Lombok Island has been increasing popular and an ideal surfing destinations for years. Those that come to Indonesia for the prime purpose to surf and are prepared to venture, will discover Lombok Island rewarding beyond all expectations, particularly when it comes to serene and exclusive locations.
There are many great surf breaks here in Lombok Island such as Bangko-Bangko beach or Desert Point, Kute region in South Lombok, Airguiling, Gerupuk, Ekas Bay, Senggigi Reef, Alang Alang Point, Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno.
The Bangko-Bangko beach is located in South West cost of Lombok where about 3 hours drive from Kuta beach. It took just a sunrise and a view of the great blue ocean with waves of the perfect barreling of Cloud 9 laps to remind me why I went there first. The beach is a paradise for surfers. And I was there to experience. All this.
I was told that the Bangko-Bangko beach was one of the best place to visit in Lombok Island Indonesia, especially if you’re a surfer. I finally understood why. People lived life on a wild beach. The Desert point was this tropical hardcore is all about. Being there showed me what it was really like to live on a remote place. But, remember, the best season is from April to October.
The crowd surfing in Desert point is different. Intense in a way they know what kind of waves, they are facing and what kind of danger they can put on themselves. Surfing in Desert point is not just playing in the ocean, but the surf against the waves that can break your board in a second or crash your lungs against the sharp coral. But the locals he did not care about that. I found they had salt water mixed with their blood and they were skin and bones that have survived any accident or injury. Most of all, they had a heart that was totally fearless.
At first I was intimidated by local surfers, even remotely. But once I got to know them, I realized they were actually pretty sweet. There were many people who welcomed me like I was part of their own family. The children followed me everywhere and wanted to play whenever I was not lugging a surfboard – or even if I was. Random people asked me if I was thirsty, and if I wanted to drink coconut juice. When I said I did, one of them actually rose for me a very good second, crawling down the trunk without shoes, as if it was the easiest thing in the world. Talk about hospitality!
World class waves – Travel is the holder of several cultures, different types of people, all ages and nationalities. And this is the surfing. Surfers, body boarders and adventure seekers since many parts of the world, go to Desert point to surf the world class waves. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. People who went there were either professionals who sailed in international competitions, hardcore thrill-seekers who came from Australia to draw for magazines, backpackers on a month long trip just to live on this paradise place, or novices who wanted a taste of the surfing life. Everyone shares the stoke, the people took all the easy living in place, new friends and found new facts to share memories when they return. And anyone who has ever been to Desert point or Bangko-Bangko beach always done.
One of my meeting a group of Japanese people who were being obnoxious and we’re regularly on a surf trip. They did not know that when I smiled at them, it was not me flirt with them, but I understand everything they said. I went to them and introduced myself in fluent Japanese and all the big words I remember hearing, I’m sure I was shocked. Not only have I shocked, but I played a trick on a couple of them. They thought I was in a second. Hey, I was on a surfing trip too!
During the day, and when the sun was out, I awoke to the sight of coconut trees, the sound of them swaying in the wind and the waves roll and crash of the ocean. I surfed for hours or until my cheeks and nose was tanned and my arms could not paddle. When I was bored and wanted to do something else, I went with a group of new friends in a lagoon where we could swim with stingless jellyfish in the crystal clear blue water. At night, I saw thousands of stars twinkling brightly colored fireflies flicker and the moon winks at me against the silhouette of palm trees.
I’m so used to being there and everything there. Be out of my comfort zone. Lack of sunscreen. Fresh salt spray in the morning. Banana pancakes with chocolate. Sunburned skin tanned. Surfboards on the porch or on the grass. Flowers in my hair. Burning Sun Island Falling asleep on the hammock. Make new friends. Get used to the idea that we were far from the world. And felt in love.
I returned home energized knowing there was a place where you could surf with the sunset and feel that the world was ours. Each person probably has this kind of place. Mine was and is Desert point, my surfing paradise.
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