So you’ve got the tide chart in your pocket and you can handle yourself on a board. But where to pick up the coolest surf gear? Whether you’re looking to splurge or to save, we’ve got you covered. Check out our picks for the best surf shops in Bali.
Single Fin – Jalan Mamo, Uluwatu & Jl. Raya Seminyak, Seminyak
Single Fin is more than a store, it’s an institution. The location in Uluwatu is sure to get you inspired to shop surf apparel and gear to your heart’s content. The store and the restaurant carrying the same name are perched cliffside, offering terrific views of people heading for the lineup in the waves below. In the store, you’ll find goodies from all of the biggest brands. Single Fin also has a store in the busy heart of Seminyak.
The Outlets – Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai, Kuta
If you’re simply looking for the best bang for your buck and are willing to brave the chaotic traffic of Kuta, head on over to the numerous surf outlets that line Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai. Here you’ll find swimwear, shoes, clothes, sunglasses and accessories from all of the biggest brands at dis-counted prices. You can score some real bargains from labels like Billabong, Quiksilver and beyond, but don’t except to soak up any surfer vibes here. Instead, there’s techno music blasting from the speakers and fluorescent lights shining down on you.
Drifters – Jl. Oberoi, Seminyak
Drifters is a stark contrast to the sterile environment of the outlets. If we’d have to pick just one word to describe the store, it would definitely be “cool.” Drifters features an eclectic mix of big global brands and smaller local labels. Besides surf gear and apparel, Drifters also sells accessories and a carefully curated collection of books and movies ranging from rock star biographies to surf documentaries and beyond. The store also houses a small coffee shop so you can happily while away an entire day here. Trust us, once you’ve stepped in through the door, you’ll want to do just that.
Deus – Jalan Batu Mejan, Canggu
Deus is a Canggu legend. People travel far and wide to ogle at the brand’s custom bikes and surf-boards and Deus t-shirts are so ubiquitous to the neighborhood that it’s almost funny. Besides bikes, boards and clothes, Deus also sells accessories ranging from wallets to bags and from sunglasses to trucker hats. Should the mood strike you, you can also pick up some art from the store’s little art gallery. Finish your shopping spree by grabbing a coffee or a nice cold Bintang at Deus’s very own restaurant. The brand also has two smaller outlets over in Seminyak.
Flow & Yonder – Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu
Flow & Yonder is located in the heart of Canggu, just across the road from Deus. Inside, the store resembles the coolest beach shack you could ever imagine decked out with the coolest clothes and accessories around. The selection is very of the moment and caters to the ever expanding crowd of local hipsters. Flow & Yonder is also one of those places that’s worth visiting just for the building alone. The store’s architecture is a cool modern take on a traditional Balinese house complete with huge windows and a mural that says it all: Dedicated to those who dream.