Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Jungle rightsAfter 3 days of surfing a left, we cruised south to find our own perfect 4 foot right hander hugging the edge of a jungle riddled point. Not a boat in sight. 30 minutes after the 1st wave a local villager paddled out in his dugout canoe, caught 2 waves (don’t think he sees many crew around here) and then asked for 50,000 rupiah for parking fees…
Swell had dropped and changed direction today…so most boats are on the move in search swell magnets. Tomorrow bring a new south swell…we’ll see ::uge

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Tuesday, 29 April 2008

men-tah-whyIt’s just been silly up here in the Mentawai Islands (Indonesia). 3 days of non-stop epic waves. Not massive (4-6 foot), just smokin’…these islands were only discovered as a surf destination in early 90’s, predominantly by an Aussie – Martin Daly, who was a salvage diver – distracted by the local world class waves. It’s remote, no infrastructure like mains electricity, medical, running water, hell you can still find the tribesman (ex head hunters) wearing traditional loin cloth dress. Today we had to take the dinghy up a crocodile infested mangrove to get some supplies…for real.
Tomorrow the boat whispers say a smaller swell – so we head south aboard MV Tengirri to find wave magnets…
Looks like Bondi is small today but a new swell hits tomorrow…nice
later: uge

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Monday, April 28, 2008

Indonesia arguably has some of the best surf in the word. More specifically, the Mentawai Islands has the highest concentration of world-class breaks within a 100 mile radius. The Mentawai islands are located 150 kilometres south of Padang, Sumatra, well in the middle of no where. Mentawai Islands are exposed to the extreme swells that run along west oz, refining as they travel all the way up to the volatile equatorial islands (we’re near all the earthquake activity). Indonesia is crowded – but in Mentawai you’re lucky if you see any crew other than surfers and a pack of people living on boats. Enough of the geography lesson, its pumping up here. April/May kicks of the Indo surfing session and we’ve been enjoying 4-6 foot flawless perfection for 2 days now. Enough said…it also looks like you are getting waves back home…thanks Telstra for the satellite uplink from the roof of the boat.
If you’d like to come on a 12 day boat charter like this, weaving in and out of some of the worlds best reef breaks, Tengirri (our boat) is taking bookings for 2009 and has one charter left for this year…email Anthony

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Thursday, 24 April 2008

Finally the persistent rain has stopped and we can go outdoors…the winds have backed off a little and a new east swell is showing some promise. Bondi remains severely junkie and unsettled – but surfable if you haven’t been out in a while. Very few waves were holding up at all. Tomorrow should be a better day if this SE doesn’t kick up too much (18 knots predicted). Gotta run, got a plane to catch. Have a good long weekend. Surf looks quite good with east swell. (3 footers). The Aquabumps Gallery is closed Friday the public holiday – but open all weekend after that (Sat/Sun) 10am to 4pm. Junpa Lagi, uge

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Wednesday, 23 April 2008

There are waves this morning as we’ve got a new east swell and relatively clean conditions (well compared to recent dayz). I’ve been down the beach a few times trying to get some shots, but every time it pours (is this rain going to stop?). Bondi had a little (junkie) wave still shaken up from a weeks worth of onshore, but I reckon The Bra would be the best bet (4ft). Winds will be stronger later today, so before lunch is your best shot. We’ve got some good times headed out way starting from tomorrow, winds are offshore and this east swell hits a decent period (11-10 secs). Should be waves all long weekend – hit east facing magnets with protection from the northerlies.
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PS – since we’ve all been work focused in this bad weather and crappy surf, (blatant plug coming), uh and 11% of my Aquabumps readership is in the Finance sector, maybe check out Anton Murray for a better job you Banking honks. More

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Tuesday, 22 April 2008

cranky
It’s been pretty onshore and ugly for 9 days now…but I have to say today is probably the ugliest. Yikes. Totally onshore, with 15 knots of sou-easterly and only touching 3 feet. The odd optimistic lone wolf is out not doing much. BUT there is light at the end of this dark tunnel. Friday it comes good, the wind swings back offshore and a new East swell arrives – well it’s about time…I’ve surfed twice in 3 weeks! cranky…
Here are some more shots from the recent clear water we had in Bondi (Early April)
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Monday, 21 April 2008

Summers definitely over now as we enter the 8th day in a row with onshore winds and rain. Well there was a narrow window of offshore SW this morning, but the ocean is showing signs of recent agitation and by 9am the onshores rocked in. Waves are up around 3-4 foot and very surfable…low crowds as well. Swell all week – but wind too…maybe we’ll get a lucky early offshore soon…sit tight kids. Sit tight.

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Friday, 18 April 2008

You gotta love winter. Especially 5 days in a row of it. Looking out the window all you see is dark greys and pouring rain. Everything seems to slow down a little and you exchange that Peroni for a hot cup of hot Milo. Swells are also generally bigger in winter, but sometimes we catch a onshore southerly patch like this one – where its onshore day in and day out. Bondi was showing little form with 3 foot random bumpy chop hops – 5 guys out scrappin’. If its big enough I would head north side again – but its dropping – so Manly wouldn’t have much. The wind will continue over the weekend, but not as strong – pray for it to die. At last there is swell (3ft) all weekend…
Indo season has now kicked off for the year, and here is 5 photos to inspire you to call the travel agent. Aquabumps will be making its 9th voyage around the Mentawai Archipelagos in 1 weeks time. Oh and you’re coming, thanks to Telstra Satellite services (especially Marc Tan) we can broadcast Aquabumps from a boat in the middle of nowhere, amongst honks in canoes and spears. Have a great weekend, come see the Aquabumps Gallery – 10am to 4pm, 98 Brighton Boulevard, North Bondi Telephone 9130 8371.

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Thursday, 17 April 2008

The big question today is when is this southerly onshore stream going to end? Well no time soon. Swell is stacking up – sets around 6-7 foot at Bondi today, but it’s so messy that no lone wolves have dared the paddling frustration. North Bondi has some sort of warped, chopped up lump breaking, but nothing to race home about. You’ve really gotta hit the other side of the bridge for better options (Manly). Otherwise a great week to get loads of stuff done. Back to work (or perhaps book a trip overseas). uge
PS – here is 5 totally random shots from last summer

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Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Looks just like yesterday, onshore mash on Eastern Suburbs beaches Bondage to Maroubra…whilst the northern beaches score all the joy. The pick would be Manly or Dee Why Point with this early howling southerly. Tomorrow same same…go north.
BOOSTAERIALSURFSHOThe BOOST Mobile SURFSHO starts this Friday and goes for 3 days up at Surfers Paradise. Bring out the big guns – Mick, Taj, Julian Wilson, Ozzie, Bede Durbidge in a Game show style surf comp with a difference (kinda like wheel-a-fortune). It’s all about airs – big ones, jetski assisted punts for the high heaves. Check it
avagoodday::uge

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Tuesday, 15 April 2008

*pro show late transmissionThat little east facing, wind protected pocket called Manly had a few good waves today around lunchtime. 3 foot with 4 foot freaks and more importantly out of the southerly. (Bondi was horrendously onshore and resembling a washing machine). Today the Gravis surf team put on a show, Bali’s Prince Rizal Tanjung, Maui charger Ian Walsh, Benji Weatherby, recently retired Kalani Robb to name a few. Kalani is lighting fast in real life. Blink and you’ll miss 3 reos. Also put his foot straight through one of his boards within the first 15 minutes. Flamboyant Rizal, acclimatising to a wettie, punts for the high heavens on every section that confronts him. They’re here doing some shooting, making movies – you know, hard work. The forecast is waves like today, but onshore for most of the week. Seek protected corners or maybe crank the work out, cheers, uge

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Monday, 14 April 2008

Yesterday, between 9am and 11am, the surf was pumping in Sydney full stop. Shame about that violent south change that brought everything to a messy halt at 11am. Hell – even Bondi was throwing out a few little pits. Unfortunately the onshore winds continued this morning and the waves are a very untidy 2-3 foot. Swell direction is currently from the EAST and will swing SOUTH by 4pm today (better for Bondi). These decent swells are flanked with strong winds making it bumpy and very unpredictable, so best wait for it to settle. Today’s shots are from the clear underwater patches of last week. Some of the cleanest water I’ve ever seen at Bondi. All week we’ve got swell…so keep an eye on when the wind dies ::uge

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Friday, 11 April 2008

corner bumps
What a sensational morning with a low ceiling of cloud creating a nice little sunrise – great colours. At the other end of the beach, a crowded little peak in the corner was puttin’ on a few 2 foot fun ones. Super crowded with boards flung in every direction. Chaos. Keep the Ambulance on speed dial.
This SE south will swing around to the east over the weekend, Saturday will be much smaller, but Sunday the swell should come back. Early next week looks like great fun. Super clear water yesterday @ Bondi around 2pm…like Fiji.
margaret river drug aware pro
10 foot , triple head high today for the Margaret River Pro. Could be some of the largest and most powerful surf for a Australia surf comp. Here’s a link to live vision to distract you on this slack Friday afternoon.
aquabumps gallery
We’re open as usual for business all weekend 10am to 4pm, 98 Brighton Boulevard North Bondi NSW 2026 Telephone (02) 9130 8371 more
bondi board riders
First comp of the season kicks off this Sunday April 13 at 7am (South Bondi). You are all welcome to join, download membership form or club’s homepage

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Thursday, 10 April 2008

TV reception in Tamarama isn’t that great at the best of times. So when I called up requesting cable, hell I didn’t think a ship would park in the bay spewing cable out into the line up. Watching Bondi Rescue is going to be crystal clear from now on.
Surf is looking pretty darn good today. 3 foot, clean, consistent, a little bit weak because of the swell’s small period. But it’s the best it’s been in quite some time now. Swell is coming from the ESE and winds are offshore SW swinging onshore this afternoon. Water is a balmy 22 and its going to be 23 on the land. Best time to surf – now, will be messy later today. On the radar: next weeks looks hot (Tuesday/Wednesday with a new east swell)

Lost Boys
For months I’ve seen this bloke walk around North Bondi in his pyjamas telling me how busy he was on writing his first novel. Local boy and controversial SMH journalist, Sam de Brito, has now launched his book – Lost Boys (which has a great photograph on the cover by the way). The book is based on the truths of the local Bondi boys who have never grown up. The Australian described it as “a discontinuous narrative so delicious you want to kiss it.” “I mean it. Reading this novel, as a male reader, is like taking the heartfelt kiss of the world’s most gorgeous girl right after she has spewed through her nose in a Bondi hotel toilet. It’s ugly, but the underlying truth is what counts. On the other hand, if you are a female reader, it equates to the exhilaration of hearing your guy tell you the truth at last,” said reviewer Nigel Krauth (the Australian). read review | facebook
On that note…have a great day, get some waves:: uge

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Wednesday, 9 April 2008

buckets Since it was bucketing down this morning when I got up to shoot, thought I’d show you recent pics from peak summer. Ah yes, it’s quite amazing how many people you can fit on 1 kilometre of sand.
11am updateAfter a quick 11am check down the south end of Bondi, the waves have improved and producing 3-4 foot belters. Yep we got waves kids. Ok and a bit of rainwater runoff funny bizo pouring into the lineup, but it’s really quite glassy and consistent. Shame the banks are a bit straight…
shark attack up north Tragic news about the 16 year old boy taken by a Bull Shark up near Ballina. Just unbelievable. SMH website
bondi barefootBondi barefoot is on again this year. 4th May 2008 at 9am. You can choose either 4k or for the hard core softie junkies 10km. Click here

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Tuesday, 8 April 2008

The surf has been far from perfect recently… Today is no exception with a small south swell chugging around the 2-3 foot mark, but the nemesis SE onshores are making a mess of things. To top it off, we’ve got persistent rain so its no oil painting down at Bondi today. On the bright side, we’ve had some magical morning light lately, clear Autumn air making for great colours down the lens. Here are some shots from the past few weeks.
The forecast :: There will be waves over the next few days, all around 3 foot, but onshore winds are flanking – so let’s just say it will be surfable, but not optimal. Have a great day, uge (yooj)

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Monday, 7 April 2008

With the switch back from day light saving it seems we all can’t work out what time it is…the beach is empty and surfable at 2-3 foot (Bondeye), but very bumpy with antagonising onshore winds. The great news is that there is swell this week – and its south-east swell well suited to Bondage – BUT – winds aren’t favourable. Let’s wait and see. Biggest days Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning. (3-4 foot). Winter digs it claws in today with rain and a very mild maximum of 20 degrees. In fact expect quite a bit of rain this week.
If you’re not getting enough surf time with these small swells and dead straight sand banks (worst ever) – perhaps alternative means of fitness training is in order (Sam pay attention here) – blatant plug – check out Frothin’ Mike from Evolution to Well Being fitness sessions: [email protected] or www.evolutiontowellbeing.com
Have a good week kids, uge

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Friday, 4 April 2008

+11As the temperatures plummet to a crazy 11 degrees this morning, the waves are on the up – 3 foot at Bondi and clean (Bondage loves the south). Luckily the water temp remained around 20-21 degrees. Few good waves around, Bondi is seriously lacking decent banks, but there is plenty of swell which will be here for today and tomorrow – fading dramatically on Sunday.  I’d head to a south facing swell magnet with reef/banks and you should score…
+aquabumps galleria open all weekend We’re open all weekend (as always) 10am to 4pm, 98 Brighton Boulevard, North Bondi (behind the Nth Bondi RSL) info
Have a great weekend, ::uge

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Thursday, 3 April 2008

After last night’s southerly change blew into town there is not much left to surf. 1 foot max and just dribbling into Bondi. Unfortunately the forecast is looking quite dismal as well with a small southerly swell spike tomorrow morning, but apart from that its sub 2 footish. Only a wintery 18 degrees today!
Underwater yesterday was some of the cleanest, greenest, lush water I’ve seen in a very very long time. Magic day yesterday, one of the best. North Bondi was quite simply immaculate.
Have a great day, uge

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Wednesday, 2 April 2008

RDOThis deceptively cold morning is worth calling in sick for as its going to cook up to 29 degrees this afternoon. Oh yeah. Summers making a late comeback and the water is a sensational 21. Last night we also had a stealth ground swell kick up 2-3 footers on dark, but this morning its dropped a tad and is breaking pretty straight and weak but more than surfable with a large morning crowd enjoying the salubrious conditions. So pass that work onto your lacky and get down the beach. East swell, NW winds swinging N/NE
Dennis Ropar 9 sculptures, 9 paintings. A new art show starts at the United Galleries worth checking out. Contact the gallery for an invitation to the opening night. website

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Tuesday, 1 April 2008

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