Watch: Shipwrecks and a Barge

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In early September, almost fifty years after a ship ran aground on Nusa Lembongan and gave the wave Shipwrecks its name, another boat came aground on the same stretch of reef.

The original ship deteriorated by the late-80s, however the new ship, more a barge really, has parked itself in the exact same position. Old stagers say that on the right swell direction it even rebounds and wedges in the same manner as the original.

Here it is, as filmed just three days ago.

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freeride76 Wednesday, 10 Nov 2021 at 12:37pm

looks fun, but pretty well attended for what it is.

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Sprout Wednesday, 10 Nov 2021 at 1:01pm

Had me looking for a gecko under my desk.

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freeride76 Wednesday, 10 Nov 2021 at 1:46pm

hahahah, me too.

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Stephen Allen Wednesday, 10 Nov 2021 at 2:26pm

Travel half way around the world to surf Indonesia and they head for that?

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Supafreak Wednesday, 10 Nov 2021 at 3:10pm

Its a B grade wave , most of those guys out are locals , its a popular family destination and main tourists are divers . The locals will be busy working once tourism picks up again . When shippies gets over solid 6 ft it tends to be a drop then a fat shoulder . Plenty of better waves in Indonesia , the current bule crowd are euro’s learning to surf . It can get really good and hollow with right tide and direction . Fun wave with lots of different moods .

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zenagain Wednesday, 10 Nov 2021 at 2:39pm

Poor bloke waiting for ages for a wave amongst the rippers and gets dropped in on by Look at my bum. Ouch!

Who's gonna be the first to acid drop that rusty old barge?

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joesydney Wednesday, 10 Nov 2021 at 5:20pm

I think he got pushed into the wave by the guy paddling behind him and is just starting to learn the ropes

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.cylinders Wednesday, 10 Nov 2021 at 4:06pm

There's nothing of value on that barge, and the government does not have to worry about losing an election based off of not doing anything about this wreck - so it will likely stay there until it rots into the sea. Salvage companies would be lining up for the work if this had happened in say NZ or Australia.

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DeathToCompSurfing Wednesday, 10 Nov 2021 at 6:50pm

Agree. With all of Indo, Nusa Lembongan is a waste of time

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goofyfoot Wednesday, 10 Nov 2021 at 7:02pm

Totally disagree, had fun waves there but more than that had an epic week there at my best mates wedding, and then hung out with the missus there when the wedding celebrations finished up.
Epic place to chill out a bit, eat good food, snorkel, cruise around on scooters then head off to G-land or somewhere else to be a surf pig

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Supafreak Wednesday, 10 Nov 2021 at 7:27pm

@goofy , honeymooners love the place and ive spoken to blokes out in the water that have had the new bride sitting on the pontoon filming their surf lol this photo is razors which is across the channel, the bigger it gets the better it gets ( more make able ) only a couple of guys surf it when its over 8ft . In the 80s Id surf lasso’s with a couple people and this guy from Currumbin ( goofyfoot ) would be charging razors by himself getting rides 200 mtr plus with barrels. I asked him why he wasn’t at Gland and he said, why , plenty of waves to himself here . D45-FBA84-E9-B6-4303-9-D14-53-AB4-AB010-E2

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goofyfoot Wednesday, 10 Nov 2021 at 7:31pm

He’s got a good point supa, why go there if you’ve got that to yourself! Lucky fella.
And yeah I loved it over there.
Nice to escape the hustle and bustle of Bali

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indo-dreaming Wednesday, 10 Nov 2021 at 7:35pm

I disagree too, i havent been back for about 20 years, but i always liked the place just a nice little idyllic island to get away from bustle of Bali and the Kuta trap for a few days or so, cruise around with scooters without risk of dying in Indo traffic, and still get a surf when the tide comes in a little, and if get a decent swell surf the better wave there.

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andy-mac Thursday, 11 Nov 2021 at 11:16am

Loved it there in the early 90's... Had great surfs at Shipwrecks when original wreck still there and Lacerations. From memory only MainSki Inn and Agung's in front of Wreck. Not Ments but fun waves with only a few crew. Last time I was there was in 2003, probably would never go back as that year it all seemed to change, and get busier in the surf.
Before Covid the number of boast leaving from Sanur was insane!!

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indo-dreaming Thursday, 11 Nov 2021 at 11:30am

Thats were i stayed Main Ski Inn and some basic villas next door once late 90s to early 00,s period.

Yeah i dont think id go back either, development looks insane.

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davidinindo Thursday, 11 Nov 2021 at 2:28pm

Need to get the barge off the reef, or at least the pipe and other steel and equipment off the barge before first decent swell or it will all end up on the beach!!!!!!!

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Supafreak Thursday, 11 Nov 2021 at 2:48pm

They have had a decent swell , that’s what did all the damage to the barge , you can see it in the video. Only way its going to end up on the beach is if they cut it up into pieces first . Its well and truly jammed into the reef. Used to get oysters off the old wreck , they weren’t very good. BBF62603-0-FAF-4-DFD-923-A-33809-A4-D9262
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davidinindo Thursday, 11 Nov 2021 at 3:07pm

your not looking at what i looking at then!!!!

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Supafreak Thursday, 11 Nov 2021 at 3:07pm

Davidinindo , yeah mate I understand your talking about the pylons, crane with tracks , container etc , how do you expect them to be lifted from barge ? If you know a way other than cutting them up I’m all ears . I’m no salvage expert.

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davidinindo Thursday, 11 Nov 2021 at 3:12pm

use crane on barge, piece by piece on a flat/small day!!!! Always a away! First big swell come April next year when Shipwrecks is closing out to Razors will see all that pipe etc. on the reef!!!!!

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Supafreak Thursday, 11 Nov 2021 at 3:36pm

Davidinindo , what are you going to load it onto ? Not much reach with that crane , it certainly won’t reach into the channel. There will be big swells before April . Sanur always gets a pumping swell in February usually from a cyclone of WA .

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davidinindo Thursday, 11 Nov 2021 at 4:01pm

yeah I work in shipping, loading and unloading ships!!!!! Like I said there is always a way!!!!!!

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Supafreak Thursday, 11 Nov 2021 at 4:22pm

I worked for mammoet for 2 years davidinindo , like I said I’m all ears if you know a way , a salvage operator would have a better idea .

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davidinindo Thursday, 11 Nov 2021 at 4:45pm

without being there to look at weights and state of the barge Id be guessing, refloating the barge, or transferring the cargo!!!! But if left, the cargo on deck will end up on the reef!!!!

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Supafreak Thursday, 11 Nov 2021 at 5:19pm

Don’t think you could refloat that barge , if you have a look at the video the front of it is completely torn open , the local lads were surprised how quickly the waves busted it up .

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OHV500 Thursday, 11 Nov 2021 at 2:48pm

Went over in the early 80's with a couple of mates - Shipwrecks, Lacerations, Razors had heaps of fun :))
No one out - just the 3 of us.

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SurferSam Thursday, 11 Nov 2021 at 3:33pm

Shipwrecks is a super fun wave and gets a lot better than that footage.
Agree It’s not A grade but it’s pretty darn fun but yes probably packed these days

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n!ck Thursday, 11 Nov 2021 at 6:07pm

Looks super fun to me. I aint no hell man and don’t want a beating, my kind of wave

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epictard Thursday, 11 Nov 2021 at 7:01pm

I was over there in June 2019. I loved it out there at 4-6ft; only 5-6 guys in the water at any one time, whilst 20-30 over at 2-3ft Playgrounds. It might not be world-class for Indo, but it's a damn sight more fun than some of the over-crowded 'world-class' waves that I have surfed over here. That may have been the lack of crowds, the excellent vibes, or the fact that I was on holiday, but it was great. Very much not packed on that trip.

Playgrounds and Lacerations must have been pretty much flat on the day this was filmed.

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muffsic Friday, 12 Nov 2021 at 7:49am

A shadow of the wave I surfed in the early 80's - Shippies was a quality top to bottom pitching peak at 6 foot. Now gone to mush - much like Bali sadly.

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liplauncher Saturday, 13 Nov 2021 at 6:30am

Was there in late season '87 with just two other surfers, we had the whole place to ourselves for almost a week. A lot of fun with no crowd to worry about ..... just a fading dream these days.

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boogiefever Saturday, 13 Nov 2021 at 8:08am

I found this clip mildly entertaining.....
like squeezing a pimple or vacuuming a car.
3/10.