Today was a pretty good day. We woke up when we had set alarms for at 7am, with all good intentions of going for an early morning surf. However when we woke up it was monsoon like torrential rain, so we put off doing anything until it slowed down
By the time the rain had subsided a little and we had eaten breakfast it was about 9ish, so we saddled up on the scooters and headed off to Nusa Dua. On the way the rain reverted back to monsoon mode, and boy was I glad I decided to 'don the poncho! The others were just in their boardies and singlets, so by the time we got there 40 minutes later they looked like drowned rats.
Due to the rain fending off the wind there was no real rush to get out in the surf, and we stopped at the shopping centre again for Dave to buy reef boots (as he had managed to not bring any money the day before). We then checked the 'waves' out at Black Stone, hoping to surf somewhere different to Geger. Unfortunately it was flat as a pancake there again, so we headed back to Geger.
When we got there it was coming up to high tide, and we had the genius idea of paddling across the lagoon to the surf and saving $3, instead of getting a boat. Never again. It took at least 15/20 minutes by the time we had reached the reef. Dan and I were at the front of the pack of us paddling across, and managed to time it perfectly to rush across the reef and into the lineup by the time a big set came. Dave, Charlie and E-Man on the other hand were not so fortunate. They tried to cross just as a set came through as Dan and I disappeared over the top of it, and got their ass handed to them. It took them another good 10-15 minutes to meet us outback, by which time I had already had what would turn out to be my 3 best waves of the day! It was about 3/4ft and glassy clean with some great right handers coming through.
It was reasonably busy out, with about 8-10 other guys on the same peak, but the current dragging us down the reef (which was an absolute nightmare to be fair) separated out the pack well enough.
In the end we surfed for about 2 hours, during which time the weather broke and it became nice and sunny. By this time we had been paddling constantly for the entire time, to catch waves and simple hold position on the reef. By the time we had paddled back across the lagoon and made it to the beach, I have never seen any of the others so tired. E-Man even said it got to the point when he really wondered if he could physically make it?! I very tired, but not half as bad as the others, and I was a little shocked how much it had taken out of them.
We had lunch and various Banana milkshakes etc at one of the beach from huts, before crawling (in some cases) back onto the scooters for the ride back across to Leggies. Basically spent the rest of the arvo just kicking back and relaxing, listening to music and reading books until late afternoon.
We got in touch with Saskia, who is at the surf camp up the road still, so Dan and I went to pick her up so she could spend the evening catching up with us. We had dinner just here at Leggies and as expected just had a few beers and chatted away. Later on I dropped her back at the camp, then sat on the balcony chatting with the boys about what they wanted to get up to while in Indo.
By the time we got to bed about 11pm we were all pretty shattered.
(Photo - Charlie, Dan and E-Man chilling on the balcony this afternoon).