The waves are small and weak this morning (1-2ft ENE). Not really worth surfing. Will get better tomorrow. But the sun is shining and most of you are probably nursing a massive hangover anyway. Grab a towel and soak up the 28 degrees.
2007Hard to believe that another year passes by… This is the last Aquabumps update for 2007 and thanks to you all for reading this little slice from the beach. It’s been a great year especially with that massive swell of June (pictured above). Aquabumps continues to grow and be read in loads of countries around the globe. Thanks for the thousands of emails of support – even from places like mainland China, Japan, Uk, US, Holland, Singapore, Indo, Canada, Brazil, Peru and some guy stranded on an oil rig off South Africa. By the way I read every one, even if I don’t get a chance to respond. 2008 is going to be a big year, loads happening in the Aquabumps camp. You’ll see. Thanks to those people who work on the website, the galleries, and help it grow. You know who you are…
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Be safe. Request your Christmas carols here – www.mrwhittysingschristmas.com.au
galley open ALL weekend The Gallery is open ALL weekend 10am to 4pm. We’re even open MONDAY 24th Dec for the last minute Larrys. 98 Brighton Boulevard, North Bondi (next door to the old brown sugar cafe – now 3 eggheads) more
*endangered shark stuckSadly a 2.8 metre Grey Nurse Shark (critically endangered species and not known to be dangerous) got stuck in the protective nets off Bondi and didn’t survive. The net boys hauled the big mutha into the boat around 8:10am this morning after the fish was stuck for around 24 hrs.
*smallerSwell backed right off slipping into 2 foot mode. It appeared very wobbly early… but as the day progresses it’s getting neater. NE winds all day, 5:20am high tide, 11:50am low tide, water warm 20, max 25 on land today. Smaller tomorrow but swell returns on Saturday.
*lateThe Aquabumps gallery is open until 8pm tonight for your xmas shopping needs. 98 Brighton Boulevard North Bondi t: 9130 8371.
Some good waves in our paddocks this morning. It’s clean as the southerlies have subsided overnight, but it’s still got some morning sickness…and a bit wobbly. Bondi had waves around 4 feet but it was closing out. Definitely have a hunt around and you’ll find something breaking a lot better. In fact it’s improving as the day progresses – my last midday check looked pretty good. Weather is warm 25, NE winds freshening this afternoon. High tide 4:30am, low tide 10:30am, high again at 10:30pm.
aquabumps gallery late nightTomorrow night (thurs) we’re open until 8pm if you are having trouble getting to us. 98 Brighton Boulevard, North Bondi NSW 2026 T: 9130 8371. We’re right behind the North Bondi RSL.
*blowStrong southerlies are still in force this morning whipping up the swell but creating very random, bumpy conditions down at Bondi at 7am. It’s sizable, approximately over head high on sets, but I would say when this wind dies it will improve ten-fold. Tomorrow it should swing NE, and the swell will only drop a tad. High tide 3:30pm, low tide 9:20am, water is quite nice around 20 (springy), and we’re expecting only 24 degrees today.
*nooooosa festival of surfing The Global Surf Industries Festival of Surfing is on again in 2008 at Noosa Heads – March 2nd to 9th. Global Surf Industries are giving away a week up there…trust me, it’s fun and the waves are good at that time of year so click here to enter
*aquabumps gallery The Junga is pretty packed at this time of year. If you don’t want to get into a fight with a grannie over a car bay come to North Bondi, swim and pick up your Christmas gifts from the Aquabumps Gallery. Open every day this week. 10am to 5:30pm (until 8pm on Thursday night). Get yourself a little gift pack 4 x signed mini prints in gift box $120. Later:: uge
The southerly shattered the good waves of the weekend. Some smoookin’ waves Friday/Saturday and early Sunday. These pics from yesterday’s session out of town – surfer: the lightning fast aerial king Kirk Flintoff.
Currently we have a heavy onshore/1-2 foot combo. Ain’t pretty. I guess the fact that only 1 guy was out at Bondi @ 7am says it all – good day to get some work done. The talk of the weekend is the shark attack on Friday night down at Bondi. First one in 70 years. Scott Wright was swimming near the Bergs when he was bitten on his arm, swam ashore, and passed out on the rocks before his girlfriend found him in the morning. Check smh
What a year for Australian surfing. 1st Mick Eugene Fanning takes the men’s world title, and then on Friday, Aussie rookie Stephanie Gilmore takes the women’s title. more
For some reason lots of people think the Aquabumps Gallery is open only on weekends and we hang out on the beach for the rest of the time. Good idea but not feasible. We’re open during the week – normally wed-fri 10am to 5:30pm. But seeing is mad dash Christmas shopping time we’re open every day this week 10am to 5:30pm. 98 Brighton Boulevard, North Bondi T:9130 8371 see gold
*early xmas If you’re not stuck at a Christmas-lunch-booze-athon…might be a good idea to go for a little surf. It’s good. And it’s about time. 10 second period, 4-5 foot, sunny, currently light NE winds – yes kids Christmas has come early. And it’s going to be good all weekend but the peak of the swell is today (and it’s an east swell by the way)
*drive thru We reaped the benefits of spending hours in the car from 5am this morning – found a reef break that slabs on 1 foot of water. Don’t ask me where. I slept all the way there. True. Damn good – throwing wide lips. The 3 young punks from Bondi hacked it to pieces.
*aquabumps gallery open all weekend Now, since you’ll be surfing all weekend, might be a good move to lock in a decent xmas present for the girlie in order to make back valuable brownie points. Come to the Aquabumps Photo Gallery, 98 Brighton Boulevard, North Bondi 02-9130 8371. Up behind the North Bondi RSL – 10am to 4pm all weekend. info
Have a great weekend::uge
~sleep inSlept in today and worked out quite well. Heard at sunrise the waves were dribbly onshore 2ft. Well by the time I got to it at 9am Bondi was starting to shape up – 4 foot, onshore and a little junky but still more than rideable (4 guys out!). The approaching 11:15am high tide porked it up a bit, and should this wind die down later today it will be ok for a wave tonight. But the best news is that the winds are swinging northerly tomorrow afternoon so Friday/Saturday/Sunday should all have great waves. (approx 10 sec period, East swell, expect 3 – 4 foot throughout)
~pipeThe Hawaiian Pipe masters are suffering small waves as well. Here are some shots from Guy Harden currently sipping a cocktail with one of those funny umbrellas right on sunset strip…tour site
~yen mag charity tees Yen teamed up with big boy Billabong to produce one off customised rad tees to raise money for SURFAID and Design for Humanity. You can pid online at ebay check out
*Mush.I’m running out of words to describe 2 foot onshore mush. The chewed up SE windswell ain’t too pretty down at Bondi this morning. Dozen or so hardcore punks scrappin’ for anything moving. Best wait until this wind swings (which is Sat). Friday morning looks like decent size but onshore. Also looks like a good weekend of surfing with ESE swell and Northerlie winds. Yeha. Don’t go to hard at those xmas parties – waves to be had.
*Mavz.December 4 big big Mavz. Biggest ever – Watch this video
*Brushfire.You can download a 5 track album from Brushfire records for free (that’s Jack Johnson, Matt Costa, G-Love, ALO etc) register here
Have a great day ::uge
*winterflashbacksAs we settle in for a week of winter flashbacks, the persistent onshores continue to degrade the 3-foot waves we’ve currently got down at Bondi. Bondi actually ain’t too bad with a SSE winds/SE swell combo. It’s rideable all right. Can do turns. No crowds. But it ain’t that pretty and breaking quite random (not to mention fat). Winds are 18-23 knots and the water ain’t no Fijian offshore reef that’s for sure. Skanky rainwater runoff is providing a nice brown slick in the south end. MMM nice. It looks like it will be onshore until Saturday but the swell picks up quite a bit on Thursday (5 foot) – so maybe a protected corner will put something on for us::ugios south de border
*one hit wonder
Well how about that – yesterday the phone was ringing off the hook at 8am so I knew something was cooking. And it was. The small spike expected yesterday turned into 4-5 foot of glassy joy. Bondi was as good as I’ve seen it in months. Waves everywhere. You probably wondering where the pics are – well, I surfed for 6 hrs instead. I was hopeful that this morning at 6am Bondi would have a good wave (sans crowds), but it was 2-3 foot blubbering mess with chronic onshores hitting early (SE 20-30 knots). Just checked it again at 2:20pm and its still a pigsty, howling onshore – hell a windsurfer seem to be having all the fun and the 4 guys in the water didn’t get a wave in 30 minutes. So I guess that says it all. So the old chestnut comes out "should’ve been here yesterday". Here are some winter monsters to keep you enthused.
The finals for Miss Bondi 2007 were held on Saturday at the Beach Road Hotel in front a huge crowd. Mariana Korac is our new miss bondi with Claudine Gibson and Elizabeth Tulip as runner ups. It seems no one is really working at the moment with silly season here, so here is a link to the photos from Saturday to distract you from work for a while…Pipe Masters starts today. Later:uge
copy+pasteJust like yesterdays report it’s pretty small to flat again (but very foggy). I am hearing stories of decent waves around lunchtime yesterday – but they’ve gone now. Swell is from the ENE so beaches facing that way would see a rideable wave around 2 foot this morning. South facing Bondi was struggling 1 foot and very weak. A 7:30am high tide didn’t do any favours, and the low tide @ 2pm might bring some joy – but I’d say it will get windy (NE). All in all with 27 degrees due just go swimming and if a bump rocks up – surf it, as it may only last 1 hour with these locally generated wind swells. The buoys are calling an improvement on Sunday…(ESE swell). Could be interesting 3 foot. Other than that it’s been a terrible 4 weeks of no waves and everyone is a little edgey. What – you torkin to me? What you lookin’ at…see
the Aquabumps Gallery If you’re not with the program you haven’t discovered the Aquabumps 25 square metres of pictorial heaven based in North Bondi 98 Brighton Boulevard, North Bondi. For slack xmas shoppers it’s the one place where you can probably get something for everyone. Yep. So we’re open all weekend 10am to 4pm and we’ve got 100’s of framed photos ready to fill those xmas socks. see
bumpThere is a little bump down there. Waist high on sets. Incredibly weak though. But if you’d been walking around in the desert for weeks and came across a cracker – that’s the best damn cracker you ever had. This wind swell disappears tomorrow, and there is hope of swell starting next week. But until then keep yourself occupied with silly season parties. Later: uge
la femmeYes it’s all about the ladies today (ok and 1 shot of a very small child). Middle Bondi had 10 ladies throwing out the heat on 1-2 foot scrappy dribbly bits. Conditions were far from favourable, winds blew onshore and the swell is weak – as if it was generated just around the corner of the point. So let’s call it chop. Floppy chop. Looks like showers all day so a swim might not be ideal either. But hey, the first swell in weeks is due next Monday (so say the charts). So it’s not all bad. Next week also looks filthy wet with rain every day. Such volatile weather at the moment hard to work out what’s going on.Adios::ugios
Guess what? Its flat again that’s what…and yes there are still people out paddling for ripples. Super clean 0.567ft to 1 .1 foot. After that restless, humid night what a perfect morning for a swim. How about that flash storm yesterday? One minute blue skies…the next a blanket of thick sinister cloud bringing 16mms of rain in 10 minutes, thunderstorms and chaos. Maybe time to change that desktop image.
Italy’s got wavesThere might be no waves here…but the Northern Hemisphere has a few. Remember that quiet little town, Vernazza – Cinque Terra Italy where I did a Aquabumps post from in 2004? (ok perhaps the italian beauty Chiara will jog your memory) Well it scored waves yesterday. Yep in the Med. See pics from yesterday
Ireland 14m swellOr how about Ireland at the moment – biggest swell ever Dec 1. UM that’s a 14 metre swell! See Irish Mac Daddies
The claws of this flat spell are starting to run deep. For weeks now we haven’t had much break above our heads. Today’s no different – knee to a small guys waist (I’m talking as short as Beo). Swell origin is east. 9 knot winds from the NE. High tide 4:30pm, low tide 10:30am. We had a mini-swell-pulse yesterday at lunchtime – nothing like surfing with 500 of your good friends. I rate Bondi the most dangerous break in the world at waist height-on a Sunday-around midday and 26 degrees. More dangerous than 10 foot HTs or low tide Rags right. Pray for swell (and the completion of the Campbell Parade Road works).
Heat 3 went down on Saturday in search of Bondi’s first lady. Here are the shots to distract the fellas from Facebook for 10 minutes.
I’ve been getting a lot of complaints about Aquabumps daily emails arriving late. Like 4 days late. Few of you think I am doing this on purpose – um. Na. Your daily email gets sent on the day that shots were taken. As far as I know, its you not me. Well your email provider that is. Once its sent from me, can’t do much if it gets tangled in someone else’s cyber web for days. BIGPOND users will be experiencing extreme delays for example at the mo. Best thing to do is put [email protected] into your contacts, call Bigpond and ask them to loosen the noose on their email filters – let me thru!
Pretty grim on the surf front. November is a good month to go overseas. Write that down for next year. We’ve barely had a wave for 4 weeks and a few of the man grommets are getting a bit twitchy (annoying). Hawaii is where you want to be today at Pipe turns on for the silly island season. So Bondi had a knee to waist high dribble, a quick tour around all the beaches confirmed my suspicions that it’s just a flat day. Nice one though, max 23, with E winds 10-15 knots, high tide 1:30pm, low 7:12am, water nice 20, forecast : weekend – do xmas shopping it’s that small, really, Monday you will see improvement with a new east swell. That’s about it.
Check out what’s happening with the Swiss Grande, finally Sydney’s ugliest hotel will get a jouooj up. Bondi Girl Board riders are having a party Sat Dec 1 called WAX ON – hit the Bondi pavilion from 8pm with $20. (or get tickets from Lets go surfing, Brave Cafe, Krack). Surfection Mosman is selling new fishes from $350 this weekend. Good xmas pressie idea for the fella. Not to mention the Aquabumps Gallery is open ALL weekend 10am to 4pm, 98 Brighton Boulevard NORTH BONDI. Easy place to do all the xmas power-shopping in 1hr (even for overseas crew). Miss Bondi heat 3 is on at the beach road hotel tomorrow – starts at 1pm and finishes at 5pm. PUGWALL – yes, that’s the mofo in this Drambuie VIDEO who used to star on a Channel 9 Boy band show – my my how things change and finally my mate Sam needs a date and he’s a ok bloke – throw the kid a cracker. (chix only thx). Next Wed I am planning to ONLY shoot female surfers at 6:30am @ Bondi on the middle peak…been gettin’ emails wondering where all the chix are…so I encourage all chick surfers to come down to star on wed’s fresh serve. Enough ramble – betta get to that boozey xmas lunch of yours::uge
After last night’s swell increase to 3 foot you would have woken up this morning excited about the possibility of a decent wave. Well..its bigger, 2 foot, sometimes 3, but a interrupting slight onshore and 6:12am low tide made it shut down at Bondi. Perhaps on a fuller tide you might have something more rideable. So it’s small, sunny, and a grovel. Max 25 on land, really warm in the water (boardies) and a few thunderstorms developing later this evening.
Sunday/Monday may see something hitting 3 foot from the east – keep an eye on it.
Quite surprised to see something resembling a little waist high rideable wave this morning. At 5am it was pouring, by 6:30am it was clearing and the surface quality was immaculate glass. Shame it wasn’t bigger. Quite sucky on a southern end bank (hence shot 1 pipe). High tide today is around midday, low tide around 6:40pm. Swell is coming from the ESE with a period of 5.7 seconds (weak puppies) and we’re looking at a fine 24 degree day with winds tending N/NE 8/13 knots. The outlook – all sub 2 foot. Yawn. Nothing doing.
BOGANS – I get sent some funny stuff. Check this Drambuie research video that landed in my inbox. I’ll give Aquabumps tees to the first 5 that can spot an old famous boy-band singer that used to be on a channel nine show in the week day afternoons. Click here to submit his name (stage name)
SINGLE – On Nov 3 the single fin classic was held down at Bondi beach. Here is a short video created by Linda Benson and hosted by VIOCORP.
We just can’t seem to break out of the 2 foot mould at the moment. Well today is 1-2 foot and onshore sloppiness. Swell origin is from the east soon to be ESE. Wintery day with heavy showers starting at 5am and only a top of 21 degrees. Didn’t shoot cause of the heavy rains (water shots in toxic water run off aren’t my thing, and hell no one out). Thought we’d go back to the island paradise of Bali earlier this year…dang love that place.
Surfing shouldn’t be too high on the agenda today. 1-2 foot weak dribbling bits are breaking down at Bondi. Swell origin looks to be ENE and there’s a slight onshore agitator early. Sunshine peeping through now and its going to be 24 degrees. Not much else to say really…other than we’re so overdue for a good solid swell and this week look 2 foot throughout. No need to get kranky now, I heard wakeboarding is a good sport as well, or maybe check out my mates sports opinion site (yes shameless plug) www.theroar.com.au. Barely got a shot this morning so here are some random shots.
Round 2 of Miss Bondi was held on Saturday. Here are some snaps:
fizzerBit of a fizzer this new swell. Charts said it was going to be bigger. Winds are howling 20 knots from the south interrupting a chance of quality waves early today. Swell should pick up and come from the SE later today. Bondi’s southern pocket had 2 footers with the odd set hedging 3 foot. There was an early hungry pack of wolves scrappin’ over anything breaking – see what 2 weeks of flat spell does…weekend looks good in swell size – but the nemesis southerly will be blowing 20 knots again tomorrow but lighter on Sunday (and smaller). Keep an eye on it. Not mega.
wax onThe Bondi Girls Surfriders are having a party on Saturday 1st December at the Bondi Pavilion. 10 deejays on 2 stages. Prizes. Drinks. Bondi FM. Girls in Bikinis..kiddin…20 bangers for a ticket available from LETS GO SURFING (right in front of the Aquabumps Gallery), Brave Cafe and Krack.
@quabumps gallery 10am to 4pm all weekend Bondi Junga is a big place. Daunting. Good noodles in the court though. If you want a simpler xmas shopping experience and less car park rage (man some of those grannies have attitude), come see us all weekend at the Aquabumps Gallery, 98 Brighton Boulevard, North Bondi Telephone 9130 8371. Check out me art drawers or use this map to find the pot of gold.
Damn flat spell continues as the new swell shys away from us. The well anticipated small NE swell is now coming tonight (not today) – we hope. Come on…it’s about time. This morning’s high tide (6:45am) engulfed any sort of a wave so far, as the low tide approaches (1pm) you may see a 2 foot chunk at north or east facing beaches (pretty flat at Bondi). So the moral of the story is wait for tomorrow (expect 3-4 foot from NE with SW winds early)… No shots from today – but doing some photo archiving last night and came across these puppies from last years’ trip to Tahiti, Teahuppo – one of the world’s most spectacular waves. oh yeah.
ASL Jap Movie LaunchAustralia’s Surfing Life Mag are launching there HOT 100 Japan DVD this Friday at the Shark Bar(Manly). Rather than me write about it just click on this link to see the preview – its hot – and email the date the DVD comes out to [email protected] and you could win one of 6 double passes to the opening night and drink the free booze bar dry. (oh and hang out with some big names).
Its pancakes once again but fortunately we’re at the end of this flat spell. What is unsurfable right now should slightly pick up this afternoon to see a remotely surfable wave hitting 2 foot. Tomorrow if all goes to plan we’ll score 3 foot and it will hang around until Sunday. The new swell is going to be from the ENE and best time would be Friday morning when its 9.5 second period, SW winds and 3 foot. No big swells on the radar. High tide 6am, low tide midday. Water is freezing 17. Land 26 and sunny.
Bondi Short Film Festival It’s this Saturday at the Bondi Pav. For more info – www.bondishortfilmfestival.com or check this clip out
Sydney UnderworldA Unique Portrait Photography ExhibitionRichard Vevers and Jayne Jenkins, two of Australia’s leading underwater photographers, have dedicated the last few years to capturing the beautiful and bizarre characters that make up the Sydney Underworld – the most amazing marine environment of any major city in the world.
An exhibition of these images will run from 19 November to 2 December at Bondi Pavilion Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach and will be located along the beach itself on Ocean Care Day on Sunday 25th November. website
grasshoppersThe waves today are smoookin’ – that’s if you’re knee high to a grass hopper, think girls are rank and haven’t got a drivers licence yet. 3 lil’ groms hacked the 1 foot shorey this morning down at Bondi – quite entertaining really. All 3 foot/30 kilo of them can generate a fair bit of speed off nothing. So for the other man grommets, it’s pretty unsurfable at Bondi, slightly bigger at east facing beaches like the Bra, Whaley, blah…but really nothing to get excited about. Water is a chilly sub 19 with all these NE winds, high tide 5pm, low tide 11am, max 25 degrees of beach worthy weather. Have a great day. uge
PS – these shots a intentionally smudged. There’s nothing wrong with my camera but thanks for the concern.
It’s totally flat and its going to be like this for most of the week.Here’s a couple of suggestions to keep you occupied in between swells:
Check out the photos from Miss Bondi 2007 – HEAT 1
Book an overseas business SURF trip that just happens to be on a world class surf break webby
Join Sasha down at Icebergs for Yoga by the sea and get flexible for when the swell returns website
Of course – Christmas shopping at the Aquabumps Gallery in North Bondi
Have a great day, enjoy the good weather at teh start of this week – showers Thursday Friday. Cheers, ::uge
*chugSmall 1-2 foot wave chuggin’ into the south end of Bondi at 6:30am. There’s no power nor shape to it today. Thick overhead morning clouds have cleared by the time I wrote this, and you’re looking at a mighty fine 25 degree maximum. Currently we have SW winds at 8/13 knots which will kick around to the NW/NE during the afternoon. Even when its 1 foot people arc up if I don’t include the tides, (beats me), 6:30 low tide, 1ish high, 8pm low…
*galleryThe Aquabumps gallery is choc full of new gold in preparation for xmas. If you’re like me and hate shopping, the Aquabumps gallery is the one stop shop. You better believe it. Ok that’s my sales pitch, there’s no waves this weekend AT ALL so come in 98 Brighton Boulevard, North Bondi 9130 8371. Click here to see the new bits of gold. Custom orders need to be in now to get em for Christmas. Doiit.
*surfectionJulian at Surfection Mosman has a new deal on – from $350 for a new fish. Go see. see
*whales3pm today thousands of people are heading down to Bondi to form the shape of a whale for an aerial shot. Save the humpies and support this good cause with ya mate Rasta.
Pray for swellIt hasn’t been pumping in quite some time now – we’re so overdue. Today the swell has kicked up a notch with waves mostly around the 2 foot mark, its peaky, shifty, and a short period wind swell (average). The charts say the swell period jumps from 5.7 to 9.3 seconds this morning – in English this means more power and probably slightly bigger later today (but I’m not holding out for it) – the SE onshore is making a mess of it. Looking at the next 7 days ain’t that great – today and tomorrow the biggest days…then dropping off to 0-1 foot. Yawn. Pass the crumpets old boy.
WhalesTomorrow thousands of people are forming the shape of a huge whale to break a world record on Bondi beach in support to saving Humpback Whales. Everyone’s welcome – meet Dave Rastovich amongst other special guests at the Bondi Beach Lifeguard Tower Friday Nov 16th, 3-5pm.
TropicsurfTime to book those surf adventures for next year. Tropicsurf has some mega options…amphibious planes, big boats, remote locations, perfect waves – enough said? Www.tropicsurf.net
Xmas at the Aquabumps GalleryThis year is going fast… Xmas is just around the corner. If you’d like to order some framed artwork from our little gallery you’d better get onto to it – as orders take 3 weeks, so come on in. 98 Brighton Boulevard, North Bondi telephone 9130 8371 see some gold
bush nookieSaw a young couple going for gold in the bushes at sunrise this morning…aaaah yes, summer really is here in Bondi. Nothing like a bit of bush scratchin’ after a big Tuesday night at the Bondi hotel with a ‘new’ inebriated friend. Backpacker heaven has arrived to good old summer party town Bondi.
Even if you had a big night last night (if ya hittin’ it on Tuesdays we need to have a talk) you wouldn’t be missing anything in the surf – ’cause it’s pretty much flat, clean and pushing max 1 foot. You would need to ride a boat like mal to surf today. So perhaps enjoy the sensational weather as it cooks to 25 degrees today.
Swell is picking up later tonight – so at least we could have a wave tomorrow (ESE swell small say 2-3ft, not sure about the winds – variable). Can someone talk to that Dozer driver and get him to push sand into a nice pointy bank in the southern end. Something like a bank 50 metres out, 30 metres wide would work well for us. He’s currently straightening the beach out, making it a ripless beach for summer safety – boo::uge
Dayz like these I am not really sure what to write about or shoot. Its flat kids. Flat as. I sat on my little patch of concrete in the south pointing 600mms of glass at anything that moved in hope to find some photographic gold. Nope nuttin to see here folks – do some work.
Wait. Today’s public announcement – the salubrious miss bondi starts this weekend at the good ole Beach Road Hotel Bondi. Yep 1pm to 5pm (Sat 17 Nov). Larger than life BIGTOM will present this year’s contestants, challenging the girls with questions on politics, metaphysics, and climate change. This event has been going since the 1930’s and runs over four consecutive Saturdays. Here are some links to photos to distract you on a flat surf day. Well for the blokes that is…FINALS | HEAT 3 | HEAT 2 | HEAT 1
goeastThe fruits of the weekend’s east-nor-east swell has faded but not evaporated. (Big words for a Monday I know.) 3 footers are now 1-2 footers, especially at south facing Bondeye. It’s clean and sunny, and much better at an east facing beach. Perfect way to start your week. 24 degrees max on the land, 20 in the water, 10am high tide, 5pm low tide. Swell will back off for today and tomorrow but looking like a return Wed-Friday. Have a great week ::uge
uglySydney surf conditions have been hit with the ugly stick this week. A small pack of grizzly surfers hit Bondi this morning in an attempt to achieve their minimum wave quota. The agitated ocean is still pushing 2-3 footers into the southern corner, but its hell bumpy and random. East/South East winds managing to interrupt most bay angles today, so you aren’t missing much down the beach. The E/SE winds will continue on the weekend so not much joy there…
The Aquabumps gallery is open all weekend 10am to 4pm, 98 Brighton Boulevard, North Bondi t:9130 8371. Have a walk around the gallery
Julian at Surfection Mosman reckons he scored a whole pile of new stock boards. He’s selling some new short boards from $350. No that is not a typo. From $350. T:9969 1011 522 Military Road, Mosman
same::sameThis weather is getting pretty lame. It’s raining, onshore and only hitting 3 feet of sloppiness (for the 4th day in a row). Surely you’ve got better things to do than surf today. Showing you 5 shots of greyness probably won’t fry your burger so here are some little gems from the other side of this great island – down town west oz where the afternoon light is nothing short of magical.
Things to do when the surf is bad (for 4 days):
Glacier Surfing – Garrett McNamara and Kealii Mamala rode into surfing history last week when they towed into a monster tsunami created by Child’s Glacier in South-Central Alaska – rad stuff – VIDEO
I’ll take Six ounces – that Backdoor Benny has scored a new batch of retro delights in his store. Maybe go down and check em or see his webbie
Of course come to the Aquabumps Gallery 98 Brighton Boulevard North Bondi and start your xmas shopping .
Check out those shots from the Lynx Raft landing at North Bondi
Or do you bit for Starlight Foundation and buy tickets to the FIVE DESGINERS SHOW being held at the flashy Hilton Hotel, November 29 hosted by Tom Williams and with designers, Zimmerman, Morrissey, Fleur Wood, FashionAssassin and Bec & Bridge – 95 bucks a ticket. BUY
Forecast: no real joy in the near future. 3 foot..bit messy with ese winds.
They tell me the longer this wind blows the better the surf will be when it cleans up. It’s been blowing all week…and Bondi has been junkie as hell. Scrappy 3 footers in the northern end is the pick of spots, the south end is just one big washing machine. SE winds 18 knots, South swell producing 4-5 foot at exposed corners. Wintery weather again today with rain and a maximum of 18 degrees. Should go offshore for the weekend.
mick eugene fanningOh yes, he’s done it. We’ve got an aussie world champion! Mick Fanning has secured the world title at Santa Catarina Pro in Brazil this morning. Fanning is the 1st Australian to win the world title since Occy. How good. Taj is currently ranked 2nd closely followed by the competitive Kelly Slater. Could it be a Aussie 1&2? more
sculptures by the sea 1-18 Nov 2007Whilst you’re waiting for the winds to back off maybe check out the 11th Annual Sculptures by the sea which is being held along the Bondi to Bronte coastal walk. more
excess baggageEveryone is in top gear trying to get fit for summer. The mornings down at Bondi are home to boot camps, runners, swimmers, surfers..all in the name of losing the winter excess baggage. Frother Mike Britton runs fitness classes down at Bondi in the mornings…go to www.evolutiontowellbeing.com first 20 people to sign up score a new tee from remo.
Master O’ReillyDoubt anyone’s too interested in surfing today. Well because A) its smashing onshore b) its Melbourne cup day. Yes punters, it’s your big day to scam off work and booze it up all arvo after celebrating your winnings on MASTER O’REILLY (11) – that’s my tip for the day. So bail the computer and stop reading emails and go enjoy yourself. The rest of Australia is ::uge
PS – hope we get some good waves soon so the photo archives don’t get depleted.
bigblowIt’s howling… The kind of blow when you see those Sulo bins guts-up spewing all over the road, when the TV reception don’t work so good as your antenna is doing 360s on the roof, when the little ladies running down the street have their umbrellas inside out… 30 knots of southerly brought rain, cooler temps and a jump in swell height. I saw waves out the back of Bondi breaking around 6-8 foot, but its hell messy. A lone wolf storm riders perfect day out. This whole week looks windy and onshore at this point. There’s swell around – so when this wind stops – should be some joy. Keep an eye on it.
wetsingleThe Beach Road Hotel Single Fin Classic was held on Saturday despite the wet weather. The gloomy conditions didn’t put off an array of local retro talent, bad dancing, bad hair and some collectable boards. This years open event was won by Jason Liston, 2nd Steve Rainford, 3rd Ian Wallace, 4th Justin Bornwell. The seniors was won by local lgened Cheyne Horan 2nd Robbie Page 3rd Paul Cram 4th Shannon Hardaker. Best dress: Scooter later:::yooj
mushybitsReal small mushy bits this morning. Not worth surfing at all peeps. Lucky to find something over knee high. Just couldn’t seem to shoot anything worth showing you this morning. Wait for tomorrow when its bigger and cleaner (says the charts). Winds swinging NE today…new east swell tomorrow.
underwater peopleWe all love the ocean even if its unsurfable. Good day for a swim today. This is what you’ll see.
single?The Beach Road Hotel Single Fin Classic is on again, Saturday. Spaces are still open for entries (download at bondiboardriders.com and take to Krack surf shop before end of the day). The biggest day on Bondi’s surfing calendar features ‘retro’ boards, 70’s surf wear, and daggy dancing. The SF is open to anyone, and even if you’re not surfing you’re invited to come down and enjoy the music (DJ’s all day) and the spectacle generally. The event attracts Bondi surfing legends back to home soil, including the iconic Cheyne Horan. If you’ve ever seen it go down before you know it’s an experience not to be missed! See pics from previous years in gallery.
AMSF07Tonight the Australian Surf Movie Festival hits the Paddington RSL. Click here to get your tickets.
In the shadows of yesterday’s joy, today seems a bit av. The current ENE swell dropped a couple of gears overnight, Bondi was pretty micro at waist high, but that faces the wrong way, something exposed to the source will show chest high sets, but it’s not as consistent as yesterday. Don’t get bummed as it only gets better from here on. Tomorrow swell returns and Friday afternoon and Saturday should show some goods. High tide 12pm, Low tide 5:30am + 7pm. Max land temp of 25, water is around 20, winds are light and from the south.
ASMF07The Australian Surf Movie Festival will start its 3 week tour tonight at the North Bondi RSL at 8pm. See intense OURS, Cyclops, Superbank, A Yadin Nicol Profile, live music and more. You will also be able to catch it tomorrow night at the Paddington RSL or Randwick Ritz on Friday night. More info go to www.asmf.net.au
easterly puppiesEveryone’s busy talking about last night’s late sessions where the current ENE swell kicked up coinciding with one of the first days of day light saving – only 200 guys out as a result. Well…the swell is still here this morning…and maybe even a tad bigger. Combined with a sunny maximum of 25 degrees and you got yourself a good reason to be late for work. Swell size fades this afternoon, small tomorrow and comes back with another ENE swell on Thursday. Friday and Saturday starting to shape up real nice. (good for the single fin – but its going to have a fair bit of east in it)
british airways bans surfboardsTraveling comes hand in hand with surfing I think. The idea of not taking your board on your next overseas trip could make you go pale. Perhaps renting one of those $50 pigs from Kuta will hold at 6 foot Ulu…um…nup. Kinda like wearing someone else’s undies…well BA is considering banning surfboards on their flights. Read SMH or here is a online petition
localLittle locally generated wind swells popping up around the place at the moment. Kinda hard to tell what’s going to happen next. Today we’ve got some small waves down at Bondi around chest high on sets that look fun. Its clean with northerlies (NW) and a whopping 31 degrees – the icy on this beach day cake. So go outside and enjoy…this week looks mainly 2 foot all week…
fade to blackSundown last Thursday night at Manly saw some big names being whipped into 2 foot ramps. Currumbin’s Dion Agius a standout. Click here to see some footage.
singleSingle fin classic is on this Saturday Nov 3. Mark that in the diary. entry form
These grey mornings don’t make it easy to get out of bed. At 7am I was watching Bondi spit out the odd 3 foot leftie worthy of a hack. A remarkably small crowd for probably the best day of the week so far…definitely the coolest with max of 20 degrees forecast. I like it. Well, with the 7am high tide it seemed to hold up quite nicely on our well groomed resident sand bank in the south. Lower tide it would probably close out with the increased size in swell. An approaching Northerly weather pattern is bringing NE winds and a new NE swell (not optimal for Bondi kids). Saturday should see east facing magnets enjoy good waves…only one shot from Bondi today due to rain. The rest I found in a little folder of gold from Smith’s Beach, WA shot earlier this year.
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Tonight we’re heading to a jetski-tow-sunset-aerial extravaganza at Sydney’s Manly beach. (heard you have trees over there – is this true?). I am told from 4:30pm to 6:30pm there should be some big names such at Damien Hobgood, Benji Weatherley, Dion Agius and Reef Macintosh heading for outer orbit. All in the name of launching some new Anon sunnies.
I am pretty damn sure I’m not going to post a report tomorrow, so he’s my standard pump-up for my little Gallery in North Bondi. The address is 98 Brighton Boulevard, North Bondi and you’ll see a 8 years of my shutterbug addiction. Open Friday (10-5)Sat+Sun(10-4). If you’re too lazy to get off the chair, click on this link to have a look.