• ✓ Surf Coaching & Video Analysis
  • ✓ Yin Yoga and Breathing Exercices
  • ✓ No to Low Crowd - Facing The Wave
  • ✓ Eco Conscious and Responsible Resort

Nusa Tenggara Timor Surf Coaching – Advanced Beginners & Intermediates

Empty Waves and Surf Coaching @ Secret Location

- East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia -

  • March 7 - 14, 2023

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Secret Location in East Nusa Tenggara
Perfect, Empty Right Hander Wave at your Doorstep
Easy Access From Bali (1-hour flight + 2-hours drive)
For Intermediate Surfers

Nestled atop a hill at one of Indonesia's most picturesque location, this off-the-grid eco resort faces a right-hander world-class wave. It is one of the most consistent wave in the area, barreling on the right tides and swells, and playful on higher tides. It suits intermediate and advanced surfers.

The place was built by Nihiwatu's ex surf-guide who lived in the area for 15-years and knows all the waves and hidden gems in the East Nusa Tenggara region. He has insisted to not give any further details on the location, it can't be found on Google map either. It has been promoted only through word-of-mouth until today.

The variety and quality of the waves found in this area is impressive. We may also surf by ourselves on a daily basis.

This surfing program is designed for:



You’ve surfed enough to be hooked with surfing. You know how to take off, start doing turns and confident with your paddling. You want to improve your basic surf maneuvers and want to start learning more advanced maneuvers. You are fit enough to spend up to 4-hours surfing a day. You may also have been surfing for years but not consistently enough to see a progression and want to see a change in your surfing.

What’s on the program? Surf Coaching & More.

  • STAY 7-Nights at an off-the-grid retreat, nestled atop a hill overlooking the ocean.
  • EAT delicious meals prepared from the permaculture garden or from the sea. (Vegetarian / Pescetarian menu)
  • SURF a variety of waves. Up to 8 waves are accessible within 30-minutes via speed boat.
  • IMPROVE your surfing with professional surf coaching supported by video analysis.
  • RESTORE your body through long sessions of yin yoga supported by your own breath.
  • BREATHE during an initiation to breath-work techniques.
  • CONNECT with inspiring and like minded people.
  • BRING BACK professional photography of yourself surfing

The Waves in East Nusa Tenggara – What is the surf like in November?

The month of November is a prime time of the year to score waves in that region of Indonesia. Expect EMPTY, GLASSY, 4-6FT WAVES on a daily basis.

You will experience one of the least explored coastline of Indonesia. A lack of road accesses and accommodations have kept the crowd away. Though, there are as many quality waves as in Bali, both rights and lefts that wake up to different types of tides and swells. There is always an option, for all kind of levels, from beginners to pros alike. Depending on the tides, you can either find shelter inside the right hander out the front, or hang 10 on a longboard. Fun for everyone!

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The wave out-front the retreat, our go-to for glassy mornings

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Last lights out-front the retreat – Nov.19

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Wave out-front the retreat – Photo Credit Tommy Schultz

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Wave out-front the retreat – Photo Credit Tommy Schultz

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Waves out-front the retreat – Photo Credit Uriel Triguel

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Waves out-front the retreat – Photo Credit Tommy Schultz

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10-Mins away from the retreat – Photo Credit Tommy Schultz

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10-Mins away from the retreat – Photo Credit Tommy Schultz

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    The Crew

    • Uriel – Ocean Film-Maker

      Uriel Jean Armel

      Uriel started surfing in the French Basque country where he was born 33 years ago. Traveling with the bare minimum to stay stoke (a camera, a surfboard and a yoga mat), he has spent the past 7 years “chasing waves and light” in Indonesia. His mission is to protect the Oceans and encourage conscious behaviours on our planet through creativity and art. He designs surfing journeys for every surfer, from beginner to advanced, the way he knows it best: around pure spots in beautiful nature, weaving the practice of surfing with his passion for self-connection, meditation and yoga. And, when waves are pumping, he will be swimming out there with his camera making sure to get the shots.

      Uriel has also started a new surf documentary series called Surfers Dharma, that features water people and surfers who are committed to share their gifts with the World by living their purpose.

    • Jai Martin – Yoga teacher

      Jai is originally from Australia, is a Yoga Alliance certified teacher. Jai’s vocation is to help people improve their health, well-being and transform old life-negating habits into new life-affirming ones. When Jai doesn’t teach yoga, he surfs on a twin fish with grace and power, between Sumatra and Byron Bay. Jai is a bright and vibrant example of being the change he wishes to see in the World.

    • Evan Rilling

      Evan Surf Coach

      One of Evan Rilling’s passion is to help surfers improve their style (body positioning, flow and breath) and fundamentals so they can create a greater connection with the ocean and have more fun surfing.

      Evan grew up surfing in California and started competitive surfing when he was 13 years old. He used to live half an hour’s drive from the beach and since he couldn’t always get to the beach he found other ways to train and improve his surfing.  He built a long quarter pipe with his friends and would spend hours skateboarding duplicating his favorite surfers. He would watch a surf movie and analyze his favorite pros’ style then go skate, working on his style, power, flow, and ability to generate and maintain speed.  

      Evan is also the founder of the Ulu Food Forest, a Chef, and knows well how to make the most of every moment sharing laughs with friends, his presence will definitely entertain you!

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    Secret Location in East Nusa Tenggara

    - Stay in open-air bamboo bungalows and villa atop a hill.
    - Picturesque location, ocean view facing the surf spot.
    - Shared Room between 2 to 3 persons. Private Room can be requested.
    - Infinity Pool, 24 meter solar powered and salt water chlorinated accessible over a 60 meter cable bridge spanning 20 meters above the forest below.
    -Speed Boat, 12-meter long and twin 175 horsepower aluminum

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      Cost for the 9-Nights Surf Coaching Retreat: 2,500 US$

      EARLY BIRD rate until 15.12.2021 – 2,200 US$

      • What’s included ?
      • Surfing empty waves on a daily basis with a surf coach
      • Practice yoga and land based exercices
      • Video Analysis & Surf Photography (all photos of your trip)
      • 7 nights accommodation
      • 3 delicious nutritive meals a day, from the garden or from the sea (Vegetarian / Pescatarian menu)
      • Healthy snacks and smoothies throughout the day
      • Video Analysis & Surf Photography (all photos of your trip)
      • Local Surf guide knowledge and Boat rides to surf spots
      What's not included?
      • Flight tickets (approx. 150$ return from Bali)
      • COVID tests
      • Travel Insurance
      • Alcoholic Beverages
      Dates & Itinerary

      The arrival destination is just an-hour flight away from Bali’s International airport. Two-hours drive later, you’ll be arriving at the retreat.

      We will of course help you plan your trip and recommend best flight options.

      Have questions? Ask us we are happy to help!

      February 2019 during the traditional celebration of ‘Bau Nyale’ – Photo Credit Uriel Triguel

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      Things to know and pack for the retreat

      Malaria is still present in this part of Indonesia – One should consider taking a malaria prophylactic, we recommend Malarone or something similar. There are also good herbal preventatives that can be chewed daily on site for prevention if desired(very bitter though). This being said, long sleeves during sunrise and sunset times combined to mosquito repellant can be enough to keep the mosquitoes away.

      Suggested Packing List

      Of course this list will vary dramatically from person to person we feel this list offers a pretty good start.

      • Headlamp is a must. Preferably one with a “Red” option as well. As well as spare -or preferably- rechargeable batteries for it.
      • Travel insurance is highly recommended, preferably one with a “medi-vac” option
      • Sunblock, physical sun blocks preferred to chemical ones. We like Soleo, or Surf Yogis brand. SPF 40 plus recommended
      • Hat or visor
      • Sunglasses
      • Reusable water bottle-hydro flask, nalgene, etc…something you can fill at the retreat and take on adventures
      • Unlocked device for Internet connection over cellular network if desired- must be UNLOCKED and open for use by any internet provider, currently we will only get signal from Telkomsel provider, other SIMs won’t work. All sizes of SIM cards are available in Indonesia and can be bought locally or arranged at the retreat.
      • ATM is available in town an hour away, not much to buy out there but you may find swords, textiles, beads, or the like that make good souvenirs. Good idea to bring a few million rupiah cash so you’re covered, there are safes in the rooms for cash, valuables, documents, and devices though this is a very safe place. Any charges incurred at the resort are best settled with cash on checkout.
      • Beach towel/sarong if desired- we provide regular towels in the rooms
      • Solid sandals (thongs if your Aussies), not the 2 dollar kind. These can be used to go most anywhere, but for those of you planning on doing serious adventuring you will want to bring running shoes.
      • All toiletries- very little available on the island
      • A first aid kit, all scratches, scrapes, blisters, wounds need special attention here. Things get infected in the tropics quickly if not looked after. Should include but not limited to betadine, bandaids, gauze pads, antibiotic powder (better than ointments in the heat), a course of antibiotics for Bali belly or related sickness, and a course of antibiotics for flesh wounds, always better to be overly prepared than not have what you need
      • Any prescription or regular medicines you may require, ,also Benadryl topical and/or oral is highly recommended for individuals that may have allergic reactions to mozzy or sandfly bites
      • Light long-sleeve shirts and long pants for nights. The months June-August are mildly chilly and we’d recommend a little something warm for those months. Especially if you plan on dawn patrol boat trips which happen often.
      • Spring or long sleeve rashy for protection from the reef and long hours in the water. Surf leggings or full body lycra “stinger” suits are suitable as well if you find yourself susceptible to aquatic life like sea-lice
      • Reef walking shoes/surf booties for tidepool adventures on the low tides, these are generally not needed for surfing though. There are several pairs available at the retreat if you have a “normal” foot size.
      • Boogie board/body surf fins and lycra socks with surf tethers if you like that sort of thing. Da Fin brand are generally the professional standard
      • Electricity is supplied during daytime hours only 7 am- 9 pm, it’s 220 volts and Indonesian sockets, we have adapters here for your use
      • Multitool- Gerber or Leatherman type recommended, may come in handy
      • Mask and Fins for snorkeling if you’re really seriously into it and have ones that you like
      • Compact umbrella for full sun activities, would be a luxury
      • Rehydration packets to be mixed with water, emergen-c, liquimins, or the like
      • Light clothes, average temperature 75-90 degrees
      • Light rain jacket, while not likely to receive much rain during your trip, this may come in handy, optional if trying to pack light, depends on time of year you plan on visiting-March and April/October and November have the possibility of some rain.
      • Wet wipes, like baby wipes for cleaning your hands and faces during outings and travels
      • Water clothes, board shorts, bikinis, rash guards, and the like
      • Print out of all travel documents including passport
      • Bug spray of preference,
      • Prescription glasses if you require as well as a back up pair.

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