Later

And so….that rain didn’t hit last night…must’ve just blown out to sea…and the swell hasn’t quite arrived yet…BUT there is still a little bump – the odd 2 footer/3 footer(ish) rideable lump in the southern corner of Bondi. A later surf would bear more fruit – as it should be bigger and better with hopefully a new incoming swell. N/NE winds all day sub 10 knots – perfect.
The weather is going to be good for a whole week. Next Tuesday is going to be 21 degrees (spring?). Unfortunately that also translates to very small surf after today/tomorrow. Fill ya boots up.
Of course our gallery is open 10am to 6pm daily, like it has been for the past 7 years. We only close on Mondays.
Adios :: uge

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The Junkyard

Good morning kids. In the shadows of recent morning gold, today is rating relatively low. The surf has gone all junkie and bumpy (smaller too!2/3). There were a few fun lefts, odd right but definitely not cranking. The banks are still there and it looks like more swell arrives tomorrow – hopefully it will switch back on.
It is going to rain – the only day of rain this week. Go outside early, bring the washing in, leave the car out for a free wash.
:: u g e

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Good Times

Good times out there today…gentle offshore…sunshine…3-4 footers. Perfect conditions for many places today. It’s even a tad bigger than yesterday. The good news is that even if you can’t get out there today don’t stress – there’s waves pretty much all the way to the weekend. The banks are finely tuned as well…
Johannes Leak
Blank white boards are boring. I remember a time when every board had something on them. Johannes Leak is a local talented Bondi artist and surfer. His boards aren’t boring. This Friday night (29th July, 7pm) at the upstairs Beach Road hotel he’s showing his SURFACE exhibition – 12 boards, individually illustrated with celebrities faces. All these hand illustrated boards are for sale. So if you rather be riding a Kate Moss in the line-up – now is your chance.
Adios :: ugios

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Red Rock

The beaches of Sydney have copped a pounding over the past couple of weeks. All the sand at South Bondi has been ripped off the beach and dragged back out to sea exposing a series of bright red rocks that I didn’t know existed.
Today is much calmer than recent times. The past 2 weeks it’s been a search for places that can hold the rogue swells….today is a tame 3-4 foot with offshore winds all day.
Apart from a bit of rain on Wednesday this week looks relatively fine, mostly within 2-3 foot range and offshore winds. Must be a nice big High sitting above us.
Yesterday Jordy Smith won J-bay for the 2nd time in a row on his home turf. The 23 year old defeated Aussie Mick Fanning in the final with junkie surf conditions at J-Bay. Watch the final here.
Have a great week, uge

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Tubes in the harbour

If I told you that you could get barrelled whilst surfing Sydney Harbour I’m pretty sure you’d think I’m a can short of a six pack.
Well, you can. The right conditions 1) a raging, excessively large SE swell, 2) howling south wind and 3) 1 x Otis Carey = you’ll get tubed amongst the Sydney Ferries. Ok, so admittedly it’s no Teahuppo, but watching Otis bang out airs and tubes with the harbour bridge in the background is a nice change of scenery. Yes, it’s a novelty wave. Big-time. Shifty, weak and usually packed. What else do you do on a rainy Friday? I think we got the best of it this morning with a pulsing incoming tide…and the aid of the Manly Ferry wake (actually pictured in the background of a Otis air).
It’s raining all weekend as well. Come see us at the Aquabumps Gallery in Bondi then head to the State Library for the World Press Photo, Max Dupain’s 100 year exhibition and Sydney Morning Herald photos 1440 – all part of the EOS festival of Photography.
Keep dry :: uge

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Damp

It’s been pouring for hours now. Your shoes are probably still soggy. I went down the beach this morning – no one. Not 1 surfer, not one decent wave, not even the hard core bodysurfers. It’s like a wet ghost town. Large 7 foot sets are breaking but the 30 knot onshore is tearing it to pieces. I watched the storm water drains spew out plenty of filth so I’d say it’s a good time to trawl the net indoors for photos from the recent big swells. These 7 photos are from last week at Bronte when it was big and clean.
Web trawling’s to distract you on a very rainy day:
– The honks at Stab Mag are famous for their innovative ideas. This time they’ve stuck red flares on the tail of Bruce Iron’s board in the Mentawais, lit them up as he coasts through Indo tubes. Kinda like an afterburner. Check out the video that has just released. It’s good.
– Local artist and surfer Johannes Leak is having a surfboard art exhibition called  “SURFACE” at the Beach Road Hotel on 29th July at 7pm. That man has talent.
– As part of the Bondi Winter Magic festival the July Ice Ball is this Saturday night, 23rd at 6:30pm. It’s black tie and held at the salubrious Swiss Grand Ballroom.
– Did you know professional surfer Danny Fuller is handy with a camera?
– Or one of my favourites – Camerabag
– Laura Richardson has lost her kitty cat. If you’ve found a 4 month old kitty near Crystal Car Wash on Curlewis Street Bondi call Laura 0420 940 448
Tomorrow is going to be real big but REAL messy and unrideable I think. But if you drive I reckon you will find.
Over and out :: uge

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D o u s e

Currently we have a violent storm ravaging Sydney. It wasn’t a morning for photography as I couldn’t even see across the bay. The wind must be 35 knots plus…junk is strewn down our street and I think a wettie blew off the balcony. Today is a day for indoors, a day for work.
Here is a selection of pics shot last week that didn’t make it onto the site. The b-sides. We’ve been so lucky lately. Friday is still looking very, very big.
:: Uge
PS – In one of the many parenting manuals I’m sure there is a chapter on ‘Never post photographs of your newborn son to 40,000 readers’. Yes, I’m a bad parent – so meet little Jet, 3 months old and ready to rip. How could you say no to those eyes? (promise you won’t see another baby photo of him for at least a year now – hopefully he’ll be surfing the shorey by then).

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Twin Pipes

Was kinda a text book Aquabumps Bondi morning. Kicked off with a subtle sunrise, few clouds lighting up. Then the left bank put on some small 2 foot sets – they looked enticing in the morning light. It was nice and glassy, the air was warm and plenty of people up early doing their ‘before the work thing’. Then around 8am I saw Professor Jonathan Arnold score 2 tubes on the 1 wave. Yes, the double up. Don’t see that every day at Bondi. Now you’ll have to wait another 10 years until it happens again.
It’s going to rain soon. Big time. It’s going to rain for days and blow onshore. Bring the washing in. Thursday and Friday look to be almighty big (12ft). Unfortunately a 30 knot southerly winds will flank – so finding good, rideable waves will be for those that drive far and wide.
Billabong J-Bay has been running. Slater has gone missing in action after scoring 20 foot bombs in Fiji…
Good bye :: uge

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Lucky Lefts

The swell has settled and now the northlies are blowing – all back to normal. It’s only small, (2 foot), but Bondi hosted some fun ones with 2 distinct banks in full operation earlier today. It looks like the good banks have survived the recent pounding can you believe it!
Enjoy the sunshine today as a low approaches Sydney tomorrow bringing rain for the rest of the week.
I just check the swell charts and there is a 12 second 26 foot ocean swell (not beach) approaching on Friday. SE origin with southerly winds. Is that a typo? Hope not.
General Pants have just opened up a huge store right near our Bondi gallery. It’s big. It’s good. Check it out
Adios :: uge

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Wonky tonk

In any normal week I’d be excited to see some head high waves breaking locally. But this week is far from normal. We’ve had 7 days of swell (in a row)…and this morning is no exception….but it seems the ocean is very agitated…wobbly…ok, kinda crook. I wouldn’t bother. Sets broke around 5 foot in an irregular fashion – some lucky sets threw a little lip, but many flopped into a closeout. Few out with the chill puttin’ most off. It rained too (that’s new after a week of sunshine). SE winds arriving this afternoon – so it will be a onshore wash up in no time. Is the show over?
Tour stop number 4, J-Bay looks to start today (Friday 15th ) with a new small swell. But where is Kelly? Well he’s still in Fiji surfing 20 foot bombs at Cloud break. It’s been manic in Fiji. The people that know have said it has been the best swell (and biggest) in a very, very long time. All the big names (free surfers) are there clocking up surf mag fodder.
Rain and 3 footers on the weekend. The Aquabumps Gallery is open all weekend 10am to 6pm.
Seeya, uge

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Chunks

The swell took a break yesterday but seems to have come back late this morning. It’s going to pick up all afternoon and should hit 6-8 foot later. Big tomorrow morning! Winds are still SW offshore but quite strong (15-20 knots).
Most breaks in our neighbourhood again not really surfable. Bondi still closing out, as it has done for some time now. Need to drive far away and find some reef.
Today’s photos all shot with a 200mm of a nifty 50mm.
:: uge

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Night Surfing

One of the benefits of having a fully lit Ice Skating Rink right on the sands of Bondi is that you can shoot night surfing. The swell has been huge lately and fortunately Wal found a newly formed left shorey grinder that was all lit up – bang in the perfect spot in front of the skating rink. So off Perth and Wal go for a spooky surf last night under lights, paddling with their fingertips. Sharky? I’d say so. Good waves – definitely.
This morning the swell has backed off a little. By that I mean its only 6 foot (not the recent 8-10 foot). Just when you think it’s on the decline another dead south swell is backing it up for tomorrow. No joke. Another one. What a week.
:: uge

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B e e f y

This solid south swell just keeps on giving. Last night it came in hard – I saw sets at Bondi that must have been 10-12 footers. I am talking one wave closing out the whole bay. At dawn Bronte had a wave…not many out as it’s a lot of paddling to get out. If you picked the right one it may even have a tube…or fatten out…or even occasionally a serious close out. Yes, very random.
At 6pm last night I thought we were going to lose the Ice Skating Rink that is currently situated precariously on the sands of South Bondi. The water came right up hitting the fences 2 hours before the high last night – but they’re still there. Chris and Martin (the organisers) must have been in that little beer tent sweating on that. See the pics if you don’t believe me.
For the rest of the week we have dead south swell (180 degrees)…and plenty of it with offshores. Surf if you know what you’re doing – because there is so much power and size out there.
We’re are still fine tuning our daily mail out…most of you should be receiving fine now.
Later :: uge

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Plenty

If you were anywhere near the coastline over the weekend you’d know the swell has been rather large for a few days. Not as many options as I would have liked, Bondi a 1 wave close out from South to North (6-8ft), Tama + Bra a wash through and Bronte had a little sumpin’ that most gravitated to. I hope you all went a for a long drive and found a reef that holds this bigger stuff. This morning was similar to the weekend, but the howling offshores have backed off a little (well, it appears to not be gale force and only 20 knots).
It’s cold out, warm in… The good news is there is PLENTY of swell ALL week long (with grooming offshores). So if you were to take 1 week off, this one would be a good one – unlucky about the school holiday crowds!
Been getting your daily?
6 weeks ago we made some rather large changes to our email engine that pumps this daily out. We had a few problems…yes (and sacked the intern)…and thank you all for emailing in with your concerns – that’s how we know what’s going on. Today we’re trying something totally new and for a small minority, it may be your first email you’ve received in 6 weeks. Sorry to starve you like that. So cancel the shrink and hopefully we’re back on today. (tell us if not)
Have a great week of surfing :: uge
PS – all these photos today were shot on a Canon 7D (an affordable camera)

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Monsters

The much anticipated spread of south swell goodies has arrived overnight. It has leaped from 2-3 foot to 4-6 foot. It’s from the dead south and its quite solid. The winds are a grooming offshore – strong and freezing.
Bondi was a wash through, being super exposed to the south and a beachie (unfortunately that super bank will probably be dismantled with this pounding.) Bronte had some fun rideable waves – but I’d definitely go for a long drive (in a Land Rover of course) today. Yes, you WILL score.
If you look at the Aussie weather map – just off Tasmania is an amazing amount of swell energy. Strong winds too…but some photogenic MONSTERS will hit the south of Australia tomorrow. Our buddies at Magicseaweed are running a photo comp, I be judging it and send all bribes to the gallery (ha!)
So this weekend virtually everywhere will have waves…you may need to seek some protected corners….enjoy. The good times roll into next week – so we should all be pretty happy.
Our Aquabumps Gallery is open all weekend 10am to 6pm. So when you’re done surfing come visit us. A new Café Blue Ginger has opened up next door – ’tis great.
Adios :: ugios
Quite a bit happening around Bondi with the Winter Magic on. Ava look

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Offshore Claws

Rug up cause that wind has a chilly bite to it…enough complaining. There’s a small 2 footer at Bondi, quite infrequent as I think the 30-40 knot offshore is doing its best at pushing it back out to sea. It was even bigger last night – so let’s hope this wind backs off soon and the swell pick up – as predicted.
It’s currently 15 degrees, sunny, high tide 2pm, low tide 7:40am.
Go outside, sit in the sun.
::Uge

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Rip dip

Greetings. Rolled down the hill to have a look at Bondi and was greeted with some fun 2 footers. Finally some south swell is drip feeding into the bay with the potential of getting bigger as the day progresses. The world’s greatest bank had waves, but the rip switched on putting some chop on the faces. That rip, which is obviously making the bank so good, is hard work – it’s like crossing a raging river. The wind is howling 30 knots offshore – hence the cold and blowing most of the swell out to sea.
Does anyone know why there were multiple Police vehicles parked at South Bondi all morning? Was that a forensic team as well or am I watching too much tele? I asked them, but they told me to check out the whales going past.
As a part of the Bondi winter festival the Beach Road Hotel is puttin’ on Wicked Wednesday Grub and Flick Nights – So if you like a steak, a pint and a surf flick all for 20 bones head down tonight.
It’s no secret, the Mentawai Islands off Sumatra are having the best season. From all skipper’s reports most tours are scoring 4-6 foot gems. Tengirri is now taking bookings for their 2012 trips and now is the time to book. (they normally book out a year in advance) Hit them up for some dates and get your buddies together [email protected]
Adios :: uge

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Gusts

Oh boy it’s flat as this morning. I’m torkin’ pancakes, ironing boards, Twiggy…stuff like that. The sun was out and the winds have arrived. It’s going to hooooooowwl 20 -30 knots today from the west – which will mean those snowfields will cool down Sydney quite rapidly. In fact it is going to be super windy until Friday when sunshine returns. The great news is that this weekend is looking the goods for surfers. Book those beach houses folks – she’s gonna crank Saturday and Sunday.
:: oggie

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Light

Today and tomorrow are the smallest days of this week. It may even be completely flat tomorrow and was barely breaking at sunrise today. The highlight of the morning was the spectacular sunrise. Gold. A perfect setup… thin cloud strewn across Bondi from Ben Buckler…then a small gap along the horizon illuminating the curtain from below. Hope you saw it. It really was sumpin’.
Towards the end of the week you will see some fun south swell arrive – work hard until then.
Don’t forget the World Press Photo is on now (July 2 to 24 July 2011). I hear its great. State Library of New South Wales, Macquarie Street Sydney 2000 NSW.
Have a good Monday, :: uge

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Ice Ice Bondi

Yep, you can now ice skate right on the sand of Bondi beach. The rink is up and running for the next 2 weeks as a part of the Bondi Winter Festival.
A nice little morning with fun 2-3 footers in the corner. The wind has gone offshore and a corner rip was puttin’ some chop on the faces. It’s not amazing, but fun if you haven’t surfed much this week. The weekend doesn’t look to flash with smaller 1-2 foot weak waves. Best wait until the end of next week where something is cooking.
McTavish are offering a 10% off for Aquabumps readers in their new online store. Check it
Aquabumps Gallery is open all weekend 10am to 6pm…151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach. We have snuck in 23 copies of our award winning book, otherwise you have to wait until Sept 2011 for the second batch. Available in the gallery only.
Bye :: uge

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