GALLERY: This Week, From XL Indo

Jason Lock

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Updated 52d ago

The past week in Indo has been dripping with waves across that archipelago. But you probably already know this. What's fresh today though is that yesterday provided a stunning accent to this recent run of swell, before things start to settle down (ish) and ramp up again soon. Some are taking a breather, others are just gearing up, retooling, for the next swell that's right around the corner.

Our inbox went into meltdown. Dozens upon dozens of images, videos, reports of 'heaviest wave ever' and the like, all bundled their way to MSW HQ. Nic Von Rupp and Nate Behl at Kandui, the Irish lads Gearoid McDaid and Conor Maguire have been on an absolute banger of a mission, the locals at Padang Padang with grins etched from the east to west side of their faces.

Nic Von Rupp, Kandui, July 26.

Greenbush too, Desert Point, though more on that later – because it's still spitting its guts up on anyone that takes a look inside. This run of swell began towards the tail end of July and we've been teasing and teasing via our IG account that something was dropping soon. The truth is, we just had to wait for a break in the swell, to gather as much as we could and wrap it all up with a neat little bow.

Nic Von Rupp, prepping for a rather spicy Bank Vaults session yeseterday.

Nic Von Rupp, prepping for a rather spicy Bank Vaults session yeseterday.

© 2021 - Manu Miguelez

Also, it gave us a bit of time to analyse the past few days. “The run of swells over the past week and the particularly big one that hit over the weekend can be traced back to three main low pressure systems in the southern Indian Ocean,” says MSW forecaster Tony Butt.

Said session.

Said session.

© 2021 - Manu Miguelez

“The first deepened southeast of the Kerguelen Islands around Sunday July 25 and a large area of storm-force winds on its northwest flank generated swell as the system moved towards the east.

Our MSW swell chart from yesterday, as you can see, there's much more on the way to Indo, too. Keep an eye on how this swell is moving, here.

Our MSW swell chart from yesterday, as you can see, there's much more on the way to Indo, too. Keep an eye on how this swell is moving, here.

“This then expanded into a large, multi-centred system south of Australia, which spawned a peripheral depression around the northwest periphery of the main system. This generated a further pulse of swell from an area of storm-force winds just southwest of Australia.

Everyone's probably feeling a bit of FOMO at the sheer reflective quality of Indo here.

Everyone's probably feeling a bit of FOMO at the sheer reflective quality of Indo here.

© 2021 - Manu Miguelez

“All this activity resulted in wave heights not dropping below six feet at exposed spots in Indonesia for the entire week, with an increase on Friday 30th corresponding with that peripheral low.

“While the mother system remained stationary way south of Australia, a third peripheral low developed east of Kerguelen around Wednesday 28. This moved quickly northeast and then east, and the storm-force winds combined with the extended fetch generated an even larger pulse of swell which reached Indonesia by Sunday August 1.

To Cardoso is usually found tucked under a heaving lip somewhere - but he's usually prone! Here's what happens when To dabbles in the standup division.

To Cardoso is usually found tucked under a heaving lip somewhere - but he's usually prone! Here's what happens when To dabbles in the standup division.

© 2021 - Manu Miguelez

“The swell continues as we speak, and is due to remain fairly large until around the middle of the week before losing size and quality towards the coming weekend.”

Look, a pot of gold in the Mentawais.

© 2021 - Manu Miguelez.

© 2021 - Islandstylephotos/Mentawai Surf Retreat.

Like Tony points out, there's still much, much more to come too. Expect another feature towards the end of this week.

Kandui | Sunday August 1

Now, take a little spin around Kandui with us from yesterday...

Now, take a little spin around Kandui with us from yesterday...

© 2021 - Manu Miguelez

Nate Behl, low and laser focussed.

Nate Behl, low and laser focussed.

© 2021 - Manu Miguelez

Von Froth, an angle you don't quite see often from Kandui but then, not everyone is as committed as photographer Manu Migeuelez.

Von Froth, an angle you don't quite see often from Kandui but then, not everyone is as committed as photographer Manu Migeuelez.

© 2021 - Manu Miguelez

Mason Lesser.

Mason Lesser.

© 2021 - Manu Miguelez

Ah yes, Indo tax. Sometimes you just gotta pay it all in one, like NVR here.

Ah yes, Indo tax. Sometimes you just gotta pay it all in one, like NVR here.

© 2021 - Manu Miguelez

Is Kandui the most pretty wave from above? Maybe. A little accent to an incredible day yesterday.

Is Kandui the most pretty wave from above? Maybe. A little accent to an incredible day yesterday.

© 2021 - Manu Miguelez

Imagine if this was right out your door, Kandui, again from yesterday.

Imagine if this was right out your door, Kandui, again from yesterday.

© 2021 - Manu Miguelez

Padang Padang | Sunday August 1

Meanwhile, in Padang Padang yesterday, Darma Putra Tonjo was just one of the many who enjoyed the emerald hues of one of Indo's more reliable kegs.

Meanwhile, in Padang Padang yesterday, Darma Putra Tonjo was just one of the many who enjoyed the emerald hues of one of Indo's more reliable kegs.

© 2021 - Everton Luis|surf_capture

Varun Tandjung.

Varun Tandjung.

© 2021 - Everton Luis|surf_capture

Rizal Tandjung.

Rizal Tandjung.

© 2021 - Everton Luis|surf_capture

Take a look at Garut Widiarta's face here. That's a man who can appreciate the simple pleasures of life.

Take a look at Garut Widiarta's face here. That's a man who can appreciate the simple pleasures of life.

© 2021 - Everton Luis|surf_capture

Watch our live Padang cam here.

Uluwatu | Sunday August 1

If it's size you want...

If it's size you want...

© 2021 - Indo Surf Crew

© 2021 - Indo Surf Crew

© 2021 - Indo Surf Crew

© 2021 - Indo Surf Crew

Greenbush | Sunday August 1

Now, to Greenbush!

Now, to Greenbush!

© 2021 - Liquid Barrel.

It's ok to gawk. Then ring your jaw back in like a cash register. Gawk again.

It's ok to gawk. Then ring your jaw back in like a cash register. Gawk again.

© 2021 - Liquid Barrel.

Bonus Padang, Maca's and Keramas | End of July

Oh Keramas too. How's the angle on this?

Oh Keramas too. How's the angle on this?

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Rounding out July in style at Padang Padang.

Rounding out July in style at Padang Padang.

© 2021 - Photo Boss Bali.

And, bonus, Maca's from yesterday too.

And, bonus, Maca's from yesterday too.

© 2021 - Liquid Barrel.