Klotok, East Bali, Japanese Only

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Krisbudd74 started the topic in Saturday, 22 Feb 2020 at 10:05pm

Tried to surf Pantai Klotok Point today, turned up and saw about 7 people out, the wave were ok, parked my bike with my indo wife and was told by a rude local I can't surf here???
Apparently it's a Japanese only surf break now and has been for the last 5 months???
At first I thought he was joking but he said we have to leave and couldn't stay there or surf there...has anyone else heard of this...I'm abit confused how this is possible as I didn't know people could own a wave???
I love that wave but hadn't surfed it in awhile and was abit shocked and insulted to have him tell me this...sounds abit racist to me???

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Supafreak commented Sunday, 23 Feb 2020 at 9:19pm

Sounds like he bluffed you mate , there are plenty of expats that live very close to that break and in the general area . I’ve got a few close friends there and no one has mentioned it to me . There are guides that will tell you to get out of the water at various breaks when they have a Japanese crew on tow , it’s up to you and how much hassle you want to put up with . I’ve been out at a break by myself that was 6-8 and fairly heavy on the day when a chartered fast boat pulled up full of japs . They didn’t bother watching just paddled straight over and went inside me about 20 meters. I was thinking that they must really know the place well and must rip , then a bomb set came through and cleaned all ten of them up lol , some were literally crying and it amazed me their guides let them paddle out without watching first. I continued my solo session quietly chuckling to myself at what just took place.

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Optimist commented Monday, 24 Feb 2020 at 5:02am

Ive busted the locals before taking bribes from the Japanese to keep the break clear. Just as bad, hot young locals years ago in Lombok taking off deep so I would pull back and then they would all of a sudden pull out. Down the line another 30 metres a Japanese surfer takes off. Took me about an hour to figure out what was going on. I fronted the locals up about selling your soul for money and they got all embarrassed.The fact that the Japanese would even try and corrupt the locals really gets me going. Why not just be generous with all ya money rather than turn young locals into unbrotherly scammers.

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sypkan commented Monday, 24 Feb 2020 at 8:01am

posting names of breaks that people have quietly been trying to enjoy without destroying the indo business model wasn't real bright ...just sayin... (edit button is your friend)

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Womble123 commented Monday, 24 Feb 2020 at 8:26am

that's been a thing at Nusa Lembongan for twenty years or more

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Blowin commented Monday, 24 Feb 2020 at 9:38am

You’ve got to watch the Japanese surfers in Bali. Many are wolves in sheep’s clothing. A Brazilian or Aussie will just hassle you and leave you in no doubt as to their intentions, but the Japs can be sly ....all smiles as they get their paid local enforcer to police the lineup for them.

Don’t wear it. The standard you walk past is the standard you accept. The act of paying locals to block waves or gain exclusive access to breaks is universally unacceptable. It is not just against the spirit of surfing it is against the spirit of the ocean. Locals have priority to their waters ....paying foreigners do not.

Particularly after the little Japanese incursion into Indonesia during WW2 .

The Japanese hate direct confrontation so the easiest solution to the problem is escalation of conflict. Always smile and be friendly to the local guides but give it to the fuckwits who think they can price you out of the waves.

Drop in , lay directly in their path when they try to catch waves. Hassle the fuck out of them. And get them when they are away from their shepherd guides and get angry in their face. They will turn to water . Leave no doubt that what they’re doing is not going to be tolerated. Refuse to let the precedent be set to the best of your ability.

There’s a few responsibilities which come from being a surfer including always watching out for everyone else in the ocean and to do your best to educate people and prevent pollution into the water . This is another ....always fight for access to the coast and it’s waves.

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loungelizard commented Monday, 24 Feb 2020 at 9:49am

on a land based mentawai trip once, Japanese older guy, didn't say a word for 7 days , always paddling inside , less often dropping in ,shrug of the shoulders with a "no comprende" look. on the last day he profusely thanked the owner in better English than mine.

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I focus commented Monday, 24 Feb 2020 at 10:13am

Its long been the case at Klotok on and off for years.

As for Japanese paying for surf guides well at least the money goes straight to a Balinese family unlike the 95% of the rest of the money that flows through Bali.

I don't have a problem with it its their breaks / their rules not like a Balinese can just jump on a plane and visit another country to indulge themselves in a endless self gratification and then start demanding everyone has to follow their rules..

Let's face it few Japanese surfing tourists will surf over solid 4 to 6ft anyway.

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Mishad commented Monday, 24 Feb 2020 at 10:15am

This just pisses me off. I've spent a bit of time over there given having a business there, and used to love surfing the east coast prior to 2010. Was a quiet haven then, which wasn't even that long ago. Japanese are sly dogs by the sounds of it.

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indo-dreaming commented Monday, 24 Feb 2020 at 11:15am

Just tell the Bali guy your wife's father is a member of PDI party at a fairly high level and you will go see the local group or areas kepala desa (or whatever they call it in Balinesse)

Well my Indo wife's father is and if i ever have any issues with anyone even police this works, never failed.

Or yeah alternatively just blow the place up by starting a thread on the most active Aussie surf related forum :D

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mickseq commented Monday, 24 Feb 2020 at 9:24pm

I got this at Keramas and never went back. I have never really found a problem with crowds at Indo except for the main breaks and have scored awesome waves at ordinary spots with not many people quite regularly. I think that when people don't frequent Indo that much they may tend to go to the spots everyone knows so always experience crowds IMO. Best to spend some time off the beaten track

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troppo dichotomy commented Tuesday, 25 Feb 2020 at 12:28pm

The death of another surf spot!2005 an english guy took me to Ricki's right.if u werent on his surf tour he would try and run u over in his boat,chase u down the beach with rocks and want to punch on.he was a lunatic but provided a beautiful service.
There was there was a small group of xpats that would surf when the lokal tour guide(from nusa lombongan) wasnt around.i was lucky to surf it a few times empty or with just a few crew.the xpats were very nice and said please dont tell anyone.at the time i didnt care so much as i was interested in other destinations.
Words got out!went back to check it out last year and was amazed at the crowds!made me sad and i realized i did care.how quick a spot can totally change forever.we're running out of surf real estate unless you got a lot of money to go the extra mile.

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mickseq commented Tuesday, 25 Feb 2020 at 4:55pm

there is miles of coastline in Indonesia with fun reef breaks and no one on them all day every day, the thing is, is that not many will make the trip and then surf it by themselves

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indo-dreaming commented Tuesday, 25 Feb 2020 at 6:06pm

I think thats overstating things, IMHO we are now at the point where pretty much every area of Indo with quality consistent waves has resort, camps, losmens, charters on them.

Yeah sure there are areas of coast with waves that are still uncrowded, but they fall into five areas.

1. Indo Pacific region = Super fickle and best in off season, basically that time of year you could often get better fairly uncrowded waves at main area's of Indo anyway.

2. Various pockets of coast between South Sumatra to Rote, that have various quality waves but face into main season trade winds, so are either off season spots or are generally blown out by SE trade winds fairly early many tidal so need to line up tides with early morning, so basically surf early and then have the day to kill crossing fingers for a LAGO

3. Areas of Sumatra that are exposed to trade winds, and are often remote so less visited by charter and not as viable for resort/surf camps (Enggano to Thunders) and then Islands of North Aceh

For example the very South Mentawai's lighthouse, hole area still doesn't have a resort or camp, but logistically it's very far from anywhere so would be costly to run and a logic nightmare and in a year like 2019 with non stop southerly you would have had many guys get totally skunked, its going to be interesting if a resort/camp, ever pops up there for this reason (exposed to South winds that are strongest down south)

4. Odd areas, nooks and crannies that only come to life on very big swells or swells from the right direction and rarely get very big, more novelty spots.

5. Miles of crappy beach breaks with maybe the odd sneaky little reef (think much of Java and much of Sumatra mainland outside of Krui area that gets swell.

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goofyfoot commented Tuesday, 25 Feb 2020 at 8:54pm

And still G-land takes the cake..

Has anyone scored ombak tujuh? Like proper size?
Just a big take off? What size board etc etc...

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stunet commented Wednesday, 26 Feb 2020 at 11:34am

Surfed it a few times years ago, maybe 8-10ft+. First year undergunned on a 6'8" Michael Anthony, next year I took a 7'2" Banksy specifically for OT.

Little bit like Mainbreak Margs. Good that it's different to typical Indo waves but not sure I'd bother putting much effort into chasing it again.

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Ray Shirlaw commented Wednesday, 26 Feb 2020 at 11:44am

Um.........Shit wave. Never go there