Wave House

Howdy. Merry Christmas all. Hope you had a good one.
If you’re a surfer in Singapore you’d go mad. The place it one big shopping centre with 400,000 expats running around the joint.
Should you require some board time, you either have to jump over the back fence to the Mentawai Islands in Indonesia, or hit the new Wavehouse, based on Sentosa in Singapore.
Here’s the low down, it’s 2 months old, cost $1.5 million to build and is basically a 2 metre high structure in the shape of a wave. Turn the jets on and pump 60,000 gallons of water on it per minute, and it’s 2 foot and pumping.
It’s a lot harder to surf than you think. More similar to snowboarding and wakeboarding than surfing – all off the rear foot.
If you’re heading up this way, stop by Sentosa Wavehouse, have a session (costs $35Aud for 1 hr) and there is a decent sized bar surrounding it if you’re feeling parched.
Check out our little video (all taken on the Canon 5d)
Later: uge (back to the vacation, we’re just passing thru Singapore)

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The year that was…

Well that’s it for another year. This is our last communication until 2010. Thanks for reading this salt crusted update from the beach…I still can’t believe there are so many of you interested in it as I’ve never marketed it – you just came by or a mate stuck you on it. What started out as a muck-around-email between friends has grown to over 30,000 subscribers from all over the globe and a further 120,000 unique people look at the website every month. Gotta say, it freaks me out in the mornings knowing how many read it (typos and all)…
March 2010 marks 11 years of Aquabumps. Yup, no joke. It all started in 1999, that’s before blogs were popular (don’t think they were even around then), when digital cameras cost a fortune and you read every single email that hit your inbox (‘cause you only got 5 per day). The only other surf sites in Oz at the time were Coastalwatch’s cams and Don’s with Realsurf. There seems to be a dozen websites per beach nowadays, good to see everyone getting up for the early…
Fanx
Lotta people work on Aquabumps nowadays, some for big cash, some for free – here’s the big thanx…Special thanks goes to Jon Frank, one the best water shooters for introducing me to water photography. Massive thanks to Returnity for helping me reach 30,000 readers with their salubrious bulk email tools. Onya Canon for supporting me with the best camera gear in the business (yeah you Macleod). Gloria, Aimee, Tracy, Ming, Mischee for all working in the gallery and puttin’ up with me. Zac, Robb, Stephen, Chris Jones for all working on my website and iPhone app. Peroni, Jed wines for lubricating the gallery. All the advertisers – keeping the daily free, Kelvinator you I.T. genius, Bart you photography oracle, Tengirri Mentawai charter boat, Ness, Jv for mentoring, Andi from World is round for the new gallery design, Grego + Pete for building it reasonably, CBA (one of my biggest clients), all that have purchased from the gallery and my lady friend Deb for listening me talk about Aquabumps 24/7. Phew…thanks to all the readers!
2010 will be another big year. Got some great things planned as we expand the Aquabumps empire. We’re running a survey soon so you can have some input in what goes on here.
I’ve put together my favouriate batch of pics from 2009 – CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE BEST OF 2009
Have a great Christmas, and New Year…
Regards,
Eugene Tan (Uge)
PS – there are no waves today! hit the beach before the glorious weather changes (rain for the next few days). Swell tomorrow.

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stunted

Hard to believe Christmas is this Friday – where did this year go?
Looks like many have fled town for their summer holiday…Bondi was remarkably quiet(ish).
Hell you might even be able to find a car park along Campbell Parade.
Pity about the swell.
It’s tiny and from the NE, sooo not suited to Bondi.
Around the corner “may” have a bump, but I’m sure the flags will be up soon.
Swell coming though…
Should be quiet decent on Christmas day (and maybe sumpin’ tomorrow)
Friday, I’d say 3-4 ft at NE swell magnets (that’s not bondi kids)
You’ll probably won’t be down there for the new swell though.
So we can all bitch’ and moan about these summer tiny conditions some more.
I know I sound like a broken record, but the Aquabumps gallery is open today + tomorrow then closed until 2nd Jan.
It’s just that the phone rings all day with people asking if we’re open. Yep, we’re open!
We just had a load of new frames delivered, so there’s plenty to choose from and take away today for the last minute pressies.
View Catalogue \ View Gallery Location \ View something randomly interesting to waste time at work
151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach
10am to 6pm today and tomorrow
Telephone +6 1 2 9130 7788
Adios amigos :: ugios

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Cirrus

On 1st light it looked flat out there…but around 8am I saw a mini-pulse push in the odd wave. The school-holiday-groms were all over it. 1-2 foot today, sunny and hot. 29 degrees. Seeing most of you are on holidays – hit the beach, it’s a good one.
Thin, wispy, high altitude cirrus clouds show warning of a shower and thunderstorm later today (looking out the window right now, I find that hard to believe).
Next swell due – Christmas Day (of course it is…and you’ll probably won’t see any of it as you’ll be mid-relatives bash out west)
The Aquabumps Gallery is packed and open until Christmas eve for the last minute gifts (every day 10am to 6pm). We’re closed between Christmas Eve and New Year’s. You’ll find us at 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach Telephone 02 9130 7788. You can view our online catalogue here.
There is a new board store on Campbell parade – Bondi Underground where the old Mambo shop was. Drop by and check it out.

North Bondi SLSC are rebuilding their club house. I know you’ve all grown attached to those lovely poo-brown bricks and shapeless form that is plonked on our beach, but the grand plan is incredible (if you get a chance, look at the proposed designs – amazing). For years now they’ve been raising funds for the new build. Well the club has released a calendar “North Bondi Warriors” flashin’ the flesh of its 2000 members. They cost $19.95 and you can order online here. Please support.
Have fun, uge

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Rabbits

Howdy. Nice mornin’, pity there’s not much to surf…say 1 foot, with a weak 2 foot bomb set. Bondi seems all quiet…everybody is either on holidays and left town, or still recovering from the weekends Christmas parties. This week there will be nothing substantial to surf – take the mal out. It’s a typical summery week with micro wind dribbles.
Gallery Open Today – Monday 21st Dec
If you want to avoid the 10 million people xmas shopping in Bondi Junga, we’re open today (normally closed on Monday). Yep, the Aquabumps gallery is open 10am to 6pm Telephone 9130 7788. We still have plenty of frames ready to stick under the tree.
Surf’s Up – all girl surf Guide
As mentioned in my email the other day, there seems to be more girls surfing Bondi than there ever has been. If you’re a budding young Gidget, Lousie Southerden has written a book for you called “Surfs Up” – a girls guide to surfing. It’s only $33 and you can get it here online.

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The Random Foto Show

It’s been raining since I rolled outa bed and the surf is pretty uninspiring – so foto opps are minimal this morning….hence the random archival revival.
I’d say 2-3 foot at east exposed beaches (e.g Zee Bra)…the odd 2 footer at Bondi and barely anyone around. This weekend’s forecast is for no waves. Join in on the festive season parties and get a lil’ loose I say – ‘cause you won’t be surfing much for another week – absolutely nothing coming. Boo.
The Aquabumps Gallery is open today 10am to 6pm, same all weekend (we get asked this a lot). You can find us at 151 Curlewis Street, just up from Thai Terrific and snuggled between a TAB and a Civic video shop. Telephone 9130 7788…we’ve got plenty of stock that you can rock in and walk out with under the arm. View online Catalogue
Have a great weekend :: uge

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Blind

I was down the beach pretty early this morning. Think it was 4:30am. Nuts I know. I tell you what though… there’s plenty of nudity down there at that hour. Upon arrival I saw 1 girl and 4 guys posing nude for photos in suspect poses. Looked like sumpin’ outa ‘Eyes Wide Shut’. Looking down the beach there was plenty more off it – inebriated skinny dippin’ straight from the bar to the rip in South Bondi. Weird.
NE Swell is up and Bondi is neglecting most it facing the wrong way. My call is 2 footers down at Bondi – surfable and fun but a bit small, especially when you know it’s 4ft around the corner, The bra should be decent, Whaley, Manly, Dee Why etc…all would be good today. If I had more time to drive – I would. High tide is 9:30am, low tide 4pm, max 33 degrees on the land – yew. Wind is going to blow big time – 20-25 knots later today….already pretty windy. Soak up the sunshine before the southerly change rips through tonight bringing rain & cooler temps.
8 more days of xmas shopping left – The Aquabumps Gallery, which used to be a driveway for a mechanics yard, is open today 10am to 6pm. So if you’re sneaking down for a dip, come do some Christmas shopping as we’ve got plenty of stock that you can take on the spot. 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach NSW 2026 Telephone 02 9130 7788 View Online Catalogue
Muchacho is giving 10% off for Aquabumps readers. Just use this discount code “bumps2009” when ordering online here www.muchachoclothing.com

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Pod

Definitely not a surfing day… Lake Bondi had a 0.5 to 1ft dribble…with the odd 2 foot freak set.
A pod of dolphins were having a Christmas party in the bay. They hung around for an hour or so, weaving in and out of surfers legs…puttin’ on a show.
The early morning clouds have now burnt off exposing 27 degrees of sunshine. Go swim. Do-it.
Tomorrow looks better for a wave as the NE swell machine kicks in and you should find 3 footers at most exposed beaches. Best wait until then.
If you want to see what the beach looks like 300 ft up, like my aerial shots, have a fly in this puppy, the Red Baron.
Enjoy silly season, uge
PS – Tonight watch Channel Ten’s 7pm Project, they currently broadcasting from Bondi…and the ‘Bumps has snuck in there for a story.

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Shorey Glory

It’s small. Mainly just a shorey slappin’ on the beach. So small even Jono (AKA the mad professor) was soft sand jogging and not surfing. Now that’s small – that man can sniff a 1ft set out of Lake Bondi any day.
Mighty fine morning though, after the early clouds dissipated we’re left with clear sky heavens. Maximum of 24 degrees, NE winds 10-15 knots peaking at 20 knots later. High tide 8:10am, low tide 3pm.
How interesting, the charts are showing a small south swell on Thursday…until then you’ll need to go to an east facing beach like The Bra etc.
Well known north bondi chef, Peter Evans of Hugo fame, has launched his 3rd cook book in time for xmas called ‘Grill’. $50 including postage. Buy online
Random fact – Do you know that 80 million units of the George Foreman Lean Mean Fat-Reducing Grilling Machine have been sold since its introduction in 1994? Foreman, a champion boxer, pocketed 150 million dollars from those sales. Tidy.
The Aquabumps Gallery is open and well stocked. It’s too late to get custom made orders in time for xmas, but you can get unframed prints and we have hundreds of artworks in stock ready for you to pick up (from $35 to $3500). View our online catalogue here, or come see us at 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach NSW 2026 Telephone: 9130 7788 and we can walk you through the whole process.

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Contrast

In stark contrast to yesterday we’ve got overcast skies, drizzle, onshore winds and 2-3 footers – oh, and a empty Bondi beach. Barely anyone around…as it’s no pretty picture down there. Maybe wait until it cleans up tomorrow. Small waves all week mostly in the 2-3ft range. Only 22 degrees on the land today, the coolest day of the week.
Mick Eugene Fanning has won the world tour at Pipe yesterday…after edging out his childhood mate Joel Parkinson. The aussies are back on top of the surfing ladder in positions 1 & 2. This is Mick’s second world title after his 2007 win. Well done Mick.
Adios, uge

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Bondi Gidgets

There are more girls surfing Bondi these days…more than ever…great to see. I reckon there was about a dozen Gidgets dominating the peak this morning.
The world’s smallest surfable waves are on offer this morning. Super infrequent, but who cares when the weather is this good. You should do something in the water today – it’s a cracker. A perfect 27 degrees – how are those readers back in London going? (about 5,000 people read this photo update in London)
Go now to the beach, ’cause NE is blowing and will up the ante to 23 knots later today.
No surf all weekend – full stop. Good beach weather though. Lube up the baby oil.
It’s 14 days until Christmas. You’re probably like me and haven’t even thought about what to get all your loved ones. Seeing there is no surf all weekend… best hit the shops. We’ve got around 300 frames in stock at the Aquabumps gallery, from empty Mentawaian tubes to aerial shots of Bondi. Surely sumpin’ has your name on it. Come see the gallery @ 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach NSW, Telephone 02-9130 7788….open 10am to 6pm all weekend (just not open on Mondays)
I get asked a lot of questions, what camera, what housing, what settings, where surf, why am I so annoying…. Probably the most common question is where to stay in Bali, somewhere I can surf and the little lady can chill by the pool and spa – the perfect holiday. Well, you can’t go past Batu Karang on Lembongan Island (tiny island just off Bali). Dang. Wow.
Is it me, or is the water super blue down at Bondi at the moment? adios, ugios
PS – Pipeline Masters is on right now and it’s 10ft (and pumping). Watch Live footage right now (there goes your afternoon at work)

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bumps

There is a little bump out there this morning…2 foot, sometimes a smidge bigger.
Conditions were clean, still and humid. 2 peaks on Bondi were packed with early morning frothers.
I saw some good ones, and a lot of not so good ones. Mostly weak and fat (burgers).
Something cookin’ on Monday wavewise…but looks onshore. Not much else…
Hawaiian update – Eddie ran yesterday and Greg Long won it. Now all eyes are on Pipe, but it’s a lumpy 10-15 foot along seven mile miracle so the organisers have called a lay day. (basically it’s too big for pipe)
Have a good day..26 degrees. ::oggie (that’s how the Swedish backpackers say my name around here)

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Deus

Bondi is on-snore today. The howling southerly is still with us making mince of anything rolling in. At least it’s not crowded and there is the odd 2-3 peak. Sometimes the wind can put up a little lip at Bondi…a nice change from fattie Bondi. Clouds and rain will clear by lunch, winds will swing back to a optimal NE and it will only hit 24 degrees today.
Distractions
The prestigious Eddie Aikau Big Wave invitational is on today and you can watch it live here right now. Quite distracting really, so you might find it hard to get work done today. Also here are the finalist shots from Miss Bondi on the weekend, where Camille Pollett has been crowned Bondi’s 1st lady for ’09 with runner up Becky Lamb.
Random stuff – last month the Aquabumps website broke new traffic records. 100,000 unique readers hit the website in Nov 2009, this is excluding the 30,000 email subscribers…healthy numbers…thanks for your interest in my creepy corner of the web. 2010 will mark 11 years of this daily ramble!
Deus Vintage + Retro Surf Market + Swap meet
Deus Ex Machina are better known for their 2 wheel mad-max-style-hot rods. Everybody wants one. My mate Damo has been working there injecting his surf flavours into the brand. Well this Saturday 12th Dec at 10am-5pm they are holding a surf market and swap meet for vintage, retro surfboards and collectables. Gold coin donation upon entry for visitors. Held at Dues Ex Machina 104 Parramatta Road Camperdown. Telephone 9519 3669 more info
Xmas is 2 weeks away. Time to start that xmas shopping. We have hundreds of frames in stock at the Aquabumps Gallery ready to go. Or, if you want something custom and sent overseas – we send unframed prints via FedEx anywhere in the globe (in time for xmas). Just look at our online catalogue for sizes/prices or call the gallery on 9130 7788 if you need some help. Our call centre in India are waiting for your call.
Have a good day, uge

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Scorcher

Hot is probably the most outstanding attribute to describe today’s conditions. 35 big ones forecasted so a swim after work in the day-light-saving-hours will be a must. Surfing isn’t the best option today, as that southerly change last night didn’t blow long enough to create anything substantial – windwaves only on offer – 1 to 2 ish foot down at Bondi. Really gutless stuff. Tomorrow afternoon should be better as the wave period seems to increase (more push). The long range forecast is showing promise next Monday.
Andy is a local fella who has created a line of clothing inspired by his travels to South America. He’s offering 10% off to Aquabumps readers if you plug in this discount code: “bumps2009” in his online store Muchacho Clothing www.muchachoclothing.com.
Until tomorrow, have fun. ugenius

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The monday detox

I know I said there would be no waves over the weekend – and there were, especially last night (3ft)…well…sorry…it was a pretty localised swell and snuck under the radar. Today’s waves have dropped slightly but there are still fun ones out there. After a foggy, overcast start to the day we’ve been blessed with another bakin’ hot summer’s day.
Couple of peaks at Bondi, 2 very shallow banks producing waves in the 2 foot range – the rip was horrendous and hindering my water shooting today – only got a couple of shots!
NE winds will dominate and blow 15-20 knots (strong) whilst a lurking mild south change will cool things down later tonight. The buoys are calling a small spike in swell on Wed and some waves on Saturday – but nothing major.
Hawaii – a massive swell is about to hit. Woowee. It’s going to be off the hook. The Eddie? Looks like it’s going to over 20 foot Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday – that exceeds the event’s required minimum for the event to run.
Detox
Silly season is here and Bondi is jammed packed these days. Yesterday was a MASSIVE day down the beach – half of Europe has arrived. There was a party on every street of Bondi last Sat. Well it’s Monday, so I’d expect quite a few of you are feeling sorry for yourself. I am trying out a detox diet from Eat Fit Food…which, I gotta say is working out quite nicely. 3 meals a day rock up to my front door every morning…with all kinds of healthy stuff that’s cleaning out the colon. Try it, it’s a local Bondi business.

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chop hop

At 6:30am there was barely a wave left from yesterdays decent swell (and no wind). At 7am a southerly change hit and blew the 1 footers into a spin…so it’s a no surf day now, tomorrow, Sunday, Monday and well – not much happening for quite some time now. Surely you’re rammed with xmas parties anyway. The winds are going to howl 25 knots later today and it’s only going to hit 25 degrees. Enough said.
Good Vibes 2010 is back and they’re selling tickets. Sydney – Centennial Park Sat 13th Feb 2010. More info
The Aquabumps Gallery is open all weekend. Yep. 10am to 6pm both days of the weekend. You’ll find us at 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach (behind the old Bondi hotel and in between Civic Video and TAB) Map. If you’d like to give our artworks away at Christmas time, you’ll need to give us 3 weeks production time (for custom orders – but we have hundred’s of frames in stock!). So this Sunday is the cut-off for Xmas orders…come in, and see what’s on offer or view our online catalogue, where you can see sizes, prices and even what they look like on the wall with our new “PREVIEW IN YOUR HOME” function. Dang!
Have a great weekend, uge

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Flare

It was an all star cast out there this morning – Wylie Moyes, Caleb Reid and Perth Standlick. The local guns flaring up amongst the 4 footers at Bondi. It was a shame Bondi’s banks weren’t putting up sections for the boys – most waves were pretty much flat. Somewhere must be going off right now. I’d drive if I had more time.
Perfect weather – 24. Winds WSW early, then NE 20 knots. Swell is on the decline. Low tide 4:10pm, high tide 9:30am.
SLAM
Slam Volleyball Festival kicks off its 10th anniversary tour at Palm Beach Sydney on 13th Dec. You’ll need to get sorted if keen – Palmy’s already sold 69 of a total 96 teams! More info
Bird Shot
Got a pile of email about my Cocky and Kookaburra shot yesterday. Hell, even the Daily Telegraph ran it today. To answer all your questions in one hit…basically I was just wondering down the beach and a Cocky was fighting with a Kookaburra mid-air. They then landed on the poo pipe exhaust at South Bondi, and the Cocky lost it, whilst the Kookaburra stayed composed, and refused to move off the pipe. Wow, sounds like a kids book…but that’s all that happened folks, I shot 3 frames and got a lucky moment between 2 aussie birds…no photoshop treatments (does everything that is interesting have to be accused of Photoshop comping?) and I reckon I was there for 5 seconds (not sitting there all day). So no big story really. See photo

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Rogue bombs

Rogue bombs are breaking out the back of Bondi this morning. I reckon some of those sets must be 8-9 foot. A lone wolf paddled out in the southern corner, only to return to shore moments later after getting slapped around. You’ve just got to be patient and wait until it calms down, which it will tomorrow. Until then, book yourself a holiday to Thailand – like that place.
On the weekend, Miss Bondi heat 2 was held at the Beach Road Hotel – you can see the shots here. Special thanks to our contributing photographers Steffen Burggraaf + Margit Selg.
Don’t forget you need to give us 3 weeks if you want to custom order something from the Aquabumps Gallery for Xmas. So the deadline is this weekend, I repeat the deadline is this weekend. Do it. You can view our artwork catalogue online, place an order and we’ll sort it all out for you – easy. Otherwise contact 02-9130 7788 if you have any questions about sizing, framing or freight. View Catalogue
adios, ugios

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Maya Beach, Phi Phi

So it’s Tuesday afternoon, and you haven’t received an Aquabumps fix this week…you’re probably wondering what the hell is going on? Well, I’ve been moving around a bit and today’s photos are from Maya Beach, Phi Phi (that’s Thailand kids). Why? Well I won’t go into detail but ended up spending the afternoon there yesterday – in the 35 degrees of Thai killer heat. And I am not talkin’ about that Patong heat. It’s seriously steamy over there.
You might recognise Maya Beach, even if you’ve never travelled to Thailand…in 1999 it featured in the movie “The Beach” where Leonardo Di Caprio went a little mental. All I can say is that it’s real…and looks just as good as the postcards/movies. The colours were phenomenal. Impossible to take a bad photo of the joint. If it had a peeling right hand barrel off those big twin rocks, I’d call it my number 1.
Well back to reality now…and I have started chippin’ away at my inbox for the afternoon, whilst Bondi is 6 foot, raining and horrendously onshore. Go seek protection for a wave, maybe Manly, but don’t get too excited – it’s mush.
Onshore until Wednesday afternoon ::later::uge

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