Straight

The cold front has passed as the sun has returned after a brief fling with a thunderstorm. Swell is up, wind is slight offshore and 3 footers are on the loose…get out there and score your very own close out. I am sure there’s one with your name on it. I’d go now before the wind kicks to the east and spoils all the fun.
Our patch of south swell ends this week and a NE swell will arrive on the weekend. Until then, there’s some waves, not great ones, but something to surf.
Have a great day, uge

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Broken thermostat

It’s quite confusing what to wear these mornings (and I’m not talking key pieces here)…it’s stinkin’ hot one morning and then chilly the next. A south change has arrived bringing onshore cooler winds, 3-4 foot south swell and clouds. Have a onshore surf at Bondi with not many around or wait until this wind fades (it’s gonna howl 30 knots later today). I say tomorrow and Friday should be ok, if only we had banks so you could ride a wave for more than 3 seconds – hell, a turn would be nice too…just 1.
Seeing we all live so close to the ocean it may be a good idea to put your kids through a Oceanfit course for kids – yep, OceanKids. Courses run throughout the summer so drag them away from the evil Nintendo’s and down the beach. The courses are run by local good bloke Andre Slade and are suitable for little ones aged between 7 – 12. Good for kids that don’t like nippers…www.oceanfit.com.au
Have fun, ::uge

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Bakin’

What a nice morning. Cooking with warm temps early. Every man and his lycra was out doing something at sunrise this morning – hard to sleep in with all this early morning sunlight. Surfing wasn’t too high on the priorities this morning as waves dribble in at 1 foot. Perfect if you’re new to the sport.
Tomorrow afternoon another south swell arrives with plenty of wind. Thursday looks to be the day of the week…let’s just hope it’s not too wobbly from the strong wind agitation.
High tide 11am, low tide 4:30am and 5:30pm. Max 24 degrees today. Not long peeps until day light savings starts – this Sunday 3rd October.
It’s not often you see the world’s best skaters hitting our Bondi bowl. Check Shaun White doing his thing. Film by Rob Norman and Justin Barnwell.
We’ve changed our email template (subtly)…let me know if you are experiencing any new problems. thanks, yooj

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Circus comes to town

Bondi makes me laugh…
At the first hint of warm weather the summer circus begins. Yesterday the beach was PACKED (with waves). The crowds brought traffic jams, parking rage, spinning rims and doof doof.
This morning was no different. At sunrise a stretched hummer full of bikini clad girls pour out for a ‘Hooters’ photo shoot. (That’s Hooters, the restaurant chain from USA). Fancy.
The waves were 2 foot with the odd freak set…clean, surfable…nothing special as the lack of sand banks hinder any energy rolling into the bay. I suspect this south swell will run out of puff today and flatness will prevail tomorrow. (the flattest day of the week).
Great News
I’ve been pushing out this daily report for 11 years now and today I have some very exciting news…Aquabumps is now aligned with 3 key brands – Canon, Land Rover and Telstra. These partnerships will provide the support to keep generating this daily report for FREE to you all…which I think is very important. It will also give us latitude to do some new and interesting things (watch this space)…
Enjoy today – all 27 degrees of it! :: uge

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Game on

Oh my, what a day. The sun is blaring and a new south swell is providing the goods @ 3-4 foot. Offshore all day (with variations of westerlies)…sound good eh? BUT Bondi just can’t handle most of the waves coming through and badly requires a decent bank – so many closeouts rolling in – shame. Go drive, be free and find something breaking properly as there will be many options on this fine day.
Groundswell – Tsunami Relief
Groundswell is a fundraiser relief effort to re-build Samoa post Tsunami! Saturday 25th September a group containing players from the National Rugby League, led by Nigel Vagana, will paddle an outrigger canoe across Sydney Harbour reminiscent of journeys made by their Samoan forefathers throughout the Pacific many years earlier. They will be supported by a group of surfers. They plan to paddle from Watsons Bay, along the southside of the harbour into Manly and finishing on the beach next to the ferry wharf on the north side of the Harbour.
The Groundswell Paddle will raise money to support Poutasi Village, one of the worst affected, in efforts to create a model village for the future. More info and pledge your donations to www.groundswellbuilds.org.au
Plenty of dolphins in the Bondi bay today…they hung around for hours. See pic on FB
The Aquabumps Gallery, is open all weekend 10am to 6pm at 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach. Come have a look.
Swell all weekend – a great one to get out of town :: uge

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I’m baaaack

I am back from my 4 week sabbatical and pleased to find 3-4 footers down at Bondi. Yeah it was a little bumpy, dumpy and random but highly surfable and very few out.
So I’ve been hearing ALL about the past 2 weeks of south swell madness. How fortunate for you. Hope you’ve scored your quota and stay out of the water for a few days so I can fill mine. Some hot pics floating around the place…geez it was solid.
I have to say, after spending time overseas it’s amazing how many people are up at sunrise down at Bondi doing their morning thing. People everywhere this morning at a wiff of the approaching summer. So much warmer now than when I left…(thankfully)
Bye, uge

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Island Time

Maruhabaa. Looks like you’ve had some chunky south swell over the weekend in Sydney. Nice. It sounds like it wasn’t the gold-plated swell of the year though (as originally predicted). Fortunately there will be waves for most of this week as the south swell supply continues. The onshore winds may be a problem some days, wait ‘til they subside.
Back here in the Maldives things are moving a little slow – on island time…I’m still on sabbatical for a few more days, just thought I’d show you how beautiful this little island is. I’m in the Huvadhoo Atoll (400 km’s south of the capital Male) on a tiny island called Hadahaa. There’s not many people down here just plenty of untouched coral and iridescent blue water. There are surf breaks nearby (‘Beacons’ + ‘Tiger Stripes’), but $500USD for a Donny (local boat) to take me there was quickly dismissed and I’ve returned to the deck chair.
Maldivian Facts

The Maldives is the lowest country in the world with highest point only 2 metres above sea level, and they are sinking with rising seas…
Maldives population is 396,334 (small!) living on 1,190 coral islands
Male is the capital – 100,000 people are jammed on that little capital island
The island I am on has 170 staff and 63 guests. They decided to move the clocks forward 1 hour to savour the sunlight. They call it ‘island time’
A tsunami in the Indian Ocean caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake caused serious damage to these islands (that’s why I’ve got a life jacket in my hotel room)
Alcohol is banned here (Islamic country) but can be purchased at resorts if you’re a guest. No duty freebie’s can be brought in.
Tourist from all over the world come here – but it seems mostly Koreans dominate the resorts, maaan they can snorkel all day long
It’s one of the most photogenic places I’ve ever been…

Bye, uge

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Hadahaa

What if I told you there is an island, a very small island that you can walk around in 7 minutes which has the most perfect beaches in the world surrounded by clear, crystal blue, salubrious 26 degree water? Would you believe me? Well this must be what heaven is like…it’s called the island of Hadahaa and lives in the southern atoll of the Maldives. Walking around this island is a photographers dream – idyllic scenes in every direction.
The nearest surf break is Tiger Stripes (a 25 minute boat ride)…which I haven’t visited yet. Still besotted with the snorkelling out the front.
We’re staying at the latest luxury resort in the Maldives, Alila Hadahaa. It’s real nice and one to bookmark for your next getaway.
Now, how about that south swell about to hit Sydney in a couple of days. Wow! Looks like swell of the year (but windy).
:: uge

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U l u s

Hiya. A delayed flight meant a couple of hours to kill and thought I’d pump out a update from the island paradise of Bali. Haven’t been shooting much as I’m having a break but there were a few big sets at Uluwatu on the weekend worth raving about. Friday/Saturday saw a spike in swell at Ulus with 4-6 foot bombs and the odd clean up set. The crowds are intense with a team of Brazilians camping on the beach at Ulus catching the first waves of the day. Last night was pumping…about 50-60 guys out!
The island is now starting to cool down from its peak season Euro break…the strangest thing is the rain – lots of it. I’ve NEVER seen so much rain up here and we’re in DRY season. Crazy.
I get bucket loads of questions on Bali, to save some time…(this is not advertising kids) we’ve stayed at Sentosa in Seminyak (nice), villas at Canggu and now the luxury cliff edge Alila Villas at Uluwatu (which is off the hook – must see). If you’re coming up I’d suggest moving around the island like this – even popping over to Lembongan for a few nights as there are so many faces to a Bali holiday…it’s not all Kuta and hair plats.
Back home the waves look small today but you’ve got a massive swell hitting on Friday…prepare the Rhino chasers.
Off to Maldives for some clear water…later, uge

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My Bondi

With Uge away on a well deserved break, he asked me to throw a few pics together that paint a picture of Bondi from my perspective.  Trolling through my archives looking for Bondi shots, I realised one thing, it’s nothing but good times!  Wow… what a place to live, city bordering, coastal village, party town with creativity running through it’s veins.  It’s a rad place and no wonder so many people want to call this place home, visit for a day, extended stay, or cruise in for a one night stand with this engrossing suburb.
I tried to pick images that sum up a broad range of Bondi Life… Getting up to catch that golden light, the 9-5 surf crew out early jostling for waves before the office, pool side to watch one of the world’s best skateboarders shred the bowl, sliding a few shoreys with your mates, hanging out on the Grassy Knoll or talking shop with local surfboard shaper Scott … They all have one thing in common, Bondi.
:: Juzzy. Pronounced juz with an e on the end – The swedish backpackers say juicy but i’m fine with that 😉
Justin Barnwell
www.justinbarnwell.com

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B a l i

Hi there. We haven’t spoken in a while so I thought I’d drop a little report in from Bali mid sabbatical.
Bali-is-a-changing (fast). I was only here 6 months ago and some of the streets in Seminyak look totally different. New cafés, shops sprouting up everywhere…scores of Europeans enjoying the busy season. There is also a new breed of surfer in Bali – the Austrians. There must be some sort of deal/surf package in Austria as the beachies have packs of 10-20 paddling out at high tide…never seen such crowds in the surf here (keep in mind its peak season in Aug/early Sept). I must say, those Austrians are fantastic snowboarders. Ha!
The swell has been small up here for the past 9 days…but yesterday lunchtime it rose from 1-2 footers to 3-4 footers creating many options.
Back home in Bondi conditions look great – 3 footers from a SE swell and offshore winds – um – hit it!
The Deus Temple of Enthusiasm (Bali)
Last Saturday night Deus opened up here in Bali on a back road in Canggu. Amazing store, gallery, workshop, artists hang out. Love the passion and diversity behind this brand and if you’re coming up, drop in after a surf. Deus’s local partner D.Hump (Dustin Humphreys) has put the cameras down ( he’s one of the most respected surf lensmen in the world) and now putting his focus on customised motorbikes and his temple of enthusiasm. I am still trying to work out how bring a bike back with me! More
PS – before you hit me with your Bali questions (the 2nd most asked question on Aquabumps behind what camera I use..) read this info page on Aquabumps. I will be updating it soon with all the new bars, hotels and restaurants – so many new ones!)

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Away

We know you’ve all been missing Uge’s regular emails, so we thought we’d select a few of our favourites from the gallery to give you a well deserved 2 minute holiday. Here are some of my favourites.
People often ask what it’s like working at Aquabumps – well, I am surrounded by beautiful images, I cycle to work, have lunch on the beach, meet really nice customers and I get to talk all day, so it’s pretty good. I can normally squeeze in a surf and yoga too, so that’s why we’re always smiling in the gallery.
The weather gods don’t know whether they’re leaping into Spring or staying in Winter this week. We’ve had some erratic weather in Sydney – sunny one minute, windy and rain the next. Forecasts for the weekend are the same.
Either way, the Aquabumps gallery is open all weekend 10am – 6pm. Come and see us and pick up a gift for your Dad for Father’s Day. T: 9130 7788
:: Gloria
(the gallery chick)

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