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Well it’s been raining pretty full on in Sydney for the past 36 hours. Look at the bright side, the salt on the car has been blasted off, the garden is flourishing and you’ve been able to concentrate on some work for a change. Just go down the end of the street and pick up your Sulo when ready. So the big question is when is this storm going to stop and be surfable again? I’d say not until Friday.
In the meantime, here’s a mixed bag of captures that haven’t made it onto the Aquabumps before. Enjoy.
Bye:: uge

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hello

Sorry about the late update…time snuck away.
Well finally the weather has cleared, the onshores subsided and a neat SSE swell is pumping into the bay. It’s only 2-3 foot…much smaller than previous days, but super fun. The morning sun was out, blaring, soaking everything in tones of orange. The water was exceptional – has to be something like 21…felt like summer in – definitely winter out as you dash for the car.
South swell all weekend, 3-4 footers – yes!
We here at the Aquabumps Gallery are open 10am to 6pm all weekend long. Come see.
::Uge

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Pitter Patter

I sat in the car park for 30 minutes this morning, heater cranking, windscreen wipers going mad. No bootie camps, no surfers, no joggers, nothing but rain and a sloppy 3-4 foot. Hang on, one guy was surfing Bronte…but he wasn’t getting’ much. I would have shot Bondi should someone have paddled out…it actually looked like you’d get the odd wave, on your own of course. Before all the hard core Body surfers/swimmers email in, saying they were out – onya buddies – but I didn’t see you!
To light up your day I thought I’d show you some pics of my recent Hawaiian sojourn. I have around 30 gig from my last trip, and I’ve barely been through them all. Hawaii rocks. Far out the waves are good there. Heavy.
Creepy Julian is having a wetsuit sale at Surfection Mosman. Go pick up a new steamer for winter.
Good bye :: uge

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Washout

My shoot this morning was a complete washout. It’s pouring and the winds are howling. Swell is up though, 4-5 footers and only getting bigger – should be 6-8 foot on dark. Quality is VERY poor, as the wind butchers anything moving.
So today we are going to revisit some images from Bronte last week. Some nice chunky south east swell and grooming offshores. Completely different to what you’d see today.
Placky bags
The average person uses about 500 plastic bags each year, for about twelve minutes each. This single-use mentality has led to the formation of a floating island of plastic debris in the Pacific Ocean more than twice the size of Texas. Fact. Environmentalist Tim Silverwood is premiering his new doco “Bag It” tonight at the Chauvel Cinema, Paddington (Sydney) t: 9361 5398 more info
Keep dry (and warm) :: uge

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Calm

You can see it in the clouds that something’s coming… the calm before the storm…
All quiet down the beach this morning. Waves were small, 1 foot with a freak 2 footer every 20 minutes worth riding. Plenty of sunshine – soak it up as tomorrow looks wet and hell windy. The swell will pick up to 3 foot this afternoon with the approaching stormy conditions (but the winds will swing Southerly).
This new approaching swell looks quite big. Wax up the bigger boards.
:: uge

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contrasts

It started out to be a cloudy, stormy morning. Bondi barely had a wave as the swell direction has flipped more to the East. Only hours later the sun is out bakin’ and there’s a 1-2 foot wave at East exposed beaches. It’s going to be like this for the next few days before a beefy south swell hits on Thursday…summary : work now, surf later in the week.
Also – the Gallery is open today 10am to 6pm, 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach t:91307788 + if you have a iPhone download our free app…it’s been refined (slightly) and you can check out the daily reports whilst on the train, carpark + bed. We’ve still got Aquabumps Books left, a small pile > Buy Online <
Have a nice day :: uge

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Morning Bullet Points

It’s a fine morning, small waves, sun and warmth – got it going on.
The swell has dropped, been cranking all week – had to end – now 2 foot.
A lot of people woke dis morning and went down the beach. Packed.
It’s going to be a delightful 22 degrees today (after the fog clears)
It’s Friday today – there is NO swell on the radar for quite some time (ok, Next wed you will surf again – breath)
Our gallery is open all weekend 10am to 6pm…but you already knew that. (151 Curlewis Street Bondi, still lost?)
Have a good weekend, looks fine for most. Be outdoors.

Seeya, :: uge

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Bronnie

Hola. Gettin’ out of that toasty car this morning was well worth it. Yesterday’s booming swell has halved, ok maybe even quartered, but there’s plenty of fun ones still to be had. Expect to wait a while in between sets…the lulls were long and the surfaces were clean.
I swam around Bronte this morning. Super nice in and a few on the reef. Getting a bit fat with the incoming tide.
Sonoma – do you know they just opened up in Bondi? Yep. Good bread n coffee here in Bondi. Right near the Aquabumps gallery in the new development next to Bondi Hotel. It’s good.
Ok, have good day :: uge

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Chunky

Wow what a morning…The swell peaked at sunrise and is thumpin’ right now. One of the best days shooting in some time…my cards are full of golden light, big chunks and roaring offshore plumes. Most breaks in our area are max’ing out. Bronte had a fat (big) wave – breaking wide (6ft +), nothing special. It’s a day to get out of the Eastern Suburbs and you’ll score big time. Unfortunately this swell backing off a little and the wind will kick around to the NE. It’s a long period swell (17 seconds to be exact) which means you have to wait for the sets. Love this time of year.
Julian from Surfection Mosman is having a big wetsuit sale. Nothing beats a new sealed steamer at this time of year – especially when the waves are so good. Go see him at 522 Military Road, Mosman 9969 1011.
Seeya, uge

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Gold Plated

If you braved the chill and rolled down the hill to Bondi you would have found some entertaining waves this morning. It’s around 3-4 foot, offshore, clean and working on a few banks. The side-on light broke through around 7am, gold plating everything in its course (my favourite). A rare tube was on offer right in the corner. It broke intermittently…guess you just had to be in the right spot at the right time. Couple of dudes scored in my 45 mins down there.
52 suburbs
Fellow blogger and photographer, Louise Hawson, of the 52 suburbs.com fame currently has her exhibition up at the Museum of Sydney – oh and launched her book as well! Louise set out to shoot a different suburb of Sydney every week seeing she’d barely explored many of Sydney’s 600+ suburbs. Hell, I barely make it out of Bondi (duh)! Louise’s take on Sydney is very unique and I recommend having a look at MOS.
Bali
Running Aquabumps we get a lot of questions, what camera, what f-stop, where to dine in Hawaii, good accommodation in Maldives…we try to get back to all (but sometimes it’s just not possible). The 2nd most asked question is about the island paradise of Bali. Been there a lot, even had a gallery there at one point. Well, here is a draft of our Bali tips (typos and all). People always ask me about Batu Karang, the luxury resort on Lembongan Island (just off Bali) where it’s quiet, surf is good (Shippies) and suitable to take your lady friends in style. We stayed there once upon a time and blogged from the island.
Ok, bye :: uge

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The green hornet

People often ask me about the funny stuff I see on my early morning meanderings. Funny stuff is pretty much on tap down at Bondi. For example, at 7am this morning whilst I was shooting/basking in morning light, a gentleman ran past me wearing nothing but, what looked like, bright green undies. Odd. The outfit came complete with Crocs for jogging, a (bulgy) bumbag strategically positioned over the jewels and a walkman blaring 80s tunes. Oh, did I say it’s 6.8 degrees this morning and probably colder in the shade? Before all our northern hemi readers hit reply and tell me that 6.8 degrees is a summers day up there, and you cook snaggers on your car bonnet in such weather, 6.8 for Sydney – IS COLD. So who was this green hornet? Was it you Jamie Verco? Most importantly, the green hornet was a happy man…enjoying the fruits of a stunning morning. Onya champ.
Back to the surf. It’s good, real good. 3-4 foot, clean, crispy and uncrowded. In fact Bondi had only 3 people out. Enough said.
Peter Eastway is a damn good landscape photographer, teacher and nice guy. His Antarctica exhibition opens this Thursday at the Gaffa Gallery, 281 Clarence Street Sydney CBD. See
Ok, I know you’re busy, it’s Monday :: uge
P.S. the Aquabumps gallery is now open every Monday, that’s today for those that had a big weekend (yep, 7 days a week 10am to 6pm) t :02 9130 7788

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Rip Torrent

Conditions are looking favourable this morning with sunshine, offshores and neat, crispy little 2-3 footers in the southern corner. The rip is horrendous, one of the most powerful I’ve seen. I made the mistake of swimming with the camera…wow, I got dragged around the beach for a good part of an hour. Winds are west, 10 knots. Water is still warm, 21 (much warmer in than out).
Plenty of swell all weekend long (south swell). Sorry to say plenty of wind as well.
Surfection Mosman is having a wetsuit sale…top end sealed steamers from $199. 522 Militiary Road, Mosman or call 9969 1011.
The Aquabumps Gallery is open all weekend 10am to 6pm. Yeah you know it. Have fun!
Good bye :: uge

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Winter light

I like this time of year around Bondi. The hordes have left, the line-up is sparse, winter storms create plenty of south swell and the light makes for good camera fodder. The sun now rises side onto the beach which is better for these morning shots as I’m not shooting directly into the sun. Don’t get me wrong, backlit green waves and silhouettes are cool, but change is cool too. The winter air just seems crisper, dryer making them colours pop. Ok, enough herbal rants…surf is good too. Super clean, 2 maybe 3 footers and fun! It’s going to get bigger as the day progresses – max 4 foot. The wind is howling and freezing 20 knots…best find that steamer in the bottom of the cupboard.
GF
Me best mate Ness has been talking about starting her own blog for about 50 years. She’s been instrumental in the development of Aquabumps…and sits on our board of directors. She’s smart, a hot photographer, clever writer and would give Gordon Ramsay a run for his money in the kitchen. Well, she’s now a Coeliac (pronounced seel-ee-ak ) which means she hunts down the two words GLUTEN and FREE where ever we chow down now. Finally, after intense pressure, she’s launched “The Low Flying Duck”. What the duck? A blog about happy gluten free eating (the non-cardboard type meals). Hava a look (she’s gonna peak about me writing this, I’m sure she’ll say the website is not ready for another 5 years – perfectionist)
Enough ramble, your morning addict ::uge

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Like

4 things I like about today:
1. The surf is clean as the wind has kicked around to the north (2 ft)
2. The sun was out, albeit brief
3. The cold air blew off most of the crowds for the early. I still haven’t regained feeling in my fingers though.
4. I had many parking options – yes, parking, remember those puppies! Ah yes, winter Bondi is here.
4 things I didn’t like about today:
1. The swell died off real quick. Was meant to be bigger. Where’it go?
2. The rip at Bondi was like a raging river. It sucked me out to sea many times. Made it very hard to get good shots today whilst swimming with my camera.
3. The sand was freezing, the dash for the car was faster than Carl Lewis.
4. I’ve got a filthy sensor. I need a clean.
We’re on the brink of 20,000 peeps on facebook today. How cool is that. Only took a bit over a year. Check out the 241 comments (if you’re not busy at work). People from ALL over the joint, Cocos Islands, Magnetic Island, Dublin, Colombia, Thousand Oaks, Bellevue Hill, Manly…wow.
Have a nice day, :: uge

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Drive Thru

It’s a whole lot prettier now than when I got out of bed this morning. The swell is up and angry, the sou-wester is howling and it’s winter claws dig deep (I am currently wearing 2 jumpers). I saw waves in the 4 to 5 foot vicinity on an extremely low morning tide. Bondi had nuttin’, not a cracker – too low…watched a guy on a rescue board get expelled out to sea at Tama (three times)….and at Bronte, Perth Standlick rode some bomb sets, having the whole joint to himself. It wasn’t perfect, semi clean as that huge rock headland blocks the sou-wester wind quite well.
Enjoy the sun – it’s coming out. Tomorrow should be fun as conditions clean up.
Good bye kids :: uge

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should’a been here yesterday

Sounds like most have filled their wave quotas up over the weekend. Wasn’t it a good one for surfers? Well today showed promise at 6:00am and then the southerly blast hit around 7 a.m. – destroying your hope of a uncrowded Monday morning surf. Good day to stay indoors and get busy (at work).
There is going to be swell all week. Not often I can say that. Gotta love this time of year. The winds are strong though, 25 knots later today. Tomorrow similar, but Wednesday it should kick around to the grooming northerlies. Best sit tight until then.
The Aquabumps Gallery is open today! Yep, 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach t:9130 7788. We’re trialling opening 7 days a week and normally shut on Mondays. Come on in! Oh, we’ve also got a part time role going at the Aquabumps Gallery working Friday/Saturday/Sunday. It’s a gallery role (not sun tanning and shooting with me on the beach – that job has gone) > View job description <
Adios, ugios

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Steamers

The swell machine has dropped a gear, still mostly easterly, but this afternoon a southerly swell will pick up and start to show at Bondi. 2ft now, 3-4 foot later today.
Winter has arrived and the steamers are out. Nice morning to stand in the sunshine. We haven’t had much of that lately.
There looks to be waves all the way through to next Tuesday, so just pick the right time and wind.
There is a spare spot on Mentawai Chart Boat Tengirri 21st May – 2nd June (that’s in a few weeks kids). Yep, someone pulled out at the last minute. So if you’ve got nothing to do, you might as well surf perfect waves and hit [email protected] up for a deal.
Ok, said enough, enjoy your day :: yooj

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morning meanderings

Well we’ve all had a real nice time lately. Swell has been plentiful, grooming offshores and lots of options in Sydney. Today looks to be the ugly brother of the previous two days…junkie, wobbly, dark yet still surfable. The best waves I saw along my morning wander was at Bondi, with smaller (but cleaner) 2-3 footers. Tama and Bronte looked full and agitated. Guess it was that early southerly which interrupted our good run. Early morning tide didn’t help either. Stick to south corners.
The Layne Beachley Classic is on today at Dee Why (NSW). You can watch the girls live here. Round 4.
I’ve been neglecting our iphone app for some time now. Sorry. Hell, you couldn’t even download it from itunes (for a little while) until recently. So I’m glad to report, its back up, download it, just go to App Store on your iPhone and type “Aquabumps” (surprise surprise) and download it for FREE. We’ve fixed it up, so it doesn’t have all that noticeboard junk (which annoyed many), you can just see the fruits of the morning shoots…yep, whilst you are catching the train, in an important board meeting or in the beach carpark. Did I mention Free? Yeah Free.
Have a good day, new south swell coming tomorrow, 2-3 footers (flanked with south winds).
How about this little beach shack at Byron for a winter getaway…
Good bye, :: uge

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Kick

After I posted the update yesterday the swell kicked big time. Oh boy there were some great waves in town, some hitting the 8 foot + mark. The swell direction is still East, and it’s not as good as yesterday afternoon, but still plenty of surfing options. Rain hasn’t stopped though – and probably won’t for the rest of the day. High tide 9am, low tide 3pm. Cold day with 20, currently 6 knot west winds, will swing more southerly.
Mother’s day is this weekend. Why not buy her one of our Aquabumps Books? We still have a small pile left. It’s easy, just order online, and we will get it couriered to your today/tomorrow (if in Sydney metro area). Interstate is usually overnight (for orders before lunchtime).
Have a good day, hope you score some waves :: uge

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Curves

Howdy. The expected swell hasn’t really turned on (yet). The charts were showing an increase in swell activity today, but I don’t think it’s arrived. Must be running late.
Currently we have a small groundswell from the east, and the wind is barely blowing (maybe 4 knots from the west) – so she’s super clean out there. Fun waves pretty much all over town, 3 footers…some bigger sets.
Opted for a drive down to Cronulla to find some wedgey slabs. Some nice thick and curvy ones coming thru. Last time I shot pics at this chunk of reef I had to get my head stitched….not today! (though Gezza got a love bite on a set).
Looks like this swell is a 1 hit wonder and will dissipate tomorrow.
Adios, uge

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