Surf Report

January 2020


Indo surf season 2019 was sensational. Once again we saw perfect surf from early April, with consistent offshore winds for month after month. August saw back-to-back 3 to 6 foot swells being enjoyed all over the islands, and early September had a sparkling 10 foot swell . See Photos below

The Wet Season starts around January each year. If you want to avoid crowds, the "off season" from January to April is a great time to visit Bali, but February and March can average 2 inches of rain every day!  So most surfers prefer to visit in the "dry season" from April to October 

* Mentawai yacht tour bookings were unusually quiet in 2019, with many larger yachts not heading out. So "early season" March-June could be an ideal time to jump on a smaller yacht and score uncrowded perfect surf. Hint: Check out the 7 passenger Nusa Dewata yacht charter, and say Hi to the Owner Simon from us.

What can we learn from the last few years? Bali's 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 surf seasons all started earlier than usual, with some great uncrowded sessions all over Indo starting in late February to early March. Often April and May are especially clean and glassy. June usually sees the first 10 foot plus winter swells. July 2018 saw the XXL swell create solid 15 foot plus waves thundering into Uluwatu, with the longest waves ever ridden there using jetski take-offs. There were maxing 10-12 foot waves at Padang-Padang, then again in August and September. And remember, 2017's El Nino conditions delivered epic "Best Waves of a Lifetime" with two huge swells in October and November, proving once again that Indo can always turn it on any time of year. Full details of how to plan your trip are in the latest update of the essential Indo Surf and Lingo Guidebook

* October 2015 saw many Bali flights cancelled due to Volcanic ash from nearby East Java and Lombok. Then in September 2017 Bali's Gunung Agung volcano started to rumble and smoke for the first time since 1963. It went quiet most of 2018, but smoked again on New Year's Eve 2019. Although Bali skies are clear now, make sure you get Travel Insurance the same day you book any flights, yachts or hotels. Then you'll be covered for any unexpected future delays or expenses if another Volcano kicks up cancelling flights, or you or a close family member "break a leg" and you have to cancel your trip before you even leave home. Don't wait until the day before you fly out.

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Our Book's exclusive Bali Wave Size Prediction Chart  makes it easy for you to plan where to surf in Bali each day, in waves that suit your ability. If it's 15 foot at Uluwatu, the chart tells you where to find easy 4 foot waves. All you need is board shorts, sun block and Indo Surf and Lingo  to guide the way! Get your copy now.

Water Temp: Very Warm 25º C/ 80º F. Air Temp: Hot & Sunny 25-33º C/ 85-95º F. Getting more Humid every day in the build up to the Wet Season

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