Sadhana Surfboards | Classic hand-crafted shapes made in Christchurch, New Zealand

By: Sadhana Surfboards  05-Apr-2012
Keywords: Surf

5’4″ Stumpy lovin’ it

The heat, con­fu­sion and gen­eral chaos of Den­pasar air­port was just as I had remem­bered it.  So too were the gangs of air­port porters – seem­ingly com­ing out of nowhere on first sight of fresh pale skinned tourists,  to relieve of early hol­i­day rupiah.  It had been 17 years since my last visit to Indone­sia and was intrigued, if not a lit­tle appre­hen­sive as to my find­ings after almost 2 decades.  The heady mix of clove cig­a­rettes was now mixed in with i-phones and ATM’s.  A mod­ern pinch of spice to the Bali recipe, but these would be my only impres­sions of the updated ver­sion of the ‘Land of the Gods’, as we headed straight to depar­tures and a wait­ing con­nec­tion to Lombok.

Lom­bok surf transport

Lom­bok, part of the Nusa Teng­gara chain of islands, lies to the east of Bali. Famed for the fickle, but per­fect left han­der of Desert Pt and its brain fry­ing heat of chill­ies, the islands most renowned crop. With thoughts of per­fect back­hand tubes on my mind, I men­tioned to a fam­ily friend about a pos­si­ble trip.  “Mate, don’t come here in August, get here NOW!  The winds are at their best and it’s quiet”.  With these thoughts of off­shores and con­sis­tent empty line-ups, a hasty 2 week trip was booked for the end of the February.

Surf­ing replaces fish­ing for many of Gerupuk’s boats

The turquoise water lapped the sands on our arrival to Kuta Lom­bok, on the island’s south­ern coast.  An off­shore reef dif­fused the con­stant pound­ing of the Indian Ocean, send­ing not a rip­ple into the bay which would be the base for our trip.  The main road buzzed with motor­bikes that tooted at stray goats, bul­locks and mangy dogs, whilst the short row of Bam­boo warungs, restau­rants and sarong shops nes­tled neatly on the sands of the bay. This was the place known as ‘The Other Kuta’; as if some­one had freeze framed Lombok’s famous neigh­bour 30 years ago.

Like surf­ing a pin­ball machine

With a trusty 125cc scooter come motor­bike, and a 2 board quiver jammed into the bike’s board­rack, we ven­tured some 7km east to the small and ram­shackled vil­lage of Gerupuk.  Brightly coloured fish­ing boats bobbed on the shores of the bay, wait­ing to be filled with surf­ing hol­i­day mak­ers from the 4 cor­ners of the world.  Memet, a young Gerupuk fam­ily man would be our boat cap­tain and surf guide.  With the decline in fish stocks in the bay, Gerupuk, like much of Indone­sia  has turned to sea­weed farm­ing as well as surf tourism for its sur­vival.  4 sep­a­rate breaks were located within the bay, offer­ing poten­tial for all lev­els of surfer.  Memet’s knowl­edge of the con­di­tions was invalu­able.  His pow­er­ful round-house cut­back on a well sun­burnt tri-fin, told me in which direc­tion he was con­tribut­ing to the Gerupuk economy.

Cap­tain Nasei thought the tran­si­tion from rocker entry to con­cave was on the money

The best of the Gerupuk breaks was found toward the har­bours’ entrance at Out­sides.  A  fast, con­sis­tent 3–5’ with jack­ing take­off and great sec­tions to duck, weave and pin­ball your­self along.  A per­fect wave to try out a new 5’4” Stumpy twin fin.  A few stares were made at the new ‘pur­ple peo­ple eater’ (‘wow, that’s a big body­board’), but as the days pro­gressed, found that the board loved the tran­si­tions in the waves that Out­sides gave.  Low com­pressed bot­tom turns set­ting the spring­board for the hull bot­tom to swing off.  Full, hard torque cut­backs lead­ing to a small coverup sec­tion or lip whack. Full bag of moves for this smooth reef peeler, with the speed doing the work for you.

Hull bot­tom swoop at speed

A hol­lower, more clas­sic indo reef wave was found at Air Gul­ing beach, a short ride west of Kuta. Again in the 3– 5’ range, the waves were almost over­shad­owed by the intense trip in.  A seem­ingly,   almost undriv­able road, wound past rice pad­dies, small schools and views to die for.  End­less white sandy bays and rolling hills guard­ing untapped wave rid­ing poten­tial.  Just reach­ing the beach in one piece, seemed achieve­ment enough.  But this is the price of uncrowded lineup’s as I scored  sometime’s empty rights here;  pow­er­ful, short and work­able.  Machine like from take­off to its con­clu­sion in deep water down the line.  Here I surfed a short and nuggety, 5’10” pro­ton pill model, tri fin.  I haven’t con­sis­tently rid­den a tri fin in years, but with the grunt of the Indian Ocean beneath me, the board was soon wind­ing into some crit­i­cal spots; lively and snappy under the lip, and cool in the tube.  I’ve always believed that 3 fins work bet­ter with power, and the Air Gul­ing ses­sions seem to reaf­firm this.

Out­side Gerupuk on another uncrowded,offshore day (yawn).

Even­tu­ally there comes that time to wrap it up.  When the last of the pad­dling has to done , the one across the inside of the reef ‚when  you’re  rooted and it always feels like the tide is drop­ping . Back at the hotel, the bike engine gets turned off and you check that your boards (and rid­ing rat­tled body) are in one piece.  It’s at this time, the first after­noon Bin­tang, an almost oblig­a­tory post Indo surf expe­ri­ence, greets salty lips with plea­sure.  The combo of cold beer and after­noon sounds of prayers from the local mosque with their deeply hyp­notic tones, pro­vide a per­fect, post surf wind down. An odd (and pos­si­bly con­tra­dic­tory) moment of long­necks and Islam, but none the less, a moment of reflection.

A fun sized one starts to throw

So the waves have been surfed and the after­noon sky changes colour. Vil­lage life goes about its busi­ness , and in the sticky late day air, the real moments of travel are remem­bered.  A few things move on, but few things really change. Wel­come back to Indo.

Our lat­est custom.


7’4″ x 22″  x 3 1/4″.


7’6″ x 21 1/2″  x 3″.

Jade stone resin tint.

Paua Shell fab­ric inlay.

Come by and see us in our new look showroom.

All sum­mer stock on dis­play now.

We now have a ladies sum­mer range added to our Sad­hana Clothing.

Well here is a sneak peek at the new women’s range!!

Flow­ing Bo-Ho style dress with ruffle.

Cross over top and A-line skirt.

Hal­ter neck top and Ruf­fle skirt.

We now have gift cer­tifi­cates avail­able at Sad­hana Surfboards.

A great gift idea, espe­cially with Christ­mas com­ing up!

Keywords: Surf