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The Inertia

It has been a season to be a surfer in Bali, to say the least. Back-to-back-to-back swells ad nauseam. Crowds thinner than paper, thanks to the Coronavirus. Uluwatu, Padang Padang, Bingin, all maddeningly perfect. But September… oh, September. September has been a good month in a sea of good months. “Multiple swells along with favorable tides have produced more pumping days in the first two weeks of September than the preceding months combined,” wrote Surfers of Bali on YouTube.

Now, surfing is a very subjective thing. You could have a great session in waves that aren’t all that great and a bad one in waves that are, but on September 12, Padang Padang went absolutely ballistic. “The barrels on the twelfth were some of the longest that we’ve seen at Bali’s best wave in 2020 and unlike some of the swells earlier in the year, it was really consistent,” SOB continued. “Hopefully, this isn’t the final hurrah for the year’s big dry season swells, but if it turns out to be the case, it would be a fitting way to cap off a great run of solid waves.”

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