Pandawa is located only 300 metres west of Gunung Payung, and about 1km east of green bowls. Pandawa was “discovered” long after Gunung Payung. For many years it was frequented only by visiting Italian surfers and a few others in the know. In the “secret spot” days it was named timbers after the way the heavy lip would break. Can be like Teahupoo on the biggest days.
Pandawa is a quality wave that breaks mostly rights but there are a few fast rights. On bigger days the rights are best avoided as a very hard paddle back to the line up and the current is against you. If you make the left all the way to the channel then the current is in your favour and easy paddle back to the line up. If you get caught inside then best to stay inside and let the current take you to the channel. Pandwa is cross shore on a westerly winds but handles it well as the channel breaks up the chop and the peak remains quite clean. Does not handle a South Westerly wind or the South Easterly trade winds.
Strong rip and crowds are a hassle but it is a great wave that is very powerful and picks up a lot of swell.