Silver Linings: Beauty Beyond the Big Sunday


Photography by Manu Miguelez/Kandui Resorts and Jack O’Grady (Bank Vaults) and Damea Dorsey (Deserts).

It wasn’t like the swell was going anywhere. Those big long-interval swells always have a long backside, as the shorter-interval pieces creep up behind them like obedient ducklings, and everyone who’s surfed the first burst is wondering which board to break next.

But behind this one, in the middle of the shorter stuff, another long-range pulse pushed and ignited waves that, if not quite in that mega range, made a lot of people’s days.

Two such spots: Bank Vaults in Kanduis, and the East Bali classic, Desert Point.

You know, it’s nice when people hit the reef and keep smiling. Oscar Guiss, little whim. Photo: O’Grady

And when you’re in that deep and you’re just there looking at it. The Bank Vaults charger keeps its head held high. Photo: O’Grady

“The day was very long” reported in Manu Miguelez, the goal ace of Kandui Resort. Manu and his friend Aritz Aranburu had done everything we could left on Sunday, but a day later they were on it again. “We decided to go surfing very early, the very long period was already in the water and Bank Vaults was as good as it gets. Aritz had a sore neck but was overdone even with that, he was leaving tomorrow with Natxo Gonzalez and Kepa Acero …they go exploring.

Aritz came in, surfed the left and the Bank Vaults, and came out with nothing more than a sore neck and a single broken board. The good proceedings. Photos: Miguelez/Kandui Resort

The cause of the Oscar moss. Photo: O’Grady

Aritz, Manu and the team had to leave early, but Jack O’Grady stayed for the last show. “Our last session was crazy,” he says. “It started overcast, then the sun came out, then we had this storm and it got all black, then it started to rain.”

This is what the proximity to the equator will bring you.

Above and below: Sebastian Ribeiro is a pro kitesurfer, which explains two things: firstly, he’s pretty calm in the water…

…And at the end of a ride, he instinctively grabs the kite. Photos: O’Grady

Equatorial Indonesia, sunny one minute, raining the next. The storm is brewing in the afternoon. Photo: O’Grady

Wave riding, a classic surfing pastime. Gustavo Deutsch and his best friend, Bank Vaults. Photo: O’Grady

far to the southeast, Damea Dorsey was on a different mission – to Desert Point. Or more precisely, he had just finished it. “We took my friend’s boat to Bali early on Saturday morning (two hours) and returned Sunday noon (three hours),” he says. “It was a tough race on the way back.”

Over 70 surfers were already there, waiting for that super swell, but the steep western angle lessened its impact on the legendary reef tip. Eventually everyone fell back on the surf fallback option: “The wind shifted towards land on Saturday afternoon and my friend Mattia, owner of Island Brewing, brought about 10 cases of beer, we so we had a huge sunset session at (local b&b owner) Booty’s place. I gave him money to use our own beer and he still sold all his beers. Good time!

Land of fire and water. View from Lombok. Photo: Dorsey

Above and below: The waves here do wonderful things. Here, John Kelly, resident of the deserts for 14 years, shoots high…

…A wave performs a dramatic reversal…

…And John happily emerges on the line. How is this afternoon light. Photos: Dorsey

Each painting is a story. Photo: Dorsey

See. Photo: Dorsey

Above and below: Will Reid, away from his home in South Bay LA, but that doesn’t care too much.

Photos: Dorsey

Booty’s penthouse. Front row seats for the Desert Point show. If there is no room, make room. “Fishlock” and “Sparrow”, happy as peanut butter and jelly. Photo: Dorsey

This time of year, Indo is famous for its underground chargers. Here is one, Vini Pereira. “He straightened up on this one but fired a heavy one earlier in the day,” the photographer explains. Photo: Dorsey

Here before all the surfers, here after we are all gone. Photo: Dorsey


More from the Gold Rush: G-Land before the storm | Spooky Saturday | big sunday

And the splendid evolving situation: Indonesian outlook update


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