Some dayz

Some days it’s quite hard to come up with 7 entertaining images for this blog. Today is one of THOSE days.
There was no sunrise this morning as clouds’n’rain smothered the 1st light. Intermittent rain can also make it tricky to shoot – it pays to have the sanctuary of your car close by. The bad weather also scares off most morning people, so the line-up is empty…no one really jogging or doing much. Ok I lie, a guy is fishing.
A good day to be indoors, and do some work from that office cubicle. Be good now.
:: uge
PS – we managed to crack a story on Channel 7 sunrise and news last night. There’s a whole heap of new people reading today…WELCOME. Lets hope there’s some colour for tomorrow’s sunrise.

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submerge

Mornin’… and what a good morning. Clear skies, little or no wind and 3 footers heading in from the East. The 6:30am (1.5m) high tide put wobbly fat bits into any moving body of water…so best surf it mid to low today. (low tide is 1pm) The water is ridiculously warm. My guess is 23 degrees. Definitely still boardies only – why so many dudes in steamers out?
Tomorrow the swell gets bigger and comes from the south (after a midnight south change hits). Damn flanking southerly winds will follow.
When I was 9 I bought my first camera at a garage sale in my local hood. I think it cost a buck and took real bad photos. Well, a bunch of smart people have got together and organised this thing called the Garage Sale Trail. Instead of having garage sales on lonely Sundays on your own selling 1 buck, the whole of Australia goes on a garage sale binge all at the same time. Good news for you bargain hunters…fill the ute up. When? Sunday April 10 Where? Check the map
Aquabumps was on Sunrise Program this morning (Ch7). If you missed it, you can view online it here.
Have a nice day :: uge
I dug out some shots taken from Australia Day 2011 down at Bondi. Remember when we a creepy day fog seeped into the bay? Odd.

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Ghost town

When it rains around here, Bondi is like a ghost town. When it pours, you can park where you want, surf any peak without a mini mal clocking you in the head and drink up a fresh batch of rain-runoff diuretic. It poured this morning so most stayed tucked up in the rack. 3-4 footers couldn’t even entice most regulars. I dragged down my old mate, Gez, who always has plenty of spare time for 5 waves. This is what happened. Some nice closeouts on offer on the low, which should improve on the high. High tide 6:30pm, low tide 12:20pm.
The End.
Eugenius

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Brand New Week

After last week I was getting acclimatised to shooting perfect waves, big gaping wide open monster barrels, sunshine, Kelly, Taj, Mark Matthews etc. Now this morning…shooting empty, grey Bondi just didn’t cut the mustard. Looks like everyone’s filled their wave quota up on last week – no one around…also there’s a tinge of winter claws in the morning air. It’s currently 3 foot and dropping. The forecast for this week is nothing special, mostly sub 3 footers. uge

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Inside

Well hasn’t it been a good week. 4 days in a row of offshores and decent swell. This morning it was still on – even barrels in our area, but a lingering south change will put an end to proceedings. It’s gonna blow – 30 knots.
Barrels, big monster barrels, Kelly, Taj…if only it could be like this every week. Now it’s time to get back to work, mow the lawn, go shopping with the lady friend and score brownie points…hang on… another brand new south swell hitting tomorrow? Yes… Saturday to Tuesday will have plenty… fill ya boots up.
Our Aquabumps Gallery is open all weekend, 10am to 6pm and you’ll find us at 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach. Come and have a look…
Enough ramble, uge

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Kelly Slater at Tamarama

What a great week of surfing in Sydney. Yet another magical day – 3rd day in a row….ah yes, sunshine, 3 foot clean waves from a easterly swell, and now a grooming northerly. Gold.
It’s not every day Kelly Slater’s in town…well, he dropped in last night, surfed Solander on dark and popped down to Tamarama for 2 waves just a second ago…Quite frustrating to watch a 10 time world champ surf your local and get burnt by everyone….kooky flotsam and jetsam blocking sections…I think Kelly must have feared for his life and paddled in. Accompanying Kelly was Taj…just like the final of Quiky Pro these two guns tore gaping holes in Tama (and it was pretty darn good Tama too! In fact many places would be going off today again)
Have a good day. Hope you get a few, :: uge

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Heavy

There is a lot to get excited about today. The planets have aligned, the winds gentle and offshore, the sun shining, it’s warm in and out, and this current east swell just keeps on giving. It seems no one is at work today, the beaches are full. East swell is very handy in Sydney, as it will sneak into all those nooks and crannies…
I’d suggest getting out of the hood…there’s plenty on offer. Look at what I found…some of the cleanest bombs I’ve seen. Ritchie Vasse, Sam Macintosh, Evan Faulk, Mark Matthews, the Gudang Brothers…all launching into wild, rogue, twisting, mac daddy, sets…would you paddle out here?
There are more shots from today on our Facebook page
::uge

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Easterly Chunks

Finally the rain has stopped. How about that torrential down pour on dark last night – gave the streets a good hosing down. That new east swell kicked in late as well – with plenty of grunt. I was out there when it hit, and oh boy, some chunky fun ones…
Bondi has fun 2-3 footers this morning, ‘cause its neglecting the energy source, but exposed beaches have a whopping 6 foot. It’s was super clean earlier, tending northerly today…go surf somewhere that can hold it…somewhere would be totally smoking today. Wish I had time for a drive…
When I was a kid, Murray Jacob was one of the best surfers in our hood. He’s always got way to much energy…like he’s wired on caffeine. Finally he’s putting that hypo activeness to good use and paddling a Sumatran dugout canoe from Perth to Rotto. Yep, Great Whites and all – a long 20 km paddle…Muz is doing this to raise money for SurfAid – be great if you could pledge some support…if you haven’t been to the Mentawais, you will one day…and you’ll see how important SurfAid is in the area.
Seeya, uge

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Numbers

5,000 daily Aquabumps emails over 12 years, approximately 250,000 frames shot on 15 cameras using 23 lenses in 5 different water housings, 12 trips to the Mentawais, 2 to the Maldives, a weekend in Thailand, 3 x Singapore(?) visits, 3 trips to crystal clear Fiji, 2 trips to Hawaii, 15 trips to Bali, the Kimberley’s, Great Barrier Reef, 4 trips to Margaret river, 3 Gold Coast missions, 4 Byron interludes, 1 Aquabumps book, 4 staff, 3 galleries (not all at once), 1 junket to Teahuppo (Tahiti) on the Pro, 3 shark sightings, Rotto x 8 and sustained only 1 major injury…a cracked noggin at Vooey when it was waaaaay too big to shoot water. (some say I’ve been weird (er) ever since)
I’m not gonna make a big deal of it, but Aquabumps marks 12 years this week. No party kids, I must be getting all grown up.
To give you a bit of background, it all started as a mess around thing between mates in the nineties (pre blogging)…sending emails to 10 people, then 50, then 1,000 and now around 40,000 either check the daily email or log onto the website. A further 18,000 follow the Facebook stream and its still growing…so I guess, thanks for tuning in. Appreciate it. Some people come into the gallery and say they’ve been reading for over 10 years now…wow. All those typos and late updates later, we’ve made it to 12 years – bringing a bit of beach to your office cubicles. I don’t know where you all came from, but it’s great you came. If you want to say anything, say it here…
Otherwise go surfing, as it’s good (2-3ft), rainy, and empty. I am…
See you tomorrow, uge (pronounced Yooj not Oggie)
PS – If you’re on Twitter (or even if you’re not) and fancy doing your bit to support to children’s cancer then get yourself a ticket ($20) for Sydney Twestival 2011 here. 100 per cent of ticket sales are going directly to Redkite and there’ll be an auction on the night to raise even more funds. The Beresford Hotel in Surry Hills on Thursday 24 March from 6pm…see you there, we donated a large artwork.

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It’s coming…

It’s not such a nice day outside. Rain, bit of wind, and sloppy 2 footers. The beach was relatively human free as a hint of winter is in the air.
You don’t have to be too bright to work out that this weekend is gonna have some great waves. A new south ground swell will hit tomorrow morning and hang around for a few days. The winds may be a little crook tomorrow, but Sunday has grooming Nor-easterlies.
My old mate Squidy has some ripper deals of board bags, deck grips and things…buy direct from the man and get some wholesale prices. Check it
The Aquabumps Gallery in Bondi is open this weekend from 10am to 6pm…yep, come in. 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach T:02 9130 7788
Bye :: uge

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washout

Went down to shoot pics and was stuck in the car for a while whilst the heavens opened up. It was so dark at 7:30am. Didn’t stop raining for ages, so I drove back up the hill and started flicking through the Boost Air Sho pics from the weekend. Amazing what those kids can do on such small waves. Here’s some more to keep you going in between swells…
Right now, its 2-3 foot and fun…bit fat. There’s still a big swell due Saturday…(from the south)…wax up the big boards.
scurvy
We all need to eat more fruit and veg. Well, Bronte surfer Gav (Bagus) goes out to Flemington Markets in the wee early hours of the morning to buy fresh fruit and veges and then delivers a box to your eastern suburbs door. What a good service. Onya Gav. Join his rounds by calling him 0420 906 061 or visit his website.
Over and out, uge

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Bloom

I’ve taken a lot of photos today. Around 4 hours’ worth. Guess that says it’s a good day, good light, good weather, good little waves and a salubrious water temp.
The swell has backed off again, and is only 2 to 2.5 foot now. Not much wind so everything is neat and glassy. Lots of options, lots of little fun ones. Enjoy.
This Saturday night there is a fundraiser at the Bondi Pavilion to help support suicide prevention in our community. The ‘Hold Out Your Hand Fundraiser’ will be held in the High Tide Private Function Room on the Ground Level of the Bondi Pavilion on Saturday, 19th March from 6pm till after midnight. Tickets $25, Live music, auctions, drinks…do it. more

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Wayside

The southerly has been and gone… and so has the swell. Last night I saw chunky 4 footers marching in and now only 2 footers grace Bondi’s shores…(weak 2 footers too). Blink and you would’ve missed that spike in swell…oh well, there’s something good brewing for the weekend. I’m talking 18 second, 6-8 foot goodness on Saturday….so perhaps hold out until then.
A good friend has just finished an amazing book for the famous Kings Cross Wayside Chapel “Stories from the Wayside”. It’s amazing. Written by Reverend Graham Long and created by Andrew Henderson. Photographed by Paul Westlake, Gary Heery, Hugh Stewart and Grant Matthews (they’re big names). Buy your copy online and all proceeds go directly to the Wayside. Buy
See you tomorrow, uge

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Boost

What a big weekend for Bondi…the Boost Air Sho hit our beach filling it with flamboyant aerial masters. Thousands came down to watch. Josh Kerr, a total stand out, won the comp and is now $25k richer. All the crew surfed amazing in the, erm, embarrassing small Bondi conditions. Saturday afternoon I was getting my hopes up as I saw sets hitting 2+…then Sunday was nothing more than a dribble…the bigger surfers struggled (e.g. Jordy + Owen) in 1 foot weakness. The smaller whippets excelled, boosting off the 1 footers. I have around 40 gig worth of aerial gold. So web galleries will go up this week…thanks for your patience.
The word on the street is that Slater, who was missing from the weekend’s Boost comp is heading to the Drug Aware Pro at Margaret River, April 3-10 …don’t think he’s won that one (yet)…I’m sure Margs is going to be turned upside down now with Slater-Fever. If you want to win a weekend to the comp go here.
No waves today. Nice sunrise though. Waves look good tomorrow (3-4 ft).
Bye :: uge

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Air

It’s that time of year again where aerial masters of the universe roll into Bondi and bust out their finest moves. Yes, the Boost Surf Sho is here…pity the swell hasn’t arrived with it.
This morning we had small 1-2 footers on a left bank towards the middle. It was packed. Owen Wright (last year’s boost winner) paddled out and 10 guys dropped in, text book Bondi! Shortly after two next generation, high performance, Brazilian surfers Gabriel Medina and Miguel Pupo rolled out puttin’ on an impressive show. Waves should come up a little over the weekend…
Boost Air Sho
So what’s the event schedule? Full Details

Today – juniors which including Bronte’s Ethan Davies and Bondi’s Pama Davies
Tomorrow – the trials, Perth Standlick, Otis etc.
Sunday – the heavy hitters…the final will be at 2:15pm with a Tow session at 12:15pm

Six Ounce
Latest News : Benny Lucas has defected to Manly and opened a Six Ounce Exotic Board store at 48-50 Pittwater Road. Telephone 9977 5569. The creep has all the usual retro inspired surf vehicles in all fancy colours and sizes. Go see him.
The Rocks
When I was a kid I used to sleep in my old HQ ute at a break called ‘Carparks’ (near Margs). It was my favourite wave in the world. Just a notch better than Seconds or Cove. Just up from ‘Carparks’ was a deserted beach – let’s call it the ‘Rocks’, which was always unsurfable, bankless and quite boring. Well, recently West Oz scored a once in a lifetime north swell thanks to Cyclone Bianca drifting south. This rare swell lit up banks that have never been surfed. And oh boy, it’s some of the best waves in a very long time. You must watch this video to believe it. The boys over there haven’t stop talking about it.
Enough ramble, uge – come see us in the gallery all weekend 10am to 6pm if you’re coming to the Surf Sho.

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Sticky

Nice calm morning down at Bondi with next to no swell. it’s very humid and sticky, best for a swim. Tomorrow some East swell should push in, I hope so, as the Boost Air Sho kicks off with the juniors tomorrow. Bondi, facing south will neglect most of the swell energy, but hey, let’s pray some creeps in for tomorrow and the main event on Sunday (yep, that’s why there’s a huge scaffold complex on the beach at the moment).
The Quiky Pro finals ran yesterday and you’ve probably heard Kelly Slater has won yet again. Yes, again. The 10 time world champion defeated a frustrated Taj Burrow in the final in diabolical conditions, probably the worst waves I saw up there. The north devil wind rolled in, a rip formed and Snapper showed all its flaws. Such a shame after watching perfect 3 footers all week. Get Taj on an open face and his belts are unbelievable. Slater, the ultimate competitor showed his years of competitive experience…and nailed the low scoring final.
Bye :: uge

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Finals

This is the last update from the Quiksilver Pro presented by Land Rover at Snapper Rocks, Queensland. It’s a massive day up here…an early 7:30am start to catch the low tide tubes and glassy conditions. Biggest waves of the comp so far with 3-4 footers reeling down the point. I’ve said it before, Snapper is a hot wave…if it didn’t always have 200 people out (mainly CT surfers) you’d camp out here for weeks. There’s just so much sand on this point.
We hung around to watch the Quarters…Jordy, again showing true form and won his heat over Alejo Muniz right on the buzzer. I know it’s not patriotic of me, but I still reckon Jordy Smith will win this event. He just looks so relaxed out there…Taj, Slater, Tiago all go through to the Semi’s…unfortunately I’ll be on the plane as the finals run – as they have delayed the event for 3 hours (1pm) until low tide comes and throws more barrels. It will be spectacular. Forget work today – watch it live online or on ONE HD TV.

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Snapper Pockets

Sorry about the late transmission…
Today the Quiksilver Pro presented by Land Rover (yes very formal these days) was on again up here on the Gold Coast.
Snapper was pumping out 2-3 footers, pretty hard work on the high tide (just shoulders) but smoking on the low tide (like now).
Highlights:

At 6am the pre comp line-up was choccas. Chaos everywhere you looked – fin flashes every wave. No, you won’t get wave out there with this crowd – forget it. Legends rolling past everywhere, Occy, Mick, Parko, Rabbit, TC.
16 year old Tyler Wright, Owen’s sister, lost to Hawaiian Carissa Moore in the Roxy Pro final…great effort by Tyler for her 1st event.
Round 5 men’s ran today, Taj – on fire, Slater throwing heat, Jordy and Parko both getting long tubes. Jordy wins a nail biter over Parko. Some of the best live surfing I’ve seen.
Final day of competition tomorrow, semis and finals…also the last day of the waiting period before quite a few head down to Bondi for the Boost Air Sho this weekend.

Watch tomorrow live.
Ok…enough factual info.
If you ever get the chance to come to the Quiky pro – do it. Amazing convenient event with an airport down the road, abundance of accommodation right on the point and Snapper is just one of the quality waves where you can stand metres from the surfers (at low tide). Snapper is a HOT wave. Ripable at 2 foot.
Seeya :: uge

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Quiky Pro is the go

So here we are, up at the Goldie for the Quiksilver Pro presented by Land Rover. After a week of lay days, it’s back on with all the big guns hitting the water at Snapper. It’s only 3 foot, but Snapper is such a good wave with pockets of gold in multiple sections – the idea of surfing it with one other is VERY appealing. I think Kelly was surfing out there, hard to see with thousands of people in the shallows, on rocks, up trees and any other vantage point. Kelly has it good …yet has worked hard for it, at 39 years old he’s in top shape and shredding his 16 year old opponent, Matt Banting, the wild card, to pieces.
Watch it live…$10 says Jordy wins.
And have a great week…
Adios, ugios (north of the border)

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Return

Weird, we had swell yesterday morning…and by the afternoon session it had totally disappeared – flat – just like Snapper at the Quiky pro. Then at sunrise today it beefed up to 3-4 foot. Shame Bondi can’t handle that kind of chunk and you have to drive elsewhere (standard). I did find a couple of hanging lips out the back and plenty of wash to keep me busy.
All weekend we’ve got 3 foot waves flanked with SSE. Should be some (onshore) fun ones.
Ok, so the Aquabumps Gallery is open 10am to 6pm. We have books’n’artworks a plenty. You’ll find us at 151 Curlewis Street Bondi (in between a TAB and CIVIC video – everything you need on a Saturday cloudy morning). Telephone 9130 7788
Good bye, uge

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baked shorey

Ok, after a short stint of winter yesterday we’re back in summer’s bake – hooray. Waves are clean, 2-3 foot and green. Winds offshore. Most banks at Bondi had something playful – but if you wanted performance waves a short drive in the car was the best option. Big crowd up early before work…plenty of sunshine…
There’s a steep shoreline at South Bondi…and I love it. It’s throwing a crazy shorebreak lip right on the sand. Spent 1 hour hanging around watching swimmers get nailed. Fun! Still pulling seaweed out of my ear. Swell dropping (fast)…hit it.
Have a nice day kids :: uge

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Arrival

It’s here…the soothing cool southerly dropping the temps and bringing the swell. Bondi loves the southerly. Waves were breaking 4-5 foot and of course it was maxed out – many folding into closeouts. Perhaps when the winds kick to the north in the afternoon it will shape up.
Only 3 people out. Luke, Paul + Rama. Wave selection was key. Water is super warm. Blueys out in force.
They’re having a rough time up on the Goldie for the 1st tour event of the year, basically no swell as they postpone another day of surfing (that’s 4 days off in a row). Fortunately swell will be hitting towards the tail end of the waiting period…let’s hope it pumps for the top 44.
Later :: uge

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muggy

Feels like Singapore around here, 36 degrees, humid and chance of a thunderstorm. Damn nice in the water, how could you not.
A small ‘wave’ chugged in on the south bank from time to time. Nice and clean 1-2 foot. Definitely worth doing something in the ocean today.
The swell is forecast to pump up slightly later tonight and the rest of the week should have south –east swell supply (with flanking onshores).
Enjoy :: uge

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