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Uluwatu

Uluwatu

Bali - Bukit - West Coast, Indonesia

Surf, Bodyboard

Uluwatu or Ulus is in the southwest of the Bukit peninsula in Bali. It's the first point break that the swell reaches when it arrives at this unique stretch of coastline where mythical lefts like Padang Padang, Bingin and Balangan occur. Of these, Uluwatu is the most consistent and along with Padang Padang the most popular, so it gets crowded.

The super long Uluwatu point break, guarded by the rugged high cliffs, has long been a revered place for the local community as no one was ever able to access it by going down the cliff. In 1971, Steve Cooney and Rusty Miller, shortly before landing in Bali, saw the huge long left point break from the plane, so they changed their plans and decided without further ado that was their main goal. The next day they arrived at Uluwatu, still fascinated by what they saw, and were warned that no one had dared to go down those cliffs, however, if anything was clear it was that they were there for something and they eventually found a way to get down to the waves, and thus recorded the first images in Uluwatu, images that appear in the movie "Morning of the Earth" and that marked a before and after in the evolution of this place.

Everything you find or feel there forms part of whole package, from the waves, the incredible views, the warungs nestled on the cliff, the smiles between the old and new surfers, the thousands of sessions, the essence of the mythical cave and its beach where you enter the water, until the watchful eye of the Temple that from the cliff has witnessed a long history and has made this place and its community grow around a single thing, the surf.

Uluwatu Surf Bali Indonesia

Conditions

Uluwatu is one of the biggest left point breaks in the world and therefore has very distinct and well-known sections. There are three main ones, Temples, The Peak and Racetracks.

Temples is the first as it's just in front of the Uluwatu temple. It's fast and hollow and isn't easy to position yourself in the take off zone, you'll need to be aware of the set, and it's better from mid to high tide. There is a wave called Bommies which only appears occasionally. It's a wave that can get a lot of size and breaks the furthest from the reef, you'll see it between Temples and the Peak on big days.

The second wave, The Peak, is a very consistent left that works better with high and mid tide. It's a funny peak with different take off zones and occasionally gives a short right just in front of the beach. Sometimes with the right orientation and tide, The Peak creates the Inside Corner barrel, some know of its dynamism and how to link with the next section, known as Racetracks.

Racetracks is the last one, an incredible peeling wave with mid to low tide which offers shallow barrels and fast sections. It's the most dangerous and it isn't recommendable for most to surf it with these conditions because it's very shallow. However, there are opportunities with a rising mid tide when it's much more surfable.

There is another section called the Outside Corner which needs 8 feet for it to work. It's located on the outside of Racetracks and with epic conditions it's considered world class. It can sometimes reach up to 15 feet and is the wave that holds the most size in Uluwatu.

Due to its tradition, many surfers believe that Uluwatu is a wave for all levels and this is not so. In recent years accidents in Uluwatu have become more numerous, lots of them are with mid size high tide because there are many who can't find a way out of the water because of the strong currents that are generated next to the cliff.
Optimal Conditions
  • Wave
    Left pointbreak
  • Wind
    SE - ESE
  • Tide
    Medium - High
  • Swell
    SW - SSW
  • Bottom
    Coral Reef
  • Size
    3 to 15 ft
  • Time of year
    From April to October
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