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Catching waves with a Balinese surfer

Last week, Surf Mei Mei was in Bali to catch some waves. We had the pleasure of interviewing our local surf guide Jambul who started surfing when he was only 7 years old!

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Jambul's signature hairdo

Jambul’s signature hairdo

Name: Jambul

Age: 20

Hometown: Tabanan, Bali

Work: Surf guide / amateur guitarist

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Jambul likes to surf and sing

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Goofing around at a local warung

How did you pick up surfing?
People used to leave their broken boards at my home break. My friends and I had no idea what they were for so we would just lie on them and play with the waves. In fact, someone had to tell us we were supposed to stand on them to catch waves. Luckily, my friends and I eventually met a few local legends who taught us how to surf at my beach.

Jambul at Serangan (Turtle Island)

Jambul at Serangan (Turtle Island)

Favorite surf spot: Kedungu

Favorite warung (cafe): The one at Kedungu

When is the best time to come to Bali?

Checking out waves at Tugu

Checking out waves at Tugu

During the months of May to August, the entire island is usually pumping.

Most reliable surf forecast website:

What’s your favorite thing about surfing?
It’s an incredibly fun and awesome experience.

It never feels like work!

How can people get in touch with you for surf coaching and guiding?

Check out my website! Let’s get wet!

At Surf Mei Mei, we are all about supporting and giving back to the local community. If you happen to find yourself in Bali, Jambul has been a fantastic guide and we highly recommend hiring him for a session or 2.


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