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Sumbawa

West Sumbawa

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Sumba

Sumba

Rote

Rote

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Aceh

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Nias / Asu / Hinakos

Telos

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Lombok

SE - E Wind

All tides

3 - 10ft S-SW swell

Coral

Intermediate / Advanced

SE - E Wind

All tides

3 - 10ft S-SW swell

Coral

Intermediate / Advanced

Surfing at Impossibles Overview

Quick Info

Wave size: waist high – 2 x overhead
Swell size (ocean): 3 – 10ft
Swell direction: S – SW
Tides: All tides
Direction: Left
Best wind: SE – E
Surfing level: Intermediate / Advanced
Crowd factor: 8/10
Localism factor: 5/10
Fun factor: 8/10
Risk factor: 8/10
Must know: Keep a high line if you want to make sections here.
The perfect lefts continue, where Impossibles reef peels down a long straight reef visible from Bingin.

A world-class white sand beach with small warungs selling Bintangs and coconuts, and framed by lime stone cliffs. Impossibles breaks off the edge of the reef to your right, and around the corner.

About Impossibles

Impossibles is very difficult to make, as it speeds of a mach II down the line, offering a myriad of barrels, long walls and bowls. Typically the wave is broken into 2 sections, uppers and lowers, but its worth noting you can take off anywhere along the reef here and get a great ride.

Uppers, breaks off the very tip of the reef and rifles off down the line. The key to making this wave it to pull into the barrels and maintain a high line. Every wave can behave differently, and it possible to link the upper section all the way to the inside on larger days with low tides. But most of the times the wave will eventually out pace even the fastest surfers.

In the middle is a section that draws in the wider swinging sets, and breaks out a little further from the reef. The wider waves tend to peel a little slower, making them a lot more makeable, but may not hit the reef as hard, and not offer up as many barrel opportunities as there counter parts in close. Again, though, the wave will tend to out pace you at some stage.
A crowd will often pool up down the end of the wave, as every one keeps paddling further down the reef looking for the magic little piece of reef that is not running to fast on that day.

Best Conditions for Impossibles

Impossibles breaks on all tides, with the low tide typically offering a more makeable wave, but increasing the chances of hitting the reef and getting caught inside. It breaks from 1ft to double over-head, with the smaller days offering some fun sections for intermediate surfers. It is offshore in S – E winds, so a great dry season staple.

Getting in and out at Impossibles

To access Impossibles it’s an easy paddle from the beach at Padang, out through the channel in between Padang-Padang and Padang-Padang rights. Then around the top of the reef and drift down until you find a section of the reef you like. Coming in on a low tide can be a long a painful walk across the reef, if you have no booties, but high tide can offer a nice little current under the cliffs that will zip you back to Padang.

Getting to Impossibles

To get to Impossibles for Jalan Labuhansait towards Uluwatu until you get to the famous Padang bridge. This will be your first glimpse of the ocean if travelling from Kuta. You can park in the carpark accross the road from the ocean, and make your way down through the temple. Follow the stairs down through the limestone rocks, mind your head, and down tot he beach.

Hazards to look out for at Impossibles

The reef here is sharp and shallow, especially on the lower tides.

This wave can be very powerful when big.

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