Cirrus

The clouds stole the show this morning… Wow, what an amazing winter’s morning. At 6 a.m. I woke with pink hues pasted on the side of my face – it’s orrrrn! 2 seconds later I made the mad scrambled down the lift in jocks, double parked with lenses rolling around at my feet. I only got the tail end of a very colourful morning – still good though. Hope you saw it.
The waves weren’t as exciting. It’s flat as. Lake Bondi. I’m talking 0.5 foot ripples and only stand up shepherds were out tending to their flock.
Don’t forget this Sunday is the Arts Freedom Rally. This is a big deal for anyone that owns a camera. 10am, Sunday 29th August at Campbell’s Cove. Every big name in photography is going to be there. Read more
Ok, I’m out of here. I am not sure when you’ll hear from me next…but we’ve got some guest writer/photographers for the next few weeks. The Aquabumps gallery is trading as usual every day except Mondays. Contact Gloria or Christian for all your artwork/advertising needs t: 02 9130 7788.
:: uge

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Horus

Surfing should be a really low priority for you today, as the week of flatness continues. The wind has icy claws and is currently blowing 20-30 knots (strong). Put the boards away until the weekend.
I hung around Bronte pool this morning and watched all the locals performing their morning rituals, some swimming, some just standing around in their togs like it’s a 35 degree summer’s day, some doing yoga or just walking the dog…one things for sure, we all love the morning sun from the north. Step one foot into the shadows and you’ll feel the snow in dem mountains. (dumping all week apparently)
If you’re bored at work, maybe get creepy on facebook or find new surf breaks on google earth. My mate Sam spend’s whole days doing this.
later, :: Uge
PS: Horus = the sun/sky God, Gez, stuff like that.

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15.6

Like most of this week there isn’t a great deal going down at the moment. Today is probably even smaller and straighter that yesterday. Until the weekend you won’t be surfing a great deal…nice morning though. Go for a walk or join the polar bears in a swim. It’s 15.6 degrees in the Icebergs pool. That will give you a jolt into your day.
Grab
These days I see people rolling around with some impressive camera gear. At sunrise it’s great to see gangs of shooters finding their own vantage point. I can remember 11 years ago roaming around with a big lens and people thought I was shooting craters on the moon. Nowadays big lenses are everywhere. So what are you all doing with these images? Well send em into a comp and win some camera loot of course. Getty Images and Flickr are running a photo comp called “GRAB – Australian Life Captured“. I’m a judge…so show us life in Australia through your eyes. More info
Oggie. (that’s how Swedish backpackers pronounce my name in the gallery – makes me laugh every time)
PS – not leaving on the big sabbatical until the weekend.

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The sabbatical

I bet you didn’t think there was going to be waves this morning after checking the swell charts last night. Well, there is. Small ones from time to time dribbling into the bay (2 footers). Now I’m not saying its pumping nor should you drop your pencils and dash out the office…but if you find some spare time today, maybe paddle around in the sunshine and soak it up. It’s a top notch day outside. 10 out of 10.
Uge’s Sabbatical
The next 4 weeks in Aquabumps land are going to be a little bit different. For 11 years I’ve been punching out these daily photo escapes religiously, no matter where I am in the world or whether I have internet accesses or not. We’ve been to many places together and had a good time in the Maldives, Fiji, Hawaii, Samoa, Europe, remote indo blah blah. The good times will continue to roll, but I am doing some travel in Indonesia and the Southern Atolls of Maldives for a month. YES YES YES, I am packing A (meaning one) camera. I won’t be travelling with pro surfers and maybe just 1 surfboard (I lie – 2). Why? Well…none of your business (only kiddin’)…just taking a lil’ rest. It does take around 3-4 hours to produce this 5-photo-2-paragraph-ramble daily – I am by no means saying I work too hard as I still think I have the best job in the world and love doing Aquabumps whilst refining my sun tan…it’s just a break. It’s me not you.
SO, there will be updates, sometimes from me, sometimes from some random bum down at Bondi, sometimes not at all. So thanks for your patience during this break, don’t go anywhere, and thanks for being a part of Aquabumps. I am sure you want to reply with a spray, humor or something clever, so do it here.
Adioso, Ugios.
PS – flat until sat. Ok maybe a 2 footer on Friday.

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The unexpected

I didn’t quite know what to expect down the beach this morning. I was leaning more to the pessimistic side as I couldn’t see much water moving from my bedroom window at 6:20am. After spending 5 mins on the cold sand, Jono (one of the regulars) took off, pulled into a snug barrel, flew out and popped an air right in front of the Icebergs. Hmmn – impressive. Better than what I thought it was. Sets were very infrequent but when they came, they had some tasty sections. But to reiterate, infrequent and mostly 2 footers, grey, rain and chilly.
Modern
Modern Amusement make great street wear. It’s that brand with a crow on it. Been around for a while, mainly in the states. Well they’re now giving away a Brett Warner retro fish board. Just gotta buy some Modern gear and send your receipt to [email protected] (where to buy) more comp info
That’ll do it. Adios, uge

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soak

Ah yes….just one of those dayz….
The ocean is on idle whilst the sun is on overdrive. A sun soaked morning with 0.5 foot dribbles. Sometimes, from no where a 2 foot set arrives but that would be every 15-20 mins (extreme patience required). I’d say a swim is in order, yes, a dip and you’ll feel alive for the rest of the day.
There is basically no waves until a new south swell arrives on Sunday. Until then clean the gutters, mow the lawn, maybe do some work and try get some time in the sun.
It’s Father’s Day on the 5th Sept…bet he’d love a framed artwork from the Aquabumps Gallery. 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach NSW 2026. We can frame any image as long as you give us a minimum of 2 weeks to frame it! So don’t leave it to the last minute. Check out our online catalogue.
(and we’re open all weekend 10am to 6pm).
Have a great weekend, uge

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Freaky

What a freaky morning. It’s warm, like spring and heading towards 23 degrees. Also the swell has evaporated overnight. What a drop huh, from 3-4 foot to ankle biters in 24 hours. Winds are NW, typical of a summery day but it’s going to howl 30 knots later.
I’m a photographer not a criminal
Ken Duncan came and saw me the other day. He’s organising a rally in Sydney fighting for photographers rights to shoot freely without permits, fees and red tape in public spaces. Please join the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) with Arts Freedom Australia (AFA) in this public rally near Campbell Cove, Sydney Harbour on Sunday 29th August, 2010 from 10am to 12 noon. More information
Ok. Too nice a day to be sitting in here emailing youse guys, :: uge (Pronounced Yooj, short for Eugene – get asked all the time)
PS – interesting comments/posts on the long lost Mr Beautiful (Bondi icon). See

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6-thirts

Couldn’t sleep so was wondering around Bondi really early this morning. Good thing there was a cracker of a sunrise with some interesting cloud formations – the type of clouds that warn rain later tonight.
Waves were up but suffering under the low tide. Paddle, take off, bottom turn, maybe 1 turn before the whole lot avalanches down on you. Low tide has now past (8:30am) and the incoming tide should put some more water on those banks, hopefully making it hold up a little more.
This south ground swell doesn’t hang around long, I suspect tomorrow will be 1-2 foot. Enough said, I am outa here.
Taste Orange
From 23-29th Aug 2010 there is a week of events at the Bondi Pavilion where the country folk from Orange put on a food, art, wine + music festival. Ava a look
Catchya, ::uge

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Winter Love

Love winter. It’s the best time around here. Bondi is half empty and you can even find a car park on Hall Street (from time to time). Winter also brings swell, mostly from the south and we’re facing the right direction to greet it. Yesterday’s dwindling swell has been replace by, yep, yet again, another solid south swell. We’re blessed. It’s 3-4 foot and getting bigger as you read this. Little bit of random junk on it, but some real nice rides to be had. Most beaches should show a wave today.
High tide: 2:15pm
Low tide: 7:30am and 9:11pm
Wind: currently howling 30 knots of SW but north winds tomorrow.
The Mentawais are having a cracker of a season, and you need to get 5 mates and book a trip on Tengirri for 2011 now – half the charters are already booked. Do it, I’ve booked my special spot in 2011. www.tengirri.com
Have a great day, enjoy the sunshine and the icy wind. Adios, Ugios
P.S Late breaking news – Tragic news, a man has been killed by a shark at Gracetown (Near Margs) at 8:15am this morning. He was supposedly surfing south point. Shocking news. That is all the details known at this stage.

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Salubrious

I was surprised to see a little left wedge puttin’ on some fun rides down at Bondi this morning. It’s the leftovers from that booming south swell that hit last Friday…. today is very surfable considering the charts said it was going to be flat…but then again those same charts said it was going to be 6 foot last Friday – and some peeps calling it 12 foot solid.
It was an uncommon warm winter’s morning, sun soaked and 18 degrees now. The problem is the westerlies will howl 30 knots today…that will destroy any swell energy left. Fortunately another…yes another south arrives tomorrow – good times my friends…good times. How good was Bondi on Saturday!
uge

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Friday the 13th

The swell has come up and surpassed all of our expectations – it’s huge! Seeing it’s coming from the dead south Bondi is wearing the full brunt of this new ground swell. I saw sets up in the 8-9 foot range closing out the whole bay. Quite exciting really. I love how big waves stop everyone in their tracks…cars pull over, jaws drops, cameras firing as monsters roll into Bondi.
No one out and I don’t suggest surfing unless a) your name is Raimana and you grew up at Teahupoo b) have a ski, cause you probably won’t even make it into the line-up seeing it’s breaking all over the place. Somewhere outside of the eastern suburbs is going off right now…
Tomorrow on the other hand is a different story as this swell is only in town for 24hrs and should return to 3-4 foot manageable surf tomorrow.
Fine weather all weekend, come see the Aquabumps gallery if you’re sick of looking at these little web optimised small pics and want to see them blown up large and framed. You’ll find us at 151 Curlewis Street, Bondi beach (right behind the old Bondi Hotel just up from Thai Terrific). Still lost? We’re open all weekend 10am to 6pm.
Water is cold today, good thing Jules at Surfection Mosman is having another wetsuit sale this week.
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One Hit Wonder

Bit like a Britney Spears one hit wonder, the swell came and gone within 24hrs. Yesterday afternoon was smoking. Smoking. Around 2pm I drove around the eastern suburbs beaches and swell was stacked up to the horizon, breaking clean in offshore winds….ah yes… hell the sunshine was even out. Hope you managed to get out there.
Today Maroubra was tiny after the wind knocked the energy out of it. 1-2 footers with thick grey skies…and the water was freezing. Quite a drop in recent days. Today is the last of this NE swell, dead south swell returns to Bondi tomorrow – and hits strong, I am talking 14 second/5-7 footers with hoooooowwling SW winds (30 knots) – fresh from the snow fields. It will be super cold one tomorrow morning.
Ok. Enough ramble, later Ugio

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s w i t c h

The swell direction has flipped over to the NE and other breaks are showing promise. Bondi neglects the north swell so it was 2-3 foot but much cleaner than the Maroubra which was 3-4 foot, but a bit wobbly.
Winds are offshore all day – ah yes, a good day for surfing. High tide 9am, low tide 3pm. Those clouds are retreating as I write – sunshine coming our way – hooray.
They’ve recently abolished the Fijian reef rights and Cloud break is packed. The debate continues on our website about Fijian reef rights – a good thing or a bad thing?  Read on honks
later, uge

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Bus Stop

The rain has truly set in and the swell has jacked up a little. All of today’s shots were taken whilst huddling under a small shelter along Campbell Parade. I saw a few good waves roll through in front of the 2nd ramp – 2-3 foot, quite a large hungry crowd out sampling early, despite the greydom. Max 17 degrees on land today, showers clearing tomorrow. Expect another small swell increase overnight. Have a great day, uge

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Bonditis

I wasn’t around for the City to Surf but you sure can tell 100,000 people have been through our neck of the woods…Bondi seems a little ‘worn’.
I also missed the clean swells of yesterday that so many have kindly reminded me of this morning.
It’s dropped back a little, 2-3 foot. Bondi was uncrowded and clean at sunrise. Hate to say it, but those twin bank setups have changed and that turbo rip a distant memory – hence most waves closing out straight along the entire beach. Boo.
Enjoy the weather – amazing :: uge

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Backwash

G’day from Perth. Yep we’re back in boomtown WA and today’s images come from a super backwashy Trigg Beach (A metro beach). There’s 2-3(ish) footers over here at the moment, bit junkie…few guys out and pretty much closing out straight (std). They’d be something down south for sure. Where is everybody? Not a soul to be seen on the beach or carpark.
Back in Bondi it’s looking good…3 footers with a new dead south swell, early offshores – hit it! Bigger later today.
Every year Aquabumps hits Fiji and we sleep 1 kilometre from the world famous Cloud Break. I’ve never surfed it…but now the reef rights has been abolished…so we can. Is this a good thing? What are your thoughts…
Enjoy the weekend, The Aquabumps Gallery is open 10am to 6pm both Saturday and Sunday. Drop in after running the City to Surf…a reminder, no party this year, I repeat, no party this year so you’re going to have to find another palette of Coopers lying around somewhere else!
Adios, uge

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Bondi Fix

Hola. Damn fine morning. Chilly though. Small little bump at Bondi (1-2 footers), clean and infrequent. Most crew where on the right/left in the corner, but I didn’t really see it do much – most waves started off flash, but fattened out pretty quickly. The sun is out, the skies full of colour at 6:30am and you’ll feel the cold running to the car park wet.
I shot a lot of images today and tried to use every lens that I own (12), there is plenty more on our Facebook page. Ava a look.
My old man flips another digit today…Happy Birthday Dad. He’s been reading this ramble for 11 years now and still thinks he’s the only subscriber. Often comments “you should do something with that photo thing you do…it’s kinda interesting” or “when you cutting your hair and getting a job?” Later, :: uge

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Brand Nue Day

In stark contrast to yesterday we’ve now got offshore winds, cleaner 3-4 footers and sunshine. It’s still not perfect and showing signs of recent agitation, but I recommend ditching school and sampling a few for yourself. No rush though, there seems to be waves until Sunday with a another peak in swell on Friday afternoon. Max 18 degrees on land today, NW winds up to 15 knots. High tide: 3pm, low tide 8am.
Today’s pics were taken in 15 minutes (had to run off to a meeting). So a bit ruuuushed.
Adios, :: uge

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Storm Boy

I like storms.
Sydney has been lashed by a violet south storm overnight. Winds hit 55 knots last night, I thought the windows were going to blow in. What a mess! I drove around this morning documenting all the busted stuff. The City to Surf tents were massacred as the southerly picked them up and threw them onto the walkers path. I found parts of the tents (big parts) strewn in the car park bending all the railing as they blew over. I had a feeling they put the tents up too early this year, you just can’t mess with mother nature!
So the clean-up begins, you’ll find your Sulo bin down the street spewing its contents all over the road. Oh and the swell is huge and onshore. I saw sets around 6-8 foot out the back but you’d be a fool to try and paddle against 40 knots. Go windsurfing instead (with your mouth closed, I’d say the water is pretty dirty with all this run off).
SOYA (Spirit of Youth Awards). If you’re a young creative honk (under 30) in the fields of film/animation, music, photography, fashion, vis comm, vis arts or industrial design perhaps enter the SOYA’s. Entries close midnight 9 August…(soon!)
That Bondi Sizzle Garage Sale Trail has won some reco (Green Globe Award) and is now going national. Seeing it’s raining /onshore and you’re at work looking for distractions perhaps check this quick video to see what all the hooha is about.
Later, :: uge

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Chill Bill

In 1 line, frosty, sunny morning with no waves.
The ocean has exhausted all swell from last week and we’re in a holding pattern until a brand spankin’ new south swell arrives late tonight. The inbound swell will hit with a 30 knot buddy called Gale.
Swell for most of the week, let’s just see how it pans out.
Cheers, uge

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