Thursday, December 23, 2004

To begin today, we’ve got waist to occasionally shoulder high waves, little bit bumpy from the slight onshore winds. It’s rideable (weak), not mega by any stretch of the imagination. E/NE will blow 15 to 20 knots this afternoon making a mash of the small south swell. So my suggestion would be to finish up dat xmas shopping, don the santa hat and kick back. Nothing fantastic happening over the next 4 days as well…sorry for those heading out of town on the big surf missions. Pray for swell.

The Billabong Jack McCoy Surf Film Festival is screening the World Premiere of Taj Burrow’s new film FAIR BITS in the open-air arena at Sydney’s Rat Park, Narrabeen Jan 2nd 6:30pm. Be one of the few to watch the festival on a 48 foot screen. Special guests which include Taj Burrow, Joel Parkinson and Mark Occhilupo. More info or Tickets from Ticketek website.
Snap off the lip film festival are looking for footage of Sydney cranking. You need to get your stuff in by 21st Jan. View website
Well look at that…another year has passed. Today’s gonna be the last bumpy report until the 4th Jan. For those that don’t know, Aquabumps has been running for 4 years now. Hard to believe that it all started with a pocket digital camera (which was something from outa space at the time) and sending some surf shots to a couple mates in the year 2000 "hey boyz check dis surf out – epic"
…no marketing (apart from my dribbles at the pub)…no money…didn’t even have a website until 12 months ago (used to send emails via my work email address – you used to be able to see everyone cc’ed in the email, pics were attachments – ha!).
From this base, there are now 10,000 daily subscribers all over the globe. Heaps more just browse the site. Cool eh.
This email weaves it way through to offshore oil rigs off Africa, boyz up in California, loads of crew freezing in London, Netherlands, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, NZ, New York, few in Mexico, Chile, France, more than expected in Italy, the Roch in Spain, I could go on…I’m stoked you can see what I see in the mornings, cause Sydney is a pretty awesome place to live.
I have to thank a heap of people that help Aquabumps, firstly Dave Birch for his programming genius behind bumps, Soph – bumps no.1 supporter, Ness, Jamie, Maddog, Zac Zavos, Charlie, Kell & Rigby, Andrew Cuccurullo, Mal from Coastalwatch, Sinclair Black, Tsubi Mark, S-central Kelvin Khoo for hosting, Marty and Sonia Simich from Bondi Kiosk, Jackie’s, Bondi Social, Jay from Beachculture, Poggy from Wonderland parties, Lara Stella, Colin from Bishop Displays, Miss Bondi for giving me another 500 subscribers +, Ian + Libby Rowe, everyone that bought Aquabumps tees and prints, and all yooooouuusse! (I know I will send this and go DUH! forgot someone).
You might see a bit more advertising in 2005, basically I’ve quit my full time job and trying to make a business out of the bumps. Whilst consciously trying to retain the uncluttered, clean feel of this site, I need to make a little bit of cash or you’ll find me sleeping on the beach with a disposable camera.
Have a great xmas and new year. Hope you get waves…

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Wednesday, 22nd December 2004

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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

El Bondi 7am – mixed all sorts, couple good, couple badHola ninos…Lil’ bit late getting sorted with the report today. Well, we’ve got some fun waves around the place from a small south swell. 7am at Bondi saw a mixture of goodies, and a few fat burgers. But hey, it’s around head high on the sets, so if you’re not running around in you’re undies and a Santa Claus hat, boozed (e.g. Mannie), it might be worth paddling into. The earlier the better today, as the wind will swing to E/SE messing up the reasonably decent morning surface quality (was offshore earlier). This small swell will only appear at South facing beaches, so if you’re on holidays already, enjoy. Me thinks it will get busy out there…Tomorrow, similar – slightly smaller. Max land temp 25 degrees. Water 20 degrees. High tide 17:35 Low tide 11:46. Bumps closes from 24th Dec to 3rd Jan…

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Monday, December 20, 2004

Bondi 7am – head high and bumpyHiya…A violent south change last night has broken the weekend’s North easterly wind pattern, creating bumpy surfable onshore waves this morning. Bondi was looking pretty junky in the south corner, with a hand full of crew sniffin’ the odd decent set wave. Perhaps when the tide gets lower it will improve (low tide 10:30am). It’s only 23 degrees today, with a strong wind warning (25/30knots of SE). Get wet if you’re already on holidays…

There’s been huge waves in Hawaii as you’ve probably read in the papers. The Eddie Aikau Invitational was won by Bruce Irons on 15 Dec. Waves ranged from 25 to 40 foot! INFO
Looking a bit shabby in your old tees, I reckon you could spruce up in a new Aquabumps tee. Perhaps need a xmas cool gift for your partner? Order an Aquabumps tee online now and you’ll get it next day if you’re within Sydney area. Interstate, next day if available. The men’s tee is covered in bumps scribble, which are the subject lines of these reports. Buy big, BUY ONLINE
Also check out the new Kitten store in Paddo.

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Friday, December 17, 2004

Bondi 7am – over head high sets, fat & funEven with an overnight decrease in swell size, we’ve still got solid chunx out the back of Bondee south corner worthy of a hack. It’s a bit on the burgerish (fat) side, nonetheless you’ll get the odd one. With a 7am low tide, it looked better as I was leaving the beach with a bit more wall on offer. This mornings E/NE winds will turn E/SE in the afternoon, so if not out at a boozey Christmas do, might be an idea to get wet before the swell fades away leaving small scraps for the weekend. High tide 13:25 Low tide 7am & 20:18. Water Temp 20 degrees, max land temp of 25 degrees today. (34 on Sunday!)

The mad rush for Christmas shopping is here. So I thought I would help you out with a few suggestions:

Local cruza Damion Fuller from Kitten, has just opened a new Kitten store in Paddo (4 Glenmore rd). Great edgy gear for the chix. View site
A deluxe huge retro beach towel from one trip round available at David Jones. View Towels
An Official Aquabumps tee (for both blokes and chix). Order online now to get them before chrissy via express post. Buy now
Or how about a new El Nino softboard, great for beginners or a session when the flags are up during summer. Get down to Let’s Go Surfing North Bondi to pick one up from Wacca – tell him you’re from the bumps. View site

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Thursday, December 16, 2004

Bondi 7am – big chunxHola! Overnight the swell has cleaned up and we’ve got big chunx rolling into Bondi (8-10ft faces). If you like rogue bumps – today is your day. South Bondi had a right hander that was kinda fat, but the size would get the blood pumping enough to let out a "yeehaaaaaa". Had to pick the right ones as some closed out, some just formed into fat burgers whilst the odd one would line up down the bay towards the wally inside bank. You’ve gotta pick it on the right tide… High tide 12:27 Low tide 05:54. Once the tide is in, it will turn into burgerland, so mid to low tide should be the go. The winds will blow 10 knots of NE winds (which is fine for Bondee). Enough of my dribble. Go surfing. Think you’ll find most places have waves today.

If you’re keen on a hot Christmas gift for someone, how about one of the limited edition Aquabumps tee shirts. Designs are professionally screen printed on renowned high quality American Apparel blanks from the U.S. (sweatshop free). Tees for both women are available from the online store. Buy Now
…the perfect beach towel has been spotted. New local label One Trip Round has got it right. HUGE towels, cool retro designs and clever packaging. Great XMAS gift. In David Jones and selected stores – call 0407 307 128 for more information.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Bondi 7am – ugly chunx, too much water moving to surf. Messy.kabooom! Ugly chunx breaking all over the place dis morning. South swell machine has kicked in overnight producing largish chunx around 8-10 foot faces on the big sets in the bay. It’s onshore with loads of water moving around, hopefully improving the banks. Saw two guys trying to paddle out in the south without success. North is surfable – but similar to a washing machine. Need to wait until it calms down a bit. Tomorrow looks rooool noice.

So many surf films on at the moment. Last night Tim Bonython’s Quicksilver film night ran at the North Bondi RSL. Tim’s latest creation Blackwater told the tale of the most feared wave in the world – Teahuppo. It’s on again at Maroubra Seals this Thurs night. Info
Well tonight again North Bondi has more surf films on, the Soul Riders Film festival with "Children of the sun" and "Fantastic Plastic Machine". Tickets are $5.
Have a great day…wax up.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Bondi 7am – small, sunny and playfulNow I’m not commenting on the weather, as it seems to change on the hour at the moment. How’s that vicious storm yesterday? When I was down at Bondee this morning the sun was out, water surface was glassy and there were a few fun waist to (occasionally) chest high waves in the southern corner. Not much push in the baby swell, yet fun to be had. It’s much smaller than yesterday…some south east winds will blow this arvo stirring up bigger (but probably) junkie conditions for tomorrow. Thursday is looking pretty tasty. Yeeeeeha.

Loads of people ask me whether I go for a surf in the morning. The answer is rarely. (Heaps of crew think I loiter down the beach all day – moowhwhaha – I wish). Doing this email takes around 3 – 4 hours per day. Kinda gotta make money for the rest of the day (toss’n burgers). However today I got out there whilst Sam Mac took some shots.
Tonight at the North Bondi RSL is the Quicksilver movie night. http://www.volatile.com.au – if ya can’t get a ticket, it’s coming back Jan 12th.
How often do you get to see films of your local break going off? Snap Off the Lip film festival, that’s exactly what they’re interested in: normal surfers capturing the best of their home breaks on film. View website

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Monday, December 13, 2004

Bondi 7am – not too bad…head high on sets.A humid start to the week, and we’ve been blessed with some fun waves. We welcome the new south swell direction after a week of northerly wind swells. Bondee was breaking up to head high on sets, and there was fun to be had early this morning. The 09:43 high tide will turn fun waves in fat burgers – so best paddle out closer to the 16:33 low tide. Wind: N/NE 8/13 knots, freshening to 15/20 knots in the afternoon and tending W/SW 10/15 knots later in the evening

Loads of stuff happening around Bondi upon the commencement of silly season. Miss Bondi finals took place on the weekend in front of a packed Beach Road Hotel (vocal) crowd. Amongst the sweltering heat, 13 contestants paraded for the $5k prize money (and Sir Dickie even threw in 2 tickets to Europe). Yep we have a winner! Congratulations Rachael Fenech!
Yep, its true, Sir Richard Branson flew into Bondi last Thursday dangling from a helicopter to find himself immersed in 12 bikini clad Miss Bondi finalists. (See piccy). And girls, if you’re over Miss Bondi, apparently Mr Bondi is coming up…Ness can cover that story.
The classic bumps shot of English Undie man trying to pick up last week made it into the Sunday Telegraph. Click here to see Sam de Brito’s take on the shot.
The Bondi Openair Cinema is back for the summer. Don’t miss tonight’s surf flick "Billabong Odyssey" at 8pm, Bondi Pavillion. You’ll even catch the 7min "Mangrommet" film, created by Christian Bernadi and Christian Tan of our recent Mentawai surf trip before the main movie. To win one of 20 double passes email [email protected]. For more info, latest weather conditions and tickets check out www.bondiopenair.com.au

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Thursday, December 09, 2004

Bondi 7:12am – north east swell continues
to miss bondi – borza.
Pretty lame morning down at Bondi. Yawn. Don’t get me wrong, there’s
a decent North swell still in town however it’s missing the south
facing Bondee, and rolling into other more exposed beaches. It’s
a wind swell on the decline, so if you surf an exposed beach expect well
over head high – whilst Bondi struggles to produce knee to waist
high bumps. Go for a drive…hunt around, you’ll find something.
Northern beaches would have something fun to play with.
Earlier this week I captured a funny shot of an English
backpacker trying to chat up girls on the beach in is white undies (good
look). Well today a different sort of English traveler will be doing similar.
The word on the street is Sir Richard Branson will be
jumping out a of helicopter above Bondi, at 12:40pm today, Bungy jumping
into the 12 Miss Bondi finalists…you know, pretty standard stuff really.
Only at Bondi. It’s a publicity stunt to expose his new airline
route into Sydney. Don’t forget Miss Bondi Finals this Saturday
at Beach Road 2pm (No names).
Quicksilver Australian Surf Movie festival
is coming to North Bondi RSL on the 13th and 14th Dec. Tickets $15 – www.volatile.com.au

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Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Bondi 7am – full northerly swell, chunky, bumpy head high setsSydney’s northerly weather pattern continues bringing NE winds and a full tilt northerly swell. Swell’s now picked up overnight to a decent size and expect well over head high at north east exposed beaches. It’s a bumpy wind swell lacking real grunt…potentially fun nonetheless. Bondi was sheltered from the NE winds however smaller. South Bondi was pretty random with the odd right inside, North Bondi looked better with a nice left rockn’ in every 10 -15 minutes (large crowd), very inconsistent. So there’s waves, just pick the right ones and have a look around. High tide 17:51 Low tide 11:57, Wind: N/NE 20/30 knots, reaching 30/35 knot offshore.

Cars are getting stolen from the Bondi carpark (reports Michael Bridges). One went again yesterday morning…you’ve gotta take your key out in the surf with you – don’t leave it in a towel on the beach as you’re being watched, even early mornings. Michael also suggests leaving your valuables at home…Mannie, perhaps leave the blow up doll at home next time. Speaking of cars, someone fire bombed a car out the front of my joint at Tama last night…
If you’re in Sydney for NYE, get sorted for the NYE wonderland party. This years it at the THE HAKOAH on Hall Street Bondi. Tickets are available from Parade Music, Campbell Parade Bondi. (pre sales tickets only).
Saw a preview to a great new surf movie which is coming out next year – RIDING GIANTS. The director Stacey Peralta, of the famed mad skaters in the 70’s, chose to capture the progression of surfing from its Polynesian roots. Great viewing…more info to come…
Live music tonight at Ruby Rabit featuring Andy Bull�7pm – midnight 231 Oxford St, Darlinghurst – Drinks are on us, 7 – 8pm $10 Admission

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Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Bondi 6:30am – northerly wind swell waist to shoulderThe northerly wind swell has increased in size overnight producing waist to shoulder high waves down at Bondi. You’ll find much bigger stuff at other breaks which face more east/north – however the wind is side/offshore at Bondi where exposed beaches may be more wind affected. This wind swell is fat and weak – creating shore burgers lacking substance. If you were to go for a drive I am sure you’d find something fun. Better be quick at the wind is about to howl from the NE. Strong wind warning. Wind: NE 20/30 knots. Winds inshore 13/18 knots at first. Max land temp. 25 degrees with a thunderstorm imminent…

You know it’s summer in Bondi when you get down the beach early and a dozen or so partying tourists are continuing from the night before, sculling wine from the cast (like Ness does) before a swim in their white fronts, followed by a face first pass out in the sand. Silly season is officially open!
Heat 3 of Miss Bondi was held at the Beach Road Hotel last Saturday. The final is this Saturday. Karlos got down there for a few fotos – view gallery
Newgency is seeking a full time senior designer with exceptional design skills, tertiary qualifications, and a minimum of 3-4 years of experience in a professional new media agency. An inclination for a Friday afternoon drink is also highly regarded.

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Monday, December 06, 2004

Bondi 7am – ENE wind swell, knee to waist highGood morning all…another awesome summer’s morning with small ENE wind swells producing knee high waves. Good day for beginners or a dip. Similar northerly pattern all week – tomorrow should be slightly larger, nothing to get too excited about, surfable at northerly exposed beaches (wind sell = no power). Looks tiny towards the end of the week. Boo.

Wind: N/NE 10/15 knots increasing to 20/25 knots in the afternoon. Maximum of 25 degrees with clouds developing this arvo with a possible thunderstorm. Got some gold shooting in the water this morning – took the 1st snap of a lip breaking on my head with a fisheye. Rool noice.
A friend of mine has started a new business for those crew who want a break in the TV industry. So if you want to be on TV – check out Catapult – www.catapult.tv
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image and Resmedia present RESFEST 2004. This year, Thomas Campbell’s surf movie ‘Sprout’ is being featured on Sunday 12th December at 8:30pm @ Dendy Opera Quays. I’ve heard great things about this surf movie – if it’s anything like his paintings… it will pure creative genius. I have 10 x buy 1 ticket get one free for this Sunday. Click here if you want one.
Have a great day…

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Thursday, December 02, 2004

Bondi 7am – junky onshore waist to shoulder highAt around 4 o’clock yesterday a dramatic south change exploded in Sydney transforming the sweltering summer conditions. The city cooled down by 10 degrees in a matter of minutes. A change like that is only possible in Sydney (psycho weather). The winds have kicked up some windswell pushing shoulder high junkies into Bondi this morning. Few guys out – not much on offer with onshore ESE 15 knots. High tide 12:23 Low tide 19:20. Tomorrow looks more inviting with lighter winds and head high stuff. Weekend looks like small fun surf with northerly winds (good for Bon-dee)…lots of dead birds spread out along the shores this morning…sus. Don’t know why…

SALE TIME! Wanna know how Dazza from Darlo can afford so many designer threads? Get onto www.saleguide.com.au and find out where the Diesel, Sass & Bide, Buddhist Punk, Damselfly, Gucci and more are on sale at up to 90% off retail.

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Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Bondi 7am – knee high and fatAfter a steamy night in Sydney the swell continues to fade leaving us with knee high fat dribbles down at Bondi. You’d wanna be keen – today is the smallest day for the week. Even the frothn’ man grommets have surrendered to a morning swim leaving the boards at home. You won’t see a ripple if you’re not facing south. It’s gonna cook for the 1st half of today, reaching 35 degrees and possibly 39. A predicted late south change will cool down Sydney and hopefully bring some swell. Psycho Sydney weather will drop to 23 degrees tomorrow, so make the most of warm weather and go for a dip. Swell will pick up for tomorrow and Friday and Saturday look ok at this stage.

Coastal House Builder Wanted Do you know a house builder who surfs? If so, I know of the perfect project them. We require a builder to build a beach house on the NSW north coast. It is a beautiful spot with awesome surf. Timeframe – begin construction early to mid next year. House style – pole house, colourbond walls and roofs, timber frames/floors – beach house. If you or you know someone who would be mega keen – get the builder to contact us
Bondi to Bronte SwimBondi to Bronte swim is on this 10am Sunday 5th Dec. All proceeds go to Bronte SLSC. You could win a trip to Fiji or Vanuatu. Enter Online
Contempo – Art Gallery of NSW End of Year Party 7pm Friday 3rd December. Support the arts by indulging your senses with the Seven Deadly Sins Contempo Christmas Party. Tickets include a gluttony of food and drink and a night of entertainment that’s bound to cause you some problems with Saint Peter. Aquabumps members $65 per ticket. Book Online

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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Bondi 7am – very small early, but getting betterPrediction is for a hot muggy day in Sydney – with a mega maximum temperature of 42 degrees. Surf looked smaller, yet more sorted than yesterday. At 7am there were large lulls and the occasional waist to chest high set servicing an early large crowd. Nothing exciting – good for a splash about. When I left the beach it appeared to have improved in consistency – and I reckon around lunch would be ok. Wind: N/NW 10/15 knots increasing to 20/30 knots in the afternoon and evening. High tide 10:59 Low tide 17:49. Wed/Thurs looks pretty boring surfwise, Friday has an improvement. pray for swell.

Karlos and his new digi camera checked out round 2 off Miss Bondi held last Saturday at the Beach Road Hotel. Check out the pics. Round 3 is on this Sat at the BRH.
Jamie Webb down at Bondi Social invites you for dinner Tuesday – Sunday from 5:50pm and lunch Friday through Sunday from 11:30am. Mention you’re an aquabumps subscriber when making your reservation and receive 10% off Sunday to Thursday. Also, Orphans should book now for our Christmas day lunch. [email protected]

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Monday, November 29, 2004

Bondi 7am – waist to shoulder high, playful.How good was da weekend? Perfect summer weather, south swell and offshores…rool noice. After a short south change last night, this morning has cleared up to produce small fun waves and a roasting hot day. Today 30 degrees and a scorching’ 42 degrees tomorrow.

South Bondi had a weak waist to shoulder high wave suitable for a play around. Looked a little fat and junky at times, nonetheless is a beach day so who cares. The 10:21 high tide doin’ no favors at Bondee. Time for a day off me thinks…(yeah right – dreamin’)
SMH reports 40,000 people down at Bondi yesterday. Thankfully a few of us headed out of town on the weekend in search of uncrowded waves and scored. View pics
Now you can take your ipod swimming with ya – what tha? More info
Enjoy this hot day…get wet.

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Thursday, November 25, 2004

Bondi 7am – junky onshore over head highThe gusty southerly winds continue this morning making ruins of a solid swell. It’s pretty bumpy and chunky, like the last few days. Once the winds calm down there should be wave on offer. Nothing special.

Bondi Tsunami – a film about four young Japanese surfers touring Australia’s east coast in their 1961 EK Holden – has been called the first cult classic of this century. View Website
Here are some of the photo labs that people have emailed in: Pixelperfect in Chippendale, Platinum Imaging on oxford street, Super Lab ph: 92643261, phototechnica in Chippendale, The lab in wooloomooloo, Photo King in Randwick, Pix photo media, VISION GRAPHICS in Redfern, Digimax.
Have a great day…::ugio

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Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Bondi 7am – full on onshore, mega messy head highThe south winds are howling this morning. Thought it was calming down last night – but nope! Bondi was mega messy and onshore at 7am. Waves got up around head high on sets.

Quite a few crew out sniffin’ the odd bumpy chunk. Your board might blow out of your hands before hitting the water. Swell is still coming from the south east…directly into Bondi. You’re probably looking at my shots thinking it looks pretty good – just goes to show how a couple of good surfers can tear even a bumpy mess apart. Any little hint of a pocket and these boys will throw a huge turn in there.
My call – only if you’re really keen or bored. Swell should hang around tomorrow and drop on Friday. Wind: S/SE 15/20 knots, reaching 20/25 knots offshore in the morning, easing to 10/15 knots in the evening. High tide 07:22 Low tide 13:46
Thanks for all the suggestions of photo labs – really appreciate it.
Don’t forget live music at Ruby Rabit tonight. Doors open at 7pm and drinks are on the house from 7pm to 8pm. Tonight’s bands – Andy Bull and Sienna.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Bondi 6:15am – well over head high on sets, onshore and messyHola! At first glance it looked ridiculously ugly down at Bondi this morning with howling onshore winds mashn’ up the south swells. After watching it for a little while, I concluded it was quite surfable. Large head high++ chunks breaking right out the back with sucky little left walls further on the inside. Majority of waves were angry froth balls, but every now and then something surfable would roll in. Today is the peak of the swell before a gradual decline into Friday. So if you don’t mind onshore chunky mess – it’s surfable. Otherwise wait until the wind dies down.

Strong Wind Warning Tuesday until midnight: Wind: S/SE 20/25 knots, reaching 25/30 knots offshore at first, easing to 15/25 knots throughout by late morning or early afternoon. High tide 06:42 Low tide 12:57 High tide 18:53.
Got any plans for New Years Eve? Poggy and his mob from the Wonderland Parties are throwing a NYE party at the Hakoah club in Bondi. Tickets $45 available from Parade Music in Bondi 9365 1248.

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Monday, November 22, 2004

Bondi 7am – onshore waist high, poor The onshore winds continue from the weekend making mushy waves at Bondi. The swell is coming in from the south and only producing waist high to the occasional bigger set wave (shoulder high). Nothing to get too excited about, the overcast skies making�the office�not such a bad option. The wind will blow a gale later this morning (20/30knots southerly), again kicking up some size. I would expect over head high (++) later today at exposed south facing beaches. But it will be hell bumpy and messy me thinks. Waves will be big(ish) tomorrow, just need the wind to back off.

The 1st heat of Miss Bondi 2004 commenced on Saturday at the Beach Road Hotel in front 2 million guys (ok, slight exaggeration – it was a blokefest). Corrie Lee, Patricia Rodgers, Brooke and Ashleigh Warwick were chosen from heat 1 to appear in the finals on December 11. Aquabumps took a couple of snaps, click on the big button below:

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Friday, 19 November 2004

Bondi 6am – very small knee high. Yesterday’s NE winds have created a local weak windswell that is only managing to produce ankle to knee high waves. Bondi wasn’t picking up the new ENE swell direction and was pretty micro. Forget surfing. Max land temp is a mega 30 degrees today – go for a swim instead. Thunderstorms and rain predicted this afternoon after a south change which is meant to stir up some some swell for the weekend. The wind is going to blow a howling 30 knots tonight…

Does anyone know a good Photo Lab for professional quality digital photographic prints (that are not too exy)…not happy with my current supplier. Ta Contact Aquabumps
Weekend suggestions:

Check out the Aquabumps photos at Bondi kiosk (north bondi)
Doc Bob "Science of the Surf talk" at Tamarama tomorrow 3:30pm
Miss Bondi @ the Beach Road Hotel Sat 20th Nov, 2pm for heat 1
or for the girls, Tale Of Two Fashion Clearance Sale – Friday 19th & Saturday 20th Nov 64 Cooper Street, Surry Hills or Bondi markets on Sunday.

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Thursday, November 18, 2004

Bondi 7am – small waist high and
closing out – no good.
After yesterday’s day of fun waves we are left with mere tiny swell scraps
this morning. An early morning summer’s haze setting the scene for
a hot day (max 32! Yeha!). I would forget the board and go for a swim
instead as the swell is declining. Wind: N/NW 15/20 knots
inshore and 20/25 knots offshore at first, increasing to 25/33 knots from
N/NE throughout in the afternoon and evening. High tide
12:44 Low tide 06:11. Tomorrow is looking poor for surfing
(wind swell), but Saturday and Sunday should see some south swell producing
head high waves. Enjoy the weather!

Miss
Bondi 2004
The Beach Road Hotel in Bondi will be hosting the 8th Annual
Miss Bondi Competition. This Saturday 20th Nov
at 2:30pm the 1st round of heats start. Join the crew and
enjoy the bikini parade, live music and outdoor entertainment.
Science of the Surf
talk
Dr. Bob Brander is running his rip demonstration/lectures
at Tamarama this Saturday 3:30-4:30pm. Meet at
the Tama SLSC. This is where Doc throws coloured dye in the water
and you can see the violent rip at Tama in action. Interesting stuff…
Have a great day, ::uge

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Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Bondi 6am – looking the goods,
crowded.
Looking great this morning with head high clean waves on the low tide
this morning. You’ll need to hit it before the lunch time high tide comes
in, transforming these waves into fat burgers. High tide 12:38pm Low tide
06:00am. NW offshores should hold off for a little while before swinging
to the NE. This south swell will only be breaking at beaches facing full
on south. Oh yeah, and it’s crowded – very. So be careful out there, whilst
shooting in the water this morning I witnessed a multitude of drop ins
and stray boards flung in all directions. The out of town option would
be the go if you’re not stuck at work. Unfortunately this swell will decline
into tomorrow leaving us with smaller scraps. Boo. Pray for waves.
“POWDERFINGER’S 2005 NATIONAL SUPPORT” GROUND COMPONENTS
An exclusive Sydney show & BEN FLETCHER (THE DEVOTED
FEW) are playing at “SOUND PORTRAIT” – LIVE Music Wednesdays
Tonight 17th November 7pm – midnight
Ruby Rabbit, 231 Oxford St, Darlinghurst
Drinks are on us, 7 – 8pm $10 Admission

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Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Bondi 6:40am – shoulder high onshore
bumps
Aloha…The predicted south change has rolled into Sydney dispersing thick
grey clouds, cooler weather, onshore winds and kickup some south swell.
Bondi had head high ugly bumps rolling in the south corner with a small
crowd sniffing for the odd one with wall. (high % of burgers). All in
all it ain’t that great but at least it’s surfable. Tomorrow
should be better with n/ne winds – but swell will only be found at beaches
facing south. High tide 11:38 Low tide 18:37 Max land temp 23 degrees.
Few things happening around town – Clean Ocean Foundation
are holding the Hang 12 surfboard artwork auction on
Nov 30 at Christie’s in Sydney. Find yourself some cool surf art
for your house. More
info

Surf shorts is on again. This event aims
to encourage filmmakers of all levels to express their ideas and creativity
through the production of a short surf film. 7 mins max. More
info

The boyz from STAB surf mag have
released their 4th edition. Check it out at your local
newsagency. More info

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Monday, November 15, 2004

Bondi 7am – unsurfable…but super sunnyHola! Great morning to be roaming around the beach – it’s perfectly sunny…dire if you’re keen on surfing today. The fact that I waited 30 minutes to shoot a surfer actually standing up (and didn’t succeed) should tell you something. Ha! So it’s pancake heaven. Go for a swim instead. Been flat for a while now, if you’re frustrated and contemplating visiting the cash converters with those dusty boards, reconsider…as we’ve got a small few waves Tuesday(late)/Wednesday/Thursday of this week. Enjoy the sunshine.

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Friday, November 12, 2004

Bondi 8am – yawn. It’s flat. Really flat. Boring.You’re missing nothing on the surf front this morning. Virtually no swell getting in Bondi (that’s if there’s anything out there). It’s flat. Sensational sunny day heading towards a max of 27 degrees. Offshore winds with a east (micro) swell. The word on the street is that there may be a little bit of east swell on the weekend, but next week looks much better with some solid south swell stuff. You’re probably over my indo shots (especially when there’s not even a ripple in Sydney), but in today’s report I thought I would throw in some underwater experiments – gotta love that clear indo water.

SAD Kids Charity Night is on tonight 6:30pm at the Bourbon/Plan B in Kings cross. Tickets $100 and are available at the door (includes drinks, canapes and entertainment). Sad Kids helps kids suffering stress, anxiety and depression. So help out this worthy cause. More info
Last night Rip Curl rolled out the red carpet at the North Bondi RSL to launch their new surf movie: Innervisions. A great movie with some cool water shots from the legend Jon Frank. (Just so you know he’s the guy who inspired me to get into shooting surf pics). You can view the movie online.Took a couple of random snaps at the party, check em’ out:

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Thursday, November 11, 2004

Bondi 7am – waist high, occasionally bigger, weak.Got down there this morning and thought cool, a few waves it’s picked up! After closer inspection and 30 minutes of waiting for someone to get a decent wave I realized it was fools gold. Large crowd surfing weak full bondi burgers – early high tide wasn’t do it any favours. Every now and then a set would roll through around shoulder high but it wasn’t really walling up. Nonetheless it’s surfable and probably the best day of this week (which isn’t much to measure it against). Glorious sunshine as we are looking at a maximum of 24 degrees. Winds will pick up 15-20 knots of N/NE this afternoon. Water is still chilly 19 degrees, high tide 07:47 low tide 14:06. Our prayers for swell have been answer and Hui has sent some strong south swell due on our beaches mid next week. So best save some energy and hang down the beach with the Page bros rubbing baby oil on each other (they’ve changed). Mooowhaha.

Don’t forget to catch Mick Eugene Fanning (cool name) at the Rip Curl store 5pm today. Rip Curl’s new surf movie InnerVisions is released tonight around the globe. The movie can be watch online at – www.ripcurl.com/innervisions at 8:30pm tonight.
Hawaiian surfer Andy Irons clinched his third straight world title yesterday when Australian challenger Joel Parkinson was eliminated from the Brazilian WCT event. Read more

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Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Bondi 6am, onshore weak mush againOnshore winds are making a mess of the waist to shoulder high bumps down at Bondi this morning. Few crew out in search of anything surfable, but sadly it’s really not worth a paddle unless you’re just starting out or a mega keen frothn’ man grommet. (e.g. Beo)

Legend surfers Mick Fanning, Clint Kimmins and Travis Lynch are all going to be down at the Bondi Rip Curl store tomorrow, Thursday 11th Nov at 5pm. (just incase you want some tips on your 360 floaters and an autograph)
If you haven’t noticed Sculptures by the sea is on again. Thousands of people come down to the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk where the exhibition lies. This year we’ve got a Hollywood inspired "BONDI BEACH" sign on the southern hill. Maybe it will stay…

Live music @ Ruby rabit bar every wednesday————————————————————————–

Every Wednesday night at the Ruby Rabit bar you’ll find live music and free drinks from 6:30pm until 8pm.
Sound PortraitDoors open 6:30pm, drinks on the curator till 8pmNovember 10, Bliss ‘N’ Eso & Lord Of The Fly$10 admission – Ruby Rabbit, 231 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

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Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Bondi 6:30am – junkyard waist to chest high mushThe combination of a weak east windswell and strong early SE onshore winds create mushy conditions. So if you’re frothn’ around looking for a waves – your options are limited. I suggest doing something else, work hard, score some brownie points with the girl/boy friend, stop the bbq cover blowing into your neighbors yard. In fact, this whole week looks very average. Sorry…pray for swell (and clean conditions)…

If you’re keen on a new board, Andrew Harris, a local surfboard shaper is offering 10% off all custom orders for Aquabumps members. Give him a call for a chat 02-9938 6076.

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Monday, November 08, 2004

Bondi 7am – waist high overcast
dribble
The perfect sunny weekend weather has now deteriorated to dark overcast
skies and rain. The surf situation ain’t to crash hot either with dribbly
knee to waist high waves at Bondi. One of the rare days that you will
see only 1 or 2 optimistic crew bobbing up and down praying to Hui for
a freak set. Good day to crank out a heap of work. Wind:
S/SE 10/15 knots increasing to SE 15/20 knots in the afternoon. Save your
energy for a better day.
This week looks like a windswell for us…picks up slightly
tomorrow, but I question the quality at this early stage.
If you’re doing to Sculptures by the sea walk, don’t forget
to have a look a Sitesea photographic exhibition currently
running at the Tamarama SLSC. (don’t be shy to donate a bit of cashola
either – proceeds go to the club).
Still have more shots from my recent trip to Indonesia.
Some incredible untouched beaches, clear water and juicy lil’ tubes.
Click on the button below to view photo gallery:

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Thursday, November 04, 2004

Bondi 7am – south swell, small – surfableWhat a cracker morning! Bad luck to those who slept in. Sun is shining and there’s very little wind. The swell has switched its origins from north east to south east and Bondage is showing a little surfable bump this morning. It’s mostly around waist high with the odd larger set. The sea weed monster is hanging around the south end where there seems to be a little bank forming.

All in all – don’t get too excited about the surf, but a definite beach day for those lucky ones not working today. Summer is here and why would you want to be anywhere else? (Well, maybe indo for a few but I’ll get over that). Wind: Variable to 10 knots tending NE 15/20 knots in the afternoon. Low tide 07:10 High tide 13:47, Max land temp 25, water 19 degrees.
Surely you’ve got a few friends that would like to receive a slice of the beach every morning (for free). Just go take them to www.aquabumps.com and submit their email addresses (please let them know first so they don’t think I’m king spam machine). More the better…
Bondi board riders comp is on this Sunday down at Bondi. Usual 8am at the skateramp hill. DJ coming down this Sunday and everyone is welcome. More info
Have a goodie ::yooj

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Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Bondi 6am – nope, nothing to see hereNot much to write about this morning down at Bondi. Apart from the sun was shining and great offshore conditions – that’s about it as there is barely any of the northerly swell getting in Bondage. Few crew on Mals paddling for ankle to knee high ripples. Try the Bra or something else that picks up the NE windswell.

To make you froth with envy, here is some more shots from my recent boat trip to Indonesia. Click on this button below:

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Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Bondi 7:50am – ankle biters. Mow the lawn.After a ferocious morning thunderstorm we’re left with no surf this morning down at Bondi. Think this NE swell is missing Bondage entirely. I only saw a group of learners from the surf school playing around in the middle. Other beaches more east facing would pick up a ripple or two. It’s going to blow this afternoon. Wind: NW/NE 13/18 knots, strengthening to N/NE 20/30 knots in the afternoon. Nothing much happening until Thursday on the surf front where a small south swell is heading our way.

Couple of things happening around our neighborhood that are worth checking out whilst there is no waves.
Bondi Kiosk, North Bondi – I’ve still got Aquabumps photos down at Bondi Kiosk if you would like to have a look.(and buy big) www.aquabumps.com
SiteSea 28 Oct – 14 Nov – An ocean inspired photographic exhibition at Tamarama SLSC. Proceeds go to the club. Some really fantastic photos, especially ?grommie waiting? down the back. (Potentially bias) Buy Buy Buy www.sitesea.com.au
Sculptures by the Sea 28 Oct – 14 Nov – yup, it’s back on. Sculpture by the Sea is Australia ‘s largest annual outdoor free to the public exhibition of contemporary sculpture staged along Sydney’s spectacular Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk. www.sculpturebythesea.com
Garage Sale by the Sea Sunday 7 Nov – the residents from Kenneth St Tamarama are having a combined garage sale this Sunday – 9am – 5pm
Bondi Short Film Festival – 27Nov 7pm – Bondi Pavilion. 15 films of 13 minutes each with no restriction to a common theme. www.coadygroup.com TIX – 02-9699-3444

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Monday, November 01, 2004

Bondi 6:45am – waist high (odd shoulder high one), not too flashHello. We’re back! Yup…so Aquabumps reports are back on. Bondi was looking pretty poor this morning (keep in mind everything is going to look poor after surfing in Indonesia – boo). Today’s waves are around the waist high lacking shape and power. "should have been here yesterday…" that old chestnut – yup, yesterday looked much better with a decent over head high left running in the southern corner and perfect sunshine. So I suggest surfing only if you’re keen, it ain’t crankin’ but you’d find something to push you along. Wind: N/NE 10/15 knots increasing to 20/30 knots during the afternoon. High tide 11:26 Low tide 18:11. Meant to be 27 degrees today (says BOM) – yeah right, more like 22 degrees with thunderstorms. Swell coming on Wednesday.

Just so you know we’ve been sailing in Indonesia on the 110ft Bintang (boat not beer) for 12 days in search of perfection. We didn’t score any mega large swells, probably double head high at Rags was the biggest session. But the usual Ht’s and Maccas turned it on as usual (even on the smaller days). Last year I received loads of questions about a trip like this, so to save time here is some basic info – 12 days on a boat off Sumatra costs around $2.5k for a decent one. Airfares via Singapore to Padang $1.2k. Crowds? Not to bad this year as it is late in the season – it has been much busier earlier this year (e.g. July). Boards – take 3 (any more and you’ll get hit with excess baggage), don’t go over the top with big guns as you will be surfing 3 – 4 foot most of the time (don’t hold me to that – anything can happen up there). Nearly everyone got cut on the coral reefs and a few eye injuries. Oh yeah, and I do work… If you are planning a trip and want a photographer to come along, email me (just pay my way). Click on the button below to see some snaps (not stoked with this years photos as it was soooo overcast!). More shots over the next couple of weeks.

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Thursday, October 14, 2004

Bondi 7am – flat as…truly FughedabouditOur flat spell continues as you’d be lucky to find anything over 4 inches (ripples). Still found one optimist guy out at Bondi staring at the horizon…praying to Hui. I’ve had enuf and have packed the bags (insert dummy spit – kiddin)…I’m heading to indo today on a 110ft boat with 8 mates to score perfection for 12 days. So the bumps is going to close over this period until my return with some epic tube shots. In the meantime hope ya get a few…Saturday/Sunday should be good fun (3 foot) at south facing beaches – go early before the winds come in. Other than that…can’t see much happening with the surf. Seeeeeyyyyoou. Frothn’ uge.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Booondhi – 6am zilch, zip, nada, flat…Any flatter and I think we would be heading into the negative values. It’s a pancake. Probably the flattest I’ve ever seen it and Yep.. still a crowd of 12 or so out surfing the micro shorey. That’s the good thing about running a website from Bondi – there is always someone out regardless of conditions. A corker of a day heading to a top of 30 degrees. Now ya torkin’. Forget surfing this week, (unless you’re beginning) – its going to be tiny.

Speaking of tiny surf, I just scored myself a new fish shape for summer shaped by Tamarama board designer Andrew Harris. Goes like a rocket in small surf. If you are after a new board, give Andrew a buzz (02)9938 6076 and talk it up. Mention you’re from Aquabumps to get a good deal.

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Monday, October 11, 2004

Bondi 6:12am – super clean, waist high, occasional good setHola! Cracker morning with perfect sunshine and glassy conditions – loads of people out for the early. Pity the swell decreased overnight leaving us with waist high (occasionally bigger on sets if you’re patient). Great waves on the weekend, hope ya got a few.

Got a few emails requesting more sunrise shots. Well…I’ve kinda got to get up at 4:30am – 5am in order to catch the sunrise at the moment. (I’m keen… but…ermm 5am? I need sleep too) When day light saving kicks in it will be easier to get out of the rack in time.
Wind: NW 10/15 knots tending NE in the afternoon and freshening to 15/20 knots in the evening. Max of mega 25 degrees – yyyyyeeeeehha! Swell is going to be very small all week. Tiny in fact.
Ben Dunn took out the Hot Buttered Pro Junior at North Narrabeen yesterday. His name will now be placed on the winner’s roll alongside names like Mark Occhilupo, Tom Carroll & Kelly Slater. Nice one – scored $7k too!
Ever wondered where the Hang Loose hand signal ("shaka") came from? Some say it mimics drinking beer (in Hawaii)…here’s a couple of other theories.
Best get back to work now…adios::u-g-i-o-

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Friday, October 08, 2004

Bondi 6am – micro onshoreOops…did someone predict waves today? Am I a can short of six pack?(you’ll probably all say yes to both). I forgot to mention yesterday that the wind swell will develop later in the day – not this morning. Currently it is micro and side/onshore – verging on unsurfable at Bondi. Great for the beginners. Swells appear to be very close together, missing most spots. Wind: S/SW 20/30 knots, easing SW/SE 10/15 knots in the afternoon, Water 19�C.

Good time to fix those dings, mow the lawn, buff up the mags on the panel van – or head down to Bondi Kiosk to see the Aquabumps photos (and buy a whole heap!). There will be waves over the weekend – quality a lil’ poor due to side/onshore winds. Expect head high stuff. Don’t forget boardriders on Sunday – 8am at the skate ramp. Have a great weekend and enjoy the great weather!

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Thursday, October 07, 2004

Bondi 6:00am – small, waist highSmall dribbly bits rock’n into Bondage dis morning. It’s a little on the small side (waist high). It’s crowded with the early risers enjoying the morning sunshine. Nothing much to get excited about. If you’re keen, take the fish or mal out for a spin. Loads of crew dropping in (burn central)…nearly every wave had 2-3 people on it. It’s going to be a busy summer down Bondage way. If you are confused about the rules of surfing, I suggest reading this article – click here.

Bondi Board riders are on again this Sunday. Usual 8am start next to the skate ramp. Everyone welcome – looks like there will be some waves for it. For more information – email Wal.
This weekend why not head down to Bondi Kiosk to check out the Aquabumps shots. ( 110 Ramsgate Ave Bondi Beach – across the road from North Bondi SLSC). All the pictures are for sale. View Price list & Order Info (pdf 300kb)
Australia’s most famous and lucrative junior surf event, the Pro-Junior, kicks off tomorrow on Friday the 8th of October at North Narrabeen. The Hot Buttered / Ocean & Earth Pro Junior is the original and longest running in the world. It started back in 1977 with two-times world champion Tom Carroll winning the event. Other past winners are a ‘who’s who’s’ of surfing, an include Mark Occhilupo, Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, Luke Egan, Gary ?Kong’ Elkerton, Barton Lynch and Taj Burrow. More
Ok…back to work. Adios, :: Ugios

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