After the all the festivities from the wedding, and the parting in Kuda at the Hard Rock, the 4 of us that surf decided to take a few days and explore the world class surf spots that have made Bali famous.
First stop on almost any surfers list to hit in Indo would be Uluwatu. This surf playground boasts some of the most consistent and best shaped waves on the planet. Its the spot that put Indo on the surfing map and its not hard to see why from the moment you walk out to the cliff edge.
Ulu’s is really a series of spots along the outer reef edge. The 200ft white cliffs frame the scene and protect the water surface from wind. Adding to the magical location is the access point which is a cave and small pebble sandy beach.
Unfortunately the cliff face along the goat path to the cave entrance is riddled with hastily built restaurants, shops and surf shops. If you can focus through this mess and look straight ahead, it is not hard to imagine what the first surfers to discover this place saw…simple surf perfection.
The next stop on our tour was Padang Padang. Walking down the the beach was an experience just like Uluwatu. The wave wasn’t breaking this day, but I got a great shot of the “crack” in the rock entrance to the waters edge.
After our time on the Peninsula, we rallied back through the traffic hell of Kuta, Legion, and Seminyak and burst out onto the country side driving back towards Tanah Lot and the little town of Canggu.
We had made reservations at a modest guess house just outside town but still on the beach. The place was great, and it was a short walk up the beach to the Canggu shops. This quickly became my favorite place in Bali
As I have traveled, I have found many spots to emit a certain energy, some good, warm and welcoming, others dark, cold and guarded. Canggu is on the good side of this energy, and is one of my special spots.
There were 5 of us staying in a little one bedroom place. Full on surf trip style. Luckily the guys at the guest house had an extra mattress and we threw in on the floor. The next few days we just woke up, surfed, ate, internet-ed and relaxed. Pretty much the perfect set-up
All the guys left a few days before I had booked my flight out. I spent three more days relaxing on the beach, surfing, eating, catching up on the blog and setting myself up to go back to Peru. I said in the past that Peru ended up being a special place for me, and looking back now it really did change my perspective and ultimately the direction my life is headed in. I had to go back to do something…something crazy. I took these last days in Canggu to prepare myself for one of the biggest leaps I have ever made.