**** AFTERNOON SURF UP-DATE **** Hi crew and thanks for hanging around for the Sunday Session here on the baliwaves.com . Ok I woulda liked to have run those last “beach erosion” photos another day or two but instead I’m going to move them into the Kuta Cam Gallery . Plus I’d be more than happy to hear any feedback on the situation.
This morning I was down doing my Outer Reef surf recon at 6.45am . Wave height between Kuta Reef and Airport Left was still holding in there at 2-4ft but with the wind blowing on-shore outta the WNW @ 5-8knot . While the tide was just starting to run back in from a 0.1mtr Low @ 6.00am. So with that info already in my memory bank I woke up the crew staying with us here at Home Base , loaded the rental and we headed East to Dragon Fly Pt . Well it’s not really called Dragon Fly Pt but anyone who has already surfed at this location will know what I’m talking about. And those of you who haven’t won’t have a clue where I’m talking about… lol.
Anyway we arrived to see some perfect right handers peeling down the Pt in the 2-3ft range and the wind clean and off-shore. There were already half a dozen surfers in the water and another half a doz further up the point. Our crew hit it straight away and as the tide started to push in so did wave height get bigger. It wasn’t long before there were 3-5 footers rocking through . Everyone was stoked with the waves and also with how friendly the local surfers were. I actually asked one of the better surfers there if they minded us tourists turning up to surf their waves. So before any of the “would be locals” start sending me your emails, the boss up there said they are stoked to see westerners there. He even reckons when there gets a bigger turn up of visitors he holds the local surfers back until the visitors get there share of waves. So we’ll be heading back to Dragon Fly Pt in the near future for sure. Oh yeah and my bro Dewa Made also managed to shoot ya’s 10 minutes of Digital Video , which I’ll try and get edited and loaded on baliwaves.com by tonight or tomorrow morning.
Weather wise today on the old 0-10 scale I’d have to giver an 8. Nothing but blue sky with a midday temperature of around 30 degree’s Celsius. The water temp was perfect for boardshorts at 2-3-24 degree’s Celsius.
Something that’s been bugging me and I gotta get it off my chest department; Anyone who’s been in the Tuban area from around the end of last dry season woulda notices tha start of breakwall construction between the airport and as far up the beach to Kuta. This project was concepted and funded by a Japanese company. Their idea was to beautify and extend the beach out further and to protect the beachfront hotels from wave erosion. Well what a fucken joke that has turned out to be and they are not even half way finished building these monstrosities. Since the start, there has been nothing but increased erosion and even less beach on the higher tides. I’m gunna go down there later and show ya’s some photos of the damage to at least 3 major hotels since this project has started. In the past there was erosion but only on those huge huge swells that occur every now and again, and that is normal on any beach anywhere in the World. Now it is happening virtually on every tide bigger than 2.0mtrs. How would a Japanese company know how to contain Mother Ocean and her fury ? Even worse, now the local fishermen in this area cant even park their boats above the high tide line because on any tide bigger than 2.0mtrs there is no beach. (Check the photos in the Kuta Cam Gallery)
Swell forecast for the coming week is for wave height to keep slowly tapering off and by the middle of next week we will be back to head high surf down on the southern end of the island. I think we can also expect the wind to continue blowing light outta the WNW through the morning before swinging to the WSW and increasing in strength after midday.
Changing dollars to Rupiah on the streets of Kuta you’ll find that 1US$=Rp9,050 and 1AU$=Rp8,275 .
The surfer come fishermen , and what else do aging surfers do, can find some new photos on the Fishing Report page . Scott has been loading up Readers Reports from the Super Bank on the Aussie Gold Coast and other locations so make sure ya have a geek at that stuff before ya check out
Well Thanks to all the kind hearted folks that have helped us improve the conditions up at the Datah Primary School ! We are making some real progress with the objectives we made, so make sure you check out our progress at the school via the “SCHOOL PROJECT” page over on the menue bar .
Don’t forget if any of you lot want to grab some photos or video footage surfing here in Bali and we can easily arrange it for ya. Hey and do us a favor and buy a baliwaves.com T-SHIRT and help us to keep running this stuff, I don’t think many of you don’t really know how much time, effort and money we put into the running of baliwaves.com . You can find the link over on the right hand side of this page in the MENUE . I tell ya’s what I’ll give the first 50 surfers AU$10.00 off the price but you’ll have to email us first ok ! Money saver tip #752 : Anyone wanting to get out on a 3 island 7 day boat charter to Lembongan, Lombok and Sumbawa drop me a line cause I was talking to an operator last night and he’s offering the all inclusive trips for just AU$600.00 !!! Start organizing your crew now for the recommencement of these charters in March 08. Better still charter the boat privately with up to 10 of your friends for AU$6,000. all inclusive.
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 ’08 . How to get over to Lakey Peak . Likewise if your looking for a cheap, clean and 100% surfer friendly place to HOME BASE in Bali . Airconditioned rooms starting from AU$13.00 a night per single room and fan cooled rooms @ AU$8.00 per single room, here in Bali, and only a 10 minute walk down to the beach and Outer Reefs here in friendly Tuban .
If it’s something a little more private you’r looking for take a look at the private bungalow for rent we have in our Business Directory and drop the owner Michael Owen an email. Michael is one of the old school surfers who rubs shoulders with the likes of Gerry Lopez and Peter McCabe just to name a couple of Indo Legends.
Finally, I just wanna refresh ya’s about what baliwaves.com is all about . We’re not trying to flog ya’s surf trips or sell ya’s anything for that matter, we’re just trying to show ya’s how good it is here in Bali / Indonesia for a surfing holiday. We want you guys to come over and have a ball and then go back home and tell your friends how good it is.
Best Regards from the No.1 surfing holiday destination that’s got it all, BALI , see ya’s here in 2008 !!!