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|Custom wooden surfboard by Vince|
Surfboards here aren’t as cheap as you might think (esp. not new or epoxy ones which go for $800 US) but there is enough selection meaning that you can usually find a decent second hand one for a good deal. Alternatively, if you have enough time, there a couple of guys shaping here who make custom boards for around $400 – Alexander Surfboards & Bruce Hansell (can’t find a link or a site but he is based just after the Pecatu Indah Resort on the way out to Ulus / Padang Padang – on the right just after the statue at the entrance of the resort). A recent addition are the hollow wooden surfboards made by Vince Surfboards – very strong, will last a very long time and come with a lifetime warranty against snaps! Very reasonably priced also – check them out!
For actual surfing, if you come in the wet season, expect the water to be like a bath – anything black will probably make you too hot (as I found out the hard way). A good pair of boardies will go a long way – don’t bother buying the knock-offs from Kuta as they probably won’t last your stay here & will give you a nice rash to boot! I would recommend a white rash vest or t-shirt as it really does make a difference and yes, the water is that hot!