Yesterday we crossed the 2nd deepest water channel in the world, the Lombok Strait, which is 3 kilometers deep in parts. A one-hour speedboat ride from Lembongan Island will take you to one of the most famous, most fickle left-handers in the world…the almighty Desert Point of Lombok.
You’ve seen it in mags, in surf movies but in real life it’s incredible. The reef is basically in the middle of nowhere with rolling hills in the background. Accommodation and amenities scarce, basically a few uninhabited thatch huts on the beach. The reef is razor sharp ready to strip you bare. Deserts switches on and off with the tides, rock up at the wrong time and it will appear flat, going low it could be 4 foot which is mainly due to the 7 knot currents racing between these islands. Deserts is for the hard core surfer (and Goofies). It’s fast and sections many times. Not much room for turns or error. Most of the time you will be falling off into knee to waist deep water. Get one all the way through to the end and you’ve surfed 300 metres of pure racey wall. Doesn’t get much better than that.
I will be back for sure. Deserts is now in my top 3.
Seeya :: uge