The effect the surfers have had on Bali has been striking. We can easily find luxurious hotels or resorts near the surfing spots these days. Without a doubt, apart from the culture itself, the surfing community is responsible for Bali’s popularity since decades ago.
Surfers have been coming to this island for many years. In fact, these people are credited with kick-starting the island’s tourism industry. The launch of the classic surf movie in 1972, featuring the mythical wave at Uluwatu, opened the floodgates of surf tourism in Bali. Starting from then on, Bali has been selected to host several Pro-Surfing competitions.
This year, the World Surfing League (WSL) Champions was held on May in the east coast of the island. There were 56 of the world’s leading surfers from Australia, North America, South Africa, Brazil, Hawaii and France competing for top honours. And having some celebrity surfers came the media circus, Indonesia’s tourism ministry can no longer deny that surfing brings potential business in Bali.
According to the Head of the Tourism Ministry’s Maritime Tourism Acceleration Team, The government sees great potential from surfing. They are seriously looking at the potential of surfing along with other activities to be able to tap into Sports Tourism. Indonesia has hundreds of surf beaches, 30 of which are world-class surfing locations. Of these 30 locations, 11 of them are the venue for WSL 2019. This fact will place Indonesia as the number one surfing destination in the world.
I would personally say that if this country were able to take advantage of nautical sports, such as surfing, it would set the country as a top maritime destination.