Flora Christin, as first Indonesian female competitive longboard surfer, is inspiration for many girls. We caught up with her to talk about life in Canggu, her favourite waves in Bali and future plans.
We’ve been following your surfing journey for last couple years and girl we love your style! Did it come to you naturally, or with hours of hard work?
Awww thank you so much. It was pretty much from hard work and hours spent in the water. I’ve learnt more about surfing during many travels and surfing different waves.
You are first Indonesian female competitive longboard surfer – how do you feel with this title?
At first it was kinda weird to have this tittle, as you know that Indonesia is one of the best countries in the world for the consistent waves.
But after a while I get used to that and actually using this title to do a lot of things, such as charity projects, etc
What’s most important, this tittle helps me to inspire so many girls out there.
That is great! Tell us more about Bali and Canggu, what made you choose this place to be your home?
After quitting my job in 2014 in the city, I went traveling for few years and decided to move to Bali in 2016 to start a new life. Then I found surfing and it was best thing that ever happened to me.
Bali has always been a dream place for me since I was a kid so here I’m, calling Bali my home.
Canggu it’s an amazing lil area with bunch of cool things and amazing people around. Food is amazing and waves are perfect for longboard.
Favourite surf spots in Bali and how do you deal with Batu Bolong’s crowds?
Favourite waves are: Batu Bolong in Canggu; Half way, Kuta and Medewi
You’re right, Batu Bolong crowds can be so intense but I travel a lot so it’s ok. I always miss Batu Bolong when I’m away. This lil magic spot somehow brought me to who I am today.
Most of the people in the water are residents or beginners, I love watching people learning how to surf. I normally cheer them up or give them tips.
Which are your favourite places to hang out in Canggu?
Canteen cafe, you can find me there every morning plus I go there like three times a day.
I like The Lawn, The Vault and The Slow.
When it comes to beach, maybe Batu Bolong but I don’t chill on the beach that much, as it’s so busy.
I do love Berawa for sunset!
Any tips for people that travel to Bali for the first time? Any must see/do?
My tips would be
Visit some temples and make sure you have someone to tell you the story about Balinese culture.
Snorkelling, diving and chasing waterfalls up north.
Visit the islands near by (Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida) so many activities you can do on these two islands such as boat trip to snorkel with manta rays, or drive around Penida to visit all the beaches and the cliff.
If you haven’t before, you definitely need to try surfing, Kuta or Canggu should be good options for beginners.
What do you do besides surfing? You were involved in helping people after Lombok earthquakes last year. Tell us more about your other projects
Besides surfing I travel a lot. And yes, last year I was in Lombok for 3 solid months doing my charity project to help people after the earthquake.
For now I’m having a break from competition and focus on me. But stay tuned, I’ll have cool stuff coming up for you girls out there!
Sounds good! Last question – if you could go on a surf trip anywhere in the world, where would that be?
Tough question. I’d love to go to Hawaii and California.