Padang Padang Surf Camp has always been there, and it was and will remain forever, the property of the Gods who live within the temples.
The Balinese Hindu staff serve the Gods of the surf camp, and the whole team (multi-faith equal opportunities company) are there to serve the guests of PPSC, who come to Bali to surf in perfect conditions while enjoying such a rich culture.
The concept of making a place where surfers from all over the world could meet up and totally immerse themselves in surfing was born in the freezing Northern Hemisphere in the 1970s.
The dream was to find a place where the water was always warm, you could surf every day, and everything was perfect. This dreamy surfer didn’t explore the world looking for the place, he found it by accident in 2005, realised it was a surfers paradise and decided that Padang Padang was the spot.
The founder did not come here with a business plan, marketing concept or anything else and decided on the mission statement over a sunset beer in 2005:
We are Western and Balinese surfers who love the beauty and culture of Bali. We want you to experience our lifestyle, surfing Bali's best waves while enjoying our mixture of traditional Balinese hospitality, combined with Western standards.
It is the simplicity, and respect for local cultures and atmosphere that make Padang Padang Surf Camp unique.
The management are real surfers and the surfing team are world-class. There are many surf camps in Bali but only one has remained true to its heritage, and really understands the true meaning of ceremony and culture.
Balinese culture and ceremony
The most important aspect of anyone’s visit is the ceremony and you will not understand the true meaning of a ceremony by reading about it in a guide book. Watching a ceremony means you are on the outside looking outwards. Even attending a ceremony has no meaning, unless you understand what is the true meaning of the ceremony.
Ceremony in Bali is where religion, culture and tradition all come together. It dictates the life pattern and cycle for all Balinese and is very complicated to understand.
Cultures are constantly eroded by Western consumerism and other trends but Bali is timeless as the ceremony and the importance of the ceremony never changes.
All ceremonies are important, and some are very important.
Do not try to understand the meaning of ceremony from any Western travel guide writer or professional content writer. You need to immerse yourself in the culture, speak to the Balinese who arrange the ceremony and let go of your prejudices before you can understand the true meaning of a ceremony.
The Covid-19 pandemic in Bali
The pandemic hit everyone hard, and no one was immune, but the true values of respect for local culture meant the Gods were not displeased and the surf camp rebuilt during this difficult period.
The founding member worked alongside the local crew and helped reorganise the workforce to build new facilities and improve the quality of the property.
It was a nice surprise to find out that the head chef, and head of housekeeping were also skilled in carpentry, brickwork and other practical skills so joined the maintenance team and worked hard and diligently to add value.
Meet The Team
Head of Maintenance
Head of Housekeeping