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Manly vs Bondi 30th September 2014

I’ve got a confession. Once upon a time I lived in Manly. True. I lived right behind the storm water pipe at North Steyne. I was only there for a year’n'half…but I got a good feel for the joint. Good waves over there, especially in summer with the north swells.

Today I headed back over there. It’s very similar to Bondi in a lot of ways. Same-Same, but different. Everything evolves around the beach. At sunrise Manly was packed, like Bondi. The health-kick revolution is in full swing over there as well. It’s a bigger beach (longer) and 17 kms from the CBD (where as Bondi is 8km). What I like is how their village is right on the edge of the beach, not like Bondi where we have a footie field separating us.

Manly is cleaner, that’s for sure…and the properties are better maintained. Maybe because Bondi faces south where we wear the brunt of the big winter storms.

Oh boy…that traffic bottleneck across The Spit is hard work! I’m coming over on a ski next time.

::uge

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  • AJ said | Yesterday

    All good – we are a blessed lot in Sydney to be surrounded by waters such as these.

    • Uge said | Yesterday

      Agree, uge

  • Lee said | Yesterday

    Brilliant shots today Uge. Especially love the pipes, magic shot!

  • lenore said | Yesterday

    Great shots Uge and you’ll be pleased to hear that a community initiative to get the buildings along Campbell Pde looking good has been taken up by Waverley Council. We (the residents) can hopefully keep pushing it along… love the hot weather!!

    • Uge said | Yesterday

      Hey Lenore, that is great news.

      I was checking out the front row of Manly today – immaculate.

      uge

      • Yuri said | Today

        Bondi’s not that well maintained but has got a very different charm, and thank god the buildings are not right on the beach.. enough real estate moguls wanabees in sydney!

        Also affordability is an important point cause it creates the spirit of a place.. maybe we dont need all the backpapers but keeping a young crowd that works in the city and can afford to live in this place is valuable!

        Having said that, good looking facades can’t hurt anyone!

        cheers

  • geoff said | Yesterday

    Gotta love both.

    At one time, Bondi, like Manly, was fringed with a beautiful row of Norfolk pines.

    I’ve heard that the sewerage treatment chemicals would vaporise off-shore and blow back on the NE breeze and
    coat the trees, eventually killing them. Pity

    Yes Manly is longer, but as a beautiful wide,wide stretch of sand, there aren’t many beaches that can outdo Bondi.

    • Yuri said | Today

      Bondi is magic and has got one chance Manly doesnt have: Aquabumps… the spirit of this beach has gotta thank Uge every day for exalting its legend!

  • redeye said | Yesterday

    love todays shots, lovely PP work on the sunrise shots…….Manly v Bondi? meh, I’ll stay in Currarong :)

  • Hayley said | Yesterday

    You should come visit more often Uge! :)

  • Linda said | Yesterday

    such vibrant and beautiful shots – well done. Manly Vs Bondi, I’d choose Manly anyday haha~

  • Michal said | Yesterday

    ..you should have stay longer man, just got out of the water in Queenscliff, super clean, 4-5ft sets in last hour or so. I broke a fin on my softie on my last wave, that`s how powerful it was:)

    Manly is better, moved up here after years in Bondi.. it`s just better surf up here, less people, ..
    Only thing is.. I cant get a decent espresso at 6am around here:) Most of the coffee shops are open from 7am.

  • Johannes said | Yesterday

    Hear, hear to Waverley Councils initiative to the gentrification of Campbell Pde. It makes my eyes sore every time im carrying my SUP back to my SUV. Im all for Campbell Pde looking like No 19.

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