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Sunday, 22 September 2019
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Bali bagus! (surfing only)
BALI HONEYMOON NOVEMBER 2009

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These are pretty much just our honeymoon pics from the beautiful islands of Bali and Nusa Lombongan. There's no windsurfing, there was never really any wind, but if you caught one of these amazing breaks on the right day I'm sure it would be all time. The surfing was certainly pretty decent. Hope you like the pics, Bali's a really cool place, hope we make it back one day..

We did the usual program and spent the first two days in Kuta to get our bearings (loads of surf shops but unfortunately not that cheap anymore, £35 for boardies), then headed off to Uluwatu..

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We stayed in the Gecko Losmen for a week which was pretty cool, a few entertaining Ozzies (who'd scooter back drunk from Kuta as I left for a surf everyday!) and right near the surf action.
My first taste of Uluwatu was at 5 on the first evening, not that crowded and my second wave doubled up into a full dry hair standup barrell. I barely had to move, just leant forward into the wave, gritted my teeth and the thing threw over my head. At that point I thought Ulu's was the coolest place on the planet! Unfortunately there's no video evidence of this one and I didn't know it at the time, but the only thing set to get bigger was the crowds. This was far and away the best day for swell and I took no pics foolishly thinking I was getting the same for the next 17 days!

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I realised fairly quickly that the only way to get a decent wave count at this place was to let the cockerels be your 5am alarm and paddle out in the dark! get your fix in early and get back for the 9am banana pancake breakfast before the crowds hit 40+

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Any surfing during the rest of the day and I'd paddle ten minutes South to Temples, not the best wave but usually empty and still barrelling in parts.. or go the opposite way to the end of Racetracks and pick off the waves that people got munched by..

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Low tide Uluwatu..

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Ritual post surf sunset, Bintangs and money drying..

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There's a temple at Uluwatu, seems it wasn't interesting enough to get a picture, unlike the waves beneath it and the shagging monkeys..

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Balangan. This beach was beautiful, quiet and the waves amazing. Unfortunately the waves break a bit too quick -I never saw anyone make it out the tube..

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NUSA LEMBONGAN

The first view you'll get of Nusa -The Reef. This is Shipwrecks looking unusually onshore (and as big as it got)

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Our second view..

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Mrs Thorp..

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The surf was never that great on Nusa. There are some great spots but our week long stay pretty much coincided with a flat spell and due to the strong currents and flat reef it only works at high tide for a couple of hours each day (so if you're going check the tides!). Luckily we had high tide around mid day and it was probably better size wise than anywhere on Bali (judging by the boat loads that kept being deposited there during my quiet surfs just as it was getting good!)

The reef...

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The beach scene..

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We did get an amazing sunset every night though!!..

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Wakeboarding Nusa style..

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The Infinity pool at Ketut's Losmen. (£30/room/night)

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Dream beach on the opposite side..

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Some pretty good snorkeling on the reef..

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You can scooter over the bridge to the next island, Ceningan..

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BACK TO BALI

This was the last 4 days of our trip and we'd pre booked the uber cool super pimp Bali Hyatt in Sanur to round off our honeymoon..

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Reminds me of LOST..

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Iguana's in the ponds..

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And Carp big enough not to get eaten by the Iguana's..

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Some of the local sights...

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You need to wear one of these to get into the temples..
(the sarong not the daft vest and shades)

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Tannah Lot, one of Bali's most important and most photographed temples..

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Stroking the lucky snakes..

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Most big roundabouts or crossings have these crazy statues..

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By the way, the best way to get around on Bali is by Scooter, there are thousands of them (like swarms of Bee's around the towns) and there are absolutely no rules on the roads. Wish I'd used the headcam to show some of the crazy overtaking/undertaking/lightjumping/wrong way round roundabouts that was going on by 90% of them. You can get a scoot with board rack for about £30/week in Kuta

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This is my only decent shot from Keramas a localish break to Sanur where I surfed every morning (Sanur itself needed much more swell). Keramas is becoming more and more well known and is a popular spot for Pro surfers due to the sucky barrells and decent end section for airs. It's already pretty crowded though (again 20+ out at dawn). I thought it would be hard to find but there's a huge sign on the road giving away it's location across the fields. It's a black lava reef bottomed right hander and almost impossible to get deep enough thru the crowd for a set wave and make it out alive unless you're very good..
I did enjoy some pretty nice overhead waves though to round off the trip. It's a cool spot and unspoilt at the moment.

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I slightly lied when I said no windsurfing, here's the hire centre right next to our hotel in Sanur...


Our time in Bali was pretty much the end of the Dry season when the SE trades and the consistent swells are dying. The Wet season is still hot and sunny but the swells are less frequent and the trades switch to Northerlies, I think it usually rains in the night giving humid days. I'd love to go back in the peak dry season (june-august) when the waves must be awesome and there's a good chance of windsurfing but I guess the crowds for surfing must be horrendous. It's even hard to pick off the scraps on the inside as the local kids do that, they rip and are busting air reverses by about 12 yrs old..

But I loved hanging out in Bali, it's a top place.

SHORT GOPRO VID

Bali surf map..

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Bonus Trudie pics...

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Uluwatu

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Local Petrol station

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Nyang Nyang, South coast Bukit

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Another howge statue

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Back in Blighty, Bbbrrrrrrgggghhhhhhh.




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