Clarity

Not a great deal going on today apart from this glorious weather. (max 19)
Waves at Bondi were half a foot to a foot. There should be a slight swell increase as the day progresses, but nothing too substantial. Friday is the big day this week.
Today’s Aquabumps is still coming from a little town where there are only 20 permanent residents (quiet) – somewhere on the NSW coastline.
A fella called Marcus booked a trip to Maldives and has recently busted his foot. He’s trying to offload the trip a cheap rate. Trip dates 9-21 August 2009. Contact Marcus | Trip Info

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Potential

Today had the makings of a great surf day down at Bondi. Brand spankin’ new dead south swell, short swell period so it could hit the south bank in a good direction, winds we perfectly offshore (w) and no one around ’cause its chilly. BUT, it’s not happening. Its showing signs of morning sickness due to recent agitation. Wobbly, wonky and basically closing out madness on the shallows of a large chunk of sand in the south.
Perhaps when the tide kicks in, the day progresses and the swell lines up a little more it will improve. Low tide 5am, high tide 11am, 18 degree water, max 18 degrees on land also.
Forecast for the weekend: declining swell (already! Damn 1 hit wonder), mostly fine weather, 2-3 foot at Bondi for most of the weekend. Next Wednesday and Thursday has something brewing – big dead south swell.
Surfection Mosman is having a snow wear sale this weekend. I was there last night and some genuine bargains (up to 50% off)
Bondi Massive, the hole in the wall under Noah’s backpackers, have opened up the other half of their cafe. Its good. Really good. Bryon and Steve are top blokes…(they didn’t pay me to say that either – promise)
The Aquabumps Gallery is open for your perusing pleasure all weekend 10am to 6pm both Sat + Sun. 151 Curlewis Street, Bondi Beach telephone 9130 7788.
To answer another common question, I shoot RAW mode as I blow these images up huge. Sometimes 11 metres wide in offices…I’d say not many crew would need to shoot RAW (and probably don’t have enough hard drive space). Stick to JPG for most.
Have a great weekend kids ::uge

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Aquabumps Out-Of-Office

Thank you for your email.
I will be out of the office today as there is a lil’ 2-3 foot fun right hander in the middle of the beach at Bondi. The sunshine has also returned after a brief spit of rain overnight. Winds are a bonus SW (but will blow 20 knots later today when the clouds cover increases) – the time is nigh.
Should your email require urgent attention, please contact Mikala Wilbow at the Aquabumps Gallery on 9130 7788.
Kind regards, ::uge
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Arvo Shift

No real waves down the beach today – but the weather is making up for it. Are you kiddin’ – 24 degrees right now. Freak weather. Bondi is teeming with activity as everyone wagged work to spend the afternoon in the sun. How is the view from you cubicle – like this? The water is still a frosty 18 or 19, which will wake you up.
Random local action:
Bondi FM just opened up a cafe few doors up from the Aquabumps Gallery, 2/143 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach – give support homies. InfoMap
La Piadina Folded pizza across the road from the Beach road is one of the best hidden gems for lunch in Bondi. 106 Glenayr Ave, Bondi Beach Map
Iggy’s bakery – a well know family of bakers from Cambridge, Massachusetts have spread their wings to the chilled out pace of Bronte. Hard to believe you can get such a good sourdough from a unsigned gap in the wall on a back street of Bronte. Yep, forget the trip to Bourke Street bakery, goodness in the hood. See family baking history website or check the Map

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Immaculate

The incredible winter weather continues today. A sun baked morning down at Bondi with rich light and a small, but rideable 2 foot right hander in the middle.
Yesterday’s south swell has fallen thru. It wasn’t too bad yesterday on the low tide as hollow mini-pipes slapped against a very shallow bank. Gotta hate school holidays though…crowds were thick for a Monday…and to the high-school-15-year-old-Corey-Worthington-wanna-bees from upstairs that kept me up all night with your inebriated madness – didn’t sleep a wink – I’m kranky!
The forecast is for immaculate weather all week long. Yes, all week long. It’s warm enough to go to the beach (22 today) – not bad for peak winter. Swell will bottom out today and tomorrow, returning Thursday and Friday with a new south swell and northerly winds (perfect).
Completely Random facts about Aquabumps:

Uge is pronounced yooj (not oggie), and yes my real name is Eugene (as in the dork in Grease – yes)
“::” the double colons have no specific purpose for being there in the subject line of this email – I just used them years ago when this all started between mates…and If I drop them now it may spin people out
This email newsletter has been going for 10 years…that’s before the blogging phenomena. No medal required. Was interesting times.
Aquabumps is a made up word (daa) – and was the only domain I could get the .com for at the time that was decent and easy to spell (for most). This email didn’t have a name for many years.
People email me all the time saying they’ve been subscribing for 8 years. You poor sods. Having to listen this uneducated ramble every day. I never said I was a writer.
We shoot approximately 40-60 images a day and only 5 make it to the report
Every image is shot at 21 megapixel RAW. That’s a huge file (24mb each or 70mb tif each!). I have more hard drive space than Google and Nasa combined.
My father hasn’t got his head around what I do and still says to this day, “there might be a business in that email you send out”. I think he thinks he’s the only subscriber. (30,000 daily readers email and web combined)
Boost Mobile bought Aquabumps’s first water housing in year 2001. For no reason at all really. Nice of them. A cheque just rocked up.
Aquabumps uses Canon digi cameras, 1dsMkIII, 5dMKII with about 40 kilos of glassware. Also shoot on xpan hassleblads, fujugx617s and canon ixus’s

Just get a lot of questions on emails…so hopefully the above will clear a few.
Be sure to go outdoors at some stage today. Taboo to be indoors ::uge

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Bowlarama

Crispy clear morning down at Bondi. The 6:25am high tide was sure to hide any of the current small SSE ground swell. Mainly 2 foot with the odd 3 foot set if you waited long enough. Nothing really special to report as most sets closed out or were super fat. Favourable NW winds today and tomorrow with a unexpected fat 21 degree maximum. Nice. Be sure to go outside at lunch.
Was surprised to see some decent waves last Saturday down at Bondi. Large weekend pack feasting on a small hollow bowl section in the south. Wasn’t there today. Case of  “should’ve been here Saturday” – that old chestnut.
Have a great week :: uge

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bondi bohemia

On this very cold day there is a wind wave on offer down at Bondi – within the 2-3 foot range and barely anyone out. Far from perfect with a flanking SE onshore putting some wobbles in the already choppy conditions – nonetheless its surfable. (note the swell period is only 7 secs – weak!)
Can’t see a great improvement over the weekend but it’s going to be sensationally sunny through to Tuesday. Good opportunity to be a part of Bondi Bohemia, the local winter festival in and around the streets of Bondi. Have a look at what’s happening in your area over the next few days 11th July to 26th July www.bondibohemia.com As usual the Aquabumps Gallery will be open all weekend 10am to 6pm in case you’re around.
Last night’s sunset has caused a stir…loads of comments on how amazing it was. The colours were just unbelievable. Here is a more scientific reason why it was so special:
“The meteorologist Brett Dutschke from Weatherzone said the sky’s unusual tinge had been produced by cumulonimbus clouds off the coast being illuminated by sunlight that had passed through high cirrus clouds. Water vapour and ice crystals in the cirrus clouds had acted like a camera filter…filtering out some of the sun’s white light”. Such sights he said ” are more typical for this time of year than in summer”. Sydney Morning Herald 17th July
Time to change that desktop wallpaper on your computer, grab last night’s sunset shot large – click here to find the right size to fit your screen
Upcoming Event : On the Saturday 25th July the Op Shop Ball will be held to raise morning for Variety charity – the Children’s Charity. Tickets $120 which includes all cocktails and bevvies. More info

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Bondi Spectrum

At 5pm today Bondi put on a pretty incredible sunset. At first a large cloud rolled over the bay – black and full of moisture. Then moments later a big burst of light lit up Bondi – baking the skies bright red like I’ve never seen before…throw in a couple of rainbows for good measure and it was quite an incredible scene down there. Only lasted around 5 minutes. Always cracks me up watching all the photographers racing around the bay looking for their secret lucky spot. Anyway, probably the best sunset I’ve seen down there. Have a good night – its pouring now ::uge
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Pool Closed

With the earth quake off New Zealand last night we’ve still got a Tsunami warning along our coastline. It couldn’t be any flatter though…dead calm.
Bondi had a 1-2 foot dribble that wasn’t very exciting to watch. Yawn. The storms on the horizon were probably the most entertaining thing down the beach this morning. Thick dark clouds loom over Ben Buckler threatening serious rain and lighting. There is word of a new south swell tomorrow, but it only has a period of 6 seconds that suggest a wind swell chop hop bonanza.
Icebergs pool cleaning day today…as it is every Thursday when they wash all the sand down the drain. Cracked me up as the cleaners had AC/DC blaring through the speakers as they sprayed.
28 year old Aussie Joel Parkinson has just won the 2009 Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay in South Africa. That’s his third world tour victory this year alone as he pushes even further in front of the hungry top seeds. In good 3-5 foot surf at J-Bay as Parko defeated Damien Hobgood in the finals. 5 more tour stops to go for 2009 – Is this year Parko’s year? Looking good so far.
Last Hope is on tonight at the Waverly bowls tonight. Last Hope is an inspiring short film collective with a solid sound track. Go see, its good.
Better book your Mentawai boat trip for 2010 on Tengirri. Its filling up fast.

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Frosty dribbles

The short-lived east swell has evapourated and now we’ve just got little knee high dribbles. Bondi was probably the most surfable and a great day for L platers. I can’t see any action in the swell forecast until at least Saturday where a new dead south swell arrives flanked by howling Sw winds.
This morning you could really feel the claws of winter. 6 degrees at sunrise. Felt like 0. Still plenty of people frolicking around in speedos going for their morning swim – hats off to you.
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Tomorrow night Andrew Kidman’s and Aaron Curnow’s baby LAST HOPE is on the big screen at Waverly Bowls. You can buy tickets online or on the door – 7pm. See opening piece to get the flavour. It’s amazing and I recommend viewing.
Have a great day, uge

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Halved

Yesterday pumping East swell has ran out of gas overnight. Quite a disappointing 3 foot today – half of its former self.
It’s still very clean, offshore (NW) and sunny.
The only decent wave in the Eastern suburbs is Maroubra – and it wasn’t that crash hot.
Head over the bridge to Manly and I am sure you’d find better waves.
Or better still, all the way down the south coast – where the swell is on its last legs but maintaining size.
Max 17 degrees on land, wind: W/NW 5/10 kts early increasing to 13/18 kts. Low tide 6:30am, high tide 1pm.
Have a fine day ::uge

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Northside schlep

With a dramatic surge in East swell overnight, Sydney has lit up. Exposed beaches are enjoying 4-6 footers. Bondi was only managing 3-4 foot (neglecting the swell source) and is not the best option today, hence the schlep to the northern biatches. Manly was good…fat…but good….big out the back and definitely had the size of the bunch. It seemed a little max’d out – the banks were struggling. Queensie bombing was fizzing…unridden. Somewhere else is pumping right now. Oh, it’s a Monday as well…and we all know what that means – no one around!
High tide : 12pm low tide 6am. Smaller tomorrow but still decent east swell.
Random Manly facts:

Manly was named by Capt. Arthur Phillip for the indigenous people living there, “their confidence and manly behaviour made me give the name of Manly Cove to this place”.
In 1964 the first world surfing championships was held at Manly
Mark Eymes, from Manly Surfers HQ, is getting old and complains a lot about sore back, neck, ribs like a big girl.

Have a great day, ::uge

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Last Hope

The past couple of days have been quite uninspiring for wave riders. The combination of overcast skies, 2 foot wind waves and onshore snore are painting a pretty ugly picture. The swell direction has more east in it today, (ESE), and the winds are still SE 10 – 15 knots. Basically there is not much surfing to be done until Sunday where a new East swell will be hitting. This new swell will be decent until Tuesday and expect waves around 4-5 foot at exposed beaches. Until then I’d suggest doing other things…
LH
Andrew Kidman chose six of his favourite surfing filmmakers to create short films that were inspired by the sea. The filmmakers include Albert Falzon (Morning Of The Earth), Jon Frank (Litmus) & who taught me water shooting, Monty Webber, Michelle Lockwood (Kids) and American underground surf filmmakers Patrick Trefz (Thread) and Richard Kenvin (Hydrodynamica). Kidman also provides four special cuts of his own. Blend these talented lensmans work with a superb soundtrack (picked by Aaron Cunrow of Spunk) and you’ve got something uniquely inspiring to watch – LAST HOPE. July 16th the tour comes to Bondi, Waverly Bowling Club, 7pm 163 Birrell St, Waverly buy tix
KRAM
Quiksilver and Aussie rocker “Kram”, of Spiderbait fame, have teamed up to produce a cover of one of Punk Rock’s most recognised songs, the infamous “Blitzkrieg Bop” as originally performed by the Ramones. Kram is currently in Bondi and performing Sunday July 12 @ 2.00pm Surf, Dive & Ski, Bondi Beach

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Ghost town

Today’s Aquabumps comes for a small town on the NSW coastline where not much is happening on the land or in the wave department. Didn’t actually see a car, wave or a human for the first 2 hrs of wondering around.
I hear Bondi was surfable (2ft) at Sunrise but the southerly is now in making a mess of things. Unfortunately tomorrow will share the same ill fate. Have a break, fix the dings, do some work or book a trip overseas.
Tengirri – Mentawai Charters 2010
If you want to go to the Mentawai Islands, probably my favourite place on this planet, you have to book now for 2010. I just did (11th Trip!).
Tengirri is the boat I normally travel on and I’m very happy with them. They always seem to find us waves and being a small boat I don’t have to organise huge groups…only 6 or 7 (trust me, smaller groups are so much easier). Each group booked goes into the draw to win a pair of Dragon Polarised Sunglasses (the owner made me write that).
The most common question I get about the Mentawais is whether all the waves are super heavy. No. Not at all. All the big name breaks ARE…just watch this footage of Green Bush…but there are so many other breaks, you just need to make sure your whole boat are of the same surfing skill and tell the skipper what you want.
Check out their website www.tengirri.com or email [email protected] for more information and avails.
Have a great day:: uge

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Out Back

There is not really much happening down the beach today. There are waves in the 3-4 foot range but they seem to lack power and form.
Bondi had a peak out the back in line with icebergs, but it rapidly folded into a closeout. Only about 5-6 guys out at 10am (late report due to some bad chicken I ate last night)
Winds are E/SE 10/15 kts reaching 15/20 kts at times
Have a good day! ::uge

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Chronicles of an island paradise

I couldn’t find anything interesting to shoot this morning. The wind has more south in it than expected creating onshore mush. The swell has pulled back a gear, and is supposed to kick back up later today. A good day to do some work and keep warm’n’dry. Max 16 degrees today, winds: S/SW 10/15 kts turning S/SE 10/15 kts in the afternoon, shower or two.
Here are some black and whites from my recent trip to Bali. Love that place.
To distract you from your work, here’s some rare footage of Taj, Dusty, Julian Wilson and Dane smashing 8 foot Maccas last month. Thanks to Patrick Jongenelen for putting this together. VIEW VIDEO

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Cryogenic

Absolutely freezing morning… The radio was calling it 4 degrees as I drove around checking a few nooks and crannies. Didn’t really find much in my travels. This pumping south swell is pathetically closing out at Bondi. We need banks full stop. Anything above 2-3 foot and Bondi just can’t handle it (just like some of my mates). If you’re really keen for a chilly wave, I would head north side to Manly and wait for this full tide to pull back. High tide 7:40am (1.2m) Low tide 1pm (0.58m), water: cold 18 degrees, Winds: W/SW 8/13 kts tending S/SW 13/18 kts in the evening.
Blake Wins in Sth Africa
I know its old news but it’s good news as Maroubra Surfer Blake Thornton wins the Cold Water Classic at Cape Town knocking out local favourite Royden Bryson. (June 24) Good looking left that bowly Kalk Bay Reef – watch videos

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Chill

It’s pretty close to flat out there today. Towards the north end of Bondi there was a 0.5 to 1 foot peak every 15 minutes…if you’re into that type of thing.
Super clean, super cold and perfectly sunny today. W/NW winds will howl 15-20 knots increasing later today to 25/33 knots (that’s a gale folks).
Swell will dramatically increase tomorrow morning and provide waves all weekend. Its DEAD south swell (186 degrees) – good for Bondi, Curly and other dead south facing beaches. It’s going to be cold though – 16 degrees today, tomorrow and Sunday. Better find the uggies.
Surfection Mosman is having a big wettie sale this weekend. Up to 50% off 2009 Steamers.
The Aquabumps Gallery has its doors open all weekend 10am to 6pm as usual…perhaps a surf a Bondi, Mushroom Omelette at Greens and then a visit to the gallery?
PS – my Canon 1d Mark II digital camera is about to close on ebay (right now). If you want it…doit. Or a 5’11” chilli shortboard is currently $300 (I used it for 1 week!)

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Dry July

The East swell of yesterday has ran out of puff overnight. What a ‘one-hit-wonder’ that was. Its flat, like a lake.
Bondi was 1 foot (if you waited long enough)…you’d need a 9 foot mal to catch anything as its super weak as well. Chilly day, only 18. Brr.
Winds are W/NW and strengthening (20 knots by the end of the day). You’ll feel the snow in the mountains from that wind when you leave work.
Amazing cloud formations stretched across the bay this morning. Usually clouds like these pre-empt a change in weather – thunderstorms tomorrow.
Tomorrow will be flat again whilst Saturday and Sunday will be solid.
Sober
Dry July was founded when three young, heavy drinking guys decided to pack in the grog for a month, get healthy and hopefully raise a few bucks for charity. More than a quarter of a million dollars later the future of the annual abstinence month was cemented. Joining the Dry July movement is simple – just head to www.dryjuly.com from the 1st June 2009 to register and start collecting some sponsors.
Yallingup Surf Film Festival 10
Filmmakers it’s time to submit your entry into the 2010 Yallingup Surfilm Festival to be held at Madfish Winery in January. Films submitted can be about any subject. Short films: less than 30 Minutes. Feature films: 30 minutes or more. So the only limit is your imagination. Read More
PS: The ebay auction for my camera is ending today. Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II Digital Camera going cheap.

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Anti Climax

I think we all got a little bit too excited about the prospects of a decent surf this morning. At sunrise, the predicted swell increase didn’t really eventuate…
Seeing the swell was ESE – thought the northern beaches would be a good idea. Manly was probably the best pick as the swell started to finally kick in (by the time we had to leave) and the tide got lower. Big crowd out at Manly though, must be a public holiday over there when the swell comes up. Dee Why had a close outs (3ft), Narrabeen – unsettled and weak (3ft) – Curly (2-3 ft – okish)…
I think this afternoon is going to be better than the morning – that’s if the high tide doesn’t kill it. W/NW winds all day.( Evil high tide 4pm, low tide 9:15am). Tomorrow the swell will already decline. No big deal – it wasn’t that special anyway. I am more excited about the thumpin’ south swell hittin’ this weekend.
Issue 295 of Surfing World is out now. New editor Blakey is a top writer…love his stuff ::uge
PS – my car is going cheap on ebay (and Scooter too). Auctions end in a few hours.

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