Thursday, September 30, 2004

Bondi 7am – waist to shoulder high – onshore junkNot looking too flash down Bondage this morning. The swell has come up but so has the wind (15 knots of onshore SE). Quite a few beginners out enjoying the uncrowded conditions…I would save your energy for the weekend – because it’s looking reeeeaaal noooice for the 3 day break. Tomorrow is going to be junky double head high and then will clean up for Saturday and Sunday. Plenty of waves to be had. Today’s weather has switched back to winter mode. It’s going to rain today and tomorrow with chilly temps (19 today, 17 tomorrow). High tide 09:07 Low tide 15:19.

For the past month I have been getting my fruit and veg home delivered from local lad Sam Davies and his company Go Fresh. Its a great service. 20% off for Aquabumps subscribers – just go to this website and choose what you want, entering the discount code AQUA during check out process.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Bondi 6:30am – nope…no action Under a cloudy sky this morning, Bondi wasn’t really producing much at all. A confused weak swell is dribbling into Bondi rarely producing quality worthy of a paddle. Size – around knee to waist high, quite a large crowd considering conditions. A south change this afternoon will shake things up a little. Wind: N/NW 15/20 knots ahead of a S’ly change 18/23 knots in the afternoon. Heading towards a top of 29 degrees today…but after this change rolls in, tomorrow will be back around 21 degrees. Expect rain. Tomorrow 3 foot and onshore, Friday Much bigger and junky, Satruday looking the goods with big chunks expected.

Don’t forget the Wonderland Party is on this Sunday (and it’s a long weekend! Yeha!) So Sunday night should be cranking down Bondi at the Hakoah Club, 61 Hall St , Bondi. Limited tickets available @ $30 each from Electric Monkey, Gould Street Bondi. Call 9365 6955.

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Friday, September 24, 2004

Bondi 7am – head high junkies
Hello all. Yesterday’s late south change has kicked up some swell for head high waves this morning at Bondi. Quality is poor and bumpy as it’s just a wind swell, yet still rideable. Swell is coming from the SE and looks decent, so hopefully it will clean up before tomorrow.Wind: SE 10/15 knots tending E 5/10 knots in the evening.
Mojo Pacific’s designer furniture sale is now on, some great stuff so get down there and check it out over the weekend. If you need more information go to this website
Sydney Film & TV Studios 52-58 Robert St Rozelle.

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Thursday, September 23, 2004

Bondi 7am – head high for the grommiesIf you’re 13 years old, around 3 foot tall, 30 kilos – today is going off for ya. Small waves lacking in power are dribbling into Bondi this morning. 2 lil’ tigers, Raoul (13 yrs old) and Perth (14 yrs old), where out there this morning dominating. Keep on eye on these kids as they rip, and they’re only gonna get better. For the rest of us who are double their height and weight (nearly triple in some cases e.g. Mannie), I would give it a miss. It’s small and not really worthy of much. Wind: NW freshening to 15/20 knots ahead of a 15/25 knot S/SE change around noon. With the new south wind this arvo, some wind waves will be created possibly overnight producing head high waves tomorrow at Bondage. (likely to be a bit messy and weak)

Do you know anyone who could be a great surf coach? Let’s Go Surfing – Bondi Surf school are looking for instructors. If you are keen or know anybody who would be into it, get them to call Wacca on 9365 1800 or email [email protected] for further information.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Bondi 7am – waist high with slightly bigger setsWhen the weather is this good, I reckon we all deserve a day off. It’s impeccably sunny with next to no wind this morning. Surf has dropped off overnight, leaving us with beginner friendly – waist high waves, and occasionally larger sets that don’t really go anywhere. Once again the early low tide robbed these classic conditions of any chance for producing a wave worth hootin’ about. In saying that, there would be fun waves at beaches that handle the lower tide better with better sand banks (warning – it will be much smaller in the arvo). So it’s a glorious day. If you can’t go for a swim, hell…go stand in the sun because summer is here. (Well sort of..) Sorry for the late report. (and I haven’t been standing in the sun all day) Wind: NW 10/15 knots tending N/NW 15/25 knots in the afternoon reaching 25/30 knots offshore later. Expect micro conditions for the next two days.

For the past month I have been getting my fruit and veg home delivered from local lad Sam Davies and his company Go Fresh. Gotta tell ya, well worth getting on board, produce is top notch – direct from the markets…it’s really cost effective too (get 20% of your 1st order if you enter AQUA code when purchasing online). Go to to check it out.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Bondi 7:12am – waist to shoulder high, totally closing out
The 06:21am low tide was detrimental to the surf down at Bondage dis mornin’. Waves were pretty much shutting down as they collapse on the exposed sand banks. You couldn’t even get to your feet – so until the water comes back, forgut-about-it. (high tide 13:04). Nevertheless, you’d find great waves elsewhere as the swell is clean, sun is shining and wind is non existent. Wind: NW winds 5/10 knots tending N/NE 10/15 knots in the afternoon. So if you time it well with the incoming tide, and before the N-Easter blows later today – you probably score some good stuff. How good is this weather? Maximum of 24 degrees. Tomorrows surf conditions will be similar – that early morning low tide won’t be doing any favours at Bondi. Barely got a shot of anyone standing up today.
Mojo Pacific are having another designer furniture sale this week. It starts on Thursday 23rd September and runs 4 days until Sunday 26th September. So if the apartment is looking a little bare, and you’re looking for some great furniture at a great price, I would get along to the container sale. They’ve really got some cool stuff. Go to to see the sale items.

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Friday, September 17, 2004

Bondi 8am, shoulder high on sets, bit messy
Downtown Bondage again put on some small waves for us to enjoy this morning. I’m not torkin’ going off, but there’s fun to be had. Wave height is around shoulder high on sets and the surface quality was a little bumpy, nonetheless worthy of a paddle in da south end. A sucky left bank was producing a few even on the fattie-high-tide (high 09:50 Low 15:59) My guess is that is will improve up to lunch before a NE wind of 10/15 knots hits it. Sun is shining and it feels like summer. Have to say, we live in a sensational part of the world. Me thinks tomorrow will be similar, if not slightly smaller in the morning before a swell increase in the arvo. Sunday looking "real noice" early. Enuf already…seeya

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Thursday, September 16, 2004

Bondi 6:15am – Bumpy chunks, over head highAn increase in swell overnight has produced decent bumpy waves from the South east. Size was great, but the shape wasn’t too flash. Bigger sets closing out on the southern bank with only a handful of guys sniffing around at 6:15am. All up, it’s surfable and good for a muck around. I suspect this ocean may settle down improving the quality into the afternoon – getting bigger too. Wind: W/SW 10/15 knots and E/NE 10/15 knots inshore afternoon. Water temperature is still around 18 degrees, and 21 degrees on the land. Good waves for the next few days – enjoy!

Celebrating Mental Health WeekFree live gig with Jimmy Little, Abby Dobson (ex Leonardo’s Bride) and The Cafe at the Gate of Salvation, on Sun 10 Oct, Centennial Park. For more info click here.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Bondi 7am – shoulder high, bigger on setsHello. Sorry for the late one. There are still waves today. Bondage was working and loads of crew for the early. Couple of peaks, one in the middle and a decent left/right in the south. Noticed big gaps between sets, so you’d have to be patient. Not much wind around now, which will change later in the day and blow 25 knots of south/south westerly. High tide 08:35 Low tide 14:29. My guess is the waves will be slightly bigger tomorrow, with Light to moderate W/SW winds. Maximum of 22 degrees today with cloud cover (bad for photos which is why they look pretty dull).

Oh yeah…one more thing, another Wonderland party is happening on the long weekend, Sunday 3rd October Starts at 8pm to 3am. Venue – Hakoah Club, 61 Hall St , Bondi. Limited tickets available @ $30 each from Electric Monkey, Gould Street Bondi. Call 9365 6955.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Bondi 7am – looking good, head highOvernight swell dropage has left us with nice, clean head high waves. Bondi was looking great earlier today with consistent sets and decent banks. Hit a south facing beach and score. Wind: W/SW 8/13 knots, tending E/NE 10/15 knots during afternoon and W/NW 10/15 knots in the evening. High tide 08:00 Low Tide 13:48. Prediction: ENE swell tomorrow, head high, w/sw winds

Sun is shining and Bondi has that unique summer energy about it. Hive of activity down Bondi this morning – everyone is getting fit for the summer. So where’s jogger cam you ask? Nag nag…coming. Sorry no zoomed out shots today, I normally try to balance the report with some close ups, some wide views, sunrises etc…gonna need that wheel barrow to carrying all the lenses soon. Have an awesome day doing what you do…(beo=not much). Enough ramble.
Sitesea photographic exhibition is on again this year, and now it’s time to get your entries in. Go to for more information.

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Monday, September 13, 2004

Bondi 7am – big sets, hard workI watched 6 guys paddle out @ Bondi, 1 by 1 they came in after catching 1 wave. Hard work against this big swell and large volumes of moving water. Some of the biggest sets had 10 – 12 foot faces…There would be a few good waves in one of Sydney ‘s nooks and crannies. Just have to hunt around. I would recommend something that isn’t fully exposed to the south, something more in control than Bondi. High tide 07:20 Low tide 13:07, Wind: W/SW 8/13 knots. (offshore!). Tomorrow looks good…

Great day, sun is shining…yeha!
Scored some great waves on Saturday somewhere out of town. Sorry. not disclosing where as these breaks are uncrowded, and I want them to stay that way. View Pictures
Have a great day.

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::Friday, September 10, 2004

7am Maroubra – shoulder to head high – not bad How-yooo-doin. The swell has decreased overnight leaving us with very clean, fun, small waves this morning. This ENE swell is nicely finding its way into Maroubra earlier today (7am). Today is one of those days you just don’t want to be in the office – it’s sensationally sunny, water is clear, barely any wind…need I say more. Water is still chilly though. Wind is going to swing onshore (NE) this arvo, so now is best. Wind: W/NW 10/15 knots tending NE 10/15 knots inshore during the afternoon. High tide 05:34 Low tide 10:57 High tide 17:30

This morning I shot in the water with my new pole and fisheye. It rocks. Get some crazy angles, but you end up shooting 50 shots and can only use 1.
Forecast is for good, clean, head high waves tomorrow with offshore winds early before an arvo south change. Sunday looks a bit average with south winds. Nothing mega, but some fun stuff. Have a good one…

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::Thursday, September 09, 2004

Maroubra 7am, 3-4 foot reeeeal noiceChecked out Maroubra this morning and was impressed. This ENE swell is definitely funnelling into the Bra. Was pretty crowded at 7am, but still quite a few waves to be had. The main peak was in the northern corner with a decent left rolling off it. The wind was offshore producing clean wave faces. My only criticism is the interval is short and the waves looked a little on the weak side. A big fat cloud parked itself above me as soon as I whipped out the new 800mm lens, making the shots quite flat. Wait to see the clarity on that bad boy when the sun is shining!

A few weeks ago Bumps ran a contest giving away 10 copies of Sam Macintosh’s book "Only a Surfer knows the feeling". We’ve drawn the winners out of a hat: Bill Rhodes, David Ingham, Greg Ross-Smith, Brendan Omara, Kris Wallis, Cain Cooper, Jo Upton, Matt Mccloghry, Darren Martin and Angus J Murray. I will be in touch to get your address for postage. Mugshots will be updated (soon – takes me ages to do!)
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::Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Bondi 7am knee/waist high, wind chop, junkie
Forget-about-it. The NE winds have picked up overnight creating a local wind swell not really worthy of a paddle. Looked more like waist high wind chop to me…the interval between swells is very short and the insistent onshores ain’t doing it any favours. Small crew out at North Bondi playing around…I suggest taking the mal out if you’re really keen. ‘Keen’ being the most important word in that sentence. Regardless of surf conditions it’s a great sunny day. Wind is gonna howl this arvo. Wind: N’ly 20/30 knots turning N/NW in the afternoon, 15/20 knots inshore, 20/30 knots offshore.
Now here’s an important event down at Bondi – MISS UNIVERSE, Jennifer Hawkins will be down North Bondi on the 12th September Sunday from 11am to 11:30am. Swimmer cam? Moowhawhaha.
Don’t forget Sitesea photographic exhibition is back on this year. If you’ve got some great images relating to the ocean, best you enter. Downloads entry forms from the website.
Oh yeah…one more thing, another Wonderland party is happening on the long weekend, Sunday 3 rd October Starts at 8am to 3am. Venue – Hakoah Club, 61 Hall St , Bondi. Limited tickets available @ $30 each from Electric Monkey, Gould Street Bondi. Call 9365 6955

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::Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Bondi 7am – waist to chest high, busyA small ESE swell is trickling into our part of the world at the moment. Perfectly glassy early morning conditions producing some small rideable waves, nothing much over head high – average around waist high. The NE wind is going blow this afternoon, so best get in early. At 07:30am its rock bottom low tide, (when I was in the water taking these pics), so I guess it will get better as the tide starts to come back in. High tide 14:22pm. Wind: N/NW 5/10 knots turning N/NE 10/15 knots, then strengthening to 15/20 knots in the afternoon and 20/30 knots in the evening. Expect northerly wind swells this week around waist to head high. Wind swell = no power…boo.

Site sea photographic exhibition – CALL FOR ENTRIES ————————————————————————–Sitesea is a photographic exhibition with the theme "the ocean and all its beauty". Local and international photographers are invited to enter their work and the finalists selection is based on technique, creativity, originality and ability to capture the theme. Entries close 5pm Friday 1 st Ocotober 2004. Visit for entry form and full terms and conditions. The exhibition is held at Tama SLSC 28th October – 14th November.

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::Monday, September 6, 2004

MBondi, 2-3 foot inconsistent and cleanHello. Well it’s all happening down at Bondi – snow, crazeee thunderstorms and now a few waves. Yesterday a freak hail storm created our own snow field on the Bondi hill…(?) few crew getting air on their snowboards (thanks Bridget Fleming and Steve Back for photos.) Too funny.

On the surf front – The weather calmed down this morning allowing for clean 2-3 foot waves. The banks are still a bit average but there were a few waves to be had. Frosty morning so not many crew out. The early Low tide wasn’t really doing it any favors. High tide 13:23 Low 06:39 Wind: NW/NE 10/15 knots, freshening to N/NE 15/20 knots in the afternoon. Expect northerly swell this week around the head high mark. Have a great day!

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::Thursday, September 02, 2004

Bondi 7am 4 foot and mushy There’s swell this morning (along with wind and rain). It’s from the south and quite chunky. Slight onshore SE winds making it messy, but you’d have to get in the car and head to the northern beaches for some decent stuff (e.g. Manly). Forget our side – need protected south corners. Wind: S/SE 20/25 knots at first easing to 15/20 knots later. Next couple of days should be good. I am off to the snow. Seeya. Have a good weekend. Don’t forget to head down to the Brad Valenti Memorial Surf comp this Saturday at 8am, Bondi.

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::Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Bondi 7:30am – head high (+) but messy, onshore
Hello. 1st day of spring aiii. There be a swell increase last night which is the good news. But the SE onshore winds have decided to come with it. Bondage was looking mighty junky and fat at 7:30am, but I would check the low(ish) tides for better waves. High tide 9:40am, Low tide 15:38. Wind: S/SE 10/15 knots. Tomorrow looks much bigger, but I think the wind will make a mess of things.
Brad Valenti Memorial surf comp is on this Saturday. Fortunately there’s some surf coming, so it is DEFINITELY ON this time. Yeha! 8am, on the hill or email Ben Davies.
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