Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
The discovery of Uluwatu heralded the dawn of Bali as a surfer’s paradise. While filming the hugely influential 70s surf film Morning of The Earth, Rusty Miller and Steve Cooney were immortalised as the first surfers to ever ride Uluwatu.
Uluwatu is a fast barrel breaking over razor sharp coral reef. There are 5 sections to the reef, each with their own name, optimum tide and temperament. This gives Uluwatu a huge swell range and surfers the chance to backdoor long tube sections.
Ulu’s is one of the most consistent breaks on Bali. It is the last to go flat and handles big swells. Consequently, it gets crowded, but that is OK. A strong current keeps everyone moving and spreads the pack.
Ulu’s also has a crowd filter. The is only one way in and out and that is to descend the goat track down a cliff and paddle through a limestone cave surging with white-water. Miss the cave coming in and the next exit point is over a kilometre down the coastline. It is not for the faint hearted, but then neither is the wave.
Uluwatu is the first of series of left handers extending down the Bukit Peninsular on the southern end of the Bali. It breaks all year, with March to September being the peak swell season. The island of Bali has an international airport in Kuta, from there getting to Uluwatu is as simple as hiring a driver. The water in Bali is always warm and the locals are always friendly.
Uluwatu is located near Kuta South, Badung, Indonesia.