Words: Leo Maxam Balibelly.tv
WE knew this swell was legit when Kelly Slater showed up unannounced at the Bali airport dragging a pair of coffin board bags. The swell which hit Indonesia over the weekend of April 20-22nd produced some of the finest surf seen across the archipelago in a long time (at least two weeks!) excellent waves were to be found almost everywhere.
About the only thing pumping more than the swell was the island's online chatter and gossip about where Kelly was surfing and what freakish feats people had witnessed from the 11-time world champ while out in the waves. Kelly was seemingly everywhere in Bali on this swell, with each session more epic than the next: locking into 10-second barrels at Sanur Reef; trading pits with good buddy Rizal Tanjung at Padang Padang before dark; or landing flips at Canggu while a posse of Quiksilver cameramen - and a half dozen poachers - captured every angle.
However Kelly wasn't the only person in Indo who scored this early season bounty. From the Mentawais to Uluwatu and Sumbawa, surfers were mining Indo gold from Friday to Monday. Big tide shifts over the weekend meant that some spots were a bit unruly and washed out during the peak of the swell, but on the front and back ends there were poster-worthy barrels spitting their guts out up and down the islands.
As the photos continue to pour in to Balibelly.tv headquarters from all corners of the archipelago there's no doubt that this has been one of the best Aprils for Indonesian waves in recent memory. We've taken over magicseaweed to bring you some of the highlights.