Surf-Journalism Internship Bali

After having finished my school, I thought about what to do now. As it was clear that I want to visit a foreign country instead of starting studying straight after school, it was just a question what to do where...

So I thought about my interests and goals. One of my options for future was to study sports-journalism in Germany but to be sure I wanted to collect some working experiences before I have to chose anything. Next to this interests of mine, I am a snowboarder for ten years now. So the surfing sport, as another sport on a board, was always very interesting for me, but unfortunately I never had the chance to try it.

Having these two aspects in mind, I searched in the internet for options and possibilities to link these two aspects and do maybe an internship in a surfing metropolis.

After some time of research, I found the perfect program for me with the help of the great organization of Studentsgoabroad and its partner in Bali: an internship in surf-journalism in the surf community newspaper in Bali! So I organised all the necessary documents like visa, flight and insurance and my journey could start. On the day of my flight, I really was looking forward to the four months in Bali!

I arrived after almost two whole days traveling; the pick up from the airport worked well and my home for the next four months was fine as well. On the following Monday, my official work as intern in the surf magazine started, so I saw all my new colleagues and my supervisor for the first time. About what we spoke and what he explained to me suits me and I liked it right from the beginning!

First things first

The first week was very cool as everything was new for me, we got to know Hafi, the surfboard shaper and the surf magazine fulfilled my first dream: We learned surfing! Right from the beginning of the surf lesson, I became addicted to surfing, it was my new passion! The next few weeks I could do more and more in the surf magazine like writing articles, taking pictures, getting to know more and more people and spreading the idea of surfing. So we got to know a skateboard pro Pedro Baros or the Motocross Community Bali MX and I also had my first interviews with a Brazil surf and kite surf pro or with Moyo, a local supporter of the community in Canggu.

After work...

On the weekends, I always joined other Germans to weekend- or day-trips to other parts of the island or islands in Bali's neighbourhood. The first trip took us in the north-east to Amed and Tulamben where we went snorkeling. After that I visited Lombok and the Gilis with some friends from Germany, who were visiting me in Bali at that moment. In some day-trips we also visited Ubud, different beaches in Bali like Padang-Padang or Balangan, Tanah Lot, Rafting, Uluwatu or the volcano Gunung Batur. My last trip took me to Singaraja and Lovina where we visited somes waterfalls, the Holy Springs of Banjar and planned to see dolphins but we had no luck...

I got to shape my own surfboard

But the more exciting parts were the experiences I collected with the surf magazine, as the normal tourist things everybody could do but with the surf community newspaper gave me the chance to get to know land and people in Bali.

For example I could be part of two surf contests, I had a deep view into the local surf industry by shaping two boards with two different shapers, Hafi and Robi Hendra, by being guest of the International Vision Image Festival including a film premier and different photo exhibitions or by being part of the charity party of a surf school where half of the income and lots of money/cloth donations were spent to different orphanages in Bali.

I will definitely come back

The time as intern at the surf community newspaper was the whole time really interesting and exciting and I learned so many new things about journalism but also about myself and life in general. Maybe that is also why time was flying so fast and the four months felt like four weeks. The Balinese mentality inspired me to be a better person as Balinese people are really friendly and helpful. So to say goodbye, all my friends came together to a small farewell party. They organised everything for me like the drinks, location, music and even cooked the food themselves! It was a really great present they made for me and it was the best ending of my great time in Bali.

When I planned my trip to Bali, I thought of a great time but it was even better than I imagined! So I was really sad that I finally had to leave Bali.

Back in Germany for some days now, I really miss everything about Bali – the mentality, the people, the sun, the ocean, the beaches, the office, the scooter drivings, even the traffic jams. But especially I miss all my friends and surfing! So the decision was very easy – there even was no decision – that I am definitely going to come back some day, as soon as possible