Surfing Pacitan in East Java (First post)

Hey friends and family (and other stalkers)!

This is my first blog post. So I guess I’m a blogger now. Let me get right to it…

I just spent five days learning Bahasa Indonesia with Wisma Bahasa in Yogyakarta. After five hours a day saying “Saya tidak tahu” (I don’t know) and “Saya  tidak mengerti” (I don’t understand), I hired a driver and headed to Pacitan for some much needed quality time, alone with my surfboard.

It’s always exciting waking up at first light to check out a new surf spot. I was met by low tide and a double overhead closeout barrel… If you don’t know what that means, imagine showing up in a skiing resort just to find out that there are constant avalanches in all the slopes. Luckily, high tide came with some ridable peaks for a kook like me.

There are a lot of spectacular waves in Indonesia, this is not one of them. But with only a handful of people in the water I was super stoked. After surfing in the morning, my plan was to explore the area. It turned out to be impossible to rent a scooter, so I went for a nap instead.

That’s it, Ronny.

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Golden hour makes up for crazy surfing conditions
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Crazy surfing conditions – avalanche
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Perfect wind indicators, visible from my bed
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Palm trees, just because
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Not too many people around

Note to self (and other surfers):
Location: Pantai Teleng Ria, Pacitan, East Java. (3-4 hours drive from Yogyakarta).
Surf: Beach break, all sand. Well suited for kooks, and it’s uncrowded. For forecast check Pacitan at Bring all you and your board need.
Eat: Delicious fresh tuna at Sea View Restaurant. Most of my meals were BBQ Chicken with French fries.
Sleep: I stayed at Surfing Bay Cottages. It was okay. I walked by Harry’s Ocean House, which looked pretty cool. They have scooters, for guests only.
Repeat: I might go back.

Java Surf trip

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