Lucky dip

What a surprise to find a pumping wave down at Bondi this morning around 7:30am. The prediction was for tiny, weak and barely surfable waves.
The goods will be short-lived – if not all over by now – as the South Easterly onshores prepare to blow 18 knots. Good while it lasted. Even inspired me out there. Sets around 3 foot earlier. Average 2 foot. Nice little pocket in the middle.
The forecast is for this swell to drop even more – so pack the boards away for a few days – as we’re looking at 4 days of 1 footers with northerly winds. Maybe time to do something else this weekend like hitting dem mountains for a ski.
The Mentawais is having another good season. Today’s pictures are fresh off MV Tengirri (shot by Philthy Kiem) who was anchored at the well know break HTs amongst a handful of big name pros. Hts is the best tube up there. The perfect olive shaped barrel thunders along the edge of a razor sharp reef. It’s so powerful – it’s a freak – especially as the swell has to wrap 180 degrees to get into this corner of the island. Shooting in the water there is hard work when its above 8 feet.
If you are lucky enough to make it out of a 8 foot cave, especially from the office (the top peak), fang past the next section that stands tall – then you’ve got to negotiate this dry patch of reef know as the “surgeons table”. Gets me every time. Lost more bark there than anywhere. Have a great weekend ::uge

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grey

With a rainy start to the day Bondi was pretty much deserted. The storm drain in the south was pumping out all kinds of gooob…didn’t look that inviting.
In the middle of the beach a lefthander was trying to work as two guys took it in turns, Wal and Luke Kennedy (Tracks editor).
Swell is from the dead south and weak. Winds were a suitable SW offshore, but will strengthen to 18 knots and hook around to the south.
Think I saw a water spout forming off ben Buckler this morning, ran down to get a few shots and it disappeared.
If you’re over Sydney’s coldest winter on record, a trip up to the Mentawai Islands, Indonesia is just the trip. Our mates on Tengirri are also taking bookings for next year. Now is the time to get 6 mates together and slap down a deposit. They always plan a year in advance.

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grain

The swell has pulled right back overnight leaving south facing beaches with 2-3 footers. Bondi is liking this smaller swell and a left in the middle has started to work quite consistently. Large morning crowd enjoying the early offshores…by 9am it was full blown onshore (southerly 15-20 knots). Shows over people.
The forecast is for some rain later today, a max of 18, and the swell will drop again tomorrow. So I don’t think you’ll find much from here ‘til the next week. Small and windy onshore days ahead. Good time to catch-up on some work if you’ve been surfing for the past few days. ::uge

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Fools gold

With all this south swell you’d expect to find something decent to surf. Well..not really in the eastern suburbs. Its just doesn’t seem to be happening along our chunk of coastline.
Bondi had the odd decent wave, barely anyone out, so if you want to surf 4-5 Bondage on your own, today is your day. Pick your waves, most close out, some eventuate.
The highlight of the morning has to be this thumpin’ splash of vivid colour around 6:10am. It was an increeeeedible sunrise today. Much earlier than other days (as the seasons change). The burning inferno of pinks and oranges filled the skies for 15 minutes before dulling down to monochrome in seconds. An elderly lady stood next to me whilst I shot these pics and said ‘it just doesn’t look real’…yes, it doesn’t. Best sunrise in 2 years I say, and when I get those slabs of 6×17 velvia developed lets pray I had the settings right on the old girl.
Noticeboard
If you haven’t noticed, there is a new noticeboard on the latest version of Aquabumps. It’s been a hive of activity since launch. Mainly for people seeking accommodation and flatmates. If you need to sell something, buy something, or rent something, have a quick look. (its free to use)
Dion Agius has been floating around Bondi last week. No, not for the recent swell as he’s been out of the water for 4 months with a broken bone and snapped tendon in his foot. The little aerial master will be back flying high soon.

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northern corner

Plenty of swell left over from the weekend, but the beaches of the east just don’t seem to be handling it well.
Bondi had some decent 4-5 footers in the middle, but they were very random and require you to chase them all around the bay.
North Bondi had this deformed bubble that threw out the out speedie left (2-3 foot) every 15 minutes (nothing to get excited about).
Not a great deal going on at the other beaches. I am sure that somewhere out of Sydney would be decent today. There is more east in the swell direction (SE at 9 secs) and the winds are perfectly offshore (w) and will swing to the NE at 5/10 knots.
This week is all south swell. I’d say you’ll find nothing smaller than 3 foot all week. Winds look offshore until Thursday so it’s going to be a great week for surfing (just need some decent banks). Have a good one, ::uge (yooj)

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Random Picture Show

Hasn’t stopped raining all morning so I thought it would be a good idea to dig into the archives for some unpublished gold. I shoot on average 50-60 shots every day, you normally only see 5. The beastie server is jam packed with random snaps.
Bondi is looking rather ugly today. 1 foot. Grey. Wet. Heaps of road water runoff. Deserted. Good day to work.
Swell is inbound. By nightfall you should see a dramatic improvement in size as the weekends south swell kicks in (6ft tonight). The flanking 20 knot SSW wind is going to cause problems and deteriorate surface quality. Tomorrow looks sizey but windy – go to southern protected corners (e.g. Manly), Sunday the wind backs off a little and the swell period improves slightly – might be the better option.
Visser and his 70 footer
Australian Surfer Mark Visser joins the big waves freaks in South Africa this week to score a monster 70 footer at Dungeons off Capetown. Check this out
Gallery Open
The Aquabumps Gallery is open all weekend 10am to 4pm should you want to pay a visit to winter Bondi. 98 Brighton Boulevard North Bondi, now that just behind the North Bondi RSL. Maybe check out the new BUY PRINTS section of our new swanky website…you can now buy framed prints online and we send there anywhere in the world via air freight.

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daybreak

I am well aware that you probably don’t get as excited as I do about glowing sunrises. See…we haven’t had a decent one since 6th December 2006 (to be exact). I know…I am there pretty much every day. From 5:50am I tracked this baked pink cloud and it only lasted for 3-4 minutes before transforming back into dull grey clouds.
Sensational morning with small waves (1-2ft) as the swell faded overnight. Great day for beginners as its calm and clean with gentle offshore winds. Tomorrow looks pretty flat and so does Friday. Friday night the swell comes up and you’ll find waves around 6 foot on Saturday. But the wind will flank, so you’ll need protected corners such as Manly.
Have a great day. If you want to buy a framed print of the sunrise today click here to order online :: uge

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Priorities

You really should consider paddling out there today. Waves have settled into a clean 3 foot and Bondi has a great left in the middle. It seems many have opted for a day off as quite a large crowd has already congregated on the peak, enjoying this summer-like weather. Not bad for a mid August winters day. Water still has some bite @ 17 degrees, and the forecast is for a NE afternoon breeze which will only groom this small south swell.
So…time to prioritise your day, do you really have to write that report? Go to that meeting? Or spend the afternoon gettin’ creepy on Stalkerbook. This south swell will be slowing from here on, and tomorrow will be a foot smaller (2-3ft). Not much else until the weekend (oh and its going to be a big one) ::uge

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drive thru east

We’re fully stocked with south swell, but there isn’t many surfing options in the Eastern Suburbs. Bondi was 4-5 foot, actually rideable (as it wasn’t over the weekend), but you’d be up for fair bit of paddling dodging close out sets. Little drive around the corner and found a mystery reef, slabbin’ – but that’s about it. You really should be hunting over the north side (Manly) or far south coast. This swell will fade tonight but the chilly offshore winds will continue. Tomorrow will be a tamer 3 foot and Wednesday a much smaller 2 foot. Possible thunderstorm today with 16 degree maximum (was 2 degrees in the city earlier today).
The swell charts are detecting another inbound SE swell for the weekend. Maybe a good idea to get out of town (offshore too!)
Donavon Frankenreiter
Legendary surf hippie Donovan Frankenreiter who’s stuck in the 70’s has released a new album – “Pass it Round”. You can get a copy for 22 bangers from here

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corner grinds

Well you know, the swell came with all its thunders. Slightly smaller than expected as Bondi broke around 6 foot. Great conditions with gentle offshores and sunshine but Bondi isn’t handling this swell well. Its 1 huge closeout across the bay and only 1 warrior out for thrashing. A perfect day to head out of town…we found this little left, a solid peak grinding into a hollow shorey. I am refraining from revealing where, as it was relatively uncrowded and tomorrow is Saturday, a very busy surf day. Tell ya next week.
This weekend is a good one for surfing. Postpone shopping in the junction with the girlie. Sunday is the peak of the swell, all 13 second period of it. It’s looking big. Tomorrow is smaller, dead south and offshore – so bake it out of town – or anywhere that a bank is present.
aquabumps gallery open all weekend
In between waves on the weekend, come see us at the Aquabumps Gallery which is open all weekend from 10am to 4pm. 98 Brighton Boulevard, North Bondi. Behind the North Bondi RSL.
Have fun ::uge

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BLOW

With all this talk of the approaching south swell, it was a little disappointing to watch Bondi closeout all morning. Plenty of 3-4 footers, but no shape. Take off, optimistically bottom turn into a head full of white water.
Somewhere, not sure where, would be putting on a good wave this morning. It would have to be a south facing beach with a protected southern corner. Maybe a spot of reef running into a sandy beachie, sunshine and 30 degrees would be nice, esky full of cold ones for when the arms can’t paddle anymore, blue warm water at a cooking 23 degrees, and a nice little rip suckin’ you back to the line up. Oh that would be nice.
The swell will increase this afternoon – add a couple of feet. But the wind is going BLOW 30 knots. Luckily it’s still offshore (W/SW). But you’ll feel the snow in the mountains once those hoofs hit the sand. Tomorrow is a surfing day. It’s going to hit 6-8 footer.
If you wanted to escape the claws of this cold winter, head to Indonesia. They’re have a cracker of a season in the Ments. Few spots on Tengirri still uip for grabs. [email protected]

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switch

Looks like someone flicked the switch on the Sydney swell machine – tiny surf this morning after yesterday’s 3-4 footers. 7am, Bondi was breaking 1-2 foot, super clean with brilliant offshores and plenty of sunshine. Weird how the waves have just stopped for half and day and return after lunch. You should see a dramatic swell increase between 4-6 pm tonight and tomorrow…well…we’re back in the 3-4 foot range, Thursday – dang we’re on with 6 footers, and Friday – big wave warriors as it looks solid 8 foot +. So right now is maybe a good time to de-wax, buy a new board or wettie, work, as the rest of the week is looking mighty fine.
Since launching the new version of Aquabumps a couple of weeks ago we’ve had a few hitches that we’ve been working through. Yes it’s been slow, we’re aware of that. This week we have a totally new server setup, so it shouldn’t lock up outlook and the report should appear in 1-2 secs (for those on decent speed internet access). Just want to thank you for your patience. The old site took months of tweaking to get right. There is just so many of you guys reading this report nowadays. Which is a great thing ::uge

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Hollow

That inbound swell we talked about arrived last night. At 5pm South Bondi started to show some promise (not bad seeing it was flat in the morning). Even bigger this morning and more consistent (3-4 foot range). But it just doesn’t seem to breaking right. Some close out, some stay fat, some don’t even break and surge up on the beach. So totally random but worth a surf. Low tide 10:30am, high tide 5am and 5:15pm. The walk back up the hill this morning was tortuous – call me a wuss. There’s some sub arctic conditions out there at sunrise. (6 degrees)
Perusing the swell charts for the week, there is a lot to get excited about. Dead South swell ALL week. Offshore ALL week. What…13 second period on Thursday…oh my… AND sunny conditions. I would say work hard today as you may need to call a RDO this week.
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Quiet Bondi

After a very busy day in Bondi it’s all gone quiet. 150,000 people rocked into Bondi yesterday, 70,000 for the City To Surf Fun Run. Waves were tiny and a weak 2 foot, if you waited long enough you’ll find the odd rideable one. Only 3 guys out, blanketing sunshine but bitterly cold – must be snowing in ‘dem mountains as the westerly offshore bites. The great news is that waves will pick up later today (to approximately 3 foot) then for the rest of the week we’ve got waves and offshores. Yep. True. So a great week of surfing lays ahead, Sunday is looking big.
Few drinks on the street yesterday at Brighton Boulevard were shut down by the whole NSW police department. Never seen so many police in Bondi. view photos by Jesse English

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winter swells

I spent 30 minutes in the car park today trying to conjure up something to write about the waves. Well, it’s pretty lame. 1 foot, sometimes 2, nice offshore, but its weak as. Few crew out scrapping for set waves, but all in all – I’d give it a pass.
The swell charts say it may get bigger later on today, but the winds are blowing 25 knots of SW (Bondi south corner will still be clean). The weekend forecast is for small surf, biggest Saturday morning (3ft) before fading all weekend. Decent waves yesterday. The Aquabumps email didn’t go out, so if you want to see the shots click here.
This winter we’ve had some great waves. Yet to have a pounding massive swell – but every July/August we normally get one or two 12-15 foot days. Here is some shots from the local area smooookin’ this winter so far.
Slater Switchfoot
Slater is just on another level this year. This footage from Padang Padang (yep where that boat ran aground) is just insane. Switchfoot into a cave and at Padangs…which is no easy wave. See footage from heat in Rip Curl Pro just last week. Silly.

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Local Swell

So yesterday the charts were right, a late increase in swell provided some fun, 2, ok-pushing-it-a-little-3-footers down at Bondi. Well they’ve hung around this morning, combined with clear warm skies and gentle offshores – yep – few waves to be had. Swell is quite weak, being only a wind swell, but a good reason to get wet. I am guessing by the time you read this email that morning bump would have dissipated as it looks a little lean this afternoon. Maximum of 16 degrees on land, enjoy the salubrious sunshine – if this is mid-winter – you’ve got to be happy.
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Slater Switchfoot
Slater is just on another level this year. This footage from Padang Padang (yep where that boat ran aground) is just insane. Switchfoot into a cave and at Padangs…which is no easy wave. See footage from heat in Rip Curl Pro just last week. Just simply ridiculous.
Surf Mentawais
Say business is quiet, markets are shot, nothing happening at work…maybe a little 12 day surf in the Mentawais is the go. Aug 30 Tengirri has some spots available and at a discounted rate. email Anthony or see website for more info

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bumped

The swell has bumped up a tad from yesterday. It’s still not really a surfable size, but hopefully later on today it will get bigger (well that’s what the charts indicate). Dead still this morning around 7am, occasional shower…not much on the swell radar for the week – other than later today. Winds will pick up 15-20 knots during the day (W/SW). I barely got any decent shots worth showing today – so here is some angry winter swells to warm you up.
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KESHO LEO – Tomorrow today
This Sunday at the Annandale hotel is a benefit gig celebrating the life of Darren Stratti and his volunteer work in Tanzania. Tix are $40, Doors @ 3pm. Featuring Damien Leith & Paul Gray, Things of Stone & Wood, Gethsemane Jay & Daniel Stratti

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tentland

It’s that time of year again where the big tent appears bang in the middle of Bondi beach. Yep, the City to surf fun run is coming to Bondi – all 150,000 jogging freaks. If only we could borrow the tent for Saturday night – just for a couple of friends – oh what a night that would be.
The waves this morning were minuscule. I’m torkin’ 1 foot, and a weak floppy 1 foot so it’s pretty unsurfable. Wind will pick up this afternoon from the SSW and this should produce some windswell bumps for tomorrow morning. (2ft – possibly 3 ft). Rest of the week looks plagued with small conditions – nothing like the joys of last week.

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scattered skies

What a fantastic weekend of waves in Sydney, Friday afternoon was talked up to be one of those mega-sessions. It just turned on. Manly, amongst many other breaks, was smoking. Well today it’s a totally different story as the waves has dribbled to a halt. Bondi was scrappin’ 1 – maybe the odd 2 footer. Lacking push – you’ll require a lengthy slab of fibreglass to catch most of them. Very clean conditions though.
The swell will continue to be small for most of this week (2ft), so have a distraction free working week.
The Rip Curl Pro in Bali has wrapped up as Bruce Irons has taken the 6th Tour event against fellow Hawaiian Fredrick Patacchia in the final. After this year Bruce is pulling back from the ASP world tour only competing a handful of events such as Pipe, Chopes – the places he’s into.
The waves might been far from spectacular this morning but the sunrise was quite incredible. The benefits of having no curtains is that you can see the thin cloud formations early enough to position yourself for a good shot. Scattered clouds littered the skies – a rainy change must be nearby. Enjoy this morning’s sunshine Later::uge

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the ‘nulla

Frustrated with the 1 mile of close out on Bondi, smokin’ the chariot to south Sydney options was rewarding. The swell spiked up overnight and is now coming from the ESE (@ 11secs). The winds are good – NW – which is perfectly offshore. Many options for a wave today – it’s hard to be sitting indoors. Cronulla put on few great waves earlier today – the Alley and beachies were 4-5 foot with 6 foot bombs, but that evil Island had some pretty ‘Teahupposeque’ slabs. Serious bit of gear right there. This NW wind is going to bloooow 25 knots this afternoon, which I think will detoriate surface quality and probably knock a couple of feet off the waves. So earlier the better.
Forecast for the weekend is healthy. Offshore all weekend. Swell will drop overnight but 3-4 footers will be common. Swell direction is very southerly (not like today). So you’ll need to hit the south facing magnets.
Aquabumps Gallery
The little white cave in North Bondi is open all weekend 10am to 4pm should you require a gift for a friend, need to fill a blank wall or just want to look at these shots blown up (screen resolutions just don’t do them justice). Have a great weekend of waves ::uge

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