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Surfing Ujung Genteng

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The surf scene at Ujung Genteng is centred around Turtles break at the far northern end of the bay where surfers tend to cluster when the conditions are right.

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Turtle Beach is divided by a huge cement wall designed to protect the nesting turtles within the neighbouring conservation area, but it’s not uncommon for them to join you in the surf. The wave here is a short and intense barreling left reef break that can be fast and hollow, mostly for experienced surfers, but when the swell and winds are right, achievable for all levels. Watch for the coral bottom when the tide is low. Bigger swells peak from May to October, and when it’s flat, the snorkelling isn’t too bad either. Most of the surf camps here are conveniently positioned directly behind the wave.

About to get wetter. Photo taken in or around Surfing Ujung Genteng, Ujung Genteng, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

About to get wetter. Photo: Sally Arnold

Further up the coast, Ombak Tujuh is a famous yet more difficult to reach wave that is world renowned for its consistency. Ombak Tujuh translates as “seven waves”, and is considered to be the best wave along the Ujung Genteng peninsula. This is a powerful wave with swells up to seven metres for very experienced surfers only. It’s a left hander that breaks over a deep reef with a big barrel. Watch for rips and rocks. As one surfer said “bring a big board and brass balls”.

Ombak Tujuh can be reached by a one hour local boat ride, or by taking a long winding road for about 40 minutes by motorbike. A couple of other waves nearby occasionally offer decent swell—Mama’s in front of Mama’s Losmen near Pondok Hexa, and at Ujung Genteng Harbour itself.

The are not too crowded. Photo taken in or around Surfing Ujung Genteng, Ujung Genteng, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

The are not too crowded. Photo: Sally Arnold

For the adventurous there are a number of other breaks around Ujung Genteng that are rarely surfed—just ask the locals. You’ll need to bring your own board and any other surfing equipment you need to Ujung Genteng as there are no surf shops nearby. Jungle Feet offers beginner surf lessons from November until May and advanced surf lesson from May ... Travelfish members only (Around 300 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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