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.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.”
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
Padang Padang | Sunday August 1
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Uluwatu | Sunday August 1
Greenbush | Sunday August 1
Bonus Padang, Maca's and Keramas | End of July