****MORNING SURF UP-DATE**** Good morning crew and welcome back to your baliwaves.com for more surf and weather info straight outta the No.1 surfing holiday destination of Bali.
So this morning I had some high hopes of making the run down to the bukit and seeing Padang Padang going off. Not to be today unfortunately. I took my first surf check of the Outer Reefs here in Tuban at 6.45am. To me it looks like wave height has peaked over night and not quite as big as it was yesterday evening just before dark.
Actual wave height between Kuta Reef and Airport Left is ranging between 3-5ft+ and once again we have a light on-shore wind coming outta the WNW @ 2-5knot.
The first of our tides today is going to be a 0.5mtr Low @ 9.00am and then folled up with a 1.6mtr High @ 3.00pm
Kuta Reef had around a dozen surfers out there early but the tide was already getting to low. Some solid waves coming through in the 4-5ft range but tending to double suck. Maybe if the wind doesnâ€™t get too strong, or even better if it swings around to the ESE there will be some good waves around midday on KR.
Middle Reef didnâ€™t have any surfers on it when I was down on the beach. There were some big lulls between the set waves and when they did come through it was pretty much just shutting down in the 4-5ft+ range.
Airport Left wasnâ€™t picking up even half as much swell as Middleâ€™s or Kuta Reef and looking very ordinary at 2-3ft.
East Coast ; talking to some friends this morning who were surfing over on the other side of the island yesterday and they reckoned that Nusa Dua was cranking through the morning and then Sri-Lanka was not too bad through the afternoon. The East Coast would probably be the best call for clean surfing conditions again today.
Weather wise itâ€™s a pretty fair sort of day coming on here on the holiday island. Some cloud patches drifting across but mainly just another hot and sunny day in stall for the lucky buggers on vacation.
Swell Forecast (21st â€“ 27th) The swell that we currently have is expected to slowly taper off in size over this week and by Thursday back in the 2-4ft range depending on location. Then on Friday we should see a new medium sized swell appear on the reefs around Friday producing more waves through the weekend.
Tuban Beach Extension Project ; Well as some of you may already know there is a major project underway to extend the beach (push back the tide) out into the ocean between the Kartika Plaza Hotel all the way down to the old Holiday Inn Hotel. I have over the last few months posted some photos of the beach erosion that has been caused from the construction of new sea walls. At the moment they are pumping huge amounts of sand onto the beach in the hope that it will stay where it has been dumped. Only time will tell what will be the outcome, I took some more photos with my mobile phone camera this morning and Iâ€™ll load them up into the Kuta Cam Gallery at some stage today. I also should say there was no known studies done on the impact of this project, no meetings or open discussions with the local fishermen, it was just full steam ahead and damn the torpedoâ€™s. I havenâ€™t meet one local who agreeâ€™s with the beach extension project.
I also 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.
G-Land ; thanks to the G-land Surf Camp for sending us some new photos from G-land. And you can take a look at those on the G-Land page under the report section. You can also drop us an email if you want to cash in on the 10% discount offer at the G-Land surf camp
Mentawai Islands ; the crew from both the Kandui Surf Resort (NEW PHOTOS) and Macaroniâ€™s (NEW PHOTOS) have sent us through some new reports and photos so if your interested in seeing whats been happening up in that region of Indonesia check out both those surf reports in our report section.
Donâ€™t forget you can drop us an email through the â€œContactâ€ link if you have any questions that might help your next vist to the holiday island run a bit smoother.
We also have a NEW Home Base guest house close by to Airport Left and the other breaks of the Outer Reefs, 5 min walk. This place is more private and spacious with big air conditioned rooms, hot and cold water, tv and plenty of off street parking all enclosed in Balinese style. The rooms are AU$16.00 for a room with big double bed and AU$30.00 for a twin share room
Bali Fishing Newâ€™s ; I finally got around to loading up some of the photos Iâ€™ve taken of some of the fish weâ€™ve caught over the last 4 weeks. Plus a bit of a run down on what weâ€™ve been up to. You can find that on our Fishing Report Page in the Reports Menue.
Exchange Rates ; Well the way the Australian dollar has been crashing the last couple of weeks itâ€™s been hard to say what itâ€™s doing today but it would be still ranging between Rp7,450 â€“ Rp7,500 depending on location. While the US$ is still pretty stable at Rp9,150.
And just a reminder that we still have some original baliwaves.com T-Shirts (AU$13.00) and FREE stickers available for yaâ€™s here in Bali so drop me a line.
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. Or if ya check out the Wotashot.com banner you might even find a photo of you on your last trip to 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 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.
Best Regards from the No.1 surfing holiday destination thatâ€™s got it all, BALI , see yaâ€™s here in 2008