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Let’s Ride the Waves with Quiksilver Bali Surf Academy!

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Bali’s first urban resort, Mamaka by Ovolo, is excited to announce their partnership with Quiksilver Bali Surf Academy – the island’s most renowned surfing school. As official partners, the Academy will be nestled within the resort and provide the finest surfing lessons to those keen on learning the sport.

Quiksilver Bali Surf Academy is locally and family-owned by Made Switra and his Australian wife, Holly Monkman. Made is one of Bali’s most legendary surfing pioneers and one of the most successful and respected locals, having travelled the world and surfing as a sponsored Quiksilver team rider. He made history as the first Balinese surfer to travel to Hawaii, making his mark by surfing Hawaii’s famed Pipeline surf break. Likewise, Holly has over twenty years of experience both in professional surfing, as well as in the surf industry. In her youth, she was a sponsored professional surfer, and later helped develop the careers of several world tour surfer champions as Roxy’s Global Sports Marketing Manager.

History of surfing in Bali

Surfing was first introduced in Indonesia by an American couple, Bob and Louis Koke. Around the mid-1930s, they embarked on a trip to Bali and decided to settle on the exotic island. Bob, an avid surfer who first experienced surf culture during his time in Hawaii, became the first person to surf the waves of Kuta Beach. He taught some of the locals to surf, which sparked the beginning of the island’s long and unique surf history. Back then, surfboards were commonly crafted out of hollowed-out teak wood, which was heavy and quite difficult to manoeuvre.

In the late 1930s, Made Switra’s grandfather, who had a penchant for shaping wooden boards, discovered Bob Koke’s abandoned surfboard and decided to bring it home. It was then that he created the first-ever handmade surfboard in Bali, which was carved to an iconic shape made out of wood from local trees. This legendary surfboard is now showcased in all its glory in Mamaka’s lobby.

Learn more about riding waves with Mamaka here!