Paddles Distances to Select Bali Surf Breaks

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
insanely crowded.

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2 Responses to Paddles Distances to Select Bali Surf Breaks

  1. 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….

  2. Boat service to Kuta reef started early in Bali’s modern surfing history

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