Colour Select

Big storm rolling through at the moment. Ocean is all frothed up with howling onshores, rain and a big ENE swell. It’s going to get really big tonight/ tomorrow – say 8 foot +, but it’s not going to be clean. 20-30 knots of blow today and tomorrow – so best wait until it dies – or surf the protected North Bondi corner which had something that resembled a wave. (the fact that I had to wait 30 mins for a wave wasn’t a good sign). Sit tight kids.
Here are some random shots from my travels to give you hope that decent waves are out there…no one really surfing in our area to shoot today.
Swell Personal training
An enterprising young Jo King has started a personal training business and keeps on haggling me for free publicity – so call her 0408 926 585 or email [email protected] If you’re looking for a new trainer or just need to stalk someone
2 fists
I’ve got 2 soundtracks to the new movie 2 Fists 1 heart. Answer this question and 1 could be yours Q: What hit television show did the lead actor Daniel Amalm feature in last year? Answer (you’ll need to pick up from the gallery)

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The Promise

We have a new east swell to play with. It arrived on Saturday, got bigger yesterday afternoon and will be with us all week. Dang. Best days will be around Wednesday or Thursday when it peaks around 5-6 foot at exposed beaches. After the last couple of swell drought it’s a nice surprise to have decent numbers in those swell charts again. Let hope the wind behaves.
Maroubra had some 2-3 footers this morning. Nothing special…quite weak and fat. Bondi much smaller as its neglecting the swell direction. Manly would have something, dido at Narrabeen, Whaley…my advice would be clear the workload today and free yourself up for the rest of the week – cause it should be fun. ::uge

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Bondi Ants

That change rolled through last night leaving a micro, ruffled south swell. Bondi had a wave, well sort of…wind chop on steroids more like it 1-2 foot and barely anyone out. Overcast morning as we enter a wintery day – max 22 degrees. Winds: S/SE 13/18 kts Tides: 9:30am high tide, low tide 3:40pm.
I’d expect it to get bigger this afternoon, maybe around 3 foot. Good news is that the weekend has a new ENE swell which should be a bit of fun. Winds are an unfavourable SE but there may be a window of offshore on Sunday (charts say NNW).
This morning I didn’t really get any photos worth showing you – so here is a recent batch of pics from the chopper last Saturday.
The Aquabumps gallery is open all weekend 10am to 6pm, 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach Telephone 9130 7788. Have a great weekend, uge

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Lake Bondi

There still isn’t a great deal going on with the surf. Bondi was really calm and flat this morning with a beautiful sunrise (again). A fat 31 degrees forecasted so it’s another great opportunity to hit the beach and go for a swim – even though the water has dropped to a frosty 18 degrees. Later tonight a south change will hit – blowing winds of up to 25 knots – that should change things for tomorrow. Enjoy.
2 Fists 1 Heart
It’s always amazing to see how many people are up before sunrise exercising down the beach. Boxing seems to be taking off – even with the ladies. Little Rocky and Rockettes everywhere banging the pads. There is a new movie out “2 Fists 1 Heart” which is showing at the cinemas. It’s a contemporary Australian drama centring around boxing written by Rai Fazio – a champion boxer himself. It’s also produced by well known local, David Elfick, (of the Newsfront, Rabbit Proof Fence, Blackrock, Morning of the Earth fame). So go see…also look at Rai’s blog Howtothrowapunch.com for your morning sparring session. (feel free to practice on Wal)

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Bondi Colour

The changing seasons always present spectacular sunrises. This morning at 6am a spotted thin cloud strewn across the bay – about to light up. And light up it did. For about 15 minutes the morning walkers were blessed with strong hues of pinks and purples. Then by 7am the technicolour visions dull to a flat grey. Shows over. Could be one of the best ones for 2009. Look forward to getting the slabs of film back. It may be a good time to update your computers desktop wallpaper so grab a big version of the cracker sunrise here.
Today’s pictures were all shot from the same point due to the fact that I had around 40 kgs of camera gear on me – sans Sherpa. Swell is from the NE which neglects Bondi, so its only 1-2 foot. Wind was up early but offshore at Bondage and onshore at beaches facing the energy. Bra would have had a funky wave – just an attempt to get wet.
Thanks for all the best wishes on 10 years of Aquabumps. Huge array of comments from all over the globe can be read here. (even from Russia!)
Buckler 2 Bra – Bondi Wins!
Last Saturday, Bondi played host to the Bucker to Bra teams challenge. Open to all teams from Sydney’s city beaches, the event attracted South Maroubra, Maroubra Surfers Association, Bronte Boardriders, and the local team, Bondi Boardriders.
Originally started in 2001 by local surfer Ben Davies, the event hadn’t been held for some time until Brad Malyon, Brad Morgan, and Mark Bennett took up the job again. The boys did an outstanding job organising the tag team format and put on a very professional event resplendent with taco stand, DJ’s from Bondi FM, and chiropractic services for surfers between heats.
The competition was based on 15 surfers per/team (9 opens, 1 cadet, 1 junior, 1 over 35, 1 over 40, and 1 over 45). After Maroubra and South Maroubra were knocked out in the first two rounds, the final was held between Bondi and Bronte (recent state champions), in 2 foot waves. After 1 hour of very close surfing, which included a great show-down between local boy Mick Marjenovic and WCT surfer Tom Whittaker, the Bondi Boys managed to snare victory.
The event is slated for annual inclusion in the surfing calendar from now on, which is news to all involved as a great day was had by all.
Mentawais – Spare Spot
May 1 – 13, 2009 I am making my annual pilgrimage to the Mentawai Islands, Indonesia. We have had a cancellation so a spare spot may exist. If you’d like to come, $4380 for 12 days (excluding air fare to PDG). Boat: Tengirri (my usual). Looking for low maintenance person to join 5 other top blokes – Register Interest

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10 Years of Aquabumps

At this time of year the sun rises perfectly behind the waves at Maroubra. (nice and late as well before the Daylight saving switch). Some people say don’t shoot photos directly into the sun – but I think that’s the best angle. Especially with the big lens where you can fill the frame will burnt hues. Get a decent set and the groms will throw sparks…
The waves weren’t that impressive this morning (again). The swell has come up a smidge, now from the ENE but it lacks power and order…the 7:30am high tide (1.6m) wasn’t doing this weak swell any favours – putting heaps of fat into those already bankless, fat faces. Winds are from the NE as this day shapes up to be another beautiful beach day. The northerly wind will howl tonight though – 20 knots…
10.
So we’ve cracked a decade. Yep kids, Aquabumps has been around for 10 years now. I had visions of a massive party, not too dissimilar to our 8th Birthday (900 people at Hugos lounge) where we gave away bullion, boards and fancy artwork amongst potent cocktails…well…we haven’t planned anything yet! Not sure if it’s the thought of 800 people crawling all over my crispy new Bondi gallery – or I’ve been distracted with choppers, renovations, GFCs and sharks…but something will happen – soon.
Hey thanks for reading this daily ramble. It’s hard to believe that 30,000 follow the Aquabumps updates daily. What started out as a email between a few mates exploded. People come into the gallery all the time saying they’ve been following Aquabumps for 8 years and from all over the globe. There are readers in Italy, Poland, Mainland China, plenty in the US and UK, Mexico, Chile, all throughout South-East Asia and even a 1 bloke who lives on a oil rig off Africa. (add where you’re from here). Thanks readers.
Here is some fast facts for frequently asked questions…Aquabumps is now a real business (with full time staff). We have 1 gallery in Bondi, closed the one in Bali last year, will open another in Singapore in December. I shoot on Canon gear predominantly (EOS 1dsmk3, 1dsmk2, 5d Mk2 with a pile of prime L series lenses – Thanks for your support Canon!). Also in the bag is Fuji gx 617s, Hassleblad Xpan2s and a Holga). The only filter I own is a polarizer which is corroded onto one of my wide lenses – no coloured filters. Only 1 nut takes all these photos (most people think there is a small army of shooters). No we don’t spend the rest of the day on the beach (I wish). I shoot 50 images per day and 5 go on the site. Average day is 1 hour of shooting, 2 hours of writing/uploading. Glad you like our unique framing techniques in the gallery – we like them too.
Million people to thank. Here is the speedy version – Mikala, Gloria, Returnity, Canon, Jands, all the advertisers, Deebee, Richard Vevers, Ness, JV, Mad dog, Zac, Kelvinator, Andi Cliffe, Greg Alderman, Tengirri, all the people that have purchased from the gallery and so many more…adios: ugios
PS – for all questions, comments go here

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Airborne

This morning I didn’t see any waves that were worth surfing. Bondi had a weak 1 foot shore break with groms crawling all over it – fine if you’re 30 kay-gees. Looks like the swell has gone more NE and could possibly get stronger tomorrow. Beaches facing the source will have something dribbling in later tonight.
It’s a real nice day though. 27 degrees – the perfect beach day (again) like we had on the weekend. Here are some shots from the Chopper on Saturday. Once again, we took about 500 images and they will be included in the next exhibition at the gallery – where you’ll be able to find yourself on the beach. We just missed the large shark that entered South Bondi on Saturday at 2pm. Couldn’t believe it – the Channel 9 chopper was all over it. From up there – you see everything.
Have a great week ::uge

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Tony Hawk @ Bondi

When I was a kid I was big into skating. Broke plenty of bones in my left leg. Back then Tony Hawk was a big name in skating. 20 years on…he’s still a big name in skating. He’s the Kelly Slater of the grind world. Well Hawk just rocked up to the Bondi bowl unannounced to show the local kids how its done.
Mighty fine day out there…the best. Hit the beach people and don’t forget we’re shooting from a chopper tomorrow – 2pm – 3pm at Bondi. Be on the beach and we’ll get some shots from 500 feet.
Have a great weekend ::uge

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Morning Silk

Waves? What waves? Micro conditions today – it’s more of a lay-on-the-beach type day. Winter is looming…make the most of these joy 27 degree sunny days. There is a possibility that a shower and thunderstorm later – but should be right for the after work swim + beer + roll on the grass.
Tomorrow is another cranking summers day – 27 degrees, gentle NE winds, tiny swell. We will be shooting from a helicopter again…from 2pm to 3pm above Bondi, Saturday 21st March. So come down for a swim and you’ll feature in my next aerial exhibition. The shots from last time look amazing, the water so green from above. I will be focussing on North Bondi corner between flags (swimmers) or the southern corner surfers.
B2B
Tomorrow is also the Buckler to Bra Tag Team Surfing Competition held down at Bondi. Pray for a miracle – pray for some swell for the boys. Teams consist of South Bra, Maroubra, Bronte and Bondi. (Bondi will be in white). Which beach has the best surfers?
Bustin’ Down the Door
You’ve gotta see this film. Even if you’re not a surfer. It’s hot. Next Wednesday 25th March, 7pm there will be special screening at Manly Cinema Tix $12 available from Billabong Manly or online www.ashq.com.au
Bombora
Was good to see some Australia Surf legends in Bondi last night; John Witzig + David Elfick (they founded Tracks Mag), Bob McTavish, Tom Carroll, Nick Carroll…all for the premiere screening of a new ABC 2 part series on the Story of Australian Surfing. Incredible stories from people like Pike, Midget… Episode 1, Thursday 26 March, 8:30pm on ABC1, Episode 2, Thursday 2 April, 8:30pm on ABC1. If you surf in Australia – you really should see this. more
PS – 6’1″ new board going on ebay – time is nearly up

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high pressure

As a big fat high pressure system hovers above NSW, we are blessed with another stunning summers day. Very little wind about and the mercury will hit a steamy 27 degrees. Along with these still conditions come small waves – really small waves. Bondi was struggling to pump out a 1-2 footer this morning – perfect for beginners or mal riders. The swell forecast looks kinda dire – the charts had a lot of zeros depicting a flat-small spell for another 7 days. Go swim – water is still warm (22 degrees).
Chopper Mk2
This Saturday the weather is looking immaculate. We’ve booked a helicopter from 2pm to 3pm on Saturday. Flight path not determined yet – may even creep over the dark side to Manly for some aerial shots. More info tomorrow. I know you’re probably wondering where the fruits of the last chopper mission are on display, but after examining the shots, you need to see prints blow up large to do them any justice…so we’re going to have an exhibition of aerials..and you can come find yourself in the crowd shots.
Mates Rates
Winter is near…and the Indo surfing season is about to kick off. If you’re travelling this year, get some new board bags from Squidy – he’s doing mates rates for Aquabumps readers – buy direct and save some green. more
PS – that board I threw on ebay (brand new 6’1”) is now up to $355. 1 day left to pick up a bargain – show me

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Back to summer

Sorry about the lack of updates this week. Went down to Melbourne to remind me what mid-winter is like. Nice 14 degrees and rainy down there (3 days straight). ANYWAY, back in paradise its a perfectly sunny 25 degrees, barely any wind and a small 2 footer, with the odd 3 footer in the corner at South Bondi. Its was more consistent at sunrise than it looks now. Really nice in the water though… Last week of summer I think…incredible all week with a hot weekend – might have to get the chopper out.
ASMF 7th Edition
The Jim Beam Australian Surf Movie Festival is having its premiere night tonight at the Randwick Ritz 7:15pm, or if you can’t get to that – it’s coming to Bondi this Friday night, 8pm, Bondi Bathers SLSC at 7:30pm More Info | Buy Tickets
Surfstitch
Surfstitch is a online surf store that was released recently. It holds over 4000 products. You can get stuff delivered nationally and all the big bangin’ brands. Hava look
Cheers, :: ugios

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Crack Up

Bondi cracks me up in the mornings. So much going on down there in the wee-early hours.
All started with a beautiful colourful sunrise, which I missed as I slept in (rare) and caught just the tail end of it.
Then there’s a small fat wave, 3 foot, in the southern corner that is slappin’ up against Icebergs (the new NE swell angle is here). Looked ok for a wave – but mostly closing out. Low tide 4:15pm, high tide 10am. Wind: N/NW 5/10 kts, tending NE 15/20 kts in the afternoon.
Then a chopper hovers above hoping for a shark sighting (like the one at Tama last night). Always unnerving sitting out the back with TV choppers filming you in anticipation for shark cameo. Then on the beach hundreds are exercising enjoying the last dribs of these warmer temperatures. Gold medallist Michael Klim did a couple of laps on the soft sand before having a dip. Closer to the shore a group of English party animals, still seeing double from the last shot of tequila, strip down to the undies and dance around in the water like at a soccer match. (Potential rescue – lifeguards on standby). ABC were filming an interview…then a giant chopper flies past trailing a massive Australia flag (huh?)…oh, and then right in the corner two guys are head first, passed out cold in the sand…not even twitchin’ to the joggers around them. Ah yes, just another day down at Bondi – there is always something going on.
Come see the Aquabumps Gallery on the weekend 10am to 6pm all weekend. 151 Curlewis Street.
ASMF 2009
The Australian Surf Movie Festival, 7th Edition, presented by Jim Beam, will be touring Australia March/ April 2009. Premiere night is being held at the Randwick Ritz on the 18th March, 7:15pm. This year the featured movies are made by Tim Bonython who filmed the Mark Matthews’s 20k wave in WA last September. view website | Buy Tickets to Ritz

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Two Fists

A brand new East ground swell has arrived at our shores and Bondi is breaking around 3-4 foot. The full moon is pushing big tides though, and Bondi was incredibly fat or closing out this morning. 10am Porky High tide, 4:15pm low tide. Best wait until the tide drops and the clouds part – should be fun waves. The water is still a salubrious 23 degrees though – can still do a boardie session even though there is a hint of winter in the air.
Two Fists one Heart
New Movie: TWO FISTS ONE HEART is a contemporary drama set in Perth. Well known champion boxer, Rai Fazio, has written the film and Bondi local David Elfick has prodcued it (who also made Morning of the Earth, Rabbit Proof Fence). The new movie is released 19th March, but I have 15 x pre-release double passes to give away for viewing this weekend only. Just come into the gallery and name 2 classic surf movies that David Elfick has made. More info
Searching for Michael Peterson
New Move: directed by Jolyon Hoff, is a docudrama telling the moving story of one of Australia’s greatest surfers whose career was cut short by mental illness. For five glorious years “MP” led the Coolangatta Kids and won virtually every event he contested, including three Bells Beach Pros back to back. Showing at Bondi Bowls Club, 7pm, Friday 3rd April Buy Tickets

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Parko

With 10-15 knots of early easterly winds it’s pretty junkie out there. At least there are waves in the 2-3 foot range…nothing special. Maybe wait for tomorrows swell spike.
Parko is Back!
Joel Parkinson (AUS) has just won the Quiksilver Pro up at Superbank in style scoring a perfect 10 with a massive tube. Could this be his year? A great start to the tour – well done Parko. Tropical cyclone Hamish whipped up some swell for the final day of competition (6-8 foot). Watch the final replays between Parko and Adriano De Souza (the little pocket rocket Brazilian) – bigpondtv (can even watch it on your mobile) ::uge

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Porkys

There was a 3 foot set out the back of South Bondi earlier this morning. The massive 1.85m high tide(8:30am) put plenty of fat into this SE swell. You’d need to wait until the tide drops (low 3pm). Winds are a unfavourable EAST (10-15 knots) – which pretty much gets into everywhere. All in all, not that great, surfable…just average.
Not a sole out before sunrise today. Dem sharks spooking most crew.
Quiky Pro On Today
They’re on again today from 10:30am – you can watch it live right now at www.bigpondtv.com. Looks like 3-4 foot up at Kirra Point (very overcast). Julian Wilson, this year’s wild card has eliminated Kelly Slater from the comp. The young guns are flaring up.
Forecast
Bit more action towards the end of the week (Thursday + Friday). Until then, same same…and quite a bit of rain.
::uge
PS – I know I am not meant to use this mailing list for personal reasons, but I’m selling a whole pile of boards. Some brand new and going dirt cheap. This week – 6’1” brand spanka on ebay

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Chopper Squad

No one out surfing this morning…that says it all. Wasn’t looking that great at sunrise with rain, last night’s onshore and only 2 footers fizzing out. With all the waves we’ve had recently you’d have to be a highly motivated individual to paddle out (or unemployed). Maybe let it settle…
ChopperSquad
So we got airborne on Saturday, bit later than expected, but we got there. Couldn’t have asked for a better beach day. Around 2pm we hovered above Bondi (north to south) and then Bronte to Tama. Shot around 1000 frames in the bird…so it’s going to take a little longer than expected to showcase these pics on the site. The angle from a chopper is incredible, the water so clear (nope we didn’t see any sharks) and the people shots from above look hot. If you were on the beach (Bronte-Bondi) chances are we got you lubing up the baby oil. Stay tuned…
Surfwise
This Thursday night (12th March) Surfwise is showing at the Bondi Open Air Cinema (in the Pavilion on the beach). It’s a documentary about a family (with 9 kids) that gave up their conventional lives to chase the best waves around the globe. Also showing is SEAWORTHY, a surfing film by Nathan Oldfield (great cinema photography). I have 35 tickets to giveaway thanks to Bondi Open Air and GLOBAL SURF INDUSTRIES…come into the gallery from tomorrow to Thursday (closed Mondays), and tell us the families surname in Surfwise.
have a great week, Ugios

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Morning Sickness

The talked up swell arrived and Bondi is working at 4-5 foot range. Nice. It has morning sickness though, choppy, bumpy and swells not lining up. At sunrise Bondi didn’t look that special so we took a spin down to the newest National Surfing reserve better known at The ‘Nulla. Thinking it would be lining up a bit better down there it still had plenty of wonk. The Alley had a decent right with a large crowd, and the Wanda banks had the size but no banks…
Best wait until it settles down as this new swell is still sorting itself out. There is plenty of swell over the weekend…no need to rush down.
High tide 5:40am, low tide 11:38am, water warm 22, land max 24 degrees, winds: Variable 5/10 kts at first, tending SE/NE 10/15 kts in the afternoon :: uge
The Aquabumps Gallery is open all weekend 10am to 6pm at the new location 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach (right in the thick of it). We’ve converted an old driveway/mechanics yard in a gallery. Its big. Real big. Telephone +61 2 9130 7788
PS – careful surfing Bondi. I was out there last night and I have never seen so many fish in the bay.

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The Still Chill

The threat of winter has taken the summer’s edge of this morning. You can feel it…it’s coming…nearly had to wear a jumper…look on the bright side – with winter comes decent south swells and low crowds. Also Indo surfing season kicks back into gear…ohhh yeah, now ya talkin’.
The talk of the town is this swell increase overnight. Sticks out like dogs paws on the charts. Hope it’s as good as expected. The charts say the period will increase from a dribbly 4.5 seconds (8am) to a whopping 10-11 seconds tomorrow. Looks like its hanging around for 4-5 days as well – so no rush. Weekend looks hot…Saturday is pumping.
Shame they’re not getting anything up at Goldie for the Quiky Pro which is having another lay day. Will the pros come down for a stealth visit to Sydney? Like Slater at Deadmans a couple of years ago?
Until this swell arrives, enjoy this mild, still, 23 degree day. It’s just perfect.

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Fughedaboutit

There are not many days in the year where Bondi beach is unsurfable. Well today is one of those days. It was barely breaking this morning…and yep…there were still people out there optimistically bobbing up and down in case of a freak 1 foot set. Fughedaboutit and crank out some work. Thick clouds coat the skies and the probability for rain is high. Tomorrow sports fine weather as it starts to clear this afternoon. Next swell arrives tomorrow night. We hope. Friday looks good.
Random dribbles: Glenn Orgias:: the shark attack victim at Bondi has lost the fight to keep his hand. On Sunday they had operate again after circulation problems. A tragedy. Karl Timms:: local real estate guru and regular surfer spotted a shark under him last night around 7:30pm. He described it at about 7 foot long…sighting was confirmed by a neighboring surfer and then whole pack paddled ashore. Pinkie :: very popular sunrise yesterday. Real Pink. Cracker. You can order a framed print online from the Aquabumps Gallery. Quiky Pro :: it’s off tomorrow due to bad conditions, maybe back on tomorrow. In the meantime you can watch highlights of the past heats via BIGPOND TV. Can even watch it directly on your mobile phone.

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Pinkie

The mornings are the best part of the day – no doubt’n that. No phones, no emails, no hassles – well sometimes a drunken fool left over from Bondi hotel will ask for a light – but that’s about it (oh and there’s always Wal). I’ve seen the same people for the past 10 years at sunrise – all performing their morning rituals. Some surf, some try to surf, some sweat it out in Bootie camps, some swing a sword around with Tai Chi…others just face the cliff meditating (Luke). Whatever you did this morning – what a stunning sunrise. Fragmented clouds scatter the horizon…and a bonus to have a little bump pump the odd 2 footer into the corner. Heaven. Small and weak waves though – so no rushing down.
NE winds will howl at 20-25 knots this afternoon. 27 degree maximum today. Swell arriving later in the week – maybe as early as Thursday now. Until then, small conditions will prevail.
Quiksilver Pro at Goldie is on hold again today due to small conditions both at Snapper and DBah.
Bondi Girls Surfriders
Bondi Girls Surfriders kicks off their 2009 comp season this Saturday 7th March. The girls are celebrating their 10th birthday this year so if you have ever thought about joining but put it off, now is the time. There is a grade for everyone, from Junior Beginners to Advanced, with everything in between. Meet up to register at the southernmost end of the carpark at Bondi at 7:30 am. To find out more about BGSR check out their website at bondigirlssurfriders.com.au or else just get yourselves down to the beach on the day and check out the action.

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Depleted

After the weekend’s decent supply of south swell, its finally ran out of puff.
Bondi was 1-2 foot this morning, clean, but exceptionally weak. Very low crowd numbers in the water early – gotta love Mondays. Just unbelievable about the 3rd shark attack on 15 year old Andrew Lindop up at Avalon yesterday. He’s now recovering well at Royal North Shore.
The forecast for the week is looking disappointing. Mostly sub 2 foot. But Friday/Saturday something is cooking for Sydney. Stay tuned.
Quiky Pro
The Quiksilver Pro up at the Goldie, World Tour event Number 1, is suffering the same small wave fate as Sydney. I had planned to head up there but forecast looks small small small. They ran Round 1 at DBah on Sat as opposed to Snapper due to small conditions. Today they’re running the girls and the mens is off. Kelly Slater paddled out on a 5’4” that he shaped himself. He tore the 2 footers to shreds as he starts another campaign for a 10th world title. Watch video of Slater on 5’4”. Bigpond TV will be covering all the action from Goldie…you can view past heats, highlights etc all online.

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