What’SUP Tommie Carroll

Sorry about the late update…few technical issues on level 5…
Seeing the waves were fairly small today and a mix of NE and SE swells, a trip over to the Northern Beaches to stand up paddle with 2 x world champion Tom Carroll was the best option. Paddling around his home break, Newport, in 1-2 foot, Tom made SUP look like child’s play.
Looks like there is more swell headed for Sydney this weekend – all NE. You should be able to find a 3 footer at exposed beaches. woohoo.
Sculpture by the Sea begins its first day along the walk from Bronte to Bondi. It’s gonna be a busy weekend in our area…come drop by the Aquabumps Gallery after doing the coastal walk 151 Curlewis Street, Bondi Beach, we’re open all weekend 10am to 6pm fo course…got some new ipads portfolios to play with!
Have a great weekeend, uge

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the now

There’s not much to write about today (surfwise). I’m a little stumped for words. Onshaw, small and grey. If you find yourself paddling out there you’ve got plenty of spare time. Pass the crumpets ol’ boy.
Tomorrow – same same but cleaner. Saturday – bigger 3 feet…and some east swell action approaching. Better still, 27 and mostly sunny on Saturday – HIT THE BEACH. Might even dust off the bird for some aerial shooting…
Everyone is fitness mad in this town. At sunrise I am perched up on a grassy hill with my camera watchin’ thousands go exercise mad. Bootie camps, boxing, sand soft’n, cycling, thai chi’n, and even a lady waving around a Chinese sword – I get tired just watching. Well this Sunday (31st Oct) between 9-10 there is the biggest training group ever on Bondi Beach…why? To support Breast Cancer Awareness. Price is $20 and all donations go to the McGrath Foundation. EVERYONE IS WELCOME – Register at 8:30am…and wear pink (Pagey, just pick out one of your key pieces). More
The Now
This has gotta be one of the most exciting surf film launches in a while. ‘The Now’ by Riley Blakeway. Well made, well shot and ‘surfing’ like you’ve not seen before. Chippa Wilson gettin’ all rad. Watch trailer and pics

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G RO M S

I like the mornings. Especially this morning when it’s warm in and out of the water. The swell has evaporated overnight but I still found a tiny bump in the middle…plenty out, plenty to dodge.
Meet Ethan Davis (1st pic of today’s update). He’s 12 years old and only been surfing for 8 months. A good Bronte kid, humble, quiet and full of enthusiasm. It was head high on sets for him today and the lil’ fella threw out some heat on a micro right hander. Being 38 kilos has its advantages – I saw him ride a 0.5 foot wave to the beach. These kids are the future of surfing in our hood…watch em grow.
Tsunami in the Mentawais
By now you’ve heard there’s been an earthquake (7.5) in the Mentawai island chain off Sumatra. Yes, that place I have frequented for the past decade. The quake stirred a 3 metre tsunami wave which decimated Macaroni’s surf camp, ripped the charter boats off their moorings in the bay, and Freedom 3 collided with Midas which in turn burst into flames. All aboard seem to be ok, a bit freaked. As you would be if you were having a beer on back deck and next minute flung into the jungle by a wall of white water. The Aussies might be fine, including Southern Cross (Scuzz) who has now been found, but there have been 40 village deaths so far and they need your help…to put it into perspective, there ain’t no help out there really. No choppers, no rescue out there…Surfaid and the charters boats are it. So please pledge donations to SurfAid today…I just got word from the boys on Tengirri – they’re fine and were at Hts when it went down. They’re now a part of the rescue picking up crew from Maccas and getting them home.
TravelCandy.com are offering free memberships to Aquabumps readers this month (Oct) – go!
:: u g e

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1 hit wonder

On my way home from the gallery last night I saw sets at Bondi tipping the 4 foot range. At the time I was quite impressed, thinking this morning might have something decent to ride as a predicted wind change was imminent.
And SO…rolling down the hill (in a hurry) this morning to catch the intensely hued sky I was quite surprised to see only 1-2 foot dribbles. That one-hit-wonder-swell has ran out of gas already…she’s gone. Grab a big board and paddle around for exercise.
Small waves throughout this week. Good east swell on the weekend, uge

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Monday Mush

Howdy. Mighty fine grey, wet, onshore morning out there. In between rain squalls I ducked down to survey the surf conditions – D I R E. Absolutely forget about it. In fact, this week looks pretty average for surfing. You’ll be very productive for the next 5 days at work for sure.
Design For Humanity
Billabong’s Design for Humanity is a celebration of fashion, art and music where all ticket proceeds benefit Unicef’s Pakistan Flood Children’s Appeal. The event will be held on 24th November 2010 at the Oxford Art Factory 38-46 Oxford St Darlinghurst. Tickets are available online at Moshtix and are 25 bones. Who’s up – the Wines, Operator Please, Purple Sneakers Djs also a Billabong swimsuit parade…do it. More info
Keep dry  :: uge

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Freedom Town

Crazy morning, everyone and I mean everyone was out – pros, beginners, groms, knee boarders, body boarders, dudes in helmets, stand ups, swimmers and lame photographers frolicked in the line-up. The first spark of good weather and it’s a free for all…welcome to Freedom Town…go right on lefts, drop in on 10 of your buddies or ditch your board when a 1 foot set approaches…it’s all happening this morning. Ambulance is on standby.
It’s 1-2 foot, south swell, super week and fat with a 8:30am high tide. Try towards 2:45pm low or work on your tan as it hits 25 degrees today. Water is clear too! Bonus.
This weekend you won’t find good waves. Nothing over 2 foot. Tomorrow looks especially small. Rain will appear tomorrow arvo and hang around for the rest of the weekend – boo.
Art Sydney 2010
Art Sydney (aka the Affordable Art Fair) is on again this year 11-14 November 2010 at Moore Park Royal Hall of Industries. It’s where 100 galleries (including us for the 3rd year) get together and show our latest works. It’s a great event and people come from all over. Opening night is on Nov 11th from 5pm to 9pm and tickets are now on sale online. For Aquabumps readers there’s a special exclusive discount on tickets – go here. Last year a lot of the good works were sold on opening night! do it.
::uge

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Brink

Things are changing, the water is a degree warmer, the car parks are full at sunrise and the swell radar has a lot of noughts on it. Good bye rogue winter swells, hello sunshine. Pack the performance boards away and bring out the four-finned, short’n’fat sled. Grovel time.
It’s going to get warm tomorrow (25) and warmer on sat (27).
Shore thing
Big new year’s eve party going down this year on Bondi Beach….David Guetta, Armand Van Helden, the Ashton Shuffle 8:30am-3am…wow.
Lil’ bump tomorrow before going real small on the weekend :: uge

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W e t

I was up a little later than usual and swam with my camera today. Think I missed a fruity sunrise. Rips at Bondi were on turbo (even though it was small)…especially the bank near the guard tower – wow, need a nap under my desk now! Small 2 footers with infrequent 3 footer sets. Nothing to get too excited about as it was either fat or closing out. It’s going to fade today and return on Friday.
High tide 7:20am (hence fatness this morning) Low tide 1:30pm High tide again at sundown 7:30pm. Max land temp 22, water is probably 18 degrees, ok maybe 19. How about a decent bank eh? Wouldn’t that be nice. This weekend looks dire (flat).
An old mate of mine has an island in WA called Dirk Hartog Island (where the 1st Euro landed in Oz and turned around thinking this place is inhabitable). It’s a big island, in fact it’s Sydney to Wollongong long. He lives there with his lady and kids. World Class fishin’ and surfing – if you’re don’t mind sharing the peak with a few Tigers + Pointers. Can’t believe I’ve surfed for weeks up there as kid and still have all my limbs. (they don’t call is Shark bay for nothing). Anyway, he’s selling a chunk of land…28 acres. If you like pure isolation – castaway Tom Hanks style fishin’, surfing and hot weather all year ’round…this is your joint.
later…uge

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onslaw

Yesterday’s good waves and sunshine are now a distant memory as a southerly rain storm has rolled into town. 2 guys paddled out at Bondi – Will Ranken and Phil Geurs but they returned to the beach after 1 wave – that says it all, those regulars will surf anything (Man grommets). Do something else today.
Seeing you’re indoors, here are some distractions from my recent web trawlings that you might find interesting:
Dark Side of the Lens Video – if you haven’t seen this, watch it now – a must. It just won the short film category in the New York Surf Film Festival. Or check out the misfits that attended the Gravis Creative Departures exhibition (TMoe, Arto Saari, Javier Mendisabal blah blah) at the SugarMill. Or check out the girls riding around Bondi last Saturday’s in 5 degrees wearing just bikinis (handing out thongs)…hang on, what about this weird mix of surf shots on Boston.com
ok. Back to work. uge

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morning slice

I love these mornings. Crisp morning light with a consistent south swell and not many crew around as it’s a school day. The sun now rises well out to sea in its summer position creating green, backlit walls. It’s a sweet mix between warm in the sun, chilly in the shade. Summer is close.
After a sensational weekend of surfing we’ve still got waves…Bondi was 2-3 foot with many closing out. Bronte had a fat wave but not coping with a high tide. Still fun, and surfable though. The great news is that it’s predominantly 3 foot all week (and from the south). Bingo!
Meet George. He’s in the photo below. I see him down the beach every morning. He works for the council and is responsible for picking up all the rubbish after the crowds leave. He’s a good bloke and got a nifty set of Bondi sunrise images shot on his mobile phone. I reckon I should have a little photo exhibition in my gallery for him. Ask him to show you. He also tells me every day to get down earlier – ha!
This morning I was having our morning banter and I commented on the amount of rubbish after a big summery Sunday. It was pretty rank today. Crap everywhere from weekend mindless goons. He said at 5am when he arrived a pack of inebriated youths were having a beer bottle smashing comp on the promenade…you know, where we all walk, ride, sit. He called the police but didn’t get much help, so he off he went, cleaning it all up before we arrive. Onya George. Legend.
I shot a lot of pics today. Only 5 appear here. Go to our Facebook Page to see more gold. Better still join our Facebook page and you’ll get updated faster on what’s happening down the beach. Do it.
Have a good week, :: uge (pronounced yooj)

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Early Colour

You might be looking out your window now thinking it’s grey, gloomy and wet…but at 6:00am it was a different story. Before the storm was a spectacular sunrise full of colour, calm conditions and small dribbly surf. Tama + Bronte had a small weak wave (2ft), nothing worth pursuing. Bondi was even smaller, 1 footers and worthy of a soft sand run.
The wind will howl, it will rain some more and a new south swell will arrive tomorrow. I suspect it will be junkie with 30 knots of northerly then westerly smacking it around. Gonna be cold tomorrow as well. (17)
Kelly Slater, 38, former nine-time ASP World Champion and current No.1 on the 2010 tour just won tour stop no.8 in Portugal overnight. He is unstoppable beating Jordy Smith in the final. Yeah yeah…ten world titles? Freak. Watch final
Come see the Aquabumps Gallery 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach NSW 2026…of course we’re open all weekend 10am to 6pm.
Seeya, uge

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twenty-7

Hi. Nice morning again with moments of sunshine and warmer temperatures. Plenty out enjoying a hint of summer. Bondi was a sorry 1 foot grovel so a short spin to the Bra was probably the best option. The onshore NE winds down there made a mess of things though…at least it was bigger – and surfable (ish) 2 – maybe 3 feet.
Today’s not the best day to surf, seeing it’s meant to be raining and we 27 banging degrees, go for a lunchtime swim instead. Gonna rain tomorrow for sure. South swell due this weekend but so is a flanking 25 knot wind. Will see.
Community announcement : Where’s the big Blue Groper gone – our State fish of NSW? Concerned local residents have formed an action group “South Head Marine Sanctuary From Clovelly to Camp Cove” in aid of protecting the big blues. There is also a meeting tonight to talk thru the results of the yearlong ‘Blue Groper’ tagging project in the Bronte to Coogee Aquatic reserve. Thursday 14th October 6:30-8:30pm at the Bondi Surf Bathers’ Life Saving Club. more
Bye, ugios

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Shelter

I know I should have driven elsewhere. The east swell was dropping and south facing Bondi was neglecting the source. I could only salvage 1-2 footers on low tide banks down Bondeye. I’d think it would be 2-3 foot at exposed beaches, and definitely cleaner today as the winds backed down. It’s been a bit junkie of late.
The weather geeks predict rain later today – and rain again for most of tomorrow. Maybe even some lightning. East swell tomorrow (2-3) but a new strong south swell coming on the zee weekend which favours Bondi.
A Surfrider initiative needs your support as they are organising for some aboriginal kids from the Kimberley to go way down south to Margaret River to get barrelled. Donate and info here – onya
On Sunday 31st October, Bondi Public School (Wellington Street) will auction the services of local real estate agent Chris Volpatti from McGrath. This means if you live in the eastern suburbs and are thinking of selling you could secure a commission-free property sale. Standard real estate commission is 2.2% (that $22,000 on a property worth $1m) but with bidding starting at $5k someone has the chance to pick up this valuable asset for a very attractive price and support their local public school.
later :: uge

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The Bay of Plenty

Shooting good images on a day like today can be a little tricky. There’s barely any light and most photos turn to a wash of grey. Morning rain isn’t the best shutter lubricant either. Most waves I saw this morning closed out before anyone could get to their feet. Shame, ‘cause there is plenty of east swell. I bet the midday high tide will slow the straightenhanders and sprout a decent wave. Around the corner at exposed beaches it looked real messy and deserted.
Seeing you’re all about to spend the summer on the beach it may be a good idea to read Doctor Bob’s (aka Dr. Rip) new book “Essential Beach Book – everything you need to know about surf, sand and rips”. Titles says it all really. He’s the scientist that pours dye into the Tamarama rips showing their ferocity. Look
EOS Photo 5
Photo5 is an annual creative photo competition run by Canon that begins with a small box. Inside the box is 5 briefs to challenge keen shooters. I’m the judge for the 4th brief Confetti/inspired by movement and can’t accept bribes – sorry. Registration period has now been closed as they ran out of boxes due to popular demand, but the open brief is still available by where you need to shoot inspired by a sound. Enter

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Chop Hop

When the regulars are still in the cot or fiddling with their car radios in the parking lot you know the surf is bad. Even though there is swell from the east, a nemesis onshore breeze is making mince of anything decent rolling in. Pass.
Wind’s gonna blow NE 15-20 knots later today – will that clean it up? Hope so. It’s definitely gonna get bigger today, tomorrow and hang around for most of the week – but it’s all from the east, and you all know what that means – get well away from Bondi.
Silly season is nearing and it may be time to stock up the cellar. How about a 90 point rated wine (I don’t really know what that means – but apparently some Halliday guy reckons is good) for under 10 bucks. Stock up. Ness – we’ve capped your order to 1 case only.
Have a good week. Uge (yooj)
PS – did you see the large pack of whales off Bondi around 7:40am?

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Flipside

The swell direction has switched after that south change yesterday afternoon. The ocean looks a little confused, bumpy and lumpy. I reckon the dregs of that east swell is to blame. Should clean up as the day progresses (but the east wind is due mid-afternoon). 2-3 footers out there right now. Weather looks to be clearing up as it heads to a 21 degree maximum. Nice.
Perth Standlick features in most of today’s shots. I’ve been shooting him since he was a lil’ fella on the shorey. He’s come a long way that’s for sure…have a look at the size of that air in the 1st pic! All that time spent grovelling in Bondi dribbles seems to be paying off – as he took our two pro junior competitions in Japan back in August 2010.
Dues Surf Swap Meet 3
The arty folk at Deus are running their 3rd Surf Swap meet tomorrow. All manner of surf paraphernalia will be on show or available for sale. Go to 104 Parramatta Road Camperdown Sydney Saturday 9th October in the car park. More
This Saturday should have a few small waves, not much on Sunday. Come to the gallery instead! 151 Curlewis Street Bondi beach (behind the old Bondi Hotel)
Adios, Ugios
PS – How good are these boats – I want one! Get to local reefs in minutes…

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Ze dribble…

Went down from my lil’ dawdle and was surprised to find rideable 2 footers…ok, maybe 1 or 2 were a tad bigger. It’s lacking omfff but the sunshine was out early making for inviting conditions. To go or to not go? Go! (but maybe take a large wave riding craft)
The ’morrow will be bigger in the morning and more east direction in the source – that’s good news as most places will be drawing sumpin’.
Winds currently light, but she’s about to blow 25 knots of southerly (hence the cloud cover coming over).
Bye, uge

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lucky

Spend a week in the concrete jungle of Singapore and you really appreciate how lucky we are to live so close to a decent beach – with waves. This morning the NE swell is in Sydney and breaking around 2 foot at Bondi. Looked very weak and flimsy, but rideable if keen (or if been in Singas). If you go to a north facing beach it will be double the size – should be NE swell until Friday.
Our healthy buddies at Samudra are offering 10% off Byron Bay Surf and Yoga retreats in November…just type ‘Aqua’ as a promo code and go here.
See you tomorrow – go outside – sun is out :: uge

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Foggy

Hola. I am not in Sydney at the moment but my spies on the ground tell me there is a NE swell in town, junkie, and getting into Bondi at 2-3 foot. They say it’s ok for a paddle at sunrise in the fog, best to go early before the wind picks up from the East (that devil wind which gets into everywhere). Seems to be waves on the forecast for most of this week – just OK waves and predominantly from the NE – with mild spring temps – in the max 21-23 range.
I finally got my act together and have nearly finished the Aquabumps book which has been years in the making. We’re press checking it at the moment in Singapore, scrutinising it page by page. I don’t want to give too much away but I will say this, a) it’s a big mutha, with some spreads nearly a metre wide. That’s huge and could only be printed offshore b) we will be selling them all over the globe and there will be an online store – not yet available c) its 208 pages d) will be ready for sale mid Nov in time for the xmas tree e) Retail price not confirmed yet, but it’s a big book so start saving those clams f) it’s a book on a Day at Bondi and my 1st book of many (if you buy the 1st one) g) I’m self-publishing
If you ever come to Singapore, do check out my brothers bar – it’s really is quite something. A bar on the beach at Sentosa Island (especially on a Sunday…kinda like Ibiza come Singas). It’s called the The Tanjong Beach Club. There are no waves here, unless you’re in the wave pool or a Tanker flies past. See photos
Samudra Yoga and Surf Retreats are offering 10% off early bookings. Just use this promo code ‘aqua’ and work on that flexibility. More Info
Today’s Bondi shots are from Vanessa Rowe, a Tamarama resident whose been involved in Aquabumps for 11 years (head of cleaning the storeroom and admin). Onya Ness!
That is all, at ease ::uge

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Confession

Ok ok, time for me to ‘fess up. I’m thousands of kilometres from Bondi this morning so I have no fancy imagery taken of the current conditions. I bet it was the best sunrise in 20 years and cranking. My prediction is it’s around 2-3 foot, from the south and will be some fun – early, before it fades in the afternoon. Over the weekend it will be small and a new NE swell will arrive on Sunday.
So… whilst on the long haul flight of QF5 to Singapore, I found a ‘unprocessed’ CF card in the bottom of my bag…and whatdayaknow…8 gig of Boost Mobile Air Sho…the pros showing us what’s possible at our local beach. Thought it would be suitable to put these pics up to inspire you to surf this weekend.
The Aquabumps Gallery is open all weekend 10am to 6pm both Saturday and Sunday. I think I’ve written that line over 600 times now. You will find us at 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach (right behind the old Bondi hotel construction site which is growing by the minute).
Adios, uge

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