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Latitude: 8° 48.628' S
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WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name bali pipeline
Wave qualityTotally Epic
ExperiencePros or kamikaze only...
FrequencyVery consistent (150 day/year)
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionSouthWest, South
Good wind direction
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movement
Week crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
Padang in two words: power and fear. It' the most dangerous and hollowest wave in this area. The final bowl is an obligatory tube. In short: Tube at the take-off, then speed, speed, speed and the ledgey final tube section.
Under 4 ft: even if the surf is possible under 4ft at the final bowl, it's dangerous because of the shallow water.
Over 5 ft: the best is at mid tide. It's pretty but the wave is crowded. It's remain dangerous because there is no water on the reef.
Over 6 ft: the real Padang starts at this size. The wave is long and very hollow. The take-off zone is moving in front of the big rock. Be attentive to the choice of your wave (difficult because there are at this moment 30 to 40 surfers...).
More than 8 ft: Wait for the low tide. The wave is incredible and dangerous.
10 ft: it's the average limit of Padang. Surnatural.
More than 12 ft: out of control.
Take a long board (6'8" to 7'4")
If the technical level is too high for you (we are a lot in this case !), just come and enjoy the show on the wave. You will learn just by watching.
the pipeline of bali!
By hicahez , 7 Aug
ads - Hi, I find reading this article a joy. It is extremely helpful and interesting and very much looking forward to reading more of your work..
By inigo19 , 18-08-2009
surf shoes? - In padang you don´t need them cause you paddle through the channel but in impossibles maybe yes. Try and see is the best I can tell you
By inigo19 , 18-08-2009
sharks...no sharks in padang - i´ve read in dangers about sharks, just to say there are no sharks over there
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