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Surfing Dude!

Learning to surf at Gerupuk, Lombok

We chose Kuta Bay Homestay not only for its good reviews but also because the owners were keen surfers and had equipment for us to give it a go. Sarah and I decided we would get some lessons and Ro having already had some experience would rent a board and join us out on the surf!

For beginners the best breaks are at a bay east of Kuta called Gerupuk. In order to get out to the breaks you needed to use a boat and this was included in the lesson cost of 300,000 RP each, along with scooters to get to that part of the coast.

As soon as we knew we would be getting lessons Sarah and I couldn't help but think about a scene from one of our favorite films Forgetting Sarah Marshall. We had to let Ro know of our 'fondness' of the movie. As was the only film we had on our Ipad we had become a little obsessed with quoting it....well ..... I had really! So we needed to prepare her and apologise in advance for all the quoting.

This is the surf lesson scene with Chuck (aka Paul Rudd) and we tried not to use his philosophy of 'Do nothing'.

We got kitted up and hopped on the bikes and headed off in convoy to Gerupuk for an early morning surf.

Soon enough we were mimicking the scenes from the film. When my teacher called out 'pop up' to me during the lesson and I had to stop myself from a chuckle.


A quick intro into how to get up, twisting your body whilst doing a press up so that you can bring your front foot forward and we were ready to go surfing. It was a nice addition to be joined by Clayton and Meg, who had been staying at the home stay at the same time as us, aswell as the owners Tom and Susie and their son Aidan. It worked out well for us as Susie would be able to take photos of us learning and hitting them waves.


Sarah and I had two locals guys to teach us, Yin and Yoyo. They were very good at reading the waves and getting us in the right position. As we waited we looked around and saw a large amount of people on the water. I think because the waves are good here for beginners and advanced surfers it gets over crowded. It did mean that when a wave would come the local guys would shout 'PARTY WAVE' as it was perfect for more than one person too ride it.


It didn't happen straight away for me but Sarah caught her first wave like a pro!


But a couple of more breaks and I was up too and it was such a rush!


Ro handled the waves like a pro!


We even had all three of us having a party wave attempt!


Clay got this one better than Sarah.


Later she almost rode right into him, managing to steer out of the way just in time. It was the first time she had been able to steer the board and joked that Clay should get in the way more often so she could improve.

From then on it was 'surfs up' and the conditions were really perfect for learning and we were able to catch more and more waves.


We headed back to Kuta with a spring in our step, but having all that sun took it out of us. Sarah and I chilled in the shade whilst Ro topped up the holiday tan, and we put the world to right in the evening over dinner at the Bule restaurant.

Stay tuned for more tales


Posted by doyledan 07:34 Archived in Indonesia

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