C O L D F R O N T

Quite a unusual morning in Sydney – sunny then stormy. It all began with semi-clear skies and a overnight spike in swell heights. Waves are now breaking 3 foot from the south and lookin’ tidy. The early morning high tide was bit of a problem – most waves I saw at Bondi were either fat or closing out – same round the corner. A lower tide will make things work better.
Around 7am clouds started to enter from stage right, creating some interesting lighting, and then a down pour occurred which has continued until now (11:30am). Winds are offshore (W) and will swing south east later today….so a lunchtime paddle is probably best.
Tomorrow looks good, 3-4 footers and offshores…can’t complain there – just pick the right tides. Sunday – same same – good as well. All weekend we’re blessed…great weeekend to get out of town. (sunny too!)
There is a big surfboard sale going down this weekend – boards from $299…everything must go, bags, accessories etc. Unit 1, 12 Ethel Ave (Cnr Miles Street) Brookvale NSW 10am to 4pm Telephone 9905 5975 for more details. (this weekend only)
Aquabumps Gallery is all stocked up and open Sat/Sun 10am to 6pm 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach NSW 2026. Come see us.
Later:: uge

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Silky

Real pretty day outside (again). This autumn stuff is great.
Yesterday proved the charts wrong and it turned on – 4 foot waves were on offer for most of the day with perfect gentle offshores (and sunshine). How good was that? Hope you broke free from the desk and got out there (plenty of people out in the middle of the day). Just goes to show the swell charts aren’t always right .
Today the swell has dropped a few gears and weak 1-2 footers were lappin’ into the bay. Barely any wind last night and today…very inviting. Tomorrow the swell returns so get other stuff done now.
Liquid Edge
With all this good weather outdoor activities are a must. Charter a 38 footer from our buddies at Liquid Edge and explore the harbour. Tell ’em Aquabumps sent ya.
Random Info: Massive seal tormented surfers yesterday when I was out there. Quite funny really. Spooked the tourists as they scrambled for the beach. Facebook: You all know I’m a fan of FB, and now you can rate things on Aquabumps with your thumb of approval – like like like…wow.

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Gold Plated Bondi

Just one of those cracker mornings out there – quite distracting sitting here in Aquabumps HQ punching out a update when I know there are 2-4 footers rolling into Bondi. It’s ultra clean with warm water and smothering sunshine. Magic! Why would you live anywhere else on a day like this?
There would be decent waves at any beach facing south today – even though the charts don’t show much swell energy – it’s bigger and better than forecasted. Bondi’s banks still stink (closeouts or porkas), so I’d head down that southern highway in search for something better.
The forecast is looking promising for the end of the week, especially Saturday. This time of year is the best, still summery warm water but the benefits of a winter swell machine.
Have a great day and sign up to our Facebook page (for bonus intermittent arvo updates) – 10,000 other punters have in the past 3 months. (will supersede our mailing list soon)
Adios, uge

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Red – eye

Before you hit reply on this daily email and demand I re-send the correct sunrise images from this morning – well, I don’t have ’em. I was circling Sydney airport when the sky blew up into strong hues…so I could only watch on, without a black shutter obstructing my view. Many say it was one of the finest dawn blazers…Ex pro surfer Byron from Massive called ‘tools down’ in his cafe, like a dawn service to pay respects to such a colourful display.
When I finally got there, it was a nice morning down at Bondi: still, glassy and some decent little waves – 2-3 foot. It was much better before the tide came in and killed it…max 23 degrees with perfectly grooming offshore winds all day (10-15 knots). Why not?
Enjoy a short week, uge

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2 8 d e g r e e s

Spectacular day outside. One to be outdoors or better still submerged.
Just like every other day this week, we have 1 footers, sunshine, offshores and warm waters. Take the longboard and paddle around in these ideal conditions. The land will hit 28 degrees today – how good is that. Just like summer.
The next time you will be surfing is Monday. Saturday and Sunday are pretty much flat and invest the time in brownie points with the lady.
The Aquabumps Gallery is open all weekend (closed on the Monday public holiday) 10am to 6pm 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach. Good opportunity to pick Mum up a mother’s day present.
Pray for swell…it’s been a while. Have a great long weekend.
Over and out :: uge

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:: Transition

I won’t lie, trying to come up with something (interesting) to write about every morning can be hard. It’s even harder when there are no waves and the past few days have been very similar. So I spin my pen, get distracted by Facebook, go for another coffee at Gusto (3rd) or stir up my talented staff. You’ve heard it all before, salubrious morning, sunny, warm, glassy, 1-2 ft, closing out blah blah – it’s text book beautiful Bondi out there. Well I think the Anzac weekend is going to be the turning point into the gates of winter, so soak it up whilst it’s here, immerse in the heavenly water temps and get your last rays before we have to don the rubber and uggies.
:: eugenius

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C l o n e

The days all seem to be the same this week. It all starts off with early morning cloud that usually burns off by 8am. The winds are offshore NW and the water temperature remains a comfortable 22 degrees (boardies). The mercury will hit 25 on land and it’s perfect beach weather (yep). You’d be surprised how many people are actually down there during the weekdays.
The waves are in the 2 foot range, clean, glassy but straighthanders – closing out along the bay. There is more tide in today, giving hope, but it’s not enough. A nice patch of sand in the south end is all we need. Somewhere facing south, with a bank or reef would have something fun chuggin’ in. I’d say go for an drive.
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Au revoir….Eugene

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Vapour

The waves were quite unimpressive this morning. The early low tides were making the 1-2 footers flop flat on a bank, robbing you of a decent ride. I don’t recommend surfing it.
The clouds, however, were very impressive. Vapour buckled and stretched over Ben Buckler like a Turneresque master piece.
The weather is outstanding and worthy of a lunchtime swim. Perhaps on the higher tide there will be a beginners wave…or take the mal for a spin – but that’s about it.
Perusing the week’s swell charts reveal an obvious lack of swell energy. All week long we’re going need alternative activities to keep us busy. Sunday a new swell will arrive – but until then, sit tight.
Bondi Sizzle
You may of heard about Bondi Sizzle. It’s a Bondi Beach Community festival being held in May 2010 (that’s next month – soon). Really smart people involved : Maruice Terzini (Icebergs), Stevie Gorrow (insight), Murray Bell (Design is Kinky), Brian Taranto (Love Police), Stab, Lisa Smith (Bondi Style)… and we’re doing something. Read this thing if you want to know more about what’s happening in the hood.
Good bye, yooj

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m i x e d b a g

Late one I know…oops. Got a lil’ distracted.
The day started out with clouds and glassy 1 footers.
Now it’s glassy 1 footers and sunny. (top of 26 degrees)
Tomorrow sunny, warm. (top of 26 degrees)
Wed sunny warm…(top of 26 degrees)
Thursday, sunny and warm…(top of 25 degrees)
And then…
A sunny and warm day on Friday – who would have thought such good weather is possible at this time of the year.
What a week, except there are no waves to be had. Doubt you’ll surf anything about waist high until next week. Take the Mal.
Adios, :: uge

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l a t e

A pink glow seeped under my bedroom blind…and I knew it was going to be a cracker morning. What a shame it was all over by the time I donned the boxers and rolled down the hill with one eye sealed. For the next hour I was questioned by the early risers “did ya get it…did ya get it?” Nope I missed ‘it’. No matter, we’re having a good run of classy sunrises lately and there will be more.
There are waves too. Small ones…mainly in the 2 foot range with the odd 3 footer. Super clean conditions, initially overcast but now clear, max 25 degrees. Enjoy autumn paradise.
Tomorrow looks interesting kids, a southerly ground arrives and you’ll be surfing 4-5 footers BUT the wind will disrupt play – early.
I rate Hawaii, and by the looks of my inbox, so do you. We’ve released some of the best images from the trip for sale after the first test prints came back and looked great. You can order them online here if you’re interested. Plenty more coming and a little show in the white tunnel ain’t far away (the gallery).
This vid from Critical Sliders is worth distracting you from work.
Enough rambles, back to work :: uge
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Meeting request

Ok ok…so the cat is out of the bag. Surf is pumping and Sydney’s coastline has lit up with peaky, south swell, 4 foot gems.
I must say its dramatically better now than when I shot it this morning. The rips are horrendous, but there are some great waves to be had.
Have to go…um…to a long meeting with the left in the middle.
Adios, uge

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1 8 0 d e g r e e s

I am not all that happy about the drop in morning temperatures but you know what winter brings – finely tuned south swells. Bondi loves the dead south (that would be 180 degrees for those with their protractors out). Nice little bump in swell earlier this morning, 2-3 foot and offshore winds. Large crowds out for the sunrise session.
Unfortunately the south change has arrived and the show is already over. When I just rode the steel horse down Campbell, (all 96 cc’s of it), I saw a butchered-white-capped-mess. So now you’ll have to wait for the winds to subside and focus on non-aquatic activities.
Quite a few people stumble across our gallery and mention they didn’t know it existed and read Aquabumps – well, just to confirm, yep, we have a gallery in Bondi. We’ve had galleries for 6 years now and Curlewis Street is now our only store. (closed North Bondi and Bali galleries to concentrate on the new mega gallery). Anyway, drop by, we’re open every day except Mondays from 10am to 6pm. Most people comment on how different (in a good way) the pictures look blown up.
Over-n-out :: uge

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c o o l i o

How about that…an Aquabumps report hits your inbox before 8:30am! Yes I did go home last night.
Starting to cool right down in the mornings now as the claws of winter creep in. Clear skies, offshore winds and mini 1-2 footers on offer from our current East swell. Not really much out there to motivate people – so maybe a good day to crank the work out. Also tomorrow a new south swell arrives but won’t clean up until Wednesday (4-5 foot) – summary – surf mid week.
That is all. As you were.
::Uge

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T h e N o w

Hi… Nice morning with waves around…you’ll have to get out there before it goes onshore (which will happen very soon). I saw waves around 2-3 foot this morning and not many people out. Looks like the seasons have changed and most of the tourists have fled, leaving uncrowded peaks for the early risers.
Small swell maintains for most of the weekend. Nothing over 2-3 feet – at least there will be something to ride.
Deus Surf Swap Meet
I like their modified 2 wheeled hotrods. They rock. Want one. Oh and they’re having their 2nd Deus (Day-Us) Surf Swap meet tomorrow – April 10 at Camperdown, 98 Parramatta Road from 10am to 5pm. Why? Pre 1990 surfboards, skateboards, components, vintage surf clothes, beach shack furniture and posters, mags and other collectibles will be for sale/swap. Let’s go eh? more
Zee Aquabumps Gallery is open this weekend 10am to 6pm. Come in, we’ve got a nice new shiny floor…151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach 2026 NSW Tel: 02 9130 7788
Tour Stop No.2, Bells – a winner will ring the Bell today. Watch it live now.
Adios, Ugios

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D i v e r s i t y

Volatile weather at the moment in Sydney – not too dissimilar to the north shore of Hawaii. Sunny 1 minute, raining the next.
A grey calm morning out there. Bondi had a neat little 2-3 footer, glassy and classy. Shame we have no decent banks.
Right now it’s sunny and raging West-Sou-West winds – looking to hit 27 degrees (perfect).
Tomorrow should hang around the 2 foot mark…seeing it’s a south swell, Bondi is soaking up the most of it.
Ava a good day :: uge

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s h o r e y w a r p

Today we drove to the other side of the island where it’s a completely different weather pattern – sunny skies, blue water, calm beach…ah yes, a nice change from the rainy/stormy north shore. Ok so the waves weren’t pumping but the water clarity was AMAZING.
See you in back in Bondi, :: u g e
PS – if you know where this place is (assume a few of you do), kept it to yourself and have a little smile. No need to post it on FB or our site. Very few tourists here today.

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T R A D E S

When you think Hawaii you probably envisage pipe 8-10 or Waimea Bay monsters…thinking it’s smokin’ here most of the time. Well late season (now) it’s actually quite fickle. We’ve had a week of howling trades…which is quasi offshore to sideshore but when it’s 30 knots+ most waves are torn to shreds unless breaking very close to shore on one of the many sandbars (e.g. Ehukai).
From what I’ve learnt, Pipe doesn’t work a great deal at this time of year. Nov, Dec, Jan suit pipe better. However there is always something to ride around there…it’s just breaks closer to shore and doesn’t really barrel. The tourists flock to Pipe…by the bus load, and it kinda reminds me of Bondi on a hot summery day. People everywhere. The standard of surfing is very very high. You can tell most guys surf every day, in minimum head high peaky shorey’s if the main breaks aren’t working.
Waimea is a sleeping giant – it seems to break very little but when it does it is special. Last week we saw it break triple head high and today it’s completely dead flat and super clear, ideal for a few underwater shots. So hard to believe the EDDIE ran here only a few months ago in front of 25,000 people and 40-50 foot waves (face). Hurricane Bob, reckons you couldn’t park closer than Haleiwa and had to walk 1 hr on the final day of competition. (the car park only holds about 40 cars  – good luck snaggin’ one of those)
The good thing about late season is plenty of waves don’t have the crowd… even during Easter.
Hope you’re getting waves back home. Bondi looks small but offshore this morning…take the fat board. (2ft?)
Later, uge
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S H A K A

Aloha. Swell has dropped a tad here on the North Shore of Hawaii…but the trade winds are hooooowwwwling (and I’m not talking about the non-Hawaiians). Saw a guy do an air at Ehukai and thought he was going to land on the set behind. Difficult conditions…still size around. The odd double head high set. Hairy.
The shore breaks here are incredible. I’ve never seen so much water move so violently on dry sand. Yeah yeah, will get some images from the water…thought it might be a good idea to have a good look around the joint.
Happy Easter.
Just a reminder that the Aquabumps Gallery is shut all Easter for maintenance, and I’m on a deck chair in Hawaii.
Later :: uge

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