Monday, July 31, 2006

The perfect weather from the weekend continues,
but the swell fades. The weakening east swell is only managing 2
foot sets at exposed beaches…whilst south facing Bondi is only
producing dribbles for beginners.
Winds are currently from the NW
and will swing SW later today. Max. land temp 19, water 18, high
tide 12:15pm, low tide 6am. Should be slightly bigger tomorrow (3ftish)
with early morning offshores…yup.
I am being asked often why there is not so many shots
of female surfers on Aquabumps. Well the answer is quite simple
– most mornings there are 100 guys out and only a couple of girls,
if any – making it hard to get a shot. In Mentawai there are around
1000 blokes to every 1 female surfer…So it’s not intended to have
more blokes than girls, just hard to get shots when there are so
few girls out there. So chix, get out there…I will shoot.
After a great Indonesian boat charter in July, here
is the online
photo gallery
to distract you from your work today.
We’re going again in late October for 12 nights and have some spare
spots on the boat. Last year late season trips scored the best waves
of the year. Cost $4k for boat ticket which includes everything
but airfares. The boat: luxurious brand spanka’ Tengirri
48 foot powercat (same as last trip), total 6 surfers only. Girls
obviously more than welcome, in fact the charter boat would probably
give you a discount if you’re female. For more info contact
us.

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Friday, July 28, 2006

Sometimes it happens when you come back from the islands…warm water, silky surfaces, and a whole-lotta-good waves. Diagnosed as Post-Mentawai_Blues, your boards don’t seem to get out of their covers for sometime. Nothing seems good enough. Kinda like eating an upstairs chicken snitz at brh, then down stairs chicken mudflap just doesn’t cut it anymore – but it was your staple diet for so long…
But – today is shaping up to be a good surf day. Sunshine has made a cameo, NE swell is producing 4-6 footers at exposed beaches, and around 2-3 foot at South facing Bond*age. Light westerlies are making it even better and the swell seems to be cleaning up its act. So_no_blues this time. Just hit it if you can cause tomoz will be smaller kids… like half.
Friday August 18 – Sunday August 20Byron Bay Surf + Yoga RetreatsSamudra are running some Surf + yoga retreats up at Byron. Gotta be a whole lot warmer up there. As a special offer for weekend retreat only, if you bring a friend you can come for half price! That is $630 for the first place and $315 for the second. Accommodation is twin share. (02) 6685 5600 or [email protected] or how about Sunday September 3 – Sunday September 10 if you’re keen on a week retreat.
Aquabumps Gallery Open this weekend Sat/Sun 10am – 4pm, 98 Brighton Boulevard, North Bondi. Map
Hasta leugo ninos.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Couple waves worthy of a slash kids. It’s small (2-3 feet) and very inconsistent but I witnessed a couple little lefties and righties with some resemblance of a wall this morning. Tomorrow should be a whole new picture with swell doubling overnight. She’s nice and glassy early today …with not too many folk around. Gotta love Bondi in the winter. Laters, —>uge

Ohyeah…8:30am high tide, 2pm low tide, winds may blow SE later.

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Monday, July 24, 2006

Where did it all go? Yesterdays decent chunky
swell has dissipated overnight leaving 3 foot scraps down at Bond*age
this morning. Quite surprised how fast it dropped… Before you
all get too depressed don’t worry – its coming back on Wednesday,
bigger and better.
Glassy conditions this morning – indoesque
in fact. Beach was deserted…no one around. High tide 8am,
low tide 1:15pm. Wind will probably blow onshore
SE this afternoon.
Other stuff::
We’re still in the middle of the whale migration
season. Yesterday a hand full of whales passed the famous
thick slabbin’ righthander ‘OURS‘ down near Kurnell.
I am told healthy numbers of whales passing Sydney this year. (1500?)
Chilltime:: If
you’re feeling a little over stimulated of late, better check yourself
into a meditation session with local surfer Chis Dorje Walker.
Chris, who was a Buddhist Monk for 8 years now runs meditation classes
in Bondi for $25 per session. Next sess Tuesday 7:30pm. Call 0410
622 437 or email
chris
. www
ASP World Tour News::
Mick EUGENE Fanning has won the South African J-Bay
Billabong Pro on Saturday. How good is that? Fanning, considered
the fastest surfer on the tour is back in the winning circle after
defeating west oz shredder Taj Burrows in the final. Watch
Replay

Current Top 10 Ratings After Event 6
– The Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay
1. Kelly Slater (USA) 5109
2. Taj Burrow (AUS) 4682
3. Andy Irons (HAW) 4365
4. Bobby Martinez (USA) 4233
5. Taylor Knox (USA) 4060
6. Damien Hobgood (USA) 3767
7. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 3652
8. Mick Fanning (AUS) 3577
9. Tim Reyes (USA) 3575
10. Tom Whitaker (AUS) 3299
The land still rocks from time to time after
being on a boat for 2 weeks.
Later, ::uge

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

After traveling 600 nautical miles, burning 6000 litres of diesel, sipping on 300 Bintangs, drinking 15 gallons of water, 160 kit kats, 150 Tim Tams (ok maybe more), surfing 15 surf breaks, this Sumatran surf charter aboard MV Tengirri finishes on a bang with 4 – 6 foot heavy tubing rights. It seems everyone else up here has the same idea with 7 boats anchored nearby. (we scored 8 days surfing on our own).

This punishing right continues to throw a thick lip capable of permanently parting your hair – not to mention holding you down long enough for a chat with the fishes. Dang. Wish Bondi got this good. Sun was shining and standard Indo glassy conditions prevail. Who would have thought an ocean earthquake registering 7.2 on the Richter scale was just around the corner in West Java (463 nautical miles away). Boat gossip says a 2 metre deadly tsunami followed the quake…the Mentawai region was unaffected.
Special thanks to Telstra, especially Marc Tan & Ken Morrow for organizing the Satellite hook up making these reports possible from such a remote area & Christian Tan for uploading the daily fix from Sydney.
Massive thanks to the boat crew of Tengirri, Jeff Davies (captain Bintang) for skippering the 47 foot turbo charged Catamaran throughout the island archipelagos chasing waves (the biggest larrikin out here, a man who lives off Tim Tams and beer – no joke), Filthy Phil Kiem for putting up with our crap and owning the boat, Donald the chef for daily masterpieces – best food in the islands (ever), Titus the mental Timorese-Portuguese boat engineer who sleeps in his rashie (even has a special rashie he wants to be buried in), and all the other surfers on the boat for allowing me to drop in on them when not shooting.
If you’re interested in a 12 day tour like this around the Sumatran islands, I recommend this zippy 47 footer as you get to places fast, the food is awesome and carrying 6 surfers you’re not an instant crowd. Go to www.tengirri.com or call (Aust) Anthony Kiem 0434 249 834. Seeyouse, Yooj.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Sometimes the planets seem to line up… Alleluia. After motoring all night we’ve anchored at a 6 foot heavy reeling right hander (8 foot sets). The Sun was out (finally), and the winds were pretty much non existent. This wave freight trains along deep reef throwing a thick lip towards the inner section. Probably one of the heavier waves up here. It’s a common sight to see victims gasping for air after lengthy hold downs…1 hour later and a volatile storm ruins our playground and everyone is back on their boats in search of a sheltered cove. The weather is so unpredictable. Mental.

Hope Bondi is pumping. Later, ::uge

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Monday, July 17, 2006

We’ve ended up in the land of the rights – righthanders that is. Indo is famous for its lefts, but we’ve found a group of islands near the equator that are predominantly right – suits me being a natural footer. The promised swell arrived today, not nearly as large as we expected – but still loads of fun.

We stumbled across a right, unnamed, in front of an idyllic tropical paradise island. A small village on the shore jam packed with palm trees, golden yellow sand and deep aqua water. You know not many people surf here when the whole village spends the day watching us surf 3-4 foot tubular perfection. You could hear the hooting when you disappear into the tube and then burst out – think they thought it was black magic.
Later, uge
pS some of today’s shots by Filthy Phil Kime

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Friday, July 14, 2006

If you’re not with the program Aquabumps is currently being broadcast from a remote archipelago of islands 100 kms off Sumatra, Indonesia (until the 20th where normal reports from Sydney beaches resume). These images are being beamed back via Telstra Satellite from a rocking boat…

So far we’ve had a pretty bad run with conditions – rain and storms everyday, and a small swell chugging into these sharp reefs. Today was looking a lot more optimistic with a 4-5 foot soft right breaking metres away from a tropical paradise. Palm trees line every island… its like heaven. Swell is on the up…and it looks like the next 4 days will be the goods. We’re motoring all night to find better waves…
There is currently 30 charter boats patrolling this area chasing waves…we’ve come across Americans (majority), Brazilians, Argentineans, aussies and a large contingency of South Africans. There is more tork amongst these boats than a WHO mag…here’s a sample: a few weeks ago Sunny Garcia and his Hawaiian mates we’re given a naval escort out of the region after having a brawl with a boat load of Brazilians. Rasta and mates are currently up north awaiting swell – heard they’ve scored nothing up there so far…Jack Johnson was just out here in the playground region staying in a new land camp…not to mention the gun slinging American kneelo convention that seem to rock up at every break. I think they’re hunting bears…we’re also one man down, Brett Newman had to head home after a shoulder injury…later, uge

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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Well it doesn’t happen often – but it’s pretty much flat up here. Yup surfing mecca is having a RDO. The swell magnets are more crowded than Bondi on a peak summers day – orkay, maybe not that bad, but everyone is scrappin’ over 1-2 footers.

Dayz like these make living on a boating a bit loco – the islands were in chaos as boats did circle work in search for something surfable. Time to do another lap walking around the boat…or sit out the back in hope for a freak set.
Chinese whispers amongst boats say there is a swell due on Saturday. A solid one. There’d better be, or I will be able to recite the Young Guns II DVD.
Laters, uge

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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Writing an email which is read by 20,000 can be a daunting task. Freaks me out at times. It’s even weirder writing it on a rocking boat somewhere in remote Indonesia where only 45 years ago the local people were head hunters, and they still paddle dug out canoes to our boat selling wood carvings – meanwhile I’m rigging up my satellite antenna to beam back daily pics via outerspace (thanks Telstra). Mentawai people are poor and massively neglected being isolated from the rest of the world. SURFAID is a charity that helps out the people of this region, so if you’re interested in supporting them go to www.surfaidinternational.org

Waves – yep, we got waves today. Slightly larger than yesterday…4 foot with bomb 6 foot sets. The lulls so long that your hair dries in between sets…flat….then all the sudden a 6 foot sucky monster rumbles along the reef. Barely anyone out all day…actually didn’t really see many others today…beaches are deserted and idyllic, water crystal clear. Tomorrow we head south…or wherever we find more waves. Hope the office if going good. Sorry couldn’t help myself, ::uge
PS – the Aquabumps gallery is still open for business (even though this punter photog ain’t around) Wed – Sun 10am to 4pm.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Selamat Pagi. 6am, waking up to the glorious sounds of a stuck anchor wedged deep in the reef, my expectations for a day of size was low – thinking it was dropping off all night. Surprisingly, a very exposed south-west facing left hander was putting on some heat at 4-6 foot…not a sole out. 14 sec intervals, little or no wind and silky smooth surfaces only possible in this area – it’s all good. 3 boats rocked up around 4pm to share in the indo delights…amongst them, the Gun slinging American Kneelo convention.

We’ve got a large swell heading in our direction for Thursday, but that’s just boat tork – we’ve got no charts out here and skippers can tork it up…Jumpa lagi :: uge

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Monday, July 10, 2006

2degreesSouth111degreesEastWhere the bloody hell are ya? Doesn’t have the same twang not coming from Lara Bingle. Well Aquabumps will be broadcast from a remote archipelago of islands, 100 kilometres off Sumatra, Indonesia for the next week or so. We’re in search of warmer water and tubular perfection which this area consistently produces. After a couple of international flights (with lost baggage involving my camera gear) and overnight motoring on the 48 foot turbo charged cat, we’ve arrived to find ferociously speedy lefts, around the head high mark on razor sharp coral reefs. All of us have lost bark on day 1. The weather is volatile with glorious sunshine one minute, and then a 35 knot squall the next. Currently we seek protection in a sheltered bay awaiting this afternoon’s storm to pass.

The word on the street is that Sydney’s had some waves last week. I hear Thursday it was pumping…nice.
Special thanks to Telstra Mobile Satellite Services for supplying an internet connection for the boat enabling these broadcasts. Being online out here is truly a miracle, considering the how primitive the local villages really are. Hopefully the weather clears up tomorrow..later, ::uge

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Monday, July 03, 2006

The weekend’s cheeky lil’ waves continue to work today. It’s even bigger than expected with a slight pulse overnight (shoulder to head high sets). We’re blessed with a SW offshore providing clean surfaces…Bondi had a few – many closing out, but enough to get 1 turn in. Curly, Av, Cronulla should all have waves this morning before a strong SE onshore messes it all up. Tonight’s south change will bring swell – and wind…and rain.
High tide 2pm, low tide 7:30am, max 17 degrees on land, 18 in the water, rain later.
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Have a good week::Uge

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Monday, July 03, 2006

The weekend’s cheeky lil’ waves continue to work today. It’s even bigger than expected with a slight pulse overnight (shoulder to head high sets). We’re blessed with a SW offshore providing clean surfaces…Bondi had a few – many closing out, but enough to get 1 turn in. Curly, Av, Cronulla should all have waves this morning before a strong SE onshore messes it all up. Tonight’s south change will bring swell – and wind…and rain.

High tide 2pm, low tide 7:30am, max 17 degrees on land, 18 in the water, rain later.
Dive ticket – Special Offer for Aquabumps ReadersMajority of this planet is underwater. Time to get your dive ticket to see the rest of this world. Prodive Coogee has a winter special running for Aquabumps readers – Learn to dive on a 4 day course for full Padi Open Water accreditation for only $245, normally $395. T: (02)9665 6333 email
Have a good week::Uge

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