Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Xmas.Merry Christmas to you all and may 2007 be a cracker year full of good swells.

Sydney continues to have freaky cool weather and 1-2 foot surf (yawn)…so let’s not talk about that as its depressing. Over here in Western Australia it’s a heat wave with crystal clear water! (um but still no waves)
You may be fooled in thinking that this website was run by one punter – some weird guy that you can’t pronounce is nickname (uge – yooj -ooggie something like that). Nope. There is a team of people who generously give their time for free and really make it happen. As Aquabumps runs into its 8th year with well over 20,000 daily readers all over the globe, I would like to thank a whole bunch of people…
Thanks.Firstly thanks Jamie Verco and Vanessa Rowe who give ridiculous amounts of time for not a cracker. Even though Jamie said back in 1998 that my idea of a surf photo site ‘ain’t gonna work mate…stick to working at hungry jacks’ – eat that. Ness & Jamie you’re champions and your guidance and support is invaluable.
Aquabumps Gallery staff Linda, George, K-T white doggie, La Barb, My Ma, Maddog, Jo. Thanks – you all do some much. Mentors: Jason Neely, Damo Fuller, Mike Kean, Andrew Cuccurullo, Zac Zavos (genius). Thanks. Mischee me bookie. Thanks. Kelvin Khoo for techo support. Chibby for humor control. Thirsty Kirsty Gow Gates for hookups. Aquatech boys for my housings. Canon for their future sponsorship in 2007 (please.beg.c’mon) The Miss Bondis for looking good as always. All the advertisers on the site. Deb for organizing all my flights. Foxy. Kylie for my first digi cam. Eclipse for allowing me to use one of the 1st bulk emailers in the land (for free). Carl Woodie for programming wizardry. Damian Simpkins. Coopers beer. Richard from Underwater Australia. Shuvs, for endlessly puttin’ the word out there. Tim Kelley the financial genius. Telstra BigPond for being a hot advertiser. Tengirri for Mentawai tours. All the people that have purchased prints from the gallery. All the loyal readers. thanks for puttin’ up with my bad grammar. Thanks for the thousands of emails of encouragement. Big thanks.
2007.Big plans for 2007 – you’ll see…have a safe holiday ::uge (that is pronounced yooj and is short for Eugene – just had to clarify that).

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Thursday, December 21, 2006

good cracker.Well what do ya know… We’ve got waves today. They’re not perfect. But when you’ve been wondering around in the desert for the past few weeks and come across a cracker – that cracker will be the best damn cracker you’ve ever had.
Bondi had waves breaking around 3 foot. Some had a wall. Some porked out (std). Some had heaps of morning sickness wonk. All in all its fun. Swell is from the East and has a period of 7 (which ain’t great). Winds are currently onshore with ENE…but will swing more to the NE this afternoon (it will clean up). High tide 09:23 low tide 16:11. max 23 today with a chance of a thunderstorm later. Perfectly sunny right now…
loaded.Its probably you’re second last day at work at everyone is out getting loaded at chrissy lunches. Good time to sneak off…grab the board…and paddle into a couple.
shopping.I don’t like shopping at the best of times. Christmas time is 10 times worse. So an idea would be to come down to the Aquabumps Gallery over the next few days and get a present for everyone. Stock is in. Small white wooden frames start at $180…and some small unframed at $35. Open until 7pm tonight. All weekend 10am to 4pm. >View gallery images | >Gallery Info

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Blow.
She’s about to blow 20 knots from the south. That’ll put an end to the joy weather of late. It will also bring a new swell. Should be 3-4 foot by the afternoon flanked with onshore winds. This morning was real small weak stuff. (1 – 2 foot). Small period wash not really worth it. Thursday morning should be ok if the wind kicks around to the NE. Until then, enjoy the bad weather and keep dry cause she’s gonna rain too::uge

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Monday, December 18, 2006

There’s a couple of nice lil’ peaks out there this morning. Not too shabby at all. Perfectly sunny, clear water and the occasional 3 footers rockin’ in. Long waits in between sets. Add northerly winds and you’ve got yourself a pretty good day ahead. High tide 07:21, low tide 14:02. The groms were frothing this morning…all over it. Real strong rip in the south…one of the worst…backpackers are going to end up in Manly.
Swell picks up for Wednesday this week, flanked by onshore winds. Best day of the week is today weatherwise…back to work chinas::uge
 

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Friday, December 15, 2006

Hobbies.My mate Dave has a shrink. His shrink reckons he needs more hobbies. Why? ’cause when the surf gets this baaaaad, he gets nervous twitches and seriously needs to find something else to do. The surf is baaad today. Real baaad. Not only is it overcast & wet but its not even breaking. So if you were delusional and wanted to paddle out, you’d have the joint to yourself…well maybe with some nice skanky run off pollution…you won’t be catching too many waves thats for sure. Bit chilly as well with max of 20 degrees. Nothing worth shooting this morning – so I thought some archival Indonesian gold would cheer you up and keep you going in between swells…2ft all weekend…wet…eeck.
Community.Garden.My other talented mates Damo (Fuller) and Fern have been busy tigers putting together a spectacular exhibition called “ Community Garden ”. You really need to see it. Its like stuff you’ve not seen before…true…illustrations, etchings, jewelry. They have a gallery next door to JEDS on 96 Glenarye Street Bondi – Saturday and Sunday 11am till 4pm. See website

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Thursday, December 14, 2006

health-kick.
Bondi is famous for the big sunny wearing, made up, glamour morning joggers…all polished with matching trackies, big ear rings and a poodle boot…its all about the "be healthy" revolution kids. Well not this morning…plenty taking this festive season very seriously…
+30sizzles.
From what started as an overcast sloppy day, it’s sure fining up into a cracker. Waves are small 2 – 3 foot with a light offshore (SW). It’s still bumpy, fat and lacking decent grunt. But hey…with a forecast of 30 sizzlers and clear skies – best make your way down the beach.
nuttin’ coming.
Forecast is still for average sub-3 footers for the next few days. Weekend looks to be a wet one, so better enjoy it today! Later chinas::uge

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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Relief.About time… Some decent little waves worth riding this morning. It’s far from perfect with lots of bump…but hey at least there’s couple little pockets to get you going. The southerly winds have now subsided…and the swell is starting to fade. You’ll find waves up around head high on sets…so. um…surf. Winds will swing NE much later today and it will only be 24 degrees. Best get ’em whilst they’re around as there still isn’t much goodness in the forecast for the next 5 days…high tide 15:15 low tide 09:15 Tomorrow is the day with 31 degrees…yeeooow.
Soft-OnWhat is a soft-on? Now that is a very good question. Its 50 crew down at north bondi on Sat 16th for a coolite comp. So whip out that grommie foamie and see if you’ve got what it takes to be a foamie flag shredder. Registration: Available on the day from [email protected] Knoll, North Bondi. Check bondisofton.blogspot.com and bring beer.
later chinas::uge

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

volatile.What? 30 sizzles yesterday, top of 19 degrees today and then forecast for 31 on Thursday? Now that’s a bit freaky. The South change yesterday brought rain, wind and 4 foot of mush. Definitely forget surfing today. It seems like ages since Sydney has cranked…winds swing NE Wed arvo. Onshore until then.
[email protected] today’s pictures come from Guy Harden whose currently standing on the shores of the infamous PIPELINE, Hawaii . This time every year Hawaii turns it on for the top 44 surfers in the world as round two of RIP CURLS Pipeline master was held. Our gun aussies in fine form – Taj 17 out of a possible 20 with the score of the day. (for those with slack jobs and high speed broadband can watch it online – productivity-zero)
go jesse.And how about local Bronte surfer Jesse MILEY-DYER finishing 4th on the women’s world tour after taking out her 1st WCT event in HONOLUA BAY, Hawaii. The Rookie of the year showing fine form for world championship contention. asp
seven.layneShe’s done it again…7 world surfing titles for Layne Beachley. Take a bow little layne. smh

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Monday, December 11, 2006

silly season.
Watched a fare avoiding drunk guy get chased around Bondi park for 10 minutes this morning…cabbie in hot pursuit hurlin’ abuse. Thats just about the most action I saw down there this morning. Like something out of Benny Hill. Hope his ride wasn’t from Penrith. Silly season in full effect.
Not much chop surfwise. That little surprise swell of the weekend has been beaten up by the summer nor-easterlies. We’re not left with a great deal this morning (1ft), especially at south facing beaches (e.g. Bondi). This wind swell is wobbling in from the NE direction and lacks grunt. More exposed beaches like Bra or Whaley would show more size. 2ft+
30.
It’s a great beach day nonetheless with 30 feisty ones. This NE wind is going to howl at 30 knots later today though. Surf forecast is still lame. Go see your shrink about that twitch.
miss bondi. steph.
The 10th annual Miss Bondi was won by Stephanie Dey on Saturday in front of a frothin’ crowd. Check out the pics of the finals.

later chinas::uge

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Friday, December 08, 2006

zzz.Today could quite possibly be the most boring day down the beach. There are no waves. Not much sun. Onshore. No joy. I could have told you that without even heading down the beach – ’cause I bought two new boards this week…every time I get new boards it goes flat. They haven’t even been waxed up yet. I just look at them and check the paper for cheap flights outa here. Hawaii would be good today to see the finals of the pipe masters at 12ft. swell coming ? nope nothing…so give that Christmas party and extra nudge tonight.
miss bondi.The finals are on tomorrow…and the beach road hotel will be heeeeaving…2pm sat 9th dec. downstairs beer garden. Photos heat 1 | heat 2 | heat 3
xmas gift guide for chix.Here are some suggestions for the girlies to get their blokes this xmas. He will love u long time.

A new board, just do it. You can’t go wrong. I’d say a summer fish shape or something he doesn’t have already. Check SixOunce. Aloha.
boardies. You can never have too many of them (just like your bikinis). Modern Amusements are the pick. check GP for newies. Mambo has some pretty cool trippy ones out now. Rhythm has some original stuf.
buy him a surf trip to the Mentawai islands. You’d be classified goddess should you fork out for one of these. Got a sister? Tengiri
An Aquabumps original print photographic framed in white $180 (c’mon I had to) – see aquabumps gallery all weekend 10am to 4pm. best pics
D.Hump’s new photo book Sipping Jetstreams
how about a seaplane ride so he can check where he’s been surfing all this time from above. $225 Adrenalin
Broken Down Melody soundtrack and surfing DVD. Good for flat spells like this one. Available at all surfshops. $50?
surfing wettie top for summer – warm enough for about 5 months of the year…approx $180 ripcurl

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Thursday, December 07, 2006

blue.Spend a few days traveling, 3 flights, overnight rolling boat ride and you’ll come across water this blue. It’s freaky. Not a day goes past where I don’t get accused of some fancy photoshop dance work on these shots. So here are five fat ones straight outa the camera. No LSD enhanced filters here. Just seriously clear blue Indonesian water. May help that its also 3 kilometers deep…
flatspell.So you’ve probably gathered by today’s shots we’re bang in the middle of a flat spell. Last night a south change rocked in flattening the local NE dribbly bits. We’ve currently got wind chop around 1 foot breaking in the middle of Bondi. Its still onshore. Forget about it. Couldn’t find anything worth pointing my lens at this morning. Not like yesterday. Hence the big blue shots.
sipping jetstreams.Two big names. Taylor Steele and D.Hump. They’ve put out a book and movie "sipping jetstreams" that travels the far reaches of the globe from Marakesh to Barbados, Egypt to Japan, Venice to Cuba – see the flick at Bondi Open Air cinema Dec 15 Friday 6:30pm. Get your tickets now – All proceeds go to SurfAid International
miss bondi.The finals this week. 2pm beach road hotel… more

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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Since the year 1999 I’ve been waking up at dawn everyday to shoot pics. ok. I may have missed a couple after a big night. But that’s 7 years honks. Possibly 2000 early mornings. No golf clap please. No medal required stirrers. I’ve seen more sunrises than a DJ in Ibiza. yeah. and my point is? Today’s sunrise is one of the best. I rate it. It was phenomenal. Best ever(ish). Just the right amount of thin cloud. Just the right amount of sun to spark up a skyshow inferno above North Bondage. So. Lap. It. Up. Hell even download yourself a new Aquabumps Desktop Image to remind you that mornings are the best part of the day and haul arse outta bed …even if its just for a swim or flake on a rock.
The surf. You’re totally dreaming. Its flat or ankle biters. And there ain’t much for the rest of the week either…why not check out the Aquabumps Gallery Flip Book and do some chrissy shopping ::uge

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

patience.Patience has never been one of my virtues. Should it be one of yours, you’d probably enjoy a small wave at exposed south facing beaches this morning. Big long waits in between sets (yawn). They’re only breaking around waist to chest high when they do rock into town. But hey, the water is clear ‘n’ glassy & the sun is out which should be enough to distract you from most of your responsibilities today. Day for the beginner’s or beach day…
bad news.The rest of the week is pretty boring with knee high waves for most of it. Time to do other things and clock up the brownie points in anticipation of another swell. Warm weather tomorrow 27. Enjoy.
win stuff.You can never get enough free stuff…REEF and the new A Brokedown Melody album are giving away REEF packs which include T-shirt, thongs and key-ring (valued at $100). Have a crack at – enter (and give us a good reason why you should score)

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Monday, December 04, 2006

summer?
So we’re officially into summer now – so how ’bout it huh? Where is the bake? Only a wussy 22 degrees today as we have another wintery cool flash back. The weekend’s onshore winds have whipped up a messy 2 – 3 foot wave down at Bondi. It’s worthy of a paddle with the odd decent left working off two distinct peaks. Still breaking pretty random though with an agitated ocean and 5 – 10 knots of easterly. High tide 8:10am Low tide 14:53 high tide 20:48.
goneski.
This swell will fade…fast…overnight in fact..as we enter another week of small small waves (boo). So if that twitch starts flaring up and you start acting a little bit weird I’d suggest doing your xmas shopping or something to keep you busy.
miss bondi.
Heat 3 of Miss Bondi was held at the Beach Road Hotel on Saturday. Here is some fotos to distract you from having an effective Monday in the office. Come see the Finals this Saturday 2pm beer garden of BRH.

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Friday, December 01, 2006

Woowee.how good is this weather? Lap it up. And what…a little 3 foot peak at south facing beaches with north easterly winds. Stop it. Bondi had some real fun ones earlier today on a couple of distinct peaks. Massive crowds. Loose the wettie to the warm water (20 degrees) but don the crash helmet as we come into the season of lethal loose boards…can hear the ambulances now.
prediction.The swell is fading fast and the NE will blow. Bad combo. Best time to surf is now. The weekend’s surf conditions look mini 2 foot and not worth it. Oh and more bad news – the weather turns bad with cooler weather (sat26sun22) and showers.
bondi to bronte swim.You’ve probably walked the Bondi to Bronte but can you say that you’ve swum it? This Sunday 3rd Dec at 10am you can join 2000 swimmers in the Banana Boat Bondi to Bronte ocean swim! More
gallery.xmas is coming around faster than you think. I know a place where you can do all your shopping in the one place…yeah – the Aquabumps Photo Gallery in 98 Brighton Boulevard North Bondi. Open 10am to 4pm all weekend. Custom orders need 3 weeks…so no more mucking around. VIEW GALLERY PHOTOS Come in for look – email usdownload price guide

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