Wednesday, 31 October 2007

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

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

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

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Monday, 29 October 2007

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

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Thursday, 25 October 2007

bedhead
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.
@quabumps gallery
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.

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Wednesday, 24 October 2007

early glass
Surprised to see a few decent waves this morning… At 5am it was dead still and glassy 3 foot as I peeped in between two buildings from North Bondi. But by the time I got down there (6:30am) it was onshore and starting to degrade rapidly. The early morning 6am high tide created fatness, but towards a midday low you might see something with more push. We’ve looking at NE swells arriving Friday…which should be 3 foot n fun. No big swells due on the radar unfortunately.
single fin classic
It’s on again, the Single Fin classic down at Bondi – Saturday Nov 3, write that down. You’ll see a pack of creepy 70’s crew with bad hair, beaver tail wetties, and array of vintage boards ‘n’aviator sunnies not to mention some classic dance moves such as "the sprinkler", "the shopping trolley" and "the pizza delivery". Come watch, come surf. Whatever. Download entry form and drop off to Krack surf shop in Bondi (Campbell Pde).

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Tuesday, 23 October 2007

batteredBit of a non-event down at Bondi surfwise. Wind battered 2 foot dribbles poked up every now and then in the southern corner, it seemed everyone else was running, boxing, swimming or walking the dog. A geeky German backpacker came into the gallery briefly yesterday and said "yoo aussseees are exerciiiiiize fanatics, and you like renovating yoooo houses -shiiza" me thought for a second – yep around here I can understand that observation as 2,000 people crawled out of bed this morning to enjoy the early sunrise exercise time.
Back on track. The surf doesn’t really do anything until the end of the week. And when it comes it’s coming from the NE. Sit tight.
Single?Don’t forget about the Single Fin Classic being held at Bondi Nov 3. It’s a fun day for everyone, kids, surfers, spectators, dancers – just be sure to get into your 70’s gear and download the entry form (then take it to KRACK surfshop). It really is one of the funniest days down at Bondi::::uge

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Monday, 22 October 2007

summer
It’s another glorious sunny day as it cooks to 30 degrees. Aaaaah yes, you know its summer in Bondi when 2 booze hags are passed out cold on the sand after a random snog at the Bondi hotel…or maybe the fact that the bus queues on Campbell parade resemble a small police riot…or maybe ’cause there is grid lock of cars on the main drag…standard issue with spinning rims, big mufflers & cranking out the doof – not to mention no parking – don’t get me started…so summer is here…and so are the small waves. 2 foot and wobbly was the call. Surfable, but nothing special today. Great fun yesterday. Yet another perfect day to wag work and enjoy the sunshine. Better waves towards the end of the week. Later::uge

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Friday, 19 October 2007

cubiclesSo you’re thinking about going for a surf. Good move. Its small, like 2-3 foot and only going to get better as the tide kicks in. One small problem. You’re stuck in a little office cubicle getting creepy on face*book (wal) and you just can’t bust out this early. Well, to rub it in, it’s going to be perfectly sunny, 27, winds are flicking around to the NE (offshore at south facing beaches) and there’s a sweet little peak in the middle and the southern corner of Bondi. I would expect the same at Curly, Av, Whaley, Freshie, The bra, Bronte, blah blah…nothing big, but what a great day to be outside. By 4pm I would expect it to back off to 2 foot and sadly tomorrow will be scrappin’ 1 foot. But it’s a beach weekend with 23 degrees tomorrow and a nice big 30 on Sunday.
mentawai islandsI get asked a lot about the little archipelago hanging off Sumatra. I’ve been 8 times and never get sick of the joint. Who could? Its heaven. Well they had an incredible season this year and all the boaties are now starting to pack up and head to Thailand to spend their annual income on booze and *other things. What this means is it’s now time to book your slot for 2008. I charter the boat Tengirri twice a year as its small, fast and the cook can make a mean Massaman. Oh you only need 6 blokes as well and you can drop in on the skipper. So now is the time, wait until next year and there will be no slots left…doit. www.tengirri.com Contact: [email protected] or Phone:0434249834
single fin classic bondi – Nov 3rd 2007I rate the single fin comp. It’s a crack up. Basically get yourself a vintage single fin, download the entry form, dig out the 70’s beachware, cough of 50 bones, practice your bad dance moves and be there at 7am 3Nov Sat south Bondi. Everyone is welcome to compete or watch. Loads of prizes, bad dancing, nudity and beers at the BRH afterwards.
1200 bikinisSo many people have clicked on this link to see the world record swimsuit shoot photos (100,000 +). No surprises there… Well, I shot a black’n’white pic on the day with a medium format panoramic camera. Rare camera. Rare event. You can buy a framed print of this historical Bondi event from the Aquabumps Gallery this weekend – 98 Brighton Boulevard North Bondi (map). We’ve got one in stock – so you can come see on your way to the beach. Open Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm. Download Desktop WallPaper

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Thursday, 18 October 2007

the planOk so our little plan nearly came together today. Yesterday’s turbulent southerlies have subsided, sunshine has returned, and yes, the swell has come up around the 4-5 foot solid mark. Yet the ocean remains agitated producing wonky, random chunks that mainly close out. Patience may pay today, as a little more water closer to the 12:30pm high tide should make it more rideable. The early morning low (5:50am) just didn’t do it any justice. It will also get bigger with the incoming tide and a growing swell. I would be tempted to drive around searching for a better peak.  Water is 20 degrees, max 22 on land and the winds will kick in from the NE (18-23 knots). So this south swell should be getting into a bay where it will be offshore for you.
new wheelsShameless plug – if you are looking for some new wheels this summer, local fella Gideon makes a good little set for your feet. Anything with no laces suits me. Just buy em online – www.gideon.com.au
namotuSo many people are asking me about Namotu, Fiji (my last trip with that crystal clear water). Well, if you’re keen to go just email [email protected] – keep in mind they are pretty heavily in demand. Say you saw this on Aquabumps…
Have a great day::uge

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Wednesday, 17 October 2007

southerlyThe radical overnight southerly change dropped the daily temperature from a  sweltering 31 degrees to a 16 degrees. This new southerly weather pattern brings swell and severe onshore winds. Even though Bondi resembles a junkyard onshore mashup right now, it’s a good thing, as we’ve got swell for the next few days and the winds are predicted to go northerly tomorrow sometime – so that means good waves people. Nothing big, I’d be surprised to find anything over the 4 foot mark tomorrow – but should be a lot cleaner than right now. So the moral of the story is be patient as we should have a decent supply of waves until the weekend ::uge

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Monday, 15 October 2007

on.Some days Sydney just switches it on. Perfect weather today at an optimal 28. A small southerly swell continues to push chest high waves into the corner at South Bondi. Nice little bank setup breaking quite hollow on the low. Ah yes, summer is here and so are the crowds. Massive numbers in the water and on the beach over the weekend. Think I saw a couple of hundred on the middle peak on Saturday morning. Pack your stack hat – damn loose boards everywhere. Can hear the Ambulance sirens from here.
this week. This week is going to much better than last. It will go something like this: Today is warm and 2 foot – joy beach day, tomorrow similar but hotter as it cooks to 31 (wag work people) – but me thinks its going to be a tad smaller tomorrow so say 1 footish, then a south change rocks in bringing showers tomorrow night and the temps drop right back to max of 19 on Wed – but fortunately the swell kicks up into 5 foot range, then from Wed onwards there are good waves so enjoy, later, uge

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Friday, 12 October 2007

Nuttin’ to see here. Move along people. Move-a-long. Its onshore ankle biters.
I copied this straight out of press release from the ASP. Things are hottin’ up on the world surfing tour – could be a aussie world champion this year:"BAKIO, Spain (Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007) – Foster’s ASP World Tour ratings leader Mick Fanning (AUS) is two heats closer to clinching his maiden world title after winning his Round 3 and 4 Billabong Pro duels today. Thing is, reigning and 8X World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) and World No. 3 Taj Burrow (AUS) aren’t ready to let him run away with it."
Ten bucks on Mick.
Tomorrow you should score a few waves…nothing major at this stage. 3-4 footers. But the winds are going to blow a gale this afternoon 30 knots. Let’s see how she settles in tomorrow morning – hard to make a call.
Aquabumps Gallery OPEN The Aquabumps gallery is open all weekend 10am to 4pm. You will find us at 98 Brighton Boulevard, North Bondi…that would be up the north end (genius), fang right off Campbell Parade after the North Bondi Rissole (looks like a dead end – don’t be scared). more
Thanks to Marcus Olive for the lightning shot last night. Here’s some pics to get your fired up about the approaching summer.
Have a great weekend ::uge

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Thursday, 11 October 2007

swimForget surfing and go for a swim. Its flat as and 26 degrees. Salubrious. Waves return this weekend though…
enter the forbidden cityOn 8th August 2008, five hundred athletes in the Australian Olympic Team will march into the Olympic Stadium in Beijing ready to take on the world. But while they’re all training, a large cocktail party is about to take place – with all funds raised going to send the 2008 Team to Beijing. Kick off the social season & rub shoulders with Olympic shoulders – Thursday 25th October, 2007 at 6:30pm. Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf, Piers 19 – 21. Tickets $200 and bookings essential – www.olympics.com.au/entertheforbiddencity

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

ChopsueyLittle bit of wind chop on steriods about the place this morning. Some of it rideable, some of it just wobbly bumps in the ocean that don’t end up breaking. Waves were mainly in the 1-2 foot range – but a short wave period means no push – so best ride something with a bit more buoyancy or do something else. Nice morning though with some great weather – we’re looking at a max of 23. Winds will blow from the NE this afternoon at 20 knots. Summary – nothing to race down for. The weekend’s looking a decent size though.
Free art.Well kinda. This weekend you can score some artworks by hot artists such as Andrew Pommier, Reg Mombassa, David McKay and Ben Frost…its a Finders Keepers. You just have to be the 1st person to arrive at each of the 15 host locations and you’ll walk away a happy man. To register visit www.myspace.com/mamboaustralia or register at the FINDERS KEEPERS launch party at the Monster Children Gallery Friday 12 October, 7 – 9pm, or on the morning of the event. FINDERS KEEPERS kicks off from the Monster Children Gallery at 10am 13th October (20 BURTON STREET SURRY HILLS NSW 2010), following registration.
Enjoy you day::uge

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Tuesday, 9 October 2007

21 cells You haven’t surf Bondi unless you’ve been scorched blatantly all the way to the shore. In an attempt to rule out this unethical behaviour we now have 21 sinbins on the beach. Yeah that’s right, so next time you decide to drop in on the pack you’ll be reprimanded by a 30 min lock up in one of the cages in the middle of Bondi beach. Each cell features ocean views, a comfortable blow up rubber mattress, a bag of rubbish and an umbrella. We’ve even reserved a permanent cage for Wal. Ok ok…so its art baby. Art. Not craft. Its German artist Gregor Schneider statement on current issues surrounding freedom – immigration, terrorism and asylum. The installation will remain on the beach until 21st October. MORE
Surprisingly there were a few waves this morning. That rainy south change last night your heard spitting on your roof has brought some wind swell producing waves around 2 foot, ok some bigger. It’s short lived as the nemesis SE onshores have already begun their disruption – rapidly deteriorating surface quality. But wait, a new south swell will arrive Saturday with the goods. So best wait until then.
Take it easy::uge

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Monday, 8 October 2007

miniThis week kicks off with 0-0.5 foot of not much at all. At 5:20am it was overcast and unsurfable. No one out – says it all. At 7:30am I saw 4 guys scavenging over 1 footers. Best be good little tiiigers and do some work as this week looks very very flat. Can’t see anything happening until Saturday where a small swell is approaching.
These underwater shots are from the recent long weekend – somewhere on the New South Wales coastline where the water is as clear as Fiji (me-no-tell-where). Have a great day and see you tomorrow, —>uge

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Friday, 5th October

de*brito (guest writer) I’ve got a cheeky neighbour who walks around in his pyjamas all day pretending to do work. After a few weeks, I asked him what does he do for a living seeing he has so much spare time…he said a writer, just so happens he’s supposedly a famous author and columnist for the SMH. We’ll, here’s how he described what he saw at Bondi this sunny afternoon. If you’d like to harass De Brito, tell him he has a bad haircut, or just try and waste some of time you’ll find him at ALL MEN ARE LIARS on SMH.com.au ::uge
DE BRITO "The waves today are a little like those white thong hustlers you see oiling themselves on the sand wearing mirrored aviator sunglasses; smooth, well-formed, but just a little disappointing in the … ahhh, size department.
Yesterday’s south swell dropped overnight. It was two foot this morning but super clean, with plenty of banks working – the perfect summer-lite conditions (it’ll be 25 degrees today) which means the line-up’s gonna be fuller than a fat lady’s underpants.
There’ll be a riot of death wish backpackers, greedy mals and scavenging schoolkids dropping-in on each set, so break out your old twinny and leave the good board at home if you wanna avoid onion rings.
Or you could just oil-up at north with the husssstlers."

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Thursday, 4 October 2007

cool
After a brief interlude with a radical south change last night we’ve return back to manageable temperatures in the 23 degree range. Last night’s action also brought some new bumpy swells that are heading straight into south facing Bondi. The big sets got up around 4 foot max., majority 3 foot, but it was so random…hard to find a clean wall to dance all over. Perhaps as the day progresses it should settle in a little more. Tomorrow morning should hold the same size before evaporating into 5 days of flatness after lunch.
find and keep me!
If you need something to fill that blank wall at home, and haven’t made it to the Aquabumps Gallery yet – then this will be for you. MAMBO are holding a Finders Keepers Art Hunt on the Saturday 13th October. Basically 15 artworks by hot artists are stashed around the eastern suburbs and you just need to be the 1st to find em after following certain clues – easy! Check em  
later, uge…{damn flies are back}

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Wednesday, 3 October 2007

34

Unbelievable… A 34 degree day this early on into spring. So good. We’ve had the best run of weather lately and the beach was packed by 6am. Over 100 guys out in the water enjoying the 3 footers from the south. Pity the banks were closing out straight. Today you’ve gotta get out of town and you’ll score. The wind is currently NW and light, but this afternoon it’s going to howl 30 knots (NW) then flanked by a late south change this evening. Tomorrow is only going to be top of 23, so wag work today and enjoy 34 degrees of joy like everyone else.
Just checked the buoy charts and they’re calling 2-5 foot, 12 sec period from the SSE tomorrow. Oh yeah also offshore early. Now I am sceptical… but if that all happens, you’ll be surfing good waves tomorrow morning. Real good. But go somewhere that has good sand (i.e. not Bondi) :::::::uge

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