: : Last Post

Today is the last photo update for 2011. Yes, another digit ticks over and we’ll be taking a few weeks break in preparation for another big year, that’ll be Aquabumps’s 13th year in operation. Yes, lucky 13 – can you believe it. What started out as a muck around photo email between my mates (in the nineties) has grown into 40,000 daily readers (with another 36,000 on Facey). To be honest, I’d never thought it would be anything more than a hobby – but here we are…5,000 updates later.
1stly – thank you to all the readers (you) of this over enthusiastic beach photo blog. Some people still come up and say they’ve been reading this for 10 years solid (sorry about all the typos). You are the best.
2ndly – Thanks to the major sponsors of Aquabumps (Canon, Land Rover, Corona and Telstra). Their support means we can keep the updates free for you guys and enables us to do interesting new stuff! Cheers to all our advertisers as well.
3rdly – thanks to all the people that help Aquabumps – the gallery staff (Xtian, Gloria, Amanda, Claire, Big Steve, Loxy, Elliot), also Kelv the IT dude, Dan the Ecomm guy, Misc the bookie, Steve the IT ninja, Wifie the PR manager. A tonne of other people help us out on a sporadic basis (usually for free) – I won’t name them all or you will go to sleep. THANK YOU!
Here is my selection of the best 50 images from 2011. Hope you enjoy them and have a fantastic Christmas and New Year. It looks like we might have some swell for the break – dang!
The gallery will be open for the next few weeks – we just won’t be updating the blog.
:: uge
PS – I am going to Hawaii, so you will be seeing big waves next Jan.

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: : p u f f

This time of year you’ve probably ran out of puff looking forward gorging yourself on mamas xmas cookin’ and taking a break. I think the swell is in the same boat – lacking…weak, waist high waves broke this morning without any grunt. The high tide was so full I thought most lumps weren’t even gonna break. It could be worse, it could be raining…
Hang on, it just started pouring as I write this. At least the garden is looking good and your car is salt-free.
Good news – Xmas day should be mostly fine with 26 degrees. We may even have some Christmas swell! Hooray!
It is not too late. Nope. You can still come into the Aquabumps Gallery and we have plenty of Christmas present fodder. We are open 10-6 every day until Christmas. Rock on in.
Seeyouselater :: uge

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w e t

You can surf in our ‘hood today. It’s small, waist to shoulder high, fat on the early tide, but rideable in the sunshine. Yes, I said sunshine. Salubrious day outside, go soak it up. Kinda strange but cool light this morning….
It’s not too late…
Ok, so you haven’t bought a single xmas present. You’ve spent the whole of December getting’ silly and neglecting your duties to spoil your loved ones with well thought out gifts. We have a solution. An easy one. If you order our giant Aquabumps Book online today (before 3:30pm), and the delivery address is within the Australia Post Next Day Network (check) – you or the recipient will get the book tomorrow. Yes, tomorrow. Or hang on, so you want artwork, if the hundreds of pieces in our Bondi Gallery ain’t what you’re thinking, you can buy gift cards online. Easy! Get busy. We’re open 10am to 6pm every day until Chrissy and you will find us at 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach. Call the hotline 02 9130 7788 if any questions or email us.
Ciao :: uge

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Buenos dias

The good old southerly is blowing early at 20 knots. That doesn’t make for great surfing. The sky was deep tones of grey, sometimes even sprinkling. Maybe the odd down pour today…
It’s 1 foot. Sorry I mean 2 foot, flimsy, weak and a little wobbly with some morning junk on it. Good if you’re just starting out in the sport of surfing. The swell source is NE, now that’s no good for Bondi.
The south swell comes back tomorrow – so we should see an improvement then.
The Anchor
8 is a lucky number for the Chinese. At 8 Campbell Parade Bondi a few mates have opened a bar and restaurant. Think margaritas, seafood and tequila. It’s called The Anchor and has been packed since the doors opened a few weeks ago. It’s the old Hungry Czech, yeah that’s right, just under Noah’s Backpackers. It’s small ‘n’ local and open quite late (1am). I’d encourage you to drop by this summer…
Hasta luego :: u g e

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The Sydney Eye

MMM, another grey day here in Sydney. Looks like we’re going for a record… I can hear the pitta-patter on the tin roof now as yet another squall passes by. The surf looks small and junkie this morning – the beach relatively empty. Bondi not great, Bronte had a few on offer – but it wasn’t as good as local Caleb Reid made it look in these photos shot around 7am. No one surfs Bronte better. You or I would take off, crack a lucky frontside stab and then flap around in the white water.
The Eye
With all the rain and average surf conditions lately I ventured away from the coast (only for a short while – don’t worry) and was lucky enough to shoot from the new Sydney Tower Eye. It’s a great vantage point to shoot Sydney as its 309 metres high – that’s double the Harbour Bridge! It’s also the first place in Sydney to see the sunrise. You can even see Bondi from up there. Below are some shots from my walk around the tower…you can do the same sky walk that I did – safely chained to a rail so you don’t blow off. Have a look
Keep dry :: uge

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Breeze

Funny old week… Most days have been chest to head high (weak), some bigger ones yesterday (4-6). The winds have been up early most days though, puttin’ loads of chop-flop on them faces. Bronte, with its almighty huge chunk of rock at the south end is probably the pick – hiding from the wind. Bondi has been diabolical, exposed and doing nuttin’. This weekend looks to have small swell, you’ll be riding head high sets as the northerly blows your hair back. It will rain a little today, maybe a tad more tomorrow and then some on Sunday. Oh Monday it will definitely rain, like Tuesday and then more on Wednesday – wow, that sounds all a bit too depressing. Is this summer?
You won’t believe it but the Aquabumps Gallery is open all weekend 10am to 6pm. Come in and do your Christmas shopping, this is your last weekend to do so! Or buy a gift card online and we’ll post it out in a fancy card and package.
Have a good day, :: uge

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chunk

There is swell, quite a chunky one and from the south, but it’s still not doing it. C’mon.
It’s 4-5 foot, a tad too big for the banks at Bondi to handle. The flanking south winds seem to be causing havoc as well….there is plenty of junky chop out there.
Bondi had a couple of guys, they didn’t get much.
Bronte had a handful, they got some, wobbly ones…worth getting wet for.
Ok, Xmas is 10 days away and you have present anxiety. We can help. If you order a Aquabumps Book today online, we will NEXT DAY POST it so most main city areas will have it tomorrow. Yep tomorrow. You can have a different shipping address to billing (whoa), so we can just send it directly to your friends and family – or even clients. Too easy! Otherwise if you have time, we have plenty of stock, frames, books all under the Aquabumps gallery roof in Bondi. 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach.
Adios :: ugios

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Fools Gold

Fresh serve of south swell is in town, it’s quite big too – like 4-5 foot, but it just doesn’t seem to want to do it. Bronte kinda had a wobbly right, Bondi was messy and well…not great…I think you need to head to the other side of the bridge, something with loads of southerly protection. High tide is 11:30am, low tide is 5pm. We had a brief moment of sunshine this morning. Wasn’t that nice. Didn’t last long. Still the weather remains in the early 20’s and rain is on the radar – not very typical for this time of year.
bye :: uge

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hello

In the 1 hour of roaming the beaches of the east I took 4 photos. That’s odd (I normally shoot around 60). Barely anyone surfing the 2 footers on offer, the sky was dark grey and generally another quiet onshore beach day.
Bondi was looking horrible with the southerly tearing it apart @ 25 knots – no one out. Bronte had a lil’ sumpin’…a bump that you could ride. Didn’t see anything else.
Go windsurfing – that looks like more fun today. Windy tomorrow too!
Not long until Christmas. 12 days to be exact. And guess what – our gallery is open! 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach NSW T91307788. If you’re wondering what to give all your clients – our book? We’ve got plenty.
bye :: uge

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biblical

Yesterday was an amazing day. Biblical. The day started with perfect sunshine, great waves and then by 1pm the raging southerly front rolled in from out to sea – and I don’t think it’s stopped raining or blowing since.
Wow. It was one of the most intense storms I’ve seen.
Today – well, in comparison, it’s boring. The waves are onshore mush, I saw one guy, a Chinese tourist fully dressed trying to go for a swim (not recommended) – but that was about it down there this morning. I didn’t even shoot as sticking a lens out of the car window with pelting rain ain’t much fun.
Byron Bay wonder Kieren Perrow won big Pipe yesterday. Insert Clap.
The Reef” a mash up of talented men – Jon Frank, Richard Tognetti and Mick Sowry travelled from Darwin to Perth this year, making music, movies and surfing along the way to form a mixed media performance. Tickets on sale tomorrow, 1 show only at the Sydney Opera House. Will be good.
The Aquabumps gallery is open today. Good thing about this rain is you’ll probably get a park right out the front. Telephone 02 9130 7788 or email us any Christmas Present questions. We are open until 6pm every day.

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re-ignite

Sorry about the slightly late update, been watching 12 foot bombs at the Hawaiian Pipe Masters, Would you paddle out there?
Last night before I closed my eyes I checked the weather and it said “Showers in the morning, clearing”. Couldn’t be any further from the truth.
Clear skies, 24 degrees, blue water, chest high waves and tight wolf pack of diverse surfing skill burning each other. Just another day down at Bondi.
On the weekend there is a shoulder high ENE swell coming. Nothing great, it also looks like it could rain all weekend. Yay – it’s been at least 12 hours since the last down pour. Go shopping.
Aquabumps Xmas Orders Close Sunday
Christmas Day is 2 weeks away and creeping up on us. Here in the Aquabumps Gallery we stock plenty of prints, but only a 2% of our huge catalogue. If you want something custom printed, framed and picked up from Bondi before Xmas day you need to get your orders in before Sunday 6pm. You can do it online, you can come into the store or phone 9130 7788 or email us. We are open all weekend 10am to 6pm and you will find us at 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach. See you soon.
:: uge

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Damp

A friend told me that this rainy crud weather is here to stay for all of December and January. I asked the same friend if they can pick the lotto numbers for this weekend as I’d like to buy a boat, ok maybe just a dinghy.
I’d agree and say it’s going to rain until next Wednesday. Fortunately there are waves, 2-3 footish. But these morning high tides are making it pretty fat.
The Hawaii Banzai Pipe Masters looks like it will kick off on the 8th December with a big swell hitting (remember they are a day behind). Webby
If you are bored at work, I thought this little video was well made. A little long (grab a cuppa) with some average surfing…but the scenery is magical
With all this rain I am sure you don’t feel like being outside and Christmas shopping. Shop online! Get a book from us, or maybe a gift card, or a little piece from the gallery.
Bye :: uge (just for the record that is pronounced yooj. Not ugg, not oog, not egg, not huge but that’s ok)

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Overflow

Hi. There’s waves around this morning but it’s full as a boot with a 7am high tide.
You can catch a wave, but don’t expect much more than a few cutbacks and flaps trying to stay on it.
The lower tide will reveal the goods.
SE swell, 3 ft, S/SE winds 5-10 knots then swinging Easterly by midday 10 – 15 knots (that’s not good).
High tide 7am and 7pm. Low tide 1:30pm. Water temp 19-20. Forecast – smaller! Boo!
Our buddies at WASP bags are offering Aquabumps readers 10 bucks off their range of waterproof bags. See
If you want an Aquabumps Book for a gift, order online today, and get it shipped directly to the recipient – yes, we do all the work
:: uge

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Fatty

I am not going to complain about the winter-like weather conditions we have in Sydney at the moment. Beltin’ summer is just around the corner, I just know it, so this is a good time to get some work done…
We have some waves worth talking about this morning. It’s 3 foot – nice and clean with a gentle SW wind. The 6am high tide was spoiling things – filling up the bays – making waves fat and sluggish. Towards the lower tides you should see a bit of lip.
If you want to give Aquabumps artworks away for Christmas, you have 5 days left to order them (Deadline Sunday 11th December). You can order online, in the gallery or on the phone. We’re talking custom orders, as we have hundreds of other frames in stock that you can just rock in and grab on the spot. If you want books, order them online – we have plenty and usually they arrive next day (Sydney). If you can’t decide on which artworks, the best way is gift vouchers to our gallery – they come in a real pretty little package and are valid for 12 months. If you have questions contact us or phone 02 9130 7788 – better still, just roll into the gallery 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach NSW Australia.

Sunday 11th December
Local Pick Up
2-3 weeks
For those living in Sydney and wish to pick up their custom orders (Before XMAS) from our Bondi Gallery

http://www.aquabumps.com/contact-us/

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Mondayitis

The clouds are smothering and the beach is deserted – perfecto – seeing there was a 3-4 foot wave on this morning. 8am the wind blew southerly 20 odd knots, but that should lighten up during the day. If you don’t mind a bit of chop hopping – today is your day. Should be SW offshore tomorrow (fingers crossed).
Looks like the Swiss Grand deck is going to be a hive of activity at the end of this year…NYE and NYD at Cream Tangerine – read more.
Aquabumps Gallery is open today 10-6. Come have a look.
Ciao :: uge

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b l o w

The southerly is still howling and making a mess of anything resembling a wave this morning.
If you’re surfing today, you need to get a job. 2-3 foot wind slush wasn’t enough to get me in the water.
It’s cooler today. Top of 20 degrees. Rain will come and go, I hope the wind goes soon and summer arrives.
The Aquabumps Gallery is open all weekend (no kiddin’, just like the past 8 years). We’re behind the Bondi Hotel, next door to the TAB and Video shop. All you need on 1 block in Bondi.
Seeya, : : uge

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TRON

Today is the 1st day of summer – coulda fooled me. The southerlies have rolled into town and temperatures are back into the 15-20 range. The SE wind is howling 30 knots and the bay is full of white caps and sloshy foam. I didn’t see a single surfer out this morning – now that is saying something. Hopefully when it all dies back there will be some clean fun little waves to surf.
Last night was quite something down at Bondi. Fireworks, night surfing in Tron suits with LED surfboards that glow. Wow, only in Bondi. I swam out there to snap some shots of the ‘Tron’ surfers of the night. No we didn’t see any sharks (seems to be a frequently asked question after swimming at Bondi for 1.5 hrs in the night)
Seeya :: uge

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neon

I was up real early today. I small human called Jet was mainly to blame…I think the lil’ man saw the pink horizon glow seeping in through the blinds. For a very short moment, before sunrise, the sky was glowing neon pink. The rest of the morning was overcast and dark. We’ve got a NE swell, it’s small and weak and a little junkie. The winds are also NE, howling 20 knots. Tonight there will be a violent south change – it will blow 30 knots, so bring the washing in off the line.
South swell tomorrow – let’s hope there is something decent on it.
:: uge

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Backwash

Howdy. We’ve currently got a mini-north windswell breaking with north winds best at north facing beaches. Bondi did have a little fun one on the incoming tide, but low tide will ruin that. It’s not amazing, very weak (1-2 ft) – but they say it should get bigger later tonight. Now that’s good to hear.
Enjoy the warm weather until tomorrow where it all changes. Come see the Aquabumps Gallery if you’re coming down the beach or call us 9130 7788 if you have any questions.
:: uge

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Flipside

We’ve had some amazing contrasts in the weather lately. Saturday you woke up to typhoon like rain and Sunday you woke up to spring bliss. A few little waves have been popping up here and there, super fun down at Bondi this morning with 2 (sometimes) 3 footers. With the morning sunshine blazing – conditions were very inviting. The water is still cold, too cold for boardies or bikinis – it will heat up soon.
This week will be warm until Wednesday night, then a cold front will hit and conditions will be back to winter-style days. (boo)
Don’t forget the Aquabumps Gallery is open today 10-6 (if you’re coming down the beach). The Aquabumps Book is back in stock and it’s time to put in your xmas orders.
Have a good week :: uge

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Friday Rambles

We haven’t had the best run of surf and weather have we? I mean sitting in the Bondi car park hiding from the rain watching a handful of dudes scrapping over 1-2 foot mush at Bondi was kinda a desperate sight. Not one bit of me wanted to be out there.
They say the swell is going to get bigger today – hope so, it can continue to rain, cool with that – just something decent to ride. Sunday is going to be sunny and 26!
Potato Head
Most of you have been to Bali. If you’re going this summer, Bali has a new beach club called Potato Head. It’s good. They’re also hosting a New Year’s Eve Party and you can buy your tickets here. I’m sure it will get loose on the Island of the Gods…so write that one down.
Gallery
Our Aquabumps Gallery is open every day for now, 10am to 6pm. You can come in, pick up some artworks that are in stock for Christmas presents or grab a cup of tea, peruse our online catalogues, use our web framing/cost calculators, then checkout using our shipping calculators – yep, all the while your boss thinks you are a good little punter doing your work. Or you can go to a nice big shopping mall fight a grannie for a car park, and join the queues.
Later :: uge

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Gusty

It’s fair to say when windsurfers are doing loops out the back of Bondi in 15-20 knot gusts that the surf conditions probably aren’t ideal.
Ok, it’s horrible today. Onshore, mush, slush, mixed in with skanky rain water runoff. Kinda cold and still raining – completely the opposite to W.A which is experiencing 37 degree swelter. Margaret River is also under seize by a raging bush fire today. There are so many houses hidden amongst the bushes…let’s hope the heat and winds die down soon so they can get that blaze under control. I can’t believe that fire was deliberately lit as a part of the burning off. (who would do that in 50 knots and 37 degrees)
:: uge

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A work day…

Today is one of THOSE days where you’re better off sittin’ in the office. It’s that 1 day in 90 where it’s flat like a lake and pouring with rain, hang on – the southerly just blew in as well. So now its flat and junkie – wow. Not pretty.
The good news is that the rain is meant to subside and the swell is meant to pick up later (3ft by nightfall) – fingers crossed.
Here is a list of things to keep you occupied in the meantime:
• Watch Jamie O’Brien’s latest film made by the famous Vincent Laforet – it’s good.
• I’ve always thought frenchies are a bit nuts, but these frenchies are off their head.
• Buy an Aquabumps Book online for a friend (and we do all the hard work = delivery)
Ends :: uge

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Tiger Stripes

It’s been so flat lately. Looks like today is the turning point though….last night waves came up and now we have 2 foot chuggers fizzing to the beach. It’s not smoking, but surfable. Tomorrow and Thursday should be bigger (3-4ft) but possibly flanked with southerlies. See a wave, surf it I reckon. Cool clouds in the sky this morning – stripes all the way to the horizon.
Our award winning book “A Day at Bondi” is back in stock and you can order online now. Good idea for a Christmas present. If you live overseas this Sunday is the deadline for ordering artwork from our gallery to get there in time for Christmas. So log onto our new online store which has freight calculators and all bells’n’whistles…and get ordering to avoid disappointment/stress. Christmas is a mere 4 weeks away. I repeat. 4 weeks. Questions? 02 9130 7788 or contact us
Good bye :: uge

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Beach Pilgrimage

Hola. Fair chance most of you were down the beach on the weekend. Who wasn’t. You probably didn’t take a board with you (flat as), just the baby oil and the reflecto sunnies (spinin’ rims and all mate).
Bondi Road was gridlock all weekend long. It was also the conclusion of Sculpture by the Sea yesterday, yep…you can come out now. 500,000 people visited the art walk in the past 2 weeks. That probably doesn’t surprise you. I’ve never seen the paths so packed.
This week the weather looks unsettled. Swell will come on Wednesday (4ft) but will be onshore. (who cares, I will surf anything right now). Until then, Lake Bondi will be nice and calm for your morning swim.
Andreas Gursky sold a photograph for $4.3 million last week. So I’ve just revised all our gallery pricelists and we’re open today at 151 Curlewis Street Bondi beach until 6pm. Telephone 9130 7788. If you want to buy a present and can’t decide on which one (common problem as people look through our catalogue of 1,000 images), well … order a gift card pack online and we will post it to you. Remember, Christmas is close to 4 weeks away – so time to get organised.
A d i o s :: U g i o s

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moody

Normally I wouldn’t put today in the ‘hey there’s a little wave on’ category, but seeing we’ve had a wave deprived week and you’re all in a bad mood – there’s a ‘little’ wave on in the corner of Bondi. You will need plenty of float to get going, the 20 x 3 inch variety, but at least you can get wet, walk the plank and go to work feeling great.
It is going to be very small or flat again until next Wednesday. Way way down the end of the month you may get a chunky south swell – but that’s too far.
Tomorrow it is going to be 30 degrees and perfectly sunny. A classic beach day. I’m going to fly the little chopper over the beaches of the east between 2-3pm…not sure where we’ll be spending most of our time, probably Maroubra to Bondi…look out for us and you can get in one of our aerial images. If you’re coming to see the Scultpures by the Sea don’t forget to drop into our gallery, 151 Curlewis Street, Bondi Beach, NSW 2026 Telephone 9130 7788. Our book is back in stock!
Seeya :: uge

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L:e:s:s

Yesterday was small, today is smaller…
Every 20 mins a rideable ‘wave’ may roll through, but it’s not worth getting out of bed and walking around in the rain for.
Again I grab a coffee, sit down and browse the swell charts in hope for a leap in size – nope, nuttin’.
Our book, The Aquabumps Book “A Day at Bondi”, which won the coveted 2011 AIPP BEST PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK of the YEAR…yes, best..wow, anyway, it’s back in stock and ready for you to order online. Whilst you’re there check out our new online store…cool eh?
Seeya, :: uge

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twitchy

Ahoy there. So…this plague of small swell remains and the boys in the car park are getting’ restless. Bondi had this cute little rip-bowl-1-foot wonder, suitable for a plank around 10 feet long. Or if you’re new to the sport – today’s cranking. I can’t see any improvement for some time. You really need to start thinking about other sports.
If you are planning to give Aquabumps artworks away this Christmas, and want to custom order something (and not from our 500 options in the store), it’s time to get sorted. We can deliver globally but you have to allow plenty of time for it, as all artworks are hand-made in Australia, 1 by 1, then inspected, then boxed/crated and air freighter to your door. That stuff takes a decent chunk of time. Follow these deadlines below to avoid disappointment (and last minute stress). Order now or call us 02 9130 7788 with questions.

Sunday 11th December
Local Pick Up
2-3 weeks
For those living in Sydney and wish to pick up their order from our Bondi Gallery

Sunday 4th December
Within Australia
3+ weeks
For those living in Sydney or interstate, and we are delivering to you

Sunday 27th November
International
4 weeks
For those good peeps overseas. Seeing all countries will are different and customs dudes can give grief, the sooner the better. 4 weeks is just a estimate.

bye :: uge
PS My scooter is about to go on ebay

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Summer

Gotta love this time of year. The days are hot and the nights cool after a violent smotherly let’s rip.
Everybody is out doing something…no matter what time of day. Bondi is…well…you guessed it, packed. Packed at sunrise, packed at sundown. Packed.
The waves were terrible this morning. Bits and pieces of wind chop crumbling here and there. Nice too cool off when in. Go swim.
Christmas is nearing. If you’re thinking of buying Aquabumps artwork for your friends and family, better start talking or browsing. Artwork can take up to 3 weeks to make. Aquabumps Gallery t: 9130 7788
Adios :: ugios

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The bogged surf rake

You know it’s going to be a surfless week when your wifie says “honk, seeing there is no swell for 8 days … it’s gonna be a swell drought … you know that right? …  so, can you help around the house a bit more?” …breathe…the closest my wifie has got to reading internet swell buoy forecasts is her wish list on Net-a-Porter. Needless to say, wifie is right, it’s tiny and around your kneecaps. Tomorrow same-same. Wed, micro, Thursday, tiny blah blah – think you get the picture. There’s at least one zero next to most dates this week on the buoys. Hopefully a surprise wind swell will kick in. Look on the bright side – it’s going to be a fat 32 degrees today.Oil up.
The Aquabumps Gallery is from now until Christmas Eve open 7 days a week, which includes today (Mondays are normally our day of rest, surf and meaningless meanderings). You can find us at 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach or on the end of this phone line 9130 7788 if you have any questions. You can browse our catalogue online here. Xmas is 6 weeks away!
How about the surf rake getting bogged this morning! Ha. And wowser, what a fog that just rolled in across the bay.
If you watched Sunrise this morning you’ll know I’m judging the new Canon EOS Inspires competition – which is open to you all. Enter
Check out our 10 page spread (and cover) in this month’s Digital Photography Magazine.
Seeyouse :: u g i o

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11.11.11

Hey there, today is unique. It’s the 11th day of the 11th Month of the 11th year. Superstitious people say that’s a lucky day. A day to get hitched, hit the casino or try have that baby. We’re kinda lucky down the beach as the waves came up overnight – head high ones. Ok, it’s a little messy and driven by a wind swell, yet it is the best surf day of this week. Bondi was packed (no surprises there), girls were hula hooping on the broadwalk, the carpark was full, and the cafés had queues – and that is all before 7am.
The weekend looks ok for beach time. Waves will be 1-2 foot (NE) and the sun will pop out intermittently between the typical arvo thunderstorms.
Adios :: uge

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Swelter

Last night’s sweltering heat brought everyone down the beach this morning…just not the waves.
The mercury did not drop below 24.2 degrees last night, just a smidge of the all-time hottest night record for November (24.8).
So if you couldn’t sleep last night – that’s why. I couldn’t.
When I got down the beach this morning it was grey, flat like a lake (ok, little 1 foot chuggers) and barely any wind. Real muggy like Asia.
Bondi had thousands out doing their morning rituals, bootie camps going nuts, helicopters circling whilst girls dig for 1 million dollars (some radio show comp).
hey – was this the biggest wave ever ridden last night by Hawaiian Garrett McNamara in Portugal?
Or how about watching Nathan Oldfield’s new little vid on alternative surf vehicles.
Adios, uge

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Good times

Good times down the beach this morning. Good times. I had so much fun. The weather is freaky at the moment – either pouring and thunderstorms or summer heaven. Today the latter.
The waves are micro and around your kneecaps. The water is decent, 19. The banks are ok, 2 peaks with a fun shore break in the south with a steep slope.
By lunchtime I reckon the clouds will roll over bringing all manner of thunder bolts. It’s going to remain warm and muggy – like Bali. They say 30 degrees is the max.
I don’t think you will find waves today, tomorrow or the next. Enjoy the heat.
I am selling a little Aprilia Scooter on ebay, great for around the beaches. Will go super cheap.
Adios :: uge

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Good Morning

Good morning.
Wasn’t it just.
The beach was rammed this morning, early. I walked around with someone from New York and they were blown away at the masses doing stuff on the beach at 6:30am. I don’t think many places in the world have so many people so active so early. The surf was not so exciting. Waves broke mainly around knee to waist high, infrequently. Good for a mal cruze or a swim.
ke11y
Last Thursday Kelly Slater was crowned the world champion for the 11th time. Last Saturday the ASP reversed the decision, embarrassed by a miscalculation asking for the crown back. The Ke11y gear became collectors’ items. Then finally yesterday Kelly Slater was officially crowned the champion again…for the 12th time. Think they just wanted to have 2 parties to celebrate. I would.
gabs
Whilst on world news, little Brazilian whippet Gabriel Medina just won the Rip Curl Pro held at San Francisco. Gabs is the biggest thing to come out of Brazo since Adriano. He is amazing to watch. Being only 17, what a huge future the kid has.

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Carnivale

We have experienced a few solid beach days and today is no exception. Carnivale Bondi was frantic over the weekend… Sculptures by the Sea opened and drawing millions whilst the Annual Single Fin Classic stirred a few laughs as the old boys danced (I think you can call it that) and surfed 5-6 foot Bondi closeouts on 70’s contraptions. You could not fit any more people in the hood – try driving up Bondi Road yesterday.
Today the swell has dropped (1-2ft), the water temp defaulted to a crispy 18 and the sunshine is blaring. Go for a dip. I can’t see any decent swell for a while, so grab a fish/mal/matt and have a mess around.
:: uge

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Surftag

Afternoon. Late one I know.
Today’s update comes from the boot of my car as we’re at the SurfAid SurfTag event surfing for charity. (at Manly)
Thank you for everyone that donated to our team – we raised nearly $10k for SurfAid.
The waves are small, 2ish, maybe 3 footish. Better with the incoming tide. Manly definitely doesn’t like the south swell direction.
The sun is out and the weekend looks amazing. Come down to watch the finals at Manly (now) or get to the beach over the weekend
Cheers, :: uge

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Feedback

I have been down the beach three times already today…I’d like to come back to you with positive feedback, but I can’t.
It’s raining. A lot.
The 2-3 footers are junkie as hell. And then some.
1 guy out at south Bondi. He wasn’t doing much. If you wanna surf, the beach is all yours.
The weather will come good tomorrow, hopefully the surf will join the party.
These pictures were shot mostly yesterday, and 1 from today.
Enjoy :: Uge

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the goods

Greetings. I liked what I saw this morning. Plenty of colour in the sky early, the Sculpture by the sea are out and there is a solid 3 foot swell hittin’ town. It’s clean and plenty of waves on offer.
This dreamy picture will transform later today, showers predicted tonight and the southerly will blow around midday (kinda soon). Go surf.
The forecast for this weekend is looking sweet. 27 sunny Saturday, 29 mostly sunny Sunday.
Our little buddies on the Mentawai Charter boat Tengirri are organising their bookings for 2012. They’re even discounting Feb and March trips (early season). Good time of year to go as the land camps are closed, can do single bookings and not as many boats early – hit it. Contact Ant
Good bye :: uge

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At First Sight

Today is a big day in Australia. Not only is our national airline back in the air but 24 ponies trot around track whilst the whole world watches on. You’re probably distracted from what is happening down the beach today…you’re all frocked up and ready to plaster yourself all arvo in good ole’ aussie fashion. In a nutshell, you’re not missing much down the beach. It’s grey, wet(ish) and 3-4 foot junk. Bondi looked broken. Wobbly walls of water randomly broke up and down the beach. Stick to the races – more fun. I am backing “At First Sight” No.17. If you win a mint, send half your winnings to the gallery please.
Did you know 100,000 people attend the race in Melbourne? They also drink 100,000 bottles of champers (that’s 1 per person!) not to mention 30,000 litres of beer and 18,000 oysters. Good luck!
Later punters :: uge

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Boo!

This morning went down a little something like this.
The wind woke me up, southerly storm hit overnight and I could see choppy water out the back. I prayed for waves.
Light was dancing behind broken morning cloud as I rolled down hill half asleep. I took a few snaps, some mega slow shutters, some just out the car window as I drove past.
I saw a couple of dudes out at Bondi – I waited 30 minutes for them to get a wave and saw nothing of interest.
Moved onto Bronte seeking some protection from the wind. Same, 2 dudes out, waited 30 minutes and one guy got a set – went straight (pictured) and then went in looking a little dissatisfied.
There are waves in the 2-3 foot vicinity but the 20 knot sou-easterly isn’t making things pretty.
Hey – Slam’s beach volleyball festival is on again this summer and it’s time to enter a team.
Ok – winds are much better tomorrow…bye for now, :: uge

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