Illuminate

A lot of people think we just hang out at the beach all day. Not all day…like to…anyway… I’d thought we’d go through a pretty standard day here in Aquabumps.
6am: Roll over and check cloud content above Ben Buckler – it’s pretty dark. Thin cloud with a gap along the horizon – bingo – looks like it’s going to fire up. Load up with cameras, tripods and all kinds of crap, roll down the hill and set up. Wait for the peak of colour intensity – and yes, its turns on, but only for about 5 minutes – bright hues splash across the bay. Click. Chat to morning walkers. Shoot about 100 images – mostly on slow speeds and tiny apertures. Move around to the Bergs…then South Bondi…chat to morning joggers…answer questions about Bali…click…old boy wants to look down the lens see the magnification of the zoom…click…haul ass back to crib to pick up water shooting gear and new E-Bomb Rip Curl Suit (yep, that’s a blatant plug)…set up a 200mm in the water housing…test it in the sink…roll back down the hill…light goes sour/grey by the time I get back…wait to see if the light comes back…watch it…talk to morning joggers…give some camera advice to a random…decide conditions crap…roll back up the hill and then complain about how the light disappeared to lady friend…think about going for a surf – but it’s way too small. Was bigger last night. Wonder when this new south swell is going to hit. Rock up to gallery. Gallery manager is ill. Open gallery for a busy day – end of Financial year – last chance to buy some office artwork and claim on your ’09 tax return (remember you get GST component back as well as 50% reduction for capital purchasers i.e. office artwork). Try upload report from 9:30am to 2pm but phone won’t stop ringing (which is good – don’t get me wrong)…
So we’re not on the beach all day. If you’d like to know what happens around here – follow us on twitter for the inside word.
Swell hits tomorrow, nothing today ::uge

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The colours of Bondi

The swell has finally swung south and Bondi is squeezing the most of a micro swell. You could catch frosty 2 footers this morning…with just you and 3 mates out along the whole beach… the extra low tide and lack of sand bank formations pushed many waves into closeouts. High tide 2pm, low tide 7:38am.
Beautiful light this morning. Nice and rich.
Don’t know if you saw it, but last night at sunset the most amazing light splashed across Bondi. It was a freak. I was surfing at the time (hence no photos) but I’ve never seen the skies so orange.
I just did my 10 minute scan over the weather charts – and what’s this? – a new ESE swell arriving tomorrow ….looking good. Especially Wednesday will be special. Have a great week. uge

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Conclusion

The remnants of this week-long ENE swell continues to provide entertainment for surfers today. Exposed beaches are enjoying clean 2-3 footers, but Bondi is smaller facing the wrong way – 1-2 footers (great for beginners – no one around).
I still haven’t seen many decent waves break – in fact all week the banks haven’t been that great…which is surprising considering how much swell and how clean it’s been. I’ve heard whispers of Narra and Manly been fun…Bra had a few yesterday on the right tide…Tama is fools gold and you’re kiddin’ yourself…Bronte reef was working last night…but that’s about it. Today’s tides: High 1.4m 11:15am, low 0.2m at 5am.
This afternoon these salubrious clean skies will turn to rain and the swell will drop over night – just in time for the weekend (sorry office jockeys – you’re luckin’ out this weekend). I’d expect 1-2 footers tomorrow at exposed beaches (still ENE swell).
The charts are showing a new swell next Tuesday/Wednesday (thankfully for Bondi surfers it’s a South swell and Bondeye will be making the most of it)
Ebay addictions
I’ve been doing this daily email for 10 years now (bit more), and only a few times I’ve used the readership for personal reasons (Finding a cleaning lady, book keeper etc). Well today is one of those days…I am selling stuff – heaps of stuff – and super cheap stuff – come get some of my stuff on ebay (see all) – Ok, so you may want a Land Rover Discovery 4WD (which is currently top bid at $1,500 – good car) or a 100cc Honda scooter (top bid currently $1000) or hang on…a Chill Surfboard 5’11” (currently $150)…even 2 of my loved cameras that have shot these daily images – a Canon EOS1ds MKII (17 mega pixel) and a Canon EOS1d MKII (8.2 megapixel) are also up for grabs. All auctions end next week on eBay and you can see (most of the) stuff at the Aquabumps Gallery 151 Curlewis Street Bondi 10am to 6pm most days.
Have a great weekend, Surfection Mosman is selling 2009 steamers super cheap. dang ::uge

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Supply

There are plenty of decent waves around Sydney this morning. We are currently well stocked with ENE swell…which will be dropping back a tad later today and smaller tomorrow. The sunshine is out and its WNW offshore. That’s really about all you need to know right now…so best not be sitting behind desks reading rambling emails…get wet.
Maroubra was 3-4 foot…quite hollow on the right tide…Tama – wobbly closeouts (yawn)…Bondi 2ft…Bronte wasn’t really doing it either.
The Bondi Surf Company on Campbell Parade is offering some good deals at the moment. Up to 50% off clothes and 20% of rubber.
::uge

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Northern Exposure

There is a lot of talk going around how good the waves are…few people getting pretty excited. Well I did a big drive around, and yep, there is plenty of ENE swell hitting and perfect offshores from the West. Hell even the sun is shining….but I didn’t really see anything between Bondi to Maroubra that was… well… special.
Bondi was tiny and neglecting the swell source (but clean), Bronte had a hollow reef peak but very random and wobbly, Tama was doing its usual close out performance…so I think you have to smoke the wagon out of here…seeing its offshore all day…Manly would be fun, Whaley would be better and some sneaky beaches up north would be pumping. Do it. Do it.
The FruitMan Sam
Local Bronte surfer and good bloke, Sam Reid, has started a Fruit and Veg delivery business. Every morning is wakes up at 4am, drives out to Flemington markets to get the best produce on offer, then has it on your door later in the day. I am on the program…and love it. The produce available around Bondi is terrible (and a ripoff)…Sam’s stuff is super fresh and lasts longer. $44 for a box (delivered) Try it
Running on Blood
If you pledged blood yesterday to the Red Cross Blood Service, thank you. And Glenn Orgias thanks you. He’s trying to raise 5,000 blood donations see www.runningonblood.com to pledge.

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Blood Bondi

On Thursday, 12th February 2009 around 7:50pm, 34 year old Glenn Orgias was attacked by a Great White Shark whilst surfing at Bondi Beach.
He was paddling back to the line up when he was bitten on his left arm. As he pulled his arm back onto his board – blood poured out into the ocean. Glenn got ashore as soon as he could losing copious amounts of blood…luckily many fellow surfers helped him, including a Doctor that applied tourniquets, buying valuable time to get Glenn to hospital – saving his life. Unfortunately Glenn lost his left hand after many operations.
Well today, 4 months down the track…a courageous Glenn Orgias paddled out at Bondi with James Macintosh (who was one of surfers who helped Glenn on the night of his attack). Glenn is having to use a much longer board now until he regains strength and confidence –  but he’s still getting his fair share of waves.
“Paddling one handed isn’t easy – especially duck diving can be difficult but I am getting a board made with a special grip that can assist me”
“Balance is also a problem…I keep falling to the left for some reason” said Glenn.
It’s only his third surf since the attack and he’s pretty determined to follow the steps of other shark attack victims such a Bethany Hamilton, who is back in the water, shredding,  despite her encounter with a shark.
When in hospital Glenn used the equivalent of 150 donations of blood – now that’s a lot. He wouldn’t be here today if not for the generosity of blood donors.
Glenn’s running in the City to Surf Fun Run – and he’s running on community blood. He wants to support the Australia Red Cross Blood service who need your blood donations – his goal is to raise 5,000 blood donations (not money). If you’d like to pledge blood, please go to runningonblood.com and support this worthy cause. You never know, one day you may need blood as 1 in 3 people do in Australia.
Oh, and the waves are pretty darn good today (clean 3-4ft). ENE swell so hit someone facing that way i.e. Not Bondi. Later::uge

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Retrospect

This whole week we have a ENE swell. ENE swell direction doesn’t favour Bondi, so you will have to drive to other beaches like Maroubra, Manly, Wedge, Narra etc. Even though waves are 3-4 foot today, I saw nothing really worthy of surfing this morning (drove from Bondi to Maroubra).
The Bra was pretty much deserted, 2 guys out. Bondi had some 1-2 foot dribblers, Tama was full as a boot and burger heaven…so the early morning high tide (7:30am) was really affecting the quality. Perhaps as the day progresses, the tide lowers it may improve. Seems to be quite a unsettled windswell…
BondiFit – City to Surf Training Group
Spot Anderson, (the nut that you see training people down at Bondi in the middle of winter with no wettie on) has started a City to Surf training group. City to Surf is on August 9, remember when the riot police rolled up at our little post run drinks? (see pics) and thirsty athletes guzzled half a palette of Coopers? Well its coming up again…and it’s time to start losing the winter flab. Enrol
Here are some images from my recent Mentawai trip to keep you going in between sets :: yooj

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Chop Suey

Still no relief from the easterly onshore winds, which are currently blowing 10 knots. Bondi was a junkie 3 foot and I am struggling to come up with anything else to write about – yawn…
From today the swell will tweak around to the east and the weekend will have a new ENE swell. The winds look ENE as well all weekend…with rain (boo).
The crowds have backed right off as few brave the early morning cold. Um, that’s about it. Oh, Aquabumps gallery open all weekend 10am to 6pm. Over and out. ::uge

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Nasty

There is plenty of stock in the swell department but wave quality is poor (3-4 footers). Bumpy, lumpy, wonky and onshore. In saying that I just saw 2 guys get decent (Bondi) barrels, and then no one got a wave for 30 mins. Go figure. Perhaps wait for the new NNE swell hitting this weekend.
Its was dark and cloudy all morning, but I waited for the sun to pop through a small hole in the clouds. The light only lasted for about 3 mins – then back to darkness.
Keep dry…rain forecast for today and tomorrow ::uge

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Fluky

After a short burst of golden light its toned back to greydom. Stormy conditions and a medium range swell hitting from the south. Bondi is harnessing the favourable swell direction and breaking 4-5 foot out the back. Even though the wind has dropped and its semi-clean, its still unsettled and random. A few guys paddled right out the back off Icebergs early, scoring the odd long right, but now it’s completely empty. So if you like 4 foot bumpy Bondi on your own – now is your time!
The place to be RIGHT now – BALI + Mentawais, it’s cranking. Off the hook….Padang Padang 8-10 foot today. I don’t even want to think about what is going on in the islands.
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2 Spare on Mentawai Trip
No – don’t worry, I am not going again – wouldn’t do that to you… Thought about it though. A mate of mine has booked Charter boat Tengirri for a 12 day tour in the magical islands (which are smoking today). They leave port August 7 and back on the 19th. There is 2 spare spots on this tour. Email Jon Jon Hamilton if ya keen (not me) [email protected] – If you just got retrenched this should be high on your priority list

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Devil Wind

The forecasted swell increase has greeted us, but so has the southerly…
South Bondi was a junkie 3 foot. Long waits between decent sets. Not very inviting as the rain has set in and you’ve probably got something more pressing to do.
The great news is that today’s junkie windswell will eventuate into a groundswell and feed us until Sunday. The only problem is the wind, which will be onshore until Thursday. (Southerly tomorrow and Thursday, then easterly Friday and Saturday).
Time to reminisce about the powerful swells that broke last Thursday and Friday.

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Imminent

There are no waves…really…and if you are planning a surf I would delay until later ron. See, the charts are hinting a south swell increase late today…quite a decent one…and tomorrow and Wednesday we’re back on the job with 3-4 footers. South swell +  WNW winds – that’s good news.
It’s still quite frosty, only managing a top of 18 degrees but the beach was sensational this morning. Clean, calm and deserted. Rain is forecasted for most of this week, so enjoy today’s sunshine.
Killalea (or better known as ‘the Farm’ and ‘Mystics’) has just been announced as a national surfing reserve (joining Cronulla, Angourie, Crescent and Lennox). Good little spot down there…

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Curvature

I was hoping this rogue swell would settle and line up better by now…which is has to some extent…but not enough. Most beaches around the Eastern Suburbs are still hard work with a large wobbly swell hitting.
Bondi was large – 4-6 footers, mostly closing out. Bronte was fat and breaking right out the back (be better with the incoming tide). Maroubra had a sandy drain pipe but not the size as it’s a dead south swell – marching past. A heinous rip at Maroubra made me work hard for these images – swam for 1.5 hrs nonstop.
Overnight the swell will drop dramatically leaving 2-3 footers at south facing beaches like Bondi. Fortunately the wind will remain offshore and sun will continue to warm up the claws of winter.
Remember, The Aquabumps Gallery is open all weekend 10am to 6pm should you want to cure some of those dull blank walls in your home. 151 Curlewis Street, Bondi beach Telephone 02-9130 7788

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Swell Boost

As promised the swell went from nought to hundred overnight. Yesterday’s Lake Bondi is now a cracking 6 foot solid with the odd stand up barrel. It’s not perfect…many waves are shuttin’ down and some are very wonky with new-swell-morning-sickness…but at least you’ll get the blood pumping on this freezing Thursday morning.
If are lucky enough not to be working today I’d be heading to a exposed beach with banks or a bit of reef whilst its offshore and sunny. Either south or north.
Bondi Surf Company, at 72-76 Campbell Parade Bondi, are having a renovation sale – 20% off wetsuits and up to 50% off clothing. (get some warm duds!)
Tomorrow it will be smaller but more organised…how cold is it??  Let’s head back to the tropics ::uge

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Crisp

There is something special about this time of year. June is the best month to be shooting Bondi. The winter solstice is in full swing and the sun now rises side on to the beach, blanketing rich golden light. Bondi is also quiet and calm with only a hand full braving the 7 degrees this morning (yes Garry Beath, I know you were body surfing in the middle).
Surf conditions were small (1-2 foot) and super clean with a grooming offshore. Small crew out on a solo peak in the southern end, mainly beginners on mals.
After reviewing the swell/weather charts there is a dramatic increase today. 4pm the swell will crank from 1-2 footers to 3-4 footers. Then tomorrow it will be around 6 foot (from the south). Combining this increase with WSW offshores we’re in for a real treat. Friday looks similar.
The Mentawais have a 21 second boomer swell heading in their direction (it will be on fire around the 15th June). Best jump on a place and get up there.
::uge

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Elevated

Hope you had a good long weekend and enjoyed the surprise swells of yesterday. There is nothing better than fronting up to your local beach discovering its 3 foot when the forecast is for dead flat. Where did that swell come from?
Well today is back to tiny surf conditions. Bondi was struggling to produce anything over the waistline. Fantastic morning conditions, clean and offshore. It must be snowing in those mountains as the winter chill is now packing some bite. Currently 15 degrees, min 9 and max 17.
For 10 years I’ve shot pictures of Bondi… well…today’s from a new angle, elevated 8 storeys high, bang in the middle of Campbell Parade. Yep, from the penthouse of new The Bondi building (the new Aquabumps office) – if you believe that, you’ll believe anything.
Sorry about the late update today. I don’t have a decent excuse.
Have a great (short week) ::uge

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Fruity Bowls

The swell has gone ENE and winds offshore (W). Bondi was tiny and 1 foot – neglecting the swell source. The Bra was loving the new direction and attracting 3 footers. Sadly it’s going to drop dramatically before lunchtime, and right now is the best wave for about 5-6 days…the long weekend will be tiny…so pack some other form of entertainment if you’re going away.
Finally the weather should be clearing and mostly sunny tomorrow (20), possible shower on Sunday (19) and mostly sunny on Monday (19). Next south swell is due in town in about 5-6 days.
Aquabumps Gallery
We’re open all weekend (but closed on Monday as always). 10am to 6pm both days @ 151 Curlewis Street Bondi (behind Bondi Hotel). Good tax breaks for businesses at the moment so fill those blank walls in the office. (up to 50% tax deduction applies to office art). All works are mounted and printed in Australia by Australian businesses.(check out pics of gallery)
Have a great long weekend::uge

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Sans Sand

Its offshore – tick. Small ESE swell running – tick. Good banks? – nup, nada, zip.
Consistent 2 footers this morning, with the occasional 3 foot set. No sand banks making most bumps fold into a straight-hander-closeouts. Wow.
Foggy morning, cloudy with a shower of two. (max 20)
Psillakis
I think everyone has a favourite magical board. One that just seems to do what you want it to do – and more. Well 8 years ago I got a 6’1” swallow tail from little Mike Psillakis and to this day its best board I’ve ever ridden. I don’t have it any more as a land dweller at Hts begged me to sell it to him as I was heading into port and he didn’t have a single board left from his 5 board quiver (we rode similar dims). (Hts tends to destroy vast quantities of boards – and people). Then he sent me an email 1 week later saying he broke my favourite Psillakis the day we pulled anchor. Now I bet a little Katiet village grom is riding the snapped half – and ripping on it. Well Psillakis has a new website up, so I thought I’d mention it. No he’s not paying me to say all this – I just rate him as a shaper.

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Soggy

A nice arvo with the sth africans at Maccas. A world Class wave.

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Stealth swells

Yesterday afternoon’s 4-5 footers at Bondi defied the swell chart predictions (was meant to be around 2-3 foot and dropping fast). Was quite good on night fall. You know you’ve got a sneaky good session at Bondi when all the surfing website authors are out for a few. I asked Ben from Coastalwatch where the mystery swell spike came from, he went in detail “the elliptical refraction from the Tasman low has spun into a westerly fashion, intensified, then flanked with ….” the man knows his stuff.
Today it has dropped off quite a bit. Was actually offshore this morning – but rather junky. Bondi was around 3 foot on sets and random. Every now and then a bomb would roll in so patience was the key. Worth a paddle, especially with very few people in the water.
The Noticeboard has made a comeback to these daily emails. Scroll down and you’ll see. If you’re looking for local accommodation I’ve heard of great results. There are only 2 ads at the bottom of this, but the website holds thousands more. (it’s free!)
Have a great day, not a great week for surfing but the long weekend should have small 2 footers and fine weather.
::Uge

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Desolate

Dead quiet down the beach this morning. Nice time to be around Bondi, you can get car park where ever you want (well kinda)…and even surf a wave without the threat of a loose mini mal sending you to hospital for the week.
Despite the lack of humans present, there were waves this morning – 3 footers, semi onshore/junky and barely anyone out (hence no surfing shots today). Happy dayz.
This SE swell is dropping today, Winds: E/SE 10/15 kts tending E/NE in the afternoon. NW tomorrow morning. No substantial swells hitting Sydney this week. Plenty of rain until Thursday though.
Don’t forget Thomas Campbell’s new film, THE PRESENT, is showing at the Randwick Ritz tonight. Tickets 18 bones and available online.
Have a great week – stay dry indoors…
::uge (yooj – not pronounced oogie, Ug or Fug)

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