BALI SURF & WEATHER REPORT
18th – 19th July 2020
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Well the charts had called for massive waves on the 18th, and although wave height had backed off quite a lot by the afternoon of the 17th, I still was optimistic for big waves to arrive. Boom, hey presto and the swell was flooding in yesterday. As it shows in our latest 60+ photo gallery we were down at Indonesia’s big wave magnet, Uluwatu. The waves were breaking way outside on the “Bombie” section through the morning high tide and everyone was being highly entertained tow in session by Bruno Santos and Bali entrepreneur and known big wave surfer Thai “Budah” Graham. We were also being well entertained by some of the best commentating I’ve ever heard, thanks to Johnny Uluwatu and Team.
The bigger waves were hitting the Bombie but when the waves are that size it is a hard wave to paddle into. Big Bombie breaks hard and fast and often barreling or just running too fast. So it really is a better option to “tow” into it, well safer option anyway as there were a few surfers still paddling into some.
As the tide started to drop out towards midday the “Outside Corner” started to break and offer some more paddle friendly waves for the big wave chargers. Most surfers riding this section usually paddle out on boards ranging from 7-9ft in length, giving the rider a lot more easy entry into the wave. Where as (through my own experience) riding shorter more narrow boards puts you taking off with the lip and a long steeper more vertical drop. But usually if you do make the drop on the Corner your in for a long and peeling wall that can turn your legs to jelly.
FYI sorry about the photo quality in some of the photos today. for the most part of the morning it was mostly overcast and the Bombie breaks a long long way from the shore where we had our 1000mm lens set up. Then by midday we were fighting a dipping sun and back lit conditions.
Being a Saturday and spectacular surf and surfers on location at Uluwatu there was a big turn up of spectators cheering on each rider that too the drop. But I do have to say that there was no social distancing awareness happening, out of the couple of hundred spectators I reckon I could count the number of face mask users on one hand.
Today the 19th and wave height has backed off a little but still plenty of swell hitting both sides of the island. Here in South Kuta there were a few surfers out on Kuta Reef this morning. I was still pretty much maxing out at double head high. While on Middle Reef no surfers and more like 5-8ft set waves. Wave height is expected to slowly back off over the next couple of days and then boost back up on or around the 21st. Behind that another moderate sized swell generating system is in transit for the 25-26th of July.
Weather wise outside it’s been a partly cloudy type morning similar to yesterday and we might to see a bit more sun through out the afternoon with the ESE-SE Trade wind gearing up. Right now at 12.10pm the temperature is on 29 degree’s Celsius, Humidity is at 77%. The Trade wind is hitting gusts up to 20+km/h.
The next tide today will be a 0.3mtr Low at 3.39pm and tomorrow the 20th has a New (Dark) Moon rising so we will be expecting some bigger tidal ranges over the next few days.
Bali’s Corona Virus situation the last 24hrs has seen another 71 new positive cases recorded here on the Island of the God’s. That takes our total to 2,690 cases. Good news with total recoveries picking up to 1,873 there was also 1 more fatality for a total of 36 deaths in Bali.
The one preventative measure like simply wearing a face mask when outside the home also seems to be a problem here in Bali as well. I did read that the President of Indonesia is preparing an order that will make it mandatory to wear a mask outside of the home area with penalties for those that fail to do so. I think that will be the only way to see everyone on the same page and help cut transmissions at least.
NB, the latest news (un officially) that I’ve heard is that from the 27th of July the wearing of face masks as a safety measure to everyone outside of the home in public areas will be mandatory and fines will be in place.
As of the 13th of July the Immigration Dept has declared all emergency visas now cancelled, so any visitor that was here on the “emergency stay visa” has been given 30 days to leave Indonesia. That’s of course if there are flights back to their country of origin. I do believe that there are 1000’s of people in this group so Bali is going to get a lot more quite over the next month, if that is even possible.
For more information on Bali’s situation go to the @BaliCOVID-19 page on facebook administered by Jackie Pomeroy
Ok Bali people that’s about me for today it’s time to shut this evil failing laptop off and give it and myself a break. Sunday afternoon at home with my family is a very special thing for me and I plan on making the most of the rest of the arvo at home. But, my offsider “Walt” managed to blast off a little bit of video footage yesterday so I’ll try and work a little magic with it and cut a clip for you to check out. So hang out here on Bali’s original surf report website and keep an eye out for it soon.
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