Chaos

There were a few small waves in between the huge early morning crowds. It was seriously busy for the poor quality of surf. Chaos. The 8:30am high tide was putting a load of pork into the bump this morning…fat as. No wind early, NE later. I just checked it at 10am and there were some decent waves coming in, 2 foot, sometimes 3(ish).
Tomorrow looks like a good small surf day, longer period and NW winds. So for the rest of the week you’ll be able to surf – just nothing big.
Have a great day, uge

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Summer

Well you know summer has arrived in Bondi when 5 pissed guys asked me for a light at 6am (who look like they’d been up all weekend, wired, and just wobbled out of the Bondi hotel). Or maybe it’s the fact that the beach is coated in litter, a two seater lounge has been left from yesterdays crowds and the morning surf crew has doubled. “You know when summer has hit Bondi when…” Add Your Comment here
Two weeks of flatness and we’ve been blessed with a small swell. Bondi had a 2 foot wave, being the south facing magnet that it is…with offshore winds it looks quite inviting. You’d want to paddle out soon, the SE onshores are lurking (25 knots later today).
Small waves all week, tomorrow is probably the biggest and sadly the long weekend looks tiny. Sorry folks.
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Glare

It seems we’ve made the switch from a chilly winter in summer overnight. Not only is the sunshine saturating the mornings now, but also the powerful winters swells have dissipated. Today it’s so flat it looks like a lake. Lake Bondi. Any smaller and we’d be gettin’ into negative values. People out? Of course, its Bondi, probably as dangerous as it will get. Don’t fear those 8 foot days…its days like these that a loose board will put you in an ambulance headed straight for emergency.
Stunning weather and a max of 24. We’ve got beach weather all weekend before the Sunday night southerly change. You won’t be surfing this weekend, no waves, not until early next week.
Aquabumps Gallery Open
All weekend 10am to 4pm the Aquabumps gallery will be open for business as it always is. You’ll find the white cave at 98 Brighton Boulevard North Bondi. Always amazed at how many subscribers come in for a look – from ALL over the place. Had some guys in from Italy the other day. They found Aquabumps on Google.
Have a great weekend, Uge

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soaked

I am a big fan of this weather. Doesn’t get much better. Even though it’s only toppin’ 20 degrees, today is soaked with sunshine, there is hardly any wind and Bondi had a beginner’s peak in the southern corner (scrappy 1-2 foot). There seems to be a decent chunk of sand under that peak so the next swell should be fun – should the bank remain.
The water is still chilly, well compared to Fiji it is. Currently 18 degrees. High tide 5am, low 10:40am
You won’t find a decent wave until Wednesday next week. Pack the boards away, fix dings and find the old beach umbrella. This weekend is a beach weekend ::uge

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Fizzer

Yesterday’s talked up storm was a fizzer. Those gale warnings downgraded. There was enough wind last night to stir up some local wind swell for the early risers down at Bondi. 2-maybe close to 3 foot. Short rides seeing this locally generated swell is lacking grunt. The odd wave was worth pursuing.
Winds: W/SW about 5 kts, tending S/SE at 8/13 kts during the morning, then E/SE during the afternoon.
Temperature: Mostly fine max 18, Min 11. Sunrise 5:42am, sunset 17:53pm
The forecast for the week looks flat. No swell until next week, so best get onto other things – work.
Have a great day ::uge

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Unique

Each morning is very unique down at Bondi. I guess that’s what makes it interesting in the 10 years that I’ve been shooting these sunrise photographs. I mean, the first thing I saw at 6:30am was a 60 foot luxury motor yacht going hell for leather across the bay. I thought to myself that can’t be legal and Lifeguard Kerrbox would be having a fit as it vanished around to Tama in a smokey high speed wake. Hope no bay swimmers were out to far gettin’ mowed down by the Miami Vice style monster. Then looking to my left I watched 200 police assemble. No idea why. Didn’t seem like an emergency nor was there an Aquabumps street party planned. How strange.
But the most unique thing about this morning was the calm before the storm. It was dead still at 6:30am. You could hear people talking miles away. The water surface was indo-like sheet-glass and, surprisingly, a 2 foot wave popped up every 30 minutes amongst pure flatness. The Mal Riders were dominating the solo peak. The skies were brilliant. Clouds stretched and buckled creating photogenic patterns. 10am now and a wintery mess has dawned upon us. Back to cold 20 degrees and a rainy, windy day. No surf to be had now.
Enough rambles :: uge

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change

After spending a week with 20 friends on a secluded 1 acre island, returning to 31 degrees and a crowd of 30,000 on Bondi was quite a bit to get your head around. What happened? This hot weather is nuts – and 30 degrees again today followed by a wintery 20 tomorrow. So make the most of it whilst it’s here, cooler temperatures for the rest of the week.
There are small, beginner-friendly waves at South Bondi today – 2 foot. Swell origin is ENE. Winds currently NW with thunderstorms developing later as the winds blow hard (30 knots later tonight)
The forecast for surfing is quite depressing. 1-1.5 foot all week so maybe time to break out that get fit summer program – like the other 2,000 down at Bondi this morning.
Art Sydney 24-26 October
Over 80 international and Australian galleries will be exhibiting in this year’s ART SYDNEY. The Aquabumps Gallery will be amongst them so come see some of the latest works. If you buy tickets online before 29th Sept you can score a buy 1 get one free deal to the VIP first night preview (Thursday 23rd October). Click here and enter the code word BUMPS for your special deal.
Have a great week. See summary of Fiji shots here

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fijian arrival

After two days of a stir crazy flat spell here in Fiji the predicted swell arrived. (no wind either) The boats were full at 6:30am heading out to the distant reefs in the middle of the Pacific. 3 foot with the odd 4 foot bomb provided satisfaction to this frothin’ group of man grommets. Now all scorched and looking more like locals we wait for tomorrow, where the swell is due to pick up even more.
Some of the office might be in Fiji, but the gallery doors are still wide open. Head down to 98 Brighton Boulevard North Bondi to see some of these images blown up. Telephone (02) 9130 8371. Just behind the North Bondi RSL
There’s nothing like a good boat trip. The Mentawai islands have some of the most consistent surf on the globe. You need a holiday. If you want to go with a few of your mates next year to the Ments – need to book now. Early season Feb/March is available so check out www.tengirri.com to book and for rates. ::uge

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underwater antics

The waves have subsided and the winds are howling – the kite surfers are celebrating. The waves here in Fiji are only 1-2 foot on the nearby right, and sloppy 4 foot at a piece of reef in the middle of nowhere (Despos)…so the 22 people on this island had to think creatively how to spend our day. Dan circumnavigated the 1-acre island on a lylo in 30 mins. Some hit the booze from midday and polished up their karaoke skills. A hand full swam out to the protected side of the island and messed around on the ocean floor trying to Ollie a coral head (that’s different). Swell due to arrive Friday, mid range, might be enough to see Cloudbreak light up. Lets hope it arrives soon ::uge

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liquid

Not much happening in the wave department this morning. The trade winds came in really early making a mess of things. Also a strong tidal change makes paddling back to the lineup a tough job…had to get a boat ride  most of the time. One of side of the island remains perfect and calm. The colours in the water up here are just incredible. The deep blues and greens look fluoro.
No surfing shots today just hanging out in the pacific ocean. Hows the office? ::uge

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pacific

Out here in the Pacific the good times continue. The waves are holding their size at 3-4 foot and local breaks are relatively uncrowded. The wind does kick in about lunchtime but there is plenty of other stuff to do at this aquatic playground. For example being dragged behind the boat holding a giant ski rope with 6 of your mates isn’t a bad start (a.k.a skull drag). The coral reef formations are the healthiest I’ve ever seen. Untouched. The Fijians treasure the habitat, no fishing bombs here like in Indonesia which is great to see.
Have a good day, uge

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namotu

After a long cold winter in Sydney spending 4 hours in the water only wearing boardies is pretty special, not to mention the 4 – 6 foot joys of yesterday. Yep, we’re back in Fiji staying on the tiny island of Namotu (right next door to Cloudbreak). This idyllic paradise boasts 30 degree days, 26 degree water and super chilled Fijian bitter.
So where are all the photos of the pumping surf? Good question. Man’s gotta eat. So I’ll just say the 1st two days we’ve been surfing Wilks, a super long turbo charged right and photos haven’t been a top priority. Time out.
Have a great week::uge

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Fresh Serve

Quite a special day out there today as we heat up to a salubrious 23 degrees. The waves have halved overnight, but Bondi still has a 4 footer worth slaying. Looks like a lot of people thinking the same thing as two huge packs of early morning crew scrapped over incoming peaks. I am talking 25-30 guys on each peak. With NW offshore winds and a declining swell, it would be a good time to find yourself a wave before it all goes. The forecast looks quite dismal as this swell will fade by night fall and the weekend is 1 foot +.
Slater 9
Kelly Slater has clinched his 5th tour event at Lower Trestles today. Can you believe it. He is now as close as one event away from winning a record ninth ASP World Title.
In the dying seconds of his final with Taj Burrows he needs a 8.93. (difficult). Taj has priority, gives Slater the 1st wave of a set thinking it would be bumpy and lacking, and Slater pulls out a friggin’ 9.7. Read the full story here
Aquabumps Gallery Open
Seeing there is no waves this weekend come have a look at the Aquabumps Gallery. 98 Brighton Boulevard North Bondi (02)9130 8371. Or if you’re overseas – we can send prints anywhere in the world more
Have a great weekend, Next week Aquabumps will be broadcasting from FIJI – yes kids, haven’t been overseas in months! ::uge

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Moving chunks

There are a lot of places I’d rather be right now.
Don’t get me wrong, sitting in a dark room above the Aquabumps Gallery pumping out the daily ritual of 5 photos and ramble is better than licking stamps or diggin’ a holes for a living. A mate of mine, Sam, just walks around his office floor holding a piece of paper looking busy all day.
Its official – THE SURF IS PUMPING. Swell is super clean, refined, SSE. Waves at exposed breaks are 6 – 8 foot. (tick) The sunshine is out (tick) perfect offshores NW (tick). Offshore all day (bonus tick). 22 degrees forecasted – hottest day in a long time (tick). So I can’t fault today. You could pretty much drive in any direction away from the Eastern suburbs and you will score some waves. To reiterate, the Eastern Suburbs is just not ideal in these conditions. Local breaks struggle to hold size. Anything north or south would be on fire.
Tengirri
Mentawai is calling. 2009 charters are filling up on Tengirri. You really need to get a few mates together and book now for 2009. Early season is the go. Feb/march tours available. Sometimes the most uncrowded and best times of the season. Contact [email protected]

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Big chunks

The swell has kicked up overnight and waves are breaking around 6 foot. Small time Bondi isn’t handling the new big conditions well – max’d out. In fact I couldn’t find anything worth surfing along all the eastern suburbs beaches.
North Bondi has a confused 3 foot hollow left that predominantly shuts down. Bronte was a large washing machine with random wide sets. The Bra was decent but fat in the middle. Far southern corner not getting this south swell. But…somewhere is totally on fire right now…and I would put my money on it that if you were to hit the northern beaches you’d find something decent.
For the people that like stats, we’ve got a South swell (no east origin any more). Period 10 seconds. Winds currently NW 8km/h. High tide 4:33am, low tide 10am high tide 4:38pm. Sunrise is 6am. Sunset 17:50pm. Max land temperature of 17 degrees. Low of 7 degrees.
The forecast for tomorrow is to continue to be extra large and a bit more east in it (better for wrapping into those nooks and crannies). With WNW winds, dang, take the day off and drive around until you find something good. ::uge

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mirra-kirra

After last night’s strong winds the ocean is all angry and agitated. The swell direction has switched from the east to the south-east making it bigger at Bondi.
At daybreak is seemed onshore, but by the time I left the beach (7:45am) it was SW offshore-cross. North Bondi, which rarely breaks has a little peak that occasionally didn’t close out. Quite hollow in sections. The rest of the beach looked useless and convoluted.
Nth Bondi corner – 2-3 foot, South corner 4-5 foot. Winds will swing onshore this afternoon 15 knots from the SE.
Tomorrow is your day. Ah huh. We’re expecting WSW winds and a swell increase again over night. So my call is 5-6 footers tomorrow. Hopefully the ocean will have settled by then and the south end shall be decent – that is – if the banks hold anything above head high.
Summer is coming. This morning I saw 4 times the normal amount of people exercising. Freezing morning though, always amazes me when you see the old diggers wondering around in Speedos having a chat. Have a great day, uge

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Calming

After a wild weekend of typhoon rain and rogue surf – conditions are calming down. The east swell is still with us, but half the size of yesterday. The Bra was exposed and had decent 4-5 footers this morning. It was quite random and required a lot of moving around to find the right one, but well worth getting wet.
Good day of surfing yesterday. The harbour was even breaking on Saturday (rare). Ours put on a few yesterday as did many breaks that don’t normally work. Hope you got a few.
After briefly analysing the swell charts for this week, it’s a nice change from last to see we’ve got 5 days of decent surfing ahead of us. This East swell will convert to SE swell by tomorrow. Winds seem to be in favour (predominantly North all week). best days: Wednesday and Thursday. Dang, can feel a coupla sickies coming on ::uge

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archival revival

Trying to write a small, semi-intelligent paragraph about the surf this morning isn’t too easy. It’s pretty much onshore mank down there today.
The nemesis east-sou-east winds are infecting all surf breaks in the eastern suburbs region. If you’re surfing today, it would have to be somewhere facing very north – Manly perhaps?
The weekend will have decent sized swell, from the east, but windy. I doubt you’ll find anything that will distract from the sofa and a pile of dvds. Here are some photos from this winters gold…we’ve had quite a few good days this year.
open.
The Aquabumps Gallery will be open all weekend 10am to 4pm should you feel the urge to redecorate and want to fill some of those blank walls in the pad. You find us at 98 Brighton Boulevard, North Bondi (right behind the North Bondi RSL).
Art Sydney.
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Big deal.
Local fella Ian Teete is featuring his black comedy play at the Bondi Pavilion tonight and tomorrow. It’s called THE BIG DEAL. I am supposed to write a clever little review here but have to run out the door. Click here to read more. Something local to do tonight.

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default

That brief interlude with spring is all over…the claws of winter have crept back in. Rain and wind dominate the morning as we max out on 16 degrees. 25 knots of south easterly is decimating anything in its path. Bondi was a sloppy 2-3 foot. Not a sole out. Says it all really. Back to work. How about day-dreaming about those Maldivian island paradises. 28 degree water, clear blue hues, islands the size of your backyard. Oh that’d be nice right now. Real nice.
The swell is going to pump up bigtime tomorrow. I’d say 6-8 foot and from the east – surprise surprise. Unfortunately the winds will originate from the east as well. Hell onshore combo. This weekend looks big but super windy. Think I saw 40 knot squalls predicted for Saturday. Batten down the barbie lids.

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change

The waves today are about as bad as waves get. Onshore, 1 foot and overcast. I didn’t see anything that vaguely resembled a rideable wave.
Didn’t really have much to work with this morning, so I threw in some old gold to distract you from this morning’s onshore mush.
The early morning south easterly winds will only get stronger into the day reaching a maximum of 23 knots by nightfall. Quite an interesting sunrise with all this change in weather.
Tomorrow will continue to be onshore, but at least the waves will pick up. (3-4 foot at Bondi). South swell should be decent for the next 4-5 days, but the wind doesn’t look favourable. (onshore)
Collapsible Surfboard
Sick of travelling with bulky boards? Can’t fit them in those little taxis. Check out the collapsible board designed by Nick Notara, a student designer at UNSW.

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longboarders heaven

Not much doing down the beach this morning. Well, pretty much carbon copy of yesterday. Clear spring skies, a floppy bump breaking on 2 shallow sand banks. Hand full of mal riders dominating the peak. Sets got up past your waistline, 1 or 2 even up to your chest, but they were quite infrequent.
Seeing it’s going to be raining from tomorrow onwards, I would suggest a little time out today to enjoy this great weather. Beach was sensational yesterday around midday – especially underwater which is clear and deep green (was shooting before a 4 foot wobby shark creeped up on me).
The season switch happens so fast, the sun is now rising around 6:15am (not 7am like last month) and swinging towards the end of Ben Buckler. There is plenty of new faces in the morning – all working on the summer rig.
Tomorrow will be windy, SSE 10 knots and micro messy waves. Sleep in. Uge

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Spring

We’re in the home straight for summer now, you can feel it. 1st day of spring and the sun is belting down. With a maximum of 20 degrees today you should try and get outside – especially since the forecast is for rain from Wednesday onwards.
After a unexpected great weekend of surfing (yes I got it wrong, I’ll eat those predictions from Friday) today is a dismal 1 foot. Last Saturday there were some mighty fine lefts to be had…the sand bank setup is a cracker at present. Let’s hope it can withstand the approaching storms this week. (unlikely)
This week the deal is for tiny to small surf – Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday from lunchtime onwards a new south swell will start to rumble. (flanked with 20 knots of SE – onshore mush). Thursday it gets more east in it and increases in size and period.(but still onshore). Then from Friday onwards there is a 4 day window of decent long period east swell that I think it s going to be fun. (and favourable winds).
Have a great week ::uge

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