Gerupuk, Lombok is one of the most interesting places I have ever surfed. Several surfers who I spoke with said “It’s like Bali 20 years ago”. Not the easiest place to find but as I normally do, hired a guide. First stop was Kimen Surf to rent a board and make arrangements. We stayed at the Novotel Lombok which was great. Everyone in Indo is extremely friendly.
Kuta Lombok has a great break very close to the Novotel Lombok but it was pumping too big for my level but we did check out a few people ripping there. The sand is amazing – little ball bearings… like a foot massage with every step.
Next day we got picked up and headed over to Gerupuk Bay which is about a 25 minute drive from Kuta. There are several reef breaks in the bay, and all but one are in the middle of the bay. So you rent a sardine boat and they take you out and hang out for the day. What a great way to surf…. paddle out, not bad and you can hop in the boat for water/food. The breaks are pretty close to perfect and the sizes range from thigh-chest, chest-overhead, overhead-double overhead… so depending on your skill level, there is a break for you. The picture above is misleading, it is not crowded at all – that happened to be at the end of the day when everyone had ended work .
As it is first and foremost a fisherman’s village, there are about a million sardines drying in the sun. There are a few surf shops and convenience stores a short walk from where the boats leave for food/beer. I look forward to returning one day but I am sure it will be very different. Aussies, in particular, are snapping up much of the bay real estate and there are talks of a few large hotels being built. I highly recommend if you are visiting Bali, take the short flight to Lombok for a few days. You will not be disappointed.