Mau ke mana? Lombok

Mau ke mana?” said one of the security guards in my office building when I came dragging in through the security checkpoint with a surfboard Friday morning. It means where are you going?

Me: “Mau ke Lombok.”

aah, ke Lombok lagi?” (To Lombok again?)

Me: “Ya. Mau ikut?” (Yes, wanna join?)

Haha, tidak bisa.” (Cannot.)

Some people ask me why I always go there, and tell me that I should visit other places too. The short answer is “Haha”. The longer answer is that the south coast of Lombok is a beautiful place, it’s the best option for a weekend surf trip from Jakarta, and I really like the locals there. So far I’ve done pretty well on visiting other parts of Indonesia too, but it’s really nice to have a place where I can meet familiar faces, while surfing and practicing my Bahasa Indonesia.

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This is me practicing not getting barreled…

I’ve said it many times: The surf experience in Gerupuk is one of the coolest there is. Gerupuk inside, when it’s not too crowded, is a fun and easy wave. It’s optimal for practicing turns and having a good time. Even when it gets bigger it stays fairly mellow.

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The locals are ripping!
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After putting your feet on your board, the biggest challenge is not crashing in the soup of people and boards.
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It’s always interesting to see what good surfers are able to do on the same waves I’m mostly cruising on.
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Mellow.

If learning a new language is a pain in the ass,  my ass seems to be extra sensitive. Every day I try to practice. Sometimes more, sometimes less. And every day it seems like I can’t remember a single new word. Somehow I’ve reached a level where I am able to communicate on a basic level. Learning the local language even a little bit opens up doors to different kind of experiences. So when I asked one of the girls running the homestay “Mau ke mana?”, I ended up going with her on a mission to the traditional market buying chicken and vegetables. On the way back I had the real Indo experience: Driving a scooter with a grownup sitting behind me and a kid standing in front of me. The rain was pouring. I wish I had a picture of that for my memory book…

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I really don’t mind going to Gerupuk alone. The locals are super cool and take good care of me. These are some of the familiar faces I meet every time I go to Gerupuk:

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Wanna go surfing in Gerupuk? Sup is your guy! (Supratman Oza on Facebook)
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Oto and Memet will shoot your session on Gerupuk Inside.
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Herman in Warung Turtle will serve you lunch in beautiful Tanjung Aan.

Me and Sup were trying to count how many times I’ve visited Lombok. I think it’s at least 12 (not always Gerupuk). I see no reason to stop, every visit just keeps getting better.

Ronny

Lombok Surf trip

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