Thursday, 28 February 2008

Don’t really know what to write today. Surf is as bad as it gets – onshore, small (1-2), overcast…no one out. You’d have to be very unemployed/bored to go surfing today. There is hope – as the swell is going to double/triple by night fall. But I am sure the predicted 30 knots of southerly will deter the urge. Protected corners like Manly may host a grovel..wait ’til the wind dies back people, in the meantime here are some random pics :: yooj

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Wednesday, 27 February 2008

After tools down yesterday, a swim seemed like a good idea seeing it was 28 degrees, sunny and hell – it was packed. Around 5:30pm a sinister thick black cloud seeped over south Bondi peninsular. Within 10 minutes the joint was under seize from howling winds, hail, rain and cooler temperatures. One of the bigger storms I’ve seen…amazingly it swept away and clear skies followed within 1hr. Didn’t bring any swell though. Bondi was struggling to put on 2-3 foot this morning. Quite weak and fat…swell coming, but so is the wind. Southerly pattern for the next week. Later:: uge

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Tuesday, 26 February 2008

fools goldAt day break you would have rocked over the hill and saw lines stacked into the bay. Dang. 4 foot solid. But after spending 10 mins watching the sets you would’ve realised its fools gold today at Bondeye. Damn straight. South swell. Unrideable straight-handers. I barely saw a wave that didn’t closeout. So what a perfect day to smoke the chariot out of town to a reef break, or somewhere with decent banks. Wind: NW/NE 5/10 kts at first, increasing to N/NE 18/23 kts fine day with showers and thunderstorms later. Max 26. High tide 12:20pm low tide 6:30am. There is going to be swell all week – but nemesis onshore SE looks like it could flank Wed – Friday.

surf map artworkMy mate Damo is the biggest frotha on the planet. He disappears for days searching for waves and is stoked with 2 foot Voey. His wife Fern (hot artist) has create a surf map of his local area so he can always find his way home. They are amazing, following the contours of a girls face. Mega. You just gotta see them. I have one. So I thought I’d write about them so you can have one.They’re limited edition intaglio etchings if you know your stuff…email artist | view artwork

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Friday, February 22, 2008

The swell is here and waves are up around the 5-6 foot mark. I have to say though, it’s pretty wonky and requires grooming from the early westerly offshore. Didn’t really see many good waves that didn’t close out or pork up along the beaches in the east (7am to 9am). Combined with an approaching 10am high tide of 1.76m, it’s really not the best time to be out this morning (fat). Later today hopefully it will neaten up; tide will drop and be fun. However the NE wind will blow a howling 18 – 23 knots. Not such great light for shooting – overcast, and we’re looking at a top of 29 degrees. Swell is from the ENE, so best surf somewhere facing that way. Weekend will be fun, smaller than today, 3-4 foot, but we’ve got waves for the next 4 days – spread yourselves up and down the coast and enjoy.
aquabumps galleryThe Aquabumps Gallery is open for business as usual all weekend. 10am to 4pm. 98 Brighton Boulevard North Bondi. map
rogue shorey In NSW, the Christmas of 2007 we had an abnormally large north swell, generated from cyclone activity in Queensland. It pumped for 8 days straight for the 1st week of Jan. Stoked. The north coast of NSW scored the brunt of this holiday swell and point breaks lit up for days. I shot a series of shorebreak shots on a beach that is normally a calm boat ramp. Some people say they look like Waimea Bayshorey. It’s was around 4-5 foot, but very heavy. After shooting some black and whites from the shore I tried to shoot it from the water with little success. The prints are now in the gallery and for sale…come see.

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Thursday, 21 February 2008

pacific gold The anticipated swell that every one’s torkin’ about is starting to trickle in. Wasn’t there when I shot between 7am and 8am at Bondi – nope…but the early morning high tide was hindering its grunt. A patient man will score today, as the ENE swell increases in period/size later and should be fun – winds will however go onshore around lunchtime (SE 10/15 knots) – so could be a little junkie. Exposed beaches facing the ENE (i.e. not bondi) will put on some good little 3 footers tomorrow and the winds look favourable NE. Weekends shaping up just nice as planned – smaller than expected…I didn’t really get any quality shots today – even for 1 hour of sitting on the shores. So these let’s take you back to some southern pacific gold.
surfeurs nés feb 21st – march 11thOccasionally I cop a bit of flack from the female readers of this site for having too many beautiful bikini clad girls. I don’t really know what they’re on about…(kiddin). So even the score up a little here’s a exhibition that starts tonight at the Blender gallery – 12 of the best French surfers in the black and white raw – yep nude. Shots by TUNGSTEN (Ian and Erick Regnard) – WCT shooters. Blender Gallery, 16 Elizabeth St, Paddington NSW 2021 – Tel 02 9380 7080 website

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Wednesday, 20 February 2008

FattiesThat fat high tide (8:30am @ 1.8m) was concealing most of the good small swell we’ve currently got. Once again, surprisingly, waves are 2 foot – tipping close to 3 foot at the moment, and as the tide backs out it should only improve. Bondi was very fat and slow…Low tide 3:18pm. I expected it to be sub 1 foot (well that’s what the charts said). Sun is now breaking through now and the winds are a gentle NE. Today aside we’ve got some great news – swell should be pumping from tomorrow onwards for 6-7 DAYS. Eureka. Weekend looks smokin’ and early next week looks really solid…oooh yeah. Its about time.

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Tuesday, 19 February 2008

It seems when you get famous…you just walk around the beach all day with a couple of hotties on your arm – you just do.
Just bumped into ex World Surfing Champion and King of the come-backs OCCY @ south Bondi 5 minutes ago. He’s quit the tour and opted for a life in TV joining Fuel as a presenter. Even with a surprisingly good 2 foot wave at Bondi he wasn’t even tempted to come out of retirement…9:30am Bondi looked great, small and super playful with several peaks working. Not bad for a day that had a forecast of no waves…come get em whilst they’re hot. Thursday and Friday this week are shaping up – ENE swell, 10 sec period, offshore winds, plan your sickies now…
Random info: Van She have released a new single…you can download track freebie here..
cheers, uge

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Monday, 18 February 2008

Not much happening down the beach this morning. A small SE swell producing 1-2 foot waves. You’re probably wondering why the first shot is power grom perth Standlick belting out for the high heavens then…let’s just say there’s a big difference between the little guys surfing and ours. Oh and he’s surfs all day – everyday giving it a fair crack to get on the tour. Give surfing a pass today…new swell coming on Thursday/Friday – hang out until then. God bless those super clean beaches of SW of WA. God countrys. Later: uge
PS – that morning cloud is clearing…good time for a swim.

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Thursday, 14 February 2008

Happy Valentine’s day girls.
This is the last website update from Margaret River, the Wine Region…swell is fading fast… yesterday still had some 2-3 footers at mega exposed breaks. All day offshores and super clean surf in the afternoon…no one out mid week here…no one…kinda freaky, especially shooting in the water a few beaches up from ‘Lefthanders’  – a break where a 29 year old man was mauled by a shark (July 11 2004) Enough on that…
Back in Sydney you’ve got a good south swell kicking in today. Bondi loves the south – looks to be 3 foot, a little onshore, bit messy. It’s expected to get bigger, and the weekend you’ll have waves-a-plenty. But the charts say there could be flanking onshore winds at times…
sunday bumps Correction to yesterday’s update – watch Channel 9 this Sunday at 7:30am (not 9am) – Sunday program if you want to see a little story on the Aquabumps
six ounce Kreepy little Benny down at the Six Ounce Board Store is continuing his summer clearance sale for another week starting from Saturday. Discounted boards, rhythm and short straw boardies all $40, travel covers $50 info
valentinesIf you need a Valentine’s day pressie for the lil’ lady, get down to the Aquabumps Gallery today – open until 5pm… 98 Brighton Boulevard North Bondi telephone- 9130 8371

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Wednesday, 13 February 2008

furnaceDamn its hot over here in the SW of WA…38 degrees to be precise. It’s a bit like standing in an oven. The run across the sand to these deserted beaches is torturous – even your thongs melt.
At present we’re experiencing some very uncharacteristic conditions here in WA, the winds are all day offshore…no cooling Fremantle doctor making it bake. Good times down south as there is a hint of clean 3 footers at exposed beaches. No one around (hence barely any surfers in these shots).
syddersLooks like you’re experiencing a wintery south change at the moment and only 1-2 foot. Sit tight until the wind goes…as the swell is on the rise for the weekend.
sunday program
Not many of you will be up at 9am on a Sunday especially when it looks like 5 foot and offshore…but this Sunday on Channel 9 at 9am (SUNDAY PROGRAM) they’re doing a lil’ story on Aquabumps…
Valentines day tomorrow. Listen up fellas, a slab of beer, pizza and surf movie with the lady just ain’t gonna cut it – nor is a bib with greasy ribs at Hurricanes…maybe get her a framed photo from the Aquabumps Gallery 98 Brighton Boulevard, North Bondi t:9130 8371 – we’re open Wed-Friday 10am to 5pm or ALL weekend 10am to 4pm

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Tuesday, 12 February 2008

G’day from W.A. Good old WA. One of the most isolated and windiest places in the world. Home to so many hot breaks down south..this clear water haven is suffering the same fate as Sydney – lack of swell.  Its tiny and howling offshore today (like 30 knots).
No lack of mooola over here though…V8 Maserati’s a plenty. The mining boom seems to have put a little grin on everyone’s face. Real estate is just ridiculous – through the roof. And down south it seems all the rage to cut your farm into 100 parcels and overnight a suburb pops up.
Sorry about the lack of updates to my site. Will find some waves. Write this down – Rottnest island is one of the best aquatic playgrounds in the world. Later: uge

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Thursday, 7 February 2008

After peering out the window at 6am I knew something was cooking (by then the phone had already rung 4 times with frothin’ man grommets jibbering about how good it was)…no wind…rain had stopped overnight giving way to glorious sunshine – did the east swell hang in there?
Bondi looked pretty darn sweet at 6:30am. Backlit rights pumping all the way into the beach…3 – 4 foot. Small crowd. Clean. Sometimes closing out…but the bra was well exposed and breaking 4-5 foot and sometimes bigger. Large crowd enjoying the salubrious conditions…wag work if you haven’t done already…Sydney is smoking. BUT NOT FOR LONG…a cooling violent south change is due to hit any minute now (its currently 11:30am – probably 3 or 4pm)…that means 20-30 knots of southerly blow which will break this glassy wet dream. Swell directions switches to south tomorrow…enjoy.

The DuckI get a lot of emails running this site. Videos of their local break smokin’, pictures of their recent vacations to Dubai, photos of my mates wives in the nooood ([email protected]#$), remote controlled surfers, dogs that surf….and now…a surfing duck. Apparently this footage came from NSW South Coast a few weeks back. View footage
Later: uge

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Wednesday, 6 February 2008

It’s all going on this morning. Sunshine reared its head, waves around 4 foot at the Bra, nice offshore, max 28… best day of the week so far. Even had choppers, jetskies, police boats and beach buggies searching for a missing Maroubra swimmer – a 28 year old man swimming with 3 ladies last night failed to return to the beach. No body found yet. Sorry about the late report…no I haven’t been surfing all morning – NE wind blowing 15 knots now. Later: uge

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Tuesday, 5 February 2008

showersIn between the showers I saw a little peaky chest to head high wave down at South Bondi. Its relatively clean and uncrowded, but probably a little toxic right in the corner next door to the rain water runoff pipe. Swell is from the ENE – so places like the Bra would be a foot or so bigger. Hopefully the ocean will settle in and put on some good waves later today. Next couple of days look quite good.
shark bite?That mad local Brazilian – Icarus – who works at Six Ounce claims he was bitten by a shark last week. Yep. Surfing right in the corner last Tuesday around midday his board stopped dead in the water catapulting him in the air. After resurfacing he noticed a chunk out of his board. Initially he thought it was a tourist’s loose board…but then noticed teeth marks in his brand spankin’ new stick. Shark? Hungry fish? who knows…later: uge

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Monday, 4 February 2008

wet
There’s been quite a bit of tork about an anticipated new swell coming…well it hasn’t arrived yet (12:30pm). This morning it was full, 2 foot, wet and grey. 3 guys out at 7am (think that sums it up – couldn’t even get a shot). Some charts show a swell increase tonight (4-5 foot). I’ll believe it when it gets here. NE winds currently increasing to 15-20 knots this afternoon (which will hopefully kick up the swell). Enjoy the rain…my car needed a wash anyway. Here are some pics from Australia day 2008 – a real big day down at Bondi.
remote
These remote controlled surfers are taking off here in North Bondi. Saw one do an aerial the other day…no I wasn’t drinking. remote surfer
annalise
It’s a bit weird looking at your mates wife in the NUD. But hey, I will do anything for charity. Bondi’s first lady Annalise Braakensiek, model/actress extraordinaire has bared all in Black and white. You can buy a signed print all in the name of charity. Click here
Stay dry…uge

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Friday, 1 February 2008

bang…That predicted south change hit last night and it hasn’t stop blowing or raining since (good for the garden). Surfing is just not a great option today as its horrendously onshore and not even that big. Bondi 3 foot max, 20 knots of onshore and no one out. Boo. Swell is coming up this weekend though and 5 foot expected on Monday/Tuesday. Perhaps wait to see if she settles overnight…still onshore on the weekend – lighter than today so it should be 3 fun all weekend…nothing perfect…but a bit of fun.
jackThat chilled out shredder Jack Johnson has put out some new tunes. The new album "Sleep Through The Static" hits the stores tomorrow. I have 10 copies to giveaway. The First 10 customers in the gallery tomorrow (Sat 2nd Feb) will score a copy.
zee gallery open The Aquabumps Gallery is open all weekend 10am to 4pm as usual. 98 Brighton Boulevard North Bondi (behind the North Bondi RSL) 9130 8371 We’re actually only closed on Mondays and Tuesdays if you ever want to drop by. later::uge

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