Thursday, May 31, 2007

nup.No surf today. Pass the crumpets. Ok bit harsh. It’s 1 foot max. So if you are a newbie to the sport today’s smokin’ for ya. Oh and you’ve got the joint to yourself. I’m still salivating over the weekend’s outta town flawless crystal mini cylinders. I will get over it soon. I promise. But the water clarity at the moment is just plain ridiculous. I’m gonna say it. Here it comes. "best ever" call. So get ya goggles on and get under. Watch out for ‘Ray’, the bull sting ray with attitude that seems to be traumatizing crew from Bronte to Bondi at the moment. (Have had over 15 email sightings so I wasn’t dreaming). It’s big.
Tomorrow will suffer the same fate as today surfwise (sleep in). Late Friday night swell picks up preparing for our weekend of joy waves. Well 3-4 foot. South swell and offshore for most of it. Even though today is frosty the sunshine floods in once again. (max 18). Love this time of year.
jou-jee gallery faceliftHave to say my 25 square metres of retail heaven in North Bondi is looking pretty Gucci. Pawned all my life possessions and threw some bullion into a new fit out. Come see this weekend Sat/Sun 10am to 4pm 98 Brighton Boulevard, North Bondi. Map
chris cornellWhen I was a young punk I thought that Soundgarden was it. Every surfer I knew had their grungy rock bellowing from their ute whilst wettie’n up. Chris Cornell, lead singer and original drummer of the band has had a hair cut and put out his own 1st solo album. we like

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

how you like ya burgers?
Ok. So there isn’t much happening at Bondi this morning. Not unless 1 foot knee cappers fry your burger. Swell direction switched today and is now coming from the NE. Head to a beach exposed to that direction and you’ll stumble across 2-3 footers (Bra, Av, Whale blah). It looks short lived and just a spot of windswell, but you find something to slide on this morning. Me thinks conserve your energies for the weekend when we should see 3-4 foot chunks of south swell. Over’n’out:: yooj
PS – had to include some clear water bombs from the weekend to keep you going in between sets… na not tahiti. na not goldie. na not telling.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

endless summer.Not much to whinge about with glorious weather like this. Maybe we’re just skipping winter? Not a damn cloud in the sky as we cook up to a salubrious twenty-4 degrees today. Northerly winds today typical of a day with good weather. Would you believe there is still a 2 foot dribble in the south corner that is more than surfable. Like I said yesterday, not bad for a flat spell. Well this week is starting to look promising with some solid stuff towards the end of the week. Will keep you informed. Have a great. Go for a swim. Otherwise get outside and soak up some sunshine. Later, uge
 

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Monday, May 28, 2007

stealth.Not bad waves for a flat spell huh? The charts have been calling pancakes for the past 7 days… but I’ve surprisingly found stealth two footers for most of it. Today the south end of Bondi had the odd head high set if you waited 30 minutes. Great conditions with little wind and a full sky of sunshine. Low tide at 11:30am, High tide 6pm, land max of 23, water 20. NW winds swinging NE this afternoon.
On the weekend we baked it out of town and found 2-3 footers on a remote beach. Perfect. Water was the clearest I’ve ever seen in Australia. Simply ridiculous. And what… Joel Fitz, ex WCT surfer and son of legendary Terry Fitzgerald ripping it up. Stop it.
Forecast for this weekend is looking good. South swell. Decent size. Get excited.
Later, uge

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Friday, May 25, 2007

dribblybits.The good weather continues as the swell subsides. Its flat most of the time…but every 15 minutes a 2 foot set rocks into the bay. Nw winds this morning with NE later today. You’re not missing out on much that’s for sure. Great day for a swim. Max land 21. Water 20. Forecast for the weekend is very small surf. Like knee cappers. In fact we’re bang in the middle of a massive flat spell. I’ve just booked a ticket to Mentawais…and Tahiti.
soft-onIf you’re a man grommet (or chick grommet) and haven’t progressed from the coolites…then there is a comp on tomorrow for you. The Soft on. Bondi 8:30am Saturday 26 th May. Still places available but register now – www.myspace.com/thesofton
aquabumps monthly vidDid you see this? 3 mins of Bondi by Linda Benson
BumperGalleriaThe Aquabumps gallery is open all weekend 10am to 4pm. Yep. And there is some new stuff…with this good weather and no surf, I suggest breakky in Bondi, then walk up North Bondi to some pics. Later, uge (yooj)

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

dolphin circus.I’ve been shooting Bondi for a good part of 8 years now. No medal please. But how unlucky is this… 15 minutes after I finished shooting yesterday a huge school of fish (large Salmon) rocked into the bay. I’ve seen aerial shots of the school – I am talking a pack 40 metres wide in front of the pav. Moments later (at exactly 7:45am) 200 dolphins charged the bay cornering the fish in the south end. Bondi Lifeguard Dino calling it "best ever". Airborne dolphins everywhere…stopping traffic on Campbell Parade…a freak spectacle at Bondi…and I don’t have a shot to show you. Sorry. But thanks for the 1000 emails and phone calls…it’s like that old saying "should have been here earlier later buddy"…next time. next time.
today.Most people calling it flat. If you wait long enough one does come. But it could take 15- 20 minutes. I saw a set wave hedging 3 feet. Majority were 1-2 foot. It’s clean, and suffering straightness, but not cranking. As we look down the barrel of 5 days of flatness…I would surf it before it disappears later today. Nice day…just frosty.
indigenous twin art showcheck out – KIMBERLEY & YUENDUMU:: An exhibition of paintings by artists from 2 distinct areas, natural ochres on canvas and acrylics on linen featuring works by Judy Watson, Shorty Robertson, Freddie Timms, Jack Britten, Liddy Walker, Beryline Mung Mung and Paddy Stewart. Opening Night May 30th until July 3rd. interested?

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

oasis.Well what do you know… Stumbled across a little oasis in the middle of the desert. 3 foot sets this morning amongst a week of flatness. It was lining up nicely at 7am. Some too straight. Some ran down the shallow bank just right. Not many crew braving the frosty morning. That dash across the sand was no fun at all. This pulse of south swell will be short lived. By lunchtime it would have ran out of juice leading into a flat spell for 5 days or more. So if you’re not surfing right now, I would say you’ve missed it.
How good is that warm morning light? Perfect weather today. Minimum 10, Max 20, water roughly 20 degrees. Still warm. Best time of year.
Soft.Big soft-on this Saturday. Foamie Comp down at Bondi. Starts at 8:30am. Everyone is welcome to enter. Just register. http://www.myspace.com/thesofton – Or how about the foamie art comp. Insight. Monster kids. Refill. Stabbers all transforming 10 foamies into artworks and yep they’re up for auction at the Beach Road Hotel from 7:30pm tomorrow night (Thurs). All proceeds go to our buddies at Surf Aid.
gallery bench for sale.Shamelessly using my broadcast for person use – I need to sell my gallery bench today. 3300mmx840mm. Great for a reception desk/shopfront/another gallery. Seats 2 people with heaps of space. Click here to view
Later, uge

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

brrrr.As winter ticks over another notch into the chill zone, the water remains remarkably warm at twenty-1. Good for an invigorating morning dip, but surfing is just out of the question. Pancake heaven. She’s flat as. And yes there were still two surfers scrapping for an ankle biter. The charts show a little bump hittin’ Sydney later today, as in 2 foot max, with a swell direction of SW. yup. So it’s coming from the Opera house which should be interesting. Don’t wag work. The next 6 days look flat and I’ve got the travel agent on speed dial. As the ASP world tour now has a break until July, all the pros are hittin’ Mentawai. Nice. Seeing they’re calling it the best swell in the last 20 years up there. Love getting texties from all the boats "you should be up here…"
Do something clever today. Reorder the CD cabinet into colour combos. Later, uge

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Monday, 21 May 2007

busted buoys.Surely there is something wrong with those lil’ out-to-sea swell bouys. ‘Cause when I’m looking at them this morning it was giving me nuttin’ but 6 days of flat-to-micro. Ah-huh. ah, tomorrow afternoon a small south swell will poke its head out…(2-3 foot if we’re lucky)…but it will evapourate 12 hours later. Blink and you’ll miss it. So lets hope the charts are wrong, otherwise there will be a whole heap of grumpy crew around the joint. So many other spots have been cranking lately – check Margies last week (massive), Indo was smokin’ Friday/Saturday…infact the whole Indian Ocean lit up last week! Couple of hot waves Friday afternoon locally – but sadly they didn’t hang around long.
Beautiful morning down at Bondi nonetheless. 1 footers closing out on the low tide banks (6:15am low). Fine and 20 today. Windy and chilly 17 tomorrow. (that wind is bringing the local wind swell).
Have a great week ::uge

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Friday, May 18, 2007

one hit wonderThat south ground swell rocked up yesterday afternoon as we’ve talked about – but it was a bit of a Vanilla Ice one hit wonder…here for less than 12 hours. There are still a few waves around this morning – somewhere in the vicinity of 3 foot, but its pretty crummy grey wet weather and howling northerly early. If you want to surf – now is the time as its fading fast into a 1 foot Saturday. The weekend’s conditions look rather bleak – not much breaking over those knee caps. The clouds will part this afternoon making for a sunny day tomorrow (believe it or not). Today max 22. Tomorrow 21 and windy with westerlies.
the goods.Damien Hobgood won the WCT Fosters Billabong Pro yesterday in Tahiti defeating a top form Mick Fanning in 4 to 6 foot Chopes in a last minute victory. www.billabongpro.com
Hobgood (USA): "It’s insane. I was stoked to have another chance at it. It was so close. Mick put on a great performance. I kind of felt like it could be my day. Even though there was only a minute left, I was still holding on and thinking I could do it. I was able to just barely pull it off. I’m stoked."
Is this Mick’s big year? He’s leading the world tour with Taj in 2nd.
Have a good weekend. Don’t forget the Aquabumps Gallery is open Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm. 98 Brighton Boulevard North Bondi. Just tucked behind the North Bondi RSL…adios::ugios south of the border

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

fog.Interesting day today… At first I thought it was Damo talking too close to my lens and it was foggin’ up (lotta hot air there). But really it was the blanket of thick fog covering the bay making North Bondi not visible from south. Initially it was very hard to see what the surf was doing. As the fog lifted slightly, it revealed a huge pack sittin’ on south bondi lefts. It seems no one else knew there were 40 other guys out there already when they decided to paddle out. At present its clean 1-2 foot. Swell from the east. 8 sec period. Wind WSW. But by 4pm today the swell will pump from the south with a 15 sec period. Now ya torkin. Should be 4-5 foot by nightfall.
random bits :: I didn’t get a shot of the Sting ray running me outta town yesterday. Kinda busy avoiding it :: Emails are still getting to you late I know. Working on it :: Can you believe 10,000 people a week are still looking at those Aquabumps Miss Bondi shots from Dec 2006! :: Teahuppo finals are on today after they extending the waiting period. Its 4-6 foot today. But has been such a small year over there. www.billabongpro.com watch it live (Click LIVE)::adios, ugios

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Psycho stray-ray.Funny you know. Most crew has work place hazards like slippery steps, bad elevators, or just an annoying colleague (e.g. Mannie). This morning when doing my daily shots in the soup, a mammoth ray chased me to the beach. Damn thing was the size of my bed. At first I thought it was just reef. Biggest I’ve ever seen – anywhere. Charging bull too with a bad attitude. Anyways. Had a chuckle to myself thinking if that’s my work place hazard apart from surfers thinking its funny to run me over – it ain’t so bad.
Waves. Well there was a mini wave in the corner. 1-2 foot. But the wait was long. Clean though. I would focus your efforts on the good times heading our way. Damn Friday looks interesting with huge interval south swell (14 sec) and northerlie winds. I’m calling 6 foot.
Soft-on.If you reckon you rip on a foamie then there’s a comp coming up for you. Saturday May 26th marks the search of the softest slider down at Bondi. You need to register and cough up a bit of moolla. Go to www.myspace.com/thesofton there will also foamie art exhibition at the beach road hotel Thursday 24 th May from 7:30pm.
Late. I know you all think I am mega-slack. I’m not. Daily reports are coming out late due to some techo problems on level 6. Propellers spinning wildly out of control up there but thanks for your patience. Fixing it.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

paradiseI gotta say, swimming out the back watching the sunrise in deluxe 21 degree water is damn good way to start the day… Swell has dropped some what, and Bondi had a lil’ 1-2 foot left tucked up in the southern corner worthy of a muck-around… a bit more swell on it should reveal the goods of the bank below. Still a lot of east origin in this swell, so a beach facing that way would show more promise. E.g. Whaley, Bra blah. Winds – SW now, ENE later, NW tonight. Micro tomorrow. max 24 degrees today. like it.
bleep.A have a mate (hard to believe I know). He sits on the computer checking swell’n’wind charts all night (when not perusing ebay for vintage boards). He’s a frotha. Any sign of a new swell and he’ll text me in the middle of the night with his secret spots that will be working in 3 days time. (got one last night) Well…I’ll confirm that on Friday there is going to be 4 to 5 foot waves from the south with a whopping 14 second period and Northerly winds. Disclaimer: before you wag work on Friday, I am a punter photographer not a swell forecasting genius.
video is cool.Every month we’ll be releasing a little Aquabumps video. Special thanks to Linda Benson for filming, cutting etc. and VIOCORP for hosting the vision. WATCH VIDEO

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Monday, May 14, 2007

Traffic.What a busy weekend in the water. Both Saturday and Sunday were filled with perfect 3-4 footers from the east. Wave hungry weekend warriors packed every city beach. Monday comes and it’s all calmed down again – but then so has the swell. I saw waves around 2-3 foot this morning. Fat. Porked up by a 5:50am high tide. Surfable. Glorious sunshine. Max 24 today. Perfectly NW offshore. Perhaps better towards the 11:50am low tide. Expect fog in the early mornings. Pretty similar tomorrow…bit smaller. Friday this week should have a some good waves again.
Have a good week.

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Friday, May 11, 2007

east.Got in the drink to shoot Bondi at a dismal 1 foot when I realized the swell is coming from the east and I’m at the wrong beach. South facing Bondi struggled as east facing beaches would be double the size. It will get bigger as the day progresses, and we’re in for a weekend of good surf in the 3 to 4 foot range (exclusive to east facing beaches). Offshore Sat/Sunday as well. The wave period jumps from 5 seconds to 10 seconds today. So the goods are on their way. High tide 3:40pm, low tide 9:30am, first light at 6:10am. Some say I make the waves look better than they actually are…yes, of course – today’s a great example. No one wants to see an ugly photo of Britney Spears do we now.
aquabumps galleryThe Aquabumps gallery is open all weekend 10am to 4pm. Plenty of new images plus a new shadowbox series with floating mounts. If you don’t know what that means…we reckon they’re good and worth checking out. 98 Brighton Boulevard, North Bondi. Walk along the beach towards the north, fang past North Bondi Italian and RSL, up the stairs, fang right again 50 metres…it’s the white cave full of pics across the street next door to the 3 egg heads cafe… (good coffee). Here is a map —-> have a great weekend.

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

blowzy.As winters digs its first claws in, we’ve got the standard howling southerlies rippin’ the joint apart – just don’t have the swell to match. So 2 foot, onshore and raining is today’s concoction. Surely you’ve got better things to do – it’s terrible. The great news is that these unsettled conditions are breeding a south swell for the weekend that should bring us some joy. Wait for the wind to back off and wax up. Hope these Mentawai shots keep you going in between sets. Indonesians don’t mind chumpin’n’dumpin their wagons – cracks me up.

i’ll take Six-ounces.Back door benny down at Six Ounce Board Store is losing it again with that full mop of hair – he’s slashed da prices in store for his 1 DAY ONLY bonanza Autumn Sale. New boards, old boards, covers, rubber, threads – take advantage. 144 glenayr ave, bondi beach, 93008339, see website for more details www.sixounceboardstore.com.au
p.s. Big text today for those that say they skim read my report. Oh and I found out an 87 year old china man reads it in Bejing. For you Ko Kong.

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

bad.B-b-b-b-b-baaad to bone. Um pretty much flat, onshore and overcast. No oil painting down the beach this morning. Best place for those boards is strapped onto the roof! Swell arrives tomorrow after an arvo of 25 knot southerly today. It will be messy for a few days…hold out as there will be waves when the wind dies. (Sunday)
Billbong Pro waiting period is currently on at Teahuppo, Tahiti. Didn’t go this year. Looks like they’re suffering the same small waves as us – comp is on hold until a swell arrives.
Have a great day. Uge

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Not a great deal too write about today in regards to surf. The knee high dribbles ain’t rockin’ my boat. Not like the superb morning golden light we’re scoring at the moment.

Today is the last day of this perfect weather marathon. Showers coming for Wed/Thurs/Friday. The great news is that the weekend looks the goods for a surf.. How does an east swell producing 3-4 footers, offshore all weekend, with a 10 second period sound? Great weekend to head out of town in search of better banks and thinner crowds. Swell starts appearing Thursday morning. end transmission::uge

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Monday, May 07, 2007

Mundee.
Monday. The fresh start to the week. Ah-huh. Clean slate. A day of detox after the indulgent weekend of looseness (ok maybe just for some). Do some exercise. Unfortunately surfing won’t be on your list of activities today. She’s pretty small. Not exactly flat like yesterday. Like knee capperoonies. But hell. What about this weather. Salubrious 23. Enjoy it today cause tomorrow clouds are rockin’ into town. Not much really happening surfwise this week (slight size increase on Thursday). Swell looks good for the weekend though.
For those not on detox:
Paul MacOn the 24th May the Young Starlights are having a cocktail party to raise funds at the Loft Bar. Tickets are $95. [email protected] for more info.
Let’s Get PhysicalParty this Saturday night (12 May) at the High Tide Room at Bondi Pavilion. Dress 80’s work-out-wear. Like the stuff Wal normally wears around the place, tights, leg warmers, head bands. [email protected] for more info. They’re raising money for cancer research.
Wild West PartyThe local surf clubs (Bronte, north Bondi, Bondi, Tama) are having a combo Wild West party this weekend at the Beach Road Hotel upstairs (kicks off at 8pm). 15 bones for entry. Tickets available from M Cafe – 32 Fletcher St , Tamarama. 20 bucks at the door.

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Friday, May 04, 2007

outta-puff.
Our week’s south swell has totally run outta puff. Overnight it drastically dropped leaving 12.5 inches of beginners heaven. Lets talk about this weather though – 27 degrees today. Ah-huh. What? 21 degree water as well. Stop it. Forget surfing and go swim cause there ain’t a cloud in the sky. I had to chuck in some shots from my recent indo trip (fillers). The more I dig through my shots the more gold I find.
i love shopping.
Not really. Not unless it’s a camera/surf store. But the Page brothers do. Bad news. We’re looking down the barrel of 5 days of complete flatness. Opportune time to get on top of the jobs around the house, take the girlie to the Westfield Bondi junga and clock up some ‘quality time’ brownie points.

mother’s day is coming.
13th May is mother’s day. That’s Sunday week. How about giving her an original Aquabumps framed print. She’ll love you long time. $180 for a framed 47cm x 33cm Bondi glorious sunrise piccy. Plenty of stock. Aquabumps Photo Gallery, 98 Brighton Boulevard, North Bondi. On the street behind North Bondi RSL next door to 3 EggHeads Café. Open Sat/Sun 10am to 4pm.
 

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

goldie.For a brief moment on a glorious sunny morning down at Bondi everything turns to gold. It only lasts for about 15 minutes and then it switches off back to flat tones. We’ve got that gold this morning. Waves slipped overnight into the 2 foot range from 4 foot. It’s expected to drop even more as the day progresses – we’re heading into a 5 day flat spell now. So enjoy this glorious 27 degree day. Water is still very warm (21). You’ve probably satisfied your wave quota with the past two days of great waves…
Winds currently NW. 10 knots this morning. 25 knots later today. High tide at 8:40am. Low tide 2:20pm.
Have a great day, uge

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

northside chilli.The world would be a better place if we had more days like today. Perfect sunshine. Mighty fine 25 degrees. Brilliant NW offshores with 2-3 metre SSE swell pumping into our beaches. Today I headed north in search of better banks…Bondi was 4-5 foot when I checked it at sunrise, but mostly closing out straight. Beautiful Avalon had a few waves – smaller than Bondi, but not really cranking on the fullish early morning high tide. (High 8am). Av could do with a few chunks of sand as well – keep driving…
Caught up 3 legendary board shapers keeping their eye in down at Av. Chilli – who’s pretty much had every top 44 surfer on his boards at some stage, Lost man Matt Bios from California and upcoming craftsmen Lee Stacey. For guys that are covered in foam dust all day with planer in hand, they throw out a bit of heat on a small day down at Av.
Unfortunately tomorrow the swell drops even more leaving us with 2 foot with 3 foot sets at South facing beaches. It’ll be windy day tomorrow (NW) but mostly fine weather for another week!
thirsty merc.Those jazz loving Dubbo boys from Thirsty Merc have put out their new Album – SLIDESHOWS. Can’t get enuf good aussie music… later:: uge

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Slacker.Not a good day to be hanging around the office…. A great day at south facing beaches. You’ll come up with some excuse for sure… Swell has cranked up and there’s some freshly served 4-5 footers down at Bondi. Many waves are closing out due to insufficient banks. But strangely 2 in 10 would hold up – oh yeah – and they were sweet little wally numbers. Not such good odds considering many breaks today would be lightin’ up. Especially as we approach a lower tide (rock bottom at 1:23pm). Pack the car and smoke the chariot to your little fav. cause its offshore all day long (SW) oh and sunny with 23 fat ones.
Tomorrow looks promising. Offshore (NW winds). 4-5 foot. 8 sec period. Swell from the SSE and a sunny 25. Life’s good. Later::uge

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