Tuesday, July 31, 2007

To do…I would put a big fat "go surfing" on my to-do-list today. All that other stuff, like pick up dry cleaning and get new chrome spinning rims for the Gemini just fade into insignificance when there is 4-6 foot, sun kissed, well groomed chunks breaking at your local south facing beach. This swell has been forecasted for over a week now…so you all should be on the program. Did I also mention its perfectly offshore (NW), yerp. It’s also peaking in size right now. There are waves all week…but from here on its on the decline. Doiit. 9am high tide, 2:40pm low tide, cold 17 degree water, land temp max 19 degrees, winds swinging NE later today… Bondi wasn’t really holding it that flash…go drive and find. Somewhere will be smoking today.
Life is better when you surf…It is. And Global Surf Industries are giving away surfboards. Truckloads of them. You could get a new stick every year for the next 10 years. All you have to do is click on this link and write 500 words about why life is better ’cause you surf…

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Monday, July 30, 2007

sneak.A sneaky little south swell entertained us yesterday after a ‘flat as’ Saturday. It’s no secret as a pack of fifty blokes squeezed into a 20 sqm take off zone on a southern bank in Bondi. Today the swell continued to grow, breaking around 3 foot but a little on the messy side. Not many braving the ridiculously cold morning. Should be good for the next few days now, getting bigger and with mostly offshore winds. In fact the whole week is more than surfable.
girls girls girls.Got a few emails last week wondering why female surfers elude my trusty lens? Trust me, would shoot a pack of girls surfing over busted sneaker Wal, Robin, Jono blah any day. The fact of the matter is that very few girls are out there surfing in the middle of winter, especially at sunrise (there are some…yes…like 1 to 20 blokes). Oh yeah, and those frothas that email ten times a day for more joggercam, bikini girls etc, have a cold shower and get creepy on Facebook, ’cause its winter, and there just ain’t anyone around really. Might be an idea also to get out more.
One more community announcement…today’s shots are brought to you by the salubrious new Canon 1ds Mark 3. (That’s a camera by the way)
::uge *south of the border

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Friday, July 27, 2007

L-plates.Beginner’s day today. Its 1-2 foot and very inconsistent best suiting newbies. Every wave seems to be a team wave. Super clean with very light offshore NW winds early, that may get up to 18 knots later today. It’s a pearla of a morning – fantastic sunrise. The weekend looks pretty similar, very small to flat – best do something else (no complaining now, we’ve had a pretty good run). Next Tuesday should have a bump rockin’ into town…
That Aquabumps Gallery will be open all weekend. 10am to 4pm. Just got a heap of new stuff delivered today…come see. 98 Brighton Boulevard North Bondi.
Have a great weekend ::uge
PS – dropped a $12k camera today. Not happy Jan.

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

patienceYou’d need to be patient this morning. Rock up at the beach at the wrong time and you’d call it flat, then happily going to work. Sit on the Bondi hill for 30 mins and you might see a 2 foot set breaking super clean in the corner. It’s not great, but you could at least get wet – work off some of those winter muffin tops. It’s sunny too. Real nice. 21 degrees in fact. That’s a good enough reason to get outside. The forecast looks bleak surfwise – so best get used to these micro conditions, earn brownie points, fix dings, book trips to indo, buy new boards and finally get down to the Aquabumps Gallery.
pointy pointsJust got back from Byron right… Been surfing a little wave magnet peak for a couple days. Was deluxe. Clear water. Sunshine. Low crowds (ok just rubbin’ it in now)…got a call this morning that a 16 footer white pointer called the little peak home this morning. Apparently when the whales pass thru Bryon sharks start licking the chops. Especially if the whales are giving birth. But hey, that’s just car park talk.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

byron 153° 39´ eastToday’s Aquabumps is broadcast from beautiful Byron Bay, some 800 kilometres north of Sydney. Byron is Australia’s most easterly point – sticking way out there collecting all the swell from the Pacific. After 3 days of persistent onshore southerlies making a mess of things, today the sun is shining (and 21 degrees) and you’ll find a few small waves around at some of the exposed beaches like Tallows. Very few crew out…anywhere…and loads of marine life chugging past the cape including big motha whales.
Byron’s a is myriad of contrasts, in town you’ll find hand painted Combi’s bellowing smoke parked next to the latest Range Rover sports. You can eat 5-dollar herbal mung bean vego dinner or spend $500 for an entrée at Rae’s. One thing is consistent; everyone’s generally pretty stoked and has plenty of time for a chat. No ones really in a rush.
Back in Bondi it looks like you’ve had a few small 2 footers this morning. Nice conditions with offshore NW winds. I’d suggest surfing now as we look down the barrel of a 5 day flat spell. Weather looks great though…sunny most days this week. Enjoy::uge

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Friday, July 20, 2007

drivebyThe fact that I drove around for 1.5 hrs looking for something that resembles a wave tells you that it’s not such a good morning for surfing. This SSW wind just won’t let up. It’s big, like around 6-8 foot, but more like a washing machine than anything you’d want to ride. So rest up as this breeze should ease this afternoon giving it a chance to sort itself out. I got a bit over excited with my forecasts. This swell will drop back fast and Sunday should see a nice clean 3 foot wave. Otherwise enjoy this cold drizzly weather. Min 8, max 15.
Took 3 photos today and they’re dark miserable junkie shots with windscreen wipers half way through them. Saw a small wave at the Bower -Manly, Collaroy few poolside burgers (3 foot), Bondi big and ugly (6-8ft), Manly small and swell slipping straight by (2ft), Curly a total mess (6ft), Freshie – nup nottin – so here is some pics I dug out of a recent Indonesian trip to keep you going in between sets.
Aquabumps Gallery – the gallery is open all weekend 10am to 4pm. 98 Brighton Boulevard North Bondi. Have a great weekend ::uge
PS – the gallery will be shut Monday – Wednesday next week. Aquabumps will be broadcast from beautiful Byron Bay region. Yeha.

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

contrastFlat one day – 6 foot the next. Gotta love how things can change so fast around here. The predicted southerly swells arrived into Sydney after grinding along Victoria. It was really junkie for a perfect offshore wind. This new swell needs a bit of time to settle – but its solid and very consistent – yeah, and getting bigger by the hour today. Will finish up with 8 foot waves at exposed beaches – maybe 10 foot bomb sets. Its from the dead south, so anything not directly facing the source of energy will be 2-3 foot. The next few days look hot so hope you find time to sample a few. Later, ::uge

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

it’s coming… Yeah yeah I know…late slack report. But it’s not like I’ve been surfing – it’s flat! The swell has dissipated and we’re just left with a chilly morning + perfectly clear skies (min6, Max13). Good news is that a new swell is due tomorrow, and I’d expect it be large by Thursday sundown (8-10 foot). its hitting Victoria right now and making its way up to us. Tomorrow looks windy though. Will be from the SW and howl along at 30 knots. Secure Sulos, BBQ lids and those undies on the line. Rain is also coming.
surfcultureSeeing its flat and swell is coming, good day to get down to Surfculture surf store :: 40 Bronte Rd Bondi Junction 2022 :: 9389 5477 :: go see that weird looking guy that talks to much – Froggie. He’s got new range of Chillis, Firewires, Simon Andersons and Js’s.
bakeitGreat weekend to get out of town, solid surf all weekend (6ft). Monday – Wednesday next week these Aquabumps reports will be coming from Byron Area. ::uge

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

3point-freakin7Leaving a toastie heated car for a wet wettie and frosty dash across the sand was hard work this morning. Serious motivation required. The Icebergs thermometer said 13 degrees at 7:20am, I knew that was wrong. Fact – coldest July morning in 21 years. Yeah that’s right. 3point-freakin7 degrees to be exact. 3 hours later and the blood has finally return to my digits. Waves: a couple little ones. 1-2 footers. Not a patch on yesterday. Not a scratch on the northern beaches pipes of last week. However, it’s sunny, clean and generally a good day to go do something outdoors. Max 16 degrees today so rug up. Thursday is the next swell says my charts. Friday morning looks mac daddy with 8 foot plus. Later:uge
 

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Chilly, fresh start to the week. 6 degrees this morning..Felt colder. You know it’s really cold when you see local loonie Spot Anderson donning rubber on his morning training sess. (1st time ever). There were some fun waves for those that braved the cold down at Bondi. A south end bank producing fun head high lefts…little bowly bit after take off. The next few days look small, but semi-surfable. BUT, Thursday and Friday look BIG again, like 8-10 foot. Such a good winter for waves this year::uge

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Friday, July 13, 2007

northboundHate to say it…but if you’re reading this email you’re definitely in the wrong place. Basically the surf is crankin’ – well, correction – was. It’s rapidly deteriorating right now. A short sojourn in the northern beaches proved very rewarding this morning. Yesterday afternoon was the talk of the town as waves hit the 10 foot mark around 4pm. Some of the photos from yesterday’s sessions resembling Pipe.
Well, the ESE swell halved overnight…I still found some very rideable, very meaty tubes worthy of a visit. Most of you know where these shots were taken, but lets just call it Northern Beaches. Enjoy it while it lasts as it will be smaller tomorrow and clouds are moving in for a dribble on us.
johnwitzigThe Last Picture Show – surf photographs from the 1960’s and 1970’s “ The photographs in this collection are not just a nostalgia trip into national cultural history. John Witzig brings a uniquely intellectual eye to his subject. He’s not representing mere hedonism or pantheism here. He’s giving us something more: a wistful seaward glance from beach and cliff-top that is particularly, and sometimes poignantly, Australian." at the Dickerson Gallery, Sydney : 17 July – 19 August, 2007  www.dickersongallery.com.au
aquabumps gallery open this w/end* Yep, you know it kids. The little 30 sq metres of Aquabumps Gallery heaven is open all weekend. Easy to get to, 98 Brighton Boulevard, North Bondi. Basically behind the North Bondi RSL on the beach. 10am to 4pm Sat/Sun. Perfect for gifts, frisbees or filling a blank wall you’ve been staying at for years. More

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

froth.Gotta say I woke up frothing this morning as I thought it was going to be pumping. No such luck. The swell has come up, tick, and its from the east-south-east, and its quite solid breaking around 5-6 foot at exposed breaks, but we’re too early and it suffering morning sickness – wonky as hell. The swell will build during the day (dramatically), and hit 8-10 foot on dark tonight. With WSW offshores, I would be considering wagin’ work and bakin’ the chariot to one of your little secret cracks in our coastline. Take it easy::uge

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

crumbed sausageOn this very grey, ugly morning I’m sitting at my desk playing with my pen thinking, "how the hell am I going to entertain you lot today". The rain outside has barely stopped for a decent photo opportunity. The waves look a junkie 3 foot (didn’t really see anyone out). So I decided to run with some of the best beaches that I’ve found in my travels…yeah that’s right. Just imagine yourself rolling around on those golden sandy beaches (crumbed sausage).mmm
If you must surf today I would go the northern beaches. Winds are from the SW (mostly offshore). Tomorrow should be much better with more west in the offshore and bigger swell. Have a great day ::uge

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

agitation.Well that howling onshore butcher has backed off and swung around to the S/SW. That’s good news. But the ocean still shows signs recent of agitation, taking its time to settle. I would leave it for another day. The 5-6 footers that I saw breaking in the southern corner of Bondi were completely random. The fact that no one was out really says something. 3 guys out this morning on a little left in the northern corner – but it mainly shut down. Tomorrow should be slightly better and Thursday should be good with a more definite offshore cleanser. Plenty of swell for the week though so enjoy, uge

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Monday, July 09, 2007

Junkie.After a weekend of good surfing we’ve defaulted back to a very stormy, wintery day in Sydney. Howling 30 knot Sou’Easterlies not doing us any favors today. It’s butchered onshore slop. But hey…let it blow as a swell is in the making and will arrive mid week. Good day to crank out the work. When this wind backs off (may be as early as tomorrow) it should be decent. I would pencil in the dairy Thursday/Friday as your surf days this week – looks good and big (and sunny). Have a great week, thought I’d leave you with some black’n’whites i shot on my recent trip to Mentawai Islands, Indonesia (bless that joint):: Uge

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Friday, July 06, 2007

fresh serve.Yesterday was one of the flattest days ever… this morning it’s totally turned around with a new south swell punching out waves in the 5-6 foot bracket. Size will continue to build all day so tomorrow is looking like a Christmas with all day offshores.
It’s super wobbly this morning, as she’s a brand new swell…as the day progresses I would expect it to refine into nice solid lines. Heaps of swell, stacked all the way to the horizon. Geez it’s been good lately. And you know what? It will hang around for 3 days…and when you get sick of this swell, there is another one right behind it due to hit mid next week which is looking MUCH bigger than this one. So splurge out, buy a new board/wettie and enjoy the next 7 days of waves.
Have a great weekend. Don’t forget the Aquabumps Gallery is open all weekend 10am to 4pm. 98 Brighton Boulevard North Bondi. Right next door to 3 Egg heads Café (old brown sugar). Rug up kids. Later::uge

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

spent.Well if you thought it was small yesterday…it’s really flat this morning. Our June swell machine is totally spent. Today it’s the smallest it’s been in a long time. Still 4 guys out on mals optimistically waiting for a gift from the horizon. Tomorrow will be different story as the swell increases overnight. Westerly winds will blow a gale this afternoon [30 knots]. Strap down the Barbie lid. Maybe try tomorrow, offshore and 3 foot. Later::uge

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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

gale
She’s pretty much flat out there…damn windy though. North Westerlies terrorizing the town at 30+ knots. The 1st picture above was shot last week in those big swells. How good does that look? That’s North Bondi headland in the background. Yeah. That’s right. Anyways, nothing much to write about until Friday when we get a fresh serve of southerly bumps. So go do something else today. ::uge

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

pasha
Today is a great day for many things. Surfing won’t be amongst them. Its 1 foot and super clean on two distinct sand banks down at Bondi. Perfect for beginners. The sunshine is out so enjoy it. Here are some suggestions to kill time today:

Check out what’s in your neighbor’s yard through Google earth. That piece of software is amazing. Hell even scout for new surf breaks or look down girls tops. (Did I say that out loud?)
Face book. All of the sudden every friggin’ person in the world is on that thing. Great way to waste half a day at work – better than walking around your office floor with that piece of paper. At least it looks like you’re working. Oh yeah, you’ll probably hook up with an old flame from Kindergarten. It’s creepy.
Finally hang that washing out to dry…its the first bit of sunshine in a month.
Watch a few loonies surf on foamies down at North Bondi – soft video
Watch Pasha Bulker sail by…video

Have a great day. Next swell due this weekend. My mate Ness backed out another girl this morning – Bianca Kelley – more cheap child labor for the gallery… stoked :uge

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Monday, July 02, 2007

calm.It can’t be 6 foot and pumping everyday. Today the swell backed off leaving 2 footers down at Bondi. Perfect morning with clear skies, very little wind and a water temperature that wasn’t too bad at all.
Expect offshore westerlies all day and fun waves on two distinct banks at Bondi. Loads of people out enjoying the controlled conditions and sunshine. This swell is from the dead south so surf something facing that way. (Curly, Bondi, Av etc)
Up until Thursday it looks small (tiny). Friday it comes good with a solid swell hitting our coast supplying good waves all weekend. Good one to get out of town. Saturday morning looks great!
Have a good week. Walk around that office with a piece of paper in hand looking busy. Later: uge

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