Bukit's Swell of the Season More Splutter than Fizz

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.