I've been at best a vagrant Swellnet contributor. I have a flight booked to Bali for early August, originally a yoga retreat with my wife but parental cancer and an epic transpersonal transformative event intervened. So I'm going with a good mate of mine instead who surfs well, I like to think I do too (probably 80% on mid twenties due to injury but I am committed to ongoing fitness). Looking at heading to Rote. Any tips? Will we get fucking barrelled? Looking on youtube its dubious. A friend of mine rates Bo'a. I have no way of getting more sort of credible info than here. My mate and me want to get barrelled without pricks in the way! As much as is reasonably expected...
I've spent a lot of time over 25 years from west to east but my eastern travels ended in Sumbawa so my knowledge set of there is limited. Any info I will receive with gratitude.
You may find Boa blown out a lot of the time. The left can have a tube, but it's not renown for that. Try some of the off shore islands if the wind ever lets up.
Its called old mans g-land for a reason..
Nemberala is a fun wave. Usually much smaller than Bali and doesn't barrel under most conditions.......oh and there will be pricks in the way. Lots of them if it is over head high.
Best when it's 6ft and above surfed there in the late 80,s till about 94 haven't been back since
I'm sure it has changed a lot as a lot of indo has.
Old man's G-Land? Not quite. Lots of old men there but nothing at all like G-Land. You might luck into a short coverup barrel but more likely get dropped in on by the "locals" (ageing expats) who think they've got the right to take any wave they want. And you will get hassled, have to dodge beginners, get dropped in on again and maybe get the odd really good wave.
August is the windiest month and that far east cops the wind more than most of the chain. If it gets really windy the ferry stops and that will mean either no ferry on or off the island, and no supplies ( beer and fuel ) if it goes on for over a week. There is a Lion Air flight every day but that will be booked out quickly when the weather predicts winds over 22knots ( from memory ) and a $20 per board fee to boot. You can tubed, mostly pocket tubes and the bigger it gets the better the opportunity becomes. Crowds are increasing yearly the same as every where else, if you want left barrels and a quicker/cheaper trip why not go to G Land? you will get tubed there, to be sure.