The story of a swell like this is written weeks before any board is waxed. A red blob swells into a black bruise below South Africa and you know it is only going one way. East. First to Western Australia and then north east to Indonesia and the rest of the Indian Ocean.
A few might be crying salty tears for missing out. But most will sit back and enjoy someone else's endeavours, thankful they aren't present. The breaks which shape a swell of this heft into ridable planes are not for the faint of heart and if you have steered well clear then no one can convince you to wax up that 6.8 you've been carting around for the past few weeks.
Here are the first glimpses and tales we see of this swell...
Rote showing he swell filling into the far corners of Indo through Saturday.
Saturday 27.06.2015 - Sunday 28.06.2015
Whilst most breaks around Indo were going huge, there were plenty looking for slightly less scary and more fun-size waves. Krui left was the place to be explains Chris Mclaverty, but even the more sheltered spots were not without consequence. - "It was a super fun weekend, Krui was insane and we surfed a secret spot too which I'm not willing to divulge... everywhere else was out of control!"
First stop for this swell was WA, and it arrived with full brunt.
"One guy broke his leg when he went straight on a set out at Cow and didn't get out of his tow straps," tells Mark Visser, fresh back to land after a memorable day at the bombie. "It was too strong offshore for us to paddle, so we waited all day and 3 of us went out at 2pm and had an 1hr 45 window. We all paddled into a wave and each got smoked by some big sets that we all had to bail on. Ten the wind came up again and that was it.
Here's Margaret River's interpretation of the swell with the likes of Taj Burrow and Dino Adrian inside.
"Another epic day," said Alex as Padang and Impossibles continue to grow.
"It was about three or four times over head on Saturday in Uluwatu with sets of five or six every 20 minutes or so," explained Federico. "Padang was two or three time over head with very consistent sets of five or six as well and I think tomorrow and Monday should be even bigger and much better!"
Federico predicted that today would be bigger and on the evidence of these shots we can't argue. You really wouldn't want to be the guy caught inside at Uluwatu...
No doubt you've been thinking to yourself: I wonder what the Bukit, looks like today and more importantly I wonder if anyone gave Ulu's a crack. Well Alex Postigo answers those queries in classic fashion.
This morning, the first signs of this thing started to show at Nias. The 4ft sets were hinting of more to come from this swell and with around 30 people sat on the peak, scoring the wave of the swell was easier said than done. Ain't that always the case?
"You had to wait a couple of hours if you wanted to pick off a set wave," explains photographer Paul Terry who shot out to Nias with Uk pro Luke Dillon. "The wind went onshore during the day, but around 4pm the wind swung again and the swell seemed to have a new pulse with some 6ft plus sets coming through. The swell is really strong with heavy thick walls coming through with lots of power and we witnessed some really heavy wipeouts and some dredging double up sets."
As might be expected with so much hype and such a solid forecast so long in advance, the small and typically so quiet town came alive today with travelling surfers shoulder to shoulder with pros with film crews.
"Dave Ratsovich and Courtney Conologue are here and rumours are that Shane Dorian and Kelly Slater are due in tomorrow," Paul continues. "But it could be hearsay, we will see tomorrow."
As the sun sets in the Mentawai islands we get the first drops of the forerunners the Indian Ocean's swell event of the year so far.
It was more mouth-watering than death defying today in the Mentawai, but things look set to get pretty interesting over the coming days.
"It's night here now and the ocean's growling, so tomorrow should produce some amazing images,"tells Jordan Heuer from Kandui Villas. "Several pros showed up here last minute to score this swell including Koa Rothman, Dingo, Koa Smith, Parker Coffin, Ando and more. History will be made over the coming few days."
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