Happy Mondays

Monday’s are a good day. Start of a new week and all the office workers are hiding in their cubicles recuperating from a weekend of debauch activities. Yes I’m talking to you Birdie. The line-up at South Bondi is quiet, empty and resembling a country beach. Who’d thought 20,000 people graced these shores only a couple of days ago soaking up the last rays of summer? Saturday was magnificent day wasn’t it? Finally we got the bird over Bondi for some more aerial photos (after many, and I mean many weather cancellations). The water was emerald green and barely a patch of sand spared – full house. I took a lot of photos, these photos are going to take some time to sift thru…so if you’re on the beach, be patient please. Some of the best will be on show in a gallery (soon).
Quiky Pro – kicked off on Saturday but on hold at the mo. The waves don’t look promising at this stage for the comp – maybe it will play out at D-bah? Pray for swell.
Good bye :: uge

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All Time

Ok ok, the surf’s not ‘all time’ but everything else this morning was working quite nicely. Let’s begin with the colour spray sunrise at 6:00am above Ben Buckler. One of its finest. Thin cloud lit up like a bomb fire…then how about the water…it’s 24 degrees and warmer in than out. No wetties required…spend hours in there. And yes, there’s a small wave chugging in the corner being feed by a violet rip. It’s only 2 maybe 3 foot, but plenty of good ones. I spent more time swimming against the rip than I did shooting this morning. Needed a mooring to stay in the right spot.
Dues are having another Surf Swap Meet tomorrow. 98 – 104 Parramatta Rd, Camperdown 10am to 5pm Saturday, February 26
Should the weather hold up, we’ll be in the helicopter shooting tomorrow around 2pm. Why? Well…it looks to be a decent day, the water is so green/blue at the moment and the crowds will be out. So come down if you’d like to be a in a shot. 2pm at Bondi that is. Any part of bondi.
Our Facebook is a hive of enthusiasm with 17,500 following…ava a lookie.
If you like today’s sunrise and want to see more…well I’ve been shooting the sunrises for 12 years now and have a collection of the best in the gallery. Come see, Aquabumps Gallery 10am to 6pm all weekend, 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach (behind the old Bondi hotel and next door to the TAB). Telephone 9130 7788.
Enough already, uge

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Peaks

Yesterday’s raging swell has subsided considerably overnight leaving 2-3 footers down at Bondi early today. There’s a whiff of an Autumn chill in the morning air, the first time I’d consider wearing anything more than a teo down the beach. Water is still spa bath warm (24?). Few little peaks popping up here and there…nothing special. Nice beach day…roll down.
Six Ounce Manly
Back Door Benny got lost on his way to work one day and defected to Manly to open a store. Yes, Six Ounce Board store is now open in Man-town. The new fit out looks rad and is choocas full of retro surf vehicles. Go immediately to 48-50 Pittwater Road, Manly NSW 2029 or ring him with abuse on 9977 5569. Webbie
Life is better ’cause you surf…(please explain in 150 words and win a new board every year for 10 years) enter

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Theory

Right now the charts are calling a 15.5 second period, dead south 188 degree, 6-12 foot swell. Now those digits ‘should’ translate to really good waves – especially seeing its offshore (W). Tragically there are no banks at Bondi…the low tide exacerbates a wave type that is unsurfable – Le Close Out. Hence barely anyone out…other than local lone wolf Perth Standlick, hiding in the corner trying to pick a gem from the sets.
Moral of the story, you need more tide or go somewhere else with banks or a chunk of reef today.
Completely unrelated…local AFL club, The Bats are looking for new recruits from the Paddo to Bondi area. Dust off the boots Warwick Capper wannabes. They train down at North Bondi on Sat mornings from 9am. www.utsafc.com
Gotta run, uge

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Wave stalkers

I woke up, looked around, and didn’t find much – anywhere. The full blown onshore is making a mess. That’s ok, cause it’s stirring up a new swell. Just need it to go offshore…soon.
I took photos early, but they’re horrible.
Here is a collection of waves from Hawaii in mono. These look better.
Have a nice day, uge
PS – Surf Swap meet at Bondi Open Air cinema tonight starting at 6:30pm.

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Yesterday

Hi. I like yesterday more. Yesterday was an amazing beach day. Wasn’t meant to be. Forecast was for rain, but it cooked up and the skies stayed clear until the late south change hit whilst we were all sleeping.
Today is a grey, rainy junkyard. No one surfing, no one on the beach. A good day to knuckle down and crank the work out. South swell is hitting tomorrow, big too…but flanked with an onshore wind. Thursday it will kick back to offshore mode. Keep an eye on it.
Have a great week, uge

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Friday Fix

I’m pretty sure today is the worst surf day of this week (on this side of the bridge that is…). The wind was in early, the swell has dropped and not a great deal of sunshine to enjoy. Quite a difference 24 hours can make. Yesterday was a goodie…surfed twice.
There’s not much happening all weekend (surfwise). Tomorrow morning will be the best of it (3ft), then 1-2 foot for the rest of the weekend.
Random bits:

Bowlarama is on at Bondi, wow, there’s a lot of people in town for it. Come down tomorrow.
Maroubra surfer, Mark Mathews took out the Oakley Big Wave Awards last night with a right in WA.
Bondi Open Air Cinema has now moved a few hundred metres to the side where you can get ocean views. Better spot I think. More
There is a south ground swell hitting next Tuesday and Wednesday – should be a good one.
How good was the sunset last night?
Oh and yes, The Aquabumps Gallery is open all weekend 10am to 6pm if you’re in the hood. We have books and things to fill those blank walls. Find us 151 Curlewis Street Bondi or call 9130 7788

Good bye, :: uge

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10/10

After many days of greyness we’re blessed with waves, clean conditions and yep, sunshine.
The east swell continues to produce fun waves in the 3 foot vicinity and the crowds are all over it.
Go surf.
Speaking of sunshine…well, watch/read this…it will make you more aware of the dangers the sun has on our skin. The tragic Wes Bonny Story.
Have a nice day, uge

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waves

Mornin’. As forecasted a fresh serve of East swell has arrived into Sydney. She’s a bit wobbly but still fun. Bondi had consistent 3 footers and seemed relatively clean. Finally the persistent onshores have subsided. The water is super warm…don’t really need a wetsuit.
Wave Garden
You guys gotta see this…it’s called the Wave Garden. They’ve been teasing us with mini clips but launched yesterday. Basically a whole bunch of smart people have worked out to make waves in lakes, lagoon or just anybody of water. Yes, like a wave pool – just much simpler, more efficient and less infrastructure. Ok, so it’s only a small wave, but hopefully the six to 8 foot pipe version is coming soon.
Have a nice day, uge

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Dribbles

It’s real small and grey today. Bondi only showed a knee to waist high dribble at 6:30am. Looks hopeful for a new supply of east swell that arrives tomorrow (ish). Best hang out until then.
Some completely off topic stuff that you should know:
Bowl-a-rama is this Saturday. Basically a whole pile of skaters (mostly covered in tatts) from all over the world rock into Bondi and compete in a internationally respected skateboarding comp held on the beach in the soup bowls. Walk down for a lookie. It’s a big deal.
Justin Barnwell, local short sled aerial trickster with plenty of tail slide, is having a skate photographic exhibition at Bondi Burrito tonight called TIC TACO II. Juz has a well refined eye and his show is up for a week.
We received around 40 great leads on Retail POS info from yesterday’s call out for help. Thank you. Great to see you all read this ramble shamble and do other things than surf. Onya buddies.
:: uge (yooj)

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Mondayitis

This morning sure ain’t pretty. The waves were onshore, sloppy and 2-3 footish. 1 surfer was sniffing around out the back whilst another dude jogs on the beach – that’s about it. The grey weather has scared off everyone.
Had some trouble finding inspiration so I defaulted to my recent Hawaiian gold. Needless to say, I like Hawaii. I like it a lot. So much that I am planning to run Aquabumps from Hawaii 1-2 months of the year. There’s just so much to shoot there.
Hey, don’t forget it’s Valentine’s day. A friend has a Florist called Dusty Miller and they will deliver a bunch of their best anytime, anywhere today. (they’re based in Clovelly – but the city is a cinch) call now for a arvo delivery to your lady friend 02 9665 6623
2011 is a big year for Aquabumps. We’re about to release limited edition Aquabumps/Speedo boardies and bikinis with our imagery from the gallery. They’re in production now, soon to be released…so watch this space. (can’t show you the designs yet but they rock).
Ok, have a good week – looks like a wet onshore one :: uge
PS – On a side note, anyone know an expert in retail POS systems? Aquabumps needs a new system for the gallery. Contact Us

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TB @ KB

World ranked no. 3, Taj Burrow was out at K-Bay last night. Quite spectacular to watch what is possible on your home turf. Even when the waves weren’t great, TB was pulling off some of the biggest airs with amazing pace, making it look way too easy.
Yesterday’s swell has now dissipated, and at sunrise it was only 1-2 foot and weak. Might be a little spike later today. That’s about it – oh and it’s gonna rain this weekend. Surf looks a bit ordinary as well.
Zee Aquabumps Gallery is open all weekend though…and remember Monday is Valentine’s day…maybe upgrade from last years present – a six pack of UDLs and watching the footie to a Aquabumps framed print or book…buy online today (cause we’re closed every Monday). 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach NSW 2026 Telephone 9130 7788
Thanks. uge

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Chunk

Hi.
Today has started off well, plenty of colour in the sky, warmth in the water and chunk in the bump.
If you’re not doing much I’d go for a drive as locally we have limited options with this decent south swell (4ft) – it’s basically closing out at most joints. Especially Bondi, which was 1 wave from South to North. You need a reef or a sand bank…go look, ‘cause it’s dropping off fast. It will halve by this afternoon.
Bye :: uge

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Groundswell

Looks like the charts got it right this week…we’ve got waves, good ones too! It’s about 3-4 foot and coming in from the south. That’s DEAD south (188 degrees if you’re a weather geek). That means basically if you’re not surfing a southern exposed beach it won’t be too consistent – or showing much bump. Bondi was not looking great early, but will improve as the tide pushes in (high tide: 12:50pm, low tide 7am). Bronte had a few and you were all up early onto it!
A few things you should know:

Leroy Grannis, the forefather of surf photography has sadly passed away at age 93 in Torrance, USA. His images were inspiring, I often refer to his book for a fresh angle. If you don’t have his book – buy it now
Dudes are riding 5 mile waves in Alaska. Mental
India has an artificial reef, completed in February 2010 to mitigate coastal erosion from monsoon waves…looks like a cranking left to me…how nice. I think we need to mitigate erosion here at Bondi and should install a reef from the Mark’s Park point to the lifeguard tower. It would only be a 300 metre right. Throw it a couple of barrel sections and I don’t think I’d ever travel again.

Enough ramble :: uge

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Daily Fix

Half decent morning down the hill today. Started off with a nice sunrise surprise and then clean 2 footers in the bay. It’s dropped, quite a lot from yesterday, but only for today, then it kicks back up again tomorrow with a brand new shiny ground swell. A south one – even better cause we like that direction around here, especially when it’s going to be 4 foot.
Other than that – go for a swim or check out Facebook page where there are more photos (‘cause I couldn’t fit em all in this little daily slice)
As you were :: uge

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The broken thermostat

Mornin’. Bet you were confused on what to wear today. I’m not talking which key pieces to blend…more about whether to dress for a Sahara crossing or a cold winter’s day in London. We are all still a bit delirious from the inferno lashing received on Saturday here in Sydney. Then how about that southerly blast late yesterday that FINALLY cooled things down eh?
Bondi was quiet this morning, barely anyone surfing (which is pretty standard for Mondays). It’s 3-4 foot, junkie at 6am but now it’s looking great…real good. Pens down, go for a paddle (if you can).
I’ve taken so many good pictures in the past 10 days. Hawaii was incredible. All my CF cards are choccas…and I’m still sifting through the gold. Outside of my early, grey Bondi shots today, here’s some Hawaiian juice to keep you frothing in your office cubicle. I have so much more, and will do a web gallery (soon).
I have to admit, waking up daily to 6-8 foot Pipe can alter your sense of surfing reality. It was odd to not see anyone in a double head high barrel this morning.
ASMF – Tim Bonython’s surf film festival is on at the North Bondi RSL tonight (7 Feb), 8pm. See you there. Buy tix
My mates on Mentawai Charter boat Tengirri have some early 2011 trips available at a discount. 27th Feb – 10th March – 8 spots, 12 March – 24th March – 5 spots. So if you can make those dates, or recently retrenched with a nice payout – hit the islands, no one there yet and the waves pump! More

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Pipe

The Banzai Pipeline is a very special place. It’s one of the best left handers in the world full stop. I’ve spent a week staying across the sand from it, watching it’s moods change from angry 12 foot monster closeouts to 3-4 foot cute drainpipes. Pipe has some similarities to Bondi…in that there is ALWAYS someone out no matter what the conditions are. And when it’s on, 60 guys huddle in a 20 sqm take off pit of death. Again like Bondi the beach is packed – mostly with tourists day in and day out. The wave itself is a beast. West swells come from the deep, jack up on the reef and pitch into a hollow so wide that it’s sometimes wider than it is high. People eat it all day here. I’m surprised more don’t go home in ambulances as it’s super shallow and basically slabs of concrete pain underneath.
The first time I swam out with a fisheye to shoot, it was only 4-5 foot. I thought, this is cool, no worries…shooting away happily…plenty of room in the tubes for me, my camera and a surfer…then a monster 8 foot set rolls in and catches me off guard, pins me the reef on all fours, dragging me towards the beach – humbling. It’s a bit like a cheese grater on your limbs. Since then, I’ve got a massive respect for the joint (and always have one eye out the back!).
Needless to say it’s been good, nearly every day. Just check out these photos.
Have a nice day, and maybe let’s keep in touch with our Facebook page. 17,000 people already do. Bye, uge

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B I G

Hawaii is the land of the BIG. Everything is just so oversized here. You’re not a man unless you drive a big pickup (ute) with a V8 6.0 ltr donk. You know, the type you need a step ladder to get into. Then there are the meals. Most of the time you could feed a small family off one portion – yes with fries on the side. Order a coffee and you get a litre of Latte – I’m still coming down from my first one 4 days ago. There’s also a shopping centre here called Alo Moana…and yep, it’s real big complete with the biggest chain stores you’ve ever seen with the biggest variety. Bigger than Bondi Junga Westfield that is. And the surf…well today the swell went from its usual daily BIG, to real BIG. I’m talking 8-10 foot Waimea (but the locals still call that small-mid). Plenty of crew took the day off and grabbed their big boards to hit Pinballs (Waimea’s little brother inside). Pipe and other surrounding breaks were out of control…probably tomorrow it will be back on when it all calms down.
Hope you’re coping with the heat.
walkabout
The Australia Surf Movie Festival by Tim Bonython kicks off this week. This year he has taken an indigenous angle focussing on some of the best aboriginal surfers (including new Bondi surfer – Otis Carey). Premiere night is tomorrow at the Randwick Ritz Cinema 6:45pm (Thursday 3rd Feb) followed up by a North Bondi RSL screening next Monday 7th Feb at 8pm. All tickets and info available here.
:: uge
PS – flew around the island in a chopper today. Amazing – try it some day. Yep, a big chopper bill too!

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Shaka

Hiya. Looks like you’ve got a hot week back home in Bondi. Nothing much under the thirties. Hit the beach and cool off for sure.
Over here in Hawaii the swells keep coming. See it’s winter in the northern hemisphere and raging storms in between Alaska and Russia push down a whole pile of solid swell. Hawaii is the first land mass for these swells to hit and seeing the islands stand tall out of the Pacific (being volcanic) – there’s nothing slowing them down before they hit the shores. Surfing here can be 3-4 foot with 8 foot sets. That’ll keep you on your toes. The power of Hawaiian waves are ten times what they are back home. (if not more)
Springcourt Sale
My old buddies at Springcourt are having a shoe sale. I have many pairs and can’t get over how comfortable they are. Get some new wheels this week
Have a good day, uge
PS – Have you ordered online one of our Aquabumps books yet? Hope so. We even got a write up in March Issue of Harper’s Baazar (with Kidman on the cover).

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