Monday, April 30, 2007

clover fields.
Sydney scored a great weekend of surf. Your local beachie would have had some tasty 3-4 to sip on. Yesterday afternoon she picked up to around 5 foot unexpectedly. Like that. Overnight the current SE swell dropped a couple of gears into the 2 foot range with 3 foot infrequent sets. it’s now perfectly offshore (W/NW) and sunny. High tide 6:51am will pork the bump, whilst a 1pm should bring back some hollowness. With a sunny land max of 23 and balmy 21 degree water the beach ain’t a bad option today…who wants to work anyway.
No XXL swells forecasted for this week – but a healthy new SE swell hitting tomorrow. Weather looks pretty damn fine thoughout the week…
Tuesday 1st April : Offshores all day – SE 3 foot (ok maybe 4 foot sets – bigger than today anyway) – like it. Wednesday 2nd April: Biggest day of the week (and best surf day- especially in arvo). 4-5 foot from the SSE and all day offshores. Thursday – Friday declining back to 2 foot (and below).
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The annual BONDIBarefoot sand race was held yesterday with over 400 runners taking part. The weather turned itself on after a week of rain, Jeremy Horne smashed his own record in the 10km in a time of 38.47 and Eliza Stewart broke the womens 10km record in a time of 43.18. Local North Bondi lifesaver Joel Maybury again won the Barefoot Bolt for the third year running. Many thanks to the competitors, sponsors and North Bondi Surf Club for a fun day. For results and pics go to www.bondibarefoot.com.

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Friday, April 27, 2007

Chilled goods.What…go away for 2 weeks and winter kicks into top gear upon return? Ouch. Have 4 layers of clothing on today. What good waves to return to though. Bondi had fun waves around 4-5 foot this morning with a chilly offshore Sou-Westerly. Pitty the banks are crummy. Be surprised if you got two hacks per wave.
So this SE swell should be hookin’ into all the nooks and crannies of Sydney – best have a shop around for something with a decent bank or reef. High tide 4:45am, low tide 11:20am, water is still warm 21 (springie). light rain with increasing cloud cover. Max 21 only on land.
Tomorrow is looking like a great surf day at south facing beaches. Winds will kick around to the north and the swell size should remain the same as today. Sunday is offshore as well, but will only manage 2-3 footers.
End of Summer SessionsEarthy acoustic tunes of Todd Hannigan plus local Bondi boys Mojada plus legendary film maker Jack McCoy all in the one shindig. End of Summer sessions are touring around oz. http://www.myspace.com/endofsummersessions to find a session near you. Jack’s giving away box sets at each gig + even a Jim Banks surfboard is up for grabs. More links for those that aren’t having a busy day: www.myspace.com/toddhannigan www.myspace.com/themojada www.jackmccoy.com
Aquabumps Gallery Open this weekend.Yeah that’s right. That little white box full of shutterbug goodies is open 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday. Come see. Eat breaky next door at 3 eggs (old brown sugar) then pop next door to the gallery. pics

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Beautiful waves.It’s pretty hard to get sick of looking at perfect empty waves. Up here in Mentawai they’re everywhere. Every night the wind backs off to nothing creating silky smooth cylinders. A Photographer’s dreamland. This is the last report from Tengirri’s fly bridge. Many thanks to Telstra for supplying internet connections via Satellite for this trip. It’s kinda weird having guys in dug out canoes sitting next to the boat and I am beaming pics back to rest of the world via outerspace.
Looks like Bondi will have waves today. 3-5 foot. But the onshore 15 knot SE will flank. Mostly cloudy with 22 degrees..
Book yourself a surf trip. Season has just started. You won’t regret it. Tengirri Later::uge

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Loco.Day 9 on a boat with 7 guys and things start turning a little loco. 1 guy onboard has formed Tourette’s and is now our crowd clearer – just screaming abuse at anyone for no reason. Another can’t stop hurting himself (Harvey). He’s a walking accident up here – he’s already been patched up a few times and I don’t think he has any boards left. Another can’t stop talking. Total verbal diarrhea. Our skipper is living solely on coca-cola and kit kats (oh and 18 tinnies and two packs of Marlborough lights – mmm staple diet).Couple others have started a duet of Billy Joel humming in the line up. No wonder we’re getting waves on our own. No one wants to surf anywhere near us. I guess this is what Big Brother is like. The surf is small at the moment – which turns the loco dial up a couple of notches. Only 3-4 foot sets at a soft right breaking on the shores of thick jungle. Pray for swell.
Sinking.Did you know the Mentawai Islands are sinking? Apparently the archipelago is positioned on a volatile tectonic plate that is sliding underneath another plate. Only couple of centimeters per year the entire joint drops. Today I drove through a mangrove that has huge submerged trees that were once above sea level. Freaky.
Would love to give you a detailed Sydney surf report with all the micro details and forecast. But can’t cause I’m in the middle of nowhere. Back soon. Later::uge

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Rights.The Mentawai Islands isn’t well known for its right handers – aaaii that’s for sure. Well, excluding the infamous Rifles which works once in a blue moon and HT’s which is one of the main tourist attractions up here (mega crowded)… with the current small swell we stumbled across this tasty little deserted right that just pumps on the incoming tide. I’ve checked it probably half-dozen times before on previous charters, but it’s been simply too dangerous to surf with treacherous reef poking out all over the joint waiting to impale you. Basically if you were to fumble a take-off the skipper will be chuckling as he stitches you up with a Bintang in one hand. Fortunately this tour we scored big morning high tides concealing the bed of nails below. It wasn’t big, but it was ridiculously fun. Nearly every single wave tubed perfectly, regardless of being 1 foot or 4 foot. Get greedy towards the end of the wave and you’ll still get reef tattoos. Only two victims yesterday. (one mofo requiring stitches and a bit of superglue – no ma not me).
I hear the surf back home is flat. So I hope this keeps you frothing in between swells. uge

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Friday, April 20, 2007

Paradise Island.All day we’ve been anchored along side a tiny palm riddled island in Mentawai – about the size of 2 footy fields. On one side of the island a world class left. On the other a ridiculously shallow toobing right. In the middle of the island is a perfect white sand beach with crystal blue water. Not another boat in sight. Doesn’t get any better than this. Waves were small, but still powerful. (3 foot). Swell due Sat – looks like a big one.
Not sure what’s going on back in Sydney do to lack of info (no mobile reception, no newspapers, no cable tv – just this little sat connection). Last time I checked a few days ago there wasn’t much going on (1 foot with SSW winds today). but hey that might have changed by now…Book yourself a holiday. Dooit
::uge

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

blue series.Doesn’t happen very often, but it does happen. Not going off up here in Mentawai. Spent the morning shooting waves from the bottom before a storm hit bringing rain & wind – but not swell – yet. Word on the boats is that the next swell is due tomorrow anyway so it’s not a bad opportunity to give the body some well earned rest.
Some Mentawai background info – Lance Knight is the first western surfer to be known to surf the Mentawai Islands in the 80’s, naming Lances Right & Lances Left at Katiet. This was also known as HT’s or Hollow Trees until the tree eventually fell down. Mentawai has surf all year round, but most boats run from May to November. They say biggest months are June/July/August picking up swells from the Indian Ocean ‘Roaring Forties’ – But I reckon there is swell all year round. Tengirri our current charter boat only has a few spots left this season & they’re now taking single bookings. Contact [email protected] for further information or www.tengirri.com
Surf doesn’t look that great back home. Southerly swell. Probably 2 foot at Bondi in the morning and then dropping back to knee cappers. Northerly wind pattern. Friday and Saturday not looking good at all with very small surf. Best do something else or book yourself a surf trip away. Have a great day::uge

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

boat transmission. Written by John Blake some punter onboard:Having clicked the ruby slippers last night, "team Tengirri" awoke to a purple grey canopy of clouds mirrored in a smooth 4 foot Macca’s line-up and one other boat.
It’s a weird feeling rocking up to a world famous break where no-one’s a local.

Taking any wave you want doesn’t work here. You have to wait your turn which might sound unlikely with 12 frothing surfers in the line up. We needn’t have worried though…
Soon we’re all on first name basis, chatting, yelling and hooting like old high school buddies, taking turns gliding, gouging and barreling through these amazing waves.
Here your surfing can improve the equivalent of 6 months in Australia in a matter of hours. Regardless of what level you are at you can’t help but surf better.
When it turned onshore it just seemed to get more fun. And you can’t go home anyway so it just means lunch, a dvd or a snooze and then back into it for the arvo session. No meetings, emails, text messages or mobile phones.
Bondi.Sources tell me there should have been a few waves this morning. Like 3 footers with NW offshores – sounds good. Make the most of it as tomorrow it will dissipate and not much happening until next week. Thurs – Sunday 1 foot.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

45 breaks. 100 miles.Selamat Pagi. In the morning a 6 foot left. In the afternoon a 6 foot right. No complaints there. Na not Bondi kids – up here in Mentawai Islands. They say there are 45 world class breaks within a 100 mile stretch along the archipelago (not to mention the goods in Telos Group, Nias & Simalue islands). Most of them breaking on deserted islands with razor sharp coral. Once coming here, you’ll recognize many landmarks from all your surf flicks. Thought that crook dead tree looked familiar…or that strange rock hanging in the lineup.
500,000 years ago these islands broke off from the Sumatran mainland, keeping them isolated from the rest of Indonesia. The local natives have formed their own culture and dialect – some not even speaking a word of Bahasa Indonesia.
Enough of the geography lesson. Waves are pumping. Let’s see what tomorrow brings. Haven’t got a clue what’s going on back in Sydney. Hope its pumping.
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Later, uge

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Monday, April 16, 2007

142 miles south of the equator.Aahh good ole Mentawai Islands. Even though the distance from the Sumatran mainland is not great – 90 miles south to be precise…this island paradise archipelago is another world from hustle and bustle of the 242 million other people in Indonesia. This area is remote…barely see a sole. Nothing but endless palm lined pristine beaches, crystal clear water and epic waves.
For the next week or so Aquabumps will be broadcast via satellite from charter boat MV Tengirri (Thanks Telstra Sat services & Tengirri). The daily shots will be taken in some of the worlds best waves…would like to say with the world’s best surfers…but na, they’re punters, but they put out the odd hack.
Swell is pumping up here. 6-8 foot chunks with 16 second interval. Perfect. Surfing all day in 35 degree blazing heat takes off a few layers of skin…a perfect left, near the capital of the Mentawais, Tuapejat, is probably one of the most beltable waves going – and it was oorn today. Hope you’re scoring waves back in Bondi. ::uge

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Joy.Picture perfect morning flooded with sunshine and gentle chilly offshores. Maximum of 25 degrees today after a chilly overnight of 16. The 3 footers of yesterday have dropped back to 1 – 2 foot, the main problem is that it’s just closing out straight. No joy there. Swim the warm water I say.
This pretty picture will change later today when a south change hits bringing clouds, rain and swell. Winds will gust up to 20 knots tonight, then it will clear again tomorrow afternoon. Surfwise *swell inbound* sniff around on Friday morning and you should score if the winds kick back around to the north as predicted. Big period stuff – 15 seconds on Friday. Doit.
Outta here.Unfortunately won’t be around for this new swell – thanks to Telstra Satellite services, the next two weeks of Aquabumps will be broadcast from remote Indonesia…yeah baby, the glorious Mentawai Islands here we come. So the reports may be sporadic for a little while. Oh don’t wait for permission from anyone to take your next overseas trip. Just do it.
::yooj.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

LusciousYeah that’ll be right… 4 days of Easter holidays and we got 4 days of rain and onshores. Come 1st day back at work and the sunshine is cranking, not to mention luscious 22 degree water and gentle winds. Swell is still hanging in there…just…like 2 – 3 foot. The 1st pic today makes it look much better than it really is. We that’s my aim (make it look ridiculously good even in half’a’foot), just didn’t want you all to rush down the beach.
FutureSwell due from Thursday afternoon onwards. YOWSA! Friday/Saturday are looking real good with solid south swell pushing 6 foot solid and northerly winds. Work hard now. Surf end of the week. Book that weekend out of town…
Have a great week ::uge

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Thursday, April 05, 2007

slip diff.Huey has stepped down a gear or two – but there’s still some good waves around this morning. Winds are a perfect light NW offshore, sun is out and you’ll score 3 foot sets down at Bondi.
Swell direction is predominantly SE (tad more east in it). Loads of places would have a surfable wave – nothing on the 4-5 footers of yesterday afternoon. By the way, got over 45 emails claiming that my first pic yesterday of Sam Mac was a hoax – that Bondi doesn’t get that good – and it looked like Backdoor Pipe – well – it did – and that was for real. On my mother.
High tide 9:45am, low tide 3:30pm, water still balmy 22 (boardies!), Showers developing, max 25, with a fresh southerly change that will wreck things later today.
easterEaster weekend wrap – tomorrow you might get an early SW offshore before kickin’ into a strong southerly onshore wind pattern for 4 days. Sunday looks to be the biggest – but flanked with nemesis onshores it will be a challenge to find something out of the wind. It will moistly rain all Easter with only 21 degrees. So drag out the jumpers and head to a point with southerly protection.
closedOnly shut the Aquabumps gallery 2 weekends a year – and Easter is one of them. Sorry. Still can window shop and email/call.Laters::bakin’ it to beat the traffic!

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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

late show 1:30pm Before you all give me heaps for running a late report today – you’d be glad to know that the surf has improved from this morning. The thunderous rain has parted and sunshine prevails…oh and its over head high on sets and some fun stuff on offer. Still a little unsettled from the overnight storm, but heaps of waves and not many out. So the water is like 22 degrees, and the waves should get better into the arvo – tools down. High tide 9am, low tide 3pm, 22 on the land, 22 in the water, winds swinging NE right now.
tomorrowTomorrow looks good with ESE swell and NNW winds early. Overnight it should clean itself up and I’d head somewhere with a decent bank or reef. Easter weekend looks like waves – but its not going to be pretty on the beach with lots of rain.
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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

tsunamiThankfully nothing came of the inbound Tsunami hype. Quite the opposite really – its pancakes! 12 guys out, optimistically staring at the horizon thinking one will come…just one crumb – c’mon huey…and when it does, it’s a knee biter breaking extremely weak and lil’ full. Tomorrow doesn’t look any better…rain is coming as well as the clouds thicken by the hour.
easter.The outlook for Easter is a wet one! A few waves around – south swell due. Will give a more detailed report towards the end of the week.
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Sunday, April 01, 2007

Smokin.For years now I’ve been intending to come over to Western Australia to check out the 6 Star Margaret River Classic (which is now called the Drug Aware Pro). Today was the day with 8 foot solid predicted (it’s been flat for two days!). Got myself over here packing the big lens…but the first place we checked to see if the swell had come up was smooookin’. Like 6 foot dream pipes. Same around the corner. So the 30 minute drive further down to Margie’s was put on hold for another year – I’ll make it one day.

Perrow wins Kieren Perrow won the Drug Aware Pro today in 8 to 10 foot Margies main break beating Portugal’s Tiago Pires. Local Bronte surfer Jessi Miley-Dyer came second in the women’s to Brazilian Jacqueline Silva. Challenging conditions – especially when the southerly whipped up. No protection at Margies. website
Qf518No major swells predicted for Sydney this week. Tomorrow morning (Monday) should have a few waves early with offshores and 2-3 footers. With a 3 metre swell running in West Oz and 30 degrees predicted Monday-Wednesday its nearly worth while paying the $500 penalty for changing the air ticket…::uge

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