CNNGo recently ran a story on Bali’s 5 best-hidden beaches for those in search of tropical oases not yet overrun by throngs of panting tourists.
At number one, I am pleased to say, is Balangan Beach, one of Rapturecamps premier spots for surfing. The CNNGo editor recommends Balangan for swimming, lying in hammocks, building sandcastles, surfing and watching other surf. It’s also a great place to learn the art of surfing.
The long stretch of white sand is flanked by rocky cliffs while the shore is lined by an assortment of warungs (local cafes) serving plates of indo mee and ice-cold Bintangs, and cheap non-air conditioned huts.
In other Bali surf news, 22-year old Bali native Raditya Rondi won the 2-day surfing competition Monsoon Mayhem International Surf Challenge at Desaru Beach in Malaysia on Sunday. Rondi beat out Mohd Nazrin of Malaysia and Abdullah Areef of the Maldives, who finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
The competition in Malaysia was the opener for the second season of the Asian Surfing Championships Tour, which includes 9 events in Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia and Thailand during 2012.
Rondi already holds the championship title for the first ASC tour and hopes to retain it in 2012.
Raditya clinched the ASC inaugural title last season by winning the Billabong Cherating Pro in Malaysia on Dec. 13, his second victory in the tour after the Rip Curl Surf and Music Festival in Bali on October.
Read more about Bali native Raditya Rondi’s victory in Malaysia and the ASC Tour in the Jakarta Globe.