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Mighty fine morning out there.
Today will go a lil’ something like this:

The early morning high tide (8am) will conceal any current swell movements…(it’s only 1 foot and breaking on the weedy shore)
Go for a swim, avoiding weed (say no to drugs)
The sun will bake us to a balmy 28 degrees until lunchtime – go for another swim
Clouds will appear after lunchtime – go do some work…finally
Rain and thunderstorms may also appear as the day progresses – fill ya tanks up
The swell will pickup, seeing the period kicks up to a nice 10 seconds and the tide drops – perhaps go for a paddle
Hang on…the winds look to be 20 knots of SE late today…boo. Onshore and messy – perhaps Friday drinks are a better option.

Next week is looking more interesting – decent sized swells, but flanking onshore winds will narrow down your options. Wednesday is the peak of the swell.
The kids are back at school, and it’s now safe to leave the house. Phew.
The Aquabumps Gallery, 151 Curlewis Street is open all weekend 10am to 6pm. Browse the BUY PRINTS section of our website, check out sizes and prices and click “PREVIEW IN YOUR HOME” button to see what it looks like on the wall.
Have a great day, if contact with us once a day isn’t enough join our Aquabumps Facebook fan page. You can play amongst yourselves as well.
Adios, uge

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the stink weed

Some days it’s torturous coming up with 5 interesting images to show you all when there is no light, no waves and a pile of stinky weed on the shores. Bondi is a full shorey…don’t even think about it and do something else I say. On the 2pm low tide you might get a knee to waist high shank, but don’t go rushing down there.
No waves until Monday/Tuesday where the goods return – nothing like Big Wednesday last week – just a nice solid East swell. Something cooking up at Goldie next week if you’re up there.
Ocean Fit
If you’re not 100% confident in the water, Bondi local Andre Slade is running sessions to develop your ocean knowledge and confidence. Beginners to ocean hell men – he caters for all. Ava a look here.
Later :: uge

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‘strayla Day

The stench of beer has nearly dried up…also the 50,000 ‘strayla Day lunatics have bailed and the grass on North Bondi is on the path of rejuvenation. Back to quiet Bondi after a massive, massive, public holiday.
I took over 2,000 images yesterday…there was just so much going on…it seems to be the 1 day of the year where you can do whatever you like. The weather turned on and the peeps hit the beach – in masses.
There were no waves yesterday or today. Really unsurfable this morning even for the beginners. Tomorrow same same. Maybe Friday afternoon.
Yesterday I tried to get the bird into Bondi, but access was denied due to air force hornets rippin’ the sky apart…so we flew North and shot Manly to Curly from above. The colours and crowds were jaw dropping. If you were on the beach, we may have an image of you – but wait – please be patient, we’re still sifting through the pile and will take us a few weeks to get them online. We hope they’re worth the wait…but here is a sneak preview.
Adios, ugios
PS – article on Aquabumps in The Australian yesterday (Arts section) – view article

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Weed

The weed has taken over Bondi…the recent rogue swell has uprooted tonnes of seaweed and dumped it at our local. Getting in and out ain’t easy – maybe leave the leggies at home.
There is small waves this morning…as our booming swell has evaporated…1-2 footers and junky. Not pretty.
Hot weekend install for us, 39 tomorrow and a little bump in swell on Sunday – not much until then – sorry kids. In fact the swell radar sheds little hope for us over the next 7 days…looks like all the energy was spent on Wednesday.
The Aquabumps Gallery will be open 10am to 6pm all weekend as usual – closed on Monday and the public Aussie day holiday. Good chance we’ll be shooting from a helicopter on Australia day – around 2:30 to 3:30pm above Bondi beach if you’re keen to get in a shot like this.
Happy long weekend. ::Uge
PS – Only 2 boards left in my ebay surfboard garage sale, 1 of them is brand spanka. (auctions end in a couple of hrs)

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Big Bondi

Today is quite boring compared to yesterday. 3-4 foot closeouts down at Bondi on the low tide – I sat there for 1 hr and barely got a decent shot of anyone….but let’s talk about yesterday – how spectacular was that! You could see it was going to be a solid day from the morning – but man, I reckon I saw 10 foot + bomb sets smother the bay around 2-3 pm. Had no idea it was going to get that big. All thanks to the low hanging off Tassie…which generated such a salubrious ground swell. At high tide the waves even lapping up against the concrete boardwalk – not often you see that.
Bondi can’t handle swell that big – full stop. Handful of guys were surfing Ben Buckler, providing entertainment for crowds on the rocks. We often talk about getting a wave out the back of BB, and then connecting all the way to the beach – well – yesterday was the day…I saw plenty of dudes on Rhino chasers gettin’ 200m+ rides to the beach from out the back.
Enough froth…This swell will dissipate as fast as it arrived. I’d expect 2 footers down at Bondi by night fall…and then back to summery 1-2 foot range for a while.
It’s going to be 39 degrees on sat – ouch.
Obviously these shots are from yesterday not today – as today was lame :: uge
PS – my ebay cheap board auctions end this afternoon. Bid now, or forever hold your peace.

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ground swell

It’s big and gettin’ bigger. By far the largest swell we’ve had here in months…and it’s NOT really surfable at Bondi. 6 foot + and closing out most of the bay. I saw a rogue set break so far out the back it was quite impressive – must of touched the 8 foot range. For people that like the technical data, this is a 178 degree, dead south ground swell with a 12 second period (that means plenty of grunt and its a ground swell!).
Not an easy decision this morning on what to do…drive outta town? Surf the local protected corners around here? Is the wind a bit too funky for it? Morning sickness? wonky? Yes, well 6 sms’s before 6am proves we’re all driving around in circles in the excitement of our new swell, but really, only a few select places will be working today. I’d say as the new swell settles, and drops to manageable levels, somewhere would be smokin’… Somewhere… But I know that Eastern suburbs beaches can’t handle this size.
My online surfboard ebay garage sale ends tomorrow – see all my preloved sticks going for a steal.
The Aquabumps Gallery is open regardless of the big swell (Rule#1: always hire staff that don’t surf) Drop by 151 Curlewis Street, Bondi Beach (2 doors up from Thai Terrific, just behind Bondi Hotel worksite). Still lost? Call 02-9130 7788.
Advertising on the Aquabumps daily is the best way to promote your business to 30,000 good looking, smart, sophisticated people. It’s ridiculously cheap to do so. If your business is relevant (we’re fussy), contact us…More Info or call Gloria 9130 7788.,
Ok, enough ramble. Enjoy, 28 degrees today and 30 tomorrow:: uge

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airshow

As forecasted the swell has jacked up and we’ve got 3-5 foot Bondi chunks. It looked a little junky early, but by far the biggest waves I’ve witnessed in some time. The swell origin is 187 degrees (DEAD SOUTH) so any beach not facing the source will be neglecting the full extent of this swell spike. The wind seems to be kinking around to the SE, but was SW this morning…and should settle in the NW later tonight. Summary – it’s good, not perfect and a bit messy but fun. Is it me or was everyone doing big airs today?
Buff boiz
You’ve probably noticed a guy called Dimitri hanging out at the outdoor gym at North Bondi. Yep, he’s the guy that’s always there in red speedos and must be related to Arnie…well the buff boys are well known for their rope training off Ben Buckler cliffs and they’ve made a calendar “ROPE FOR HOPE” to raise money for the orphans and HIV kids in South Africa (MaAkrika Tikkun). www.Ropeforhope2010.com.au
Uge’s Garage Sale
I walked into my garage the other day and thought it’s a bit ridiculous how many boards I own. Let’s just say it’s getting above 20 and I’m not allowed to buy anymore until I get rid of some. I apologise for using Aquabumps daily to pump up my ebay surfboard auctions (see all), but hey, there’s gotta be some perks to getting up at sunrise every day for the past 11 years. Enough ramble – if you’re looking for a new board I have 6 on ebay…varying from small snubs to performance boards. Also threw in some B&B Italia dining chairs…Brand New Chilli 5’10” QF11 (used twice, rad Bondi board), Chilli 5’10” small wave board (used), Webber 6’1″ (used on 1 Mentawais tour, near new), Dahlberg 6″0″ Hollow Epoxy Salomon S-core, 6’0″ Element – oldie but a goodie, 5’10” Psilakis Snub Vector/Fishy small wave hot rod…bid away – go nuts!

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Pulse

Glorious day outside…
These sneaky little swells seem to pop up for a few hours and then dissipate just as fast as they arrive. Last night switched on with a small pulse, and again this morning – ah yes, warm water, offshore winds and 2 footers pushing into the bay…nice.
Big crowd were on it though, absolute chaos – dudes going right on lefts, dudes going left on rights, 4 dudes per wave – WOW – I still think 2 foot Bondi is more lethal than 8 ft H-tees. The flotsam jetsam (aka cheap china mini mals) can send you off in a Ambo on your first wave.
Tomorrow and Wednesday look mighty fine to me. For those that have returned to work, and just downloaded your 5,000 emails – bad luck eh.
17 year old Frenchie Maxime Huscenot won the Billabong World Juniors at North Narrabeen yesterday. The lil’ shredder from Reuniion Island took out the final over Brazilian Jadson Andre (watch video replay of finals). Also NN local, 18 yr old Laura Enever took at girls title on her home break.
Have a good week – at least we’ve got waves. Later:: uge

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Blink

Yesterday’s brief 24 hour fling with 3 foot waves is all over – the plague of flatness has returned. Hope you sampled a few while they were here. Blink and you would’ve missed it.
Today, its 1 foot, slightly onshore, overcast and best suited to beginners. Probably won’t fry your burger.
Max 25 degrees with possible showers and SE winds 10-15 knots. After checking the swell radar, may I suggest doing another sport for a week (not much coming).
The Aquabumps Gallery residing at 151 Curlewis Street, Bondi is open all weekend 10am to 6pm. Time to put something on that blank wall in the living room, come see – we’re here.
We’ve finally got around to starting a Facebook fan page. Seeing there isn’t much going on at work, and you’re on Facebook all day, might as well join us and have a tinker around. I am not sure yet how you’ll benefit – but we’ll make it advantageous some how…
It’s my brother Christian’s birthday today. I wouldn’t normally mention that – but it’s a significant number…Happy Birthday bro ::uge

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illusion

When you haven’t seen waves in a while anything looks good. Anything.
Well, after last night’s southerly change we’ve got some wind waves today… I even saw a set break above head high. Yes! And I am no midget even though I’m of Asian descent.
It’s on shore, it’s bumpy, it’s wet and it’s slippery…but since this summer has not produced anything decent yet, it’s 4 out of 10 rating has lifted…doesn’t seem to be anyone around either. Loads of crew still on holidays.
Bondi Concrete
Whilst you were on holidays our local council has tried to pass plans to tear up the greenery of Hugh Bamford Reserve (North Bondi) and plonk a major industrial development. Needless to say the local residents are firing up about the 5000 square metre industrial depot…and prefer the heritage listed, beachside land to stay as is…if you’d like more information about the development click here or join their facebook protest group
Ava good day ::uge

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Busy Bondi

Hiya. I am back. No need to worry, I haven’t deserted you (thanks for the 100 emails of concern)…just needed some time to chase waves without the cameras/housings/laptops. And oh boy, no matter where I went it was small, small and small – like a curse. About the biggest wave I found after travelling through Bali, Lembongan and road trips up the coast of NSW was the Flow Rider – man made wave at Singapore.
Hope you found something over the break – looks like WA was the only place with a wave on.
OK. So Bondi was an ‘exciting’ 2-3 inches this morning (90% unsurfable). I hear there was a bump in town from the NE yesterday – well that’s gone too. The rest of the week looks small, the odd local wind wave here and there. Try Friday where a little sumpin’ may rock in.
After sitting on deserted beaches for 2 weeks you really realise how busy Bondi really is – people every where!
The Aquabumps Gallery is of course open…10am to 6pm every day except Mondays. Enjoy the bakin’ beach weather before the south change hits later – ron.
::uge

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Island Style

Last day on Nusa Lembongan, Bali…
There is currently a tiny swell running, but the reefs still put on a wave with the incoming tide. When the tide changes here I’ve never seen so much current – apparently it’s due to the deep water trenches between Nusa Penida and Lombok (just around the back) where water moves at 7 knots! You literary have trouble driving a boat into the current. Good way of clearing the peak though…
Amazing snorkelling out the back of the island with lush coral formations and super clear vis. See you back in Bondi…
Junpa lagi :: Kedek Made Uge
PS – Hit up Batu Karang Luxury Villas if you’re looking for a surf trip where you can bring the family/partner (it’s where I am right now). Email Troy Sinclair (the owner) directly and he will sort it all out for you…

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Nusa Lembongan

Ok so we’re having a few I.T. problems to start 2010. You may have received last week’s update from Bali today (Monday), oh and maybe twice. Sorry to clog up your inbox. Also a few readers are receiving fake emails from Aquabumps.com – well our I.T. division on level 2 are sorting that out as well. So here is the REAL daily update for today…
The little Indonesian island paradise of Bali attracted 2.5 million visitors in 2009, source: Bali’s Central Statistics Agency (BPS). Australian’s make up 17.3 percent of these visitors. That’s a total of 432,500 Aussies running around mad on Bali every year, packing the bars in Bintang singlets. It felt like 400,000 were here for NYE – it was rammed. The amazing thing is that only 12.5 kilometres off the east coast of Bali lies the cruisy, uncommercialized, uncrowded island of Nusa Lembongan. Lembongan is 8 square kilometres in size with a permanent population of 5,000 (mainly fishermen + seaweed farmers). It’s true island style…no cars, and scooters are the only means of going out the back of the island to the pristine beaches. It’s pretty similar to Rottnest in WA except it’s offshore for most of the day (and you can charter a boat for half day for only $30).
It’s wet season, which isn’t the best time of year to surf the big stuff, but if you want consistent 3 foot in crystal clear blue water – this is your place. Today Shipwrecks, the most well known right on the island put on a wave for some big names such as ex pro WCT surfer Brad Gerlach and Tipi “ Tiger“ Jabrik. (photos coming)
Tips: I am staying at Batu Karang luxury villas, an Australian family operation which have the best accommodation on the island. www.batukaranglembongan.com or contact owner Troy Sinclair for more information. The views from the top villas are insane. 2 Frenchies have started a great restaurant on the beach called Indiana Kenanga – must see. You’ve got to hire a scooter for $5 and ride out the back of the island to see Dream beach – one of the best setups I’ve seen in ages, the bar, made from whatever they found lying around is super low key and good for a sunset drink.
Enough Tourist Bureau ramble, I hear it’s been wet back in Bondi and not much swell…today (Monday) it should go offshore in the late afternoon/evening (NE) and south swell pump into Bondi. Until then – onshore goop. Seeya, uge

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Bali in B+W

Happy new year yo’ll…hope 2010 brings you plenty of waves.
Sorry for the random Aquabumps update…had a bit of time to kill, and there are no waves…so I’d thought I’d do something constructive.
I love Bali which is why this is my 26th trip here. The island is packed and new year’s eve was pretty nuts. The traffic is manic and most of the ATMs have run out of green. I guess that would only happen in a country where 100 aussie is an inch thick pile of rupiah notes. Makes you feel rich.
The waves have been pretty dismal and crowded – this is not the best time of year to come and surf here – as it’s wet season – and you mostly have to surf the other side of the island (Nusa Dua side) – BUT you can still find a 3 foot wave on the right tide. But to be honest, driving around when the island is so busy can be a nightmare…so the shorey at Seminyak it is.
Enjoy your holidays. The Aquabumps Gallery reopens this weekend 10am to 6pm after closing for 1 week. 151 Curlewis Street Bondi beach NSW Telephone 02-9130 7788.
Junpa lagi, Kedek Made Uge

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