Indian Ocean Swell Recap – August/September, 2013
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Gallery by Joey Melroy, Steve Baccon, Jeremy Wilmotte and the Tengirri
The six week East Coast Aus flat spell during August/September has been well documented. Dominant high pressure systems have been pushing cold fronts and low pressure systems well to the south, the same systems that have delivered multiple big swells to the southern states of WA, SA, Vic and Tas.
Fortunately the Indonesian archipelago and The Maldives have been profiting from the succession of intense low pressure systems tracking across the Indian Ocean.
Joey Melroy Surf guide on one of The Perfect Wave’s most popular Mentawai charter boats – The D’Bora – said, “August and September have probably been two of the best months of the 2013 season. Admittedly the start to the season was a bit slow and intermittent without too many sizeable swells, but by August it just turned on, and it hasn’t stopped since.”
Joey added, “September 3-8 was definitely one of the best weeks, breaks like Greenbush, Rifles and certain waves further afield where D’ Bora was hiding were going off for days on end.”
“Last year September and October were the best months, and this year’s late season is setting up similarly.”
The good ship Tengirri has constantly been on the move through The Ment’s since last month’s update. Anthony from The Tengirri said, “Our late August charter was pretty good, but the swell didn’t drop below overhead for the first ten days of September. Early September was definitely one of the swells of the season.”
Bali’s been pretty consistent too. Regular Indo journeyman Steve Dewey spent three weeks in late August surfing in his words, “Unfashionable breaks well past Canngu in the 3-5ft range just about every day with a handful of guys.”
Outside corner Ulu’s was pretty chunky during the early Sept swell, and Padang turned on from Sept 3 for several days too.”
G- Land too was reportedly 5-6ft with some nice bigger ones from The Ledge into Moneytrees on September 2. On September 3 it was pretty wild in the 6-8ft plus range, a bit untidy early, but as the trade wind strengthened and the tide started to run out, it tidied up and some incredible waves were ridden in between the 10ft wash throughs
The forecast for the next week or two is looking all time.
Coastalwatch chief forecaster Benny Mac said, “An active Indian Ocean storm track sees a succession of large SSW groundswells overlapping across the Indonesian Archipelago through the last week of September and early October. A New SSW groundswell in the 8-10ft range is expected to peak on exposed breaks this Friday September 27. Next Monday September 30 is looking like being 8ft plus too.”
Word from the Maldives has been pretty positive on the surf front too. Well known Sydney lensman and surfer Steve Baccon scored some great waves at Lohis, Sultans, Cokes and Jails on the Northern Atolls in early August. Steve said, “We enjoyed a solid run of swell. Former touring pro Adam Brown was the standout charger in our group. We had constant swell ranging from 4ft up to 8ft on the bigger days.”
The Perfect Wave’s Cokes Surf Camp owner/operator Brian James said, “August 16 was one of the biggest days of the season. Cokes was a solid 8-10ft.”
Further south at Kandooma resort The Perfect Wave’s surf guide Rob “Undies” Underwood said, “Mid-August was our best period when the swell turned south-east. We enjoyed shoulder to head high conditions accompanied by stronger south-west trade winds and then a chunky direct south-east bumper swell hit the whole eastern seaboard of the chain. The peak of the swell saw double overhead Kandooma rights which had some guests running for cover, whilst others showcased some great tube-riding. The peak of the swell was a little too big for Quarters and Riptides but as it dropped both breaks were a favourite, whilst the more experienced surfers also sampled a session or two at arguably the best left in the Maldives, Tucky Joe's".
There were also a bunch of legends free surfing all the Northern Atolls breaks in late August/Early September whilst they were in town surfing in the Four Seasons Resorts Maldives Surfing Champions Trophy. Taylor Knox beat his mentor Tom Curren in the twin fin division, whilst Curren won the single fin division at Sultans. Tom Carroll, Dooma Hardman and Layne Beachley were all ripping around the traps.
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