Corner Bits

Even though there isn’t a great deal of wind around the 2 foot waves at Bondi were a bit all over the place. The current swell period is just 6.2 seconds. That pretty weak surf. The winds are currently variable and will kick around to the E/NE later today (5-10 knots). The great news is a swell increase overnight, which should supply decent waves for tomorrow (3ft range). Winds will be northerlies tomorrow – bonus. It doesn’t hang around long and Sunday it returns back to bad.
The Aquabumps Gallery is open all weekend from 10am-6pm 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach. Really easy to find…behind Bondi Hotel coupla doors up from famous Thai Terrific. show me
Martine
Famous local painter, and super shy, Martine Emdur is exhibiting her latest works at the Tim Olsen Gallery (until 15 march). He underwater works are amazing. Wish I could afford one. view exhibition
Great Whites
The shark alarm went off twice last night before dark. More sightings all week long. Weird times out there in the water at the moment. You probably already know this, but it’s been announced that the shark that bit Glenn at Bondi was a GREAT WHITE. Yep. Not a bull shark. More Info

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slumdogs

Shooting pictures on these dark, mundane 2 foot mornings is challenging. Let’s hope this cloud cover burns off real quick. Bondi has a choppy peak in the corner that occasionally produced something worth riding. Mostly duds though.
The swell charts show a subtle increase in period from 9.0 seconds to 9.8 seconds…and then onto 11 seconds tomorrow. Interesting. This may suggest a swell increase for the after work slash and then more tomorrow morning before fading away. Not much wind this morning but 10-15 knots of SE due later today. Low tide 3:50pm, high tide 9:23am, water temp 22 degrees.
Slam
Maroubra Beach is the second last SLAM event for the season. Either register a team online or come down to watch and join in on the fun. There’s DJ’s (Stafford Brothers & Johnny Gleeson) dancing, fancy dress and much more with the party kicking on at Ocean Bar, Coogee afterwards for the official after party. (sorry think I got some of the entertainment wrong in yesterday’s report)

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5Dee

The ocean was confused this morning. Last nights Nor-East blast put heaps of bump into the chunk. Looks like it’s also dropped a couple of feet…but there’s still a few rideable bumps wobbling into the corner (2-3 foot). After an early morning thunderstorm and shower its back to summer bakin’ paradise. (max 29 degrees). Good idea to come down to the beach before the forecasted south change lets rip this afternoon.
SLAM
This Saturday on the 28th Feb 2009 SLAM summer festival hits Maroubra Beach. It’s a Volleyball Comp with a difference…register here
Canon EOS 5Dee
Warning: camera geek talk below
Today’s shots are all taken with my new little weapon – a Canon EOS 5d Mark II camera which has just hit our shores. I normally shoot with a Canon 1ds Mark III which may seem like I’m going backwards down the camera food chain – BUT this full frame puppy now has the same size chip as my 1ds Mark III– boasting a whoppin’ 21 megapixels of detail. Its attractive to shoot in the water with a smaller camera: makes swimming in 8 foot Hts so much easier, can put it on the end of a pole like today and should you get chased by a shark you’ll be able to get to the beach faster. But what’s this? the New 5dMkII even shoots Hi-Def video at 30 fps. Get out of here. That’s pretty hot. (see sample – its mind blowing) It also can shoot at ISO speeds of 6400 which is great for those low light situations. Questions/comments/ramble here

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Boomers

Yesterday was pretty special down at Bondi. Good times…this consistent new south swell is full of grunt and paired with a northerly wind – just perfect. Unfortunately it got too big for Bondi this morning and was predominantly closing out (and its still getting bigger).
The peak in the middle was the better option. Its just such a treat to have some decent waves around the place…so best enjoy them. So many places would have a wave today.
NE winds are going to kick up this afternoon (max 23 knots). That ain’t good – so before the wind blows would be best time to hit it. If my car hadn’t broke down I would have definitely shot off to a joint that can hold 4-5 foot solid south swell.
High tide: 8:15am, Low tide: 2:50pm – water is ridiculously warm – 22-23 degrees (boardies). Becareful of the Blue Bottles, on Saturday the peak was cleared with a million blueys…
There should be waves all week – nice::uge

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Friday’s Batch

The remnants of this east swell is hanging in there…just. South Bondi has a great righthand bank but the swell is lacking power as it declines further today. 3 foot sets, 1-2 foot most of the time. SW/SE 5/10 kts, tending SE/NE 10/15 kts during the afternoon, chance of a thunderstorm later as we hit 27 degrees (beach day for sure kids).
Great news…a new south groundswell is due to arrive on Sunday afternoon. With favourable North winds forecasted, Monday is looking the goods. Hang on…what’s this…on the 26th Feb (next Thursday) there is a solid North swell hitting (14 second period) with South winds. Don’t get too excited, that’s a long shot and the charts change several times before then.
Great sunrise this morning. You don’t have to get up at 5:30am to see it anymore.
Sharks
Everyone’s ripping out the I’ve seen shadows etc. The comments on the Shark Debate is thriving on Aquabumps…read all. Thought this comment was appropriate:
Rusty said “Saw a kid get mowed down by a Toyota Kluger the other day. I say we should destroy them whenever they venture in the proximity of people… never mind vending machines, now that is one deadly creature if you should provoke it!”
Mark Matthews
Short on coin? Not Bra Boy Mark Matthews – he’s just won $20k in the Oakley Big Wave Awards last night for his tow at Cow Bombie last September (WA) (45 foot face) more

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northside

After 2 weeks of unsatisfactory surf conditions the fields are full of Clover once again. It’s a special day…sun is out, winds are offshore and behaving. This East swell is producing the goods with 3-4 footers at exposed beaches. It seems to be dropping – fast – much faster than expected. By the time I got back from the Northern biatches and rolled past Bondi it was smaller than when I checked it at sunrise (half the size). Must be hard to concentrate behind that desk today…such a good day outdoors.
Bondi Bowlarama
If you’re wondering why there has been a steep influx of skaters around Bondi…well Bowlarama is on this Saturday down at the bowls. The world’s best skaters will battle it out for $30k prize money – Come see..www.bowlarama.com.au
Seeya :: uge
PS – tomorrow its is going to be small (2ft)

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Low Blow

When is this corrupting LOW going to run out of BLOW? I mean really…it’s been days of onshore and rain. How about a little break eh? Today’s forecast was for easing winds…well, it’s currently howling onshore and surfing Bondi would be a bit like white water rafting. I didn’t bother shooting in the downpours so I don’t think surfing would be an option today – unless, as per the forecast – it clears up and winds dramatically drop.
We’ve got a large East swell, 10 second period around 3.5m range. Tomorrow is SW winds and this swell should hang around…
Trip to Indo is looking inevitable. How about these frames from Mentawais – just found em hidden on the server.
MASK RAID for BYA
On the 21st Feb the Bondi Youth Association are having a fundraiser. They provide accommodation for up to 2 years for kids who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. They are having a Masquerade ball at the Cock’n’Bull hotel in Bondi junction this Saturday. Tickets are $65 if people ring Bev Martin on 0413 807 955 (Slew foot are playing and they Call themselves Sydney’s premier funk band.)

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Sloppage

The onshore marathon continues. Bondi had a small group of surfers out this morning – huddling close together – maybe closer together than normal. They weren’t really catching anything worth writing about…3 foot mush burgers – so you’re missing nothing down here at the beach.
Tomorrow is a different story, these nemesis onshores are meant to relax overnight and the seas should clean up. With a fairly decent ESE swell around (3m with 8.9 second period), there should hopefully be something new to write about tomorrow. Until then, enjoy the grey weather and be productive.
Adios, ugios
PS – Large pod of dolphins entered Bondi around 9am today…probably chasing all the fish that are around at the moment. Bet that spooked a few crew in the water at first glance.

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Rayz

It’s rare to see Bondi deserted in the morning. Not a surfer in sight nor a soft sander bakin’ laps. Rain and dark clouds dominated the morning as the howling ESE onshores tore the surf to shreds. Is everyone spooked by Friday’s shark attacked? or are the conditions just plain disastrous? The latter I should think.
Minced waves reaching heights of 6-7 foot broke out the back (3.8m swell currently)…but you’ll seriously need some southern cover from the wind – its wild. Suggestions are Manly’s southern end, Bronte in close, Nth Bondi (as this wind may kick around to the East providing shelter). From Tuesday there is possibility of SW winds (offshore) but it’s quite hard to predict clearly at the moment.
At sunrise today, the light rays in between squalls were something else … quite spectacular.
Shark Attack Update
Bondi has been the talk of the town for the past 3 days. Its confirmed, Glenn Orgias a 33 year old from Dover Heights was bitten by a shark last Thursday night around 8pm. He’s recovering in hospital where they are trying to save his hand. The online discussion from Friday on Aquabumps has been very active and you can see the comments listed here. Let’s hope for a speedy recovering for Glen.
At 10am today I checked the beach again…in the south end rip (where Glen was attacked) was a huge flock of birds feeding on bait fish. Now I am guessing that means a lot of fish in the bay so maybe steer clear from a dusk or dawn paddle amongst the fish. Have you been for a paddle since Friday? (crap weekend surf aside)
How about this 10 year old body boarder having his fin bit up the coast of NSW? Lots of activity in the water…read more

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Shark Attack at Bondi

Obviously there is a massive amount of shark talk around Bondi this morning…At 7:30pm last night a shark bit a surfers arm as he was paddling out the back. The incident happened half way between the lifeguard tower and southern corner. This is the first shark attack in Bondi since 1929 and the second shark attack in Sydney within 36 hrs. Unbelievable…
Mick Marj, Bondi’s top dog was right there last night witnessing the whole incident.
Glenn Orgias, 33 year old from Dover Heights paddled past Mick at 7:30pm. Moments later there was a large splashing about in the water. Mick said you could see a large tail fin thrashing about as the shark attacked Glen’s left arm. Glen screamed “SHARK” and scrambled back onto his board attempting to get back to the beach. All the surfers came in at this time. Mick scrambled to the beach and up to the skate bowls to find someone with a mobile phone where they called an ambulance.
“Looking back you could see a large amount of blood in the water and other surfers helping the victim out of the water. His left hand was severed off, barely attached, and his bicep had been torn and bleeding as well” said Mick shaken up.
When asked what type of shark it was he guessed it to be a Bull Shark, but that’s not confirmed as it wasn’t 100% visible. Mick said – it was big.
This morning the beach was deserted. 2 guys paddled out in the middle whilst the lifeguards on jetskis warned them of the current dangers and what happened last night. The beach is currently closed, flags down, but the lifeguards said should be open later today.
If you were surfing last night, please post what you saw….click here to submit. Lets hope a speeding recovery for Glen who is currently at St Vinni’s trying to save his hand.
Aquabumps Gallery
Valentine’s day tomorrow fellas. A surf DVD and sixer just won’t cut it..if you need a gift, we’ve got small frames good to go. 10am to 6pm all weekend. Telephone 02-9130 7788. We do gift vouchers. 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach

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Disheveled

The swell we’ve all been waiting for has arrived – but so has the wind. South facing Bondi is squeezing every ounce out of this solid SE swell. Waves are breaking 5 foot + this morning…but it’s a pigsty. Flanking 15 knot southerly is disrupting surface quality.
Basically we need this wind to die, give the ocean half a day to settle and we should have some good conditions. Ok…so when you ask? Charts say onshore for days to come but I am sure if you keep a close eye on it there will be pockets of goodness.
High tide 11am, Low tide 5:30pm, a wintery max of 20 degrees, wind: S/SE 10/15 kts reaching 15/20 kts at times.
The shark attack victim from yesterday is a Bondi boy. Tragically looks like he’s lost his right hand and potentially a leg. Just unbelievable that this happened in the harbour so close to the city.
Have a great day ::uge

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chubby

We have swell – tick. 3 footers at Bondi but it’s really quite messy and the incoming high tide was puttin’ plenty of pork into a chubby Bondi. By 10am it was merely a fat high tide shorey, but as we approach the 5pm low tide it should break out the back again. Cool weather and rain (max 20). 20-30 knots of southerly – hit the protected corners and tomorrow should be better with lighter winds and decent south swell. Big chunk of sand in the southern corner from 2 weeks of NE winds. Good, might get a bank.
The Beauty of Italian Women
A lifetime ago I updated Aquabumps from a small Italian coastal town called Vernazza. There were no waves…but I featured a young Italian swimmercam, Chiara, who stirred up hundreds of emails from Aquabumps readers. This went on for months in admiration of the young lass…I have a confession, I didn’t take the shot…I was travelling with Julie Adams, a very famous fashion/portrait photographer who was documenting the beauty of Italian women with the dream of having an exhibition – one day. Well, 6 years later Joolz is opening her 1st show “The Beauty of Italian Women” tonight at Blank Space which runs until the 18th Feb 2009. Definitely worth a look – Blank Space 374 Crown St Surry Hills 2010 Sydney website
Shark Attack in the Harbour
7am this morning a navy diver was attacked by a Bull Shark and is now in a serious condition at St Vini’s. The 31 year old diver tried to fight off the shark several times before being bitten. More on SMH

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winter bump

If you sneak out amongst the rain you’d find some waves down at Bondi. Yep, waves. Remember those things. The swell came up last night and is hitting the 3 foot range. Few crew out finally enjoying some waves even though its bumpy and random.
Winds are currently 8-13 knots of SE which will swing southerly and blow 20-30 knots (real strong). That should stir up some wind waves for tomorrow…Bondi just doesn’t seem to be holding it together and north side looks like a better option.
Towards the end of the week (Thurs/Friday) we should see some chunkier swell – from the south…so maybe best wait for that.
High tide 9:30am Low tide 4:15pm, wintery 22 degrees today on land with rain rain and rain. Keep your mouth closed, 1st rain in a while and that storm water runoff would be toxic.
Valentines
Hey Romeos, Valentines is this weekend…best come into the Aquabumps Gallery and pick sumpin’ up for the big date on Saturday. Little framed pic would do just the trick. 151 Curlewis Street, Bondi open every day except Monday. 10am to 7pm weekdays…telephone 9130 7788

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Random Archival Revival

I roamed around the beaches of the east this morning in search for something surfable. Bondi was looking terrible (7am)…onshore and a 2 foot shorey. Bronte had the only wave going – but was…um…not that great. 2-3 foot, bumpy with short rides.
Thank god for this south change which has cooled down the land temperatures and finally a wind that is not from the north. Lets hope this new south swell forms into something worth talking about later today. The forecast is for it to double in size this afternoon (9.8 sec period later today from 5.3!) – I’d call 3-4 footers. Surf those protected corners, Bondi, Bronte and a mate has called me from Manly saying there is something cooking over there. South swell all week long.
Rather that show you 5 images from this morning when it was grey, mushy, onshore and not really happening – here is some random archival revival from Jan 2009.
Hitler in the Mentawais
In the past 2 days I think 100 people have emailed me a link to a funny Surfing Life video – “Hitler’s Surf trip to the Mentawais is ruined”…it’s hilarious. Clever boys ASL.

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Utopia

Sunrises seem to memorize people. Bit like seeing a whale. When it’s a good sunrise everyone stops in their tracks, jaws drop, heads tilt as they stare into the burning inferno – a lot like a Roo in your headlights. Today’s sunrise was a cracker – best one yet for 2009.
We’re so fortunate that we live in a city where you can hack a 2 foot shorey under pink skies then be at your cubicle by 8am. We are lucky it’s a warm 23 degrees very early today and the water is a perfect 21 degrees. Max today 30. Ok so the waves aren’t pumping (2ft), and it doesn’t look crash hot for the weekend – but – there is something brewing next Tuesday (hopefully the southerly onshores won’t flank it).
Enjoy today – it’s such a fine day and there is a little bump to ride.
Aquabumps Gallery– the new gallery is, as always, open all weekend from 10am to 6pm both Sat/Sun. Seeing it’s going to be 33 degrees all weekend you will be down the beach…come by, we’ve got air cond…yes air cond ‘cause it’s going to be cooking on the sand. Address: 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach (behind Bondi hotel) Telephone 9130 7788 more info

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Stitches

A slight hint of SE swell was pumping the odd 2 footer out at Bondi earlier today – quite surprised. The tide was high at sunrise making the swell slap on the shore – full as a boot.
As the tide pulled out it looked like the left was working subtly. What a nice day though! Ridiculously good weather at present – best wag work and join the other 10,000 people hitting the beach.
The winds will blow 25 knots (NE) flipping the swell source back to NE from SE tomorrow (and the water temps will chill).
Surfstitch
You may have seen this new website around the traps – Surfstitch..They’ve been marketing their launch pretty hard on all major surf sites. What is it? It’s not what you get after kissing the reef at HT’s – it’s a new online surf shop with over 4,000 products online. All major brands are available… Let’s face it – we all hate shopping in malls View Surfstitch
PS – I totally stuffed up my camera settings for the water shots today (half asleep) – please excuse the punterish blurriness.

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Squid

Last’s nights brief interlude with a mini-cold-front brought some temperature relief and rain – but no swell. Well, I lie, Bondi has improved marginally from near flat to a 1-2 foot shorey.
A small hungry pack of frothers were out scrappin’ nonetheless. Tomorrow – same same. Low tide 10:20am High tide 4:10pm and the water has got warmer with the south change – 22! Should be waves this weekend – NE swell (2-3 fters) – nothing special but a cookin’ 34 degrees so hit the beach.
Squid
The Mayor from Trigg Point, Matt McCarthy, started a surf hardware brand many moons ago…SQUID – producing high quality deck grips, leggies and board bags. He’s now offering ‘mates rates’ from his new online store and will give free shipping for orders over 100 bangers. Feel free to give Matt from Squid a call on 08 9446 1993 or check out what’s on offer
Sharks
Talk of the summer is sharks especially after seeing the movie SHARKWATER last night. It’s a compelling well made documentary presenting the facts on the Shark Fin Industry. 100 million sharks are killed each year for their fins which is just insane! You must see this film if you’re an ocean lover. www.sharkwater.com or get involved in saving the sharks www.savingsharks.com

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Radiance

Spectacular sunrise this morning with burning hues splashed all over the skies. The surf is less than spectacular as the swell drought continues…we’re in Feb and I don’t think we’ve had a crankin’ swell for 2009 yet! Feb brings hope, we always seem to get one booming swell in Feb…let’s hope it’s this weekend as something is cooking on Sat – keep it together until then.
Balloon Boy
Yesterday a guy tried to launch himself into the heavens strapped to a bunch of helium balloons. Unfortunately he didn’t have enough gas. Only at Bondi…
Google Earth Goes Underwater
(version 5.0)
Can you believe those propellers at Google Earth have just released the ability to fly under the surface of oceans and explore terrain. Good way to kill hours at work today (well…there is no surf)…good way to see what’s under those breaks we surf. download version 5
Ocean Swim – Malabar to Little Bay
Sunday 15th February 2009 is the Rainbow Club Ocean Swims (2.7 km) from Malabar to Little Bay. Entry is $30 and you can register online. All funds raised will benefit Rainbow Club Australia, a registered non-profit charity providing swimming and recreational activities for young people with disabilities. website

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heeeeeavin’

After a heeeeeavin’ beach weekend we have nothing to surf today. I repeat – nothing. It’s been some time now since the gods favoured us…TODAY: 1 foot weak NE wind chop hop – that’s it. There has been a few stealth wind swells pop up – but they’ve gone.
The swell radar for this week is again looking small. Ok maybe a windswell dribble of 2 foot + on Wednesday. Enjoy the great weather if you can find some spare sand down at Bondi’s north.
PRAY FOR SWELL ::uge

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