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This was the first true pulse of the Indo season, but as the sun rose and stained the sky blood orange it became apparent that this would not be a seamless day of pumping surf. Our photographer's first port of call was Sanur, where he found a line of disappointed surfers staring despondently at 1-2ft lines.© 2014 Liquid Barrel
The swell was more south than expected and in search of more size he continued along to this little known right. No one out, but near impossible to surf without motorised support, owing to the strength of the current.© 2014 Liquid Barrel
The southern Indian Ocean chart was a colourful scene three days prior. A tentacle of swell surged up past WA, the peak of which hit Bali on Sunday.
This one you will have to find for yourself.© 2014 Liquid Barrel
"The waves at this spot were clean, 5 to 7ft and grinding along the reef, however, it would have been near impossible to surf without the assistance of a jet ski."© 2014 Liquid Barrel
"From 10:30 to 13:00 I shot another spot near Nusa Dua which had a few good surfers on it. Unfortunately the direction wasn't ideal and a pesky southerly was crumbling the lip."© 2014 Liquid Barrel
There was still amply opportunity to find the green room. Here Lee Wilson casually negotiates the keg at a semi-secret slab.© 2014 Liquid Barrel
Kuta born, Pepen Hendrik, a short scooter drive from home.© 2014 Liquid Barrel
When the wind changed just after midday all eyes looked west. Ulus rapidly underwent its annual resurrection.© 2014 Liquid Barrel
Padang looking rounder than it has in a while.© 2014 Liquid Barrel
"Late in the evening I jumped in at to Ulus, hoping to round off a frustrating day with a perfect sunset barrel shot. The clouds moved in and the wind changed for the worse, but it was still worth it for this classic shot of Koki Hendarawan."© 2014 Liquid Barrel
One day of waves on the Bukit which were more splutter than fizz. This solid south swell was the largest pulse of the season, but the waves that arrived never figured out a working relationship with the wind. Our photographer, Liquid Barrel, rose well before sunrise and spent the day chasing an elusive perfect session that never really materialised. It’s not “all about the search” unless you find what you are looking for.
Words by Liquid Barrel.
I think these photos are wrapped in a magic lens that conveys a day more beautiful than it really was. I arrived at Sanur for sunrise to my annoyance it was only 1-2 foot. I moved to Keramas, but there was a Japanese competition there, so I set off once again, this time with the Bukit in my sights.
On my way I came across a picture perfect right near Nusa Dua, the most exposed spot for this swell direction. The waves were clean, 5 to 7ft and grinding along the reef.
On my way I came across a picture perfect right near Nusa Dua, the most exposed spot for this swell direction. The waves were clean, 5 to 7ft and grinding along the reef, however, it would have been near impossible to surf without the help of a jet ski, owing to the crazy current flowing down the point. No one tried.
From 10:30 to 1pm I shot another spot near Nusa Dua which had a few good surfers on it. Unfortunately the direction wasn’t ideal and a pesky southerly was crumbling the lip. There was high humidity and sun was scorching, eventually forcing me into the shade.
Both the swell and wind were very south, but around midday the wind started to shift and all eyes looked west. I rushed to Ulus and immediately jumped in the water, hoping to round off a frustrating day with a perfect sunset barrel shot. Just as a swam into position the swell dropped a cloud bank moved it. Typical. The season has had a spluttering start, but it was beautiful to see all the same.
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