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Rip Curl School of Surf presents ISA International SURF - SUP Coaching and Instructing Symposium IV in Bali from 27th June – 12th July 2018

Publish on March 1st, 2018

The annual International Surfing Association International Surf and SUP Coaching and Instructing Symposium returns to Indonesia for interested surfers, SUP’ers, and surf schools. The Rip Curl School of Surf in cooperation with the International Surfing Association are delighted to announce the fourth annual ISA Surf - SUP Coach and Instructor Symposium to be held again in Bali, Indonesia from the 27th June – 12th July 2018. [read more="Read More" less="Less"]

The symposium will offer ISA Surf Level 2, ISA Surf Level1, ISA Flat Water SUP and first time for ISA Surf SUP coaching and instructor programs, a Lifeguard Surf Rescue course by the Balawista(Bali’s Lifeguard Department) and the opportunity to complete the practical coaching and instructing hours necessary to obtain the ISA certification.

The schedule will be divided as follows: ISA Surf Level 2from 27-29 June,ISA Surf Level 1from 2-12 July (course 2-3, followed by practical coaching hours + lifesaving course),ISA SUP Flat Water from 29 June - 9 July (course 29-30 followed by practical coaching hours + lifesaving course) and 1 July for ISA Surf SUP training programs.

Again Australia’s Jamo Borthwick will be the keynote speaker and presenter for the ISA Surf Level 1&2 and ISA Surf SUP programs at the symposium.  And for second time Jonni Deaker will be the ISA Course Presenter for the Flat Water SUP program.

After the 3rd time the ISA coaching and instructing program has been conducted in Bali, it is no doubt the island is the perfect location to host such an event, not only for its surf and beaches but also its accessibility, with an international airport and well developed tourism facilities.

And the Rip Curl School of Surf provides the ideal locations and facilities for the practical part of the symposium, as it has one location just steps away from the sand on the west coast of Bali in the Double Six Beach area of Legian, and the second location on the east coast at the Prama Sanur Beach in Sanur, both of which are surrounded by hotels, restaurants, and entertainment options for the attendees. ISA Surf Level 1, Surf SUP the Flat Water SUP classroom sessions will be held at the Prama Sanur Beach Hotel where Surf Level 2 classroom sessions will be held at Rip Curl Bali Headquarters on Sunset Road as it was done last year.

The ISA Surf Level 1 or SUP Flat Water courses are each$730 USD (Rp9.855million).  The ISA Surf Level 1 and SUP Flat Water courses are $950 USD (Rp 12.825 million), $570 USD(Rp 7.695 million) for ISA SURF Level 2 and $310 USD(Rp 4.185 million)for ISA Surf SUP, Included is all the printed ISA course materials, transportation to and from the classroom to facilities in Sanur and Legian, a certified surf rescue program from the Bali Lifeguards Association for Surf level 1 and Flat Water SUP, 12 months ISA registration, 20 hours of instructor training supervised by a ISA representative for Surf Level 1 and Flat Water SUP, lunch each day as well as coffee and water.

Surf instructors already certified by another organization can sign up for a transition course that provides the necessary knowledge and skills to become certified by the ISA.  Surf or SUP instructors who already hold a surf rescue accreditation or do not will complete their practical hours elsewhere can inquire regarding the price for just the ISA Course.

For those who wish to register, or need assistance with travel arrangements and accommodations, or have any questions, please email

The ISA Surf & SUP Symposium is sponsored by the Rip Curl School of Surf, Rip Curl SEA, Prama Sanur Beach Hotel, Danone Aqua, Swich Sandwich, Retro Bar & Restaurant, Beach Hut Sunblock, and Surftime Magazine, and supported by the ISA, the ASC, and Balawista –Badung Surf Life Saving Bali. [/read]

SurfTime Award 2017

Publish on Dec 12nd, 2017

The 14th Annual Surftime Awards: A Night to (Try and) Remember

As exclusive as The lawn in Canggu may look from the outside, it still manages a very organic, tribal vibe on the inside. And the 14th Annual Surftime Awards, held there on September 22nd was just that. More of a family gathering than an awards night, this assembly of the best and brightest of our surfing community was at once a joyous, raucous and very, very loud affair.


Posted September 2nd, 2017

An epic set of 18km SUP and Paddleboard Distances Races led to inspiring performances and photo finishes on the first day of competition at the 2017 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship.

New Zealand powerhouse Annabel Anderson dominated the Women’s SUP Distance Race while Australian veteran Jordan Mercer overcame personal adversity to win the Women’s Paddleboard Race in race that went down to the wire.

On the men’s side, Hungary’s Bruno Hasulyo, put on a stunning display of SUP racing to become a first-time ISA World Champion on the Men’s Distance Race, while Australia’s Lachie Lansdown overcame last year’s winner, Sam Shepard to win his second ISA World Title.


Publish on July 25th, 2017

This is the 3rd year that the Rip Curl School of Surf has hosted an ISA International Surf Coaching and Instructor Symposium here in Bali, but this year it was expanded to include three different certification programs: ISA Surf Level 1, Surf Level 2, and Flat Water SUP, with a total of 27 participants representing 13 different countries (Venezuela, France, UK, Holland, Guam, Indonesia, Italy, Greece, Norway, Russia, Spain, Brazil and USA).


Publish on May 16, 2017

Protected by a distant reef, the light blue waters of Sanur are perfect for families who want a low-key place to soak up the sun while sticking close to top-notch seafood restaurants and bars where happy hour never seems to end. Look for bright orange clownfish darting between corals, practice your balance with a stand-up paddleboarding adventure with the Rip Curl School of Surf, or take advantage of the smooth waters on a high-speed jet ski.


Publish on March 1st, 2017

1 March 2017, Kuta-Bali, Indonesia: The Rip Curl School of Surf in cooperation with the International Surfing Association are delighted to announce the third annual ISA Surf and SUP Instructor Symposium, to be held again in Bali, Indonesia from the 7th to 22nd of June 2017.


Publish on Oct 12, 2016

13th annual Surfttime Awards

As another spectacular year passes, as we have witnessed yet another great Rip Curl Cup, a stellar season of waves and as the Surftime awards come to a close, our thoughts turn toward champions.


Posted on August 14, 2015

With its endless wave and swell producing coastline, Indonesia is a surfer’s paradise.  With no major landmass to block or alter the swells that are produced from the Southern Indian Ocean, Indonesia produces some of the best waves on earth.  Made popular by the classic 70’s surf film “The Morning of the Earth,” the beaches of Kuta and nearby reefs are surfed regularly by surfers of all levels.

Opened since 1988, the Rip Curl School of Surf Bali quickly gained the reputation as the best surf school in Bali.  The school teaches students of all levels how to surf, kite, wake and windsurf.  The Rip Curl Scool of Surf Bali operates in three locations allowing for the best conditions regardless of the season: Legian which is the largest of the schools and has calmer waves and is good for beginners; Sanur which offers the perfect access to calm lagoons and coral reefs as well as offshore winds that are great for kitesurfing; and Jimbaran which offers quieter waters for students trying to learn how to bodyboard or stand up paddle board.


Publish on May 23, 2015

If it wasn’t for surfing, where would Bali be today?
Well, evidently, it would be in exactly the same place as it is now, but our question refers not so much to its geographical location as its cultural, social and financial status. Because while Balinese tourism today is sophisticated and largely centred around high-class hotels, restaurants and various activities and attractions, it was originally born of people coming here to do one thing and one thing only surf.


Publish on Sept 2, 2014

If you want to get out on the water, this Kuta-based surf school has been in operation for more than 16 years and today holds classes across the island.
Sign up for a session at the nearby Legian branch and try your hand at surfing, kite surfing, wakeboarding, body-boarding and stand-up paddle boarding. Classes cater for all skill levels, and who knows, you might end the day catching a wave as the sun sinks into the sea.


Blessed with 365 days of swell, damn good weather and pristine warm water temps, the island of the Gods is a fave surf destination for travellers.

With 60 plus surf spots scattered across the island, surfers and holidaymakers are spoilt for choice. But before you throw on some board shorts and hit Kuta’s gnarly waves with a longboard in tow, check out our newbies guide to surfing in Bali. It will see you “shredding” beyond the shoreline in no time.