| Get surf report

bertish-2-1200-th

Wed, 19 June 2019

Surf travel guru Greg Bertish - on a family adventure to Indo - immediately lucks into a kiff 10 foot groundswell that pounds the Bukit Peninsula. Here's Part 2 of his Indo Diaries.


Bertish-in-Bali-2019-004

TROPICAL RUSH: A solid 10 foot swell thunders down the reef at Uluwatu. Photo Bertish


Literally wihtin two days, I scored an early morning session of 8-10 foot Impossibles and then cranking Uluwatu the next day. There were only six of us out for two hours early in the morning. I had one of my better surf sessions in Bali, riding my 7.0, and getting wave after wave.

The thing about spots like Ulus and Impossibles is that they are proper waves. They break on very shallow coral with a power that many may not be used in the countries where they are from. For many South Africans, particularly from the Cape Town area, that's not an issue.Bertish-in-Bali-2019-001

MIXED THRILL: The beauty about finding the right "spot" is that everyone is happy. Photo Bertish


This often means that when the swell is solid, the takers are fewer, especially if you mission very early in the morning. If you paddle out at first light, you might be the first in the water, with a couple of hours before the post-brekkie crew finally get themselves in the zone.

You are also near a plethora of other spots where other members of your family feel safe and at ease, with much more benign conditions. This is a key ingredient for a successful family surf trip. Bertish-in-Bali-2019-003

iPHONE VIEW: You don't need super high res images to get the picture of how good the surf is.


And then, of course, when the sun sets, you're perched atop these incredible cliffs, where you can enjoy a G&T, a icy Bintang or some cold drinks after amazing surf. Comfortably exhausted, you can chill with a view that stretches all the way to Africa.

It is from south of that great continent where these incredible swells originate, some travelling 3,000 kilometres to reach Indonesia. In Blog 3, we start to prepare for the trek eastwards from Bali, but not after the family get to score epic smaller waves nearby.

Bertish-in-Bali-2019-002

SUNSET LINES: There are few sights more inspiring than a proper groundswell hitting Indonesia.


WAVESCAPE SPECIAL

The biggest hassle about surf travel is trying to fit everyone's needs into one trip. Everyone wants to surf different kinds of waves. Some don't surf. Some want to snorkel or go whale watching or take cultural tours. Luxury is nice some times, but not all the time. A pondok with wooden rafters and palm roof can also be kiff. A swimming pool for some, good fishing for others. Good food, or massages on tap?

How do you find these all-in-one places without wasting tons of cash and time? Greg Bertish has come up with special consultancy packages (by email, phone, face to face or combinations thereof), and if you book through True Blue Travel, he waives the fee.

Wavescape and the Surf Travel Guru are giving readers 10% off all consultancy packages. Click here and insert wavescape in the "coupon" field at checkout, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Add comment

Please don't say anything you would not say to a real person, and please use your real name.


Security code
Refresh

Joomla SEF URLs by Artio

Wavescape on Twitter

Wavescape
Thu Jul 11 16:35:45 +0000 2019

There is always a theme or an angle when you're taking photos. Here Grant Scholtz sits on the beach at the Corona J… https://t.co/7IwlTjcNHV
Wavescape
Wed Jul 10 12:42:55 +0000 2019

RT @DIFFest: The full @WavescapeSA line up is out ---> https://t.co/PA1HoRJPBf #DIFF2019 https://t.co/NFvhaVfKAF
Wavescape
Wed Jul 10 10:14:01 +0000 2019

RT @wsl: The #CoronaOpenJBay is ON! 🇿🇦 Tune in LIVE to watch the last 3 heats of the Women’s Seeding Round, followed by both Men’s and Wome…
Wavescape
Wed Jul 10 09:09:56 +0000 2019

KZN Far North Coast -- Should be fun waves open coast Wednesday with light to moderate NW landbreezes with a hint o… https://t.co/G32m67nxVx
Wavescape
Wed Jul 10 08:55:17 +0000 2019

Durban and surrounds -- Could be waves on points down coast early Wednesday in light landbreeze or devilish N but a… https://t.co/PDoE77wuMB
Wavescape
Wed Jul 10 08:48:50 +0000 2019

KZN South Coast -- Could be waves on points down coast early Wednesday in light landbreeze or devilish N but a ligh… https://t.co/h2zOnTPiE7
Follow Wavescape on Twitter

Wavescape friends and partners Isiqalo Foundation DIFF CSIR Isiqalo Foundation Surfing  South Africa Save Our Seas Shark Centre Isiqalo Foundation Red Bull Media House DIFF National Sea Rescue Institute Shark Spotters ASP Africa