19th November 2010
****MORNING SURF UP-DATE****
Hello surfers and welcome back to Bali’s leading daily surf report website (since ’99) for another look at surfing conditions here on every sane surfers No.1 surfing holiday destination, Bali.
As the saying goes “early to bed, early to rise…” So this mornings 6.00AM surf check on the Outer Reefs here in the sleepy little suburb of Tuban was showing wave height to be backing off. At the time wave height was breaking in the hip to almost head high range between Kuta Reef and Airport Left. No surfers out on Kuta Reef and understandable with a sloppy looking hip to hip high plus wave flopping onto the reef. In the half an hour I was watching I did see around 15 surfers making their way out to Middle Reef. Where wave height was at it’s biggest in the wasit to shoulder high region. There were also a couple of surfers sitting on Airport Left but I never saw any waves ridden.
Surfing conditions this morning were clean but with the wind coming out of the North @ 1-3knot. It should turn more to the ESE – SE as the morning progresses so conditions will improve as it does.
Tidal info for today has us down for a 1.7mtr High @ 9.00AM and then running out for an afternoon Low of 0.7mtrs around the 2.30PM mark. The next Full Moon isn’t too far away, rising on the 21st og this month. So from there on we will see some better tidal ranges.
Weather wise this morning there’s nothing but blue sky over us so it’s going to be another hot one with the beach being the best place to be. Temperature wise we can expect the mercury to peak around the 32 – 34 degree Celsius range. While the water temp is also a warm 23 degree’s Celsius.
Looking for a wave this morning my pick while the wind is out of the north and the tide in would be up at Canggu. Or a little bit later on when the wind settles Uluwatu would have the best size and power on offer.
Yesterday I received an email from the guy who had the run in with the shark up at Balian, here’s what he had to say.
“Just thought I’d write and set the record straight Everything you’ve got written down seems pretty accurate, except for the 6 months with no feeling in my hand. I was told by a surgeon in Bali that it might be 6 months before I have feeling in my thumb – the rest of the hand is fine. Also the 20 minute paddle, I don’t know if it was that long, but
it felt that long (well it felt longer) as I had 2 choices – paddle back through a rip, or paddle out again and around the rip. I obviously did not want to head towards the area where the bite had come from, so went through the rip, which was a pain in the arse.”
“In regards to the bite, I did not see the shark. I heard secondhand that another surfer saw the nose come out of the water and grab my hand, but did not speak to him myself. It was actually after a huge downpour of rain and the water was filthy. It seemed like no one wanted to paddle out, I assume due to all the floating debris in the water and risk of ear infection. I was the first to paddle out, thinking the worst I would get
would be an ear infection or snag a fin on a log. In hindsight, with all the backwash from the river, the water was probably so dirty and visibility so bad that the shark mistook my hand for a fish. It bit and let go straight away, which I am very thankful for, but even then the hand was a bit of a mess when I pulled it out of the water. I also believe it was probably not an overly large shark, or I would be missing a thumb as
it would have bitten straight through the phalange bones in my thumb.”
“Just one of these things that happens. I think you’re right in that it won’t stop people surfing at Balian – nor should it. I personally would think twice about surfing after heavy rains and the waters get really brown though.”
Our friend has asked for his name and contact details to remain confidential so no need to email me to find out more info.
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