Archival Revival

These wet, onshore Sydney mornings give me a good opportunity to sift through archives and find some gold. This morning I worked out that I’ve caught 48 flights this year (no medal please) and covered a lot of ocean from Maldives to Hawaii, shooting thousands of frames, most of which have barely been viewed and stuck on terabyte racks in the server room. Sometimes I think it’s better to view shots months after taking them. When you’re there in the moment, standing on a Hawaiian shore and a 10-12 foot set roars through, you’re kinda thinking – whatever – but when Bondi is dribbling 1 foot, and wet, then you have a different opinion.
Seeing you’re all beach people, I thought this might interest you…Basil Bangs are offering a WHOPPING 25% discount to our readers on their new range of beach umbrellas. Now these aren’t just any beach umbrella…I have one and the craftsmanship will blow you away. I’m not talking those umbrellas that snap in a gust of wind, or dagy 80s vomit patterns…we’re talking the Rolls Royce of beach umbrellas. Get one
Pray for sunshine and good waves (soon).
Enough ramble:: uge

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Rock love

Aloha. A very uninspiring morning down at Bondi today. Only one guy out, Mr. Enthusiasm Benny Back Door Lucas. He actually got 1 decent wave in the 15 minutes that he was out there. Spent the rest of the time drifting around. I dug around in my camera bag, looking for lenses I haven’t shot with in a while, trying to spice up the onshore greyness – but no success. Everything I shot, well, looked pretty drab. Seeing the Hawaiian winter surfing season has kicked off I thought I’d show some frames taken from my trip this year that hadn’t made it onto the site yet. Love the rock.
Not much else to talk about today. Oh, 1 more thing, in our recent survey we noticed that 64% of our readership is male. So here is the round 1 of Miss Bondi 2010 for that 64%…or have a look at this amazing idea from Rip Curl – it’s a shoot in the Sunway Lagoon Wave pool (Malaysia) with 52 Canon cameras in a line. Why? The Matrix 3d shift effect on aerials from Owen Wright, Fanning, Steph…hot!
Christmas is only weeks away. If you’re like me and not a fan of the big malls at this time of year, shop online with us. Books are available and artwork orders need to be in REAL soon to make a xmas deadline. If you’re overseas you’ll need to be all over it! Chop chop! Aquabumps Gallery 151 Curlewis Street Bondi beach NSW T 9130 7788. We’re open every day until Xmas (yes, today!)
Good bye. Let’s hope when the swell comes up later today we’ve got something to play with ::uge

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the young master

Just like yesterday we’re stuck under this bit fat high pressurey and who’s complaining! Sun is bakin’, the wind is from the NE and the water is FROSTY. Looks like the mercury will hit 27 degrees and you’ll find messy 2-3 footers at northern exposed beaches. High tide midday, low tide 7pm.
Young master Perth Standlick has returned from Hawaii and stole the show at Bronte this morning. Always amazed at what the kid can do on weak, mushy chop hops.
A lot going on in the hood at the moment:

The 10th annual Bondi Short Film Festival is on this weekend, November 27th at the Bondi Pavilion. More info here and tix here
After 71 years on, the Miss Bondi event starts this weekend, 1st heat at the Beach Road Hotel, 2pm Sunday 28th November
Our gallery is open all weekend, that’s a big deal right? Our latest Aquabumps book is selling like hotcakes so come in and secure your copy 10am to 6pm Sat/sun

Adios, uge

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NE

Good old typical Sydney summers day today. NE winds, NE wind swell in the 2-3 foot range and hot temperatures predicted. Might even hit 30. The beach is overrun with mad schoolies and the water is crystal clear. Simply put, a damn fine day – get outside. enjoy.
We’ll be stuck in this northerly wind/swell pattern for many days to come, so surfing is not a high priority at south facing Bondi. Suggest doing something else, stand up paddling, swimming, baking, snorkelling or not much at all (for the lucky ones).
Getting’ all fruity
Seeing everyone is down the beach getting fit for summer, might not be a bad idea to get your fruit’n’ veg delivered direct from the markets to look after your insides. The local boys at Fruitman Sam can deliver boxes for as little as $35. I get ’em weekly and rate it. www.fruitmansam.com.au or 0420 906 061
Bye :: uge

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chop-hop

There is plenty going on down the beach, just not in the surf department. We’ve got wind chop coming from the NE…but it’s barely breaking. Tomorrow we should see an increase in size, from the north again (not suited to Bondi). Probably one of the busiest mornings down the beach in a long time. Exercise fanatics going hard at it…enjoy.
A reminder, the Aquabumps Books are for sale online and we’ll get it to you, where ever you are (including overseas).
Adios, uge

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Drifters

I’m not gonna promise you much today, it’s damn small and dribbling on a bank in the corner. Mighty fine day though with blaring sunshine, little wind and warm temperatures. Moose from the Icebergs reckons its 18.8 degrees in the water (21 in the ‘Bergs pool). 18 degree water is chilly, so don’t be fooled by the warmer land temperatures.
Good weather all week, small waves. Maybe sumpin’ on Thursday as the Ne winds kick up a little wind bump.
Only a few more weeks until Christmas…drop by the gallery for an easy pressie. The Aquabumps Books are selling fast, buy yours online or in the gallery as there is still copies left (151 Curlewis Street Bondi beach NSW 10am to 6pm telephone 02 9130 7788)
Good bye // uge

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Ripples

Finally the weather has turned a corner and warmer temperatures are here – but so is the typical small waves of summer. Bondi had a 1-2 foot bump with plenty out. The water wasn’t exactly warm and you still require a springy or wettie top. Not too bad though. A good wake up rattle.
The rest of the week looks dire for surfers. Not much will break above your waistline. The good news is that there will be sunshine all week long.
And so, we launched our Aquabumps coffee table book last week and it’s been very popular. We only have limited copies as our second shipment has been delayed and may not make it in time for Christmas (boo). SO, if you want one, buy online here to reserve your copy to pick up from the gallery OR if overseas we’ll ship it out to you via FedEx. The Bondi gallery is even open today 10am to 6pm (we’re normally closed on Mondays, but may be open Monday’s until Xmas). 151 Curlewis Street, Bondi Beach, Telephone 02 9130 7788.
Reminder: Christmas is nearing and custom framing orders will need to be placed and paid by 5pm on Sunday 12th December to get them in time for xmas. Browse our image catalogue, prices, sizes and even see what it looks like on your wall.
Ok, sorry – got a bit carried away there…have a good day, uge

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B L O W

So different to yesterday. It’s howling. Was actually difficult to keep the lens steady as the gale pulls it to one side. Bondi was 3-4 foot and full of mush. The odd wave showed potential…well… no one around so it’s all yours. Enjoy.
The Aquabumps Book
Finally, after 11 years of shooting pics, followed by a few more years of procrastination, I’ve released my 1st coffee table book. It’s big (A3 closed) and beautiful crafted on a offset press (top quality, none of this digi press stuff). It’s a book on Bondi called “A Day At Bondi” (surprise surprise) which depicts a whole day down at our little beach. From the morning sunrise glows to the masses in baby oil…shot from helicopters, the water and every other possible angle on 1km of beach. I am proud of this puppy, came up trumps, and it costs $150AUD. You can only buy it from Aquabumps either from the gallery in Bondi or online at www.aquabumps.com/book YEP, we are shipping globally using couriers like Fedex and they come in a neat little pizza box. 250 peeps rocked up to the launch party on wed, see shots.
Mentawais
The charter boats are wrapping up their season for 2010 now and it’s time to book your 2011 trip. Now I’ll tell ya a little secret, there been a lot of politics up there which I won’t go into, but next year is THE year to go. Trust me. Fewer boats, no hassles at Maccas in 2011. Our buddies on Tengirri (the boat I always go on) have a few spare trips left in 2011, but you need to get onto it. I’ve booked my slot. They’ll be gone by the time you get back from xmas hols. www.tengirri.com or email
:: yooj
PS – Gallery is open all weekend 10am to 6pm and watch Channel 9’s TODAY show on Sunday morning around 8am…we’re on showing the new book

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Earlybird

Whoa, how about an early report this morning. Just got out of the water and there’s a neat little right chuggin’ into Bondi. I was quite surprised to see it breaking at all considering the charts revealed little or no energy.
The 12 year old groms thrived in the 2 footers. Thick hungry pack out though…and the water temps are decent. Expect a swell increase overnight as the direction tweaks more south ….high tide 6:40am, low tide 1pm. Top day as we head to 24 degrees.
Last night we launch the 1st Aquabumps book “A Day At Bondi”…yep, finally. You can order books online and we’ll pretty much send them anywhere in the world.
All info/costs/preview can be seen on this hot link.
Have a good day :: uge

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Beach Faces

One of the best things about getting up at sunrise every morning and heading down the beach is the people. At that time of day most people are positive, highly motivated and basically good people. Ok, there may be a few left over benders from the Bondi Hotel on a big night/morning, but they generally ask for a lighter and then roll over and pass out. I digress. This morning seeing the surf wasn’t that flash I shot portraits of anyone that came up for a chat. Some mornings I can chat to 20-30 people whilst shooting which is a great aspect of the ‘job’. It’s very social and there is no shortage of people down there that’s for sure.
Back to specifics….it’s 2 foot onshore, junkie, no one around and about a 3 out of 10. Wind and swell has gone SE so I’d say the water temp has come back from the artic weekend (say 20 today). Rain forecast and hopefully clearing, max 22.
We Love Waves
The Surfrider foundation are holding their national conference from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st November. Some of the speakers already confirmed include Ian Cohen (Greens State MP), Vaughan Blakey (editor of Surfing World) and Ruben Meerman (ABC’s Surfing Scientist). Former world surfing champion, Barton Lynch, will also be attending. More info
Manly Festival of Surfing
The annual Manly surf festival kicks off tomorrow and runs through to Sunday. Global Surf Industries and Manly Council invites you to embrace four days of surf, surf, surf at the 2010 ManlyFestival of Surfing. Shortboards, longboards, stand up paddleboards, kombis, music, art, film, fashion and every type of surfing contest or display imaginable will be held from 18 – 21st November. Go see
Design for Humanity
Billabongs DFH is a celebration of fashion, art and music. It will be held on the 24th Nov 2010 at the Oxford Art Factory 38-46 Oxford St, Darlinghurst. All proceeds go to UNICEF’s Pakistan Flood Children’s Appeal. Get your tix here ($25)

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Nibbles

Sometimes writing a short couple of paragraphs about onshore, grey mush can be a little challenging. I don’t think you’d be too keen to head out there for a surf or a swim…the temperatures have dropped and it looks like a wet week ahead. Boo.
I am not sure what’s going on over in WA, but sharks are taking over the lineup. Cott main was closed on the weekend due to a shark strolling by…Then big bad boys down at Margies are keeping some of the local crew out of the water, and what…now Transits, Rottonest Island has a shark gnawing on a whale. Check these photos out – they’re amazing.
:: uge

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pockets

Kinda odd morning, incredibly still and foggy…Bronte had cool air, Bondi hot…weird. The weather is a bit like a A380 engine at the moment…unpredictable.
One things for sure…it’s about to POUR, big time. Even warnings of flash flooding this afternoon as up to 25 millimetres of rain is about to fall. Bring in the washing.
The NE swell machine continues, exposed locations are drawing 3 footers, nothing special, bit wobbly. South facing Bondi was 2 foot, small and best suited to beginners.
New Bondi based business iButcher delivers quality meats ta ya front door so no need to fight the grannies for a car park at Woolies. They’re offering Aquabumps readers a 10 buck credit…more
:: yooj

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Bling

It’s just one of those mornings that you just can’t get enough of… One of the first warm mornings of this summer and everybody was up doing something down at Bondi.
Very small, insignificant waves on offer today – 1 to 1.6 footers at Bondi. Perfect for the 25 kilo groms. It should be 3 foot on Saturday and Sunday – best wait until then and just go for a dip today. The water is so much warmer…kicked up a couple of degrees. 20 degrees perhaps? (boardies is fine, wetties not required)
Art Sydney opened last night and looks amazing. It’s open midday to 9pm today…so if you don’t want to be a sweaty pub full of suits, come after work tonight. Download your complimentary ticket here (and bring with you for free entry). Come see us at the Aquabumps stand (F6), can’t miss us.
How about Kelly Slater, 10 time world surfing champion, and his 10 million dollar bonus that he has opted to take in Quiksilver shares. Slater now owns 3% of Quiky. Smart fella.
:: uge
PS – these waterproof bags come in handy. I’ve swam ashore from a boat with my camera gear using them. Try em.

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dip

Small small. Smallest day of the week and really small at south facing bondi ‘cause the swell is coming from totally the opposite direction. Two options a) swim and enjoy this salubrious weather (27) or b) drive to a north exposed beach and have a play in 2 footers.
The weekend may have some fun 3 footers with warm weather (high 20’s). We’re definitely in our summer weather pattern as the charts predict a the stereotypical NE direction for days and days. (no good for us here in Bondi)
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 Vines, Operator Please, Purple Sneakers Djs also a Billabong swimsuit parade…do it. More info
Just a little reminder, get your orders into the AQUABUMPS GALLERY before 12th December to ensure a pre-Christmas Day delivery. Come see us at 151 Curlewis Street Bondi t:9130 7788 or do it all online.
Check out the new Aquabumps charter boat for Mentawai season 2011. Who’s coming?
::eugenius

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Basics

Going back to basics today…like the old film/broke days…just to keep me amused on an insignificant surf day…1 camera, 1 lens, 1 hour, only 10 captures (just like a roll of film – I could only afford 12 exposures when I was a kid)…and with these restrictions, this is what I saw this morning. Sensational warm morning, partly cloudy. Pretty stunned that I couldn’t get a car park (Tama or Bondi) at 6am. A tonne of new faces down there at a whiff of summer…all kick starting training to lose the winter excess baggage.
There’s been a lot happening in the surfing world lately. The tragic sudden death of ex-world champion Andy Irons – which gutted so many people, Kelly Slater makes history (again) winning 10 world titles and the Mentawais is hit by a Tsunami. What next? 50 foot faces in Ireland at the base of the cliffs of Moher and perhaps Bondi breaks a 400 metre right off the boot?
Christmas is nearing and we’re taking orders in the Aquabumps Gallery to put under the tree. Custom framing orders will need to be placed and paid by 5pm on Sunday 12th December to get them in time for xmas. There’s still plenty of stock (like 1,000 pieces to choose from), but if you want something special, something not common from our 11 year archive, then you best get into the gallery and start ordering to avoid disappointment. We’re open every day (except Mondays) from 10am to 6pm. If you need help, may we suggest :
1) looking at our online catalogue
2) use our fancy price/size selector to get idea of what you want and framing options
3) click on “Preview in your home” to suss what it looks like on the wall
4) order online, yep, don’t even have to leave your chair
5) we call you to confirm your order and have a chat about the surf
6) wait 2-3 weeks and you can pick it up from the Bondi gallery or we’ll courier to you
Hope you can make it to the opening night of Art Sydney…buy tickets here now.
Ok, back to work, uge

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Art

I’m a little confused at the moment (easily done, don’t worry). The weather is so volatile. It’s sunny one moment and time to hit the beach, oh, no sorry southerly change rips thru, hang on, then sunny again followed by an erupting lighting storm…looky there, NE/NW offshores early then a strong SE change then back to SW winds before a threat of yet another thunderstorm. Just confused myself writing that down and that’s just the past 24hrs.
The surf is quite simple though. Small 1-2 foot. Bondi struggle to ripple whilst around the corner had flimsy 2 footers. Nothing great.
Just looked out the window and it’s sunny again – enjoy it whilst it’s here.
This week is a good one to show your lady friend you’re not just a 1 dimensional grom. Maybe start off by walking the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition which is currently on between Tamarama and Bondi (and heavily featured in today’s images). Then really shine on with tickets to the opening night of Art Sydney – the big fair where 100 galleries huddle under 1 roof for the weekend. Aquabumps readers get 2 tickets for 70 bones ($30 off) to the Opening night this Thursday (11th Nov) 5pm – 9pm at Royal Hall of Industries Moore Park. Buy here

Enough dribble, : : u g e

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Kelly 10

The swell direction has changed overnight so you’ll see no action at Bondi today…need to pop over the hill. There was good little waves yesterday wasn’t there? I found some gold out of town (nope no pics, had to sample a few for myself).
The sun is now blaring and finally a decent warm summery morning…but it looks like rain this week and this afternoon. Warm temps throughout, Monday 27, Tuesday 25, Wednesday 26, Thursday 26, Friday 28 and a banging 29 on Saturday. All week we will have NE swell like today, peaking tonight before declining to 1-2 footers.
Another title…
By now you’ve probably heard, Kelly Slater has made sporting history – 10 world titles. Yes TEN! He sealed the deal on the weekend at Puerto Rico where he amassed enough points to move out of reach from the remaining contender Jordy Smith and collect the 2010 ASP World Title, culminating a 20-year effort. Amazing. Just amazing.
Have a great day before the thunderstorms arrive, uge

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Squall

Not even Merrick’s media stunt of swimming across Bondi could get me down there this morning. It was bucketing down and a good one to sleep in…onshore 2 foot slop can be a little demotivating.
Rather than subject you to 5 photos shot from the car with the windscreen wipers hammering, here’s some images from our recent Mentawai trip earlier this year. We got H-tees pretty solid/fun. Damn love those islands but they’re so volatile. There always seems to be something going wrong, a mudslide, a volcano eruption, an earthquake or tsunami. The people have nothing and need help with the recent tsunami devastation – so please contribute to the lead agency SURFAID. Read Phil Kiem’s (Owner of Mv Tengirri) account on what happened when the Tsunami hit. He’s been out there for 6 years….knows the islands well.
This weekend expect 2-3 footers around Sydney, mostly east swell but again – strong nuisance winds.
The Aquabumps Gallery is open all weekend 10am to 6pm…time to start ordering your Christmas gifts. 151 Curlewis Street Bondi beach NSW.
Have a great weekend, :: uge

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booya.

Blimey, summer is sure havin’ a rough start. Rain and wind dominate the landscape this morning. Bumps down at Bondi were breaking 2 foot with some 3 foot junk. It’s onshore galore and not ideal for surfing…pass.
Outlook – yep we’ve got swell, but plenty of wind. What you really want to know is when is this rain gonna stop – I’d say tomorrow or Saturday.
The aussie dollar just passed parity to the green back. Book that holiday to Hawaii kids.
Adios : : ugios

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R.I.P ANDY

Incredibly sad news this morning…3 time world surfing champion, Andy Irons has reportedly died travelling back from a tour event in Puerto Rico. It’s said he died in a hotel room in Dallas of Dengue fever (unconfirmed)… Condolences to the Irons Family…just devastating news of the Hawaiians sudden death. Live every moment to the full kids…I remember shooting this pic above from the channel in Teahupoo a few years back and he was a standout performer weaving magic through barrel after barrel. Fit as anything…charging…RIP Andy.
On a brighter note, it’s a magical day outside…clean 3 foot waves, sunshine…go, if you can before the SE onshore arrives.
Out:: uge

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MANIGHAR

Where is everyone? Are you kidding me? Are you already well lubricated in Melbourne Cup celebrations?
There are plenty of waves around generated by two distinct swells, 1 east, 1 dead south. The winds are SW (mostly offshore), wooo, but I could barely find anyone surfing them…well, a pod of dolphins at Bronte were going off, but that’s about it. Today is the peak of the swell – backs right off throughout this week…
Good luck punting on Melbourne cup…I am gonna bet on Manighar for no reason other than it’s got an exotic name (and favourites never win the cup). So mortgage the house and cut me in 10% if you win the big brass. The Aquabumps Gallery is closing from 1-4pm today for Cup lunch…(rare)
Art Sydney is next week. It’s when 100 galleries roll up under the 1 roof and 20,000 people come to check it all out – it’s a great event. The Aquabumps Gallery is exhibiting for its 3rd year at Art Sydney and we’re offering you a deal on VIP opening night tickets (drinks, entertainment and 1st dibs on the good stuff). BUY BUY BUY! (choose Thursday night 5pm on the drop down on da right)
Goodbye :: uge

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Monday’s Procrastinations

Sure. It’s onshore, grey and Monday…all contributing factors that make it hard to get out of the car and go for a wave. But, should you venture out and like surfing on your own, there is a few peaks around. Some onshore mush mixed in with the odd decent 3ft wave. Just look at that left I shot at Bondi – looks orkay right? Bronte had something wobbling out the back with no one around…the only problem is that the wind is going to blow 30 knots from the south later today…I’m sure that’ll impact things (and hopefully bring more swell)
Help out the Mentawais
If you’ve been to the Mentawais, or dreamed of going – or just like photos from there – I think it’s time to help them out after their lethal earthquake/tsunami. The situation in the surf rich islands is so tragic as reports roll in. It’s worse than originally reported. The Greenbush-Maccas areas are devastated – Thunders Islands barely has a tree on it. There is a ton of email going around, people asking to put money directly into bank accounts (very suss – wouldn’t do that)…my suggestion is to donate to the official lead agency in Tsunami Response – S U R F A I D (as appointed by the Indonesian government last Friday). I just donated to SurfAid this morning, and urge you too right now. It’s just not right that we all go over there and surf and enjoy the fruits of the surf-mecca whilst thousands of the locals are now homeless, hundreds dead, loads missing…these people have nothing and live in the middle of nowhere – with very little access to help. So come on fellow surfers – donate. I see 2,000 of you clicked on a surf movie link I put up last week, and only 300 clicked on Surfaid link to donate (big brother’s always watching).
If you want some firsthand reports from the skippers who have been in the islands for years, like Chris scuzz Scurrah or John Mcgroder. Read this…
::uge

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