Friday, September 29, 2006

Something cooked up last night…Bondi had head high sets. She’s dropped a couple of notches overnight though…there are still rideable peaks down Bondi this morning early (chest high). Winds – offshore NW.
Damn nice day with sunshine (max 28) and chilly 19 degree water. Swell looks like it’s from the east and it’s not a strong one… tomorrow the swell should switch direction to the south and pick up a little. Could be slightly onshore as well.
These daily emails have probably been reaching you earlier these dayz. Well Aquabumps has a new best friend – yep RETURNITY, who can pump out 20,000 formatted emails faster than a twin turbo corolla on Campbell parade.
Lots to do this weekend.
the Sneaky Boyz (recently nominated for ARIAs) are having their final show of the current national tour this Sunday at the Forum, (Entertainment Quarter). 20 big ones for Tix on door. Open 8pm email
A little game of footie on is on tomorrow. Expect to see some guys staggering around the streets in footie jerseys setting off car alarms. That is after an eagle nibbles on a swan.
Correction to yesterdays email – John Witzig’s exhibition starts October 14 NOT Oct 4.
So next week’s Aquabumps will be broadcast from the west coast of this big island. And guess what – the swell’s’a’gonna be a PUMPING and I’ll be chasing the rogue bumps with my third eye. (um Aquabumps gallery shut all next week, but open this weekend 10am to 4pm sat/sun) later::uge

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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Sometimes things don’t work out. Oh no no…it’s me not you. Sometimes the wind is just all wrong. Like today. Onshore SE 15 – 20 knots. And sometimes the swell is nothing but knee high wind slop. You couldn’t paddle onto it even if you tried. So surely you’ve got a lot of work to do today. Crystal ball says forget about if for a few more days. Oh yeah… I wasn’t gonna show you 5 pics of onshore Bondi sloppage. So hope these Tahitian Chopes pics from June this year keep you going in between swells.
TOP 45 LAUNCH THEIR OWN WEBSITE. Yep. The best 45 surfers in the world have launched a website providing a unified voice and a gateway to interact with surfers everywhere. CJ Hobgood: "It will give you exclusive access to us!" check it
John Witzig exhibition moves to Margaret River.14 October to 11 November – Madfish Wines, Miamup Road, Cowaramup, WA , 08 9756 5200. To be opened by Nat Young. A selection from the 2005 and 2006 Sydney and Melbourne shows. The earliest of the photographs is of Rodney “Gopher” Sumpter at Wategos Beach at Byron Bay in 1962. The most recent is Mark Richards at Haleiwa in Hawaii in 1976 when he was the stand-out surfer of that winter on the north shore. In between are images of mid-‘60s Noosa Heads and the NSW north coast. Check it

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

No you don’t have to have your eyes checked – these pics have been “chumped & dumped”. In a cheap attempt to dazzle you with some nifty photoshop tricks, ‘ve tried to convert this mornings grey flat images into something of interest.
Yesterday’s south swell has been blown out by the overnight NE’ster. South facing Bondi ain’t loving the new change with waist high wind dribbles form the east. Interval is so short between waves you can nearly bust out into the wave in front if you push a turn too far. Water 19 (like its been for months), max 26 today on the motherland, fat tide 10:40am, low tide 5pm. Swell radar says Lame…and crank work out for the rest of the week. Yawn…

Been hearing all about a boom over in west oz. how everyone has made 10 mil on their family home (ok slight exaggeration), how there is a shortage of 66 foot Bertrams, how they want 3rd AFL team, and most importantly how they’ve had a good season of winter swells. SO, next week Aquabumps will be broadcast from somewhere on the west coast in search of power…
Enuf distraction::uge

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Black is back baby. Under a blanket of morning cloud we’ve got surfable but messy waves down at Bondi. Yesterday’s cooling weak south change brought some new wind swell, but the early direct onshore easterlies weren’t let much quality come through. You’d score waves up to head height with the majority smaller. Ok is more like wind chop on steroids, but the odd one threw a lip or had a beltable pocket. Water cool 19, Wind from ENE, on 21 today (27 tomoz), high tide 10am, low 4:30pm.
DAMO the MYTH buster::by Damion FullerYesterday the Aquabumps team chartered a seaplane and took to the air to bust some myths about secret Sydney surf spots. Fueled by the rediscovery of breaks such as "Ours" at Cape Solander near Kurnell and "Deadman’s" outside Fairy Bower in Manly we went in search of "Blue Fish Point" the legendary right hand reef break near the North Head Sewage treatment works. The story goes that it is accessible only by boat and is extremely sharky due to the fish feeding on the effluent. Sadly no surfable reef was found and we are calling this myth BUSTED::Damo

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Monday, September 25, 2006

Aahhh yes…what a weekend. A brief interlude into summer. Saturday was cookin’ with 30+ degrees, clear skies, small NE swell and only 30,000 people on Bondi beach (no exaggeration).
Dang. Summer in Bondi – nothing like the buzz of turbo charged Hyundais bakin’ it up Campbell Parade (ok dumpin’ it around the block 20 times). Hurricanes packed, Ravesis over flowing, BRH ridiculous…everyone turns the happy dial up a couple. Rrrrrppt (that’s meant to be a record player needle scratching). Then hang on… trouble in paradise, 3 x 6 foot Bronze Whaler Sharks rock into the bay at 2pm, lurking only 50 metres off the shoreline.
A Channel 9 chopper is on the scene with minutes as were Lifeguards Dean Gladstone & Ben Quigley chasing the big fish out of the bay on skis.
“Looks like the sharks are chasing a large school of Salmon lurking around Mackenzie’s bay” says Dean. “Damn shark popped up next to the ski before getting lost in my wash”.
Lifeguard Dean said the sharks hung around for while – the chopper giving directions to the skis from the air. Swimmers were evacuated for 1 hour…then all back to normal. Well sort of…
Back to the waves. After last nights cooling south change, we’re left with little joy in the wave department. That weekend’s ENE windswell has dissipated and we’ve got waist high shorey scratchers…looked a little better around 9am, slightly bigger…but hey, its wind scraps. Later, ::uge

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Friday, September 22, 2006

Waves? What waves? Nuttin’ down the beach this morning – apart from the 10,000 crew pumping out the early morning sweat. Its going to be a sizzlin’ dirty thirty today – best get yourself down the beach for a dip.
Water temp still 19, high tide 8am, low 2pm, Moderate to fresh NNW winds, virtually no swell on the weekend (maybe local NE swell pulse) – Monday might see something surfable. Maybe a good idea to kick that tin can down to the Aquabumps Gallery, 98 Brighton Boulevard, North Bondi.
Yesterday we had a few special guests down the Bondi, to begin with Buttons Kaluhiokalani (full name Montgomery Earnest Thomas Kaluhiokalani) – the 47 year old style master from Hawaii had a profound impact on modern day surfing with his unpredictable edgy style in the 70’s. Buttons, nicknamed after is distinctive curly afro locks by his grandma, was renowned to be a bit of a wild man in his day, is currently in town to promote his new surfboard/skateboard range.
We also had the Current World Champion of Tow-In Surfing – Garrett "G-Mac" McNamara. The 41 year old Hawaiian charges anything – eating 60 foot faces for breakfast. This man has no fear.
And finally the local champion, Cheyne Horan who starting surfing the Bondi shorey at age 10. After 20 years on the pro tour in the 70’s – 90’s Cheyne was renowned for his experimental board designs (like the Lexcen keel fin) and the originator of modern moves such as 360s and aerial flips – not to mention running up for the world title serveral times.
Enough journo work for the day, have a good weekend, ::uge

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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Yeah check that date above. Thursday. This isn’t yesterdays report running late. It’s the early bird so you can get back on your chair now.
I was quite surprised to see a little shorey chunk this morning down at Bondi. It’s only around waist high… the odd set pumped up with a backwash booster. It ain’t crankin’, but a nice morning to go swim, hang or just flake on the sand.
We’ve got perfect offshore winds all day as we head towards a top of 26 degrees. Tomorrow is going to be 30. Sat 30. Swell looks pretty micro for the next few days.
LIVE GABE :: 24th September. 2pm to 10pm. Mona Vale Hotel. (don’t get lost kids)Loose Lipped Gabe. There’s a fundraiser for young Avalon surfer and up and coming rap merchant Gabe whose currently recovering from surgery after a Intracranial bleed. Be sure to get some tix to this hot lineup – Van She, Sneaky, Valentinos, Riot in Belgium, Bang Gang djs…$35/tix 1st release, $45 second release. Get em at TSUBI stores or here
Luego::uge
PS – thanks for the air cond. dudes. Happy Birthday Ness

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

1st light is seeping into town real early now. Like 5:15am. Half of Sydney is getting up for bit of morning activity…if you were a tourist down at Bondi this morning you’d thought Sydneysiders are all mental.
If you peeled yourself outta bed this morning for a wave you’d be disappointed as yesterdays swell was battered overnight by a NE gale. It’s breaking around waist high +. It was so fat at 6am with an in coming tide…hard to stay on ’em and you’d need a fat board with plenty of meat to do anything resembling a turn.
It will heat up to 26 degrees today with strong warm offshore winds. The swell will dwindle to oblivion (unrideable). Perfect weather Thursday – Sunday as summer takes it first bite (30 on the weekend! crank the barbie)
Things to do: This weekend Board Sports Australia opens at Royal Hall of Industries at Moore Park (next to Hordern Pavilion). 23rd and 24th September. 9am to 6pm. Go check out everything to do with boards sports, snowboards, wake, surf, wind, kite, skate whatever. Website
Things to read: If you’ve seen a chopper lurking around Eastern Suburbs this year with a bald bloke hanging out the side shooting pics, fear not, ain’t no paparazzi or STAB shoot – Tim Mooney has been shooting his new book on Eastern Suburbs Aerial shots, from Bondi to the Bridge. Look
Random things: This is a totally random question, but I always get a good response saving me hrs, anyone know a good air conditioner installer dude? This Aquabumps gallery is cookin’ in the mild heat. Contact

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

I don’t remember the weather being this good in September last year. 30 fat ones today. It’s just like the peak of summer. Bondi has been blessed with pockets of joy lately… Sunday was all time…yesterday arvo was pretty special…today it tries to continues with chest to head high sets rockin’ in. Conditions should improve as the day progresses… but hang on…the swell is on the decline.
Winds are perfect NW offshore, NE later in the day. 6:30am high tide, 12pm low tide. Huge morning crowds out enjoying this good weather. Loose boards everywhere…I’d have your wits about you out there…danger everywhere.
Be good if we could convince that dozer driver to stop straightening out the beach for summer. 3 nice long points of sand would do us just fine. Insert supa banks. Have a great day:: uge

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Monday, September 18, 2006

Today’s guest reporter is Gezza Blake, ex-Tracks
Mag, Quikie + now a mad man with a hose (fireman):
Warning: Think twice about visiting
Uge at his swank little Aquabumps store in North Bondi. You may
just get roped into writing one of his daily reports like I did
this morning. Normally I would say no but after seeing his head
after the big weekend he had I felt sorry for the creepy little
voyeur.
Wave wise you could almost say Bondi was cranking
this morning. A few aqua chunks were marching into Bondi and surprisingly
the high tide banks were handling the barrage. There’s a nice
little peak towards the middle of the beach serving up a few left
and right reforms. Swells about 4 foot. Just checked with Nostradamus
(uge) and he reckons this is the peak of the swell. Swells coming
from the south, winds are NW swinging NE and the max temp is 25
degrees. High tide 6am, low tide 11.20am.
Whilst the swells not hanging around – should be half
the size by the morrow – the succulent weather is here to stay.
Tomorrow’s forecast is 27, Wednesday 29, Thursday 27 and Friday
is even hitting the low 30s. The perfect prescription for leaving
the house, heading down the beach and getting into your favourite
pair of boardies, bikini’s, sluggoes, or even a crocheted g-banger
if that rocks your boat. gez

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Friday, September 15, 2006

A
light to brilliant bluish green and the colour of the water this
morning. The dropping swell only left us dribbles (knee to shoulder
high) on a shallow southern Bondi bank, but the water was clear,
warm & crowded.
Virtually no wind and perfectly clear skies as it
heats up to a max of 24 degrees today. Waves will improve on the
incoming tide (high 2:30pm). Small swell pulse tomorrow (wind?).
Monday another bigger pulse…nothing substantial.
I talk up a lot of things. Just born with enthusiasm
overload. But it’s a really perfect day – would be sacrilege
to spend it indoors. Flick your work onto the work experience kid
and enjoy the rays, water and dribbles.

Aquabumps Gallery – you know it. Well it’s open all weekend 10am
to 4pm. Since the weather is going to be perfect and small swell,
I suggest a Bronte to Bondi walk, then up the stairs alongside North
Bondi RSL, look see A-bumper
gallery
, 98 Brighton Boulevard, North Bondi, then lunch
at 3 EGGHEADS café next door (the oldie Brown Sugar) map

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Rush hour::7am. La Bond*age was throwin’ a few tasty bits this morning. Totally random of course (standard). If you played your cards right you might’ve score a three foot set out the back (mostly smaller). You’d have to scrap with 30 other guys to score…it would wall up initially allowing you to generate some momentum, then she’d go a lil’ fat towards the middle forcing you into a cuttie in anticipation for the inside reform…then you’d put the peddle down to finish on some sort of close out reo. That’s how it would go.
With glorious NW offshores, a top of 22 and clear skies it doesn’t get much more inviting than this. Especially as the tide rocks in (1:30pm) where you should see a bit more pushing into the bay. You’d find clean small waves at most south facing beaches (Curly, Av blah). So best soak it up.
Everyone has an ipod. Hell even my parents have the latest video ipod 60 giga monster. Not that they know how to use it. But they have one. There be a special deal with Citibank – sign up for a credit card and score a new ipod for Aquabumps readers. Clock up that next indo trip on your new bit of plastic…

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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Finally those insistent onshores backed off allowing for surfable conditions. It wasn’t Hollywood at 6am – thought it was going to be better…a massive rip in the south made me earn my keep whilst trying to shoot in the water. Bad idea.
Waves broke around 4 foot, okay maybe the odd bigger set. But she’s real wonky on the early morning low tide. Hard to hold your position. Drove past around 10am for another sneak, and yup it got a heap better. Cleaner. Lining up better. So um. Go surf kids – best bump all week as it will decline from here. The sun is shining with variable winds.
Low tide 6am, High tide 12:30pm, great day with twenty-1, water still 19. Fine weather for days and days now as a big fat High covers most of Australia.
People have been trying to convince me for ages that Yoga and Pilates is the key to ripping in the surf. Well if you’re getting a bit stiff from all that office jockey work (ya), Elise is running Pilates classes down at Tamarama SLSC. Wednesdays 6:45pm or Thursday 6:45am. Just call Elise 0414 333 571
adios::ugio (south de border)

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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

No not the hedonistic, endurance-enhancing kind. The sky…it cracked this morning finally. After 5 days of thick blanket cloud, god’s fingers finally poked through. She’ll be clear from tomorrow onwards. Today 18 mainly fine. Tomorrow 20 Fine. Thurs 22 Fine. Blah.
The wave department is still on the manky side. 4-5 foot sets out the back of Bondi broke randomly in wonky bits…only a few optimistic wave hunters out sniffin’ – rarely saw anything rideable. Low tide 5am, high tide 11:30am. Water temp still 19 degrees.
Tomorrow the size should plummet to 2 feet, but the wind should blow offshore. Ya just can’t have everything.
24th September. 2pm to 10pm. Mona Vale Hotel. (don’t get lost kids)Loose Lipped Gabe. There’s a fundraiser for young Avalon surfer and up and coming rap merchant Gabe whose currently recovering from surgery after a Intracranial bleed. Be sure to get some tix to this hot lineup – Van She, Sneaky, Valentinos, Riot in Belgium, Bang Gang djs…$35/tix 1st release, $45 second release. Get em at TSUBI stores or here
New location. Hot young artists. Opening 15th Sept. United galleries. 181 Palmer Street East Sydney

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Monday, September 11, 2006

After all the hype, for some strange reason I thought it was a good idea to watch Wolf Creek last night. That flick is all messed up…a bit today’s surf conditions – dark & disturbing. After driving around in circles for 45 minutes checking every beach I didn’t see anything resembling a decent wave – nor did I see a single sole in the water at 6:30am.
SO – I’ve dug through the photo archives once again to find the darkest images to match this bogan acca/dacca black background…if you’re checking this on the website and not the daily email you’ll have no idea what I am talking about.
Day 5 of this storm is testing our patience…and there is no relief until Wednesday. Thankfully it seems loads of sand is moving around…pray for the return of the supa-bank.
SMH.com.au reports – On Saturday a 27 year old Malabar surfer died surfing Coogee. Full circumstances are unknown as he was found unconscious in the water around 5pm. Condolences to friends and family. With all the hype about big wave surfing at the mo – take care in the big stuff.
Later::uge
Ps :: The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is on Sunday 17 September. It’s about the only opportunity you’ll get to legally dash across the Sydney Harbour bridge – and you don’t have to do it nude at 4 a.m. after a big night (We’re not streakin’ Frank). Check it

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Friday, September 08, 2006

Day No.2 of storms. Another day indoors. Good time to get on top of your work as outside is pretty miserable. Winds continue to howl from the south. The (bumpy) swell is up there…6-8 foot at exposed beaches. Thought it was going to be bigger. Didn’t see anyone surfing in the eastern suburbs. I reckon a trip across to protected Manly would be the go…or how about trying a couple of nooks and crannies out of town…but all in all – it ain’t flash kids.
The big question is – when’s this damn onshore stopping so we can go shred. Not for a few more days… So go shopping with the girlie at the Junga (and act like you’re into it) and score brownie points. Better still – rock into the Aquabumps Gallery over the weekend (open Sat/Sun 10am to 4pm), 98 Brighton Boulevard North Bond*age. That’ll be next door to the OLD brown sugar cafe (now 3 Eggheads).
Was totally bored of the shots I took this morning. Basically large foam balls under a dark grey sky, so I threw in some clear water shots from last summer to remind you of how good it gets…have a good weekend::uge
PS – today I am trialing a new mail out system. Basically we’ve out grown the old one. So I would like you guys to report any weirdness…it came late today, early today, upside, sideways…whatever etc. Give Feedback

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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Phew-weeeeee. Blow baby blow. I can normally gauge the ferocity of a storm by the rattle of the windows in my room. Well at 5am this morning they were going nuts – thought they were gonna blow in. Howling 40 knot southerlies are terrorizing this town, but she’s creating a monster swell at the same time so there’d be no complaints. Always entertaining to see the Sulo bin demolition derby on your street – as your neighbors rubbish tumbleweeds down the street. Sam how come you have loads of empty Sharon Austen boxes in your rubbish?
So keep dry, maybe park your car outside for a free car wash and wait for this wind to stop. Because when it does there’ll be some chunks worth riding – maybe Monday? But the longer she blows the better the chunks next week…
::uge
PS – lookie here – Black Keys have a new album out. rock on kids.

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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

You’d probably look out the window today and think she’s gonna be a cracker. Yep…it is…right now…but not for long…hour by hour clouds will creep into town smothering the mornings golden light. Expect a light sprinkle later tonight and then she’ll blow hard tomorrow bringing us a new SOLID south swell. So sit back, relax and let this low pressurey do its thing. If you’re desperate – there is a knee to waist high shorey hardly worth surfing at the moment. But the water is joy.
The sunny start to spring has flicked everyone into exercise mode. Mid winter I can be the only fool down there…but today 1,000 joggers, swimmers, Bootie campers all cracking a sweat.
A while back I mentioned I was looking for a book keeper. Thank you to all 34 people that sent in emails of interest. I have found someone…thanks.
Surfing World Tour News – CHELSEA GEORGESON WINS THE RIP CURL PRO MADEMOISELLE, France. How is this for the Top 4 Women in the world at the mo:1. Melanie Redman-Carr (AUS) 4752 points2. Layne Beachley (AUS) 4452 points 3. Chelsea Georgeson (AUS) 4044 points 4. Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 2808 points
Jessi’s the local 20 year old Bronte shredder who you’ve probably watched hack the shorey since she was a little tacker.

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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Sorry if ya got two reports today. We’ve got techo
probs Houston. Yesterdays may have come overnight. 12 propellers
are sweatin’ over a server as we type.
A stealth mini south swell has snuck into Bond*age.
It ain’t big (head high max sets), but there’s some joy on a little
bank in the middle. Everyone is onto it – very busy morning down
there. It was on for an hour or so, but with the dropping tide it
has dissipated…
The swell will remain small tomorrow before picking
up on Thursday after a strong south change. It will rain and blow
for the rest of the week…soak up this glorious sunshine whilst
it’s here – we’re about to relapse back into winter
soon. (max 23 degrees today, max 15 on Saturday).
6am high tide, 11:30am low tide. 19 in the water,
23 on the land. Northerly offshores all day. Work is overrated on
a day like this::uge
PS – Someone said to me the other day "
hey maan – there’s something wrong with your camera – all the pics
are smudged/blurry" – um that’s on purpose. I like to capture
the motion.
PSS – new album out by the Black Keys
called Magic
Potion
– some pretty heavy rock tunage. Not bad for
a couple of lawnmowers gone large.

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Monday, September 04, 2006

If you google "perfect weather" you’d probably find pictures from Sydney over the weekend. It doesn’t get much better…well Hui could have thrown us a couple bones in the surf department -‘ but what a great start to Spring.
We’re denial that it’s actually Monday -‘ a work day…so we’ve extended our weekend’s road trip and today’s Aquabumps comes from a very quiet, crystal blue water beach which is throwing a small waist to chest high number. I won’t be mentioning where this place is, or how to get there…it’s just somewhere in NSW.
My spies in Bondi inform me that you’ve got waist to chest high waves this morning, calm winds and glorious sunrise. Swell should increase slightly as the day progresses. High tide 5:10am, low tide 10:40am, with moderate to fresh southwest winds, easing and tending southeast this afternoon. Max 21 degrees. Enjoy the sunshine::uge

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Friday, September 01, 2006

(Hang on – this years going way to fast kids)
Sydney changes when the sunshine cranks – loads of crew starting
their exercise regime, people seem happier, some crew work on the
base tan (Mannie) and some don’t work at all (Beo). Whatever you
do – make some time for a dip as it’s going to be 24 degrees today
– and a FAT 27 tomorrow. Yeoow.
Been a poor week for surfing. Today there is little
playful knee-waist high bumps. Swell is from NE with N-NE winds.
You need to use equipment with a heap of buoyancy…’cause there
ain’t much chunk in this bump.
that
got your attention. Two scruffy kats – Darryl Nichols
(Soul Riders) and Ben Lucas are having beers &
bangers down at Six Ounce Board Store this afternoon (celebrating
Springtime). So lets not beat around the bush – flag work, hit the
beach and then spend the arvo drinking someone else’s beer (not
mine for a change – love ya Coopers). Okay so they might not have
20 cases of Coopers to give away (bring some), but the usual suspects
will be loitering – TIP: ask Ben for a deal on
a new board around 5ish. Youse all welcome…1pm till late – Shp2/
144 Glenayr Ave Bondi Beach 2026.
This
Sunday is Father’s day and I reckon I have the perfect gift idea
– you guessed it an Aquabumps framed print (some framed prints are
$150, mini-mes unframed $35). The Aquabumps Gallery is open 10am
to 4(ish) Saturday and Sunday. Come see. 98 Brighton Boulevard North
Bondi (next door to the old brown sugar). Tip:
Do the walk from Bronte to Bondi (then up the stairs along the side
of the N.Bondi RSL) to check us out. Luego::eugenius

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