Surf etiquette and slang

Surfing is not only about having fun, safety and surf etiquette is also an very important part. Are you new to surfing? Or you have had some surf lessons already or visited a surf camp? But you can’t remember every detail and you are still confused about the surf slang. We are here to help.

Surf etiquette

Rule 1: Safety first and never throw your board

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If you kick out or if there is a wave coming towards you, you have to either duck dive or turtle roll. Always be aware of your surroundings and where you have your board. Surfboards can cause big damages on other surfboards or they can actually kill someone if they hit critical areas of the body.

If you want to paddle out in any line up, you must learn to control your surfboard all the times. Also make sure that you never paddle out directly in front of or behind another surfer. Try paddling out next to them, or give yourself at least enough safety distance.

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Rule 2: Don’t get in the way

When paddling out to the line up, go around the break not through it. Stay clear of surfers on the wave.

A surfer who is already on the wave has always the right to go down the line. If you are in front always paddle towards the whitewash. If caught on the inside catch the white water.

Rule 3: The surfer closest to the peak has the right of way

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The surfer closest to the breaking wave has the right to surf the wave
Do not drop in! If someone is about to drop in on you make yourself heard.

As a longboarder, we all know you can catch almost every wave, but sharing is caring and please leave some waves for the shortboarders.

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Rule 4: Don’t be a snake
Never paddle around or cut in front of another surfer and take possession of the wave.

Better to choose the best position in the line up and wait for your turn. There is a wave for everyone.

Rule 5: Don’t drop in

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Don’t do to others what you don’t want done with you. Make sure you look both ways before dropping in every time you paddle for a wave.

If you accidentally drop in on someone, try to kick out of the wave as quickly as possible.  If you lack board control, do your best to angle your surfboard towards and off of the shoulder of the wave.  Don’t simply fall off of your surfboard as your board could run into the surfer riding the wave.  Make sure to immediately apologize to the person you just dropped in on.

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Rule 6: Communicate

Both surfers may surf from one peak if there is the possibility to go in opposite directions. Communicate your direction to avoid accidents.

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Rule 7: Know your limits

Don’t go out in big waves until you are ready. Observe surf conditions and line up and determine your place after ability. Also be careful during a wipeout, always protect your head and fall flat.

Surf slang

“closeout” – a wave or a large section of a wave that breaks at the same time, making it impossible to continue surfing the open face of the wave

“deep” – the steepest part of the shoulder closest to the peak of the wave is considered the deepest part of the wave.  Often when a surfer is “too deep” they are unable to drop in to a wave without falling off of their board

“down the line” – along the face of the wave

“drop in” – to steal a wave of someone else by dropping in on the wave in front of the other surfer who is already riding the wave

“duck dive” – a technique used to paddle out past a breaking wave.  Arms push the nose of the surfboard down while the knee or foot pushes down on the tail as the surfer dips below the passing wave

“face” – the open, unbroken part of a wave

“goofy” – right foot in front, left foot at the back

“green wave” – an unbroken wave, allowing the surfer to surf along the face of the wave, going either left or right parallel with the beach instead of straight towards the beach

“impact zone” – where a wave first brakes

“inside” – when paddling for a wave, “inside” refers to the person closest to the peak of the wave.  “Inside” also refers to the shallower part of the water closest to shore or means the part between shore and the breaking wave

“kick out” – to surf out of the wave, ending your ride (also called flicking out)

“lineup” – the area where the waves normally begin breaking.  Surfers sit on their boards in the lineup, que up and wait for waves to break.

“longboard” – a longer, wider, thicker surfboard.  Longboards catch waves much easier than shortboards but are harder to control and turn.

“left” – a left is a wave that is breaking to the left.  The direction “left” is used by the surfer when describing the direction of the wave while facing the shore.  Therefore, from the beach, a “left” is described as a wave that breaks from left to right.

“off shore” – wind blowing from shore onto the ocean

“outside” – when paddling for a wave, “outside” refers to the person further away from the peak of the wave.  “Outside” also refers to the deeper part of the water, where the biggest waves break, further from shore.

“peak” – the immediately breaking part of the wave.

“regular” – right foot in front, left foot in the back

“right” – a right is a wave that is breaking to the right.  The direction “right” is used by the surfer when describing the direction of the wave while facing shore.  Therefore, from the beach, a “right” is described as a wave that breaks from right to left.

“section” – a part of a wave.  When a surfer “makes a section” a surfer is staying in front of a breaking section of the wave.

“set wave” – a larger wave (the largest waves usually break in sets of 2,3, or 4)

“shortboard” – a shorter, narrower, thinner surfboard.  It is more difficult to catch a wave on a shortboard than it is on a longboard, but a shortboard can be controlled/turned much easier.

“shoulder” – the unbroken section of the wave directly next to the peak

“snaking” – stealing a wave out of turn by paddling around other surfers

“turtle roll” – a technique used to paddle a longboard out past a breaking wave.  Longboards are generally too big to duck dive.  With the turtle roll technique the surfer turns upside-down and propels the surfboard (also upside down) through the breaking wave.

“whitewash” – the broken white water of a wave moving straight towards shore

“wipeout” – when a surfer falls from his board

Surf Camp Media / Marketing Intern

Live the dream with Nalua Surf, Lombok

You would like to work and live at one of Indonesia’s most amazing surf destinations? You love to surf? And you are social media obsessed, energetic and creative? Currently we are looking for a highly motivated and outgoing personality to join our Surf Camp team as an intern to support Nalua Surf, with a focus on guest relations, online media and marketing.

What you should bring:

  • Experience in social media content creation

  • Skills in photography and video editing

  • A good eye for design and photography

  • Management and communication skills

  • 4 - 6 months time and you must be currently enrolled at university

  • Positive energy and professional work attitude

  • Flexibility and willingness to also work the occasional Sunday

  • Language: English

What to expect:

As an intern at Nalua Surf, Lombok you will become a part of our team and you’ll help to improve our Surf Camp by creating valuable media content of the daily surf and camp activities as well as of our surf shop. You will support the Surf Camp Manager in day to day business e.g. organising surf schedules, day trips and airport transfers. Socialising with our guests is also one of the main tasks, therefore you are able to join them on the surf sessions and trips. We are not able to provide surf lessons for the Nalua Surf intern.

What we offer :

  • Surf with our guests and explore the South of Lombok

  • Usage of our wide range of surfboards

  • Free accomodation

  • Breakfast and lunch at Nalua Surf

  • Weekly BBQ on our rooftop terrace

  • 2 days off per week

Start date: April 2019

If this sounds interesting and you are motivated to become a part of Nalua Surf, Lombok, please send your application with cover letter, CV and picture to naluasurf@gmail.com.

Join us and live the dream!

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Surf trip preparations

Is this your first surf trip? Does it feel like starting into the unknown? 

Everyone knows, a good preparation beats everything and we would like to support you here. The water temperature around Lombok is between 26 and 29 degrees, this means board shorts and a bikini are good for swimming. But for surfing we recommend to bring in addition rash guards and leggings, both don’t have to be surf specific clothing - any fast drying lycra fabric is good. This is not only the best protection against the strong tropical sun, it protects you also from rashes caused through the surfboard. 

If you are looking for specific surf gear, we recommend bikinis, swimsuits and board shorts which have a perfect fit for you and which are made for surfing. Otherwise you are struggling while surfing trying to keep everything in place. Especially for the girls, bikinis with a cross back are perfect and take the pressure away from your back while paddling. For the bottom it is useful to have straps to adjust the fit. We don’t recommend to wear bikinis with underwires or other unnecessary knots or metal bits in the front. They’ll be just painful and make paddling torturous. Also adjustable triangle tops are not surf approved, they move around more than you’d like and you’ll probably don’t feel comfortable.

Of course you will need further accessories like sunscreen (SPF 50), zinc for your face, caps and sunglasses. Don’t underestimate the tropical sun, even if you are coming directly from the European summer.

You don’t have the time to organise your surf gear for the trip? No problem! You can find everything you need in our surf shop. We are happy to help you.

How to get fit for your next surf trip

Flights are booked and the countdown for your surf trip has started. But you don’t wanna struggle on your board instead of catching waves, you want to have a perfect surf trip where “surf, eat, sleep, repeat” is the main focus . So it’s time to get fit again! We tell you seven awesome ways to prepare your body for a surf trip.

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  1. If you live close to a surf spot — of course surf as much as possible. Even if it’s a short session in bad conditions. Every paddle and wave counts. 

  2. The landlocked option: grab your board, go to the next river or lake and paddle out.

  3. Go swimming! It will get your cardio fitness up plus your arms will get fit for paddling. And it’s always nice to be in the water.

  4. Run Forrest run. For surfing you definitely need a good cardio level. Nothing else is better to get your cardio fitness up than going for a run. Plus it’s a great exercise for your legs.

  5. Surf workouts — either at home, in the gym or outdoor to train your biceps, triceps, back and shoulders. Full body workouts are the best, so your abs and legs will get strong too.

    Our favourite exercises:

    - Push ups (normal, ring push ups or dumbbell push ups, you can also use a box or balance board to make it more easy or difficult. Be creative and challenge your body)

    - Burpees

    - Squats (normal squats, Bulgarian split squats or single-leg ones, you can also include jumps. For an extra challenge: add weights)

    - Pull-ups

    - Planking (normal or side plank, play with your body and raise your legs and arms from time to time. You can also use a ball to put either your arms or your legs on it.)

  6. Stretch your muscles or go for Yoga to get those office chair muscles flexible again.

  7. Last but not least: Practise the “dry” take off everyday. We know this is boring, but it will help you!

Say NO to plastic

“We are what we leave behind”

Life is about footprints. Some people are aware of this, others don’t. It’s all about choices. We can leave smiles and good impressions behind, or we can leave good work behind. But some people leave damage and trash behind without thinking about their footprint and what serious consequences this will have on the ecosystem, on marine animals and on mankind.

Single-use plastics are a worldwide problem, not only an Indonesian problem. It doesn’t matter if you go to a beach on Lombok or a public park in Germany. You will find plastic straws, cups, bags and many other interesting trash items everywhere.

Especially being a surfer, it’s horrible what is floating next to in the line up. Plastic bottles with shells on the outside - which means this bottle must be in the ocean for a long time. Shoes, fishing nets, candy packaging, diapers, needles, toothpaste and much more.

Think reusable - not disposable.
What can you do on a daily basis?

  • Try to avoid food which comes in wrappers.

  • Don’t buy drinks in plastic bottles. Bring your reusable bottle and fill it up. Especially when you are living in a country with drinkable tap water. If you don’t like the taste of tap water, put a piece of lime in it and enjoy.

  • Say no to plastic bags for your shopping. It doesn’t matter if you buy new clothes or your weekly groceries. Bring your own bag - either a cotton tote bag or a shopping net. Put it in your purse, your car or scooter so that you will always have reusable bags with you.

  • Don’t use plastic straws. Ask yourself if you need to drink out of as straw or just bring your reusable bamboo, metal or glass straw.

  • Try to use recyclable and compostable materials.

  • SPREAD THE WORD and be a role model to others. You can make a difference!


If you are looking for cool bags (cotton and bamboo) or straws (metal and bamboo), the Nalua surf shop offers both. Visit us and pick your new piece.

Lombok needs your help!

Kuta Lombok - Earthquake

On Sunday, August 5th North Lombok and the Gili Islands were hit by an earthquake reaching 7.0 on the Richter. Over 350 people were killed and many more were left injured and homeless as over 50,000 buildings collapsed. They are in great need of drinking water, food supplies, medicine, clothes, tents, blankets and much more.

Here down in South Lombok where Nalua is located we could feel the shake which was scary but no one here has been injured and there has been no damage to any of the buildings. In Kuta Lombok all the hotels and restaurants are open as normal and our amazing community is now coming together to help those affected in the North, but we need your help too. 

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How can you help? 

Blood Donations
If you're in Kuta Lombok at the moment you can help by donating blood for the victims. This can be done at Medical Practice on Jalan By Pass Kuta Ketapang in Kuta, South Lombok. 


Fundraising at Milk Expresso
Tonight 8th of August Milk Espresso and Batu Bambu will hold a fundraiser party at Milk Espresso that is located next door to Nalua. 
2 for 1 all cocktails and live music by Raga. All profits for the night will go towards Peduli Anak Foundation which is an organisation based in Mataram which provides for underprivileged children. The homes and schools of the children were destroyed in the earthquake. Let’s get together and help the kids as much as we can. Hope to see you all there. 

Peduli Anak Foundation
https://www.facebook.com/pedulianak/?hc_location=ufi 

 

Donations
You can also bring any donations directly to one of our drop off points at Pipe Dream resort here in Kuta or leave it with our staff at Nalua. What we are in need of now is drinking water, food, medicine, clothes, diapers, tents & blankets. You can also donate money, even a smaller amount goes a long way. 


Online Donations
If you are outside of Lombok but still want to contribute you can do so directly to Lombok Forgotten Children. 
https://www.gofundme.com/earthquake-lombok-forgottenchildren

 

Visit Lombok
Lombok needs the tourists now more than ever. The areas in the south were not affected by the earthquake and hotels and restaurants are open as usual. The people need your support to be able to keep their businesses and their employees. Many people working in the south have families that were affected in the north that they need to support. Our amazing community is doing all they can to support the victims of the earthquake but we can not keep on going without the support from all of you. 

 

Our thoughts and prayers go to the victims of the earthquake. Anything you can do to help will be greatly appreciated. 

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Surf Lombok

 

Here is a short break down of the surf spots around Kuta, South Lombok.

 

Segar Beach, Lombok

Segar

Segar is a local break located 10 minute drive from Kuta. Intermediate/Advanced

You can paddle straight out from the beach. There is a Right and a Left, however the Right is more often working. This is a reef break, that is very shallow at low tide. The wave is shifty and quick. Normally a short wave, but you may get a long ride. It tends to work best on a small swell. Mornings and afternoons are best time, as it is open to the wind.  Nice place to sit and watch the surf or the sunset. 
 

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Ekas

A boat ride to the next bay after Gerupuk. About 1 hour from Gerupuk or 30 minutes from Awang.

Inside Ekas: Beginner/Advanced
It's a nice mellow A frame. Needs a big swell to break. Easy take off, nice long ride, and usually uncrowded. 

Outsides: Intermediate/Advanced
Outside Ekas is a heavy right hander. The wave is very tide dependent. Needs medium swell to be working. Long wave with barrel.

Inside Gerupuk Lombok

Gerupuk

A fishing village located about 20 minutes east from Kuta. You catch a small boat to your choice of 5 different breaks (depending on swell and season).

Insides: Beginner/Intermediate
Insides is a beautiful, mellow, long right hander that is almost always working. Reef is soft and covered with grass. Good wave on a medium swell, and can hold big swell also. Ideal for an intermediate surfer working on take offs and turns.

DonDons: Beginner/Intermediate. 
DonDons is an A frame wave. Needs a medium to large swell to break. Reef covered with grass. Easy take off with a long ride. Nice for beginners on a smaller swell. 

Outside Left: Intermediate/Advanced. 
Outside Lefts is a very fast A frame. Shallow with sharp reef. Swell magnet, so best on a smaller swell. Have to get it on the right swell and season, but when it is working it can be a very nice wave. Barreling sometimes.


Are Guling

First bay heading west out of Kuta.
Intermediate/Advanced

Are Guling is a large bay with a Right and a Left. Both are reef breaks, but plenty deep on mid to high tide. A ten minute paddle out to the wave. Can hold all swell. Works in wet season, on-shore in dry season. The wave varies depending on swell. Can be playful, fun, long ride with a nice wall or a fast long barreling wave. 


Mawi

About 30 minutes west out of Kuta.
Intermediate/Advanced

Mawi is known as a beautiful left barrel. But also offers a shorter right hander. Shallow on sharp reef. Off shore in dry season. The wave is fast, hollow, powerful and barreling. You can paddle straight out from the beach. Beautiful small bay, tucked away in paradise. 

Selong Belanak

About 30 minutes west of Kuta.
Beginners

Selong Belanak is most tourist “favorite” beach. Long white sandy beach, with a perfect beach break to learn the basics of surfing. You can nearly always find a wave with no fear of reef or a long paddle. Ideal for a day of hanging on the beach and surfing.