Kuta Surf Spots
There are surfable wave along the length of Kuta beach which work best on mid to high tides. The super compact sand results in more power than your average break at home. You might even get lucky with a barrel.
Halfway Kuta, at the bend in the beach and opposite Jalan Benesari is considered the best spot at Kuta beach. Both left and right breach breaks which get hollow on the lower tides and offshore winds. Also the most crowded. On a typical day there are local rippers, hot groms attacking the shore break, surf schools and a eager tourists who have decided to try surfing for the first time. Awesome beach break wave if you manage to get one by yourself.
About 800m out and opposite the Discovery mall is one of Bali's best waves. Kuta Reef is a pumping left that goes on for a very long distance with lots of chances for hits and barrels before ending in the channel. You can take off anywhere along its length so drop ins are not uncommon. Usually the smallest of the Kuta reef breaks and the most crowded. Hire a boat from Pantai Jerman if you would rather not paddle out.
Between Kuta Reef and Airport Left is Middles. Usually bigger than Kuta Reef and smaller than Airports, Requires a bit more paddling and duck diving than the other 2 breaks as there is no channel to take advantage of. Check out Middles if you would Kuta Reef is too crowded. You can hire a boat to get here.
Breaking off the reef on the North side of the airport runway, Airport Left usually gets the most swell of the 3 breaks. It's a long left hander, great for top to bottom surfing and hitting the lip before ending in the channel. Usually has 2 take off positions. Bigger sets break on the outside peak while smaller ones break on the inside. The best ride is when you can connect both peaks. Watch out for surf schools sitting on the outside peak waiting to push their students onto a wave. The dry season trade winds are cross shore for this break and tends to stuff up the afternoon session, so this break is best surfed in the morning.