As part of our ongoing commitment to improving the Padang Padang Surf Camp experience for our guests, we're delighted to announce a new addition to the management team.
Joshua Braddock is set to join us in January with a focus on the surfing side of operations and, if the name sounds familiar, you might have seen his impressive edit which featured on Magic Seaweed last month and included action from The Canaries and Indonesia.
Born and raised on Lanzarote in the Canary Isles, Joshua was never far from the ocean and began messing around on bodyboards and foamies from the age of eight.
By eleven, he was really starting to get the surfing bug and the rest is history with the years since including lots of surf coaching, entries in WSL QS and Junior Tour competition events, being awarded his ISA surf coaching certificate, passing on his experience as aa surf guide, and plenty of international surf travel.
In the unusual year we've all been experiencing, Joshua has mostly stayed close to home and enjoyed the waves of Lanzarote and surrounding islands.
I've stayed here on the island for most of the time, I was lucky to jump over to some of the other islands on some swells, and scored some amazing waves. However most of the time I've stayed local, the swells have been amazing this year. Quemao and La santa have been non stop.
Joshua is no stranger to Bali with trips here each of the past seven years and is looking forward to getting back to enjoy the unique combination of food, waves and people that make the island we call home so special.
In the past he's stayed here on the Bukit and enjoyed surfing the best of our local breaks including Uluwatu, Bingin and Padang Padang with a couple of east coast trips to score Keramas too.
As far as international travel goes, he's got an interesting perspective on his two favourite destinations:
By far my top two are Indonesia and Scotland — weirdly there are some similarities. Perfect waves and the option to find empty lineups. Only real difference is 30 degrees and the 5mm rubber.
I've been traveling to Bali almost every year for the past 7 years.
So what is Joshua planning on bringing with him in the way of equipment? Something for all occasions by the sound of it:
I'll be bringing a large quiver. 6'1 will be my largest and a 5'8 fun board will be the shortest. The great thing with Bali is the massive selection of boards in all the shops, so you'll never be short of a good board.
As you can tell Joshua is very committed to surfing but when he finds time between sessions, he enjoys music and has been having fun in the evenings with DJing recently. On flat days he either gets in some training for when the waves are back on or takes his speargun out for some fishing.
Having been living and breathing surfing for most of his life, surfing to a very high standard and being an accomplished surf coach and guide too, we're looking forward to Joshua's arrival and the experience and passion for surfing that he'll bring to the team.