About Padang Padang

When it's on, Padang Padang is a beast, truly "The Balinese Pipeline." On the biggest days of the year, huge swells march down the reef from Uluwatu, forming some of the biggest and heaviest barrels anywhere in Indonesia when they hit the Padang reef. Though Padang Padang breaks relatively frequently during the season, classic Padang is rare. For it all to come together, a strong, long-period SW swell, mid tides, and light offshores are required. Even with all of the elements in place, sometimes Padang Padang can pinch, or mutate halfway through the barrel. Not good when you consider that a wipeout in these conditions is very serious and means almost certain injury, broken boards, or both. When Padang Padang is classic, surfers can expect deep, dry, heavy, big tubes. When surfing Padang Padang it is important to understand the tides. During the lower tides of the month, Padang Padang can become absurdly dangerous as the end section breaks below sea level and directly in front of exposed, jagged reef. Even professional surfers find Padang's twisting barrel a challenge to negotiate, and most wipeouts mean a trip to a very unforgiving reef.

Source: Padang Padang Surf Guide

Ability Level

Advanced

Beg Int Adv

Experts only

Local Vibe

Doable

Welcoming Intimidating

They're out there.

Crowd Factor

Heavy

Mellow Heavy

Heavy

Spot Rating

Perfect

Poor Perfect

Really good.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

Moderate.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Mostly clean.

Additional Information

Hazards

Everything about Padang Padang is difficult.

Access

Easy.

Bring Your

Shortboard, gun

Seabed

Shallow, Sharp, Coral Reef.

Best Season

May-Sept

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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