::Friday, 30 April 2004

Bondi 6:50am – small waist to chest
high, okish
Wouldn’t it be great to be a grommet again? Then every day is over head
high for ya. For those that email in asking what a grommet is, it’s
basically a young surfer – you’ll see them frothin’ around catching everything
that moves and weigh around 40 kilos. Sometimes you don’t grow out of
this phase and become a man grommet. (e.g. Beo + Page girls).
Today conditions have improved on yesterday, producing clean
small surf, however it looked a little weak for my liking. At 6:50am there
wasn’t much wind and the conditions were smooth. South Bondi had a little
peak with only a few on it (freaky). Weather has improved too (max 24)
and offshore winds predicted all day. Swell has swung around to the ESE,
so Bondi is probably not getting the best of it, other beaches facing
east will be bigger. High tide 17:04 Low tide 10:49 Water temp around
21 degrees. Expect ESE swell this weekend producing chest high to head
high waves, slightly bigger on Sunday. Good offshore winds this weekend.

Don’t mean to freak anyone out, but the word on the street
is that a 6 foot shark was caught in the shark nets off
Bondi last week. I’d be keen to know if this is true or not.
Sorry, the link to the biggest wave ridden
didn’t work yesterday. Here it is again: http://billabongxxl.com/04/default_photos.asp

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::Thursday, 29 April 2004

Bondi 7am – knee to waist high, weak
and messy
Hi there…bit of a dull morning down at Bondi with overcast skies and
tiny, weak waves. About 6 guys out grovelling, but I think give it a miss
and do something else.
Not much push in this South swell. The wind is variable
at the moment and will swing to the NE 15/20 knots this afternoon. I am
predicting a flat spell for a few days so good time to fix those dings,
clean the car, re-wax the boards, spend time with the girl/boyfriend (points),
watch surf movies and tell all ya mates about Aquabumps.
The world record for biggest wave ever ridden was
officially shattered on April 16, 2004 at the Billabong XXL Global
Big Wave Awards presented by Monster Energy when Pete
Cabrinha of Hawaii picked up a check for $70,000 to match his
amazing ride on a 70-footer. Cabrinha, 42, rode the wave on January 10
of this year at the break known as Jaws on the North Shore of Maui, near
his home in Haiku. Check
out the photos

Contempo Young Art Collector series at the Art Gallery
of NSW – Archibald Prize
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Enjoy a private viewing of Australia’s
most prestigious art prize with talks from previous winners (with drinks,
of course) and learn about collecting art from Australian Galleries owner
Stuart Purves.
Get along at 6.30 – 7.30pm this Sunday (May 2nd) at
the Art Gallery of NSW. Special Aquabumpians’ price of $30; to book
contact Vanessa at [email protected]
or on call her on 92251675.
Tickets $35 at the door.

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::Tuesday, 27 April 2004

Curl Curl 8am, waist high waves, small
+ crowded
The bumps took a trip up to Curl Curl to find small waist high waves breaking
on a shallow bank up towards the north end. The odd wave had a rideable
face, many closing out. Curly normally is a south swell magnet, but today
it was struggling to produce anything really worth woohoo’ing about.
The wind has now swung onshore and made a mess of it (12:30pm). Swell
is coming from the south and is quite weak. Best crank out the work.
6 times Womens Surfing World Champion Layne Beachley
came out for a few snaps with the UBS crew. A great ambassador to the
sport, Layne weaved her wave through the crowds picking off the odd wave. Layne rips
Hope you scored waves on the weekend. We headed out
of town and found some tasty
beachies
yesterday. Gotta love surfing…
Have a great day…

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::Tuesday, 20 April 2004

Bondi 6:30am – head high, large crowd,
couple of pits
I like what I saw this morning. Bondi was a bit hit and miss, but there
were definitely some good waves rolling through if you were patient. Decided
to shoot in the water and got sucked around by a strong rip for most of
the morning. A large crew on two distinct peaks towards the south end
of Bondi enjoyed head high waves this morning.
Few of the largers sets were sucky over into little
tubes, most of which closed out. Perfect offshore conditions and this
swell looks quite solid. The wind will swing around to the ENE this arvo,
so right now is a great time to go for a paddle. Water temperature has
dropped and is now around 21 degree mark. (had to happen sooner or later,
this ain’t Indo). High tide 08:36 Low tide 14:32 High tide 20:53, clear
skies and a top of 24 today. Gotta love surfing…

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::Monday, 19 April 2004

Bondi 7am – head high, consistent and funHola! Good start to a new week with head high clean fun waves this morning. The swell is from the south and is a little weak. Head to any beach facing south and you’ll find a few today. You’d best get out there before the (standard) E/NE onshores fire up this afternoon 10/15 knots. The ‘Lets go surfing’ super grom school were out at Bondi this morning in their green rashies. Airs, big reos…a pleasure to watch. These guys rip.
High tide 08:01 Low tide 14:03 High tide 20:20
Monday to Wednesday looks like fun surfing at south facing beaches. My call is head high ++ for the most of this week.

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::Friday, 16 April 2004

7am Bondi – weak waist high, very crowded
In a bit of a rush this morning, so it’s a quickie…Surf has dropped
off overnight and we’re left with weak waist high waves (boo). Bondage
had a huge crowd out for the early (7am), mostly on Mals. You’ll struggle
on a short board. Best give it a miss I think. Save your energy for tomorrow
where there looks like more swell from the ENE – should be loads of fun.
Low tide 12:26 High tide 18:34. The weather looks awesome today, clear
skies and a maximum temperature of 28 degrees with NE winds this afternoon
15/20 knots in the afternoon. Go for a swim…crank the baby oil…summer
is still here!!!
Bondi crew, Simon and Jules are still on the TEN TV
show ‘Hothouse’. Show some support by voting for them. There is a party
at Bondi Hotel on Monday night to support the two Bondi locals. So if
you want to get on TV, head down there. Vote
online – www.thehothouse.tv

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::Thursday, 15 April 2004

Another cracker morning with good conditions.
The wind is gently blowing offshore (NW) and we have decent small waves
around chest to head high range. It’s a clean SE south that seems
quite consistent. Water is a balmy 23 degrees – all this combined and
you’ve got a large early morning crowd, boards flying everywhere, 3 surfers
per wave – mayhem. Heaps of guys surfing middle Bondi bank, especially
the Mal crew which were picking up most the rides this a.m. There must
be a hand full of out of town breaks that would be going off today. If
you’re lucky enough to have the day off, best go for a drive. The wind
will swing around to the NE this afternoon and blow 10/15knots (as it
did yesterday). Low tide 11:45 High tide 17:53
Bondi Board riders ‘meet up’
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This Friday night (16th April) at the Beach
Road Hotel, The Bondi Board riders are holding a informal hook up. Starting
off around 7pm it’s a good opportunity for existing members and
potential members to have a few beers in the beer garden of No Names (home
of the chicken mudflap). Under 18s can come down before 9:30pm.
Bondi Board Riders meet every second Sunday of every month
from April to December this year. 1st comp. is this Sunday 18th April.
We always meet at 8:30am next to the old skate ramp.
Divisions – cadets under 16s, juniors under 20 and open.
The Beach Road hotel is the key sponsor
of this club (both financially and liquid sustenance). Any enquiries contact
Ben Davies [email protected]
or Tim Okkerse at Krack Surf and Skate on Gould Street
9130 6349. If you can’t make it on Friday night, just turn up on Sunday.

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::Wednesday, 14 April 2004

What a great morning. There was barely any wind
and the swell has stuck around. Bondi has waves around waist to head high
with quite a large crew out for the early. Water is still warm around
23 degrees. Wind will pick up this afternoon and blow NE 10/15 knots,
so this morning was probably the best time to get out there. The banks
are still quite straight at Bondi, so plenty of closeouts on the lower
tide. Low tide 10:56 High tide 17:05. This swell will continue to fade
into Friday before a new swell rockin’ back into town on Saturday. Weekend
is looking the goods.
Boat tours to Mentawai islands, indo
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The Mentawais islands in Indonesia has hot
waves
. If you’re planning a trip, I’ve got a great boat for you called
SCAME. It’s a 72 foot beautiful sailboat that sleeps
6 people in 3 separate cabins. A fantastic French family of 3 basically
live permanently on the boat; occasionally running tours through the surf
riddled archipelago…Teiki their son rips.
If you’re keen for some hot waves, I can organise
a tour for you, so get a group of 6 together and let me know when you
want to go. The boat is free in May, end of June, August and September.
You pick the exact dates (I suggest 11 nights). It costs $140
US per person, per night. (No airfares included, ex Padang).
Daily rate includes food + bed + drink + boat + hot waves at over a dozen
epic breaks. Just so you know…$140US is a good deal.
If you’d like to check out some pictures of the boat,
go to www.surf-sail.com.
Email me with your group of 6, and we’ll get it sorted [email protected]

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::Tuesday, 13 April 2004

Bondi 7:30am Well over head high but
messy
We’ve got some swell hanging around producing well over head high waves
this morning. 10-15 knots of onshore S/SE was making the water surface
a lil’ bumpy. The lack of Bondage sand banks wasn’t doing this swell any
favours – most waves I saw were closing out straight. If you found a south
facing beach with decent banks you’d score a few fun ones. Not many crew
out (like 3 in the middle). Summary – bit junky, perhaps later if it settles

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::Thursday, 8 April 2004

Hola! Still over here in Western Australia,
4,100kms from Bondi. Thought we’d check out the wave action at Perth’s
Bondi equivalent – Cottesloe. It was flat like a lake. A 6 inch shorebreak
is all I could find. No wind and perfectly sunny. Man grommies would go
mental over here…you’ve got to travel to find waves. Cottesloe is
exceptionally clean beach, no rubbish and crystal clear water…Waves
don’t break @ Cott in summer, an occasionally in Winter. Some of the local
crew reckon it hasn’t rained here in months, and every day is gloriously
sunny. Nice…
The word on the street that there is Bondi has some decent
size today (4ft) however onshore winds making a mess of it. Easter break
looks like good waves, so I would head out of town and you’ll score. My
pick of the days would be tomorrow early. Monday looking the goods too…
Winners of the Fun Lovin’ Criminals double
passes: Ryan Gordon, Caroline Winnall, Adam Crane, David Jepsen &
Cameron Fairweather. Don’t forget to get your tickets from www.moshtix.com
(not at ticketek.com any more).
SPAM survey – get a lot of SPAM? There is a national survey
being conducted on how SPAM is impacting us here in Australia. It takes
10 minutes, so why not have your say.
Launch survey

I don’t watch much TV, but apparently a Bondi couple,
Calvin and Heather, are on the Channel 10 show HOTHOUSE and they are currently
up for eviction. Voting is by SMS couple 1 to 1881110.
If they win, party at their new joint so some support would be good.

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::Wednesday, 7 April 2004

ROTTO – 2ft – 4ft, loads of fun!
Not sure what is happening down at Bondi because I found somewhere better
to surf today – Rotto (hence mega late report). Perth, Western Australia
isn’t famous for it waves locally, but 20 kilometres off the coast of
Perth is Rottnest Island which has great waves. A sensationally beautiful
island that gravitates any swell lingering off the WA coastline. Today
we surfed the most popular break on the island called Strickos. Fortunately
the offshore winds were blowing and a bit of swell was finding its way
to the reefy break. 2 – 4 ft rights and lefts with loads more power than
Bondage. Perfectly sunny 31 degrees day, it doesn’t get any better in
this laid back part of the world. Surprised to see quite a few crew out
(Howard surf team?). The word on the street is that Bondi was onshore
and mushy, so it sounds like we took the better option. Had a ball. Thanks
Christian Tana for taking us over there…

LIVE MUSIC EVENT – FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS – April 16th
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Stick ’em up punk, it’s the Fun Lovin’ Criminals!
Brooklyn’s best dressed garbagemen do the rounds this April, some five
(5) years after they last came through town to pick up the trash. Their
tunes – combination of hip hop meets soul. Great one to see LIVE. The
venue is COOGEE BAY ‘LIVE’ (Sydney) on Friday 16th April (opening night
of the old Selinas!). Tickets are $45 available through www.ticketek.com
or phone 131 931.
I’ve got 5 double passes to give away. If you are
one of the 1st 5 to email me one of their favourite tracks to [email protected]
you win!

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::Monday, 5 April 2004

Bondi 6am – 8am Junky 3ft
Well it’s no oil painting down at Bondi this morning. Overcast skies so
thick that I could barely shoot a photo. Persistent rain and messy 3 –
4 footers. Water quality would be a bit average with the recent rainfall;
if you’re heading out for a wave, best keep your mouth closed, you never
known what washes off our streets and into the water (especially since
we haven’t had much rain lately). Winds are light and will blow again
this afternoon E/SE 15/20 knots. Summary – crank the work out. Only 1
photo today, the rest are a blurry dark mess.
Neco Padaratz Wins Salomon Masters
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Margaret River, WA :: Sunday, 4 April 2004
The 27-year-old earned US$15,000 prize money and now leads this year’s
WQS ratings race. Read
full story

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::Thursday, 1 April 2004

Bondi 6:30am
HAPPY APRIL FOOLS! The above shots not really Bondi, so don’t all race
don’t the beach. It was shot at Hollow Trees in Indo from my last Sept
trip.
Bondi was similar (ahem…maybe not…) with a few
small ones this morning in the southern end on a sucky bank. It was a
bit inconsistent and only around waist high, with a few freaky chest high
sets (which are captured in my photos – best waves of the morning). The
water is warm and glassy (24°C) and the skies are overcast. A warm
fine day of 27°C will make for a goodie. It’s going to stay small
for tomorrow with possibly a few waves on the weekend.
Don’t forget the Salomon Masters is currently
running at Margaret River. This weekend is the finals. You can see live
footage fro

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