**** AFTERNOON SURF UP-DATE **** Hello folks and thanks for hanging out for the news on todays surfing and weather conditions here in Bali today. Well everything started off pretty much the same for me except a for a tweaked back from too many miles on the road yesterday. Combined with bad posture maybeâ€¦
But before I went down for the count I managed a painful surf recon of the Outer Reefs here in Tuban . That was at 7.00am, itâ€™s only just now at 4.00pm that Iâ€™ve come outta the pain killer delirium. Wave height between Kuta Reef and Airport Left had dropped off furth er and only brea king in the 1-2ft range on the bigger set waves. The wind was coming cleanly outta the ESE and straight off-shore between Legian and Uluwatu . The first of our tides today was a 0.5mtr Low @ 6.00am and then a 2.6mtr reef smothering High around midday.
Middle Reef did have the odd waist high plus wave brea king when I was down on the beach and there were one or two surfers out there having a paddle. But I couldnâ€™t wait to get home and lie down on the floor and straighten my back out. Luckily for us our man Scott made the run down to Uluwatu with his new Cannon 600mm and SLR and snapped off a few photos of the action on the Main Peak . Scotto reckoned there were only 30 surfers spread between the Main Peak and Temple sections and you can see in these current photos wave height was in the 2-3ft+ range.
Before coming home Scott also made a detour to a semi secret surfing location and shot a few more photos. You can check them out and try and guess where by checking out his Readers Report.
Weather wise around Tuban today it started off clear and sunny but around midday the clouds started to slowly move over. No rain has fallen and the tempe rature woulda easily busted into the 30â€™s on the Celsius scale.
Swell Prediction ; Ok Iâ€™ve been keeping my eye on the swell prediction charts from various sources. What should happen if they are on the ball is that tomorrow we should see a small spike in wave height and then once again slowly fading back down into the 2-3ft range at the better locations. Then some time in the next 5-6 days itâ€™s looking way better with a solid looking swell system starting to hit our reef breaks. Iâ€™ll be keeping an eye on this transitting system and keep yaâ€™s up ta date on itâ€™s where abouts.
Mentawai islands ; The good guys up at the Kandui Surf Resort in the Mentawai islands of Sumatra have sent us through a big up-date on whats been happening around their surf riddled region of Indonesia. And it looks like they have been doing pretty good surf wis e. So you can find their info and photos in the Surf Report menue.
Quicksilver Open at Keramas ; ok the contest has been run and won so check out the full details on the ISC website.
Datah Primary School ; Well as I promised I made the day trip up to the school yesterday the 23rd for a look at the progress on their new wall and gate. I was stoked to see it 99% completed, they were just waiting for the carved stone feature to finish off the gate entry way. Iâ€™m going to try and get the new photos and progress report typed and edited up tonight for all our fantastic sponsors that have helped our school. The last main objective is to get the kids assembly and prayer area paved. The good news is that we still have around Rp10,000,000. funds still in the kitty and fingers crossed that should almost be enough to cover the 10mtr x 50mtr area to be paved.For the surfer / fisherman out there, and isnâ€™t there a little bit of fisherman in all of us ? Well you guys can take a look at the fishing report and photos from the last couple of trips out sport fishing here in Bali Check out the wotashot.com banner over in our banner advertising section. These guys offer a unique photo service enabling photographers to sell their photos on-line without any charge to the photographer . Best Seafood in Bali : Hi seafood lovers and the owner of the Dewi Sri Live Seafood Restaurant has told me to let you know that if you drop into the Dew Sri on Jalan Kartika Pl aza in Tuban any night heâ€™ll let you try his deep fried crumbed prawns for free . No bullshit, he knowâ€™s his seasfood is the best that Bali has to offer ! Make sure you mention baliwaves.com to get a free taste of these babies. Donâ€™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. I also have a very limited number of baliwaves t-shirts here in Bali so drop me a line if you want to pick one up here in Bali . 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 heâ€™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. 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 itâ€™s something a little more private youâ€™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 yaâ€™s about what baliwaves.com is all about . Weâ€™re not trying to flog yaâ€™s surf trips or sell yaâ€™s anything for that matter, weâ€™re just trying to show yaâ€™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 thatâ€™s got it all, BALI , see yaâ€™s here in 2008