Friday, 21 December 2007

The waves are small and weak this morning (1-2ft ENE). Not really worth surfing. Will get better tomorrow.  But the sun is shining and most of you are probably nursing a massive hangover anyway. Grab a towel and soak up the 28 degrees.
2007Hard to believe that another year passes by… This is the last Aquabumps update for 2007 and thanks to you all for reading this little slice from the beach. It’s been a great year especially with that massive swell of June (pictured above). Aquabumps continues to grow and be read in loads of countries around the globe. Thanks for the thousands of emails of support – even from places like mainland China, Japan, Uk, US, Holland, Singapore, Indo, Canada, Brazil, Peru and some guy stranded on an oil rig off South Africa. By the way I read every one, even if I don’t get a chance to respond. 2008 is going to be a big year, loads happening in the Aquabumps camp. You’ll see. Thanks to those people who work on the website, the galleries, and help it grow. You know who you are…
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Be safe. Request your Christmas carols here – www.mrwhittysingschristmas.com.au
galley open ALL weekend The Gallery is open ALL weekend 10am to 4pm. We’re even open MONDAY 24th Dec for the last minute Larrys. 98 Brighton Boulevard, North Bondi (next door to the old brown sugar cafe – now 3 eggheads) more

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Thursday, 20 December 2007

*endangered shark stuckSadly a 2.8 metre Grey Nurse Shark (critically endangered species and not known to be dangerous) got stuck in the protective nets off Bondi and didn’t survive. The net boys hauled the big mutha into the boat around 8:10am this morning after the fish was stuck for around 24 hrs.
*smallerSwell backed right off slipping into 2 foot mode. It appeared very wobbly early… but as the day progresses it’s getting neater. NE winds all day, 5:20am high tide, 11:50am low tide, water warm 20, max 25 on land today. Smaller tomorrow but swell returns on Saturday.
*lateThe Aquabumps gallery is open until 8pm tonight for your xmas shopping needs. 98 Brighton Boulevard North Bondi t: 9130 8371.

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Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Some good waves in our paddocks this morning. It’s clean as the southerlies have subsided overnight, but it’s still got some morning sickness…and a bit wobbly. Bondi had waves around 4 feet but it was closing out. Definitely have a hunt around and you’ll find something breaking a lot better. In fact it’s improving as the day progresses – my last midday check looked pretty good. Weather is warm 25, NE winds freshening this afternoon. High tide 4:30am, low tide 10:30am, high again at 10:30pm.
aquabumps gallery late nightTomorrow night (thurs) we’re open until 8pm if you are having trouble getting to us. 98 Brighton Boulevard, North Bondi NSW 2026 T: 9130 8371. We’re right behind the North Bondi RSL.
 

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Tuesday, 18 December 2007

*blowStrong southerlies are still in force this morning whipping up the swell but creating very random, bumpy conditions down at Bondi at 7am. It’s sizable, approximately over head high on sets, but I would say when this wind dies it will improve ten-fold. Tomorrow it should swing NE, and the swell will only drop a tad. High tide 3:30pm, low tide 9:20am, water is quite nice around 20 (springy), and we’re expecting only 24 degrees today.
*nooooosa festival of surfing The Global Surf Industries Festival of Surfing is on again in 2008 at Noosa Heads – March 2nd to 9th. Global Surf Industries are giving away a week up there…trust me, it’s fun and the waves are good at that time of year so click here to enter
*aquabumps gallery The Junga is pretty packed at this time of year. If you don’t want to get into a fight with a grannie over a car bay come to North Bondi, swim and pick up your Christmas gifts from the Aquabumps Gallery. Open every day this week. 10am to 5:30pm (until 8pm on Thursday night). Get yourself a little gift pack 4 x signed mini prints in gift box $120. Later:: uge

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Monday, 17 December 2007

*sharky onshore
The southerly shattered the good waves of the weekend. Some smoookin’ waves Friday/Saturday and early Sunday. These pics from yesterday’s session out of town – surfer: the lightning fast aerial king Kirk Flintoff.
Currently we have a heavy onshore/1-2 foot combo. Ain’t pretty. I guess the fact that only 1 guy was out at Bondi @ 7am says it all – good day to get some work done. The talk of the weekend is the shark attack on Friday night down at Bondi. First one in 70 years. Scott Wright was swimming near the Bergs when he was bitten on his arm, swam ashore, and passed out on the rocks before his girlfriend found him in the morning. Check smh
*gilmore
What a year for Australian surfing. 1st Mick Eugene Fanning takes the men’s world title, and then on Friday, Aussie rookie Stephanie Gilmore takes the women’s title. more
*gallery open
For some reason lots of people think the Aquabumps Gallery is open only on weekends and we hang out on the beach for the rest of the time. Good idea but not feasible. We’re open during the week – normally wed-fri 10am to 5:30pm. But seeing is mad dash Christmas shopping time we’re open every day this week 10am to 5:30pm. 98 Brighton Boulevard, North Bondi T:9130 8371 see gold

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Friday, 14 December 2007

*early xmas If you’re not stuck at a Christmas-lunch-booze-athon…might be a good idea to go for a little surf. It’s good. And it’s about time. 10 second period, 4-5 foot, sunny, currently light NE winds – yes kids Christmas has come early. And it’s going to be good all weekend but the peak of the swell is today (and it’s an east swell by the way)
*drive thru We reaped the benefits of spending hours in the car from 5am this morning – found a reef break that slabs on 1 foot of water. Don’t ask me where. I slept all the way there. True. Damn good – throwing wide lips. The 3 young punks from Bondi hacked it to pieces.
*aquabumps gallery open all weekend Now, since you’ll be surfing all weekend, might be a good move to lock in a decent xmas present for the girlie in order to make back valuable brownie points. Come to the Aquabumps Photo Gallery, 98 Brighton Boulevard, North Bondi  02-9130 8371. Up behind the North Bondi RSL – 10am to 4pm all weekend. info
Have a great weekend::uge

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Thursday, 13 December 2007

~sleep inSlept in today and worked out quite well. Heard at sunrise the waves were dribbly onshore 2ft. Well by the time I got to it at 9am Bondi was starting to shape up – 4 foot, onshore and a little junky but still more than rideable (4 guys out!). The approaching 11:15am high tide porked it up a bit, and should this wind die down later today it will be ok for a wave tonight. But the best news is that the winds are swinging northerly tomorrow afternoon so Friday/Saturday/Sunday should all have great waves. (approx 10 sec period, East swell, expect 3 – 4 foot throughout)
~pipeThe Hawaiian Pipe masters are suffering small waves as well. Here are some shots from Guy Harden currently sipping a cocktail with one of those funny umbrellas right on sunset strip…tour site
~yen mag charity tees Yen teamed up with big boy Billabong to produce one off customised rad tees to raise money for SURFAID and Design for Humanity. You can pid online at ebay check out

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Wednesday, 12 December 2007

*Mush.I’m running out of words to describe 2 foot onshore mush. The chewed up SE windswell ain’t too pretty down at Bondi this morning. Dozen or so hardcore punks scrappin’ for anything moving. Best wait until this wind swings (which is Sat). Friday morning looks like decent size but onshore. Also looks like a good weekend of surfing with ESE swell and Northerlie winds. Yeha. Don’t go to hard at those xmas parties – waves to be had.
*Mavz.December 4 big big Mavz. Biggest ever – Watch this video
*Brushfire.You can download a 5 track album from Brushfire records for free (that’s Jack Johnson, Matt Costa, G-Love, ALO etc) register here
Have a great day ::uge

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Tuesday, 11 December 2007

*winterflashbacksAs we settle in for a week of winter flashbacks, the persistent onshores continue to degrade the 3-foot waves we’ve currently got down at Bondi. Bondi actually ain’t too bad with a SSE winds/SE swell combo. It’s rideable all right. Can do turns. No crowds. But it ain’t that pretty and breaking quite random (not to mention fat). Winds are 18-23 knots and the water ain’t no Fijian offshore reef that’s for sure. Skanky rainwater runoff is providing a nice brown slick in the south end. MMM nice. It looks like it will be onshore until Saturday but the swell picks up quite a bit on Thursday (5 foot) – so maybe a protected corner will put something on for us::ugios south de border

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Monday, 10 December 2007

*one hit wonder
Well how about that – yesterday the phone was ringing off the hook at 8am so I knew something was cooking. And it was. The small spike expected yesterday turned into 4-5 foot of glassy joy. Bondi was as good as I’ve seen it in months. Waves everywhere. You probably wondering where the pics are – well, I surfed for 6 hrs instead. I was hopeful that this morning at 6am Bondi would have a good wave (sans crowds), but it was 2-3 foot blubbering mess with chronic onshores hitting early (SE 20-30 knots). Just checked it again at 2:20pm and its still a pigsty, howling onshore – hell a windsurfer seem to be having all the fun and the 4 guys in the water didn’t get a wave in 30 minutes. So I guess that says it all. So the old chestnut comes out "should’ve been here yesterday". Here are some winter monsters to keep you enthused.

*miss bondi
The finals for Miss Bondi 2007 were held on Saturday at the Beach Road Hotel in front a huge crowd. Mariana Korac is our new miss bondi with Claudine Gibson and Elizabeth Tulip as runner ups. It seems no one is really working at the moment with silly season here, so here is a link to the photos from Saturday to distract you from work for a while…Pipe Masters starts today. Later:uge

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Friday, 7 December 2007

copy+pasteJust like yesterdays report it’s pretty small to flat again (but very foggy). I am hearing stories of decent waves around lunchtime yesterday – but they’ve gone now.  Swell is from the ENE so beaches facing that way would see a rideable wave around 2 foot this morning. South facing Bondi was struggling 1 foot and very weak. A 7:30am high tide didn’t do any favours, and the low tide @ 2pm might bring some joy – but I’d say it will get windy (NE). All in all with 27 degrees due just go swimming and if a bump rocks up – surf it, as it may only last 1 hour with these locally generated wind swells. The buoys are calling an improvement on Sunday…(ESE swell). Could be interesting 3 foot. Other than that it’s been a terrible 4 weeks of no waves and everyone is a little edgey. What – you torkin to me? What you lookin’ at…see
the Aquabumps Gallery If you’re not with the program you haven’t discovered the Aquabumps 25 square metres of pictorial heaven based in North Bondi 98 Brighton Boulevard, North Bondi. For slack xmas shoppers it’s the one place where you can probably get something for everyone. Yep. So we’re open all weekend 10am to 4pm and we’ve got 100’s of framed photos ready to fill those xmas socks. see

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Thursday, 6 December 2007

bumpThere is a little bump down there. Waist high on sets. Incredibly weak though. But if you’d been walking around in the desert for weeks and came across a cracker – that’s the best damn cracker you ever had. This wind swell disappears tomorrow, and there is hope of swell starting next week. But until then keep yourself occupied with silly season parties. Later: uge

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Wednesday, 5 December 2007

la femmeYes it’s all about the ladies today (ok and 1 shot of a very small child). Middle Bondi had 10 ladies throwing out the heat on 1-2 foot scrappy dribbly bits. Conditions were far from favourable, winds blew onshore and the swell is weak – as if it was generated just around the corner of the point. So let’s call it chop. Floppy chop. Looks like showers all day so a swim might not be ideal either. But hey, the first swell in weeks is due next Monday (so say the charts). So it’s not all bad. Next week also looks filthy wet with rain every day. Such volatile weather at the moment hard to work out what’s going on.Adios::ugios

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Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Guess what? Its flat again that’s what…and yes there are still people out paddling for ripples. Super clean 0.567ft to 1 .1 foot. After that restless, humid night what a perfect morning for a swim. How about that flash storm yesterday? One minute blue skies…the next a blanket of thick sinister cloud bringing 16mms of rain in 10 minutes, thunderstorms and chaos. Maybe time to change that desktop image.
Italy’s got wavesThere might be no waves here…but the Northern Hemisphere has a few. Remember that quiet little town, Vernazza – Cinque Terra Italy where I did a Aquabumps post from in 2004? (ok perhaps the italian beauty Chiara will jog your memory) Well it scored waves yesterday. Yep in the Med. See pics from yesterday
Ireland 14m swellOr how about Ireland at the moment – biggest swell ever Dec 1. UM that’s a 14 metre swell! See Irish Mac Daddies

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Monday, 3 December 2007

Flat Spell
The claws of this flat spell are starting to run deep. For weeks now we haven’t had much break above our heads. Today’s no different – knee to a small guys waist (I’m talking as short as Beo). Swell origin is east. 9 knot winds from the NE. High tide 4:30pm, low tide 10:30am. We had a mini-swell-pulse yesterday at lunchtime – nothing like surfing with 500 of your good friends. I rate Bondi the most dangerous break in the world at waist height-on a Sunday-around midday and 26 degrees. More dangerous than 10 foot HTs or low tide Rags right. Pray for swell (and the completion of the Campbell Parade Road works).
Miss Bondi
Heat 3 went down on Saturday in search of Bondi’s first lady. Here are the shots to distract the fellas from Facebook for 10 minutes.

Snail-mail.
I’ve been getting a lot of complaints about Aquabumps daily emails arriving late. Like 4 days late. Few of you think I am doing this on purpose – um. Na. Your daily email gets sent on the day that shots were taken. As far as I know, its you not me. Well your email provider that is. Once its sent from me, can’t do much if it gets tangled in someone else’s cyber web for days. BIGPOND users will be experiencing extreme delays for example at the mo. Best thing to do is put [email protected] into your contacts, call Bigpond and ask them to loosen the noose on their email filters – let me thru!
::uge

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