4 degrees

Still hanging on the west coast of Australia, we’ve got another all-day-offshore-affair with 3 footers in the Perth metro. Down south would be smokin’ right now…but there are still plenty of uncrowded waves very close to the city. Take this little right hander for example…no one out when we pulled up at 7:30am. Every few minutes a set wave would throw a head high lip. I guess the 4 degree morning is keeping most people in bed…
East Coast
Looks like that great run of swell in Sydney has slowed. Bondi is 2 foot and fading. Tomorrow and Wednesday look unsurfable and Thursday afternoon the ground swell returns.
Mary
A wide range of people read Aquabumps. I have to say I’d never dreamt 28,000 people would be interested in this little corner of the net – it just started out as an email between mates in 1999. Now there are readers all over the globe, from a Chinese factory worker in Beijing, to Mary a Great grandmother in US to a pack of cheeky groms in Brazil (who keep on sending me creepy fotos). Hats off to you Mary hope the eye gets better – this lady has been emailing me for years…
“I have fully enjoyed receiving Aquabumps for the past several years. I thank you for sending the very interesting pictures etc. I must ask you to discontinue sending Aquabumps to me due to the fact that I am having a severe eye problem and find it very difficult to read e-mail etc. I am 86 years old and have so enjoyed receiving Aquabumps over the time…My grandson and his family live in Sydney and hopefully my great grandson will be surfing when he gets abit older!!!! I shall expect to see him on a board before long!” Mary, Yarmouth Port, Mass. USA

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Boomtown

I’m currently in Perth. Now the Perth metro area isn’t famous for good waves. Not like Margaret River or up North. So when my old mate, Young Bull, called up to say its cranking in Perth, I gave him the ‘ok buddy – sure thing – whatever’ and headed down the beach thinking a nice coffee on the beach would do me (me no boards).
8 kilometres from the booming city centre of Perth, we pulled into a empty car park which would be the equivalent of Bondi over here (except you can actually park a car – free as well), only 3 guys out, pulling into some pretty special caves close to shore. I picked my jaw off the ground and shot these pictures. I don’t think I saw anyone do a turn all day – take off, drag the hand and you were locked in…also it looks like 10 foot + this weekend down south near Margies! Yikes.
SYD
Back in Sydney the week of great south swell continues. Sources tell me it’s around 3-4 foot today and quite straight at Bondi – but still good. It’s perfectly offshore so you really need to think about surfing out of town locations. Tomorrow it will be smaller, and Sunday it’s all over. Monday, Tuesday micro. Best enjoy today while its here!
Aquabumps Gallery Open All Weekend
The Aquabumps Gallery is open all weekend 10am to 4pm. You’re find us hidden behind the North Bondi RSL at 98 Brighton Boulevard, North Bondi.
Bleeker Give-away
Thanks for all the entries into the Quiksilver Bleeker Boardie giveaway…we’ll announce the winners early next week. You still can enter – How many points does Julian Wilson score on his first backhand air 360 in this video which is inspired by the streets of New York and the kid wonder’s aerial antics. Submit score to win Quikkie Bleeker Boardies

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Repeat

Just like yesterday the waves continue to pump into Sydney. Smidge smaller today and quite a bit wonkier. 4-5 foot. That howling westerlie continues to blow offshore and snap freeze anything in its path – damn it was cold down the beach this morning. This week we’ve got waves every day and dropping for the weekend – enjoy.
julian wilson
20 year old Julian Wilson is one of the rising stars sprouting from sunshine beach, QLD. Damn that kid prodigy can fly. And now he’s got his own boardie design out there – the Bleeker which is made from Mega-stretch – lighter and more flexible for when you’re punting for the high heavens. Cause we bust airs all the time. Well you can win one of 5 pairs of the new Quicksilver Bleeker Boardie. Watch this vid and tell me how many points Julian scores on his backhand 360 air – submit answer (pls include your name, address and size)

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Tasty

Today is one of those days that’s going to be hard to concentrate on work. Looking at the walls of your cubicle, fiddling with your pen – do another lap of the office floor with that blank piece of paper… in the back of your head you know it’s clear skies outside, the sun is baking, some dolphins are frolicking in the south and the waves…well…the waves are pretty darn tasty. Bondage is attracting every foot of this south swell and putting on a nice 4-5 foot show. To top it off its perfectly offshore blowing spectacular plumes of spray across the bay. I’d say anything facing south would be a fun park today.
action sports at the nth bondi rissole – tonight
The 2008 Action Sports Tour starts this weekend live and exclusive on Fuel TV. It’s some serious schnitzel & will be screening at the North Bondi RSL Club on Monday (tonight) from 8pm. So get down & checkout the heavyweight skate, bmx & dirt bike business!

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shades of grey

Such a dark morning was kinda hard peeling yourself out of bed (let alone shoot any decent pics). When you got down to Bondi at 7am it was much smaller and weaker than yesterday. Guess this is because the swell direction has swung to East and better suiting joints like Maroubra. It is still more than surfable with 2 footers rocking into the corner – large hungry crowd eager to fulfil their morning quota.
Looks like the swell will be bigger on the weekend (and from the south). It should get over 6 foot but I am a bit suss of the winds, says SW tomorrow 15-20 knots and Sunday SSW 15 to 20 knots. Not bad for Bondi but don’t expect clean waves…
The Changing Colours Movement – benefit concert is on this Sunday to save those Whales. 1pm at North Bondi it all starts with a Aboriginal whale call (At Byron they got 30 whales into the bay), and then up at the North Bondi RSL for the concert. Everyone is welcome.
Mosman Surfection are having a big sale this weekend – 30% off current model steamers, $150 of top-end boards. 22 Military Road, Mosman Tel: 02 9969 1011 – good time to splurg.
The Aquabumps Gallery is open all weekend 10am to 4pm. You’ll find it right behind the North Bondi RSL (98 Brighton Boulevard North Bondi). Drop by this weekend to fill those blank walls you’ve been staring at.

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3 Peaks

3 distinct peaks were working at Bondi this morning. Overnight it had dropped in size (now 2-3 foot), but its cleaner and lining quite nicely. Large pack of hungry wolves up for the early though, I’d say be patient, wait until everyone wonders off to work and yee shall score. Tomorrow should be very similar and on the weekend the swell returns, bringing rogue 6-8 chunks. So plenty of waves over the next few days, not a bad weekend to bake the chariot out of town. high tide 8:40am, low tide 2pm, 19 degrees in the water, max 18 on the land. ::uge

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happy dayz

Happy days down at Bondi this morning. I’d say there would be a few people late for work. The winds are perfectly offshore (W) and the swell has settled. 3-4 footers are on offer and the sunshine has decided to join the party. Nice little section on the left in the middle of Bondi. Good waves right through to Sunday (quite decent size on the weekend) so no need to panic and get down here…
Totally Random Information
This Sunday there is a big concert at North Bondi RSL to protest the slaughtering of whales. It’s looking rather large. ALL MONEY raised is going to DAVE RASTA’s surfers for cetaceans, and Jeff Pantukhoffs the whaleman foundation. The day starts at 1pm with a aboriginal whale call then followed by the concert – see website for more info. :: In the Maldives, the highest land point is 2 meters (hence it’s the flattest country in the world) also its 99% water, 1% land :: Australian Tony Hinde who introduced surfing to the Maldives died of a heart attack whilst surfing pasta point on the 27th May 2008. RIP :: later ::uge

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duotone

4-5 footers fumbling into Bondi this morning around 7am. Fortunately that wintery southerly howl has subsided as well, allowing the waves to line up a bit better. Only 4 guys out…there is definitely some decent waves to be had. I would probably hunt north side as there is more options and probably cleaner (e.g. Manly). Tad smaller tomorrow, but cleaner and hopefully this weather will clear up.
Bondi Changing Colours Protest Concert
BIG ANTI WHALING BENEFIT CONCERT THIS SUNDAY in BONDI. Yep that’s right. All kicks off at North Bondi 1pm – just seek the giant inflatable whale. Come down and see a traditional whale calling ceremony by Bunna Lawrie from the legendary bands Coloured stone, and yothu yindi… then there is a concert at North Bondi RSL (music starts at 4pm). Pls go to this website to sign the petition – only takes 5 secs and the goal is to reach 1 million names – please get involved. www.myspace.com/thechangingcoloursmovement

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meaty

Some meaty chunks rocking around Sydney at the moment. One of the biggest swells of 2008. Shame that the 8 foot sets at Bondi are flanked by a 20-30 knot southerly – making it a mess of things. Bondi to Maroubra has limited options, you’ll need decent protection from the southerly (e.g. Bronte or South Bra). Northern beaches seem to handle these conditions much better, Manly would be smaller but cleanest, Dee Why, Brown Water would all have waves today. But you’d want to be keen and wearing you’re new sealed steamer. Or maybe I’ve just spent too much time in the tropics lately. Looks like the swell will fade fast today and swing to the east. Onshore winds (SE) until Wednesday. This grey weather should clear tomorrow…summary – I like Wednesday.
maldives from above
5 shots of onshore Bondi just wouldn’t cut it today. So here is what the Maldives look like from an amphibious plane – amazing place, recommend a trip

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maldivian clarity

Still a small up here in the Maldives…we’re finding the odd 3 footer. Water is sensational.
Bondi looked good yesterday morning, but since then it would be getting smaller. Pretty micro until the end of the week.
Random Maldives Facts: The Maldives lie 400 nautical miles south of the south western tip of Sri Lanka. There are 1190 islands. Its people are a mixture of Indian, Sri Lankan, Malay, and Bangladeshy. The religion is Muslim (1 of only 3 countries in the world that are 100% Muslim). It was once rated in the top 25 poorest countries in the world. Their land mass is miniscule, so major industries are Fishing or Tourism. Best time of year to surf Maldives – June, July & August. Local currency – Rufiah but most people trade in US dollars (which is exceptionally good at the moment for Aussies)
If you need a relaxing holiday in the sunshine – can’t go wrong here. It really is a island paradise – everywhere you look. Back soon::uge

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atoll origins

Sounds like Bondi is pretty flat today (1ft max), just like over here in the Maldives. Looks small in Sydney until Saturday where are very large south swell is brewing.
With all this flatness, I thought I’d look into how the Maldives were formed. There are conflicting theories on how these atolls came about, but here it is in basic terms – out in the middle of ocean, miles away from any substantial landmass, volcanic islands are slowly sinking. When the volcanic islands were submerged, coral reefs blossomed in a ring shape around where the land was. Because coral needs sunlight, it grew upwards to sea level. Conditions are more favourable for the coral on the edge of the ring, so the centre of the circle rots and becames a lagoon. Throw in some storms, wind and tides and the centre of the lagoon becomes a sand island with all the coral fragments uniting. Couple of coconuts float on past and they grow on the sand pit stabilizing the soil. Few birds and crabs rock on up spreading seeds and you’ll get a island with lush vegetation in no time. New islands are still forming everywhere here, and some of the islands are joining up – but not in our lifetime.
Also…the shores of these islands are littered with dead tree trunks. A type of tree not grown in the local area as they’ve travelled all the way from Indonesia during the massive 2004 Tsunami (thats thousands of miles away). Enough ramble, have a good day, uge

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uninhabited perfection

Often you see paradise pictures on postcards, coasters, in mags and wonder – where the hell is that? Chances are it’s from the beautiful Maldives. Over 1,200 islands litter this archipelago and they are consistently picturesque with clean sand, palm trees and dreamy blue water. We’ve headed out of the main area (where there are 200 resorts), motored our boat towards the remote atolls where you don’t really see other surfers and most of the islands are uninhabited.
The surf has been quite small as we wait for a inbound swell from the SW. In the mean time there is plenty of fun to be had in this aquatic playground.
Looks like you’ve got a few waves back in Bondi. 2-3 foot and clean with NE winds. Later::uge

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1 guy out

This week starts off pretty lame in comparison to last week’s gold. I only saw 1 guy paddling out at Bondi earlier today – so that says it all. 1-2 foot of dribbly bits today as that forecasted small ENE swell didn’t really eventuate. Fortunately mid this week you’ll find good waves (3-4 foot) from the ENE on Wed swinging to the SSE later in the week. So crank the work out and surf later in the week. Round 4 of the Fiji Globe Pro is on today in 3-4 foot surf at Tavarua. View live

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