You ever wonder what the longest paddle in Bali is, from beach to break?
It’s the paddle out to Hyatt Reef.
But once upon a time there was a further paddle. This break was then the most remote and inaccessible in Bali. Where is it? The answer is at the end of this post and might surprise you.
Boat service to Kuta reef started early in Bali’s modern surfing history. Surfers of the 70s would pay fishermen to sail them out in the outriggers, which then became motorized with outboards and by the 80s, fishermen and their sons were making a living as a ferry service instead of fishing. Boat service also started in Nusa Dua in the 80s, traditional fishing outriggers, although now fiberglass hulls dominate.
But some surfers still choose to paddle.
Google Earth has a ruler function that I’ve used to approximate distances from beach to main peaks at the following southern reef breaks of Bali (not all, just a select few):
Sanur: 380 meters
Tanjung Sari rights: 720 meters
Hyatt: 1300 meters
Sri Lanka: 320 meters
Nusa Dua: 770 meters
Greenballs: 300 meters
Padang: 250 meters
Airport rights: 1300 meters (from Jimbaran beach)
Airport lefts: 1000 meters
Middles: 1100 meters
Kuta Reef: 800 meters
And the longest paddle ever used to be:
SERANGAN ISLAND before the landfill/dredging project of late 90s: 1400 meters from beach, but even before that you had to take a boat to get to Serangan. Now it’s a straight drive up and a 300 meters paddle.
Next week’s post: THE CURIOUS CASE OF SERANGAN, from Bali’s most remote and unknown surf break to