Berawa: A Surfer's Guide

By Thomas Alexander

If you’re looking for a more relaxed pace of life just a small hop from central Canggu, with good restaurants and bars, plenty of retail options, and great surf, Bewara ticks every box.

The Waves

While there are beach breaks up and down small stretch of coast, the best are to be found right at the end of Jalan Pantai Berawa, the main road ending right on the sand. It can be a little fickle, and often a touch smaller than the breaks of Canggu, but the three or four peaks will give shifting a-frame possibilities. Standing at the end of the road, the main break gives a fairly consistent left, while to the right, two main peaks break both ways, though usually with better form on the right-handers.

The sand-filled reef is best suited to shorter boards, though Berawa rarely gets the size or hollower shape to be called a true shortboard wave, and has the versatility to be pretty accessible for novices and intermediate surfers. Fishes and hybrids with a little more volume are your best board of choice. Every evening Finns Beach Club, which overlooks the main break, lights up the waves for free night surf sessions.

The Scene

Berawa is the chilled out little brother of Canggu. Only the notorious cobbled ‘shortcut’ separates the two. However, the newly-established one-way system for cars has alleviated much of the pressure of this occasionally treacherous trail between the rice paddies.

Finns Beach Club and Legong Keraton Beach Hotel take up the majority of the immediate beachfront, and a large new development is taking place beyond Finns. A one-minute walk in either direction will bring you to a collection of beach bars for cheap beers, simple warung food and the best sunset spot in the house. Try Hidden Bar and the Lazy Coconut for good hospitality and kicked-back vibes.

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Surf Shops

Chasing surf gear or repairing a ding? Gone are the days when surfers had to head into Kuta feel up a new board. Here are your best options in Berawa plus a few in adjacent Canggu.

Surf Gear

A couple of the more generic surf-fashion stores can be found in the area, with Berawa Beach Surf being the closest to the beach. You’ll find Rip Curl, Volcom, and Mahalo on the main strip of town, all carrying a good selection of clothing and surf hardware.

 

Dylan

For those wanting the real deal and not simply an off-the-shelf model, renowned Australian surfer-shaper Dylan Longbottom has set up shop in Berawa, with a selection of his handcrafted shapes available, as well as custom orders.

 

Onboard

OnBoard is located next to Old Mans bar, just a few steps from the water at Batu Bolong beach. They have funboards, retroboards, longboards, soft tops, and hi-fi shredder shapes if that’s your thing. Best shapers, best materials – Channel Islands, Christenson, Simon Anderson & more are in da house!

Chilli

Chilli have opened a slick new shop on Jl. Padang Linjong stocking their popular signature models like the Fader and Black Vulture. Custom order one before you arrive and have it delivered to your address. Full details on their website.

Rip Curl

Rip Curl just moved into the neighborhood and came fully loaded with shiny new DHDs, …Lost, Firewires, Pyzels, and the biggest range of accessories in the area. New board? Check. Leash, grip, and wax? Check-check-check. “Will that be cash or credit sir?” Ummm.

Kartel

For the budget-minded traveler that has caught the surfing bug, Kartel offers good quality boards at a reasonable price, even before it’s bundled into a +grip +leash +boardbag package. Also, if needed, they also offer surf lessons.

Deus

The Deus Temple’s modest shaping bay has been blessed with a constant stream of talent over the years with the likes of Rich Pavel, Bob McTavish, Thomas Bexon, Neal Purchase Jr., Ryan Lovelace and others all serving within its foam covered blue walls. Step into their incredible showroom/cafe/gallery to admire their latest creations.

Boardriders

It’s impossible to miss the Boardriders store when you access the beach from the Echo side. In addition to Quiksilver and Roxy tees, boardies, bikinis, and the rest, they have a rack of boards by JS, Hayden Shapes, Slater Designs, and …Lost that will stop you in your tracks. Also – it sounds kinda odd – but they also do haircuts. Ask for the “Mikey Wright” 😉

Ding Repair

For repairs in Berawa head to Mabuk Surfing and Charlie Brown Surf Shop. Both are just a short ride or easy walk along Jalan Raya Semat.

 

Aki Repair

Get your boards fixed by the fine craftsmen at Aki Repair, strategically located on the “Short Cut” that connects Berawa with Canggu. These guys come from the Naruki repair shop bloodline so you know your baby is in good hands.

Food & Drinks

There are so many new spots popping up in Berawa it can be hard to keep track. Here’s some of our fav’s.

Food

Particularly good if you’re traveling with the family, eateries such as Milu by Nook, Nüde and Milk & Madu a perfect for your little crew. With Finns Recreation Club and the new Finns Beach Club on your doorstep, you’ll also be able to pack them off to keep them entertained while you get some much-needed hydrotherapy.

Drinks

Finns Beach Club is a beast and an epic destination day or night. Three pools cater to everyone, from the near-naked 20-somethings to the significantly more humble families, and a bunch of on-site eateries offer a wide range of sustenance. It is Western prices throughout, so don’t expect to stick to your budget.

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