Friday, January 21, 2005

Marourbra 7am – head high plus and
looking tasty
I woke to a playground of perfectly clean over head high waves. Iiiiikaruuumba!
The sun is shining, its warm, you can surf in boardies and any beach facing
east or north east should be pumping. This morning glory is to be short-lived
unfortunately as a predicted 15-20 knots of SE breezes will decimate (like
that word) the early birds quality. My call is to head to the northern
beaches, where a multitude of bays facing the right direction should be
doin’ it…an arvo sess at Manly protected from the onshore wouldn’t
be a bad option either.(if size maintains). Today I shot down the Bra
for a change…as Bondee is micro and far removed from today’s
action (also needed to shoot someone other than Wal, Mark, Robin ha!).
This one day wonder swell will deteriorate into tomorrow and remain small
until Monday arvo where something else is cooking.
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Thursday, January 20, 2005�

Bondi 7am – FughedabouditHowdy. Not looking to flash for a surf today. Swell is now coming from the ENE and is missing Bondi. Even at beaches facing the swell will be struggling to produce a wave over chest high. It’s a weak wind swell and lacking the grunt. The good news is its going to hit 29 degrees today, so if you’re lucky enough…a day down the beach would be the go. How good would that be? (hazy dreamin’ – insert Hawaiian music). The winds are going to explode into the afternoon like yesterday – 25/30knots of NE seabreeze. A true blue summer’s day.

North Bondi SLSC is holding another ocean swim on Feb 6th 2005 @ 10am. The club raised $7k for the Tsunami Appeal at the Rough water swim 2 weeks ago, and they plan to do the same on the 6th. More info
Just a reminder (you’re probably sick of hearing about them), but the Aquabumps tees are still on sale. I’ve sold out of pink ones, but there is loads of white…they’re great quality tees made in the US, and the men’s design features the subject lines titles from 2004 reports. So buy big! It’s about the only thing I’ve sold on the site in 4 years. What about the chix – you’ll love em!

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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Bondi 7am – very small, clean
and sunny.
Pure gold morning. Best ever…but I say that around 3 times a week. Sunshine
is blanketing Bondi this morning, very little wind, and even less swell.
Yep, it’s micro and probably best suited to beginners. Perfect day for
a laze down the beach before the North easter howls this afternoon. (20/25
knots of pain in the ****). It’s going to hit 27 degrees today…rooool
noice chiccos. Go swimming. I did. This is what I saw at 7am…
The Chronics @ Hopetoun Jan 19
The Chronics at the Hopetoun hotel Wed 19th Jan we’re gonna donate all
money from the door to Surfaid tsunami appeal.
Waves of Awareness Tsunami Benefit Concert
This Friday 7:30pm (21st Jan) night there is a Tsunami Benefit Night being
held at Paddington Town Hall. Tickets $10. More
Info

Snap off the lip local surf Film Festival
’05
The Deadline for Snap has been extended to Jan 27th (from the 21st). The
1st prize is now a custom board, $500 cash and a trophy, plus second prize
of $250 spending money from Point Break and $100 spending money from Krack.
The good news is Fuel Channel, who are sponsoring the first prize, will
screen a one hour special (about 60 times) of the best of Snap from Syd
and Newcastle…More
Info

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Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Bondi 7am – junky waist to shoulder
high
After a winter’s day yesterday, we’ve now got sunshine and clearing skies.
The 2 days worth of howling southerlies have stirred up some swell which
peaked last night before dropping considerably for the early this morning.
Onshore SE wind of 15 knots mashing any quality rolling
into Bondi…so you would really have to be keen.
The
winds will swing to the E/NE 10/15 knots later this afternoon
with a mild maximum land temp of 25 degrees. Don’t think
there will be much left tomorrow, hopefully the NE winds over the next
few days will whip up some new swell similar to last weekend’s joy. (unlikely
– but pray anyway).
You may have read in the papers yesterday (or on TV), Waverley
council wants to ban cameras on Bondi beach due to perverts taking
pictures of nippers getting changed at the SLSCs. Quite a ridiculous solution.
Banning cameras where kids get changed – fair enough. But on Bondi? Hard
to enforced with 50,000 people on a hot day…
The Bondi Openair Cinema is giving Aquabumps 10 Double Passes
for tonight’s premiere screening of cool music documentary DiG!
and another 10 Double passes for Wednesday 19th Jan screening
of surf film Billabong Odyssey. To win, just email [email protected]
quoting the film of your choice in the subject line. For more info and
to book tickets go to www.bondiopenair.com.au
Tomorrow night at North Bondi RSL (Wed 19th Jan), longboarding
surf flick ‘HANG’ will be premiering from 8pm. Tickets
$10.
The new Stab Mag surf mag is out
in your local news agency. Some great shots…how’s this cover image…

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Friday, January 14, 2005

Bondi 7am – north swell not touching Bondi The north swell machine continues to roll past Bondi today…south facing beaches barely picking up a knee high wave. Loads of crew bobbing up and down nonetheless, optimistically. This north swell is getting bigger so any beach facing north (or even east) would have a few on offer today… It’s a wind swell, so the waves are close together and break a little on the fat side.

Wind: N/NE 10/15 knots increasing to 20/25 knots in the afternoon. The high tide at 12:08 will magnify fatness, the 18:49 low tide should show an improvement. Weather is sensational and 29 degrees for both today and tomorrow. Yyyyyeeeeha. Gotta love summer.
Sunday 16th January has been declared a National Day of Mourning in Australia for the Tsunami victims. Around the country a number of individuals and groups are looking to hold paddle-outs to form Rings of Remembrance to honour the victims and their families. Rings of Remembrance is a concept that has been used throughout the tradition of surfing to pay respect to loved ones who have passed away. There is a ring being formed at a beach near you. Check the Surfrider Foundation website for locations and time. www.surfrider.org.auNorth Bondi Surf Club, Bondi Beach – 11:30am Sunday 16th Janbeachculture are in search of a HR/Payroll guru. If you are interested, or know anybody who would be best suited to this type of work, get em’ to check this link and apply.

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Thursday, January 13, 2005

Bondi 7am – nope, nothing to see here.Aloha! The wind swell is coming from the NE and missing Bondi. With the combination of early onshore winds it’s not looking to flash at all this morning. Bondi has knee high dribbles not worthy of a paddle unless you’re just starting out. Wind is currently 15/20 knots S/SE which will swing around to the NE and blow a gale of 20/30 knots later today. You probably find a weak peak at beaches facing east/north east…but it won’t be cranking. It’s going be 29 degrees today…so perhaps a swim will be the call. Not much happening in the swell department until Saturday…

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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Bondi 7am – wind swell, micro,
beginner’s day
The swell has dropped overnight leaving only waves suitable for beginners
this morning at Bondi. 2 billion people out enjoying the morning sunshine
and warm water temperatures. Large pack on mals in da middle seeking anything
above knee high bumps (optimistic). Weather is going to cook, reaching
29 today, 29 tomorrow, 33 Friday, 31 Saturday and 33 Sunday. So best put
the boards away for a while and replace it with a skatey…the new skatepark
at Bondi looks rad…
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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Bondi 6am – much smaller, but cleaner. V.crowdedOpps…Sorry – late report today…(nope no surfing for moi)…Bondi was filled with sunshine (and people) this morning. The south swell has backed off only pushing knee to shoulder high waves into the bay. This didn’t put off a huge crowd scufflin’ to get their share of the pie. Similar situation to a demolition derby with boards and bodies flying all over the place. 1 per waves works for me. Already I’ve got 3 requests for ding repairers in the local area. Jon Coshner’s ya man in Bronte 9387-2304.

Wind is going to blow N/NE later arvo 15/20 knots, and for the next few days we can expect northerly winds + swell. This switch won’t work in favour of our Boonndee being a south facing beach – but it will kick up some wind swell over the next few days. Expect similar size for the next few days, but its usually weak. Enjoy the great weather as we approach 35 degrees on Friday and Saturday. Yeeeoeoow. Noice.
West oz is scoring some swell this week. Tomorrow looking big – 10 foot +. Um…let’s go! Need the onshores to die down…beam me over scottie…
The Chronics @ Hopetoun Jan 19 The Chronics at the Hopetoun hotel Wed 19th Jan we’re gonna donate all money from the door to Surfaid tsunami appeal.
Aquabumps on Auslife website Auslife, an online mag from AussieBum (cossie manufacturer), has written a story on Aquabumps. Click here to read it.

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Monday, January 10, 2005

Bondi 7am – bumpy fat burgerlandBondi is picking up the best of this south swell with waves over head high on sets. The annoying Easterly winds continue for the third day, making bumpy surfaces. Easterlies seem to get in every nook and cranny of Sydney. Later today we’re expecting a northerly shift in wind direction which should improve conditions. The 8:45am high tide wasn’t doing us any favours either, fattin’ up any peak that rolled into the bay. SO many fat burgers in fact – after a take off you’re pretty much left with nothing. Summary, later = better. Low tide 15:43. This swell will switch into decline mode today as the northerly weather pattern kicks in bringing sunshine and a new swell on Wednesday. Tomorrow smaller but cleaner.

For some reason last Friday’s report was very popular. Statistics going through the roof – 100 new subscribers in a matter of hours. I would like to think it my water shots that were of interest, but suspect it may have something to do with a girl jogging in white shorts…
Brazilian Junior Champion Pablo Paulino is the new Billabong World Junior Champion. Hawaii’s Dustin Cuizon put up a fight in the finals but was left needing a combination of scores to take down the determine Brazilian.More Info
Adelaide surfer Sam Green, missing and presumed dead in Sumatra since the tsunami, has been found alive and well by his brother, Ben. He’d been scoring tubes a HT’s not knowing what had been going on in the world. (no internet cafes at Ht’s thank god). SMH full story
Happy birthday to Liv Gemmell!
Well whatdayaknow – still Aquabumps tees for sale…come get em’ while da hot!

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Friday, January 07, 2005

Bondi 7:30am – bigger (slightly) and bumpy with onshoresThe good news is that the swell has come up slightly overnight. The bad news is the South easterlies came with it producing junky/bumpy surf at Bondi this morning. Expect waves around waist to shoulder high at South facing beaches, which hopefully will get bigger as the day progresses.

Sun is out, and surfing in boardies now a reality – Yeeeoooo. It’s only going to be 23 degrees today; water is a cosy 21 degrees, high tide 6am then low tide 12:42 then High tide again at 18:31. There’s some decent banks around, just need the right conditions. Tomorrow looks better in size (with arvo onshores like today). The Billabong Pro Junior @ North Narrabeen will be decent viewing tomorrow. Get down there to see the future champs rip it to shreds.Comp Site
The Bondi Boardriders are holding their monthly(ish) comp on Sunday at 7am. Hit the hill near the skate ramp to register with Ian Wallace or Ben Davies. Me thinks waves on Sundee at Boondee too.
If you’re planning a big surf trip over seas this year, I’m coming… Will take photos if you pay for my way. Always good having a poster sized print in your lounge of you shacked of your noooona to remember the trip by. Even wallet sized prints available when you’re trying to impress the ladies at the bar…mowohahah! Contact Us
Oh yeah, got heaps of girl Aquabumps tees in the online store. (you’re probably sick of hearing about ’em! Buy Big!

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Thursday, January 06, 2005

Bondi 6:30am – better waves in my hairAloha. It’s perfect. Perfectly flat and sunny that is. The shots today are a little misleading, as I waited around 20 minutes for a decent set to roll through which could only be ridden on a mal/jetski/surf ski/rescue board/Tana’s speed boat/hand pod/lylo/submarine/dolphin…so best grab the beach umbrella, a good mag, baby oil (if that’s what you’re into e.g. Karl + Paul + Mannie), and head down for a dog paddle as it’s going to be a spectacular 27 degrees. Winds will swing from SW to SE onshore this afternoon, so the earlier the better. Hell, now is a real good time. Work?…what work. Tomorrow afternoon conditions will improve with a swell increase. Be good for the Billabong Pro Junior which is being held up at North Narra up until Saturday 8th Jan.

North Bondi SLSC is holding the Easts Bondi Rough Water ocean swim this Sunday 9th Jan 2005 at 10am. Circuit around Bondi Beach – North Bondi, out past Ben Buckler, south towards Mackenzie’s Point, in towards the Icebergs, then back north to North Bondi. The SLSC are pledging $5 from each entrant to Asian Tsunami Appeal (OXFAM). Get your entry forms from www.northbondisurfclub.com
Australian surf safari operators in Sumatra have created their own tsunami relief effort, with five boatloads of food and medical supplies on the way to remote islands and three more to follow. Quicksilver and Billabong both donating $500k each. More Info on SMH
Two people are missing off Rotto after their empty dinghy has been found. More Info on SMH
Looking a bit shabby? Better get yourself a new Aquabumps t-shirt. Both Women’s and Men’s available…c’mon, you’ll look hot. Buy Now

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Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Bondi 9am – knee high dribbly bits, nice day!Hello.. Welcome back to another year of the bumps! To kick the year off we’re blessed with sensational sunny weather, and light offshore winds. Swell direction has swung from south east to north east. The only missing ingredients – swell size + power. So dribbly knee high bits are breaking on two distinct banks at Bondi – large crew out enjoying the sunshine. Great day for beginners. Microscopic tomorrow again, before a decent increase on Friday/Saturday.

Deepest sympathies go out to all the people affected by the lethal tsunamis in South-East Asia. Horrific loss of life from a freak of nature. The oceans off Sumatra have been so kind to us surfers for so long, providing us tube after tube. Disasters like this demonstrate how vulnerable we are to Mother Nature, and how she commands our respect. I urge you to donate to one of the many relief funds. I’ve donated to the SURFAID relief (www.surfaidinternational.org), as they are focusing on helping people in the more remote areas of Indonesia affected by the disaster, like Nias and Mentawais Islands�(where we all surf).
Most of the focus as been on Aceh in Indonesia, and they haven’t got to helping the people in the more remote areas yet. So if you’re like me, and surf Indo every year, your help is needed now. I’ve heard reports that the Mentawai charter boats are ok, being off season they were mostly moored in Padang port or up in Thailand. There is a plan to put together a fleet of boats to supply relief to people in the areas only accessible by boats. More info
Click here if you want to donate to other aid groups. (complete list on SMH)
Other stuff…Billabong World Junior Championships�are currently running up at North Narrabeen January 1st – 8th 2005. There is $45,000 up for grabs amongst the 48 surfers. Previous winners include Andy Irons (the current world champion) and Joel Parkinson. Today was called off due to lack of swell, but Friday and Saturday should be great to watch when the swell picks up. www.billabongpro.com
Thank you for the hundreds of email filled with encouragement. Have a great day…

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