Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Hola. Once again there are a few waves around this morning – mainly shoulder high, sometimes head high. With today’s smaller swell (2.0m with smaller interval) it is producing a few more decent waves in comparison to yesterday’s straight-handers. Late session yesterday was the goods.
Early morning NW winds were promoting cleaner surfaces but there is still some wonk in this early bump. The 8:40am low tide was probably hindering it also, so best ride it mid tide and before the wind blows from the NE (15/20 knots) this afternoon. (High tide 3:30pm). The weather looks great with a maximum of 25 degrees and mostly sunny with a possibility of a lat thunderstorm.
Packed beach this morning with everyone getting into shape for summer. All sorts… including Charles the flamboyant Scot who was loitering in the south end (sans harem). Looks like he’s got a little website of his own… Check it out ::uge

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Monday, October 30, 2006

Slow start to the day after pushing our clocks forward 1hr. Yawn… The wind backed right off last night leaving some clean conditions for this morning. The swell has dropped a couple of notches as well, and is now producing waves around 4 foot on the sets down at Bondi. Northerly winds today blowing 15/20 knots in the afternoon (NE). It’s a wonky swell breaking pretty randomly if not mostly closing out. Other beaches would have much more to offer today. Go for a drive. High tide 2pm, low tide 7:30am, max of 23 degrees today, partly cloudy, sunrise at 6am, first light at 5:30am.
Last Saturday the Beach Road Hotel Single Fin Classic was held down at Bondi in 2-3 footers at first in the morning, which then turned into 6-8 foot monsters with the howling afternoon onshore. Ian Wallace won the event for the second time, whilst local power grom Perth Standlick came in second, John "Bones" Dwyer third and Shane Thomas fourth. Paul Cram took out the seniors with Glen Platt coming second. Hilarious day with some out of control dance moves before heats… Check out a few snaps

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Friday, October 27, 2006

Back home. No more trips away for sometime now. I promise.
Bondi had a few small waves this morning. South swell pushing weak 2-3 foot sets in the south. Couple of workable peaks. Not smokin’ – but still surfable. NW/NE 10/15 kts increasing to 15/20 kts offshore. Winds turning W/SW 18/23 kts in the afternoon or evening. Nice day with a decent 28 degrees…good beach day.
Now I’ve been talking it up all week – yep the Beach Road Hotel Single Fin Classic is on tomorrow down at South Bondi . The waves are going to be 3 foot in the morning and bigger as the day progresses – yeha! So the comps got good waves. It’s a must to come down and watch/surf…drag the esky down…looks to be mostly sunny – its a hilarious day.
Note: All surfers must register at the marshaling area at least 45 minutes before their heat. Surfers who fail to do so will forfeit their spot to those on the weight list. All surfers as yet not paid up, and who haven’t made prior arrangements, may lose their spots to guys on the wait list who are willing to pay their fees. Quarter of a century division heats are at 11:30 and 11:50. If you’re surfing click here to download the heat draw. Any queries [email protected]

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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Speedie report:: Today is the last day in this island paradise and
then Aquabumps returns to good old Bondi. Yeah there’s waves
around up here. Good ones. Not big. Just good. But you probably
don’t want to hear about that (seeing its overcast, onshore
and mushy 3 foot back in Sydney)…just check out the pics and book
your next holiday…dooit dooit – you can never have too many holidays.
Laters, uge

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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The swell machine has temporarily slowed up here in Bali. Not much around… time to do other things, dvd shopping, eat too much, get your hair braided (not), get some new tough stickers, massages, oh yeah and more massages, sit on a corner in Kuta yelling out ‘transport’ or just kick the tin can down Jalan Legian – that tin can will probably fall down a open drain though.
The Balinese have the perfect build for surfing. Light, agile, small & strong. These guys can pull of some ridiculous moves in a 1-2 foot shorey. They aren’t camera shy either…5 minutes after whippin’ the camera out there’s a mad scramble down the beach to bust some fins out…
Looks like you’ve got a small east swell hittin’ sydney at the moment with Northerly wind pattern. Looks like a cracker of a day with 30 degrees…
Attention all Mo Bros…Movember is back. Yep, that one month of the year that you can grow some dirty big handle bar Mo to raise money for Prostate Cancer research. Registration is held at Beach Road Hotel 29th Oct from 3pm (come clean shaven).
Yeah. don’t forget this Saturday 28th Oct is the Beach Road Single Fin Classic. Starts at 7:30am in South Bondi, seriously the most fun day down at Bondi. Even if you’re not surfing, just drag down the esky for the day and cack yourself over that bad 70’s dance moves before heats.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

This Indonesian wave magnet continues to pump. Not
a big swell, 4-5 foot at most exposed reefs. Tomorrow is a different
story with a bigger swell predicted…so the locals say…Chinese
whispers on the peninsula aren’t the best source of swell info…local
Warungs (huts) always say tomorrow will be ‘going off’ in order
to lure you back again with a pocket full of Rupiah.
I thought Black Magic only existed in the movies &
cartoons but here in Bali it’s serious stuff. Sometimes you can
be at a street stall and if you don’t make a purchase you can be
threatened with a dark spell. Or how about a mean ex partner leaving
some garlic on your front door in attempt to cast a spell of misfortune
over you. Black magic can be used to sell houses, bring rain, cure
illness – almost anything. Right now I am waving a chicken over
my laptop in attempt to bring on some solid swell to fire up spectacular
Padang Padang.
Back in Bondi it looks like a cracker with a
sunny day, 3 foot of south swell and NW winds. Max land temp. 25.
High tide 9am, low tide 3:30pm. Go surf.
Later::uge

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Monday, October 23, 2006

Ahh good old Bali… This Indonesian pearl has been putting on a few waves over the weekend – mostly around the 4 – 5 foot range. The Bukit, packed with breaks has been offshore all day – does it get any better than this? Some of the sunsets have been just ridiculous…the colours so vibrant that they don’t look real.
Lords of Dogtown… Dog in Bahasa is ASU. There are more dogs than people on this island. The beaches are packed with them – most of them don’t look too flash. Ever wondered why they aren’t controlled? The Balinese people are Hindu and believe in incarnation, karma and peacefulness. My new buddy Kedek says "Dogs are a constant reminder to be a good person" They believe that a dog is the worst animal to be reincarnated as…so that grizzling mutt down at the corner store could be your lost Granny reincarnated, working her way into the heavens. Hence they’re left alone…
Back in Sydney you’ve got a few waves around the place…3 footers at south facing beaches and moderate North west winds. I think that Bondi would be fun under that combo – not epic, just fun. Max 23 degrees, first light at 4:40am, sunrise at 5:05am, 6 days until day light savings starts.
Junpa lagi:: Made Uge

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Friday, October 20, 2006

Bintang. The Indonesian word for Star & name of their national beer. Have you ever wondered why Indonesia has such a good tasting beer seeing the locals don’t really drink it? These little smiling guys don’t scull a 6 pack on the way to bathroom like Big Tom at the Beach Road. Just not in their culture.
Well the reason being Indonesia used to be a Dutch colony, with the focus of attention being Java. The Dutch make good beer (Heineken) and left behind their advanced brewing techniques for us to enjoy decades later. So there you have it. Thought that red star looked familiar on the Bintang bottle? You’ll find it on the old Heinekein label as well. Enough rambles.
Well we’ve still got a small swell up here in Bali and the winds are a little wonky. Not many places working. But you’ll still find some joy little beachies packed with Warungs where you can surf, OD on nasi goreng, drink bintangs, buy a sarong, get a massage all for under 5 bucks (4 if you haggle and throw around some broken Bahasa).
Back in Sydney its seems to be a work day with tiny swell and north west winds. Clouds will rock into town as a south change erupts hopefully generating a few waves for the weekend. But the strong southerlies tomorrow won’t give you joy…mostly onshore for Sat.
Don’t forget about the Beach Road Hotel Bondi Boardriders Single Fin Classic to be held on Saturday 28th October. It’s shaping up to be a hot day. Start time is now 7:30am (not lunchtime). More

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

In an attempt to avoid all of Sydney’s winter,
Aquabumps will be coming from the Indonesian island pearl, Bali
for the next week. It’s pretty quiet up here…October is
bit of a black month from the bombings in the past. The local people
continue to wear a smile from ear to ear
Up here the winds are starting to do their seasonal
switch, and rumors of the other side of the island is starting to
work. However the swell is tiny, and a volcanic reef/beachie was
the go for the morning sess. We’re anticipating some decent
stuff over the weekend…so until then a deck chair and 4 dishes
of nasty goreng will do the trick.
Back in Bondi it looks like a micro day (1 –
2 foot)…warm though with 30 degrees, moderate onshore east to
south east winds. Should be some fun ones this weekend with a swell
increase.
Other stuff: 36 year old Hawaiian legend Sunny Garcia
got a 3 month prison sentence for avoiding more than half-a-mil
of taxes.
Enough already. uge

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Check that date above. Yep an early one. Can get back on the chair now. The south swell that’s been around lately has faded giving way to a new, weaker, shorter interval NE wind swell. South facing Bondi was barely breaking as the wind chop on steroids rocks right past the bay.
So its not good news for surfers, as you’ll have to grovel at a north/east facing beach (Whaley? Bra?)…sets around shoulder high. Its not powerful stuff so I wouldn’t get too excited. NW/NE winds were in early (and will blow 25 knots). Expect rain/thunderstorms later and a muggy 34 degrees today.
What a cracker of a sunrise. It’s funny…I normally carry 3-4 cameras & 5 lenses to capture the sunrise including a 617 panoramic film shooter. This morning I said…nope, one camera one lens, and it was probably in my top 3 sunrises for the year…
Some rumblings deep down south are creating swell for the weekend. You’ll see a dramatic swell increase Friday (South swell). Good chance to practice for the Bondi Single Fin comp.
There is also a decent swell running along the west coast of Australia on its way to indo…and there is also a QF137 flight running along the east coast of Australia headed for Bali – and I’m on it. So off we go again, and you’re coming with my third eye…yeeeeeeha. Aquabumps Gallery shut on weekdays, open on weekends::junpa-lagi::uge

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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Hi. Few waves around this morning. Hell cross shore howling from the north, but it’s cleaned up from yesterday’s mank. Sets broke around head high + and only a few guys out under thick blanket clouds. The early morning 5:15am high tide wasn’t doing it any favors, so best wait a while towards the 11am low tide. The wind will blow 30 knots this afternoon from the N/NE. Much warmer day tomorrow with 30! First light was at 4:47am and we’ve only got 12 days until day light savings starts….bring that orn.
Spotlight : Local fella Brian Watson, at 66 years of age is down Bondi every morning bustin’ out 6kms on the soft sand. Rain, Shine, hail whatever. He also has the largest collection of Aquabumps tees. Good effort there.. ::uge


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Monday, October 16, 2006

Today’s surf is pretty lame. We’ve had a good run with heaps of swell last week…now the SE winds are butchering the 3 footers that are on offer. You can still catch a few decent ones in the middle – but you’d wanna be keen.
Slater. the Freak. Let’s talk about Kelly Slater winning his 8th World title. He’s not from this planet. Despite there being two events still remaining in the season, Slater cannot be surpassed at the top of the ratings by any of his closest rivals (including Taj Burrow (AUS), Andy Irons (HAW), Joel Parkinson (AUS) and Mick Fanning (AUS)) who were all eliminated prior to or by Slater in the weekend’s event, the Billabong Pro Mundaka, Northern Spain.more
Beach Road Hotel Single Fin classic – held on 28th October 2006 The second Beach Road Hotel Single Fin Classic kicks off again on the 28th of October. While some people aspire to walk on the moon, Bondi’s surfers have far greater hopes in life – topping that to-do list is winning the Beach Road Hotel Single Fin Classic. If last year was anything to go by this one will be bigger than Quo Vadis! It was a stellar turn out as you can see from the photo gallery. Entry forms for 2006 are available from Aquabumps Gallery, Six Ounce, Krack Surf and Skate, and The Beach Road Hotel, costs $20 (for financial Boardriders Members) or $40 (for non-members). This includes t-shirt, BBQ, and presentation for over 18’s. You don’t have to be a die hard local, or even live in Bondi. Even if you don’t surf in the event, I urge you to get down there for one of the best home grown Bondi events of the year… once again featuring the spectacle of 70’s surf wear, dance offs, and pumping DJ’s. For full details, rules etc follow this link, or email Benny Davies, [email protected] – Note: Heats are very limited, and registration will not be possible on the day.

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Friday, October 13, 2006

Some things are best straight…like the photos hanging in my gallery, or driving in a straight line on the freeway, or straight tequila, or Benny Bullbar, or how about a line up on a crowded pub pee wall…but straight ain’t good for waves. A real kill joy. Straight is the best word to describe ‘bOndi’ today. ‘Flies’ would come second.
The good weather and early 4:52am first light is dragging everyone out of bed. Bondi was packed at 6:30am with all sorts. Doing what I do I get to meet a lot of funny and interesting people (and Bondi attracts its share of variety). Whilst in the south end I met a Scottish, regal, posh character – Charles…on holiday…with what seems a small herom in tow. He’s sounds like he’s been partying a bit. …heard this story before? In search of his princess Mary perhaps?
This south swell continues. All charts say nada el zippo, but this swell just won’t go away. If only we had something for it to break on. Head high sets, and it may improve when the tide fills in (1pm high). Outta town would still be smokin’. It’s a perfect sunny day as we bake it up to thirty-5 fat degrees. Early NW winds will swing NE and freshen. Fine tomorrow, late south change will bring clouds and rain for Sunday.

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Thursday, October 12, 2006

The swell machine has slipped a couple gears and is producing waves around waist to head height. Bondi is bank-less, and most waves are pretty much straighthanders. Awesome early morning conditions with cookin’ sunshine and a light north westerly. Hive of activity on the shores…thousands of people exercising or just flaking out…
Outlook for today is fine and crankin’ 31. Winds will swing NE in the afternoon and become gusty (up to 25 knots). First light was at 4:53am, Sunrise at 5:20am, high tide 12pm, low tide 7pm, water 18-19 degrees. Tomorrow is a RDO for sure with perfect weather and 31. Small waves…
Jarrod Taylor, who created the huge scaffold wave off south Bondi last year for Sculpture By The Sea needs funds for his latest ‘Giant Tornado‘ project. His backer pulled the pin at the last minute…so to raise funds he’s throwin’ a Warehouse Party, 33 Collins St, Alexandria, 13th October Friday, 9pm until dawn, Donation : $15 + BYO. Hot line up – Van She Dj set, Valentino’s dj’s knife Machine, Beau Monde, Banshee. Dooit. Dooit. Email
There seems to be a fair bit of crime around the joint lately. Steve Hunt, local Bondi muso, has had his Maton guitar stolen from a car in Lamrock Ave a few weeks ago. The guy is a mess…as she’s a one off/custom built/primo guitar. If you know of anyone flashing a new Maton guitar around the place – email Steve

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

I generally get bit too excited about things to the point where it’s annoying. No not A.D.D (I think). Was a psycho frotha from whippersnipperhood. I’m exceptionally excited about today. No, Bondi ain’t smokin’, but so many other places would be for these reasons:
a)  The current south swell hasn’t done the phantom (did I read the charts upside down yesterday), in fact it looks more consistent than yesterday and lining up more betterer. Bondi had sets around 4-5 foot solid, but its totally straight and closing out. In fact most beaches around the joint don’t have banks – so head to a reef outta town. Bake it. Few sneaky favs would be lightn’ up…
b)  It’s going to be an optimum 28 degrees and sunny today. Just saw the beach. It’s already packed.
c)  Winds are NW offshores…then NE in the arvo …all suitable for a south facing beach.
d)  Low tide 5:51pm (will close out even more on low) – high tide 11am – should put some pork in the peaks out the back.
Wildcard Stephanie Gilmore just won the HAVAIANAS BEACHLEY CLASSIC off Layne Beachley in the finals at Manly today…detail
Surfing Surfaris :: Matty Gye and Shagga, producers and directors of "3 Degrees", Montaj, "A DAY IN THE LIFE" – are showing their latest flick "Surfing Surfaris" 7pm Tonight at the Randwick Ritz, those Get tix at the door… webby

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

A lot bigger and better than I thought it was going to be. The swell has come up from the south and the winds backed off creating some fun waves down at Bondi this morning. Pity most of the larger sets were shutting down (std). Choose an inside reform for something more rideable. (3-4 foot)
This grey start to the day will clear for the afternoon where sunshine is predicted with North easterly winds. Land temp will bump up to 23 degrees…the next four days are looking joy for lingering down the beach – Wed 27 (NW winds early dang), Thurs 29, Friday 31, Sat 31. Shame this swell is gonna phantom.
More specific info for weather geeks: E/SE 8/13 kts, turning NE in the afternoon. Water still 19-20. low tide 4:50pm, high tide 10:15am. Sunrise :5:21 AM Sunset 6:04 PM 19 days until day light savings starts.
ASP WOMENS TOUR UPDATE: Round Three of the Havaianas Beachley Classic is being run this morning at Queensie (Northern Manly beach). Waves only 2 foot. The event being the richest event in the history of women’s professional surfing. Watch it live
Surfing Surfaris Film Festival hits Sydney : Two kombi-loads of film festival rocks into town today, in attempt to screen 44 Aussie towns in 62 days! Matt Gye and Simon "Shagga" Saffigna are bringing some new surf flicks to the big screen…Tonight’s screening – Manly Leagues 7pm, tomorrow Randwick Ritz 7pm, Thursday Cronulla Sharks 7pm. Check webby
Winner of yesterday’s G-Love package – Jason Maxwell.

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Monday, October 09, 2006

Yesterday was your classic summer’s beach day. Baking hot sun. 2-3 foot sets. Offshore. Joy. Then bang, around 2pm a violent south change terrorises Sydney with 45 knot winds causing a mass exodus of the beaches as umbrellas, sulo bins & towels blow down the street.
The gale continues this morning with 25 knots of south easterly. Swell has come up with the wind – sets broke out the back of Bondi around 4-5 foot, but it’s completely onshore – mushburgers. Only 3 guys out scrappin’.
From Wednesday to Saturday this week we’ve got deluxe beach weather. The swell will peak today and decline into the rest of the week. No major swells to report on the radar.

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thur

Fri

Sat

Mostly sunny max. 19

Mostly sunny max. 22

Mostly sunny max. 26

Sunny max. 29

Sunny max. 29

Cookin’ max. 31

3-4 ft S

2-3 ft S

sub 2 ft S

sub 1 ft S

sub 1 ft S

sub 2 ft S

Great trip to WA last week. Here is a online photo gallery to distract you from work. Thanks for the 5,000 emails about the girls last week… my cousins are nice girls aren’t they…and no you can’t have their numbers creeps.

Mr G Love is about to hit town for a whirlwind tour on the back of the new album release "Lemonade"…the new disk has cameos from Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Donovan Frankenreiter, Tristan Prettyman & David Hidalgo . I’ve got a G love album pack ("Lemonade" and "The Hustle") and REEF clothing/shoe pack worth $250 to giveaway. Answer this question – what is G-Love’s real name. Send answer

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Friday, October 06, 2006

Last report from West Oz today…all in all this joint has a lot to offer…here are ten good things about WA. 1) The weather. It’s just ridiculously good. 2) No traffic, you’ve got no one to honk your horn at 3) when the surf pumps, it really pumps…raw solid powerful stuff – especially down south. 4) You can still buy that big crib with a driveway and a backyard (remember those things?) 5) the cabbies are genuinely interested in how you’re going – and they’re not trying rip you off. 6) Parking…everywhere 7) girls – um I’d best not comment here… you can work it out (e.g. Megan Gale & Gemma Ward) 8) seems to be a lot of work going down…businesses cranking 9) the water is clear…crystal & mega blue 10) one word – Rotto. That place rocks.
Last night down south scored some scorchin’ rights at a reef/beachie. Solid 6 foot…slight onshore but so much meat. Local fellas throwin’ out a whole lotta heat. Best sess of the trip.
Back in Sydney it looks like the overnight south change has kicked up some bumps. But it’s a messy 2 foot getting bigger. Not worth surfing…only max of 22 degrees on land, 19 in the water. Not much stewing for the weekend either.
The Aquabumps gallery is open this weekend 10am to 4pm. Sat – Sun – come see. Also Mad Benny at Six Ounce is having his big annual sale. Used Boards from $100, wetsuits 50% off, 30%- 40% off new stix and a complimentary sausage sizzle…see the man with the big hair::adios::ugios

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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Still lingering down the south coast of Western
Australia the swell is still up (3m). Over east the NW
wind is your best buddy creating clean offshores… but over this
side of the big island, the NWester is your nemesis…and
you just can’t get away from it. All breaks down here in the Margaret
River area are onshore today, nonetheless some beaches
still holding a solid little peak. Found a reef/beachie with 4 foot
rights…still fun. As a youngster I used to watch Taj rippin’ up
this break…even at 12 yrs old he had the place wired.
Back in Sydney I hear it’s a glorious day with 27
degrees, ( & no waves). Can’t see much happening in the next
few days either. Tonight you’ll be hit with a strong south change
(showers). Sunday is your day…29. hit the beach kids.
Back Door Benny down at Six Ounce Boardstore
in Bondi is having his big annual sale this weekend.
The man with the mad hair is swinging his arms all over the place
like crazy john (ranting gibberish more than usual)…might be time
to get a retro fish for the summer. Shop 2/144-148 Glenayr Ave 9300
8339 webby
Newtown Open. This Sunday there’s a whole lotta
stuff going down in Newtown for charity. Had great plans to write
all about it but best you have a look see
here
. Later, ::uge

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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

When the wind blows in West Oz it’s time to batten down the hatches. We’ve had a couple of days of howling WSWesterly that keeps you hugging those north points for protection. Damn board blew clean out of my hands before hitting the water yesterday. One day you’d might wake up to find your SULO in another state.
Today’s Aquabumps comes from the land of the good drop – Margaret River. The swell is up (4m), but so is the wind (WSW onshore). Found a couple of rogue chunx in a protected corner…big boards required…not ‘best ever’, but worthy of a slide. Sets up around 6-7 foot. So many good line ups down here…when the wind swings offshore – she’ll be cookin’…stay tuned.
Down south has changed a lot over the past few years (to say the least).Big grins everywhere on local residents…a grin that you’d wear if your house price has tripled in the past two years. Tradies everywhere working on new pads… the economy is pumping overe here.
Back in Sydney you should have a small south swell producing waves up around head high (at exposed beaches). Winds look NE’ster…so Bond*age should have a few small peaks. Nothing ‘all time’ on the radar…so pump the work out. Later::uge (west of the border)

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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

This week’s Aquabumps is being broadcast from the sunny
west coast of Australia where everything seems to be BIG.
Big state, big houses, big boats, big AFL wins, big mines,
big skyscrapers, big winds, big roads and not to mention a
big 4 metre swell pumping into town…
Take a 15 minute bone rattling ride on a speedboat
from Freo and you’ll arrive at an island paradise – Rotto.
The joints got a few good waves that can hold swell out of
the wind (important). She blows hard here…making double
head high sets a lil’ bumpy down the face. Good to get back
to some power…and reef breaks.
Back in Sydney, the word on the street is that
you’ll have a few waves in the morning after last night’s
brief south change. Not a hot day with max 22 and mostly sunny.
Nothing over head high for this week…should be surfable
but just mediocre. Not a bad week to duck out of town.ya.
ASP WORLD TOUR UPDATE: Joel Parkinson
won the Quicky Pro in France on the weekend defeating fellow
aussie Mick Eugene Fanning in the final. 3 more tour events
to go, Kelly Slater leads tour closely followed by Taj, AI
and Parko (respectively). Seeyouse::uge

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