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The golden hour, when it all came together at Padang Padang and just about made up for a bit of a washout of a day.© 2014 Liquid Barrel
A lonely, slightly warbly East Coast barrel to start the day.© 2014 Liquid Barrel
When Padang Padang retreats around the corner people get excited. However this might be a little too much. For scale check the trees on the headland.© 2014 Liquid Barrel
What's going through this guy's head?© 2014 Liquid Barrel
If you were having your morning coffee right here....© 2014 Liquid Barrel
Think morning sickness with roid rage at Padang Padang.© 2014 Liquid Barrel
There were pockets of potential without any takers. A secret spot grinds through unloved.© 2014 Liquid Barrel
Lines at Temples with epic sets sweeping in and munching everything in their way© 2014 Liquid Barrel
The corner at Uluwatu always has a few willing nutters but they ween't catching much.© 2014 Liquid Barrel
Lines marching into Padang as everything started to look up.© 2014 Liquid Barrel
The waves began to appear more approachable at Padang.© 2014 Liquid Barrel
John McGuirl in the perfect Padang setup, a pitching lip take-off that sets up into a perfectly cylindrical wall.© 2014 Liquid Barrel
Paying the piper...© 2014 Liquid Barrel
Jack Robinson paying his bills, which probably aren't that substantial beyond filling the barrel fiend's stoke. He was born in 1997.© 2014 Liquid Barrel
As the tide dropped out the wind improved and that evening session was on with just enough water.© 2014 Liquid Barrel
Soul style from Koki Hendrawan at Padang Padang.© 2014 Liquid Barrel
Unknown charges the perfect evening light.© 2014 Liquid Barrel
A sea state in excess of 40ft pushing up towards Indonesia, offering two epic days.© 2014 Liquid Barrel
Too much of anything can be bad and today Bali had a surplus of waves and wind. The much anticipated swell made surfers at Padang wait all day before finally delivering. Tomorrow? Well that is another, potentially, perfect story…
“Believe me it was a real shit today at Uluwatu. Too much wind.” Relayed our dejected man on the ground. Every surfer has been there, you see a huge swell and get all excited, feverishly refreshing the charts. The day of reckoning arrives, and up you get at the crack of dawn, and rush down to your local with your trousers still tucked into your pants, only to discover a thumping closeout reminiscent of that rubbish 50 year storm in Pointbreak.
The morning on the Bukit was unfortunately a bit of washout, big waves, but lacking in form. Spots like Padang really love a fresh south easterly breeze to make them fizz, and the morning southerly flow instead made everything a little wonky.
Fortunately, the midday high tide offered enough water for second bite of the cherry barrel. From 3pm, a slight rotation in the wind at Padang Padang meant tubes began to break on the hallowed reef and offered a promise of more to come tomorrow.
We asked for anecdotes from this swell and Wave Guru Bali Surf Camp passed on this text from Wayno:
“Man I got smashed so fucken massive. [sic] One wave was so big, I ain’t ever seen a wave a Serangan break so far out and double-suck so hard. Because I was out way further than anyone else, picking off the biggest ones, it landed just in front of me as I could not paddle out fast enough. Just one wave, it was at least 12ft, solid, and a big thick heavy lip from hell. I swam down as deep as I could and watched it come at me, and smash, it fucked me, then another, not so big one, and then another on the friggin’ head, have not felt so alive like that in a while, yeeeeeeeew stoked, still alive, but that was a bit scary. Coming surfing in the morning bro?”
Since as the the swell is meant to hang around at a similar size tomorrow, that is certainly some invitation.
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