In a word: heaps. From Serangan Beach on Bali to Yo Yos and back, there are three named spots on Nusa Lembongan, a dozen on the south coast of Lombok and another dozen on the west coast of Sumbawa. And within these spots – some of which are famous around the world as the longest, hollowest waves in the world – are myriad other reefs that come and go with wind and tide and swell direction.
On the first day of the trip, Dreamweaver leaves Serangan Beach on the east side of Bali’s Bukit Peninsula for a short crossing to Nusa Lembongan – home to the reefbreak peak at Playgrounds, the long right barrel at Lacerations and the slightly shorter right barrel at Shipwrecks. Nusa Lembongan wets your appetite for all that is to follow.
After a day on Nusa Lembongan and some grinds, the guests go to sleep as the crew uses GPS to motor across the Lombok Strait for an early morning arrival to Lombok. One of the first waves on the west coast of Lombok is the world-famous Desert Point. Tucked up inside the Lombok Strait, Desert Point is a long and incredibly hollow left hander that on its day can break up to 300 meters, growing in size from takeoff to end; if you get it when its on you will never forget it! You’ve seen it on those giant murals on the walls of Rip Curl Surf Shops: line after line of geometrically perfect lefts, wrapping along a shallow, coral reef.
When Dreamweaver makes the crossing of the Alas Strait to the southwest face of Sumbawa you will find – surprise surprise – even more surf!
ADDITIONAL WAVES OF LOMBOK/SUMBAWA INCLUDE:
SHIPWRECKS: The most famous and most surfed of all the waves on Nusa Lembongan, this right produces a good wall for maneuvers and, depending on the tide, good tubes. Best at medium tide with a 4 to 6 foot swell, but can get bigger on a good day.
LACERATIONS: A powerful and very hollow right hander that can produce some of the best barrels around if the swell direction is right. Best at medium tide with swell head high to double overhead.
PLAYGROUNDS: A right and a left with a soft coral bottom, that are very easy and fun to surf, being the favorites of inexperienced surfers. Best with medium swell (6 to 10 foot) and medium or high tide.
DESERT POINT: A long walled and incredibly hollow left hander that on its day can break up to 300 meters, growing in size from takeoff to end. Has been called the best left hander in the world, if you get it when its on you will never forget it! Best between 6-15 ft.
BELONGAS BAY: This is a fairly typical Indo reef break. Nice and consistent with powerful long rides when the swell picks up. Sensitive to winds. It's better during the raining season with NE winds.
Two main peaks:
The right: good peaky right on the west side. Can be powerful.
The left: at the east side of the bay. Doesnt always work, but very good when its on.
AIR GULING: 2 breaks - a hollow shifty left, best at mid to high tide.
A nice right with a fast inside section, best at low to mid tide Has reasonable protection from the wind.
GERUPUK: This is a huge bay about 7 km east of Kuta, on Lombok, and on a big day it offers a few different breaks around the bay. It can handle any winds as its protected and surrounded by hills
Inside Gerupuk or Bumbang Bay, a right-hander,a fun wave suitable for all levels of ability breaking over flat reef or sand bottom. The big days of southwest swell can be a great time to surf it. This break is surf-able at any time of year, best on the incoming tide.
Gerupuk Outside or Gili Golong, a right-hander, good at mid to high tide. A huge wave and big take off at the point, then a long ride when you get to the inside section, which can be fast and hollow. Up to a maximum of 10 foot.
Don-Don, A right and left hand peak suitable for all abilities, can be a real fun break especially on a bigger swell, best on an outgoing tide.
Pelawangan, another right-hander for beginners, only on big days, it can get very hollow on the right tide.
EKAS BAY: has two spots. Outside Ekas, a good left-hander close to the entrance of the channel that can break for up to 200 meters on the right day.
Inside Ekas is a fun peaky wave, A left and right hander, works with a bigger swell, the left from mid to high tide and the right from mid to low tide, hollow and barreling on inside section. Can get very good when the winds are light, maximum 12 foot.
SCAR REEF: A long walled left peak where you drive into several backdoor sections all offering tube rides to write home about. Best between 4-18ft. There is also a smaller right hander on the inside reef on the bigger days.
SUPER SUCKS: Has been called the longest most intense tube ever ridden. Breaking over a live coral reef, this wave reels faultlessly for 150 meters. Get pitted from takeoff to exit. No top turns here when its on! Best between 6-12 ft.
YO-YOs: Catches any swell. It consists of two rights, one a wedge peak breaking off a cliff face, the other a long walled right reef in the middle of the bay, usually surfed when everywhere else is small. Best between 6-12 ft but has been surfed at up to 20 ft and bigger.
When conditions allow some other semi secret spots are accessed.
Booties, some light rubber and helmets are highly recommended as many spots break over reef. Also bring plenty of sun protection, spare wax, leg ropes, fins etc and your favorite CD's and DVD's.
Indonesia has a lot of surf. Get some.