It’s not often you get a solo session at any break in Bali, but that was the case today for the intermediate group after they drove to Greenball for an early morning surf. The waves were about shoulder high with bigger head high plus sets coming at regular intervals. There was a light onshore wind but it didn’t deter anyone as they were able to pick and choose the best waves of the day as they rolled through – before heading back to the camp for breakfast and a second session at Uluwatu.
It was a grey start to the day as our advanced group made the short trip to Uluwatu, but it didn’t dampen the mood as they were met by glassy conditions and a rapidly building swell. Sets were well overhead and our surfers were able to push their limits in the bigger waves safe in the knowledge that our local guide was there to help them pick the best rides. The crowd was moderate for “Covid times” but it didn’t deter anyone and our surfers came back in after a couple of hours thoroughly surfed out.
The intermediate group set off to Balangan this morning in search of waves as a new swell had arrived overnight which made conditions at their favourite spot of Uluwatu a little too big. The swell was big enough to provide Balangan with some overhead sets so they could keep pushing their limits in a safe manner with our experienced guide. There was a light offshore breeze and clear, blue, sunny skies so our surfers could top up their sun tan while in the water. Conditions were relatively glassy for the most part and everyone had fun in the water.
Our intermediate group were back at Uluwatu today after yesterday’s (undocumented) trip across the Bukit Peninsula to Nusa Dua. The waves were small but it was sunny and they had a peak to themselves for most of the session, and there was enough power in the set waves to have some fun and practice turns in more forgiving conditions than those that Uluwatu normally provides. The waves weren’t super clean, but they had enough fun to choose to paddle back out for a second session at Uluwatu instead of taking a rest back at the camp.
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We headed back to Uluwatu today where yesterday’s swell remained but the wind had switched to offshore and the skies had turned blue – grooming the waves into overhead peaks and perfect long walls to race along and practice our turns. The crowd was light compared to a normal pre-pandemic April as the dry season finally kicked into gear and Bali’s premium left hander delivered the goods for all present. The swell is due to stick around for a couple of days, so we’ll be back to Uluwatu tomorrow for some more fun waves and sunshine!
Today our advanced group made the short trip to Uluwatu where they were greeted by less than perfect conditions – however, this is Bali and there was enough swell to make up for the onshore winds. Hopefully this is the final hurrah of the wet season and we’re expecting nothing but offshore winds for the next 7+ months! The sets were head high plus and there was enough quality in the waves that everyone had fun. The lineup was quiet and there were plenty of waves to go round and for our advanced surfers to practice their maneuvers.
The bukit is arguably the best surf destination in the world, as always somewhere the right size and offshore. However, Bali has much more to offer than just the classic famour bukit waves and we decided to take a trip up to the west coast where it is usually offshore in the morning and onshore in the afternoon. Light offshore this morning and then turned light onshore just before lunch time. 3 to 4 foot. Slow coming, but worth the wait.
We headed to Bingin today with our advanced group where we were met with an increase in size compared to the previous few sessions. The break was maxing out on the bigger sets which reached double overhead, and with a virtually empty lineup there was no shortage of waves to go around. There was a light onshore which led to a bit of bumpiness on the surface of the waves and made for some challenging takeoffs, but sometimes there’s a small price to pay for surfing uncrowded waves in paradise. With dry season on the horizon and blue skies overhead, we’re looking forward to sampling more of what Bingin has to offer over the coming months.