the bird flies north

It’s quite disturbing sitting on a patch of grass at South Bondi, watching 3-4 foot sets close out straight along the whole beach. What a waste. All this swell and nothing doin’…If only we had a reef or a decent bank that could hold waves over 2 foot.
The long period ground swell has arrived kids. But you’ll need to pack the wagon and head to another beach that is working.
I don’t think this swell will hang around long, as it is peaking right now. 2 footers tomorrow.
The Bird is flying North…
Yep, chopper shots over Manly way…
And you can be a part of it…this SUNDAY, 1 NOV 12-1pm
If you live over Manly way, we’re coming over with the helicopter this Sunday between 12pm to 1pm. Loads of people always come into the Bondi gallery, and say a) shoot more northern beaches please or, b) wish I was in one of these shots – just one of the little people in the crowds. Well, here is your chance…should the weather behave we’ll be hovering over Freshy/Manly for a 1 hr shoot, capturing similar stuff to my recent AIRBORNE exhibition that has been well received. Tips to get in a good shot: Do something different…swim out into deeper water…bright towels (so you can find yourself later), umbrellas etc. Looks like 27 degrees and fine for a beach day, hope the colours come up like this
Have a great weekend :: uge

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Chug

Small little wave chuggin’ in the corner at Bondi this morning (1 small foot, maybe 2). Looked inconsistent, uncrowded and weak. Interesting day though, the wave period pushes up to 17 seconds later today – but wave heights remain small. Might see a small spike in swell later, but I’d assume long waits between waves. Max 22 on land, 19 in water, S/SE winds 10/15 knots which will kick around to the NE later.
High tide 6am, low tide 12pm, high tide 6pm (symmetrical)
Manly Surfing Festival
After years of talk – the 1st Manly Festival of surfing kicks off November 5-8th 2009. It’s a 4 day event embracing all things surfing.
I’d suggest seeing the Celebrity Surf Challenge, 2pm Sunday 8 November Occy vs Carroll vs Hardman, Beachley vs Burridge, Daddo vs Daddo to name a few. More: www.manlyfestivalofsurfing.com.au
Heats in the Beach Road Hotel Single Fin Classic are full.
There are no more places left in the contest, but spectators are invited to come and rock out out with the live music and DJ’s. It’s a day not to be missed. For any more details: [email protected]
PS – don’t forget the Australian Surf Film Festival hits Bondi tonight more

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La Plage

Grey start to the day, which seems to be lifting – slowly. Small little 2 footer down the hill at Bondeye. It’s clean and crowded.
At this stage it’s only a weak lil’ swell, coming from the south and accompanied by NW/NE winds. It’s surfable and good for a play…but nothing serious. (hint: ride a fattie)
ASMF2009
It’s Tim Bonython’s big night tonight – the premiere of his latest surf film festival ASMF in it’s 8th year. Tickets are still available for tonight’s show at the Randwick Ritz (starts at 7pm). This year’s theme is the Past, the Present and the Future. You’ll view some classics like the Hawaii Nine O series, Gripping Stuff, Biggest Wednesday, Download, Lost in Space & the Snuff…through to…some of the latest footage shot within Australia and overseas this year…to … some of the best junior surfers in the nation been towed into the biggest waves ever surfed in an event in this country. Buy Tix for 2nite
If you can’t make it tonight, or Randwick is too far for you bubble boy, the show hits Bondi tomorrow night.
Singles
You might have noticed the odd 70’s single fin creeping into the line up…well, The Beach Road Hotel Single Fin Classic is on again. The biggest event on Bondi’s Surfing Calendar is being held November 7th 2009. Entry is $40 and includes t-shirt, BBQ, entry pack, and presentation. It’s a mad day of retro surf threads, old boards, bad dance moves, and old school surfing. Entry forms need to be in by end of Day Tuesday 3rd of November – all welcome, but places are strictly limited. Spectators are also invited to bring a blanket and rock out on the hill with live band ‘To The Next’ playing as well as hot local DJ’s. To download an entry form go to www.bondiboardriders.com, or email [email protected] for details.

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drizzzzzle

Struggling to get a decent shot from the car this morning amongst the drizzle. You know the surf is bad where there are 2 shots of Justin’s dog making it onto Aquabumps.
2-3 foot onshore sloppage. 5 guys out at Bondi (yep, Will and Bruce were out there frothin’)…not really getting much. Stay in bed. Hopefully the winds will swing tomorrow (nW), until then, not much doin’.
ASMF 2009
It’s that time of year again (hard to believe a year has gone by already)…Tim Bonython’s peddling his Australia Surf Film Festival around the nation. The theme of this year’s festival is: The Past, the Present & the Future. Thursday night the surf film festival hits Bondi, at the Bondi Surf Club (in the middle) at 8pm – and is proudly supported by SurfCulture and Six Ounce boardstore. Get your tickets online.
Enjoy:: uge

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Feral

It’s pretty feral outside. 30 knots of onshore southerly is ripping through, bringing rain and chaos.
Forget the beach today in Sydney…it’s shambles.
Good day to be inside and pumping out the work, or better still, great day to be back in Fiji.
Here are some images from our recent Fijian sojourn.
Keep dry :: uge
PS – ‘dem colours are real in Fiji.

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Fridee rambles

Not really spinnin’ my wheels out there this morning. 0.5ft – 1 footers and crowded. Recipe for disaster. Wear a stack hat.
Glorious weather though, 28 degrees today and summery NE winds all day – well, before a late South change which will ruin this pretty picture providing rain all weekend. Yep. Rain all weekend. Go to the beach now and enjoy a swim before the grey arrives.
Art Sydney 2009 is on this weekend
Seeing there are NO waves forecasted all weekend (sub 1 footers – yawn), and it’s going to be raining, how about diversifying your interests into a bit of culture – heathens. Art Sydney is a huge art fair at Fox Studios Entertainment quarter, where 80 galleries are showing their works – and havin’ a look around last night, some great stuff. Aquabumps Gallery has some prime real estate near the front door (stand G3) and we’d love you to come see. If you buy any acrylics from us over the weekend (only AT the show not the gallery) we’ll give you 10% off, just to make the deal a little sweeter (but you’ll have to say you’re a reader and saw this). Note: this doesn’t include any white wooden frames, only acrylics. See website (note, it’s open until 9pm tonight)
Swell will return on Monday and with force. 13-15 seconds, SE swell (but with flanking onshore winds). Surf a protected corner on Monday (Manly).
Have a great weekend :: Uge

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foamballs

Bondi is a funny place. Regardless of surf conditions, get a few clouds above and you’ll have a deserted peak, crank the sunshine and 500 guys are paddling for the same wave. There are waves this morning – mostly between 1.8 foot and 2.3 foot…it’s messy due to last night’s onshore blow…but it’s orrrkay….especially when you’ll surf with only 2 of your mates, can’t see why not.
Some guys running around the beach this morning with large signs in the shape of hands providing random information on rips. Thinking of hiring them to provide directions to the Aquabumps Gallery during peak summer. Enough ramble, it’s grey outside and colder…back to work now.
Art Sydney launch night is tonight (5pm to 9pm @ Fox Studios). If you want to come see 80 galleries, including ours, buy tickets online and use discount code VIP4.
:: Ugio

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Loaded

The inconsistent 3 footers of yesterday have dropped a few gears whilst the crowds are back up. Small 1-2 footers in the corner, still fun, when you get one – but that ain’t easy, especially getting one on your own.
It’s dropping fast and the afternoon nor-easterly will kick in soon – 20 knots. High tide 11am, low tide 5:30pm. Water temp dropped overnight…wear some rubber.
Nuttin’ doin’ for the rest of the week surfwise. New swell arriving on Monday…so keep yourself busy doing something else.
A major fundraiser event for the Surfrider Foundation is on at the Wharf Bar in Manly on October 29th, 6pm. Yes Manly. Goons of Doom playing, surf vids by Bonython, win a trip to Maldives or a score a new balsa board. Entry is 25 bones and get em at www.surfrider.org.au
Last night I went to the Canon 50 years of SLR party where they launched the new 1D Mark IV. Impressive HD vid from that puppy. Camera geeks read specs here
Enjoy today…29 degrees ::Eugenius

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Spike

Those swell charts were right. Spike in swell as the wave period hits a whoppin’ 18 seconds – pity its only @ 2-3 foot.
A solo bank in the south end put one some fun waves – albeit inconsistent due to such a long period. Crowds were large and hungry this morning. Keep your wits about you…as it’s dangerous with 4-5 sliders per wave. I’ve never seen so many drop ins over a 1 hour period. (not anywhere else in the world!).
The weather today is immaculate (27). Clouds will appear and tomorrow will be a bangin’ 31.
Low tide is 4:47pm, high 10:15am…The afternoon’s session will be completely closing out I say (on the low).
Art Sydney starts this Thursday night. If you want to come to the launch night (5pm Thurs 22nd Oct), which is great fun, don’t forget to buy your tickets online. Aquabumps readers will receive a discounted ticket $10 off. BUY and enter the code VIP4 for the special offer.
Adios, Ugios

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Radiant

Yet another magical morning, warm, sunny and a small 2 footer trickling into the corner at Bondi. Plenty out, hopeful of a sneaky left.
Winds are optimal NW as we head to a land maximum of 24 degrees. Waves are a lil’ weak, but fun. If you’re not sitting in your cubicle pretending to work – I’d head down for a) swim b) surf c) sit on a rock d) snorkel
Something weird going on tomorrow. The charts are expecting a 17 second south swell but only at 2-3 foot. I am not smart enough (and a bit dusty) to know what that will translate to down the beach, but I’ll  be lurking in the car park after lunch time just in case it jacks up. Normally 17 second periods are associated with big Sydney swells (like 8 foot+) or indo perfection.
The creeps at Stab mag are looking for a part time web designer. If you like to surf and are a web geek – hit em up. Big dollars, salubrious pool parties, girls, fame – it can all be yours. Flick cvs to Wheels.

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Stealth

A mini-stealth swell has been sneakin’ under the radar all week.  Today is no exception with 1-2 footers in the corner…bit weak…but surfable (and crowded).
The water is gold…warmer than norm and clear. Go swim. Offshore all day…max 21 degrees.
Summery morning with thousands of morning exercisers and the odd passed out dude…ah yes, Bondi silly season is back.
Zee Aquabumps gallery is open all weekend 10am to 6pm. You’ll find it at 151 Curlewis St, Bondi. Telephone 9130 7788. Our wares can be seen online here (but the images look more impressive blow up large in the gallery)
Have a great weekend, enjoy the inbound south swell. It’s going to be good at South facing beaches all weekend:: uge

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Cumulus Maximus

Hola! Quite an impressive morning – hope you got down there. It all began with a decent sunrise for the insomniacs….and then the clouds morphed into buckled patterns (good lens fodder)… then small 2 footers chugged into the corner…oh, and the water temps bumped up a tad making the boardie session an option. Go outside – it’s nice and 23.
Waves will improve on the weekend. Maybe wait until then if you’re keen for a wave.
::uge

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intermittent

If you rolled down the hill at the wrong time today you’d swear it’s 1 foot or near flat. If you sat out there long enough a set will roll through every 15-20 minutes worth riding. Yep, that south swell is still hanging in there by a thread – but you’d have to be very patient (or unemployed).
Perfect grooming NW winds that will blow another gale later (30 knots), a chance of a shower around lunchtime, max only of 22 degrees, not a bad day for a dip.
The swell will totally dissipate tomorrow (being the smallest day of the week) before a new dead south swell arrives bringing joy for the weekend.
High tide 5:50am, low tide 11:30am, high tide again at 6pm. Water is around 18 degrees.
Art Sydney 2009
The huge art fair kicks off next Thursday night, 22nd October. Aquabumps has secured is prime real estate in the show amongst 80 other galleries. Will be a great night out, and Aquabumps readers will get $10 off tickets to the opening. Click here and enter the code below for the special offer. Code: VIP4
::uge
PS Lil’ Brazilian tiger Adriano De Souza just won at Mundaka tour stop. Mick Fanning is back on top of the ladder though. Exciting times on the world ASP tour.

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Corner traffic

Sorry about the lack of updates lately – it’s me not you.
Today the swell has managed to wrangle a 2-3 foot wave in the southern corner of Bondi. It looked great, when they came through, but it was very inconsistent…and crowded. It’s 2:50pm and the NW winds are hooooowling 25-30 knots. So paddling into them can be tricky and full of spray. I’d suspect that the gale will smash the little south swell leaving nothing for tomorrow – so best sample a few while you can.
How good was yesterday. I drove out of town with some retrenched buddies and scored 6 foot beachies. 2 guys out. Perfect. Watching 6-dudes-per-wave this morning at Bondi put me off…
Have a good day. 26 degrees outside right now – go to the beach ::uge

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chunks

Some big waves rolling around the joint. Especially on dark last night. It’s pulled back to a manageable 6 foot, but still very agitated. The winds have also dropped a gear from gale force to 20-30 knots of southerly. Not ideal conditions for that casual paddle, but if you’re keen to test your fitness, head out amongst the foam balls at Bondi….it’s all yours.
We’re in for a wet weekend so go shopping with the lady friend. Here are some suggestions:
The Sarich bros at Springcourt shoes are having a one time only sale. Yep…30-60% off Springcourts and Schmoove men’s and ladies. Sale starts Saturday 10th October – Sunday 17th October, 113a Commonwealth St Surry Hills – corner Commonwealth & Campbell streets Phone: 9281 8806 mon – fri 10 – 5.30 sun 11 – 4. Springcourts are permanently fixed to my feet. The most comfortable shoe I own. Lookie here folks www.springcourt.com.au
Surfection Mosman is knocking 30% off ’09 steamers, shortboards from $495 and springies from $99. 522 Military Road Mosman Telephone 9969 1011
The Aquabumps Gallery isn’t having a sale this weekend, but we have some big prints, it’s warm and dry inside and we’d like you to come see. 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach map (behind the Bondi Hotel demolition site). Telephone 9130 7788
In Indonesia, the big earthquake is yet to come, say scientists…and they calling the Mentawai Islands for the epicentre. Interesting article on SMH. Let’s hope the scientists are wrong. read

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RAW

Crazy windy and wild out there this morning. Getting up to 40 knots of S/SW winds today – that’s enough wind to take your Sulo Bin down the street spewing its contents into your neighbours yard.
Swell has jacked up to the 8 foot range. Exposed beaches like Bondi had clean up bombs breaking across the bay – quite a sight. 1 guy paddled out in the south corner – got smashed…then returned back to shore. Another guy jumped off  ‘The Boot’, hooked a fat bomb, but didn’t look like he was having much fun.
Very few surf breaks would be working today. Serious southerly protection required. Tomorrow the winds should pull back a tad…wait until it calms down.
Seeyouse::uge

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Hoooowwwl

The early risers will score the best of it today. Fun little peaks down at Bondi as the sun broke through the morning clouds. I’d say it’s mainly 2 foot with 3 foot boomers. Crowds are mid range, but there was some fun out there…for now…before a howling 30 knot southerly rips this town to shreds. Batten down the hatches, secure the barbie cover, we’re in for some blow.
Fortunately the strong winds will be bringing swell to the party…and plenty of it. 8 foot tomorrow. That should be interesting. Time to pull the Rhino chaser out from under the house storm riders. I am hoping this storm will flush that HUGE pile of sand in the southern end of Bondi and make a super bank.
Later::yooj

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the now

At sunrise the waves weren’t very impressive. Bondi loves these small south swells, especially under 3 foot so they don’t close out, but it was very average early.
However around 9am conditions improved and 2 distrinct peaks were puttin’ on some fun ones.
You’d have to be quick though, as these offshore W/SW winds will swing onshore this afternoon (SE). Big swell hittin’ Thursday and Friday so prepare yourself…
A wintery day with 19 degrees and a shower or two. Our good run of summer-like weather has ended. Guess it had to.
Chartered a helicopter on our last junket to Fiji. The colours from above are outstanding and I may put together a lil’ exhibition of the shots. Click here to zoom into a heli shot. Try find some fish. (love the detail from the 21 megapixel Canon Eos Mark 3)
Have a good day, uge

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Padang

Feral onshore slush out there this morning. You really should think about doing something other than surfing today – ‘cause it’s about as bad as it gets. Let’s check out some photos from our recent trip to the Mentawais (where the earthquake off Sumatra hit).
Tomorrow the swell will come up, unfortunately flanked by an onshore SE wind. Pick your southerly protected corner and you may score some fun ones. Spot of rain over the weekend fining up next Tuesday.
The Aquabumps gallery is OPEN all weekend 10am to 6pm (just not Monday), 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach (behind the old Bondi Hotel) 02-9130 7788….and Surfection Mosman is having a mega sale this long weekend. Go see creepy Jules for a deal.
Padang needs help
SurfAid has launched an Emergency Response Appeal to help the people of Padang who were hit by a huge earthquake (7.6 on the Richter scale) on Wednesday 30 September. Padang is the base camp port for all Mentawai charters and was worst hit. Many buildings have been destroyed with people caught underneath the rubble. There is a report that schoolchildren are still trapped underneath three schools. One hospital is destroyed and another so badly damaged that staff are working in tents outside. Doctors used car headlights and torches to operate on the injured overnight. Dr David Lange (from Surfaid) said: “People are trapped and screaming for help but they are below huge slabs which will take heavy equipment to move. I saw dozens of the biggest buildings collapsed in town, most of the damage is concentrated in the commercial centre market, which was fully packed.” PLEASE DONATE. I just did. Help the people of Padang.

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RDO

33 degrees today so I declare a public holiday. Hit the beach. It’s an amazing day out there.
The waves are tiny. 1-2 foot max. Nice little left and a mediocre right in the southern corner – but it’s got the summer’s crowds buzzing all over it.
Small again tomorrow but decent swell all long weekend. Book that weekend away. Unfortunately showers tomorrow and Saturday – all the more reason to make the most of it today.
Another earthquake hit Indonesian this morning. Unbelievable. Worst hit is Padang, the port where all Mentawai boats live. Say another pray for all the people of Padang. I visit their annually and it’s such a poor town…it’s million people will be struggling with this massive earthquake of 7.6 (rescue services aren’t well equipped). I’ve heard from our regular charter boat Tengirri – and fortunately they’re at sea.(safe) phew.
::uge

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