****MIDDAY SURF UP-DATE**** Howdy to all you surfers tuning into the baliwaves.com for your daily fix of Bali surf and weather info. And just like it reads in our swell forecast wave height started to lift a bit last night and this morning we are rolling in it.
My 6.15am surf recon of the Outer reefs here in Tuban was looking real good with a solid looking 3-5ft+ of solid swell hitting between Kuta Reef and Airport Left. That was at 6.15am and by 7.15am wave height had continue to build into the 4-6ft+ sector. The first of the tides today was a 2.4mtr High just ater 9.00am and then we will have a 0.3mtr Low @ 3.30pm. And with the Full Moon set to rise tomorrow night this swell is gunna get the full benefit of the total tidal range on all the reefs around Bali . To start the day rolling there was no wind up until around 8.00am before the ESE Tradewind kicked in cranking it up into the 6-10knot strength.
As yaâ€™s can see in these latest photos Iâ€™ve loaded I was sitting in the channel at Kuta Reef with my 600mm lens. Wave height on Kuta Reef was pushing the limit @ 3-5ft+. The freak sets were just a bit too much for this reef to handle but the in between set waves were peeling off for a good 80yrds+. As always when the swell hits Bali Kuta Reef gets more than itâ€™s fair share of surfers with most of the other locations too big or just not handling the new swell. And today was no exception with up to 60 surfers spread across the lin-up and no shortage of bad behavior (drop ins) from the boys on holiday.
Middle Reef which has been consistent all week but with solid crowds of up to 35 surfers on any given day was brea king in the 4-6ft+ range and only half a dozen takersâ€¦
Airport Left was pretty well maxing out with wave height in the 3-5ft range and also quite a few riders in the water. I nev er got a look at Airport Right but buy the number of boat loads of surfers heading in that direction it musta been pretty good as well.
Uluwatu woulda had to have been producing waves in the 6-8ft+ range and Iâ€™d even have to imagine that Padang Padang would have a wave or two later this afternoon when the tide bottoms out.
Scar Reef / Sumbawa ; I had a phone call from some friends of mine who have been over at Scar Reef for the last 2 weeks and the boys said the swell wasnâ€™t showing over there as yet. But nev er the less they still had 3-4ft of clean Scar Reef for breakfast.
Weather wise , Perfection !!!
Swell Forecast (15th â€“ 22nd June) Well after taking a long look at the available swell prediction sites it looks like for today and most of tomorrow wave height will be remaining in the 2-4ft range depending on location of course. Then late Monday or possibly Tuesday weâ€™ll start to see the next swell hitting the reefs of Ind onesia . Iâ€™m pretty sure by Wednesday we are gunna be seeing some very solid waves in the double to quadripple over head size. Wave height will settle down a touch, but not too much come Thursday then continuing to taper off through Friday. Then next weekend thereâ€™s gunna be more action with arrival of a second swell pushing wave height back into the 5-6ft+ sector. So get ready for it and if your gunna be here in Ind onesia then ya had better stay tuned to the baliwaves.com for the daily coverage.
Ok As yaâ€™s may have noticedâ€¦ these current photos are just a few of the oneâ€™s I shot from my little 3 day excursion to Scar Reef at the end of last week. Iâ€™ve also managed to put together a little 2 minute video clip from Scarâ€™s but I had to slow down the speed because I was filming â€œhand heldâ€ from a rocking boat. But anyway I still think it looks ok and it sure as hell does give you a good idea of the power of a solid wave at Scar Reef on the island of Sumbawa .
Drop me a line if your interested in getting on board a 9.5mtr high powered ocean speed boat if you want to surf locations like Desert Pt, Scar Reef, Supersuck, Yo-Yoâ€™s without having to wait days to get the their the old way. Iâ€™m thinking this type of trip is gunna be the New Way to hit Lombok and Sumbawa instead of the old 7 day slow boat system. Especially when itâ€™s priced around the same range but doubling the amount of surf time !
And just a reminder that we still have some baliwaves.com T-Shirts and stickers available for yaâ€™s here in Bali so drop me a line.
Mentawai islands ; The good guys from the Kandui Surf Resort have sent us through another new batch of photos showing off more perfection in their part of Ind o. And youâ€™ll be able to suss them out in the Surf Report section. Hereâ€™s another baliwaves bonus for yaâ€™s dept; Anyday now weâ€™ll also be providing yaâ€™s with surf reports and photos from the Macaronis Surf Resort up in the Mentawaiâ€™s. I was talking to a couple of friends yesterday who have been out on charter in the Ments and they reckon if they ever make it back up there again they wonâ€™t be going on a boat after stopping off in the Surf Resorts. Thatâ€™s where theyâ€™ll be heading. The Surf Resorts up there just make it all too easy for their guests with speed boats to zap you around all day and then back to the Resort for R & R in the evenings.
G-Land ; I had a pnone call from G-Land this morning and Raymond said to tell you guys and girls that heâ€™ll give you 15% discount off the published price. Just click on his G-Land banner over in our banner advertisement section and drop him an email.
Changing dollars to Rupiah on the streets of Kuta and the Aussie dollar is just getting stronger and stronger, currently 1AU$=Rp8,700 while 1US$=Rp9,140 Give or take a hundred Rupiah.
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.
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
The latest Progress Report from our School project (Datah Primary) is loaded up and ready for you guys to see whats been happening and where we are at
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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.
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 itâ€™s somewhere 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