Goodbye 2010

This is the last Aquabumps update for 2010. I’ve taken thousands of shots and today I’m showing you some of my favourites taken this year. You can see more of 2010’s best at this link.
It’s been a big year. I still spinout when I think that this little update started in 1999 just sending a few mates some pics from the beach. Now we have over 40,000 daily readers (both on our website and emails) and growing strong – we also have 16,000 followers on our Facebook page (which only just started!). Firstly thank you all for reading these updates. For real. Quite often I get people in the gallery saying they’ve been opening up Aquabumps every day for 10 years…which just blows me away that an illiterate salt crusted photographer can keep your attention for that long. So thanks honks. Big thanks.
Also, thanks to the staff of Aquabumps. It’s not just me anymore… thanks Christian, Gloria, Ming, Aimee, Lox, Mischee, Kelvin for freeing me up so I can work on my tan, travel and shoot pictures. Thanks to the Aquabumps brains trust (a group of people that help make the big business decisions, for free – you know who you are). Thanks to our mega sponsors Telstra, Canon and Land Rover – with their support we can keep this service free and helps up develop some of our bigger ideas. Thanks.
Merry Christmas.
Happy New Year.
Got some huge things planned for 2011. My mission is to show you new angles that you’ve never seen before. Especially on Bondi…which I’ve been shooting now for over 11 years!
No more updates for a couple of weeks and the gallery is shut until 4th Jan 2001.
Out :: uge
(my name is actually Eugene. I’ve been called Uge since childhood and is pronounced Yooj – but you can call me whatever you want)

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bump

Hiya. There’s a little wave out dere. Bigger and cleaner than yesterday. Not smoking but surfable(ish). A few of the larger 3 foot sets were showing promise, but the banks weren’t doing much. I reckon it will improve with the incoming tide. High tide 10:20am, low tide 5pm.
1.5 days left of shopping – If you’re stuck for Christmas presents how about a gift voucher to our gallery (just call 029130 7788) or buy the latest Aquabumps Book. You know the drill by now…we’re open 10am to 6pm today and 10am to 5pm tomorrow (then closing down for 9 days! I need to get a wave for myself!) You’ll find us at 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach NSW 2026. Still lost?
This is the 2nd last daily for 2010…2011 will mark 12 years of Aquabumps. Yes, you read right, 12 salt crusted years. Freaks me out just writing that. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our major sponsors that keep this daily email free for you all and allow ‘Bumps to do bigger and brighter things – Telstra, Land Rover and Canon…thanks.
Bye, uge (pronounced yooj)

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Boo.

An severe drop in swell energy and early morning southerly has ruined your plans of a good wave this morning. After yesterday’s delights we now have 1-2 foot onshore junk. Pass. Nice day though, 25 degrees.
Tomorrow ‘may’ have a little bump with NE winds, other than that it’s going to be a Christmas of boozing, eating and sleeping (no surf). Enjoy.
The Aquabumps Gallery is open 10am to 6pm today + tomorrow, but 10am to 5pm on Friday Xmas Eve. After that we’re shut for 9 days….phew. You’ll find us at 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach (that’s right behind the Bondi Hotel construction site). We have Aquabumps books that cost $150, small mounts, small frames and all kinds of stuff to stick under ya tree.
Have a good day, uge

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reprieve

What a difference 24hrs can make. We’ve gone from Lake Bondi flatness to 3-4 foot pumps in 1 day – hooray! Finally something to wet your appetite…it’s not perfect, bit fat, could be bigger, but in comparison to recent times – gold! So many south facing beaches would have a little wave today…if you’re already on leave I’d bake it out of town. Today is the peak of it as it dwindles into Christmas day flatness…
The weather and water is bang on…25 degrees and perfectly sunny, offshores, and 20 degree summery water. Just the perfect beach day.
So…you’re probably frantically collating your Christmas presents…I hope we can make it easier for you. We received our second shipment of Aquabumps books. Phew. Buy them online here today and if you’re in Australia you will get them before Christmas day (delivered on the 23/24 Dec). BUT, you must be in Australia and order today (overseas takes 5 days). Also, you must get them delivered to a location where someone can sign for them e.g. An office. Sorry, but we can’t call on approach, there is just too many. But you can track it online once we send you a TNT tracking code. Order online, and if your shipping address is different to delivery, just pop it into the Special Instructions. Of course they’re also available along with hundreds of ready to grab artworks in the Aquabumps Gallery 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach NSW 2026 Telephone 9130 7788 and we’re open 10am to 6pm every day (closing 5pm on xmas eve).
Adios, uge

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Static

Very rare to see the ocean this flat. I know sometimes I say it’s tiny, or flat and there still is ankle biters or knee cappers….well today when I say it’s flat, there’s basically no movement in the ocean at all…like a lake…caputo…zip…nada…pancakes. It actually looked quite odd…can’t remember the last time it was this static.
The wind is angry and howling 35 knots from the west. It’s cold on the land but much warmer in the water. The lifeguard tower has 20 degrees for water temp. Impressive. Fortunately the waves return tomorrow as a south swell kicks in (3 footers). Looks like fun. Nobody around…looks like everyone’s split already. Not us, the Aquabumps Gallery is open 10am to 6pm all week until xmas eve.
Xmas pressie idea – What about a flight above Sydney’s beaches on the Red Baron with Joel – upside down of course.
Good bye, :: uge

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Com se com sa

There was a little sumpin’ flappin’ around out there, but I didn’t think much of it. The left more towards the middle had the odd wave worth slaying, other than that – junk. At least the water temperature has come up.
So the dribbles of this east swell will dissipate as the day progresses. The weekend is pretty much flat and unsurfable…join in the festive celebrations or go Christmas shopping. Only 1 week left!
The Aquabumps Gallery is open 10am to 6pm every day leading up to Christmas. We’re not taking custom orders as xmas is only 1 week away, but you can either a) buy from a huge range of stock in the gallery at the moment – come in b) buy a book either in the gallery or online. If you’re in Australia, order online today and you will get it Monday/Tuesday via courier. But you MUST give us an address that someone can sign for it.
An old mate has a winery in Margaret River – Edwards Wines. They make an amazing drop and will freight direct from cellar door. Join their wine club and enjoy 25% off.
Have a great weekend.
Au revoir, Eugene

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Good Morning

Nice’n’calm, still morning. Barely a ripple to surf and yep, there’s 10 human torpedo’s in the southern corner causing chaos. I reckon it’s more dangerous today than 6-8 foot days. Those china made mini mals can kill.
It’s hot’n’sticky 28 now, but a south storm is approaching. Can feel it getting darker as I write this. Amazing sunrise for the real early people. Amazing colours and I reckon I missed the peak of intensity.
Bondi cracks me up at this time of year. The place is dominated with tourists looking to party every night. This morning someone pitched a tent at south Bondi, like a 6 man palace, whilst others were face down in the sand littered along the beach…not moving an inch as the sun rose. They’re quite game, that sand rake guy is pretty loose on the steering of his machine.
Swell comes up a smidge today…be good to see some decent waves but the real deal isn’t until next Tuesday.
The Aquabumps Gallery is open 10am to 6pm everyday until xmas. We are closed 25th Dec to 3rd Jan – reopening 4th Jan. Come get em. 151 Curlewis St, Bondi.
Adios :: ugios

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observations

The plague of small swell continues. Bondi had 1-2 footers and is still very weak (windswell). Not much else to see down there – apart from a whole pile of people. Nice weather, max 27 degrees, maybe a thunderstorm later. Pretty flat until some good stuff arrives next Monday/Tuesday. Sit tight.
Most of you probably already know this – but last Friday, Tracks Mag editor and local Bondi surfer, Luke Kennedy, suffered a horrific injury to the throat whilst surfing Sunset on the North Shore – basically his board speared him in the throat. Luke (aka Bubba) only just got off the plane in Hawaii 10 hours before the accident…let’s hope for a speedy recovery fella…
We get a lot of questions at this time of year. Hope this clears up a few:

We still have our new Aquabumps Book for sale. Yes, we have stock. You can only buy it from us. Yep, us. Best way is to buy online www.aquabumps.com/book and get it delivered. But if you’re getting it delivered, it’s by courier, so put your work address in the SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS and leave us a phone number. Someone has to sign for it.
Books purchased in Sydney CBD will be delivered tomorrow if ordered today. Yep, good ay?
Interstate books will be there on Friday if ordered today…Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide etc…easy.
Overseas books will be delivered 5 working days in MOST cases, yes before chrissy if ordered today! But hang on, if you’re in the back roads of Alaska, it may take a little long – but you’ll have a tracking no. to see it coming and can hassle Fedex (not us). We ship the day of ordering.
The Aquabumps Gallery in Bondi is open 10am to 6pm every day leading up to Christmas. That’s 10 – 6 buddies.
You’ll find us at 151 Curlewis Street, Bondi beach NSW 2026. Still lost? Our phone number is +612 9130 7788.
We have so much artwork in stock, I reckon you can do all your Christmas shopping in once place – here! Come in, relax.
Framed artwork orders taken now won’t be ready for xmas, but we can do a mini print or sumpin’ to give em on the big day. Unframed prints can be ready in 5 working days.
No I didn’t get a photo of you in a black wettie and white board 10 years ago. Sorry. (you’d be surprised how many times I get that one)
We use Canon cameras and lenses. They’re beaut. Have been using them for 12 years.

Have a good day, go outside in the sunshine.
::uge

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The Early Bird

It’s not often you’ll get a daily email from me this early – nup. I guess it’s a combination of no decent waves to photograph today and an abundance of early light for the insomniacs (me), so I’m ahead of my usual schedule. Yesterday the wind finally swung south, this is good. A) it means that finally the water temperature will rapidly edge closer to 20 degrees b) a small wind swell will start to break at South facing magnet Bondi.
Whilst the morning’s waves weren’t smoking, at least it wasn’t dead flat like recent times. (1  foot). It’s going to be a warm 25 degrees today but possibly a shower.
I’d like to say something really positive about the surf forecast – but I can’t. Don’t expect much to break over your knee caps, we’re bang in the middle of a flat spell. Time to work up the brownie points with your partner, long walks on the beach, fix dings, cook dinner, xmas shopping…stuff like that.
::Uge
PS – here are the photos from Miss Bondi 2010 finals shot by Steffen Burggraaf

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Swamped

What a big weekend around the beaches of Sydney. Phew. Bondi was jammed packed. I’m talking Australia Day crowds – police on horseback, Oprah and Jack Johnson all visiting Bondi yesterday – no, Big O didn’t make it into the gallery (probably ‘cause of the traffic jams of spinning rims and hotted up Datsun 120ys). Sunday was a scorcher and everyone flocked to the beach too cool off in the arctic waters. (yes, I can spell it right sometimes).
Waves. What waves? There’s nothing to surf and nothing coming. Do something else.
Candy, who works in the bottom bar of the Beach Road and Leo’s new café won Miss Bondi 2010.
Bye for now. Same same tomorrow ::uge

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Artic

Nice’n’clean’n’neat this morning after yesterday’s blow. Shame there’s barely any swell. It’s still from the NE, but struggling 1-2 foot. Seems to be dropping fast as well. The water temp. was the topic of convo this morning – it’s plummeted to a ridiculous temperature and colder than that freaky cold Sunday 2 weeks ago…my guess 15-16 degrees. Now I know that all you hell men from Scotland, Ireland, Alaska and Chile are going to email in and call us big girls, but that’s cold for this part of the world. Especially when it was 20 degrees just the other day.
Clay’s Day
Local surfer, Clayton Walker is battling a fight with cancer. As with all his previous challenges he is hoping for a complete victory, however this treatment is not only a physical drain but a financial one too leaving it to the local community and friends to help a mate in need. Tomorrow, 11th December 2010 will hold a fundraising day for Clay…a day of epic proportions involving a tag team surf comp at South Bondi followed by a big night. At 6pm, upstairs at THE BEACH ROAD HOTEL some great items will be falling under the hammer to raise money for Clayton’s treatment. If you are a sports buff or just want to grab some amazing Christmas presents then this is not to be missed. Up for grabs will be Mike Tyson’s signed gloves from his last fight, Taj Burrow autographed firewire surfboard, a host of other boards such as fomies, some artwork from us, Lee Stacey custom, Mctavish mal, Mountain Bike, and some very special signed rugby league, a-league and cricket gear and much much more. So smash open your piggy bank and let’s help a mate smash cancer.
If you can’t make the day and night and you would like to help, please make a donation into the following account:
A/C Name: Clayton Walker Fundraiser
BSB: 802 184 (Encompass Credit Union)
A/C No: 97323
If you’re around Bondi this weekend, we’re open 10am to 6pm selling artwork and books. Otherwise just order online. Remember Sunday is deadline for custom orders. Gallery : 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach t: 02 9130 7788 or contact us
Cheers, uge

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Slide

Yesterday’s howling northerly stirred up some wind swell that hasn’t hung around long. Last night we had 3-4 foot, this morning 2-3 footers, and now 1-2 foot. Quite surprised how fast it dissipated. Oh well, hope you got a few whilst it was here.
The outlook isn’t looking that great. A rapid decline in swell height from here on, possible wind swell spike on the weekend – but real small. Volatile weather ahead, thunderstorms today, scattered showers but humid like Singapore, howling northerlies…all bit grey until a perfectly sunny Sunday…plan to hit the beach.
The Christmas shopping panic has started…another reminder, if you want custom made artwork from us (we also have plenty of stock), you have until this Sunday to place your order if you want it prexmas (22-24 Dec pickups). I know 99% of you haven’t even thought about Chrissy, like me, but we’re here to help and make it as easy as possible. Aquabumps Gallery 10am to 6pm every day leading up to xmas, 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach (just up from Thai Terrific). Make a start, peruse our online catalogue, suss sizes and costs, order online or call us 9130 7788. Or just get a book.
Onya :: uge
P.S. Are you liking the 7 photos in the daily as opposed to 5? Please report any weirdness, slowness here.

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wizkid

I realise you’re probably gonna look at today’s shots and think I’ve gone a bit long on young Bronte surfer Caleb Reid, well, I have, but I also think it’s well deserved. Do you see many dudes tearing 2 footers?
The surf wasn’t spectacular earlier – but sufficient. Even less spectacular now that the northerly is up and roaring. But at sunrise there was the odd 2 footer with 3 foot set. I shot 21 year old Caleb on his home turf, where he seemed to know every bump in the bank, every pocket on the sets. Onya buddy. Ok, enough pumping his tyres up, there’s waves, bigger later but windier. Tonight it peaks and tomorrow it fades.
We’ve been getting a lot of phone calls about our Aquabumps book. Here’s some common questions:

Got any left? Yes. We do.
I’m in the city and want one, how long? Order before 1pm today and it will be on your desk before you go home tonight. For real. We use couriers, just get it delivered to your office and someone has to sign for it. Yes, someone has to sign for it so your home address ain’t gonna cut it (just put your office address in special instructions on check out if can’t change it, include business name)
I can’t enter my delivery address? I bet you’ve selected PICKUP FROM THE GALLERY (i.e. no freight). Click on your location on our map if you don’t want to come to downtown Bondi and pick it up.
Is it good? We think so. 208 big pages of Bondi. Otherwise use it to prop your monitor up, keep doors open with, make big paper aeroplanes – all good uses.
I’m overseas, can I get one before xmas? Yep. Order now to be safe though. Takes 5 days via Fedex to get to places like Europe, Uk, USA…if you’re in the back roads of Alaska I reckon Fedex may take a day or two longer.
Why so much mulla to freight it to Europe ($95)? The book is BIG and 3 kilos. Comes in its own box…c’mon, you’re worth it.

If you’ve got some coin left after buying a book, maybe pick up one of these for the summer break – ex-demo Scorpion rigid hull stink boat to access those breaks in Sydney no accessible by road. Insert drool.
Bye :: uge

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muggy

Well look at that. A little south swell snuck into Bondi this morning amongst the morning heat. It’s only 2 foot, fat and weak, but rideable. It was hot early, like 25 degrees and the water has finally heated up a little – 19. The nor-eater will howl 20 knots today…creating a new wind swell and butchery our south swell goodness. Water temp will drop too. Much bigger tomorrow though and from the ENE.
High tide 10am, low tide 4:45pm. (see I do put tidal info in, sometimes)
The Camera Club is a group of super enthusiastic camera geeks like me who show their work quarterly at the Beach Road hotel in Bondi. Launch Party is this Thursday 9th Dec 7pm, Upstairs. The show is called “Fancy that!” “Sh#t for your lounge room wall”. See you there.
Have a nice day youalll :::uge

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Silly Season

Summer has finally kicked in and silly season has begun. Scores of people hit the beach yesterday, and some didn’t leave (see exhibit A above, must’ve strolled at of the Bondi hotel at the wee hours, fallen in Hungry Jacks, then passed out on the beach). Onya buddy. Poor fella has probably only been in the country 24hrs.
Not only was the weather orn yesterday, so were the waves. A long interval East swell hit and provided fulfilment into the afternoon. I’d say some of the best waves I’ve seen in weeks and weeks. Hope ya filled those boots up. Unfortunately it was short-lived and already fading this morning (2-3 foot), still fun to be had in the sunshine. Enjoy.
Miss Bondi’s heat 2 was on yesterday at the sweaty Beach Road. Here’s Steffen’s shots backstage
Oh, and the Aquabumps Gallery is open today, 10am to 6pm. In fact we’re open every day until Xmas. So pop in and we can help you find some presents for the family. Our book is selling online, you can buy a copy and pick it up from the gallery if you like – or get it delivered to your door – where ever you are. (we have around 170 left from our 1st shipment, 2nd shipment may be late)
That is all :: uge

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hype

It’s always a nice surprise to have good weather after expecting dreary rain and greydom. Don’t always believe the hype. The water has that chilly bite to it, 17.9 degrees, but it’s nothing on last Sunday when we visited artic waters (sub 16). Ridiculous wasn’t it.
We’ve got some junky wind chop resembling waves…Bondi was 1-2ish foot, weak, dribbly, floppy and suited to very small people. Tama same with some serious wonk. Just go for a dip or longboard to satisfy your wave quota.
Now you’re probably wondering why tents are going up, semi-trailers unloading in the car park, and very fit people bouncing around Bondi this morning…well, the Kellog’s Nutrigrain Ironman series has hit our beach. The Legends (Leechy, Trevor Hendie, and The Bondi Rescue Team) will race at around 1pm which will also include Libby Trickett. The women are from 2:30pm – 3:30pm and the men from 4:45pm – 6:45pm.
Christmas shopping has never been easier at the Aquabumps Gallery. To start with, we’re open every single day leading up to Christmas. Yes. 10am to 6pm at 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach NSW. Also our popular book that was just launch is on sale for $150…it’s a big A3 book on “A Day at Bondi”. Aerial photos, water shots, big crowds, icy mornings – all in there, an easy pressie. The gallery is fully stocked with artworks from $150 to $3,500. Come see. If you want to order something custom, a specific image in a specific frame, better rock in this weekend – orders close in about 1 week.
Laters::uge

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shine

Bigger and better today – and it’s not raining can you believe it! Still junkie, but you’ll find 2 footers around the traps, with the odd 3 footer at north exposed beaches. Wind is going to blow 25 knots from the NE and yep, the outlook is for more rain. I suspect this tiny spike is swell will be short lived and tomorrow will be much smaller again. Been a while since I’ve seen some quality waves around here.
On Sunday 5th December the Bondi to Bronte ocean swim is on. In its 10th anniversary the 2.4 km swim is one of Sydney’s classic races. Entry forms here
Also, on the Sunday 12th December is the BONDI BIG PADDLE. It’s a new event in the area featuring ocean ski’s, paddle boards, stand ups, and surfboard races. There’s 5 gees up for grabs, and Whippet and Liam are putting it on (Bondi Lifeguards). Onya boys. Go here to register I reckon the dash for cash, 250 metre paddle (on boards smaller than 6’6” is the one for me)
Have a good day, uge

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Where the hell is summer?

It’s not often that rain hinders my morning shoot so much, that I have to show you something else to distract you from your busy day. But hang on, 3 days of rain in a row? It’s real wet and grey outside. Welcome to the first day of summer kids! Where the hell is it then?
Today’s pics are to remind you of what summer is really like – a collection of idyllic paradises that I’ve visited in the past 12 months. There is just so much out there to see…book a plane ticket. I just did! Life’s short and all that.
Forecast – Rain, rain and more rain until mid-next week. And I am not joking. Surfwise we’re getting some NE swell from here on, 1-2 foot mainly – nothing fancy. Go to Hawaii for surfing.
I’ve always wanted to get the tinnie out, drive out to a dead whale, which is being mauled by sharks, in the middle of the Indian ocean off Rotto, in my jeans of course, then jump on the whale’s back and pat the sharks. I mean really…what?
::uge
PS – hope you like 7 pics instead of the standard 5. Tell me if it goes slow for ya.

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