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Little bump in the bay this morning. Nothing special. Thick overcast early which has now burnt off. Every 15 minutes there was a (freaky) head high set rolling into the rip bowl in the middle, but I could have been lucky with my timing. Mostly waves 1-2 foot dribblers. ENE swell, NW winds and it’s dropping off fast. You won’t be surfing this weekend, perhaps drop by the gallery for some aquatic treats to keep you going in between sets. Zee Aquabumps Gallery, 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach T : 9130 7788 Here’s a little collection images that I think print hot.
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Over and out. :: uge

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nor-east

The swell has gone nor-east and period dropped. Bondi still has some fun little ones (2 footers), just need to drop anchor whilst waiting in between sets (rips are horrendous – still).
Clean’n’offshore right now, brief moment of sunrise glory at 7am before returning to greydom. Max 19 degrees on land, will rain, yes, oh and swell is dropping – flat this weekend so make the most of what we have on offer.
Have a great day, say hi to your mother. uge

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dark o

Quite a tricky morning to capture a decent image down at Bondi. The rain was coming and going, it was also so dark that you could barely get a decent shutter speed and most people were glued to bed. We’ve still got a dead south swell and north wind (which Bondi loves) but that’s about to change around lunchtime as it switches to North wind swell. The rip in the middle is on heat – try paddling through it and you’ll be flung out to sea…but get the right wave and that same rip will put a bowl in your set.
Our noticeboard is a hive of activity and constantly updated. I always hear stories of successful house hunters…it’s free! Check it out.
Adios, uge

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Bondi Rapids

I am not sure if I’m reading the right swell charts but they’re claiming a spike in swell period from 8 to 20 seconds during today. Don’t see that every day. 20 seconds is what you normally find in Indonesia with well-groomed ground swells, not here in Sydney. The wave heights are lacking size which translates to infrequent sets (2-3 ft) with long waits.
Determined not to be beaten by the current twin rip system at Bondi I swam out again with a longer lens…spent most of the time kicking (good to lose some winter excess baggage in the process). Really hard to stay in one spot out there today…amazing how much pull there is on such a small day.
Go surf, offshore now, onshore later today.
Plastiki
Yesterday a 60 foot catamaran arrived into Darling harbour from San Francisco after 130 days at sea. Not just any cat, it’s made from 12,500 reclaimed plastic bottles. The Plastiki crew have been on this mission to beat waste. Pledge your support here. The recycled vessel will be docked at the Australian National Maritime Museum for 1 month. www.theplastiki.com
Reminder : get a few mate’s together and book your Mentawai 2011 tour on charter boat Tengrirri…it’s half full already so you’ll need to get onto it.
Adios, : :  u g e (pronounced yooj)

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Rip paddles

It’s wasn’t bad at all this morning considering the forecast was for 1-2 foot dribblers and rain. 2 distinct peaks had 2-3 footers with the rip from hell running. Swimming with a camera wasn’t the easiest thing. Pockets of sunshine and a warm(ish) morning – nice! Offshore winds now, onshore SE later. Max 18, Min 9.
Fully stocked Surfculture in the Junga is having a winter wetsuit sale. If you haven’t got a new steamer for this winter, the technology these days is incredible and you’ll feel like you’re surfing (nude) in Hawaii, even on the coldest of days. Invigorating. Mention you’re an avid Aquabumps reader and they’ll do a deal on any board in the store at the same time… Ah, the fruits of reading this creepy corner of the internet are endless. Go to Surfculture 40 Bronte Road, Bondi Junction Telephone 9389 5477 When? Now on. www.surfculture.com.au | www.sixounceboardstore.com.au
Have a productive week, new south due Wednesday :: uge

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Morning Sickness

Don’t believe the hype…the predicted south swell has dropped rather than spiking up. Some sort of morning-junk-wobble-extravaganza going down – which made it look very ordinary at sunrise. It got a little better towards 9am, but only half as good as I thought it’d be. 3 footers, SW winds, moments of sunshine.
Weekend outlook: SE swell all weekend, biggest on Saturday morning (4 foot) otherwise 2-3 foot, early SW (kinda offshores) swinging more onshore both days (SE).
Creepy Julian is having a massive wetsuit sale at Surfection Mosman (only at this 1 store). Top brand sealed seam steamers were $575 now $299. Now that’s a deal. You’ll find him at 522 Military Road Mosman Telephone 9969 1011. He loves it when you try on 20 suits, pull out 15 boards (with greasy hands) and haggle with him just like at Bing Lee. Tell him I sent ya. More
I’ve been sent this video of Tarp surfing 10,000,0000 times….so I thought it was worth mentioning in today’s email. Kinda funny.
The long and skinny Aquabumps Gallery is open all weekend like we’ve done for the past 6 years. 10am to 6pm, Sat/Sun. 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach NSW 2026. New stuff up, Hawaii, Mentawais, new Bondi Panos, new sunrise shots, Australia day from chopper over northern beaches, new new new.
Adios, Uge

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Blood

It’s not too often I can say this, but it looks quite tasty out there right now. We’ve got a spike in swell producing waves around 3-4 foot at Bondi. Ok, so there’s still some leftover junk from recent winds, but it looks beltable with some meaty sections.
I’d say an early paddle would be favourable as the wind kinks around to the south and should blow more onshore (creating mush). It’s even bigger tomozza. What a treat. Let’s just hope it’s clean. Saturday looks fun as well. Seeing there’s more east in the swell most breaks should have a little sumpin’.
The City to Surf fun run is in a few weeks’ time. No kids, we’re not having another street party so call off the riot squad. Curlewis Street is a littler busier than Brighton Boulevard so it’s just not possible….ANYWAY, Glenn Orgias, the man who was attacked by a shark at Bondi has put together a running team creating awareness for blood pledges to the Red Cross. There 64 runners and they need your pledge www.runningonblood.com.au or call 13 14 95.

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Curvy

Boom! Wow, how’s the thunderstorms last night? Thought Moses was waving that staff around at Mark’s Park. Boom!
Another cold winters morning, the kind that hurts when putting on the rubber. The surf conditions were quite poor this morning – so I’m not really sure why I went out for a swim with my camera. Didn’t get really get any decent surfing shots, just some lone tubes rolling around.
Surfing Suits
Don’t forget tonight there is SurfAid fundraiser at Hugos Lounge in the X (July 21 2010 at 6:30pm). It’s $20 to get in and have a few free Coronas until 8:30pm. See you there. More Info Mofo
That is all kids. Uge

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S h i f t y*

In came the new dead south swell but so did it’s buddy the wind. Waves pushed up into the 3 foot range but 20 knots of cross shore will definitely put some randomness out there. The gale is said to calm down as the day progresses, one can only hope that means an improvement in wave quality. High tide 3:55pm, Low tide 9am. Chilly max of 15 degrees on da land.
Seeing everybody is so damn healthy these days have a look at this – MuesliMe. It’s a Australia company that customises your muesli mixes. I keep on trying to find the option that says “add bacon” or “extra Hollandaise” in my mix. They’re offering Aquabumps readers 15% off for online purchases…just type “aquabumps” in the voucher code upon checkout. Easy!
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Later, uge

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overzealous

I shot a lot of pics this morning – more than normal. I am not sure if it was because:
a) I read too many photography books on the weekend (and was a bit overzealous)
b) Had too many coffees
c) There was just a lot going on this morning down the beach (pros, airs, golden light, sunrises yew)
d) There was a neat lil’ 1-2 footer in the corner
e) All of the above
Our local pro, Perth Standlick, was back in town for 24hrs on route to Bali after gallivanting around the nation. He said he’s back today to wash his clothes. Always a talent to shoot as he boosts on a 1 footer…you guys try doing that.
Surfing wonder kid Jordy Smith has just won Billabong Pro J-Bay to take out his first tour event over Lennox Head shredder Adam Melling. Waves looked so fun over the past few days – you must watch the final here. Jordy Smith is now placed No.1 on the world tour ladder with Taj 2nd, Slater 3rd.
Shot a pic of the Astra Building this morning. Interesting building in that it’s now a retirement village but once was a notorious place to buy late night illegal liquor and heroin. It’s also said to be where AC/DC played one of their finest performances in the bottom bar (where Bondi Tratt is now).
Ok, it’s Monday and you probably have a lot to do, back to it. Storm coming this arvo. Later :: uge

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Indecision

If you’re looking to kill half a day, put 5 surfers in a car and drive around the northern beaches for 7 hrs. Easy done!
Check break A,B,C then go back to C, check D, then one surfer reckons the tide is good for A but by that time we’re due for coffee and gags, then finally to surf spot E but it definitely wasn’t as good as spot B….ah we should have surfed spot B when we had the chance and no wind on it. Decisions!
The south swell machine is back and we’ve got waves 3-4 foot at Bondi and exposed breaks. It looked very junkie at sunrise and hopefully it will settle today. That 30 knot offshore has plenty of icy bite…rug up kids.
Should be good little 2-3 footers all weekend with SW then NW winds. Come check out the Aquabumps Gallery 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach if you’re coming down to either surf, ice skate or flake.
Me mate Dan at H U F F E R has got a fancy new online store and ships to Oz. Check it.
Adios, :: u g e

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I C E

Kinda of an odd day. We’ve got leftover East swell which has been beaten by the westerly wind stick overnight and fading fast…then later a new south swell will hit bringing the goods. I like the look of tomorrow at South facing beaches. Maroubra had a little chilly wave on offer early today (2ft) with some nice light’n’colours. I wouldn’t dash off from work to surf it though. Perhaps wait until tomorrow or later today.
Sober Sam
I have a mate, Sam. He’s quite annoying at the moment. He’s grumpy, angry, irritable, and…well, just not much fun to be around. I found out why – DRY JULY. Yep, the little ferret is off the booze for the whole of July trying to clear his head and raise money for cancer. I’m counting down the days to August. www.dryjuly.com
Ice addicts at Bondi
Ever wondered what it’s like to check the surf at Bondi in your tights waving a girl above your head whilst on Ice? (See last photo in today’s report) Well here’s your chance…from 16th to 25th July you can get on Ice down at Bondi. A 500 sqm ice skating rink has been installed called the ‘Bergstation’. I checked it out yesterday, impressive. Massive bar down there and you can knock back a few mulled wines in true alpine fashion. You need to buy tickets online. www.winterfestival.com.au
I get asked a lot of questions but one of the most common is “Where is that mega hotel you stayed in at Bali on a little island? Where I can surf and my lady can have spa treatments” Answer Batu Karang on Lembongan Island. website
Have a good day, :: u g e (yooj)

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east peaks

The inbound east swell arrived and provided some fun ones this morning. Looking out the window as I write this I can’t see a cloud in the sky – my, my, what a difference a couple of hours can make (it looked like it was going to bucket down at 7am and was shooting in pure darkness).
This east swell is short lived and will only be here for 24 hrs…luckily a back up south swell is right behind it and should turn it on late Thursday afternoon.
When we were in Mentawais the other day one of our guys cracked his head open at Ht’s quite badly. In desperate need of a doctor and floating on a boat miles for anything remotely medical we were in a spot of bother (all standing on the back deck looking at each other in silence). After a short motor to a local primitive village we came across the Surfaid Docs who just happen to be holding a meeting and they kindly helped us out. Pagey lived but is half as smart as he was before (low base). We’re grateful that they’re out there…in the middle of nowhere…they’re the only ones helping out the Mentawai people (and odd surfer) who badly need the basics. Moral of the story is help SurfAid by donating, or come along with us to their fundraiser next Wed night called ‘Surfing Suits‘. $20 entry, Hugos, 6:30pm, Wed 21st July. Buy tix online. You may need them one day too!
Storm Surfers NZ Premiere is on tonight at 8:30pm, Wed 14th July (Discovery Channel). RC Jones, Tommy Carroll in NZ. More
Stevie Gurrow and Rama McCabe have curated a little art show called the “Whisky Gallery“. It will run for the next 6 weeks at the Flying Squirrel on Bondi Road. More
Ok enough already – all this typing is giving me a headache, uge

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Repeat

’twas one of those nice warm winter mornings where a swim wasn’t out of the question. The waves are still flat and the skies fat with clouds. Looking forward to tomorrow’s new east swell – that’s for sure…not much else to write about until then.
Here a few snaps from my last week’s Kimberley’s red dirt mission. Sure is big that million acre El Questro, those gorge’s are amazing.
Mentawai Charter Boat Tengirri is now taking bookings for 2011 (and there is the odd spot still available in Aug/Nov 2010). www.tengirri.com
If you own a iPhone hope you’ve downloaded our app! Just go to the appstore and type in AQUABUMPS. It’s a freebie!
Adios, uge

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fuggedaboutit

An old mate from out of town was calling me early for a swell check at Bondi as he was passing thru. He had that twang in his voice that told me he hadn’t surfed in a long while (kids, Perth, beer) – so he’s frothin’. At 6:30am I cruised down to see what the story was – flat as a lake! fuggedaboutit. He was guttered and gone shopping with the lady friend – guess that sums it up.
Looks like tomorrow will suffer the same fate before a welcome east swell mid week may produce some fun.
The honks at Huffer are having a 42% off sale (their winter radical Australian exclusive). It’s good stuff, wear it all the time. Step 1: hit the online huffer store Step 2: find ya digs Step 3: check out and type aquabumps code “42” to get 42% off – for real. Only for aussie customers.
Just flew in from the red dust of the Kimberley’s and will post some more shots up. Got some great ones from the bird.
Later, uge

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El Questro

Inland. Yep, I’m currently off the coast and shooting some red dirt. Never done it before – don’t worry, it’s only 1 report and we’ll be back to your Bondi routine on Monday.
Today’s images come from El Questro, a million acre wilderness park in the Kimberley’s of West Oz. A place where you can drive for miles on one dead straight road and not see another car. It’s also 30 degrees here, nice…so we’re thawing out from the Sydney chills.
We’re in the bird today and trying to hook a Barra. www.elquestro.com.au
Later, uge

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Entourage

Not much to work with down at Bondi today (photography-wise). The storm clouds are laying it on thick as the swell doubled into the 4-6 foot range. Had to shoot these pics at 3200 iso…that’s how dark it was.
3 guys out early waiting for something decent to roll in…the SE onshore was hindering most sets so I’d suggest a work day or watch the entire 6th season of Entourage.
Me..I’m heading way, way north to where the dirt is red and it’s a baking 29 degrees.
Later :: uge (yooj)

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Straight

Another morning of good conditions down at Bondi – and don’t you all know it. Quite a few more crew out for the early on the whiff of a 3 foot set. Winds were a optimal NW early, but will swing more southerly as the day progresses (up to 20 knots). Looks like there will be swell all week long, just need to the wind to come to the party – oh, and a decent bank would be grand. It’s pretty straight out there.
Adios, Ugios

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fruity monday

After a successful weekend of south swell it’s tapered off somewhat this morning. Halved me thinks. Bondi had a 2-3 foot wave, little wonky but mostly fun as not many people were out (brr). The rain has now set in after threatening rain clouds circled the bay all morning. The great news is that we’ve got a good supply of small south swell all week to play with.
Surf the Mentawais on Tengirri
Mentawai charter boat Tengirri is now organising 2011 tours. It’s a great boat, has to be… otherwise I wouldn’t have hired it 6 consecutive years in a row. So bang out a group email to all your frothing mates and book in for next year. You won’t regret it. Go to www.tengirri.com to find out more about the boat and next year’s tour schedule. Alternatively email [email protected]. Oh and there is 4 spots on a tour going Nov 20 2010. Cruisy father and son looking to ride some uncrowded perfection with other like minded people.

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No Show

I was surprised to see the inbound swell hasn’t arrived yet as the period jumps from 6.3 secs (4am) to 13.4 secs (10am) and then onto a heavy 18 secs (10pm) by tonight. In simple terms that should mean a new ground swell flowing into Sydney – where is it? Maybe check it later. Should be some fun ones over the weekend.
At the moment its 1 foot, very hard to surf unless you’re 2 foot high and 20 kilos.
I made a mistake in yesterday’s report and slapping myself as I write this. jhzdsfjshdfkjsdsdsSSFWHRTJTYTVBs. There IS a Ice Skating Rink being installed on Bondi beach 16th July – 24th July. The rink is NOT on the sand, but on the grassed area near the pavilion. So the bulldozer is NOT related to the Skating Rink…apologies, we’ve sacked the work experience kid,…the ‘dozer is quite simply creating a massive vege patch for us all live a subsistence existence.
Come see us at the Aquabumps Gallery over the weekend 10am to 6pm (Saturday or Sunday) 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach (just look for the huge yellow building crane and we’re behind it). Still lost? We’ve got some new artworks from Hawaii, Manly, Curly, Freshie and the salubrious Mentawais.
Ok, back to work :: uge

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C r i s p

Incredibly flat morning…even if you were the keenest of keen you’ll struggle to find a push today.
Nice, fresh, crisp morning to be up and about though as the Whales swim across the bay followed by a large pod of dolphins. To top it off, there was a colourful sunrise with some low hanging cloud.
Swell should come back later in the week…hang in there.
::uge
PS – I know we’re getting a ice skating rink on the beach, hence the ‘Dozer hacking up the beach today…but does he have to flatten/straighten all of the beach? Shall we bribe him for a nice ‘v’ shaped sand pile in the middle of the beach?

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