digging a bit more into planning, and we'll have to spend some days in Ubud because most non-surfing activities seem to be there around. My problem is still the same: camouflage a surf trip!
I was thinking: Ubud + south of the island where all surf spots are accessible, maybe two different stays (one more north, the other right on the south coast) + Lombok-Gili Islands.
What do you think? how is surfing in lombok for not expert surfer? The problem is that many sources recommend malaria pills for Lombok, and this will be a no-go for the lady.
silly practical questions: are surfboards to rent easily and widely available? shops in the cities/villages or right on the beach? quality-wise are these boards comparable or some shops are better? do tourists buy and bring a board back? summer wetsuit/top neoprene needed? reef boots mandatory?
Apart from desert point, most waves on Lombok suit average surfers more than just about anywhere in Indo some waves are even super mellow but fun (Grupuk bay area)
Lombok is said to have malaria as is all areas outside of Bali or Jakarta but August is near end of dry season so very few mosquito, personally i never take anything for malaria anywhere in indo but each to there own.
Not sure about boards in lombok has been a while since there (i spend most of my time in Sumatra) boards are easy to rent in Bali from beach and possibly from shop, not sure on quality expect not great? you can buy all kinds of boards new and secondhand in Bali number of places in poppies 2 area and out at places like ullus, but prices are more expensive then USA and closer to what we pay in Australia about $350+ secondhand $700+ new
Water is to hot for wetsuits of any kind, but rash shirt is good to stop sunburn, booties are a must at many reefs, but also spots can get away without them, personally i think is good idea to wear them as only takes one big cut to keep you out of water for days or longer as cuts can get infected real easy in indo.