Friday, December 23, 2005

Well that’s it for another year – Aquabumps 5th
year. What started as an email to a few mates has now grown rapidly
to be viewed by approximately 16-17,000 per day all around the globe.
It was a big year for this site…
To wind up this year I thought I’d include some of
my favourite shots as the surf today is dribblin’ knee cap breakers
and hardly worth speaking of – and I don’t think it will improve
for quite a few days.
We close down for 3 weeks now!
I know you all think that Aquabumps is a huge empire
with multi storey building at Bondi, hundreds of employees…and
we all work 2 hours a day and surf for the rest making zillions
(now that sounds good) but there is a fair bit to get this site
cranking and I have to thank many people who generously help out
in exchange for a collectors edition Aquabumps tee – or most of
the time for free!
Special Thanks to: Dave Birch (technical
code monkey who built Aquabumps), Jamie Verco (Landlord, Lead business
consultant and coffee boy), Ness Rowe (censorship, lead consultant
and Aquabumps tour chef), all the advertisers, everyone who bought
a print or tee, Aquatech (Craig, Al and Andrew – water housing department),
Karl Page (side kick photographer at events), Christian Tan (tester,
tee model, bro, and consultant), Damion & Fern Fuller (fashion
department), Kane Skennar (photographic consultant), Marky Mark
Wiesmayr (general advice and frotha), Mal from coastalwatch, Andrew
Cuccurullo (mentor1), Mike Kean (mentor2), Saxon (frothin’ advice
and kickin’ me along), Legendary Jon Frank (who got me into water
shooting), Bishop Displays (for framing my prints), Richard from
Underwater Australia Gallery, Matty Yo for words of encourage every
day, Kylie for me 1st digi, Lucy (Aquabumps 1st part time employee
– level 2), Zac Zavos (online consultant and web extraordinaire),
Chib (humor quality control and motivator), S-central (web hosting),
Sam Mac and Derek from Stab (bits’n’pieces), Eclipse Group (for
letting me start this thing), Aloha (me boards), The Rowe family,
Andrew Boddy (design consultant), Chris Jones (coding frotha), Darryl
Nichols from Soul Riders, Marnie from Pages, n2n chix for putting
up with moi, Shuvs (help getting it all started – No.1 supporter)
me parents…I’ve sooo forgot someone mega important and will cringe
later. And thanks to all-youseeee who read this ramble…
Have a great Christmas and New Year. See you
mid Jan. ::Uge (that’s pronounced YOOOJ not ooooggeee
for the record).

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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Hot night last night – the heat was thick until
the welcomed minor south change rocked in cooling the town down.
This morning the new winds mashin’ up what little surf we have on
offer this morning. Bondi was max’ing at waist high. Very
messed up [and I’m not talking about Jamie Mann]. It’s
no oil painting today with grey overcast skies…leave the board
at home.
High tide 13:19, Low tide
20:07, max 27 degrees, South to southeasterly winds, fresh at first,
easing during morning. Whopping 38 degrees on Saturday! Crank the
bbq. Surf outlook is looking very grim for the next 5 days so get
swept up in Xmas celebrations.
Just so you all know, Aquabumps closes
down for 3 weeks after the last report tomorrow. In this
time you will not be receiving emails from bumps…hence no need
to unsubscribe in worry that you’ll be flooded upon return of your
summer vacation.

is about to kick off for another year. This year is featuring Jack’s
new film “Free as a Dog” starring Parko. I have 2 VIP tickets to
the opening night at the State Theatre (Monday 2nd Jan). You could
be hanging with cool cats such as Occy, Parko, Taj, Luke Egan and
Jack on the big night. To get these tickets you need to name Parko’s
dog – ENTER.
Other tickets are available for opening night – Check
out Ticketek
to secure yours.
Later, —-> uge (south
de border)

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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Nice surprise this morning with some juicy lil’ waves down Bondi way. Average wave height around waist to chest high with larger sets up around head high. Inviting conditions with barely any wind, silky smooth surfaces and ultra deluxo warm water. These southern bumps are on the decline so an early sess is the go – tomorrow you won’t find much at all. It’s going to be a feisty-thirty-three-degrees today and perfectly sunny, with north easterly breezes later on today.

Hard core facts for surftechos – High tide 12:37, low tide 19:27. NW wind will swing NE. Max land temp 32. Water 21-22. Swell declining fast. 1-2 foot tomoz. Water visibility – mega.
A perfect day to be NOT working…hanging on a south facing beach scoring the odd wave in between beach sleeps…Livin’ the dream. Later, Uge

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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

See bullet points for more details:

A small south swell is producing surfable waist
high waves with the odd freak set around shoulder high – but you’ll
have to be very patient in flat patches. Decent banks.
The water is crystal clear. Clearest I’ve ever
seen it (Mentawaiesque). Water is also a perfect temperature –
my guess 21-22 degrees – perfect for the boardies.
Early light NW winds creating glassy surfaces.

It was 27 degrees at 7am today. How good.
Its 5 days from Christmas – eat-sleep-surf-a-thon.
Send gifts to PO Box 3418 Tamarama please.
This time of year everyone is pretty stoked and
has their priorities in order. Work ain’t up high on the list.

Buy Wonderland
tickets. $38 from Parade Music Bondi, T:9365 1248
Hit Ticketek
to get tickets to the opening night of the Billabong Jack McCoy
Surf Film festival opening on the 2nd January at State Theatre.
Or better still name
Joel Parkinson’s dog
and you could win VIP tickets to for
the night accompanying Occy, Taj, Parko, Luke Egan and Jack.
Check out 33South’s
. 20% off everything for A-bumps punks.
Swim. Surf. Sit on a rock.
Buy Berocca.

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Monday, December 19, 2005

Huh-wot? <Insert vague look> Bet ya there’s
some dusty heads around the traps today after a turbo charged silly
season weekend…especially for the odd 2000 cats that rocked up
to Bondi Pavilion yesterday for the Tsubi/Modular Christmas extravaganza
with WolfMother (they cranked), Sneaky, Cut Copy, Vanshe… Got
some classic snaps. Click this button below to view:

No waves this morning – but its going to change. Waves come back
later today after a howling 20 knot SE wind. I reckon 3 foot onshore
Bondi tonight – really messy. Tue/Wed will be the pick of the days
this week. 24 degrees today, water warm 21, high tide 11:16 low
tide 18:06.
forget the Wonderland boys are doing a show at the Eastern this
New Year’s Eve. 3 floors of Entertainment… limited tickets from
Parade Music Bondi (t:9365 1248) 9pm to late – $38 + BF. View

New record – Took me about 6 hours to collate this
report. Things not happening too fast today. Drink water. later,

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Friday, December 16, 2005

morning I cranked up the new pole to get elevation for some different
angles – heavy sucker. Surf Report: Not much happening in the wave
department – around 5am there were a few (so I’ve been told), but
at 7am it fizzled out and I could only find a waist high shorey
which wasn’t doin’it. Swell is now coming from the NE so other breaks
like Whaley, Bra…should show more of a bump. High tide 09:19 Low
tide 16:07 – water temp is deluxe – no rubber required.
Clouds should clear, the day shall bake (max. 29),
winds will swing from NW & blow NE, swell will drop before coming
back for a visit early next week (and looking juicy)…so until
then enjoy silly season.

is about to kick off for another year. This year is featuring Jack’s
new film “Free as a Dog” starring Parko. I have 2 VIP tickets to
the opening night at the State Theatre (Monday 2nd Jan). You could
be hanging with cool cats such as Occy, Parko, Taj, Luke Egan and
Jack on the big night. To get these tickets you need to name Parko’s
dog – ENTER.
Other tickets are available for opening night – Check
out Ticketek
to secure yours. Have a great day, Uge

Ps-Andrzej you’ve got way too may shots this
morning…and you’d better get your Aquabumps tee orders in ASAP…xmas
is around the corner…buy

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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Our SE swell is rapidly running out of juice
as it drops overnight. Bondi is still very surfable at 7:30am with
waist to chest high waves frequently popping up. Seriously chaotic
large crowds in and out of the water enjoying this sensational summer’s
morning. Light winds tending moderate northeasterly in the morning
and freshening near the coast in the afternoon. 26 degrees today
and sunny. High tide 8:39am, Low tide 15:27.
It will be smaller tomorrow…but
a perfect beach day with sunny 30 degrees. There is some swell early
next week amigos…
Now you all know you want one…a new Aquabumps
tee. Click
to view and buy online, then we’ll post it out
to you all wrapped up in a pizza box with extra anchovy. Perfect
xmas gift…cause you don’t have to do a great deal!

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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

When you’re in the desert and some one throws
you a cracker – it’s the best damn cracker you’ve ever had. Today
Hui threw us a cracker with 3-4 foot wind swell generated from last
night’s powerful south change. In contrast to the ankle biting dribbles
we’ve had of late…it looks like a fun…even if it’s onshore,
manky and well a bit all over the place. Middle Bondi had some rights
closer to the shore…a few peaks in the southern corner…so best
get out there as the winds will pick up and blow from the east making
mess of any joy. Tip: this wind swell ain’t hanging around. High
tide 8am; low tide 2:43pm, Max 25 degrees today becoming mostly
sunny this afternoon.
Soul Riders is on tonight at
North Bondi RSL kicking off at 8pm for Andrew Kidman’s prolific
‘Litmus’. Only $5 entry. Cheapest night out in town.
Oh yeah, did I mention Aquabumps tees would make a
great xmas pressie…especially when they come wrapped up in a pizza
box and can be sent anywhere? Check
it out

Another xmas pressie idea – a set of fibreglass xrated
Later, Uge

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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Your toughest decision today should be what colour
Aquabumps tee to buy
– not to surf or not to surf. Waves are pretty much non-existent
this morning with shore slappers (and I’m not talking about Sammy
and Mannie standing on the waters edge). Every 10 minutes a waist
high set rocks in breaking right on the shore…Apparently with
an afternoon south change we might see an increase in swell height,
but really…you’re dreaming if you think you’re going to score
today. Its going to be a deluxo 27 degrees and mainly sunny today
(chance of thunderstorm later tonight with the south change)…so
if you’re already on holidays I’d seriously hit the beach – everyone
else is. Surf for the rest of the week…fughediaboit – it’s micro.
We’re in a flat spell and we’re all getting a bit cranky.
As mentioned yesterday, 20 year old Evelyn Miles
is the new Miss Bondi…click the big fat button below to view pics
from the finals…(you’ll all probably bring down my server
again frothas).

Later: Uge (ps…weird
spelling is intentional)

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Monday, December 12, 2005

Another sunny day without waves – sound familiar? It’s been some time since our last chunky swell and I hate to say it…but can’t see much hope on the radar for this week. The Bondi shorey was breaking around waist high with NE winds (light). It’s barely surfable…swim time.

Different tune over in Hawaii as the Pipe Masters kicks off last week in solid conditions. Aussie Danny Wills even defeated Kelly Slater in heat 8 of round one. Thanks Guy Harden for shots from Pipe in today’s report.
The 9th Annual Miss Bondi finals were held at the Beach Road Hotel on Saturday. Evelyn was crowned the new Miss Bondi in front of a large crowd. Gallery pics will be up on Aquabumps tomorrow. Easy tigers. Easy.
Later, Uge

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Friday, December 09, 2005

You probably fell off your chair when you checked
your email this morning and there sits the early bird Aquabumps
email that usually drifts in around lunchtime (ok sometimes later
depending how good the surf is)….ha.
It’s flat. Pancakes.
Another day of no surf and hot weather (max 27). In
fact, there’s not really going to be much to write about surfwise
until early next week. So best do something else – watch Style masters
DVD, go buy a new fish shape and wax it up, shopping with the girlie
(special bonus pts) – without whinging, find the bbq cover in the
neighbor’s yard, go to Hawaii for Pipe, visit Underwater
Australia Gallery’s
new Fish Soup Exhibition, stock up on the
new Aquabumps
tee range
in store now (this should be 1st), check out the Samsung
Surf Film festival
at Paddington RSL tonight, or Palm Beach
RSL tomorrow night…or do nothing.
Jack Johnson DVD winners….the answer
was a MANGO tree, and why? ’cause his album was
recorded at Mango Tree Studios. Winners: Damian Agnew, Lara Ackroyd,
Natalie Farnell, Mandy Creighton, Donna Jones, James Farnell, Sara
Palmer, Scott Jindrich, Brendan Donnelly.
Mega beach weather all weekend. Enjoy. Later,

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Thursday, December 08, 2005

Surf. What surf. Nothing to see here. That south change last night brought nothing but a good night’s sleep. You might find a knee high scrap at an east facing beach – other than that – its a beach day with a fat 32 degrees and perfect sunshine. Not as cooking as the sweltering heat of yesterday…

Everyone’s gone a bit shark loco over our Tuesday’s night’s 12 foot guest. Phone rang off the hook yesterday and every journo in town wants those shark pics. Think Dan Matthewson wants to hide under a rock. An additional 10,000 people checked out Aquabumps yesterday (record 25,000 visitors in 1 day) and we broke the daily subscription record with 600 newbies. Everybody loves a shark story…
Don’t forget the Wonderland Crew are throwing a New Year’s Eve party at the Eastern. Click here to see the flyer
Aaannnd the Samsung Australian Surf Film Festival hits Maroubra Seals tonight 7pm. More info
Christmas is coming…if you’re like me and hate shopping, how about buying everyone you know an Aquabumps photographic print online and we’ll mail it to you before Christmas (so you don’t have to leave your chair). But you’ll have to get your orders in over the next couple of days to ensure xmas delivery. Check out the Aquabumps GOLD COLLECTION.

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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Different morning down at Bondi today. No waves.
Zip. Barely anyone in the water…no swimmers doing laps of the
bay, very few shore paddlers. What’s up?
Well we had a special guest last
night at Bondi – not Rasta, not Taj… just a large shark around
the south headland at 6pm. The shark faffed about, headed into Mackenzie’s
Bay, had a sniff around before being disturbed by a brave Anthony
Carroll on the beachies jetski. Around 50 onlookers from
the cliff witnessed the special visit…thanks to Dan Matthewson
for snapping a few shots for the bumps.
Rod Kerr has been a lifeguard down
at Bondi for ten years. Rod reckons it’s the biggest he’s seen in
Bondi for a decade …calling it around 12 foot…Bronzer
or Tiger. It’s said the attraction was a spearfish man
burleying up off the south headland. No one hurt…the big fish
headed back out to sea in search for a snack. The beachies evacuated
the beaches nonetheless…
Surf Forecast:: The next time we’ll get surf in Sydney
– Friday/Saturday small but surfable. Forget it until then me thinks
and just enjoy the steamy weather.
The Samsung Australian Surf Film Festival
hits Cronulla tonight at the Sharkies 7pm. More

Happy birthday to two crusty old men – Karl
Page (36 – doesn’t want anyone to know his age ’cause he
tells girls at the pub he’s in his twenties) and Tim Kelley…time
to order those mini mals boys. Mooowhahah…Later, ::Uge

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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Yesterday’s mini south change kicked it up a notch (ok maybe half a notch)…it’s now not flat… but knee high dribbly bits mainly from the East. Good day for beginners…otherwise crank the work out in hope that a new swell will arrive later this week – which I think will happen. (Fri). Bureau of Meteorology reckon 31 today and fine (34 out in Penrith mmmmmm)…hit the beach I if these clouds dissipate. High tide 12:33, Low tide 19:32

I’ve emailed the winners of the x-rated fin comp, just waiting to hear back from everyone before announcing them. Only 15 of the 30 prizes have been claimed so far. We will re-draw if all not claimed.
A new range of Aquabumps tees are coming out this week…with the new logo…will be available on the online store SOON. So put some bullion aside and keep an eye out for them.

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Monday, December 05, 2005

She’s gonna be a hot one. Fat Thirty-1 degrees today. No surf to report… nada… dribbles… no wind… glassy… perfect for a dip. NW winds with a brief south change later today which should cool things a little. Not much swell this week – do other stuff.

Ramble – How about Friday nights storm that blanketed Sydney in a matter of minutes…see pic.
Heat 3Heat 3 of Miss Bondi was held at the Beach Road Hotel last Saturday. Check out the pics and come to the final this Saturday at 2pm.

JabulaniThis Wednesday night (7 Dec) at the Light Brigade from 7pm to midnight is a fundraiser to raise money for AIDS orphans in South Africa. If you would like more info email Leigh

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Friday, December 02, 2005

We all like Fridays…especially when you’re
wrapping up a decent weeks surfing in Sydney. We’ve pretty much
had waves every day of some sort…with a few monsters on Mondee.
That strange facial twitch has probably calmed…and you can stop
staring at the virtual buoys in hope of a peak.
Today we still have decent 3 foot sets at east exposed
beaches. Swell continues to pump from the ENE and Bondi had a tidy
little left running along the shore…It was cleaner and smaller
than exposed beaches…bit of fun on a board with some width (e.g.
Cloud cover will coat Sydney later today with rain
and thunderstorms and maybe a bit of hail (bring the washing in).
It’s a muggy day with top of 27 degrees and a late westerly
change. Oh and yup, there are still a few waves around tomorrow…smaller
on Sundee.
Samsung Australian Surf Movie Festival
– Take 4 heads to Harbord Diggers tomorrow night (3rd Dec)
and then Dee Why RSL on Sun 4th Dec. More

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Thursday, December 01, 2005

Today’s report is late…yup, but for a good reason…a special guest…

Today I caught up with one very chilled individual; Dave Rastovich who on a 7 hour stop-over in Sydney (on route to Hawaii) paddled out to flirt with today’s decent 3-4 footers from the east. 26 year old Rasta has a brilliant job…one to aspire to…he gets paid to surf and film at exotic locations around the world without the burden of having to compete on the world tour.
Riding a Dick Van Straalen single fin, he manages to busts fins out and hook into some stylish cutties making it look all too easy…a few years back he was a serious contender for the world title…but he’s not big on the hype, and rather be free to surf or do whatever he desires.
<rrrrzzip> Now back to standard stuff…I’ve closed the fin comp…and have the 30 winners. Once I have all their names I will post em’.

Hope you got a few today – was fun…later, uge

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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Good morning all…There’s a lot more east in these morning chunks
today…real fun ones too. Bond-age breaking 3-4 foot, clean, lil’
wonky, crowded and requiring diet pills with an 8 a.m high tide
fatness. Closer to 2:30pm low tide should bring you more joy. Light
offshore NW winds which will swing standard NE this afternoon.
Real overcast day, showers and thunderstorms. Only
23 degrees today…
I get around 100 emails a day from subscribers…there
is always a funny one…
"Dear Uge: I receive Aquabumps because my American daughter
lives in Sydney. I love Aquabumps and you, but you cannot spell.
My sons can’t spell either, but I love them too. Love, MaMa Peggy"
From Portland, Oregon US

You have up until 5pm today to enter the Mega X-Rated fin giveaway
today. I have 30 sets of these top notch fiberglass fins on my desk
looking for a home. All you have to do is tell a few friends about
Aquabumps. Gimme
FINS mofo

Don’t forget North Bondi RSL tonight at 8pm for the Australian Premiere
of Fin. Super special guest / film-maker Ira Opper is rockin up

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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Today’s report is late…would like to
say that I’ve been surfing all morning…but sadly not true.
Damn technical problems, even the best of us forget to renew domains.
That aside, Sydney’s surf conditions have been quite spectacular
over the past 24 hours. Yesterday afternoon we had a huge surge
of monster chunks rocking into our bays…Bondi was a massive 12
foot with sets closing out the entire bay. Loads of little protected
corners lighting up with powerful peaks.
At Bondi this morning is dropped by 2-thirds, leaving
fun, clean 4 footers on two peaks in the south. Winds variable earlier
and will NE later today. 7:11am high tide was creating standard
Bondi burger fatness…and will get better when the tide drops.
Hopefully yesterday’s big swell has renovated some banks as we’ve
got waves for most of this week…now ya torkin’

If you’re not busy tonight, Jackie’s Bar (Bondi) are holding a fund
raising event for the Wairoa Disabilities School from 5pm to 8:30pm.
Just rock up, have a drink at the bar and the proceeds go to this
needy cause – all welcome. Best dressed beach bum wins $250 dinner
at Jackies. Should be fun…

Tomorrow night (Wed) at North Bondi RSL is the Australian Premiere
of ‘FIN’ at 8pm plus super special guest / film-maker Ira

And finally…some weirdo Mo Bros rocked up at the beach this morning…all
raising money for MOVEMBER,
big gala night tonight at Luna Park.

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Monday, November 28, 2005

After yesterday’s belting south change we’ve
got some swell today. Early morning SW winds were making it surfable
with waves around 4-5 foot at Bondi. Strangely the winds will swing
north westerly this afternoon – and blow pretty strong. The last
time I checked it at 9am it was looking pretty funky/wonky…perhaps
it will improve with a change of winds this afternoon. Chilly day
– only 19…go find your steamer.
Had trouble getting shots today in torrential rain,
so I thought you’d like to see some hot shots from the boyz at STAB
MAG…their new issue is out now.View
latest STAB cover

Jack Johnson Giveaway
I’ve got 10 Jack Johnson DVD’s to giveaway this week, and 1 back
catalogue (full collection). All you have to do is answer a couple
of simple questions: What sort of tree is Jack Johnson standing
under on his current album ‘In between Dreams’ cover…and
if you want the mega pack, WHY – why is he standing under it? Email
your answers here

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Friday, November 25, 2005

When I was younger I used to watch the vid "Kelly Slater in Black’n’white" non stop. He was only a little grom then…obviously ripped. I remember thinking black + white is pretty cool and spent subsequent years sticking my hands in trays of toxic chemicals processing black and white prints in my parent’s laundry. Today’s shots are in black’n’white (chemical free) to make the most of what little light was available under overcast skies. The ocean being the same colour as the skies…grey.

Frothas, you’d be limited to a few surf spots in Sydney this morning as the swell has dropped managing 2-3 footers at exposed beaches to this SE mini swell (mainly 2 footers). The NE winds were blowing early so you need to find a protected northern corner – such as North Narra where there was a few chest high waves – odd one bigger. High tide 4pm, Low tide 10am. Only 23 degrees today with a few showers. Surf looks crapola this weekend – north winds and 1-2 footers. Perhaps tomorrow check out Heat 2 of Miss Bondi at the Beach Road Hotel (2pm).
Today’s report comes from a Dee Why cafe thanks to the wireless genius of Unwired.
Don’t forget the Wonderland crew are having a New Years Eve bash at the Eastern in the Junga. Limited ticket’s from Parade Music Bondi 9365 1248 $38.
Have a good weekend ::uge

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Thursday, November 24, 2005

The wind is still blowing the wrong direction for this messy south swell. Bondi was around chest high today and pretty choppy/weak. Early morning cloud cover not making it any prettier. Winds will swing more east or even north east later today as some sunshine pokes its head out and heats up Sydney to 23 degrees. The swell will fade and the arvo’s northerly weather pattern will bring some wind swell for tomorrow…not worthy of much. To summarise these rambles – no good – you would�have to be keen.

If you received two reports yesterday – sorry – think we’ve rectified the problemo.
Regardless of surf conditions – have a good day. Not much happening until next week ::Uge

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Wednesday, November 23

Dark Grey morning. Hard to get out of bed on dayz like these…especially if you were at the Odyssey party last night – I think silly season is officially open. It’s a manky chest to head high, onshore and from the south east. The violent south change overnight whipped up the days swell, but it’s burgerish and merely wind chop on steroids. Expect a few showers and a top of 22 today. Not much joy for the rest of the week. Scottie beam me over to Hawaii.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

After a spike in swell yesterday afternoon we have some left-overs
this morning, nice clean 2-3 footers in the southern corner of Bondi.
Swell direction has swung a little more east and the winds are an
optimal NW (offshore at Bondi). This swell is a one hit wonder and
fading fast…especially with a 10am high tide making fat burgers
out of anything rideable. Winds will swing NE as the day cooks up
to 26 degrees. Much later today the clouds will rock in and may
produce the odd shower or two.
The Bondi Openair Cinema launches this week
with the Samsung Australian Surf Film Festival presented
by Quiksilver. Screenings are on Wednesday 23rd (already sold out)
and Thursday 24th of November at the Bondi Pavilion. There are only
few tickets left for the second screening so if you are keen to
join in the festivities book your tickets now at
Aquabumps is sponsor and you can get a glimpse of my best photos
during the show.








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Monday, November 21, 2005

There were a couple of bumps drifting into Bondi
this morning. Was breaking mostly around waist high and in the middle
of the bay. It’s a south swell so Bondi would be attracting
the most of it. It’s lacking grunt…so you’ll need
to ride a board with decent buoyancy. Fortunately it will pick up
this afternoon, and should get up around 4 foot at south facing
beaches before dropping slightly overnight. Light winds this morning
tending moderate east to north east in the afternoon. High tide
11:25am, low tide 6:24pm.
Heat 1 of Miss Bondi was held on Saturday at the Beach
Road Hotel. Bronte’s Nicky Margaret, Claudine Gibson, Bondi’s Michaela
Sutherland-Wong and Sarah Ray have got through to the finals…photos
will be posted tomorrow.
Now I’m no forecasting genius (photos are more my
gig) – loads of other sites forecast it much better than I…but
I’ll give it a crack and hopefully get better.







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Friday, November 18, 2005

What a stunning day to wake up to… crazy to
be living anywhere else at this time of year. Clear skies, no wind
and yup, a couple small waves lurking. Half the size of yesterday
– Bondi was breaking around waist to shoulder high, the odd set
bigger, nice’n’clean, but lacking the goolies of push. 9:23am high
tide making some decent sets into fluffy fat foam balls – not bad
if you’re just starting out. The inside shore break was really the
only option for bustin’ some fins out. So best surf when the tides
a little lower…but this swell is on the decline.
Winds will swing NE this afternoon whilst the day
heats up to a max of 26 degrees. Definitely a day for a swim/surf/bake/wakeboard/
actually anything but work.
Have you entered the Xrated fin giveaway? Click

Don’t forget to check out Heat 1 of Miss
Bondi tomorrow at the Beach Road Hotel. Starts at 2pm…Have
a great weekend, ::Uge (south of
the border)

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Thursday, November 17, 2005

Bondi was around 3-4 foot this morning, but the
chance of an early offshore breeze was pushed aside by menacing
onshore East South Easterlies. It’s bumpy and bit all over the place,
but surfable. Nothing much to froth about. High tide at 8:43am,
Low tide at 3:23pm.Tomorrow will be about half the size with North
winds making it a lot cleaner. Nice day tomorrow with 25 degrees
and sunny.
Caught up with big man Gezza Blake
this morning – half of Sydney already knows him. A very powerful
surfer, chick magnet, and all round good bloke…he’s been surfing
since he was 6 and it shows. Living in Bondi but originally from
Perth, now works at Quicksilver after a 5 year stint at Emap where
he was a writer for Tracks Mag. The Sanchez handlebar mo is raising
money for Movember…no
he’s not a part time p*rn star (I think).

You know you want em….a new set of high performance
XRated fiberglass fins. I’ve got 30 sets to give away and all you
have to do is tell a few friends about Aquabumps. If you have no
friends perhaps subscribe a few work colleages or get out more.
to enter

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Well that southern cold front definitely hit hard yesterday. Gotta love living right on the beach…but when a big storm like that kicks in you don’t sleep much with rattling doors and windows… huh-wot-insert dopey tired look. Also found parts of my barbie smashed through the neighbor’s sports car. Joy. I think you’d find one of my boards in Tama park.

Basically the winds haven’t backed off yet and the swell is a large 5-6 foot at Bondi. It’s a mess and pretty much unsurfable at exposed breaks so you’ll need to seek protection from the 30 knot SE winds (Manly?).
Turbulent rivers in Munich produce a stationary 3 foot bump in icy conditions. Thanks to Christine Jahn for words and photos. Click here
Surfboard fin technology has come a long way in the past couple of years. New shapes, new materials, inner foils, large range of sizes and even noodie piccies on the sides. Fiberglass fins are probably the most popular and I’ve got 30 sets of XRated fins on my desk itching to get in the water. If you want a set (valued at $76), you need to refer your mates to join the Aquabumps mailing list and you’ll be in the draw on Nov 30. One of your mates must actually subscribe qualify…the more that subscribe the more entries in the barrel. Click Here to Enter
Soul Riders is on tonight (16 Nov) at the North Bondi RSL at 8pm. $5 Entry at the door Film 1: Blue Yonder by Jimmy McMillan (Short Film Premiere), Film 2: Style Masters (Final Screening due to Popular Demand)

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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Looks all nice and summery down the beach at
5:30am this morning. No waves…but about 500 people exercising
under clear skies and two very patient surfers in the south optimistically
scanning the horizon for a bump of some sort. I didn’t see much
break over dem knee caps…
A group of all-night boozers were finishing up sunrise
drinks before stumbling across to Campbell parade for a Macca’s
breakky. Couldn’t see Ness getting amongst it. Strange. Her cask
of goon must have run out early. (4 litres just ain’t enough).
This sunny pretty picture will change mid morning
when a strong south change will hit Sydney bringing showers but
also some much needed swell for tomorrow. Wednesday and Thursday
this week will be 4-5 foot at south facing beaches…which is exciting.
Wed – SW winds early, SE winds in the arvo.

You guys are a funny lot…Read
responses from last week…

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Monday, November 14, 2005

Bondi 7am – dribblesYeah it’s pretty much flat this morning. Some freaky waist-high sets rockin’ in if you wait long enough. You’d be a more patient man than I. The crystal ball says some decent chunks heading our way for Tuesday and Wednesday of this week…nice… the fun starts tomorrow afternoon with a new south swell. Expect about 5 footers @ Bondi on Wednesday morning with early SW winds. Today’s High tide 6:30am, Low tide 1pm. Water was a decent 19 degrees. Maximum land temperature 25 degrees today and mostly fine.

WONDERLAND NEW YEARS EVE 2005 @ The EasternBondi’s favourite NYE event returns to The Eastern in the Junga. 3 floors of entertainment including Funky House, Soul & Rare Groove and LIVE Acoustic Acts… something for everyone! Don’t miss out…limited tickets ($38) from Parade Music Bondi 9365 1248. 9pm until late. Even main man Simon Pogmore is heading back from NZ to play.

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Friday, November 11, 2005

All happening down at Bondi this morning. AJ Hackett did his 300 metre bungy jump off a chopper breaking the world record height…looked like fun.

Finally the swell has switched direction after last nights south change…we now have a small, short interval (wind generated) swell from the south producing rideable waves at Bondi. South Bondi has waist to chest high sets – predominantly closing out straight. This swell should turn into a nice little ground swell tomorrow as the interval doubles from 6 sec to 11 sec overnight (bigger the gap – da better).
How cold is the water! Frosty 17 degrees…and the morning SW offshores had a bit of bite to them as well. Much cooler day with 23 degrees…don’t be fooled – wear your wetsuit.
Let Lucy Live – The Grey Nurse Shark Conservation GroupCome join in the fun on Manly Corso tomorrow and have your say to Let Lucy Live. Sat 12th Nov, 1-3pm, media stunt: 2.30 @ Manly Corso. Speakers include Shark Legend Valerie Taylor. More info

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Thursday, November 10, 2005

How good is Kelly Slater. He’s just won his SEVENTH world title in Brazil. The man is a freak. At 33 years of age that’s pretty incredible proving himself to be one of the greatest surfers of all time. More

You can feel it already…she’s gonna cook today – and you thought yesterday was hot. I’m talking feisty thirty-5 degrees and muggy. At this point you’d be thinking at work…can this job wait…do I have to be here all day…is the flu coming on? You won’t be dodging work for the waves – as there pretty much nothing around. The biggest wave you’d find would be at NE swell magnets attracting knee-waist high chop. Bondi was near flat and pretty much unsurfable (yep people were still out). Clouds will cover Sydney this arvo bringing a few showers and thunderstorms ahead of late south change. Tomorrow the temp will drastically drop to 23 degrees and a brand spankin’ south swell will build into Friday afternoon. South swell for the weekend around head high…dang!
Things to do:

Come down to Bondi at 8am tomorrow to see AJ Hackett do a 300m bungy jump from a chopper. More
Check out the 5th Annual Bondi Short Film Festival on the 26th November. More
Enter the Panasonic Surf Shorts competition and you could win 10 grand. Entries close 5pm 28th November and your surf flick needs to be 7 minutes long. More
‘A Diamond Mind’ discussion with Senior Lama Ole Nydahl at Avalon Recreation Centre, 59a Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon at 8pm on the 15th November. More

Thanks for all your submissions into Bondi Idiosyncrasies…"you know when it’s summer in Bondi when…"You guys are pretty funny. I will post them up soon.
Later, Yooj

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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

There was a little bump earlier today (see pic at 5:30am to prove I was up). East North East wind swell chopped up a few chest highs at exposed beaches around 7am, but now (3:40pm)…only dribbly bits left and the North Easter is blowing. So where the hell’s your morning report…off doing stuff…it’s the late show today. I’d like to say I was surfing…tucking into tubular action…but no such luck here. But you know what?… It’s a salubrious day – all thirty fat degrees of it – so lap it up.

You know summers hit Bondee when:

When you don’t hear English spoken in South Bondi.(in fact 90% of Bondi)
It takes 2 hours to park your car, and there’s probably an old discarded mattress blocking you from access
There are people having a few beers at Ravesis around 9am.(on a Tuesday)
People think Bondi is a camping ground and pitch a tent overnight
I find passed out backpackers head first in the sand at 6am – with undies in their pockets
The promenade looks more like a Paris fashion show with some of the world’s most beautiful women (and men I guess). You fall in love many times a day.
You hear car stereos that could power the Big Day Out
Dimitri is a 5% shade darker than he normally is
Think you get the gist…email me some funny Bondi idiosyncrasies to win gold bullion, houses, trips around the world…orkay maybe an Aquabumps tee.

Enjoy. Uge

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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Unrelenting early morning rain not painting a pretty picture down Bondi. The good news is that the swell has come up from the NE and you’d find 2-3 footers at exposed beaches. South facing Bondi was only drawing knee to waist high dribbles…should get bigger this afternoon. The water looks pretty grubby, so if you’re surfing – keep your mouth closed…
Rather than 5 boring shots from the car window of a deserted rainy beach, I thought I would throw in some bits and pieces – stuff you haven’t seen before…
World Record Jump Attempt This Friday 8am over BondiLately is been Taj jumping out of Choppers into the surf…but this time it’s Madman AJ Hackett, the founder of modern day Bungy. Hackett will be jumping out of a chopper over Bondi this Friday at 8am. He will be jumping from a height of 300 metres which will hopefully break the current Guinness World Record. All is welcome to come down and watch this record attempt. More

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Monday, November 07, 2005

We begin a brand new week with lacking surf conditions.
Boo. Dribbling East swell only managing to produce waist high waves
in the south corner of Bondi. Good if you’re learning I guess. North
East winds will crank this afternoon generating some waves for tomorrow,
mainly short interval wind waves (ocean chop on Steriods), but at
least it will be better than today. Partly cloudy day with a top
of 23 degrees. Low tide 5:07am, with a midday high tide. The water
felt warmer on the weekend, but this afternoon’s strong North Easters
will bring back the chill tomorrow…
Sculpture by the Sea 3-20 November.
In its 9th year, the exhibition has begun along the walk from Bondi
to Tama. Thousands (correction millions) came down over the weekend
to check it out. Over 100 works litter the coastal walk. More
Watch out for the bus loads of parking inspectors…they’re
all over it.
Tonight on ABC’s Australian story, Local 26 year old Maroubra surfer
Koby Abberton will featuring. More
Have a great week. ::Uge

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Friday, November 04, 2005

The ENE swell dropped a few notches last night leaving us 2 foot weak wonders in the southern corner of Bondi this morning. Much better yesterday. As I write the south change is kicking in making a mess of things… so early session was really the only option. Much cooler day with 23 degrees and overcast skies. A new SE swell (haven’t had one of those in a while) will hit Sydney tomorrow, nothing substantial and smothered with onshore SE winds and rain. Sunday might have a few small ones around with better weather and Northerly winds.

Koby AbbertonBig wave surfer Koby Abberton will be featuring on ABC’s Australian Story on Monday November 7th at 8pm. More
Charity event on at Waverley Bowling Club tonight (163-189 Birrell St Waverley) starting at 7pm – raising money for kids who have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS in Africa. $15 entry, everyone welcome. Comedians, DJs and Bands…call Joey on 0407 067 781 for more information.

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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Ohh noooice. Crackin’ 29 degrees today. Gotta love that. As predicted the NE swell came up overnight as well producing waves around 3-4 foot at exposed beaches. Bondi was only around 2-3 foot not facing this swell direction. NE winds kicked in early after a pocket of sunrise offshores (NW). It’s not 100% clean with this wind…really need some decent banks for this swell to work on…but at least there is some swell. High tide 8.37am Low tide 3.10pm. The weather will change tomorrow with showers…so lap it up today.
This swell will slightly increase this afternoon before dropping a notch tomorrow.
Have a great day. ::Ugios

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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Dum de dum… whilst Fingers tapping on the desk.
Dribbly bits only this morning. Nothing much to surf. It’s going
to change tonight when a North East swell picks up and should produce
head high sets at exposed beaches tomorrow before tapering off on
Friday. Light to moderate north to northeast winds, freshening in
afternoon. Max temperature on land 25 degrees, warmer 27 tomorrow.

Alejandro Rolandi Exhibition at Underwater
Australia Gallery
Like the mythological sirens and nymphs that have inspired
artists throughout the centuries, Alejandro Rolandi’s amazing Serenas
will captivate and lure the viewer into their liquid realm.
From Thursday November 3 to Wednesday November 16,
Sydneysiders will be able to catch a rare glimpse of these beautiful
creatures at Underwater Australia Gallery in Woollahra. Website

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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Le East swell has come up a little, and
you’d find waves around waist to sometimes chest high down at overcast
Bondee. Not much grunt. East swell direction not best suiting Bondi
especially with a 7 second interval (small gap between waves). Winds
are onshore (ENE) 5 knots and will swing more around to the NE this
afternoon. It’s orrkaay (ish). Surfable, best suited to the beginners.
Showers and cloudy day with a maximum of 24 degrees. Water
temperature edging closer to 20 degrees.
And the moment you’ve all been waiting for – who wins
the brand new custom made Aloha surfboard! Firstly thanks to everyone
that participated.

Special thanks to our buddies at Aloha.
There will be another comp coming up in the next few
days. I have to say it’s pretty disappointing to see those people
that tried to cheat and start 50 fake email accounts and subscribe
them all. C’mon it’s pretty obvious (big brother watches all) and
just stuffs up my database as now we’re having a great time weeding
the duds out.
If you lucked out on today’s Aloha comp, best
of luck on the Melbourne Cup today…
MOVEMBER – If you haven?t
yet registered for Movember do it now! Register online at
and get growing!

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Monday, October 31, 2005

"This fog is from the butcher smoking his
great hams," said one villager. "Can’t you smell
We woke to find ourselves shrouded in thick fog. So
thick you can barely see 10 metres in front of you. Difficult to
see out the back for sets…but I’m guessing it’s around knee to
waist high and requiring diet pills. You’d need to be desperate
to get out there.
Little bit muggy today, Max 23 degrees. NE winds later
today. Swell forecast – nothing decent for the next few days.
In the meantime work on those brownie points for the next swell.
At 5pm today the Aloha surfboard competition closes.
The winner will be announced in tomorrow’s Aquabumps report – to
enter, you just have to tell people about this website. Get busy.
(the leader doesn’t have as many as you think) More

How about that BRH Single Fin Classic held on
Saturday. A day of laughs. The outfits, nudity, smokin’ dance moves,
sensational weather and a small east swell pumping out a couple
waves in the south corner of Bondi. Congratulations to the winner
Ian Wallace. Check out the photo

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