**** AFTERNOON SURF UP-DATE **** Welcome back to the baliwaves and I’ve just got back from Uluwatu with some new photos of todays surfing from out on the Main Peak . I never made it down there until midday and wave height was still only in the 2-4ft range but pretty fat from the solid High tide that was happening. There were 30 surfers in the water and there was still only around 30 out when I packed up at 2.30pm. Surfing conditions were nice and clean from the ESE off-shore wind. As the tide started it’s run back out there was some bigger sets coming through on the Main Peak . So there’s every chance in the World that the Racetrack will be peeling off tubes through the late afternoon and into the sunset. There were also a handful of surfers up riding the Temple’s section @ 2-3ft+. Ok then folks have a flick through the 10 photos I’ve loaded up and I’ll be back again in the morning with the latest news on what’s happening surf and weather wise in Bali.
**** MORNING SURF UP-DATE **** Good morning folk and thanks for dropping in for rundown on todays Bali surf and weather situation. I went down for the surf recon of the Outer Reefs at 6.15am and it was looking pretty small with the tide almost at the bottom of the Low. There was the odd 2 footer coming through on Middle Reef and maybe a 1-1ft+ wave on Kuta Reef . Airport Left was virtually flat. So straight away I knew the swell direction has shifted slightly more to the SW from the previous more SSW swell that’s just faded out. So I went down to the local warung for a cuppa coffee (20 cents a cup) to give the swell time to “wake-up”. When I checked it again at 7.00am wave height had increased in to the 2-4ft range between Kuta Reef and Middle Reef . There were no surfers in sight and Kuta Reef had some fun looking waist to shoulder high waves peeling off and might just be worth a paddle around mid morning when there’s a bit more tide over the reef. Middle Reef was now breaking at a consistant 3-4ft with around 10 waves in one set. Airport Left still wasn’t doing much but likewise might be worth a look around mid morning. The wind was light off-shore coming outta the ESE @ 2-3knot but will strengthen through out the day. I’d say there’s be some little waves breaking at Bingin this morning and Uluwatu’s Racetrack section would be creating some memories of hollowness for the crew down there. Weather wise it rained just about all night but the only sign of it this morning was a still wet road. Nothing but blue sky and more of that repetitive hot and sunny beach type conditions for us with a top temperature of around 32 degree’s Celcius. If I can get everything done I’ll be taking the bike down to Uluwatu to shoot ya’s some photos with the little 600mm and 14 meg SLR. So if ya haven’t got much on later this afternoon / evening drop back in for a look. Listen crew I still need a bit of a hand, I only ask when I need too and right now I need your help. I know ya’s all like the video clips I’ve been loading up on baliwaves.com. Well the old Sony has just about packed it in and I now have a once in a lifetime offer to score a Cannon XL2 Video Camera from a professional friend. I’m exactly AU$800.00 short of the mark and have got until Saturday to find it or someone else is on stand by to buy it. Now this camera is around 7 grand to buy new and will get us much closer to the action making the video clips so much better in quality, for your pleasure. So please folks if you can spare a few bucks for the baliwaves cause please, thanks crew. Drop me a line and I’ll tell you how to get it to us. I’ve already gotta a give a BIG THANKS to the Crew who have already helped out the baliwaves.com cause. The needed funds has now dropped to AU$220.00 !!!
Lakey Peak on the island of Sumbawa ; Made’s sms surf report says that at 7.00am wave height was breaking in the 1-2ft+ range out on Lakey Peak and that there were 5 surfers in the water making the most of the clean and glassy conditions. No one surfing over on Lakey Pipe due to the tide still being to Low at the time. Yesterday at Lakey’s there 5 new arrivals pushing the total number of visiting surfers back up to 50.
Kandui Surf Resort in the Mentawai islands; 7th April ’07, Woke up to cloudy sky’s (thank god, my lips are so sunburned) and a glassy sea this morning. The swell was looking a little smaller. The first boat took off a little after sunrise and headed for Nipusi/Bankvaults area. The tide was pretty high so Nipusi was looking a little fat and the winds started coming up out of the south so they kept going and ended up at Beng Beng. Waves were still head high plus there, the conditions were good, and nobody was out. Good combination! Our guys surfed there for a good while then headed back to the resort for lunch. The second boat left around 8 or so and went to Burgerworld. The swell was still a little big for here with clean up sets and a lot of wide ones, but everyone had fun. There was nobody out there as well and the conditions weren’t too bad with those light south winds. After that, the boys had some energy left so they made a stop at E-Bay and got some shoulder high waves before the tide got too low. No one else out there as well. Our north San Diego crew STILL had energy (they had packed a lunch) so they went to Beng Beng for the low tide session. They didn’t pull in to the resort until around four. Our afternoon boat, which wasn’t very full with
everybody being so surfed out, set out for Beng Beng. The winds had switched to the north so their surf there was cut short there, but they got Nipusi on the way back where it was offshore with nobody out again. No boats around right now. Very nice! Looking for the surf to drop a little more tomorrow.
Kandui Surf Resort in the Mentawai islands; 6th April ’07; Ray sent through this report yesterday afternoon but I never got the time to load her up (sorry Ray). We had an early surf mission planed so I was up in the dark getting ready. It was pouring rain, lighting, rolling thunder, the whole nine yards. I thought we might have to delay our departure but as the sun starting sending light to the horizon I could see the storm was passing behind us and we would have sunny sky’s. The high clouds that were around started turning red and orange and the storm was behind us now, still throwing lighting bolts around which was turning the whitewash at 4 Bobs an electric blue. And with those red and orange clouds as a back drop, it was an awesome sight. So cool. anyway, the boys got up a little late due to the rain but we got out of here fairly early and headed to Hideaways. The swell was still hanging in there at 2 or 3 feet overhead on the best sets and the winds were blowing offshore from the southeast at about 10mph or less. There was a only a couple of guys out from Wavepark, but they went in pretty quick and we had the place to ourselves. We surfed for 2 or 3 hours. We had gotten a lot of waves and burned out quick. The second boat headed out about 8 and went straight to E-Bay. They surfed it by themselves for hours. There were some other guys around, but they were satisfied with Pitstop. The waves were still shoulder to head high and the conditions were good. As the tide got lower they packed it up and took the short trip to Beng Beng where nobody was out again and the waves were even better that yesterday. They surfed for hours again and didn’t get back to the resort until 4 in the afternoon! 8 hours they were out! Just about as they were pulling in, we were headed out again. The winds had just switched north so we were thinking Nipusi would be fun. We were right! The winds were offshore and the waves were a couple or feet plus overhead. There was 4 guys out when we got there, but they bugged out shortly after
GOOD NEWS : If anyone is interested in helping out with the Balinese Orphan Scholarship / Sponsorship Program . In other words turn around the life of a child with some basic education and putting them into a family environment. Please take a look at this website: www.ihfonline.org These people have been providing this kind of help to the less fortunate for a long time and have been doing a great job. If you are interested in being a part of this program but have some questions send an email to the founder of I.H.F; [email protected] and I’m sure Carol will be able to give you the answers. Thanks again crew !!
Why don’t ya send us an email if ya have any questions that might help your next Indo surfing holiday run that bit smoother. Discounts into G-Land ’07 . How to get over to Lakey Peak. You can also ask me about the ever popular Lombok and Sumbawa 7 day 3 island boat charter and I’ll give you the run down on reliable operators, and what price the actual owners charge ! Likewise if your looking for a cheap, clean and 100% surfer friendly place to HOME BASE in Bali. (A/C, Hot ‘n Cold water, TV, fridge @ AU$20.00 a night per single room and AU$30.00 per twin share room, DISCOUNTS FOR ANYONE STAYING LONGER THAN 7 DAYS.) here in Bali, and only a 3 minute walk down to the beach and Outer Reefs here in friendly Tuban or if your looking for something more budget wise we have 2 rooms available for AU$10.00 per night (double bed + fan cooled + cold water shower).
Best Regards from the No.1 surfing holiday destination that’s got it all, BALI, see ya’s here in 2007 !!!