Here we go. Those stunning points of Bali have been pumping the past few days as the first proper swell of the season unloaded into everyone's favourite archipelago earlier this week.
The past few days have seen a solid sized swell rumble into Bali and beyond and if you're thinking 'it looks a bit quiet', you're right. You see, Indo remains closed to tourists until at least early July. Which meant that Monday and Tuesday was a local's only affair.
“All the local guys like Rio Waida and his brother Ryuki, Blerong Darma Yasa, Nyoman Satria with his 5'5" fish and Lee Wilson were charging,” says photographer Federico Vanno aka @liquidbarrel. “They really put on a show with great airs and barrels. Lee on the morning of May 11...he took one of the best barrels out of these two days.”
But it's been a bit of a slow start for Bali this year. “This season hasn't been full of swells like last year's rainy season and, for sure, this swell was the opening, with a swell from S-SW giving the best waves on the east coast of the island of the gods.
“More swells are on the way in the next few days and for sure we won't have to wait long for a XXL swell.”
“The swells originated from two areas of low pressure that formed in the southeast Atlantic Ocean around the beginning of the month,” says MSW forecaster Tony Butt. “The first system deepened as it tracked east-southeast and a strong pressure gradient formed between its northwest flank and an area of high pressure southeast of Madagascar.
“This generated the first pulse of swell that first arrived in southwest Australia around the middle of the week and then continued to propagate up towards Indonesia. The first long-period forerunners of this swell arrived in Bali early Friday May 7, with the swell slowly filling in. By Saturday, wave heights at spots such as Uluwatu were up to five or six feet, increasing a notch on Sunday, with periods remaining steady at around 15 secs.
“The second pulse of swell originated from another low that followed in the tracks of the first, deepening way to the southeast of South Africa, with a strong windfield on its northern flank. The swell began to arrive in Bali late Sunday, merging with the previous swell.
By Monday, wave heights were exceeding eight feet with periods of around 17 secs, before gradually tapering off during Tuesday. Wind conditions remained good the entire time, with light to moderate east or south-easterlies.”