Good morning crew, Yesterday the swell just kept on pumping through on the Outer Reefs of Tuban . And from what I’ve heard just about everywhere throughout Indonesia ’s 1000 perfect wave set ups. By sundown the sets breaking on Kuta Reef were pushing into that 4-5ft+ class of double sucking tubes. Middle Reef was peeling off at 6-6ft+ with around 8 wave’s or more in every batch sets. KL sms’d through that he had a late arvo paddle at Balangan because it was just too good not to, peeling off 6-8 footers. Jeff Ryan and his mates were surfing G-Land yesterday and they reckon it was absolutely perfect at 8-10ft. Lining up razor edged from Money tree’s all the way down through Speedies . This morning the 9th and when I went down for the first surf recon at 6.00am the wind was coming outta the North @ 3-6knot and the sky was becoming blotted out with big black clouds. Wave height was only showing in the 2-4ft range between Kuta Reef and Airport Left and down considerably from yesterday afternoon. But by the time I helped my friends put a couple of boats in the water wave height was showing a more genuine 3-5ft . Middle and Kuta Reefs were looking the best and when the Tradewind kicks in will only get better and better. Not much of a tide this morning with the Low only getting down to 1.0mtrs @ 8.00am then running back in for a 2.0mtr High through mid afternoon. Right now at 7.30am the sky is still looking a bit risky for rain so I’ve gotta hold off a while before I load up with camera gear and then have to get on a motor bike. Hopefully the Tradewind will kick in shortly and tidy everything up. Ok then hold ya horses for now and try and get some work down before I get back with the goods later this afternoon. I also had a squizz at the swell predictions for the next 10 days or so and there’s not gunna be any flat spells in Bali that’s for sure ! Catch ya Slater.
Lakey Peak on the island of Sumbawa ; Made has just sms’d through that wave height has dropped back into the 3-4ft+ out the front on “The Peak”. Surfing conditions were clean and glassy. No wind at all for the morning surf session, and like here in Bali heavy cloud cover. There were 20 surfers in the water on Lakey Peak and across the channel at Lakey Pipe just 2 more. The total number of visiting surfers staying in the entire area is still at 75. Not a lot of really, when ya got 6 or more perfect waves in the area to choose from.
Kandui Surf Resort / Mentawai islands 7th May ’07; Things were looking about the same as yesterday size wise out in front, maybe even a little smaller. Winds were calm early, then picked up out of the southeast. Little did we know that the swell had picked up overnight but was too west to see it from our place. The little indicators we use to detect west swells were not showing, so we were in no hurry to jump in the boat this morning. The first boat didn’t leave until almost 8. They headed for Kandui’s when they saw the swell hitting the west facing reefs, but there was a boat there with some really good Hawaiian surfers and it was looking pretty intimidating with well overhead sets and big barrels, so they pressed on and surfed Beng Beng. Only a couple of guys were out there and they didn’t stay out long, so our boys had it to themselves. It was overhead with good conditions. Lots or fun. Our second boat made the stop at Kandui’s too, but they stayed. There was some frothing goofyfoots on that second boat so they didn’t have to look anywhere else! Luckily, a lot of the Hawaiians were ready for some breakfast and a rest, so the lineup got pretty uncrowded. Conditions couldn’t have been better with the light southeast winds. It was tube city! I heard, as I always do after a Kandui session, people saying they got the barrels or their life! Really good surfers saying that too. There was a price to be paid, though, late in the session as the tide was dropping and it was getting shallow. It’s so hard to pull yourself out of there when you are getting the best barrels of your life! Three or four people bounced before they decided to call it quits. I didn’t hear anyone say that they regretted going for that last wave though! In the afternoon, the tide was too low for Kandui’s or Hideaways, so our guys went back to Beng Beng. The wind had switched to light west, but the waves were still fun and nobody was out but them. Some of our guys jumped on a charter boat where their friends
were staying, and they spent the afternoon surfing Bankvaults. They said it was pretty epic. Well overhead and peeling barrels and just them out. “It’s what you come to Indo for”, one of them said. I’m sure Amen will send a picture with this report so we can share in the experience, if only a little bit. We are expecting even bigger surf tomorrow.
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