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Monday, 5 July 2010

All of Bali's Surf Reports and Forecasts in a Single Page!!

All of Bali's Surf Reports and Forecasts in a Single Page!!

I have noticed in Bali that things have come a long way in the short time I have been here in terms of reports and forecasts, yet things are still pretty much in the dark ages compared to places like Australia; there are no live webcams at any surf beaches still and 'eyeball reports' only come from someone taking photos and putting them online (usually at the end of the day i.e. late enough to tell what you have missed and they are not
guaranteed to upload on a daily basis!).

However, there are still plenty of forecasts and reports to make good use of and I have put links to them all below, in order of personal preference;

My preferred surf forecast is this one from Stormsurf - http://www.stormsurf.com/locals/bali.shtml

To add to this, they have a wave buoy prediction which calculates actual face height, taking into account period and swell direction; http://www.stormsurfing.com/cgi/display2.cgi?a=t6;b=bali.

I find this good as it does the maths for you!
A new website called 'Indo Surf Life' has a pretty good report - they upload photos from all the main spots (think Uluwatu, Canggu, Padma, Keramas, etc.).

Here's the link to the site - http://www.indosurflife.com/surfcheck.html

These photos are often uploaded the same morning so you can see how the conditions were for the dawny.  This site is fast becoming the leading web page for surf reports on Bali as it is the only one which provides same-day photos on a regular basis. Hopefully it will keep improving and expanding in the future!

They have also started doing a twitter surf report for Bali, see the right of this page (sidebar) for this!

This is the windguru forecast (pretty similar to the others but some people prefer it)

Here is the live forecast from magicseaweed for Uluwatu (which generally has the biggest & best waves in Bali)

Also, recently added are the magicseaweed pages which include links to Eyeball Reports.  They are divided up as follows;
Overview of reports for all the main spots - http://magicseaweed.com/Bali-and-Lombok-Surf-Forecast/55/
Spots on the Bukit Peninsula - http://magicseaweed.com/Bukit-Peninsula-Surfing/393/ (scroll down about halfway to see which Eyeball reports are up on that day)
Spots in West Bali - http://magicseaweed.com/West-Bali-Surfing/394/  (scroll down about halfway to see which Eyeball reports are up on that day)

Again, you can't rely on these every day but they are pretty good when up and running!

Also, Baliwaves  is another useful sight and they provide a regular e-mail update (but, yet again, it's to tell you what you missed that day or yesterday).  Here's the link
http://www.baliwaves.com/ .
See the right of this page (sidebar) for their twitter surf report!

It's not a bad service but not the most reliable as it doesn't get updated daily but it's the original surf report in Bali and is still useful.
Bali Surf Report also have a site but I find theirs inconsistent as they don't update it every day.  They do have various photos from several locations (remember to click the 'Read' label to the bottom right of the photo as this gives you the date - best to check yesterday's report isn't much help!) so you don't always know what day the photos are from.  Even so, it's a nice little addition to a growing list of surf reports.  Here's the link http://www.balisurfreport.com
I have just noticed there is another Bali Surf Report website (predictable given the imaginative name!) offering photos, here's the link http://www.bali-surf-report.com/  It appears they give more photos of the day's activities from their surf school rather than a report as such.
Here's a link to free tide tables for this year for Bali -  http://www.indosurf.com.au/Tide_Charts.html 
Especially usefeul as the tides in this part of the world can be very odd indeed - check my previous blog post on the subject for more info - http://livebali.blogspot.com/2010/06/keep-your-eyes-on-tides.html

Hope this helps & enjoy!


All of Bali's Surf Reports and Forecasts in a Single Page!!


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