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Lately more and more people are complaining about the crowds in Indonesia. But there are a lot of options around the 17 thousand Islands of the archipelago. If you keen to travel and look for new waves you might find spots that you will surf by yourself or with a couple of friends. In one of our latest trip we found that spot. After watching 7 or 8 sets breaking in the exactly same spot we went down and surf it for 3 hours. A friend and I in a uncrowded sesh.
When there is a SW swell coming to Bali hundreds of surfers start their night migration to the Island of Lombok. The drive is painful: 2 hours to the harbour + 4 to 6 hours in the ferry + 1,5 hour drive to reach those waves. Another SW swell arriving tomorrow, and another trip to be paid off. Photo shot on a Canon 7D, 24-105 Canons lenses.
We just had the swell forecast updated today, there are 3 Southwest swell coming to Indonesia. In the next 10 days we will have 3 opportunities to score waves like this at Padang-padang, Bali. This photo was taken during the Rip Curl Cup that takes place every year at Padang, the Balinese Pipeline as it is known. Are you joint us for a photo sesh next swell?
Do you know those days when the swell is too small to surf at Padang-Padang, the waves at Uluwatu are not really breaking at Outside Corner, and if you try to surf Race Tracks or Inside Corner some bigger sets would just wash through?
Those days are what we call the Bingin days.
Bingin is a perfect left-hander that breaks with 3-4ft on a perfect corner of reef. The best waves are caught behind the peak. You take off and back-door it straight into the barrel, that usually opens up and drives you to a section where you can do 1 or 2 turns before you reach what is called by many “the greeds” the last bit of the wave where you usually meet the reef.
The white sand beach with all the Warungs (the local restaurants) on the cliff gives the place a look of paradise. Then when you walk down to the beach and see the beautiful girls hanging under the balinese sun in their small bikinis you definitely find yourself where you always wanted to be.
Padang-padang is considered the Balinese Pipeline. It does not break so often then when It’s On the boys will be out there choosing the best ones to get barrelled. Here Made “Garut” Widiarta is showing why he is 2014’s Rip Curl Cup Champion. The Kuta Board rider surfer is one of the most experienced local surfer at this break.
Photo: Iuri Borba
It’s always exciting when there is a new swell is coming to Indo. Some times it can be also scary. This week we have 3 swells in a row hitting the islands. Exciting and scary at the same time. We might see a lot of sunsets like this in the next 6 or 7 days. Enjoy the surf and the Week. Impossible, Bali.
Last Sunday we got to the beach around 11AM, and it was high tide. Waves were barely breaking with 2-3 ft sets coming through. Around 12:30 a good set of 3 or 4 waves barreled all the way to the channel and we decide to go out and snap some shots . A few minutes later some 8 footers were coming through producing what Padang is known for… Wide and heavy barrels. Check the photos and leave your comments.
Muklis Anwar, is a Balinese surfer from Medewi, West Bali. In this shot Muklis is comfortable in a perfect Bingin Day. This photo was taken with a Canon 7D in a Liquid Eye Water Housing using a standard 18-55mm lens.
Back Story: This Image was requested by a Bali Magazine’s Editor supposed to be out in August but surprisingly it was not printed.