burning light

Great beginners waves today, or if you like surfing boards that are fat or very long – it’s your day. Crowds are minimal and the burning light was spectacular this morning. Crisp chilly mornings, but a swim still not out of the question.
Currently there are waves between 1-2 foot in the southern corner of Bondi, this will continue to fade overnight and tomorrow looks flat. On Sunday a new ENE swell will rear its head in the afternoon amongst favourable offshore sou-westerlies (2ft). This new ENE swell will continue to grow into Monday (3 foot).
So a decent plan for the weekend would be to pass surfing on Sat, go shopping with the little lady scoring maximum brownie points, throw in a couple galleries to show that you aren’t 1 dimensional : For example the Canon World Press Photo exhibition is on @ State Library of NSW, (which is amazing), the Aquabumps gallery in North Bondi 10am to 4pm all weekend or if you’re up near Byron there is some interesting stuff coming out of SEA (Dain Thomas and Mcneil) Www.seasurfboards.com
Have a great weekend::uge

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shows over

Well what a fantastic couple of days surfing. Unfortunately the grunt from the recent swell has dissipated overnight and we’re left with only 2 foot of weakness. I didn’t really see anything worth rushing out the door for this morning in comparison to Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. The swell charts show a rapid decline today and it will remain relatively flat until Tuesday next week. The good weather prevails as it creeps up to a max of 20 degrees. Here are some cracker shots from Tuesday…

firewire board giveaway
Surfection Mosman, Aquabumps & Firewire are giving a young hot surfer (aged between 10 -16 yrs old) a chance to win a brand new 5’11” Firewire surfboard and an one foot in the door for a FW sponsorship. So listen up Groms, if you want to ride Firewires like Taj Burrows, think you throw out a bit of heat at your local, then get some pics’n’video and rock on into Surfection Mosman 522 Military Road Mosman and see Julian Taylor Telephone 9969 1011. To emphasize, you need to be aged 10 – 16 grommie and shred.

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Thursday, 29 May 2008

~ shows overWell what a fantastic couple of days surfing. Unfortunately the grunt from the recent swell has dissipated overnight and we’re left with only 2 foot of weakness. I didn’t really see anything worth rushing out the door for this morning in comparison to Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. The swell charts show a rapid decline today and it will remain relatively flat until Tuesday next week. The good weather prevails as it creeps up to a max of 20 degrees. Here are some cracker shots from Tuesday…
~ firewire board giveaway Surfection Mosman, Aquabumps & Firewire are giving a young hot surfer (aged between 10 -16 yrs old) a chance to win a brand new 5’11" Firewire surfboard and an one foot in the door for a FW sponsorship. So listen up Groms, if you want to ride Firewires like Taj Burrows, think you throw out a bit of heat at your local, then get some pics’n’video and rock on into Surfection Mosman 522 Military Road Mosman and see Julian Taylor Telephone 9969 1011. To emphasize, you need to be aged 10 – 16 grommie and shred.

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Wednesday, 28 May 2008

double
Probably half the size’ n ‘ half as good with double the crowds early this morning. But half of yesterday’s gold is still pretty good. The direction of the swell has shifted, neglecting the big bay of Bondi and moving more towards east exposed waves. You’d find waves around head high this morning, glassy and sunny just like in the brochure – but it looks like the clouds are moving in now (lunchtime) with a possibility of a shower (max 20). Unfortunately the tail end of this week poor for surfing. So that old chestnut applies "should’ve been here yesterday…"
bondi space
If you’re looking for some office space in Bondi, a stone’s throw away from North Bondi’s water’s edge and above a well tuned surf photography gallery – drop us an email. $200 per week (room 4.1m x 5.5 sqm) and you can fit two people. You’d be sharing with some very intelligent creepy people and avoid battling the traffic into the shitty.
the lilac swim
Sunday June 1 2008 – The Lilac Swim is a swim-for-life fund-raising initiative in support of the NELUNE Foundation and hosted by the Bondi Icebergs Winter Swimming Club. Help raise money for cancer – enter

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smooookin’

Woowee. Damn smoking morning. You wouldn’t have to look too hard in Sydney to find a decent wave at the moment. It seems so many breaks are crankin’ with this consistent SE swell and fortunate offshore wind (NW). Bondi looked a little straight due to the tad of east direction in the swell. The 7:30am low tide also exposing those banks…but The Bra – Bronte looked the goods. Best spread yourself wide as there is plenty of options today. Perfect weather to match – max 21 ::uge

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winter denial

Salubrious weather at the moment (big word for Monday I know). Its winter, but we’re pretending its midsummer – especially up the North Coast of NSW where the water is warmer and there isn’t a cloud in the sky. The waves could be better, swell seems to be hitting Sydney cleaner than up here…. we’ve currently got 2-3 foot wobbly south swell (note: no surfers in these shots – as I can’t find any). The forecast is for improved swell energy later today…and these NW winds are grooming the SSE swell so I’m hoping it will line up better. Tomorrow and Wednesday look like great surf days down at Bondi.
Have a great week :: uge
PS – next week Aquabumps will be broadcast from the sensational Maldives.

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Friday, 23 May 2008

Swell has dropped off quite a bit from yesterday…there is still rideable waves down at Bondi this morning. Sets are up around 3 foot, consistent, but they’re hitting a shallow bank in the south…jacking up…and fading quite quickly.
Yesterday’s onshore winds have subsided back to 5 knots (SE)…cloudy morning that should fine up hitting a maximum of 19 degrees. The weekend will have small waves 2/3 foot, should be clean with sou-westerlies (nothing to cancel prior engagements over kids).
Come see the these photographs blown up in their full glory at the Aquabumps Gallery 98 Brighton Boulevard, North Bondi (behind the nth Bondi RSL) 9130 8371. more We’re open all weekend 10am to 4pm.
Have a great weekend, uge

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Thursday, 22 May 2008

grainLooks like I returned just in time from WA to meet the onshore southerlies. After 3 days of joy (so I’ve heard), we’ve got 4-5 foot waves, from the south, BUT onshore and very messy. barely anyone out. My weather charts say it will swing offshore tomorrow (SW) – so best wait until then. Smaller for the next few days…2-3 foot range but cleaner.
random
Two well known Bondi blokes are performing at the Sydney Writer’s Festival this week. The humble Adam Gibson (tonight) and the not so humble Sam de Brito (Saturday)

July this year Fiji is holding a Ocean Swims competition and you can win a trip to the Pacific paradise. The project is working with Shane Gould to reduce the high number of people who die from accidental drowning each year in Fiji (it’s the second or third biggest public health related killer each year) website
Have a great day, ::uge (that’s yooj not oggie for the record)

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Trigg Beach

Today’s Aquabumps comes from the other side of this big island, Trigg Point, Perth – Western Australia. Trigg beach is famous for being one of the most busiest surf breaks in the world. The beach is massively long, and flat, and the banks are usually dead straight to match – but the little corner pocket up the northern end has a small chunk of reef running onto sand, providing a decent right, even when nowhere else has waves. But if you can imagine only 1 break working in Sydney – it gets crowded. Bit like the Supabank. So most crew nowadays are buying boats or houses down south where there is more wave variety – hell there’s enough money going ’round from this mining boom of the century, Rotto boats are standard issue.
Today there is a 2.5 metre swell running in Perth, it super clean with gentle offshores and you really need to be down near Margies or Rotto to enjoy these conditions. The odd chest high bump tubed into the beach at Trigg. No morning light over here, makes for interesting light pockets as the sun comes up.
After checking all the swell charts for Sydney it looks like I am on the wrong coast. Sydney is firing. Bondi looks 5 foot and clean. Good day to wag work and bake it down the coast. Doit.
Have a good day, uge

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Tuesday, 20 May 2008

TriggToday’s Aquabumps comes from the other side of this big island, Trigg Point, Perth – Western Australia. Trigg beach is famous for being one of the most busiest surf breaks in the world. The beach is massively long, and flat, and the banks are usually dead straight to match – but the little corner pocket up the northern end has a small chunk of reef running onto sand, providing a decent right, even when nowhere else has waves. But if you can imagine only 1 break working in Sydney – it gets crowded. Bit like the Supabank. So most crew nowadays are buying boats or houses down south where there is more wave variety – hell there’s enough money going ’round from this mining boom of the century, Rotto boats are standard issue.
Today there is a 2.5 metre swell running in Perth, it super clean with gentle offshores and you really need to be down near Margies or Rotto to enjoy these conditions. The odd chest high bump tubed into the beach at Trigg. No morning light over here, makes for interesting light pockets as the sun comes up.
After checking all the swell charts for Sydney it looks like I am on the wrong coast. Sydney is firing. Bondi looks 5 foot and clean. Good day to wag work and bake it down the coast. Doit.
Have a good day, uge

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mentawai bliss ::

Apa Kabar from the beautiful Mentawai Islands of Indonesia. The smoking waves continue…we haven’t had an off day yet…arms & back so sore we’re having trouble paddling. So, this morning when we found a perfect empty right hander at a casual 3 foot – we were relieved. This little right is so perfect, it’s like what you used to draw on your school books when you were a grom…lines to the horizon, tube on takeoff, decent whack section that leads to a slow cuttie section – yep all in the one wave. No village nearby, just a jungle full of palm trees. Some dude did come out of the bushes, chuck fishing net out for 2 minutes, and then vanish. Not sure what his story was. Big swell arriving tomorrow (says the boat whispers).
aquabumps gallery open
Yep, its still open 10am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 98 Brighton Boulevard North Bondi Telephone 9130 8371. (right behind the North Bondi RSL).
Disclaimer: there’s probably typos and bad grammar in this update – rocking boat is getting the better of me. Have a great weekend :: uge

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Friday, 16 May 2008

Pancakes. Nada. Zip. Flat as…and a great morning to go for a swim. No swell until early next week. Here are some things to distract you from being productive at work today:

World Tour Stop No.3 : Billabong Pro Tahiti finals are on today, a champion will be crowned in the next hour [watch it all live online]
How about being towed into a wave behind a shark?
By a steamer and get a spring suit free at Mosman Surfection

The Aquabumps Gallery is open all weekend 10am to 4pm @ 98 Brighton Boulevard North Bondi Telephone 02-9130 8371.
Underwater vis has been great again this week – the endless days of little wind and small swell bring underwater to life. Here is some random shots from Mentawai and Bondi underwater yesterday.
Have a great weekend – you won’t be doing much surfing ::uge

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Thursday, 15 May 2008

*fogIf you fight your way through the thick early morning fog you’ll find waves breaking around your knee caps. Super clean surfaces as there is not a breath of wind (hence the fog). As mentioned yesterday there are no waves until early next week, so a good time to check out the Billabong Pro at Chopes…Slater and Drollet on soon. Webcast
*starlightBig cocktail party going down at the LOFT to raise money for the Young Starlight Committee Date: 29th May 2008 7pm to 11pm $95 a ticket Phone 02-8425 5961 [email protected]

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Wednesday, 14 May 2008

We’re only left with remnants of the recent southerly swell – 1-2 foot max. It looks weak and floppy, suitable for large wave sliding equipment such as your 10 foot (air craft carrier) mal. Exquisite morning. Super clean air, silky smooth water surfaces and perfectly sunny skies as the mercury hunts for that 20 degree peak. I just checked the charts to summarise a swell forecast for the next week – hell, I’ve never seen so many zeros. So here is your big chance to diversify and do something else…its going to be flat for a while now…
neal purchase jnr.At 4pm today that creepy little board store called SIX OUNCE will be blessed with the presence of greatness – hot surfer, shaper, musician and artist – Neal Purchase Junior. He’s part of the whole board innovation movement combining the retro and performance deal. So if you want to meet the man and tork boards – 4pm today (Wed) Shop 2/144-148 Glenayr Ave BONDI  BEACH phone 9300 8339 or [email protected]
chopes.‘Chopes starts today in 3+ foot clean surf – I just saw Bruce Irons go right at Chopes and score a 7.5 – what tha?- watch live

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Tuesday, 13 May 2008

fickleReally early this morning there was promise of a small swell pulse. 6am, I saw sets at mid to south Bondi tipping the 3 foot mark and of decent quality. But for some reason within 1hr it switched to 1-2 foot of weakness 8am to 9am. Perhaps approaching low tide (9:30am) sucked all the goodness or this dead south swell is just running out of steam.
From now until Saturday the surf looks prettymicro – sub 1 footers. So a good opportunity to catch up on some work. Or watch the Billabong Pro Tahiti thats finally kicking off tomorrow (after more than half of the waiting period is nearly over – they’re just starting with a promise of swell tomorrow). Defending Billabong Pro Tahiti Champion Damien Hobgood (USA) has officially withdrawn from competition with a fracture shoulder freesurfing Chopes 1 month ago.
"I wanted to wait until the last minute to see if it would be possible for me to surf but my arm was too weak to be able to pull that off," Hobgood said. "Also if I would have hit my shoulder again, that could have put me out for a lot longer and after making that mistake last year, I didn’t want to repeat it. I should be able to surf Fiji so I am really looking forward to getting back in the water for that event."

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bondi fog ::

If you fight your way through the thick early morning fog you’ll find waves breaking around your knee caps. Super clean surfaces as there is not a breath of wind (hence the fog). As mentioned yesterday there are no waves until early next week, so a good time to check out the Billabong Pro at Chopes…Slater and Drollet on soon. Webcast

starlight
Big cocktail party going down at the LOFT to raise money for the Young Starlight Committee Date: 29th May 2008 7pm to 11pm $95 a ticket Phone 02-8425 5961 [email protected]

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Monday, 12 May 2008

This time of year is the best. Bondi quietens down…no hooligans leaping from car bonet to car bonet in the soccer jerseys, you can actually find a park within 400 metres of your destination & the peaks at Bondi only have a handful of keen winter frothers sharing waves…ah yes, those winter south swells have become more consistent – like today – Bondi is 3-4 foot and a hollow peak in the middle of the bay. I would say that right now is the pick of the days this week, swell peaking early this morning. Max 20 degrees on land, low tide 8:39am (making it barrel) high tide 2.51pm (will pork it up). Have a great week::uge

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Friday, 9 May 2008

Nice little surprise to return from the islands and Bondi is looking the goods this morning. Like the new bank setup and low tide pumped out a few hollow bits. Massive crowd at sunrise this morning enjoying the 3-4 foot, clean conditions. Doesn’t look anywhere near as good this afternoon. What glorious weather – perfectly sunny and a maximum of 21 degrees. Winds were offshore W/SW all morning, but a 10 knot SE has now kicked in. Unfortunately it will drop for the weekend back to 2 foot, but Sunday looks promising with more swell (like today) and offshore early.
The Aquabumps Gallery will have its doors open from 10am to 4pm all weekend. To find us, head to North Bondi, fang right after you pass the North Bondi RSL. (98 Brighton Boulevard, North Bondi telephone 9130 8371). Also, we’re open always during the week as well, well kinda, closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Have a great weekend ::uge

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Crisp morning light

We’re only left with remnants of the recent southerly swell – 1-2 foot max. It looks weak and floppy, suitable for large wave sliding equipment such as your 10 foot (air craft carrier) mal. Exquisite morning. Super clean air, silky smooth water surfaces and perfectly sunny skies as the mercury hunts for that 20 degree peak. I just checked the charts to summarise a swell forecast for the next week – hell, I’ve never seen so many zeros. So here is your big chance to diversify and do something else…its going to be flat for a while now…
neal purchase jnr.
At 4pm today that creepy little board store called SIX OUNCE will be blessed with the presence of greatness – hot surfer, shaper, musician and artist – Neal Purchase Junior. He’s part of the whole board innovation movement combining the retro and performance deal. So if you want to meet the man and tork boards – 4pm today (Wed) Shop 2/144-148 Glenayr Ave BONDI BEACH phone 9300 8339 or [email protected]
chopes
‘Chopes starts today in 3+ foot clean surf – I just saw Bruce Irons go right at Chopes and score a 7.5 – what tha?- watch live

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Wednesday, 7 May 2008

So… after 420 hrs of surfing amongst 3 solid ground swells in 12 days, 7 blokes (with 7 crook backs) travelled 428 nautical miles on the boat. Over the tour: 440 cans of Bintang beer were drank, 5 massages, 24 packets of Tim Tams, 2.3 litres of sunscreen used, 4 bottles of bourbon, 4 broken surfboards and 1 left at check in as the excess baggage was too steep. 6,750 litres of diesel burnt, we also drank 200 litres of water, 3,456 photos were taken, 24 hrs of video footage filmed, surfing 4 new breaks that we didn’t even know existed, oh and we also watched 32 DVDs, 3 ear infections and countless hours of talking pointless jibber on deck. The best thing about the Mentawais is the variety of waves – we surf 12 different breaks – 1 a day. A good trip. One of the best.
Sending these reports from a boat via satellite is quite amazing. Sitting on the roof of the boat facing antennas to space beaming 5 lo-res images and a chunk of ramble back to Sydney via Texas (and space). It is all happening whilst a man sits next to the boat in a dugout canoe selling his wooden carvings. Special thanks to Telstra for generously sponsoring the satellite connection.
Seeya back in Bondi ::uge

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Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Lay-dayThe Mentawai Islands do not get flat often, but today was a micro surf day…about the only thing to do on the boat is jump off it. The deep water here is so blue it is just ridiculous. 30 metres of clear blue vis. So blue it looks fake. Looks like a swell is due back in Sydney around Wed/Thursday which is perfect timing as we’ll be back…

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Monday, 5 May 2008

mentawai gold
The waves have been as good as waves get. For eight days straight we’ve had perfect sunshine, nothing under 4 foot and minimal crowds. You know when the surf is good up here – as the boat staff surf every day. The forecast is for flatness for 2 days until another swell arrives (the third swell for this trip!). The boys are loopy with tiredness, and we can’t seem to muster the energy to surf anymore anyway. So far 3 boards broken, no severe injuries (quite a few reef cuts) and Frank (Mannie) is looking like a skin cancer commercial nightmare.
Tengirri (our boat) is taking bookings for 2009 and has 1 full charter vacant for Aug 2008. Email Anthony

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Friday, 2 May 2008

Apa Kabar from the beautiful Mentawai Islands of Indonesia. The smoking waves continue…we haven’t had an off day yet…arms & back so sore we’re having trouble paddling. So, this morning when we found a perfect empty right hander at a casual 3 foot – we were relieved. This little right is so perfect, it’s like what you used to draw on your school books when you were a grom…lines to the horizon, tube on takeoff, decent whack section that leads to a slow cuttie section – yep all in the one wave. No village nearby, just a jungle full of palm trees. Some dude did come out of the bushes, chuck fishing net out for 2 minutes, and then vanish. Not sure what his story was. Big swell arriving tomorrow (says the boat whispers).
Aquabumps Gallery Open Yep, its still open 10am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 98 Brighton Boulevard North Bondi Telephone 9130 8371. (right behind the North Bondi RSL).
Disclaimer: there’s probably typos and bad grammar in this update – rocking boat is getting the better of me. Have a great weekend :: uge

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Thursday, 1 May 2008

Earthquake IslandThis morning we motored south to an area that I did not know existed in the island chain. We came across a small island, the size of the Sydney Cricket Grounds…pristine calm beach on one side, crankin’ 4-5 foot barrelling left off the other (and a little hut in the middle). Mystery island…population 3. Not another boat in sight. Doesn’t get much better than this….
The Mentawai Islands sit on volatile dirt. September 13th, 2007 a massive earthquake rocked this area. It measured 8.4 on the Richter scale. Apparently we’re close to the epicentre and you can see the effects on the local islands – reefs have changed, breaks aren’t the same…and some islands are raised up 1 metre above sea level…like our island today…Adios, ugios

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