It’s August already, means that summer is coming to its end soon. However, for us Indonesian, we have a never ending summer for the whole year. We have all year round sunshine. And talking about summer, Bali is always being the first thing to come into my mind. Yes, Bali, that beautiful and heaven-like island. And since a lot of my International friends are interested to visit Bali, so I decided to start posting a series of my Bali experience in this blog.
In this post, I want to share a bit of my surfing experience last year in Bali.
Well, I’ve been to Bali like a lot of time since it’s only 45 min by plane to get there from my hometown. Even the flight ticket is not that expensive.
However, everytime I went to Bali, what I do and place I go are almost the same.
So, last time, when my Korean friend, Yujung, and her family came to Bali for holiday, I decided to do thing that I never have done before.
Yes, it’s Surfing.
Since Yujung’s parent are turns out to be fans of challenging sport, they agreed as soon as I asked them to do it.
But the waves here are quite stable, that's why Kuta is the best place for beginner surfer.
At the shore, we found a lot of stall's renting surfing boards and even offering a 2 hours surfing lesson. We rent the board with the coach for IDR 200.000/person (rmb 100, usd 14).
I was so nervous at the beginning.
I love water sport so much. From diving, snorkeling, jet ski, donut boat, to rafting and stuff, but I've never surfed before. I always thought that surfing is too difficult for someone who's not really good at sport like me. But, well, I want to give it a try.
First, the coach taught us to do some basic movement (paddling and standing on the board) at the shore before we get into the water. He also asked us to do some warm up and alerted us to be careful before we started. After done with our practice at the shore, he took us to the water.
As I expected, it was super difficult. You are not only required to have a body balance, but also need to understand when does the perfect wave willl come and when is the best time to stand on the board.
Yujung's dad with his surfing board
In fact, to stand on the board is not the only difficult part, the hardest part is to keep standing still and landing perfectly. I guess to master the technique will really need take a lot of practice. I fell from the board several time, and the most dangerous part is when you stand too close to other people and crashed into each other. There’s one time that I got hit by someone's board and it’s so freaking hurt.
However, as I saw Yujung’s parent, who obviously much older than me, were keep trying and didn't give up, I decided to keep going till finally I did it perfectly (only once HAHA).
It was extremely fun eventhough I’m not sure how many time I fell and how many wound and cut i got. But this first surfing experience really is one of the memorable one. If I have a chance to do it again, I will definitely do it and master it (I wish hahaha).