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Balian is one of the most amazing surf breaks on the islands and also one of the lesser known. With a wave that is basically always working, even when the swell is low, Balian produces some amazingly consistent waves that are just beautiful to watch peel away. One of the nice things about this wave is a beach break that it is at the mouth of a river. The river breaks the waves on the way in making for a great rip to get in behind the waves. However, it does make for a strong rip that can suck you out to sea, be sure to paddle hard when getting out. But being a beach break, it provides some safety for those who are still learning and fear the reef. The surf here is best at high tide.
The waves here are beautiful and it breaks deep as a A-frame with the lefty rides being longer and more accessible than the rights. But the waves are glossy are slow moving so it makes this a great spot for intermediate surfers to visit. Although the break is called Balian, the village up top is called Surabrata. Its just a little unmarked road at the village market which leads down to the break, so it can be easy to miss.
Once you make it down to the beach, you are stoked. There is a great restaurant with fantastic food and good prices with an ideal view of the action on the waves. The Gado Gado was my favourite there. Also, there is a wide selection of hostels/hotels to choose from, so depending on your price range and how far you want to be from the beach, you should be able to find something suitable. I saw a place for 50,000 rp 5 minutes drive from the beach, or you get get 200,000 with a pool and sick room right on the beach. That is low season pricing though mind you. The pics I took are from when the swell was low (it was mostly down the whole time was around, sucks) but this was one of the few waves that was still working consistently.