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Surf Coaching Bali / What to Know Before You Book

Are you an intermediate surfer or advanced surfer seeking a surf coach in Bali?

Talk with any expat or search a Facebook group about surfing in Bali and it seems like the options are practically endless. In reality though, finding a long-term surf coach who can devote themselves to making you a better surfer isn’t that easy.

Harder still is finding waves to yourself, with lineups at Padang, Canggu and Uluwatu choked with surfers on practically any day of the week.

So how exactly do you find surf coaching in Bali run by someone who is both dedicated to your progression and savvy when it comes to finding fun, uncrowded waves?

Check out the following realities of surfing coaching in Bali and discover what to keep in mind when looking for the best private surf coach for your needs.

Bali is a left-hander waves paradise

Who can benefit from surf coaching?

Surf coaching is ideal for individuals who have prior experience with surfing, but want to take their skills to the next level.

Whether you’re an intermediate surfer looking to score your first barrel or an experienced surfer hoping to learn advanced maneuvers like airs or how to surf faster and with more style, hiring a surf coach can help you progress faster than going it alone.

How much does surf coaching on Bali cost?

In comparison to group surf lessons, which normally cost approximately $10 US / 150K IDR – $20 US / 300K IDR for one hour with board included, surf coaching is more expensive.

That being said, you get way more value for money having a professional surf coaching give you personalised guidance and correction when out in the lineup. They also tailor your sessions to fit what you need, rather than having to wait in a large group for the instructor’s attention.

In regard to price, surf coaching for intermediate and advanced surfers can cost anywhere from $30 US / 450K IDR – $80 US / 1.2 million IDR per hour. However, it should be noted that most surf coaching sessions are offered in packages of minimum 2 hours or over multiple days.

This is so you can receive the best possible guidance, while also giving your coach enough time to assess and adjust your technique. 

Remember, the level of service and quality of coaching is generally correlated to higher costs, so focus more on what they offer rather than the price if you’re serious about taking your surfing up a notch.

Line up at Padang Padang

Are there surf coaching options for all skill levels?

Of course!

You can find surf coaching options for all skill levels on Bali, however, we find that true beginners are more suited to group lessons since you can do it with friends and save money on private coaching, which is geared towards teaching advanced techniques.

For intermediates and experienced surfers though, surf coaching is available with Indo Surf Crew. Simply get in touch for more information about our surf coaching trips or visit this page to see our schedule.

How can I find a surf coach in Bali?

A surf coach in Bali is like nasi goreng: you can pretty much find it everywhere. In saying that though, it’s important you source a coach with the experience and skills to help your progression.

You can start by asking friends who have been to Bali for recommendations or check out Facebook groups about surfing in Indonesia. You can also get in touch with different surf houses or ask your own accomodation for pointers on who’s good.

At the end of the day, it’s important to do your research and find someone who not only has expertise in a broad range of surf techniques but also knows Bali’s waves inside out.

-> If you’re reading this post and have any local surf coach to recommend, do feel free mention it in the comment section below, sharing about your experience, with his/her IG details.

Bruno Santos standing tall at Padang Padang

Is it worth booking a surf coaching session in Bali?

Let’s be honest, Bali is crowded, it is a mainstream surf destination, you could spend 2-hours at Uluwatu main peak and struggling to catch a single wave.

Hiring a local surf coach can help you know where and when to go, and how to navigate a crowded line up. However, if you are traveling to Indonesia with the aim of focusing on your surfing progression, your wave count will be much higher at some of Indonesia’s more remote islands. If that is your goal, then you should check out surf coaching retreats in remote Indo.

What are some tips when it comes to booking surf coaching?

If you’re ready to pull the trigger on a surf coach in Bali, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Make sure your surf coach has experience with both intermediate and advanced surfers so they can adjust their teaching style accordingly
  • Ask for references before you commit to the coaching session so you know who you’re dealing with
  • Before you book, check out the surf coach’s website or Instagram for videos and photos of them in action so you can get an idea of how they operate
  • Ask if your coach offers video analysis as part of their coaching package so you can analyse your technique after each session
  • Get a package rather than booking single sessions so you can get the most out of your time in the water with them
  • Make sure to communicate openly and honestly about what you expect from the session so you know exactly what to expect when you get in the water
  • Ensure that they know where Bali’s best spots are for maximising your wave count. Let them know you’re keen to travel if it means surfing relatively uncrowded waves

By keeping these points at the forefront, it will help ensure that your surf coaching experience is both enjoyable and productive.

unridden wave at Bingin


Surf coaching in Bali can feel like the Wild West when it comes to understanding who to book with. However, by considering the points outlined in this article, you can be sure that as an intermediate surfer or advanced surfer, your next trip won’t be a wasted effort.

Whether you’re looking for an intensive surf retreat or a dedicated surf coach, success means doing your research and making sure that both parties involved understand exactly what each of you is getting out of the experience.

Good luck out there, have fun and let us know if you need surf coaching in Bali or beyond!

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Indo Surf Crew

Indo Surf Crew was first born in the year 2018 as a surf photo & video content creative project while the first surf coaching trip organised by Uriel & Rodrigo happened in 2019 on an island off Sumatra. Since then, they have been running surf coaching retreats for all levels and mostly specialise in surf coaching for intermediate to advanced surfers. Surfing Consciously is our motto. To us it means, bringing awareness to our body, thoughts and interactions – in and out of the water. We take pride in working with eco surf resorts that are acting responsibly in preserving Indonesia’s nature, supporting and educating local communities. Indo Surf Crew was founded by Uriel Jean Armel, a French surfer and film-maker who has taken roots in Indonesia. You can read more about Uriel here, on an interview with Magicseaweed & here during an interview with the Surfing copywriter. As for Rodrigo, he was the first surf coach to join Uriel in his adventure and he’s the founder of the Power Surf techniques – a method that is now practiced internationally to train surf athletes from all over. Power Surf is a land based practice that combines ginastica natural, yoga, capoeira and martial arts, breaking town the fundamental surf techniques through a series of exercises. It also involves video analysis a skate practice for optimal result, which we do during our surf coaching trips.

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