Bali is known as a surfer’s paradise, but it’s not just waves that draw people to this tropical island. Recently, Bali has become a hotspot for longboard stand up paddle events, attracting athletes and enthusiasts from around the world.
Longboard stand up paddle, also known as SUP, involves standing on a longboard and using a paddle to navigate through the water. It’s a sport that requires balance, strength, and endurance, making it a challenging but rewarding activity.
One of the most popular longboard SUP events in Bali is Bali cosmic experience longboard SUP. This year, the event takes place in Sanur from 7 – 11 April and features a variety of competitions, including men’s elite, women’s elite, men’s and women’s weekend warriors.
In addition to the competitive events, the cosmic experience longboard SUP competition also feature over 60’s old fellas participation and team event. Spectators can watch from the boat as these skilled athletes perform impressive tricks and maneuvers on their boards, showcasing the sport’s dynamic nature.
Bali Cosmic experience
The Bali Cosmic Experience is an annual Longboard SUP surfing competition that brings together some of the world’s best SUP surfers to compete in one of the most beautiful locations on the planet. Held at the Sanur Rip curl surf school, Bali, this event has become a must-attend for anyone who loves surfing and the culture that surrounds it.
The Rip Curl School of Surf is the perfect location for this event, with its stunning ocean views, world-class facilities, and experienced staff. Located in Sanur, one of Bali’s most popular tourist destinations.
Once the competition kicks off, surfers head to Serangan surf point, one of Bali’s premier surfing spots, to showcase their skills and compete for the coveted title of champion. With its consistent waves and challenging conditions, Serangan surf point provides the perfect setting for the competition, offering a true test of each surfer’s abilities.
On 7 April 2023, The Bali Cosmic Experience started the first event with traditional Balinese ceremonies for blessing and safety for everyone during the event.
Stand Up Paddle Festival in Bali
The Stand Up Paddle events in Indonesia are growing every year. The event includes various activities such as stand up paddleboard racing, sup surfing, beach sessions, and competitions for people of all skill levels. In 2022 Priority hot Priority paddle fest in Kelan beach. The organizers prioritize safety and provide structured sessions for beginners and advanced athletes alike. Participants are welcome to bring their own board, rent or shop the products from the event. Bali’s tropical beaches and surf spots provide the perfect setting for the event, creating an amazing atmosphere for paddlers and spectators alike. The Stand Up Paddle Festival in Bali is a must-attend event for anyone interested in this exciting water sport.
Longboard SUP revolution is proudly Sponsored by SMIK, Starboard, Rip Curl, Priority Standup Paddle Bali, Bali Sup Community, ASC Asian Surf Company, Prama Resort Sanur, Quobba, Drift Resort Kuta Lombok, Standup Surf Shop Fremantle WA, Indonesian Surfing Association, Serangan Boardriders Club, The Beach Wellness Cafe and Resort.
And the winners are:
Men’s Elite Zane Kekoa Schweitzer (Hawaii)
Women’s Elite Iballa Ruano Moreno(Canary Islands)
Men’s Weekend Warriors Trevor Tunnington (Aust)
Women’s Weekend warriors Dimity Faulkner( Aust)
Over 60’s old fellas Richard Wain (Aust)
Team event SMIK
Planning to travel to Bali?
Bali is a beautiful destination located in Indonesia that attracts millions of tourists every year. Given the current situation of the world, COVID-19 has become a priority concern for travellers. However, Bali has implemented strict health regulations to ensure the safety of tourists. Bali offers visitors numerous activities such as paddle-boarding, surfing, and tours. Visitors can explore the stunning beaches of Bali and enjoy the smell of the ocean breeze. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Bali is ready to welcome tourists and provide them with a memorable and enjoyable experience.
Priority Paddle Fest event in Bali 2022
Priority Paddle Fest 2022 was hosted in 2022, this festival was an opportunity for local participants to experience the thrill of paddling with a focus on safety and skills. Both professional and amateur paddlers from around Indonesia were expected to participate in this event, making it a truly national competition. The priority of this festival was to promote and celebrate the passion of paddling, while also encouraging the preservation of our natural waterways. This festival was sure to be a hit and will leave participants with unforgettable memories.
Update Travel to Bali?
Bali is a beautiful island located in Indonesia, famous for its stunning beaches, lush greenery, and vibrant culture. For many tourists, Bali is a dream destination, and it’s easy to see why. However, like any place, there are certain do’s and don’ts to keep in mind when visiting Bali. Here are some important tips to keep in mind:
- Respect the local customs and culture. Bali has a rich and unique culture, so it’s important to show respect for local traditions and customs. This includes dressing modestly when visiting temples and other sacred sites.
- Learn a few basic phrases in the local language. Even if it’s just a simple greeting or thank you, showing that you have made an effort to learn the local language can go a long way in building rapport with locals.
- Be mindful of your environmental impact. Bali is known for its natural beauty, so it’s important to be mindful of your impact on the environment. This means avoiding single-use plastics, not littering, and supporting local eco-friendly initiatives.
- Explore the island beyond the tourist hotspots. Bali has many hidden gems beyond the popular tourist destinations, so make sure to explore the island beyond the well-known spots. This can lead to some truly memorable experiences.
- Try the local cuisine. Bali has a rich and diverse culinary scene, with a range of delicious local dishes to try. Be sure to sample some of the local cuisine during your stay.
- Wear appropriate clothes for men and women when entering holy places such as temples.
- Don’t disrespect the local culture or traditions. Bali is a deeply spiritual place, so it’s important to show respect for local customs and beliefs. Avoid being disrespectful or insensitive, particularly when visiting temples or other sacred sites.
- Don’t use drugs. While Bali has a lively nightlife scene, it’s important to remember that drugs are illegal in Indonesia. It’s also important to drink responsibly and avoid excessive drinking.
- Don’t swim in dangerous waters. Bali’s beaches are beautiful, but it’s important to be mindful of the currents and other potential dangers. Be sure to check with locals or hotel staff before swimming in the ocean.
- Don’t forget to be respectful of others. Bali is a popular tourist destination, and it’s important to be mindful of other visitors as well as locals. This means being respectful of others’ space, avoiding loud or disruptive behavior, and being considerate of others’ needs.
Overall, Bali is a beautiful and welcoming place, and by keeping these do’s and don’ts in mind, you can ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience during your stay. By showing respect for the local culture and environment, and being mindful of others, you can truly immerse yourself in the beauty and wonder of this amazing island.
Photos credit: LSR photographer Michael Williams