooking the sea. Just imagine riding the waves with such a mystical backdrop! Now, I won’t lie, the waves can get pretty gnarly, especially for beginners. But hey, that’s where the thrill lies, doesn’t it? And with the friendly and experienced instructors in the local surf schools, you’ll be catching those waves in no time. So, if you’re looking for a place with epic surf, stunning views, and a chill vibe, Uluwatu is definitely the place to be.
Here are the best surf schools to check out:
- Jelly Surfboard Repair & Rental: I’m going to start with a place that is not a surf school, but hear me out. Jelly is an amazing person who knows everything about surf, waves and humankind. He also happens to know when the surf classes are available! So even if you don’t want to rent a surfboard he will tell you exactly where to get the best surf instructors and what time of the day. Bingin is also the perfect beach if you want to learn how to surf, it’s absolutely stunning and the place to be for surf vibes and sunsets!
- Padang Padang Surf Camp: At Padang Padang, they offer lessons designed specifically for first-timers; you’ll be standing up on that board before you know it. Also, this beach is amazing, it must be on your list even if you don’t want to surf!
- Bali Swell Surf School: This place is not your typical surf school; it’s like joining a family. The team of dedicated surfers welcomes everyone with open arms, creating a warm and friendly atmosphere. This is especially great for solo travellers looking to take their surfing skills to the next level.
- Rapture Surf Camp: Another gem in Uluwatu, Rapture provides a laid-back, supportive environment perfect for beginners. With their group lessons, you’ll be catching waves (and making new friends!) in no time.
- Malibu Surf School Bali: This surf school offers a unique experience, combining professional surf training with a touch of paradise. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced surfer, you can immerse yourself in the beauty of Bali while mastering the art of riding the waves.
Canggu, my friend, is like a surf haven! It’s buzzing with energy. You’ve got to check out the long stretches of beach with different breaks for all levels. We’re talking Echo Beach, Batu Bolong, Old Man’s… these names are legendary among surfers worldwide. But it’s not just about the waves, it’s the vibe, the spirit, the sense of community that you feel here. You’re bound to make new friends while catching some epic rides. And when you’re done with the waves, there are plenty of chill beach bars where you can just kick back and watch the sunset. 🏄♂️🌴
Here are a few places to consider for your first surf class:
- Mojo Surf Bali: Right in the heart of Canggu, Mojo Surf goes the extra mile to help beginners feel like veteran wave riders. You can expect supportive instructors, big laughs, and an unforgettable experience here.
- In Da Surf Bali: True to its name, you’ll be ‘in da surf’ in no time with their hands-on approach. These guys are all about making surfing fun and accessible for everyone.
- Canggu Surf Lesson: The friendly instructors and laid-back atmosphere here create the perfect environment to catch your first wave and enjoy the thrill of the ocean.
- Silver Surf Bali: This isn’t just a surf school, it’s a community. They welcome beginners with open arms and ensure you feel like family from the moment you step foot on their sandy beach.
- Surf with Aldo: Get ready to catch some epic waves with Aldo! Located by the renowned Batu Bolong beach, this surf experience offers expert coaching and a thrilling adventure for all skill levels. Join Aldo and elevate your surfing game to new heights!
Have you ever thought about Lombok? If you’ve already been to Bali and would like to try something different, you should pick Lombok instead. Read all about it here where I also list the best places to surf! You’re welcome.
What to expect from your first beginner surf class
Are you ready to catch some waves and learn how to surf? Here’s what you can expect from your first beginner surf class in Bali:
- Introduction and Safety Briefing: Your instructor will introduce themselves and go over the basics of surfing, including safety precautions. They’ll also explain the different parts of the surfboard and how to use them.
- Practice on the Beach: Before hitting the water, you’ll practice paddling and standing up on your board on the beach. This will help you get a feel for the movements and build some confidence before heading into the waves.
- Water Time: It’s time to put your skills to the test! Your instructor will guide you into the water and assist you in catching your first few waves. Don’t worry if you fall off, it’s all part of the learning process.
- Feedback and Guidance: After each attempt, your instructor will provide feedback and guidance on how to improve your technique. They’ll also give you tips on reading the waves and positioning yourself correctly.
- Celebrate Your Progress: Whether you managed to stand up on your first try or needed a few more attempts, your instructor will celebrate your progress and encourage you to keep going.
By the end of your first beginner surf class, you’ll have gained some basic surfing skills and hopefully caught a few waves.
Finding the Right Surf School
Of course, picking the right surf school is key to making your surf journey memorable and safe. Here are some things to consider when choosing your surf school in Bali.
- Reviews: Make sure you read the reviews online or go check out the place in person to understand what’s the vibe and watch some classes if you can.
- Instructor Qualifications: A good instructor makes all the difference. Look for schools with experienced, certified instructors who can guide you through the surfing process patiently. The first few classes will be all about learning how to stand up. Unfortunately, sometimes you will get not-qualified instructors who will only know how to push the surfboard so you can stand up. These people are not going to help you improve your technic and eventually stand up.
- Group Size: This is very important. Learning to surf in a small group or private lesson often results in a better learning experience. It ensures you receive personalized attention and immediate feedback.
My Personal Experience
I had my first surf class at Bingin Beach in Uluwatu and I loved it so much, I knew it was going to become my new thing! I went to Jelly Surfboard Repair & Rental with a friend I made on the beach and we decided to take a class together. We had 1 instructor each and learned a lot! She stood up quickly because she’s been practising in Australia but I couldn’t stand up at all if not briefly and then fell in the water! I kept falling and never really standing up properly. It took me a few classes to stand up properly, maybe 5? But I know a lot of people can stand up very easily in the first class!
I ended up learning properly in Lombok and since then I pretty much always stood up because once you learn exactly what to do, you will stand up forever! Since then I’ve also been surfing in Portugal and Italy. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to meet other people too!
Safety Tips for Female Solo Travellers
So you’re all set to take the plunge. Awesome! But before you do, here are some quick tips to ensure your surf adventure in Bali is safe and enjoyable.
- Don’t give up: Trust me, standing up on your board for the first time takes practice. But don’t let a few tumbles discourage you. It’s all part of the fun! There will be amazing days and less successful days but you learn from each experience. I always get myself a shell bracelet every time I get upset from an unsuccessful surfing day. It reminds me to keep trying and that every fall brings me closer to success.
- Don’t forget insurance: Surfing, like any sport, has its risks. You never know when a rogue wave or a tumble might happen, and trust me, it’s more than just a bruised ego. So, seriously, make sure you have travel insurance that covers surfing. It’s not as boring as it sounds, I promise! It’s just one of those grown-up things that you’ll be grateful for later.
- Be aware of your surroundings: When surfing in Bali, be mindful of other surfers around you. Respect the locals and fellow surfers, and always follow the rules of the surf spot you’re at. The instructor will tell you all the rules and let me tell you, it can get very crowded sometimes so there is a lot you have to avoid in the water!
- Sun protection: The Bali sun can be intense. Don’t forget to slather on that sun cream and wear a rash guard to protect your skin.
- Choose beginner-friendly spots: Start with gentle waves and sandy bottoms. Places like Kuta are perfect for beginners.
- General safety: As a solo traveller, always let someone know where you’re going. Make friends with other surfers and look out for each other. This is mainly for when you will be advanced level.
FAQ’s: Answering your burning questions:
Is Bali good for solo female travellers?
You betcha! Bali is one of those places where you can totally feel at ease travelling solo. There’s a huge community of solo female travellers just like you, which makes it really easy to make new friends. Plus, the locals are super friendly and go out of their way to make you feel welcome. Just remember the usual safety tips and you’ll have a blast! Check out this blog post about safety in Bali for female solo travellers.
Where can I surf for beginners in Bali?
Beginner surfers, I’ve got your back! As I mentioned before, try starting in Kuta. The waves are gentle, the bottom’s sandy (no ouchy rocks here!) and there are plenty of surf schools around. Once you’re confident, you can then try out Legian and Seminyak. They’re a step up from Kuta, but still pretty forgiving.
Is Canggu good for beginners?
Well, it depends on your courage levels! Some of the spots in Canggu can be a bit challenging for newbies. But don’t let that stop you! There are still spots suitable for beginners, like Batu Bolong Beach.
I hope you got an idea on where to learn how to surf in Bali for female solo travellers! I really hope you will try out this new exciting sport and hopefully meet lovely people on the way. 🏄♀️🌊
Ciao for now,