Way out back, the biting jaws of Bali's Outer Reef beckon true surf mavericks to try their luck on one of the world's best lefthanders.
Think you've got what it takes? Head to Kuta for specialised reef surfing lessons and find out! Giving adventure nomads a taste of true reef surfing, these intermediate lessons are designed to take beach break veterans for their first foray into the killer closeouts and bone-breaking bottoms that define Indo as the ultimate surfing playground.
Kuta Reef is located about 800 meters offshore. With strong SE tradewinds and a southerly swell direction, waves reach 4-5ft at mid to high tide. Renowned for its world-class lefthander, it is located directly in front of the infamous Kuta Beach and close to the Airport Left and Middles, best accessed by one of the many boat operators which can be found at the beach, smaller swells are perfect for beginners whilst more competent surfers will find fun sections with waves winding out for up to 200 meters and a couple of good hollow barrel sections as well.
Working in small group/instructor ratios to ensure you get personalised training and assistance, reef surf courses in Kuta are based around Kuta and Airport reef. Focusing on some of the technical aspects of reef surfing, this 3day - 7day course offers one 2hour lesson per day and is suited to riders who already have experience completing bottom turns and link manoeuvres. Assessing your skill set on the first day, surf coaching is tailored to open face surfing to help you refine your take off, speed, gain confidence and work on your top & bottom turns, cut back and re-entry. Rental is included in the price, which gives you the opportunity to try different board sizes at the same time.
Kuta reef (part of Outer Reef) is considered one of the best reef breaks in Indonesia due to its infamous lefthander and glassy barrels. Conditions can get busy but the long and rippable left-hander has some double up barrels in the takeoff and runs for 100+ meters to the channel. The East coast breaks are most consistent between November and April, while the West coast offers the best conditions from May to October.