Thursday, March 29, 2007

bottomed out.All day yesterday I was hearing stories of great waves from all corners of this big island – Snapper Rocks to Stanwell, Margaret River to Whaley. What a great day of surfing it was in Sydney. Corka. Disappointingly today is half the size…as the SE swell bottoms out overnight. Bondi was mostly 3 foot with the odd freak 4 foot set, but the 5:30am high tide put a heap of pork in the chunk today. Perhaps closer to the midday low tide you might see some improvement.
Looks like its going to be warm 27 degrees, with overcast skies making it humid. Currently offshore NW winds, but a late SW change will rock in tonight.
Forecast.Swell direction will kick around to the east tomorrow and increase in size. Saturday looks good as the swell kicks back to its native SE direction and continues to maintain size (3-4 foot). So all in all, there are decent waves over the next couple of days, hope you get a couple ::uge

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Big Wednesday.If you’re sitting behind a computer reading this email you’re in the wrong place. Sorry. Sunshine has broken out as we cook up to 26 degrees. Winds are currently W/NW. Um that’s perfect offshore kids. Winds will swing NE later today. The water is still a warm 21 degrees suitable for boardies (lap it up before we head into winter). Erm…did I also mention its 6-8 foot and crankin’? Ya. You read it right. Swell has come up overnight and the fields are full of clover. Bondi isn’t the place to be…is so straight it’s ridiculous. Barely get to your feet on sets before it shuts down. I did see an 8 foot set break across the whole bay. Experienced surfers only today…so much water moving. Somewhere is going off today. Just need to find it. Go see.
Tomorrow.As per today…maybe 20% smaller. Say no more.
Bondi barefoot.It’s on again this year – Bondi Bare Foot Soft Sand Race. 3 races – 10km, 4km, and the Barefoot bolt. 29th April 2007 at 9am. Click here to enter
Bondi Boardriders back on.This Sunday marks the first contest of the Bondi Boardriders 2007. The forecast is looking hot for the 1st comp – solid looking 6 foot swell and offshore. This year there will be 3 age groups doing battle – cadets, juniors and opens men’s. The Boardriders currently have 3 surfers competing on the world qualifying series and two on the Billabong Junior Series. New members are always welcome and can sign up on the day and anyone who feels they can contribute in anyway is also more than welcome.  We would like to thank in advance all non-competitors for staying out of the competitors way and allowing them preference with their waves…
For more information please check out www.bondiboardriders.com

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Random.The ocean is still agitated from the previous days southerly blast. It’s blowing a favored SW this morning – but there still is some settlin’ to be done. Random peaks popping up here and there – mostly closing out – but size is good. Couple of sets around head’n’half plus.
Swing.By 10pm tonight this southerly wind pattern will swing to the north. The current decent south swell will continue for the next couple of days – so I’d expect some good waves ahead. Bondi doesn’t really have suitable banks. Perhaps better when the tide drops out of it. (10:26am low tide). Smoke the chariot out of town tomorrow me thinks…
Only a mild 23 degrees today. Clouds will back off making way for sunshine over the next couple of days::work hard today, play tomorrow. uge

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Friday, March 23, 2007

goldielocks. Incredible light show this morning. Deep rich golds. Wish I could say the same about the surf. It’s like 1 foot and dribblin’ in. Little bit of NE direction in the swell, but with a period of 3 its just wonky wind-chop. Loads of beginners out giving it a bash. Good day to learn. Especially because its going to be 27 degrees. That noreaster will blow this afternoon 20 knots.
crystal ball.Tomorrow will start off being a cracker beach day with 32 fat ones & NE summer winds. Waves will be non-existent so go swim (and come see Aquabumps gallery afterwards). You’ll start see a few clouds pop up. They will thicken and a howling south change will blitz Saturday night. In come the thunderstorms, then the temperature will bottom out and Sunday will be like winter. (max 21). Sunday, swell will dramatically pick up, but it will onshore (Maybe enough for Manly?). Decent swell all next week, but onshores will flank until Tuesday. Sit tight.
Geeky surfer wanted…SurfAid International are looking for a Chief Operations Officer to coordinate their regional activities, accounting background essential as is the interest in and/ or an understanding of Humanitarian Aid work. Email: [email protected]  for a position description.

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

6:30am – 1pm
Been twiddlin’ that pen thinking about what to write about today. Those two peas are workin’ overtime. At 7am if felt like night it was so dark. The swell machine is temporarily out of order (ankle biters) and dark clouds paint a pretty ugly picture. No wind. Dead still early. Warm water and a muggy stickiness about today…definitely a work day.
At 1pm the clouds parted and it’s baked up to 26. Still no waves but geez sure good day for swim. Check out photo I just took from North Bondi. Love having a gallery across the road from the beach. How’s work? Pass the sauce. Oh and no surf until Sunday.
Earth hour.
At 7.30pm on 31 March 2007, Sydneysiders will be turning off their lights for just one hour, Earth Hour, as a sign of their commitment to reduce global warming.
The official WWF Earth Hour party is Saturday week (31st March 6.30pm – 10.30pm) at the Ocean Room, O/S passenger terminal, Circular Quay … $150 gets you access to the official party, views over Opera House and to Bridge and City, Christine Anu, Megan Bowman, DJ Deepchild all booze and food you can eat and drink… guest speakers and lots of people interested in Climate Change… Dress is Black and White in sync with the evening’s festivities. Email [email protected] for tix or call (02)8202 1273 webby

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Dark.Damn dark in the woods earlier today. Not much to see when you get out the back. Small waves. Like waist high sets. Yesterday’s swell dissipated (see outtakes from northside sess to remind you). But it’s super clean. Barely a breath of wind. Good for a longboard dabble.
Even though land temp. is going to hover around the 27 degree mark, clouds will thicken, rain will begin and the chance of a thunderstorm is imminent. Our current north wind pattern will switch to southerlies after a late south change. So right now is probably the best part of the day.
There is something brewing for this Sunday and next Monday. Keep and eye on it.
::uge

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

brazilians. gotta love em.
No girls, not what you’re thinking. I am talking about 65 kilo, 5’6" bundle of Brazilian pocket rocket – Adriano De Souza. This flamboyant Sao Paulo shredder finished up 20th on the world tour last year (he’s only 20). 4 years ago he took out the World Pro Junior championship at North Narra and hasn’t stopped decimating any lips in his path. From this morning I gather his favourite move seems to be frontside airs…um even on a 1 foot shorey I saw him bust out a 3 foot-high air…
north.
You’ve probably guessed today’s shots ain’t from Bondi…go north. We’ve currently got the beginnings of a small east south east ground swell. The buoys reckon the period jumps from 5 to 13 in between 4am & 10am today. That’s good stuff as waves should pack a bit more heat. Early today you’d find 2-3 foot sets. This afternoon should be bigger (4ft). Glassy morning with barely a breath of wind. NE will blow later today 10/15 knots. Next couple of days will be a bit of fun…
morgan mellish.On a very sad note, you probably all know about the 5 Australians that died in an Indonesian jet crash (GA200). Fin Review journalist Morgan Mellish was amongst them. Morgan a mad keen surfer and Aquabumps subscriber, was only the other day emailing me about perfect breaks he’d found in Indo…well this Saturday 24th March there is a memorial paddle out at Bronte, 11am – all meeting in the south end. Condolences to family and friends. View Morgan’s Memorial Blog

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Monday, March 19, 2007

silk.Real tidy day kickin’ off with a burning sunrise and silky clean surfaces. Small 3 footers breaking into Bondi – well worth a paddle around 7am. But within two hours, when the 9am high tide flooded in, not much around at all. Perhaps when the tide goes back down again something will pop up. (low tide 3:30pm). This small swell is from the south – so Av, Curly, Nulla should all have a small wave earlier today before the high.
crystal ball.No thumpin’ big swells predicted this week, but Tuesday and Wednesday looking fun as the wave period beefs up to 12/13. So perhaps a bit of groundswell to arrive tomorrow from the south (3 foot +). Winds will be northerly Tuesday and Wed, onshore Thursday. Few good beach days this week…tomorrow should be a cracker with 29 and sunny.
chris malloy.Broken down melody is one of the greatest surf films around. There is a special screening at Barrenjoey High School (North Avalon) this week with a special guest appearance from the director surfer Chris Malloy. Wednesday 21st March 6pm to 9pm. Entry is free and just rock up. later, ::uge

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Friday, March 16, 2007

thirty-4.
An overnight decline in swell size leaves us with 3 footers down at Bondi. Sensational day. Its gonna hit a mighty fine 34 degrees today…lap it up. NW winds this morning, picking up to 20 knots in the afternoon. South change will come tomorrow, mild one, can see the clouds starting to rock in right now. Go surf – its still good, but you’ll be better off choosing a beach that has banks – ’cause they’re not down Bondi way. Looks small and onshore for the weekend (SE). Best do something else.
eighth bash.
So yesterday Aquabumps turned 8. Thanks for all the message emails (and even presents). You guys are good. Last night had a few drinks at Hugos to celebrate. Special thanks to Drambuie, Michelob beer, Hugos, Remo General Store, Exposure PR for putting on a hot show for the hundreds of crew. Gave away some great prizes, thanks to 7S, FCS, Anacapa, Chilli & Surf Culture.

aquabumps 8th Limited edition tees.

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Thursday, March 15, 2007

eight.
The Chinese say 8 is a lucky number. I am running with that seeing its somewhere in my blood. Today’s it’s a special number to this website being the Aquabumps 8th Birthday. Yep 8 years of early mornings! What started from an email between a few of my mates has now grown to over 23,000 daily readers. I don’t quite know how it happened, but I like it. So thanks to you all…especially those who email in with encouraging comments all the time. There are loads of people to thank. Won’t bore you. But essentially Returnity for providing a smokin’ bulk mailer that delivers this morning slice in a timely manner. Aquatech for water housings. Jamie, Ness, Zac, Mad Dog for daily advice and support. There is a long list of others that help out – THANKS ALL.
blackwater.
Now back to surf reports. If you got up at 4am today, drove 1 hr, then baked it on a ski for another bumpy 30 minutes, you’ll hit this creepy left that throws a mean Chopesque lip. Bit eerie shooting in the water there. Felt mega sharkie and the water is black. wigged me out a bit.
Great day for surfing with 3-4 footers at exposed south facing beaches. Most places would have a wave. A good wave. Bondi was pretty straight at 4 foot. NW winds this morning will swing NE later. Go surf. And it’s a 27 degree sunny day – bit hard focusing in the office today? Doit doit.
caveman eviction.
Jhyimy ‘Two Hats’ Mhiyles, the caveman who lives on the south end Bondi cliffs is being evicted by the council after 7 years of enjoying the best view in town…read SMH
::uge
 

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

I like Cake.I like a whole lot of what I see today. She’s looking might fine. Firstly there is swell. South swell. Like 4 foot at exposed southerly beaches. Oh yeah there is also sunshine. Lots of it. We’re heading to a nice 25 degrees today. Yeha. Winds are blowing gently offshore. Gettin’ my drift. The 21 degree water is just the icing on the cake.
In the south of Bondi the combo of a droppin’ tide and strong rips threw a little tubing lip. Don’t see that too often down at Bondage. Winds will swing around to the NE. hot chocolate, come get em whilst their hot.
High tide 6pm, Low tide 12pm, min 17 degrees, max 25 degrees,
Forecast.South swell for the next two days. 3-4 foot range. Northerly wind pattern. Swell peaks tonight and will gradually drop into the weekend.
Later:oggie

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

blowThat wind continues to blow (SE 10- 15 knots). She’s messy. 3-4 foot chunks. Chubby. Grubby Onshore. 6 guys out. Grey day. Only 23 max today. Couple out the back…
good newsAll that blow is creating some swell. Next two days starting to take shape. Clouds will part later today. Sun will shine tomorrow. Winds will swing around to the north. Swell will continue to pump into Thursday. She’ll get bigger too. The buoys calling Wed – 4-5 foot, Thursday 5 – 7 foot. Yeah kids that right. Inbound boogies.
::eugenius
 

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Monday, March 12, 2007

slacker.Sometimes it just doesn’t all come together. Like when it’s 2 foot and howling onshore. Oh and chuck a couple clouds’n’rain in the mix and you’ve got the perfect day to be hanging in the office, walking around the floor with a piece of paper in your hand like you’re doing something important. Maybe try and kill some time by checking out the 4 star QS Maitland Toyota Surfest at Merewether Beach, Newcastle. View live stuff
Was no oil painting down there this morning. Unless Turner is your favourite artist. So today’s pics are from a beachie near Noosa (last Friday). Its miles of endless peaks and barely sole out. I reckon I counted 200 in the water at Bondi yesterday. Max 24 today. Onshore today/tomorrow. Wait for wind to swing (wed).
bra boyz movie."The BRA BOYS are one of the most notorious surf tribes in the world. Hailing from the drug inflicted and poverty ridden housing commissions of Maroubra, this tribe has produced some of the world’s most renowned big wave surfers (Koby). In an attempt to escape their tragic upbringing, many have found redemption in the ocean and family amongst the tribe brotherhood, whose motto is ‘my brother’s keeper’."
The Bra Boys film opens Thursday 15 th March at your nearest cinemas narrated by Russell Crowe, Directed by Sunny Abberton. www.braboys.com.au
 
 

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Friday, March 09, 2007

***delayed broadcast due to internet
outage in Noosa for 24 hrs***
superfish.
Another corka day in sunny Queensland for the Noosa
Festival of Surfing
. Damn it’s hot up here. Local legend
Josh Constable winning the men’s final and Chelsea
Williams winning the women’s in 2 foot/200 metre rights.
Water is 24 degrees up here! The 7S Superfish invitational
heats were ran today also (that’s all riding the same oversized
fish). Contenders include crew like tennis legend Pat Rafter…Mark
Eymes…Doug Lees from SW…Bonga Perkins…Mark Kel.
The back beaches are pumping 4 feet and offshore right
now. Super sucky on the low – how about that 1st shot. Gave me a
rinsing a second later. I gotta get back out there…
sydney
It looks like you’ve had a big south change come thru last night
messing up most of the 3 footers on offer. Swell direction looks
ESE. Junkie today. Should clean up for the weekend – great weather
predicted sat/sun. 2-3 foot. 25 degrees Sat. 29 degrees Sunday.
aquabumps
gallery.
You know it, open all weekend 10am to 4pm. 98 Brighton Boulevard,
North Bondi (walk up the stairs past the Nth Bondi RSL and fang
right). Next door to the old Brown Sugar Cafe – now 3 Eggs Heads).
See
some pics
. ps.closed today…
::uge

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Thursday, March 08, 2007

get slow.Cruzeee old loose Noosa continues to put on a few 2 footers at 1st point for the Festival of Surfing which is running through to Sunday. The sun is cooking a fat 30 degrees up here in Queensland. Water is also clear and there’s a long board on every inch of the beach (how’s the office?). Reigning World Champion Long boarder Josh Constable and Noosa defending champ Bonga Perkins (Hawaii) steaming thru their heats…should be a good couple of days.
syd.Back in Sydney you’ve got waves. 3 foot at NE exposed beaches with offshore winds today (hint:go surfing kids). Strong south change tonight will create a new small south swell for tomorrow. Stylin’ 28 degrees down there. Good weather for the weekend coming up!
indies trader 4.My Young Guns II DVD is worn out. I love that flick. Don’t know if it’s the perfect waves of Mentawai Islands or the big mutha of a boat, Indies Trader 4. Yeah the one with a bird on top. If you’re keen on joining possibly the best surf trip in complete luxury (like ridiculous luxury), we’re going September 2 to 15, 2007. Price varies for which cabin you choose. Bunks starts at $8k, double cabins (can fit 2 people) are $14k for the 2 weeks. Big coin. Big boat. See pics
Email here if you’re interested in coming on this trip. ::uge

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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Noosafest.
Alright I’ll ‘fess up. Don’t know a great deal about longboarding.
Haven’t ridden a board longer than 6 foot in years. But up here
at the Noosa
festival of Surfing
the longer the better. The older the better.
The cruzieer the better. Everything is slowed down a couple of notches.
Everyone has time for a chat.
Today is the third day of the competition which includes
a large contingency from Hawaii (Dave Kalama, Bonga Perkins, Keone
Downing and Brian Keaulana). Swells dropped from yesterday. Breaking
around 2 foot off first point…perfect if you’re riding 9 feet
of fiberglass. Festival runs all week…pray the mini swell hangs
around…some fun events coming up including Stand Up Paddle Boarding
and Tandem surfing.
Bondi.
From a thousand k’s away…Bondi looks small…onshore/sideshore,
messy’n’weak 2 foot. Winds would have been SE this
morning, but will swing NE this afternoon. Go later…tomorrow smaller
but cleaner. Prediction – nothing substantial on the radar…yawn.
Bowl-a-rama
Vid.
Couple of Saturday’s ago Bowl-a-Rama went down at Bondi’s skate
park. Thanks to Damion Fuller (presenting), Linda Benson (filming/editing),
Ian Gardiner (Viocorp)
for this little vid
of the day
.

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

snoooze..We’ve got 20-25 knots of howling southerly ripping through the joint this morning. Great if you windsurf. Add some dark thick early morning cloud cover and I wouldn’t blame you for hittin’ the snooze button 10 times. Thought it was going to be much bigger. Bondi’s chest high waves were butchered by the onshore – not a sole out – says it all. Hopefully this storm will move a bit of sand around.
NE winds later tomorrow.South swell. Period 7.0. Winds will howl S/SW 20/25 kts easing to E/SE 15/20 kts. Tomorrow afternoon the winds will kick around to the NE making cleaner conditions.
Max 22 degrees on land today (like winter!), water 21 degrees, showers clearing tomorrow and fine for Thursday and Friday. Forecast doesn’t look so great surfwise (mostly sub 3 foot) so I am jumping on a plane to Noosa for the Festival of Surfing – www.noosafestivalofsurfing.com (Special Thanks to Mark Kelly)
Playground Weekender Giveaway.You know that big party where thousands of people are gonna get a lil’ creepy for 3 days? PLAYGROUND. Well it’s this weekend up at the Hawkesbury River (Wiseman’s Ferry, Webb’s Creek). I’ve got 10 glossy tickets ready to give away today. Just name one of the performing artists with your full name and phone number.
QUIKSILVER PRO.Up at Goldie the top 44 surfers fight it out in Round 3 today. Clean 4 foot at Snapper. Following the elimination Round 2’s big upsets that sent former three-time Foster’s ASP World Champ Andy Irons (HAW), Fred Patacchia (HAW), Shaun Cansdell (AUS) and former event champion Michael Lowe (AUS) all home early, the race for the ASP ratings lead is on and Round 3 will showcase some of the most dynamic match ups of the event. Watch live
later::uge

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Monday, March 05, 2007

Grey.Thick overcast skies gloom over 2 footers down at Bondi this morning. Remnants of the weekends NE wind swell are dribbling in – but that’s about to change when the afternoon southerly kicks up to 20 knots instigating a new swell. Tomorrow will be much bigger. Yerp. Like 4-5 foot at south facing beaches, but the nemesis onshore southerly will continue overnight making a mess of things. Winds swing Wednesday to the NW which will be the next clean day.
High tide 10am, low tide 4:20pm, water temp around 20 – 21 degrees, few showers today, thunderstorms predicted.
playground weekender.So you need a weekend out of town eh. Well maybe this will hit the spot. Playground weekend March 9, 10 and 11. Basically a huge crew are heading to Del Rio Resort, Wiseman’s Ferry (on the Hawkesbury River , NSW) – its 1.5 hours outta sydney where you can pitch a tent, hire a houseboat or bring your motor home. 3 days of mad live music. Tickets are on sale now at Mocean Restaurant in Bondi, 34 Campbell parade, 9300 9888 or call 0403 832 450 for a special rate of $140 for Aquabumps subscribers. www.playgroundweekender.com.au
::yooj (uge)

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Friday, March 02, 2007

Bake
it.
At 4am this morning if you baked the chariot outta Sydney for a
wave, this is what you would’ve found…good 3 – 4 foot with a couple
of guys out. Um was smokin when I rocked up torn between cameras
and boards…Seeing Bondi was pushing 2 foot and the southerlies
are starting to play havoc – outta town seems to be the best option
today. No much wind here. Oh, where you say? Somewhere on the border
of Queensland and Victoria.
I’ll be honest, got no idea about what is going
on with the surf predictions at the moment (I’m no Ben Matson
forecasting genius) – its confusing me – local swells
popping up here and there – they don’t last long –
gone within 12 hours but hey if you see a wave just surf it.. probably
3 foot and from the ENE this weekend. Surf something facing that
direction to get the most out of it.
Bondi
Chix Boardriders.
The girls meet the first Saturday of every month from March through
to December. Everyone meets at 7.30am in the car park at Bondi at
the southern steps (closest to skateboard ramp). The grades are
Advanced, Intermediate, Juniors, Long Board, Adult Beginners, Junior
Beginners. To compete, you need to join up as member ($60 for season)
and it is $5.00 per comp. But anyone who just wants to come and
check out how it all works is also welcome. Because of all the different
grades, surfers don’t have to be any good but Jessie Miley-Dyer
started out. First comp for the 2007 is on 3rd March. Check out
our website at www.bondigirlssurfriders.com.au
::uge
(enuf internet cafe already – its pumping)

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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Stealth swell.Little locally generated ENE wind swell snuck under the radar today providing surprisingly fun waves this morning. Totally lacking power, but you’ll score a shoulder high set. Winds are NNW around 5 knots, should swing SE later today…pretty glassy really at Bondi around 7am. Huge crowds enjoying the indo-like water temp (suitable boardy session). 7:40am high tide, 2:20pm low tide. Max 26 degrees and humid today.
Hard to predict what the surf is going to be like over the next few days as the charts aren’t really detecting swells formed close to the coast (I read em upside down anyway)…but I’ll have a punt and call it ENE swell breaking over head high at exposed breaks tomorrow (with light WNW winds).
Couple of threads ‘n’ Fowl play.The honks at 2 threads are having a party tomorrow night at YU (Potts Point). They want all 23,000 of you to come. Starts at 9pm (Friday 2nd March). Free booze early. Electro Acts. RSVP here or email [email protected]
Missing dogga. Black Staffi, 8yrs old, named ‘Chilli’ with a scar on the side of his face. Very docile and friendly dog, last seen outside the shops in North Bondi on Monday night during the heavy rains. Simon’s 3 year old daughter will be devastated when she finds out. Please if you have seen ‘Chilli’ or have any information on his whereabouts please call Simon on 0409 241 091.
QuikyPro.Round 1 starts today at Snapper Rocks in 3-4 foot slight onshore waves. Check out online live broadcast, especially from the jeski cam. Can kill a few hours at work there::later, uge

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