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Nusa Lembongan - Late September

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Created by Phil27 > 9 months ago, 26 Aug 2014
Phil27
WA, 151 posts
26 Aug 2014 10:08PM
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I know this subject has likely been done to death and there is info on other threads if you trawl a little but I have a couple of other things to ask..
I have been given a 5 day pass to go it alone on a surf trip and have come to Nusa Lembogan as my choice for ease to get to, seems slightly less crowded than Kuta breaks and it's pretty cheap. I'm an alright intermediate surfer and a few breaks seem to suit my level - Shipwrecks looks like a fun wave and I prefer right handers, not unhappy with lefts either though. Also I only have 5 days so do not want to travel around too much..how is it usually at the end of September? Heard the wind can start to mess things up a little this time of year as peak season comes to the end, that true?
Main issue that is that I only have one board, a 6' lost sub driver which is comfortable up to 4' maybe 5' max, buying a set of 2nd hand large fins could help a little but what's the opinion on having just this board? Buying another is not an option.
I've been looking at Mainski Lembongan Resort to stay as it's pretty cheap but any bad experiences? Flights with Jetstar and staying at Mainski come in around $650 which is quite good really.
Looking forward to 5 days of freedom and think this is a pretty good choice, any thoughts? Ihave never been to Indo at all btw if that makes any difference..

Razzonater
1369 posts
27 Aug 2014 4:27AM
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You will get waves the wind may be variable but shipwrecks is epic. Mainski has a good bar and is near the waves. You may want to look at taking another bigger board.

spot1
WA, 1586 posts
27 Aug 2014 6:39AM
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Phil27 said..
I know this subject has likely been done to death and there is info on other threads if you trawl a little but I have a couple of other things to ask..
I have been given a 5 day pass to go it alone on a surf trip and have come to Nusa Lembogan as my choice for ease to get to, seems slightly less crowded than Kuta breaks and it's pretty cheap. I'm an alright intermediate surfer and a few breaks seem to suit my level - Shipwrecks looks like a fun wave and I prefer right handers, not unhappy with lefts either though. Also I only have 5 days so do not want to travel around too much..how is it usually at the end of September? Heard the wind can start to mess things up a little this time of year as peak season comes to the end, that true?
Main issue that is that I only have one board, a 6' lost sub driver which is comfortable up to 4' maybe 5' max, buying a set of 2nd hand large fins could help a little but what's the opinion on having just this board? Buying another is not an option.
I've been looking at Mainski Lembongan Resort to stay as it's pretty cheap but any bad experiences? Flights with Jetstar and staying at Mainski come in around $650 which is quite good really.
Looking forward to 5 days of freedom and think this is a pretty good choice, any thoughts? Ihave never been to Indo at all btw if that makes any difference..


sub drivers are great boards i rode a 5.8 last trip at all the main spots and had a ball
allso have a look at baliwaves i stay there tuban if all you want to do is surf

Reflex Films
WA, 1276 posts
27 Aug 2014 2:43PM
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surfed shipwrecks late 90s. if travelling to
indo to surf an epic righthander with a tight
peak and 60 frustrated surfers is your thing
then you will be happy! you might be better off
travelling a bit further...

pro346
QLD, 57 posts
27 Aug 2014 5:14PM
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Theres some fun rights on the east side of bali that fire with minimal crowd... they aint advertised on any sites!! its worth a look... you could stay a nirmala at kermeas and just travel from there!!

MickPC
5252 posts
27 Aug 2014 3:18PM
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I've been there from the end of Sept into Oct. I didn't have any problem with the wind. The thing about Nusa Lembongan is all the water activities happen on the high tide. So you never escape the crowds with surfing, just gotta hope that its big so the crowds are spread out a bit. The start & end of the high tide tends to have a pretty strong sweep at shipwrecks & its shallow. If your paddle fit & not prone to going over the falls you should get waves. Definitely worth a trip if you havn't been before & the snorkling rocks. I'd recommend Lembongan Reef Bungalows, good rooms & was cheaper than other places offering AC rooms with a bathroom plus epic views.

Otherwise G Land is pretty easy to get to as well, more $ but much better chance of great waves.

airhead
WA, 812 posts
27 Aug 2014 4:45PM
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Wind will not be a problem. I have mostly been in Sept/Oct. As stated above crowds will be your enemy although when the size increases they will shift from Shippies to Lacerations and Playgrounds.

You could score it like this which was just a few weeks ago now!





Ctngoodvibes
WA, 1178 posts
27 Aug 2014 5:38PM
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Shipwrecks is a great wave! Had one of my best sessions there after almost 2 months in indo. I seem to remember the take off being shifty,,, so it can handle a bit of a crowd.

Phil27
WA, 151 posts
27 Aug 2014 6:09PM
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Hey thanks guys, thought it would be a good idea coming on here rather than going of Google - can't beat Seabreeze!
Those pics look epic airhead, a bit of wind on those faces..think my 6' sub driver might struggle a little there! Agree though spot1, they are great boards.
The more I hear of Nusa Lembongan the more I'm coming away from that idea due crowds and the seemingly limited choices really.
Looking towards either the east or west coast now - perhaps edging slightly towards the west from what I hear as it seems quieter, not there to party just surf although the rights on the east look so good..hmm first world problems eh
Time off work is now booked and just trying to figure out the Jetstar board policy before clicking confirm so all happening. Hear today that Air Asia actually have a $99 sale to Bali which has stopped the mouse button clicking too, might be worth checking if you are planning a trip but you must book before 31st August..

Thanks for the tips, will do a bit more searching tonight

wa881
WA, 124 posts
27 Aug 2014 8:41PM
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Hi Phil,

I've been going to NL for a number of years now as the family have interests in a tourism business there. I'm not a surfer but a SUP'er so bear that in mind.

The previous comments are all valid. NL can get busy especially in school hol's, really busy. High tide is the time when everyone wakes up and starts heading out. This year I started heading out early to beat the crowds (around 3), it would still be shallow but i could get a few waves before the tide came up and the hordes came out. Mind you, easier on a SUP than a short board at that time. Yes all of those breaks can get very busy when its on. Shipwrecks seems to sort out the crowd when it picks up. A good mate of mine was there at the same time this year and he is a very competent surfer. Got it on an 8-10 day. Not a big crowd but heavy and got rolled a couple of times.

A couple of years a ago a bunch of us boys went up. The only short boarder was on a 6'4" i think ? We did have a pretty flat week and he struggled on this. There is a break at the back of NL in the channel between NL and Nusa Penida. I think its called secret point ? Surfed it once and defn big enough for short boarding, my mate did ok, plenty of guys out but harder to get to on a bike and jump into the ocean launch off the cliff or take a boat, so the crowd is more 'experienced' shall we say and you don't get the whole spectrum of surfers there to deal with, like you do at Playgrounds or Lacerations. I've heard that on a big day, it's big and i can certainly imagine that being the case. You just have to pull out before the seaweed farm

There is another break between Lacerations and Shipwrecks called Middles. It's a great right when its got size. A mate and I surfed it last year on SUP's for two hours and it was one of the best and most intense sessions I've had. It's a great right, the only problem is, if its a long ride, you end up riding over the old star pickets underwater from the seaweed farming days. At high tide there are a few feet of water under the board but it's a pretty sobering thing when you first realise what they are. It was an awesome session, but I had nightmares that night about what I had actually done. I've only ever seen a couple of guys surf it at once.

Either way, I think no matter what break you're on, if it's school hol's, it's going to be busy (and even not if it's school hol's sometimes). When it gets bigger, then that tends to clear the crowd out a bit.

We stay at Bali Hai beach club but it is expensive compared to other options.

MickPC
5252 posts
27 Aug 2014 11:18PM
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^ The break on the other side is called Cenigans. It picks up a lot more swell, so is good to go to on small swells. I've only surfed it once & only ridden out there a few times. They were just finishing some cool looking accomodation the last time I was there, so could have more peeps on it now dunno. You do need to be real careful of the seaweed farmers stakes yep.

The place between shipwrecks & lacerations is called no mans land. Generally pretty fricken dangerous with all the stakes & most of the waves shutting down. Can look good though...There's also a few novelty waves, but not really worth the effort. Mushroom rock & a right & left either side of one of the snorkling spots. Might have been Gamat bay, local kids were on the right when I was there snorkling. I body surfed a few of the lefts. Swell was pretty big when we got back to town...but no where near as big as the pics airhead posted. That's huge wow


Phil if your staying in September your better off going West if your thinking Bali. Maybe stay walking distance to the beach in Canngu, either side of echo beach doesn't really get very crowded. You can get waves to yourself once the trade winds start. Turns cross shore, but still some fun waves.

Phil27
WA, 151 posts
28 Aug 2014 3:04PM
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Dates re arranged and flights now booked! Heading over mid October, the week after school holidays.
No accommodation booked but edging to the west coast of Bali, I like the sound of it being a little quieter. Balian looks like a decent base with a few other breaks near by, seems to pick up a fair bit of swell and the winds should still be quite favourable.

Locked in, can't wait yeeeew

mocha1
WA, 691 posts
28 Aug 2014 9:41PM
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Hey Phil
i have gone to Bali many times in mid to late October...apparently a dodgy time for wave consistency but have had great fun at Ulus, Serangan, Balangan, Padma, Kuta a Reef Middles and Balian......have never missed out on at least 6-7 good days (compared to what I would be surfing at home)

Coohan
31 posts
29 Aug 2014 5:45PM
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If you do west coast, there is a pretty cheap hotel set up 100m back from echo beach in canggu. They have 2 dorm rooms that are comfortable and cheap as chips. You can do the morning surf check by sitting up in bed. I can't remember the name of it but I just rocked up there in April and they had plenty of space. The river mouth there is a pretty fun right hander and there are heaps of other breaks near by

Loftywinds
QLD, 2060 posts
11 Sep 2014 7:50AM
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Hey Phil. While you're there try and keep a look out for this bloke!

www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-10/peter-maynards-family-to-fly-home-from-bali/5733930

jbshack
WA, 6443 posts
28 Oct 2014 5:25PM
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Phil27 said..
Dates re arranged and flights now booked! Heading over mid October, the week after school holidays.
No accommodation booked but edging to the west coast of Bali, I like the sound of it being a little quieter. Balian looks like a decent base with a few other breaks near by, seems to pick up a fair bit of swell and the winds should still be quite favourable.

Locked in, can't wait yeeeew


Phil how did you go? Hoping your back and have a few suggestions as I'm looking similar, but more looking at July/August..



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