The Final for 2008

It’s hard to believe another year has crept on by. 2008 was a blur. 2009 will mark 10 years of these Aquabumps daily updates. What started out as a photo email flicked to a few of my mates has grown to 30,000 loyal subscribers all over the globe. Who would have thought…Some subscribers have been on this list for 10 years…you poor souls, havin’ to read my rambles with diabolical grammar and typos. (hey I never said I could write – photos are my game).
There are many people to thank that make this site free & independent. Here are just a few – thanks to : Kelvin Khoo the sysadmin IT genius, Zac Zavos + Ab + Stephen Merriman + Chris Jones who worked on the new version of the Aquabumps website. Mad dog + JV + Ness + Damion Fuller – the board of directors who are still waiting they annual cheques. Debs who has to listen to my new ideas for Aquabumps – daily – and goes out to bat for Aquabumps in deal land. Mikala Wilbow – Aquabump’s full time gallery manager, Jo + Ness Sheeds + Christian who also work in the gallery. Mischee for keeping me out of the books – numbers ain’t my thing either. Jay Neely for pushing me to open more galleries…bigger ones. Canon (Chris Macleod)…oh yes Canon…for making those marvellous little cameras that I use daily. All the advertisers who help me chip away at that massive hosting bill. Andy Cliffe for designing the new gallery, Greg Alderman for building it with Peter Buruma, Geoff from Jands…oh and all the swimmer cams for being good sports. THANKS. And thanks to the readers…all 30,000 of you honks – wherever you are.
The Best of 2008


26th August 2008 – Best Sunrise We had the best sunrise we’ve had in years on 26th August which I captured on panormaic film – not digi – so before you start asking about pink filters and Photoshop fancy dance work – there were none. Just a very old camera and the old way – view report


7th November 2008 – Best Swimmercam
20,000 people checked out these shots of Ashley in a few weeks. That’s a lot. My inbox was full of comments as well…no you can’t have her number.


Jan 2 2008 – Best New Gallery Shot
After a cyclone in QLD, the North Coast of NSW lit up with waves. This mean shorey is the best addition to the gallery lineup.


April 2008 – Best Tube International
This perfectly formed Mentawai tube threw so wide and clean. it was about 6 foot – but just a perfect one. Surfer Murray Jacob from WA


1st Dec Bondi – Best local wave -Jono
The best day I’ve ever seen at Bondi. Stories of 3 barrels per wave. That supabank was a freak and lets hope it comes back soon. view report

We’re Still Open
We’re still open in the new Aquabumps Gallery for your Christmas gifts. Come to 151 Curlewis Street, Bondi Beach from 10am to 7pm today or tomorrow. Telephone 9130 7788. We’ve got plenty of frames made up ready to go.
Merry Christmas and have a good New Year. We’re back online around the 14th Jan :: uge

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Silly Season

It’s that time of year again where Bondi is under a siege with drunken travellers. Monday mornings are always interesting early..the bushes in the south end are rustling, stark white geezers wrestle amongst the shore break in their undies, whilst a lone soccer-jersey wearing fella is out-cold-face down in the sand – not even twitchin’ with the morning exercisers. Ahhhh yes, silly season is upon us and the Bunga Bar is going to be pumping later tonight.
There were a few sneaky little waves down at Bondi today. This SE swell (@8.1 seconds) is producing the odd 2-3 footer whilst being groomed by a NE wind that is due to increase in strength later today (20-25 knots). This swell will decline further and tomorrow will be tiny.
If you’re on holidays already, have a great day down the beach ::uge

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Insomniac

Roaming around early today to catch a spectacular sunrise. At 5am the waves were around 1-2 foot and looking weak. This new southerly swell had picked up around 8am (consistent 2 foot) and looks like it will get bigger as the day progresses.
I’d say by night fall it will be 3 foot +. Unfortunately the wind is predicted to blow 20-25 knots as well – so the decent waves will be butchered into a messy wash.
Tomorrow the waves will be 3-4 foot, but the 20-30 knots of southerly will still be affecting it. Pray for a early morning gap in the winds. Sunday should see those winds settle down a little.
New Aquabumps Gallery
The New Aquabumps Gallery is in full swing. We’ve moved to 151 Curlewis Street, Bondi Beach Telephone 9130 7788. We’re sandwiched in between the TAB and Civic Video store. (just up from the well known Thai Terrific). We’re open today until 7pm, and all weekend 10am to 6pm. We have hundreds of pre-made frames ready for xmas presents. Come in. Or just come meet Miss Bondi runner up, Jo, who works is working in the gallery all weekend.

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Intermittent corner bumps

That predicted southerly hit last night cooling down temps and flattening the swell. Well what was left of it.
Waves have dropped to 1 foot-ankle-biters…but if you waited long enough in the southern corner…say 15 mintues, a decent mini wave (may) appear. Regulars Andrej and ‘The Professor’ clocked up their morning quotas (The Professor lectures pharmacology at University – so it’s not such a dumb nickname – but I reckon he makes Lsd in his spare time…but thats another story). The best thing about today is the glorious weather. A fat 28 degrees is forecasted and that beach is looking mighty enticing. Most people have already parked their minds in holiday mode and wagged work anyway…so hit the beach.
Sew It Seams
Emma Mary is a quirky chick who serves me breakky at Greens cafe (one of the best cafes in Bondi). She’s talented in painting, illustration and sewing stuff – as well as baggin’ me out. Emma Mary is having an exhibition of her works on Friday 19th Dec at the E K AUTOMOTIVE GARAGE, 104 Curlewis Street, Bondi just up from the New Aquabumps Gallery – Yes an actual garage. She sells her work far too cheap and has no idea how to market herself so I thought I would pump her up a little. Email Emma

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Low tide hacks

Yesterday was a spectacular day of surfing. Sydney was on fire and it was a salubrious beach day. Thousands hit Bondi’s shores whilst working on the base tan for summer, not much working going done in the city.
The SSE swell has dropped overnight leaving 2-3 foot down at Bondi. The 6:20am low tide exposed multiple peaks along Bondi and was well worth getting wet. A left in the corner was cooking with the incoming tide.
A south change is looming and will ruin the best of today…let’s hope it holds off until later tonight. But until then, it’s a beach day for sure.
Bondi Billabong Store
One of the biggest brands in surfing is opening up shop in Bondi (75 Gould Street Bondi). On the 20th December (sat) doors open and they’re giving away loads of prizes. Parko or Occy will be there to celebrate the new store – as well as the local Bondi Rescue boys. Click here for full details
My Table – Pete Evans
North Bondi’s Pete Evans has launched his new book – MY TABLE. I have 10 signed copies to giveaway. If you can tell me where the Evans boys got the name ‘Hugos’ from you’ll go in the draw to win one of the books. (remember to submit your name and address with your entry)

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Slab

Yesterday’s booming swells have relaxed into well formed 4-5 foot, clean, highly surfable waves. The winds are now a favourable NW swinging NE later. The swell is still from the SSE. The midday high tide at 1.93 metres (huge) is going to hide most of the goodness for a while. Always telling when there is a big moon the night before.
Bondi was 4-5 foot and breaking relatively straight at sunrise. Bad option kids. Hit the road, so many breaks would have been cranking earlier today before the high tide. Swell is dropping and will be around 3 foot by nightfall. We surfed a slabbin’ right somewhere close to Sydney (not revealing). Oh my, what a morning, that is until Big man Gezza Blake got a loose board stuck in his head and we had to go to emergency for stitches.
New Billabong Store in Bondi
The Bondi Rescue Boys, Occy or Parko will be opening the new Billabong store at 75A Gould St Bondi this Saturday. Lucky door prizes – Signed Board by Occy, INT softboard, Billabong luggage set, Plus $250 clothing voucher – dang. First 300 customers recieve a free gift (Towel of Tote). more info
Miss Bondi ’08
On Sunday afternoon Danielle Burns was nominated Miss Bondi 2008. Click here for photos by Steffen Burggraaf and Jessie English

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Rogue Burgers

The amazing thing about living in Sydney is how close you can actually get to big waves. Today the swell is up, waves at Bondi thundering across the bay around 8 foot…mean while you can sit poolside and have a coffee at Crabbe hole (Icebergs) just metres away and check the sets.
Last night Bondi was surfable in the south end, not this morning as the wind seemed to have messed things up early. A couple of hell men taming rogue Ben Buckler – but nothing that decent.
The Box and Kobi Graham tow’ed fatty Bronte bombs – but the tide was too high.
So we have swell, plenty of supply, just need it to all calm down a little and clean up.
Winds: S/SW 18/23 kts tending S/SE 13/18 kts in the afternoon, then 8/13 kts in the evening.
Tides: 10.58 am high, 5.45 pm low tide
Muchacho
North Bondi lad Andrew Cameron has quit his day job to kick off a range of tees available online inspired by his travels to South America. View Online
Radiator
You can now buy Radiator vests direct from the manufacturer. Good xmas present idea. View Online

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Hooowwwl

This ain’t summer… Hasn’t stopped raining all morning. At least the car is getting all the salt washed off it.
Mini waves in Sydney today – 1 foot, Bondi was pretty much flat as it’s a NE swell (missing the south facing Bondi). Good day to get some work done. Here are some images from the glorious Mentawai Islands to keep you going in between sets.
Winds are going to hooowwl this afternoon. Expect up to 35 knot gales from the NE. Batten down the hatches. The good thing is that all this wind will produce some 3 footers for tomorrow at exposed beaches.
In the meantime, get your Christmas shopping done. Here are some suggestions:

Of course number 1 would be to drop by the new Aquabumps Gallery at 151 Curlewis Street, Bondi and pick up a framed print of Bondi. We have hundreds of prints to choose from (seeing the new gallery is massive). Open all weekend 10am to 6pm…
Surfection Mosman is having a board sale – a little fish for $495 brand new is a good deal. 522 Military Road Mosman call 9969 1011
SHURE sound isolating earphones for your ipod. These are great on planes as they remove the droning sounds of the engines – making you feel better when you get off.
Long sleeve Rip Curl E BOMB vest – they’re incredible, an essential for summer. The material is so soft it feels like you’re wearing nothing. Can get them at Rip Curl Bondi on Campbell Parade.
Muchacho Tees – local fella Andrew Cameron has put out a range of tees made locally, inspired his travels in South America. Order online or contact 0404 557 510
Springcourt Shoes – they’re hot. They just are. Get them at 113A Commonwealth Street Surry Hills t: 9281 8806

Have a great weekend.

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Aquatica

The rain is bucketing down this morning and the beach is deserted. Scrappy 2 foot mush on offer down at Bondi – not really worth a surf. Raining tomorrow as well.
Didn’t get any decent shots this morning so I dug through the archives from recent trip to Fiji – where the skies are blue, the warm is ridiculously warm and clear. Gettin’ itchy feet just thinking about it.
PS – here is some Aquatic gift ideas for xmas (thisweekend.com.au)

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early change

At 6am there were small waves at Bondi, 1-2 foot, clean. At 7am the south change hit smashing the delicate NE swell which had been building overnight. By 8am it was a onshore mess so the early risers scored the best waves of the day.
The swell was NE so Bondi isn’t your best bet – head down to The Bra and there would have been something to ride.
Peter Evans Chef
North Bondi culinary master Pete Evans (of Hugos fame) has put out his new book just in time for christmas – MY TABLE. Order Signed Copy Online
Soundwaves
Ocean, Art & Music is a celebration of all things wave and water inspired. Soundwaves is bringing the laid back beats of King Tide, The Sniffer Dogs and Dubbly to Bondi on December 11th 2008 (starts 6pm).
This year’s event will also include a one-night only exhibition of art and photography from talented artists – Ozzie Wright, Trent Mitchell, Stephen Evans and some Aquabumps honk blah blah. It’s going to be held at Sahnia Restaurant & Bar (106 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach) – the Old Liberty Lunch near Bite Me. All Soundwaves profits are donated to SurfAid. Tickets are available at the door for $15 or presale for $10. For further ticketing/event information, contact Christian (0424 810 619).

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bakin’

Cracker summer’s morning with tiny 1-2 footers. Even if small waves aren’t your thing, a spectacular morning to be down the beach.
The Bondi shoreline was a hive of activity whilst the surf was pretty disappointing. Might be a good idea to get used to it – cause there isn’t much swell inbound. For the next 7 days there isn’t anything significant to write about in the surf department.
Maybe a good opportunity to check out the Miss Bondi heat 2 photos from the weekend.

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subside

We finish the week on a flat note. Waves are 1 foot and a beginners dream run. Swell looks to be from the east, winds from the north, balmy 29 degrees forecasted.
The forecast for the next 7 days is do your Christmas shopping. There are no waves on the radar.
The talk of the street is all about Monday and those surprise tubes. Was the morning better than the evening. Who got 3 tubes on one wave. Best ever?
Last Orders
The Aquabumps Gallery, 98 Brighton Boulevard is taking its last orders this weekend for xmas presents. Come in 10am to 4pm Sat or Sun and you can do all your shopping in the one joint. Save yourself some time and just order online
WaxOn
Bondi Girl Surfriders and Bondi FM Wax On Summer Launch Party 08 this Saturday night. Details
The lost art of ‘Beachobatics’
Great exhibition on at the state library of NSW – George Caddy, a photographer from the 1930s who shot ‘beachobatics’ down at Bondi. These photos have been recently discovered and show how they used to entertain themselves down the beach 70 years ago. view photos online

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mixed bag

These violent south changes are quite special. Last night if you were down the beach around 7pm it transformed for a dreamy glassy summers day into a rage of southerly fury. This change produced swell for this morning (2-3 footers), but the ocean hasn’t recovered from recent agitation – so it’s very messy. Amongst the wind choppers, I saw the odd rideable wave – not motivating enough for most people as it was relatively deserted down there.
The outlook is not looking that great. A smaller E swell will produce 1-2 footers – NE winds. Northerly winds mean good weather coming though. 29 on Friday and 28 on Saturday. Hit the beach.
Wakeboarding thru Venice
How’s this daring Dutchman, Duncan Zuur, 34, carving his way between historical buildings in Venice earlier this week. See picture below. That’s something different.

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fade

The memories of those Monday piping joys are fading to this flatness. Today the waves are tiny. I’m talkin’ too small for even the smallest of groms. Of course there is still a crew of people out enjoying a stunning morning of stillness and unusual cloud formations.
Checking the swell charts brings little relief. Thursday 1 ft, Friday 1ft maybe 2, sat 1.5ft, Sunday 1.7 Foot, and I might have been generous. Time to start the Christmas shopping – speaking of which – Rip Curl Bondi & Bondi Surf Co are giving Aquabumps readers 20% OFF storewide. (ok not including boards). Valid from today until Sunday 7th Dec. Just print this page out and take it in with you. Ripcurl Bondi 82 Campbell Pde Bondi Beach or 72-76 Campbell Pde Bondi Beach.
WaxOn
Bondi Girls Surf Riders and Bondi FM are putting a party on at the Bondi Pavilion. $20 tix, starts at 7:30pm to 1am – more info

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Shows Over

Oh my, yesterday was a phenomenal day of surfing @ Bondi.
On dark, before the violent south change, Bondi was puttin’ on its best. Milky glass pipes entertained an eager crew. Unfortunately the shows over as today fades into near flatness – rapidly. This morning there was the odd set wave around 3 foot but it looked quite messy and unsettled after a howling southerly. Not a patch on the pipes from yesterday.
I am going to call yesterday one of the best days I’ve seen down at Bondi. Big words I know…it really didn’t look like Bondi…for the rest of the week there isn’t anything happening. 1- 2 foot dribblers. Back on the tools.
Miss Bondi 2008
On Sunday at the beach road hotel Heat 1 in the search for Bondi’s 1st lady. You’ll notice some changes to this years event. Click here to view photos.

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Tunnel Vision

It’s not often we get barrels down at Bondi. If we do its more of a head dip into a ball of froth. I see heaps of dudes claiming ’em. Today there were barrels. Good ones. Real ones. Meaty ones. Barrells that kind looked like they were from somewhere else.
The south swell that arrived yesterday peaked last night and is now on the decline. This morning was probably the best of it as the swell drops from lunchtime onwards and the northerly winds will blow 20 knots (that’ll ruffle it up a bit). Even if you’re not surfing it’s a salubrious beach day with a banging 31 degrees. Monday is the best day down Bondi way, few people around. Ahhh yes…
Xmasea
Those art creeps up at Seasurfboards are puttin’ on a Christmas show called Xmasea. All miniature works (6X6”) and all $100 each. Some big names on the bill…David Carson, Paul McNeil, Ben Brown, Campbell from MC, Dashenka, Kanos Skennar, Ozzie Wrong, Bob McTavish. Head to 4/1 Acacia Street Byron Bay www.seasurfboards.com
New wheels
Local surfer and good bloke Gid has brought out his new range of shoes. I wear them every day, they’re of good design stock and I don’t require laces…oh, and you can chuck em in the washing machine when the stench starts to peel the paint off your bedroom walls. Last time we put in a mention in Aquabumps for Gideon (2 years ago) he had 2000 new customers….he’s been busy restocking and at $39 a pair they hot value. $5 of that goes to charity and they ethically manufactured. Get ’em at General Pants or his online store

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dozer dribbles

It’s a bit like checking your shares…disappointing. That swell we had yesterday has been knocked around by the howling northerlies, leaving dribbles this morning. Bondi had micro 1-2 footers with absolutely no push. Pack of hungry mal riders in the middle having some fun.
That dreaded ‘Dozer is back on the beach straightening the beach from its natural curves. Curves = Rips. Straight = safe, but shapeless closeouts (well that’s my take on things)
Crazy skies this morning. Apparently I missed a bakin’ sunrise of colour (so everyone told me when I got down there), the tail end cloud formations weren’t too shabby. Thunderstorms predicted today (max 24) expect NW/NE winds at 15-20 knots. Rain again tomorrow and a slight improvement in swell Saturday afternoon. Sunday has a growing new south swell and Monday should be a good surf day.
Don’t forget Miss Bondi is on this Sunday at 2pm, Beach Road Hotel in the main bar downstairs.
Christmas orders
Hard to believe Christmas is just around the corner as another digit ticks over. Christmas orders have begun in the Aquabumps Gallery – please allow 3 week minimum timeframe to get anything framed in time to stick under the tree. Save disappointment and get organised, come into the Aquabumps Gallery this weekend open 10am to 4pm both Saturday and Sunday, 98 Brighton Boulevard North Bondi (right behind the North Bondi RSL). If you can’t be bothered coming in, you can always order online…even if you’re overseas and wants presents sent locally – we can manage the lot. Call the Gallery hotline + 61 2 9130 8371 and we’ll chuck in some steak knives.

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busy

It a very busy time of year for most people. Christmas is coming and everybody wants everything finished before Christmas. But there is one thing you should try and squeeze into your busy today… that’s some time down the beach. Not only is it a stunning beach day, sunny and 24 degrees, but there are some great waves around (3ft).
This swell is from the SE (@ 9 seconds). The winds are now from the NNW, hence the good weather and cleaner waves. The winds will blow hard at 23 knots NE later tonight but south facing swell magnets should have decent waves if the tides don’t get funky.
Tomorrow should be similar but smaller. Forecast for the weekend is looking good – south swell and favourable winds – head out of town.
Cheap booze
Our buddies at Winemarket.com.au are doing deals for Aquabumps readers. Stock up for the silly season and drown yourself in some Devil’s lair Filth Leg – good old west ozzie margs vinos – can’t go wrong. Ness I’ve put a cap on your order. You’re a mother now…Order Online Now

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Supply

A fresh supply of sou-easterly swell is consistently pumping into Sydney’s beaches today. Waves at Bondi were a decent 4-5 foot, but the flanking ESE onshore was making its presence felt.
Bondi had the odd random wave but the banks weren’t really handling the size. I’d suggested a protected reef break…maybe something out of town…it would be worth the drive today.
Tomorrow the winds swing NNE – so hopefully this will groom the swell into a decent shape. Tomorrow night this SE swell changes to NE…have a good day, dark and gloomy down the beach early today ::uge

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Cross-shore-chunks

Plenty of swell around… but the annoying sou-sou-easterly was disrupting our chances of decent waves.
Bondi was blown out and of no use. Bronte had a small wave in the corner 3-4 foot, being slightly protected, I but didn’t really rate it either. Manly perhaps? That’s if the south swell isn’t marching right past their bay.
Looks like the winds will swing East, then a favourable North tomorrow afternoon. Until then it’s a onshore mess and a good day to do some work. Thursday and Friday should be fun, Se/E swell, 3 footers, north winds – good setup for Bondi.

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Volatile

The weather has been so volatile lately, you just don’t know what to expect. The weekend’s easterly swell has dissipated and now we have a brand spankin’ new south swell – with plenty of grunt.
At sunrise it was only 4-5 foot, the last time I checked it around lunch it was 6 foot plus. The nemesis southerly flanked the swell increase making a mess of things…but at least we’ve got swell. Just didn’t see it breaking very well – anywhere.
This south swell will peak overnight and hang around for a few days whilst slightly declining. You’ll just need to pick the narrow gaps in the wind to score anything clean. (or just get over to protected corners – like Manly and Bronte).
Miss Bondi ’08
It all starts this Sunday 2pm at the Beach Road Hotel. (note its changed from Saturdays). More info

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fools gold

With all this swell around somewhere has got to be going off. A brief drive thru the eastern suburbs beaches proved fruitless – fools gold. This decent NE swell is completely missing Bondi and streaming into Bronte and Tama – but the high tide is killing it – fatness everywhere and many closing out. Didn’t really see anyone catch a decent wave all morning, surprisingly.
All the action is on the other side of the bridge. Northern beaches would be pumping. NE swell would be gravitating to beaches like Manly (3-4 foot). Nice day too, forecasted 27 degrees so smoke the wagon north or deep south to score.
Forecast for the weekend is for this NE swell to run out of puff tomorrow and a new south swell to arrive on Sunday. Wind looks favourable all weekend (WSW or WNW) and you’ll find 3-4 footers on both days. Next Tuesday is starting to look special with a good south swell – dang.
Single Fin Classic tomorrow
Tomorrow if you’re down at Bondi you’ll see a bunch of weirdos dress in tight 70’s gear – its the Bondi Boardriders Club. They’ll throw out the odd 70’s dance moves then surf a single fin. The annual event is on again and some big names coming down from all over Australia. (Webber boys, Davo Davidson…) more info
Aquabumps Gallery
Gallery is open all weekend 10am to 4pm @ 98 Brighton Boulevard North Bondi. We’re putting our prices up in 2 weeks seeing everyone keeps on charging us more and we haven’t put them up in 3 years. So best get in soon if you’ve been thinking about a piece for home.

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dark

You should really think about surfing today. At sunrise (well, I think there was a sunrise behind all that cloud), the waves were bumpy but 4-5 foot. Since then the waves have cleaned right up and with NW predicted this afternoon, it looks…good. Hit a NE exposed spot (not Bondi).
SDS opening last night
SDS opened their new store in Bondi last night (where Mambo used to be). Big turnout, no better way to stop traffic on Campbell parade than have 30 girls in bikinis out the front of your store. view pics from last night
HIP POP
It’s that time of year again – our friends at United Galleries are having their annual Hip Pop exhibition showing 8 young fresh exciting artists. In association with Father Riley’s Youth Off The Streets the show will have 4 ‘hip’ and 4 ‘pop’ artists. If you would like to come to the opening night please RSVP here ([email protected]) View catalogue

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the wet northerlies

The start of a new NE swell has arrived. And so has the rain. Bondi had a wonky waist high wave, not really doing much. The wintery weather was quite off-puttin’ – barely anyone out. Other beaches looked average as well.
Swell is due to increase today, hittin’ the 3-4 foot heavens at exposed NE beaches. Tomorrow looks like a better option, 8 second period, ENE swell, Northerly winds early – quite strong (15-20 knots). Water is freezing…that north wind ocean current thingie is on again. Rubberup.
Feels like we haven’t had pumping waves in quite some time. Maybe I just haven’t been looking in the right places…(have been tied to Bondi lately). Here are 5 photos that make me want to go for a wave::uge

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corner peaks

There is a little wave in the southern corner of Bondi this morning (2 foot, odd one slightly larger).
The south swell has dropped after a pretty decent session on dark last night. Winds have started to blow 15 knots from the NE and the clouds will increase their presence.
Tomorrow a new NE swell will appear and deliver pretty consistent 3-4 footers until Friday. Rain and 22 tomorrow…so enjoy the great weather right now.
SDS
Surf Dive ‘N’Ski has opened up in Bondi. They’ve taken over the old MAMBO store @ 80 Campbell Parade. Spend 100 dollars in store and you’ll score a free beach towel. See big ad next to this text for more info…

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stab wounds

Onshore-Overcast Bondi can be a good escape from the very crowded sunny days. Crumbly 3 footers were surfable this morning. Quality was lacking but you’d still find the odd wall worth sliding. Swell is from the SE, Low tide 5:30am, high tide midday
This week is shaping up to a great week for surfing. The forecast is for some decent ENE swell all week then a new south swell on the weekend. All around the 4 foot range.
Reflecto stabs
Stab is bringing back the reflecto…buy the latest Stab Mag and get a free pair of Vans sunnies – on sale now – check their website

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Windswell blues

This ENE windswell has knocked up some 3 footers at exposed beaches (e.g. The Bra). Its a windswell, very weak and flat – not ideal. Bondi was much smaller, 1-2 foot being hidden from this swell direction. The 9:26am high tide wasn’t helping things…fatness everywhere.
The current NE winds will blow hard 25 knots later tonight. Weekend weather looks unsettled, thunderstorms tomorrow, showers on Sunday (and winter like temperatures – 20). So enjoy another great beach day today before it all changes.
Weekend surf forecast, ENE swell until Saturday night (1-2 foot), then a new South Swell (small to mid range 3 foot). Not a great weekend for surfing. Nothing Special come see the Aquabumps Gallery 98 Brighton Boulevard, North Bondi NSW 2026 Telephone 9130 8371.

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Pancakes

Amazing day. Sun is blaring. But just no waves.
This mini east swell is only trickling 1-2 footers on the middle bank of Bondi. High tide is killing it.
Other beaches in the eastern suburbs share the same fate. Maybe the Bra may have a shorey…but really it’s a swim day. Maybe a dribble wave later tonight (east). Max 26 degrees today.
Miss Bondi 2008
Yep, Miss Bondi 2008 is coming up. 30th Nov, 7th Dec and 14th Dec. They’re looking for contenders…email Monique

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ENE

A little ENE swell is lurking around Sydney. Anything facing that way would have a rideable 2-3 foot wave this morning. The early morning high tide was creating some serious fatness around the place…
South facing Bondi was neglecting the swell, where as Manly, Freshie, The Bra would all have a better wave. Strong NE winds are due to blow 18 knots this afternoon. A beautiful beach day outside…
Slightly bigger tomorrow…nothing worth missing work for. Have a great day.

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The Hive

Not much surfing going on this morning (again). Even though the beach is now a hive of morning exercisers losing winter excess baggage, the oceans have failed to provide a rideable wave.
A distinct peak in the middle had every mal in Bondi out. Good day for beginners or just a swim. Nice warm day with 23 degrees and mainly sunshine.
At 4pm today the swell picks up, from the east. Tomorrow should see a small bump. Winds look ENE though, so may not be clean. Check ya tomorrow, uge

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mondee

Not much happening around Sydney in regards to surfing. A weak windswell dribbled into the beaches producing 1-2 foot bumps. The charts are promising an east swell later this week. Saturday and Sunday should be the biggest days (8 secs, 3 foot – E swell, Northerly winds). Until then, enjoy the good weather, 24 today, 24 tomorrow, 26 Wed, 26 Thursday.
Aquabumps Daily Email
I am hearing that some bumps readers are having a few difficulties viewing this email. The pictures are bigger – yep – so be patient when downloading, but please report any extreme cases here and we’ll try and solve them. Let us know if you’re Mac, PC, Outlook, Vista, Xp, etc. We have a dedicated server soley for the daily email – to increase speeds…it should take 20 seconds to download depending on what connection you’re on.
Cheers, uge

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agitation

In stark contrast to yesterday the conditions have deteriorated considerably overnight. The south change hit late and Sydney’s oceans are still agitated from it. The waves have halved to 3 footers and were very messy early… should improve as the day progresses as the grooming northerly winds kick in.
But how good was yesterday…Sydney was blessed with one of the best surf days in quite some time. Unfortunately the swell heights drop again for the weekend…unlucky office jockeys, it’s only going to be 2 foot.
Lara Bingle’s Pool party
Ashley Osborne (depicted in today’s swimmercam) and ‘Where-the-hell-are-ya’ Lara Bingle will be having a pool party tomorrow at Surf Dive ’n’ ski, Bondi Junga (12:30pm Saturday 8th November). Everyone is welcome to join in, so maybe shopping in the junction this weekend isn’t such a bad idea – surf doesn’t look flash?
Aquabumps Gallery Open
We are open all weekend 10am to 4pm as usual. I would like to say we’ve also got Lara Bingle and Ashley serving Gallery customers all day, but I would be lying. 98 Brighton Boulevard North Bondi NSW 2026 Telephone 9130 8371.

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Overload

What a morning… To kick it off at 5:15am the morning sun cooked a thin cloud hanging over Ben Buckler. The colours were exceptional. Combine that with clear skies, a summery maximum of 28 degrees and a fortunate north wind/south swell mix – and we’re having one of the best days in a long time.
Bondi is 6 foot. Consistent and solid. Ok not all good, amongst the closeout junk were some crackers breaking well out the back. Have to say if I didn’t have appointments this afternoon I would be heading straight out of town – a reef or sumpin’ that is breaking better than bondi…
I shot 4 x CF card loads this morning – so I thought it deserved a web gallery on the main site. 5 pics in the email wasn’t going to cut it. If you are in any of these shots – they’re all for sale, and yep we can print + frame them ready for the pool room. Some big chunks rolling in, and a nice shot to show the grand kiddies when you once ripped.
You can email us online or you can call Mikala in the gallery 9130 8371 to order. Now before you call up asking “hey I am the guy in the black wetsuit and white board – did you get a photo of me?” (you’d be surprised how many times this happens a day) – What is in the gallery is what I have…
Tomorrow smaller – but still good.
Get wet. Not a day for the learners…saw a few girls heading to South Africa this morning in a rip. cheers,uge

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Late transmission

Sorry about the late update. Good waves today.
A good for me way to gauge if there are good waves is that my daily shots only take 20 minutes – instead of waiting 2 hrs for a freak set.
Peaks all over the place today…4 foot this morning and at 2pm (when I last checked it) it was looking 4-5 foot with larger sets. Swell direction is dead south, which is perfect for Bondi, but our small time sand banks aren’t holding – the large sets completely closing out.
Tomorrow is looking quite special. Hit it – I would take the day off and head out of town::uge

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Giddyup

Big day for the punters…good ole’ Melbourne cup, Giddyup. A crazy day in Australia where later on tonight you’ll see drunken young lasses running around in frocks minus a shoe, where the TABs see more money changing hands than a recent stock market crash, and a day that nobody seems to do any work. Mad Rush looks to be the favourite, but ALESSANDRO VOLTA has a much better name (and at 63 bones to one – a fiver will go a long way).
If the Melbourne Cup celebrations aren’t on the agenda today, there is a little sloppy windwave on offer. 3-4 foot of mush at Bondi. Seems to be gettin’ bigger. Later tonight might be the go and tomorrow has favourable northerly winds. Dang
I couldn’t find anything remotely interesting to shoot down at the beach this morning. I have 10 terrabytes of archival gold to show – so here is some Black and Whites from this years Mentawai tour in April.
Byron2Bondi for prostate
A 665 km ocean paddle in a two person sea kayak from Byron Bay to Bondi Beach by two slightly crazed guys intent on raising funds and awareness for Prostate Cancer along the way. The adventure will start at Byron on 20th December 08 and we hope to surf into Bondi Beach by 10th January 09 covering 35 kms a day and raising $10,000 in the process through sponsorship and sausage sizzles in towns along the coast. Money raised is going to the Australian Prostate Cancer Foundation. Check out more info and support

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glass addition

2pm yesterday we received a spike in swell bringing joy to the weekend warriors. Bondi had a fun (fat) 2 footer on offer until night fall.
Unfortunately the swell has dissipated overnight, its now breaking around 1-2 feet and very close to shore. Still marginally surfable but today is probably the smallest day of this week so conserve your energy.
See…your week is going to pan out like this,(I think)…sunshine will bake today to 28 degrees, swim after work, later tonight a south change will appear, clouds will thicken and a HOWLING 20-30 knot southerly will blow your washing into the neighbours.
This big blow will bring swell for tomorrow, so when you wake up it should be 4 foot but with a 7 sec interval (aka. windswell – not quality). Wednesday, Thursday, Friday look much much better with 9-10 second intervals, 4-5 foot waves at Bondi, and northerly winds for most. So this is going to be the best week of surfing we’ve had for a while now…enjoy it.
Sandbag
Our friends at bagladies.com.au are giving 10 Sandbags to the first 10 customers this week in the gallery (as in customers that buy stuff – not just walk in the door).

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Psycho

It’s going to be an interesting day weatherwise…
Started off cool and overcast, currently 28 degrees.
Then later today it will cook to 36 degrees. Thirty sixer.
Tonight a south change will rip through dropping the temps back to 22 for tomorrow. All over the place. Psycho weather. Good for a swim after work though.
Small waves today, 1 – 2 foot on a bank very close to shore. Bondi isn’t the go today, especially with a ENE swell missing the bay, try the Bra. Weekend looks small and lame. Sub 2 footers. Yawn. pass the crumpets.
Aquabumps Gallery Open
All weekend kids. 98 Brighton Boulevard, North Bondi. Come see some new stuff, some old stuff 10am to 4pm sat + sun
Yoga by the Sea
If boot camps and boxing at the beach aren’t your thing, how about sunrise yoga at the Bergs or Tamarama SLSC. Click here for the schedule with Sasha.
Mosman Surfection
Creepy Julian at Mosman Surfection has some hot deals running. This week – fishes and short boards from $495. 522 Military Road Mosman. With all this small weak swell – not a bad idea to ride a piece of glass with some decent girth.

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shorey glory

There was a tiny wave in the southern corner of Bondi this morning. It was breaking close to the beach and the rides were very weak and short. If you were patient enough you might have one break near your chest, but I wouldn’t think that was too often.
A blanket of thick clouds cover Sydney and drizzly rain continues. A nice 25 degrees is forecasted today, and these clouds should clear. Tomorrow is an amazing 36 degrees. Yes you read that right. 3-6. Just freaky how Sydney switches from cold to hot cold to hot.
The winds are from the north, NW early, NE 18-23 knots later today. The water remains a constant 19 degrees (if the North east winds blow it may drop)
Next decent wave will be Sunday afternoon or Monday. Not much until them folks. Later:uge

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submerge

Today is not a surf day full stop.
Onshore mush, grey and rainy with no swell.
Sunday afternoon and Monday are looking like the next promising days. Until then perhaps watch the stock market spasms, de-wax boards ready for warmer water or watch the new taylor steele surf flick (stranger than fiction)
Today’s shots are from those islands….the Mentawais, at a mechanical left that is worth dreaming about in these dire surf conditions. Lets go back ::uge

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mini

Mighty fine morning down the beach today.
Spectacular cloud formations as we heat up to a perfect 28 degrees.
The firing swell from Friday to Sunday has evaporated and a tiny NE wind swell is evident at our beaches. Bondi was close to flat, best head down to The Bra or go for a swim after work.
Forecast is for similar conditions – 1 footers all week – boo – its going to be a working week – crank it. ::uge

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