18th Dec 09
****MORNING SURF UP-DATE****
Hello surfers and thanks for calling by the baliwaves.com for the latest news on surfing and weather conditions here on the No.1 surfing holiday destination of Bali.
Sorry I didn’t post a report over the last two days but I have been up in my wife’s little mountain side village helping prepare for an up coming wedding ceremony that will take place on the 21st of this month (I’ll be back there for the wedding as well).
But you certainly haven’t missed out on anything surf wise over here that’s for sure. This run of micro surf has got to be one of the longest on record that I can remember in the last 15yrs that I’ve lived here in Bali. Today when I went down for a look at conditions on the Outer Reefs of Tuban (Kuta Reef to Airport Left) there has been no change. Wave height was lucky to be in the ankle to knee high range. And the reports I had from over on the East Coast were of only marginally bigger around the knee to waist high plus region.
The wind this morning was coming out of the WNW @ 8-12 knot, totally on-shore here along the West Coast but at least it’s clean off-shore over on the Eastern side of the island.
Tidal info for today has a 1.8mtr High @ 11.00am and then running out for a 0.7mtr Low around 5.00pm.
Weather wise we have started to get some heavy rain through the night and the wet season isn’t far away now. This morning we were off to a hot and humid start with blue sky, but now at 9.30am there is some cloud starting to over write it. Still we’ll be heading for a maximum temperature of around 32 degree’s Celsius with the Humidity around 97%.
The fish stink is still happening along the Kuta to Seminyak stretch of beach with the fishermen from Jimburan Bay still laying their nets just out behind the surf. When their boats are full what ever is left in their net gets thrown straight back into the water. And I’m taking thousands apon thousands of these already dead “Pilchards” being tossed back into the water . Half of these end up along the beach in the surf zone and the other half sinking to the sea floor to stink it up.
I’ll take a look at the exchange rates for your holiday dollars later today and let ya’s know in tomorrow’s report.
Swell Prediction, (this still stands) Nothing in sight on the radar over the next 7 days. More small to micro sized waves ranging between 1-3ft depending on location.
Holiday Season up-date, If any of you guys and girls have been here in Bali through the Christmas / New Year period then you’d know what to expect. For those of you that haven’t it’s the time when just about every Indonesian living outside of Bali decides to drive their car here. The end result is traffic KAOS for anywhere in the Kuta to Seminyak area, and I do mean traffic grid lock. Anyone who hasn’t had their hotel booked for at least 1 month in advance hasn’t got a chance. This all starts anytime in the next week or so and runs through till just after the New Year. It has begun !
If it’s clean safe and friendly accommodation here in Tuban only 300mtrs back from the Outer Reefs, including A/C, hot water, refridgerator & TV for US$15.00 (Rp150,000) per night (single) or US$18.00 (Rp180,000) for a couple and US$25.00 (Rp250,000) twin share. Then drop me an email but usually we do need a few weeks notice.
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Now’s also a good time to start planning your 2010 Bali / Indo surf trip. If it’s an island hoping adventure on a live aboard surfing charter boat make sure you take a look at what the boys from www.indoocean.com have got on offer for you. G-Land, start getting your friends together for the ultimate surfing adventure at one of the surfing wonders of the World. Check out the guys at www.g-landsurfcamp.com for the experience. How about totally spoiling yourself at one of the private island resorts (Kandui / Macaroni’s) up in the Mentawai’s ?
I’d also just like to give a plug to Patrick at Global Chiropractic located here in Bali. If any of you are ever in need of a professional Chiro in Bali Patrick is the man to see. If you want to contact “the man” you can contact him directly by email, [email protected]
Stuck for accommodation ? Drop Michael Owens a line if your after a fully self contained and very comfortable apartment in Kuta, I can’t believe it’s still available through the Chrissy and New Year period, so get on it fast.
We’s also like to wish all our supporters the very best for Christmas and the New Year !
Best Regards from Bali
Slim & Family