Padang Padang Beach as a Surf Spot
Benchmark Bali barrel machine and all-round epic wave up there with the best lefts on the planet. Padang Padang Beach needs major swells to work as it is tucked into the peninsula below the cliffs where the SE trades blow dead offshore. The short 50m ride starts with a pitching lip take-off that sets up into a perfectly cylindrical wall, tempting experts to stand on the tail and see how deep they can push it. Barrel intensity increases as it draws more water off the shallow coral and forces a speed run to the exit before the wave runs out of water. Best described as a bear pit, attracting the biggest and the best grizzlies from the local, expat and tourist hordes. Mayhem when it finally breaks, including drop-ins, snaking, glorious wipe-outs and only lucky experts will manage to get some scraps on a good day. Low is really sketchy, but there will still be someone out there risking their skin. Respect.