Uluwatu may be the most iconic left on Bali's Bukit Peninsula, but the shorter, sharper and hollower wave down the road is the one many a neophyte on their first sojourn longs to score.

But when Padang Padang is on, it can be a fiercely contested lineup, with locals and visitors packed into a small takeoff zone, competing for an intense, tricky wave at which a mistake can have some serious consequences.

This pressure cooker atmosphere is the product of Bali's position as a surf travel hotspot.

But since the Covid-19 pandemic has curtailed almost all international surf adventures, locals and the lucky few foreigners on the island were treated to some relatively relaxed sessions at one of the best lefts in the world.

For most of us, this clip is the closest we're going to get this year.

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