Surfers, amateurs and professionals catching the breaks in Kuta, Uluwatu or Medewi as well as those who love Stand Up Paddle, find Sanur and Jimbaran as fascinating a playground. Sanur has been the most popular area for Stand Up Paddle for a few years. Pro Shop in Sanur was the first shop to offer the Stand Up Paddle Surf (SUPS) coaching clinic. Jankie, the Italian instructor who owns the shop, has a great passion for making…
Text and Photo by Kartika D. Suardana
Surfers, amateurs and professionals catching the breaks in Kuta, Uluwatu or Medewi as well as those who love Stand Up Paddle, find Sanur and Jimbaran as fascinating a playground.
Sanur has been the most popular area for Stand Up Paddle for a few years. Pro Shop in Sanur was the first shop to offer the Stand Up Paddle Surf (SUPS) coaching clinic. Jankie, the Italian instructor who owns the shop, has a great passion for making his students stand up and paddle on the waves.
On the other side of the island, Jimbaran is rising in popularity as a great spot for SUP. Rip Curl has made a move by cooperating with Intercontinental Resort, a five star hotel in Jimbaran. This is the place one dreams of – learning SUP right after an excellent breakfast or before sunset and enjoying the first class service right after emerging from the water.
Stand Up Paddle is not solely intended for those who already know how to surf. It’s not even easier for an experienced surfer to master this unique kind of wave riding. Last year, I took a one-day lesson with Jankie, but this time I took some friends for SUP with Rip Curl at Intercontinental Resort Bali.
All set, Jonni Morrison – Deaker, Rip Curl
Business Development Manager, took the entire group to the beach. Jonni is a keen surfer, and a few years ago he jumped ship to SUP and found out that SUP was very good for his backbone as well as maintaining his biceps. Looking at his perfect posture, we became more encouraged to start SUP as soon as possible. The friendly Jonni led us to do stretching and gave a brief explanation of SUP and how to do it, from the kneeling position for maintaining balance, to wiggling the toes to stand still on the long board. A few moments later we hit the water.
To start, we paddled to the horizon whilst sitting on our knees, when we reached the point in the middle of the ocean to catch the wave he encouraged us to stand up on the board and paddle. It is like rowing a boat but the difference is that you have to keep your balance while you are standing and paddling. It wasn’t really hard work for us because the Jimbaran water was quite calm. Falling down into the water many times wasn’t a problem either for us, even for those who didn’t know how to swim.
Small waves came but unfortunately no one caught any! When the sun went down, we sat on our boards watching the beauty of Bali’s magical sunset. With more practice being needed, we plan to go SUP with Jonnie again soon. The evening ended with a freshly baked pizza at Nelayan Restaurant at the Intercontinental. It was a simply fantastic experience!
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