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Strange weather here in Canggu this week. Swell has dropped right off, as in ‘go back to bed’ or go for a coffee at Balifornia or Ruko or Cinta or Nude or Sprout or C’ugh or 10 other amazing cafes within a 1 km radius of the Berawa-Canggu shortcut.
So, it has been a bit windy, dull, grey and wait for it, in the morning, lightly spitting rain. OMG! In paradise, no way, that was not part of the discount flight-hotel deal…
Luckily as we write this on Thirsty Thursday, the grey has disappeared to blue skies and less wind. But still small waves. The surf could almost be described as a series of half hearted hiccups. Frustrating, for surfers, and anyone who gets the hiccups.
Despite the poor swell, the *WGI* and *WCE* were quite strong, while *FTP* was as usual fairly low for weekend wave dog warriors. Old Man’s was mega packed this morning with keen backpackers trying to partake in some scraps but many not getting anything. Except for great conversation about shared hangovers, trials, tribulations, table top dancing, and 3am walks home of fame/shame/blame (mostly fame) from the Sunset Bar.
We really do enjoy the partying stories from the Europeans, Japanese, American, Russians, Korean dudes and bambinos in the water. While watching the Indo lads carve up all the waves! Sorry Donald and co. but tolerant, friendly ‘globaloceanalism’ and pluralism are alive and well in Canggu!
See you there (or @ Mrs. Sippy).
WGI (‘Wave Gettability Index’) and WCE (‘Wave Count Estimator’) are terms we use for the chance of catching a wave taking into account factors like the size of the line-up, how shifty the waves are, how good the other surfers are, how big is the swell, how cold the water is, how hung over one is, if the waves are breaking left or right, etc..
WGI or WCE of say, > 5/10 is good. 0/10 = go home or watch from the car park. 10/10 = you are the only surfer in 2-3 foot perfection. Never.
FTP = Face Time Probability (face time on the wave, not iPhone) meaning the number of seconds of nice glassy face time a beginner surfer might have in an hour. Anything above 1 second in total for a 60 minute session is fairly good. Yes, surfing is an unforgiving hobby.
“The one that got away”
Witnessing a walk of shame
Sweet serene solitude.
“The reason we’re successful, darling? My overall charisma, of course.”
― Freddie Mercury (Queen)
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