Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Don't Complain About Small Waves, Only When It's Flat

After a great run of late season swells during October, the waves here in Bali have pretty much disappeared. It's been small at best for the past week or so, but that's doesn't mean there aren't some fun waves if you're willing to have a look around (I guess that's not entirely true seeing as it was basically flat for a couple days).

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Bali Ducks - Spiritual Leaders & Environmentalists

As I stroll back from my early morning surf sessions, there's traffic. I stop and wait at the intersection of the small dirt roads carving the rice paddies. I smile and wave as Wayan finally passes and I can carry on my way. Wayan (duck dude) is bringing up the rear of his couple-hundred-strong flock of ducks as they waddle off to work.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tannin Additives

See previous post: Wine Phenols - Tannins & Anthocyanins

A broad range of proprietary tannin products are available to modern winemakers. These are sourced not only from grapes but oak wood, nuts, and other fruits. These additives are used for varying reasons but primarily for increasing color stability, increasing phenolic structure, inhibiting specific microbials, and decreasing oxidation. Most are designed for addition prior to or during fermentation, though some are applicable post-fermentation.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Helping Stop Bali Pollution

Want to help fight pollution in Bali? Visit this link and sign on!

Bali is where I call home. I love so many things about this small island: the culture, the countryside, the food, the surf, the list goes on.
Just like everywhere, Bali isn't perfect. One of the biggest problems this beautiful place (and Indonesia in general) faces is pollution. With Bali's influx of tourism and migrants from throughout Indonesia, pollution here is only getting worse. Only 25% of Bali's waste is collected, leaving the rest to litter its streets and waters. Along with the obvious negatives visible on land, pollution is heavily effecting Bali's water and fragile marine ecosystem.

Plasitc waste is one of the primary concerns. This is not unique to Bali, and most of you have probably heard of the plastic islands in our oceans. But if you walk into any store in Bali and buy something, whether it's one bottle of soda or a candy bar, you will undoubtedly receive it in a plastic bag. They are everywhere! In fact, you'll even see kids playing with plastic bags (not safe, but that's another discussion entirely), which I can guarantee they didn't pack these away when they finished.
So what can you do? Take a minute of your time to sign this petition started by Melati. They want the government to ban the use of plastic bags in Bali in an effort to curb plastic waste. While this is just one small step, it can make a world of difference (as has been shown in other countries that have adopted this practice; in fact, check out these environmentally friendly bags to use as a replacement).

Bye-bye Plastic Bags on Bali

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Beautiful Bali Sunrise

It's easy to get accustomed to waking up early, but it's hard getting used to seeing stunning sunrises like this everyday.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Bingin Surf by ESP - When Conditions Align

Bali has had a good run of swells over the past month after a rather uneventful Dry Season. The last swell arrived with some unfavorable winds, so surfers are hoping that next week's forecasted swell will arrive with better conditions.

I'm still settling in to my new position at Albens Cider, but that doesn't mean I'm missing out on all the waves! Check out this awesome shot courtesy of Mul Sinoge at ESP! A lot of conditions have to align for this spot to break properly, but it's one of my favorite waves in Bali when it's on (and no, this is not Bingin).

Photos provided by ESP. If you're down in the Bingin or Impossibles area, make sure to pop in and say hi to Mul! He's there shooting pretty much everyday, and you're bound to end up with some great shots if your in the lineup. Conact him via e-mailfacebook, or call him at either +6281916727595 or +6285738677532.