R i n s e

Howdy. Conditions were o-kaaay this morning. A huge wolf pack feasted on 1-2 footers. It was a little messy and weak – but as Bondi always is….it was surfable. Wave of the day rolled through at 7:34am – it was very impressive. It hit the bank just right, stood up and threw some lip. I waited for another one whilst swimming out there with my camera…but it never came… so I retreated to the shorey for a roll around. Looks like some rain approaching tomorrow with bigger but junkier waves…talk then.
:: uge

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Morning Fizz

Southerly winds were blowing this morning puttin’ loads of chop out there. Waves broke around 2 foot, sometimes 3. The left was better than the right and the southern corner better than anything else on the beach.
At first it was cloudy, then it rained for a bit, now it’s sunny. Only 18 degrees today, much colder than our weekend spring flashback.
It’s official, Kelly Slater has just won Tahiti Teahuppo over Aussie Owen Wright. The man is unstoppable. Watch the final here
It’s Father’s Day this Sunday and I’m sure he’d love a framed artwork from our gallery – stop by, 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach NSw 2026 Telephone 02 9130 7788.
Those large diggers that are creating a big hole at South Bondi up on the grass is for a water storage reuse tank thingie (no, it’s not a new mega skate bowl unfortunately).
Seeya, :: u g e

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Patience

You could have driven past the beach this morning, had a glance and kept driving on to work, thinking you’ve missed nothing. If you sat and watched it for 30 minutes you’d realise there were infrequent, rideable, but fun fat sets every now and then. Some 2 foot, some even 3 foot…you just had to be very patient. The conditions were fantastic as the sun was out with very little wind. It’s going to hit 23 degrees today – go outside.
Barney
The Australian Festival of Surfing was held at Port Macquarie last week. Local Bondi waterman Barney Quinlan took out Australia’s first Alaia title in 3 foot waves. Looks like all that training on lids, chopping boards and what not paid off Barney! Congrats. More
Death Slabs
This year’s Teahuppo Billabong Pro is going down in history as some of the most spectacular waves for a world tour stop. I mean seriously…just watch this to send a chill down your spine (25-30 foot tows at Chopes). The comp is NOW ON, watch it LIVE – wow!
Bye :: u g e

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Early

You had to be up early today to score some waves. Between 6:30am and 7:30am waves broke around 2-3 foot at Maroubra, which revelled in these east swells. At 7:40am the southerly blew and quality rapidly dwindled. The sunshine is still out and it should reach 20 degrees today. This weekend I don’t think you’ll find many waves with a lack of swell – the weather looks to be ok though.
Our Speedo/Aquabumps beach range has caused quite the stir in the media. Look here
There is a job going at the Aquabumps Gallery on weekends. If you’re interested please read the job description carefully and if you meet the criteria email your CV to [email protected]
Seeya, : : u g e

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CX Swell Check

Planes can’t land in Sydney until after the 6 a.m. curfew. This actually is quite good ‘cause the pilots trawl up and down the coast awaiting their shot at the runway. Sitting in a window seat on CX111 I could check the surf from Buggeries to Garie. It was quite obvious, even from a decent height, the swell is coming from the east now. Not so good for Bondi (floppy 2 footers), better for other beaches facing the swell where you’d find 3 footers. East swells aren’t too common this time of year and are more prolific in summer. If you didn’t know it was August, you’d swear we are having a cracker Summer’s day! Go outside – it’s 24!
One things for sure, after spending 4 days waking up to millions of Chinese honking their horns in an industrial city filled with smog and concrete – it’s damn good to get down to Bondi this morning –
h o w L U C K Y a r e  W E  !
Tengirri are taking Mentawai charter bookings for 2012. We’re going pretty soon and you will want go in 2012 – 100%. Book now
S e e y a : : u g e

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Made in China

Looks like I didn’t missing many good waves Monday or Tuesday this week (yes, I am still in China in that same room looking at the wall for the 3rd day). But hang on…just got Kane Skennar’s images from Bondi this morning… it looks like fun 2-3 footers as the wind has finally backed off. Sydney weather looks fine and 21 too! It’s a nice and steamy 34 in Shenzen.
The Sydney swell radar is showing no waves for quite a few days – rapid decline from here. Boo. I’d score a few while you can.
To clarify I’ve been in China on a press check for the reprint of the Aquabumps Book ‘A Day in Bondi’ which has been sold out for a while now. Yeah the book that won an APPA! I tried to print it in Australia, but being such a large format book, it’s seriously not feasible and 10,000 Chinese can get the job done before 2020 (Plenty of hand finishing). This is not a new book – just a reprint of the old.
Enough ramble.
xie xie :: uge
PS – Kane (who shot all the pics today) is normally a fashion shooter with a lot of surf clients like Roxy, Insight, Tsubi…See his work

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Ni hao

Hurro from China. Kane Skennar got out at Bondi to shoot my morning snaps again today seeing I’m a long way from the beach. Fortunately it looks like the onshore wind has died down, the waves are 2-3 foot and a few junkie opportunities around the place. Tomorrow should be cleaner (but again smaller) – maybe that will do the trick.
I am still in China. Here’s some wow Chinese facts…there are 1.3 billion people in China (just think about that for a second – that’s 60 times the total number of Aussies). In order to control overpopulation the government implement the controversial 1 child policy. But if your 1st born is female you can have another crack at a boy or if you live on a farm you’re exempt. China has waves – yep – you’ll find them at Hainan Island (in the South China Sea). Looks fickle but I’ve seen pictures of waves there. Not sure it will be dubbed the next Mentawais – but it’s a wave. They’re going through a massive industrial boom here, they make everything here. Even half of me.
Adios :: uge
P.S. SMH wrote up about our little Speedo/Aquabumps range.

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Chinabumps

I’ve filed Aquabumps reports from all over the globe but never from a factory floor in mainland China with 10,000 employees running around (yes, that’s ten thousand! and that’s just in this plant!). I couldn’t be any further from a beach today…. I showed the plant workers pictures of where I live and they think I am joking as everything here is concrete. Lots of workers actually live on the factory grounds in a mini city of cheap housing – consider yourself lucky next time you go for a wave before work! I would take some pics but they’re a bit weird on cameras so far.
Today’s images were shot by fashion photographer Kane Skennar. Kane lives up at North Bondi and you’ll see him out surfing at Gentleman’s hour (middle of the day). The conditions look quite horrible with howling 20 knot onshores and a easterly swell. Kane told me that there were very few people around…and probably better suited to an early check into the office.
Later :: uge
PS – Why China? Visiting relatives? Change in career perhaps? Na…making a book.

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Salty

Not the best morning for taking photographs. The rain seemed to follow me and my lenses around. Nice left in the corner though – albeit much smaller than previous days. The left had a little consistent bowl, good if you’re a really small human. Oh yeah, real cold out there too! I saw a few hoods paddle out. Rug up.
Just a reminder to pop by the Aquabumps Gallery 10am to 6pm over the weekend. The forecast is for a large south swell all weekend flanked with howling SE onshore winds (boo). Summary – I don’t think it will be very good.
ASP World Tour Stop no.5, Tahiti – Teahupo’o is predicted to kick off tomorrow (20Aug) as the forecast looks promising. Keep and eye on the live video cast.
Seeya: : uge

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Shifty

This morning the conditions were very random. Shifty 3 foot peaks popped up here and there, plenty closed out…quite hard work as the swell looks somewhat confused. I just checked it out at lunch time and it’s improved a hell of a lot. Sun is out too – bonus. Winds are the favourable offshore W/SW – strong though (15 knots+). Getting big on the weekend.
YES/NO
Yes it’s true, Speedo and Aquabumps have combined to bring out a range of beach essentials for this summer – men’s boardies, kid’s boardies + women’s swimwear. The whole range features printed images from our gallery and they’re limited edition. No, Rachel Finch doesn’t come with every pair of boardies (That’s Rachel to the right of this in a Ben Buckler Printed bikini). Yes, they’re now available at 95 stores around Australia from this week. You need to call 1800 023 807 to find your local stockist. Yep, the range will be heading down the catwalk at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival Sydney next Wednesday 24th August at 12:30pm. If you’re in the city come along! Buy tickets online to the show. For sure, Finchy is in the show. No, sorry we don’t sell the range in the gallery (but there are stockist REAL close by). And yes, the boardies are made from super stretchy high tech fabrics, so they don’t get caught on your knee when standing up on your Boogs.
We get a lot of questions about how Aquabumps started and why we spend so much time down the beach. We hope this little SLASHIE film made by Rob Stanton-Cook clears up a few things….
Adios:: uge

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The Junkyard

Even though the swell has come up overnight, the quality just isn’t there. Random waves broke around 3-4 foot this morning down. It’s really shifty (bit like my filming) – quite hard to surf.
You’re probably wondering why there’s not pics in this daily email…yep, it’s all in our Aquabumps second video, shot ‘n’ edited all in a few hours for today. (thank Rob Stanton-Cook for the help with the edit). I’ll let the video fill you in on the day…all shot on Canon EOS cameras with L Series lenses.
Seeya :: uge

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Change

It’s transformed into a nice little day outside. At sunrise the skies were dull and grey. By 9am it had cleared up and the nor easterlies are blowin’ with a nice little 2-3 foot wave on offer. The turbo rip is back and that seems to be putting plenty of wobble out there. Still fun though. Bigger tomorrow and maybe rain later today.
There has been a lot of change in the Bondi business district lately, here’s a few I reckon you all should support:
-THE WRECK CLUB opened last Wednesday and is the talk of the hood. Corner of Campbell Parade and Beach Road (far corner of Swiss Grande where the Hog’s Breath Cafe used to be). They have a pool table so I’m in.
-VICIOUS CYCLE, a dedicated indoor spin studio situated right next door to the Aquabumps Gallery (down the side lane behind Civic Video).
-GELATISSIMO has opened across the road from Ravesis – you can’t have enough ice cream shops on 1 block
-GINGER BLUE is a great little café on Curlewis Street next door to Vodafone. Talk footie with the barista Brett and he’ll be your friend forever.
Our buddies at Samudra are giving away a Surf/Yoga Retreat at Byron Bay.
Have a good day, ::uge

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Return to normal

All back to normal after 150,000 people rammed into Bondi yesterday for the City to Surf Fun Run. What a big day in Bondi it was. You’ve never seen so many people in our hood. Well…6:30am this morning was the complete opposite, very few out surfing, not many in the car park, bit of rain about and everyone’s back to work. (My favourite time in Bondi) Waves were small yet fun 2 foot. Clean conditions as the winds backed off. It may rain more today and only hit 19 degrees. Bit of a spike in swell Wednesday, other than that reasonably small conditions all week long.
Have a good one :: uge

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LayDay

We have had it pretty good lately so a day off is ok. Today it’s howling onshore and 3 foot – no good. At 7:40am there wasn’t a surfer in the water (which is sums the morning up well). There’s been a few showers, but they seem to be clearing.
This Sunday is a big one in Bondi when 150,000 roll up for the finish of the City to Surf Run. The corporate tents dominate Bondi beachscape, the speed humps have been removed from the car park (love that) and the council has been busy cleaning up the area, buffing the road signs, removing the discarded mattresses etc. The forecast on Sunday is for rain though – that breaks its sunny tradition. The good news is that from City to Surf on we’re in the final straight to summer. If you’re running, come see us afterwards in the Aquabumps Gallery (no, we’re not having a street party like in 2008, I must be maturing…so no riot Police required).
There’s a new Rangie about to arrive in Australia (Nov)…it is called the Evoque. This weekend you can be one of the 1st to check it out at Bondi Westfield (to see if you 6’1” fits in it – of course). 10-6, Sat/Sun in front of Rebel Sport Bondi Junction.
Later :: uge

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POD

C’mon, you didn’t think I was going to make a film every day did ya? Thanks for all your feedback. Learnt a lot yesterday and will work on the vids.
I’ve been saying this a lot lately, but what a nice morning, sunshine and 3 footers. A huge pod of dolphins rammed the bay catching a few waves on the south bank – was quite sumpin’. Think it freaked out a few of the morning surfers.
The bank of banks is still producing. A 6:30am high tide put a lot of fat into those walls – so it was cutback central. Mid to low tide should improve conditions.
South change arriving later today. Could be a late shower and winds will swing onshore. Another ground swell will arrive tomorrow, but it’s flanked with the wrong winds.
The Blackhorse Foundation are holding a fundraiser for SurfAid, Redkite and Heartkids on Fri 12 Aug 2011 Upstairs at the Empire Hotel, 32 Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross. 9pm til late. $25 pre booked [email protected] or $30 on the door
Ok…seeya,
:: Eugene (yes, like the hurricane)

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Sin City

I’ve been carrying around Canon cameras for years that are video capable…but have never gone there. Well today we filmed our first little Aquabumps video. Watch it (it’s only 2 minutes long) as it pretty much sums up the sensational morning. Remember it’s our first vid (and have no clue) so go easy. Waves are 2-3 foot and the winds are kinda offshore. The crowds are massive and most waves have multiple surfers, some 5 or 6, some even 10. Seems to be dropping off…but will return later in the week.
Springcourts are the most comfortable shoes. I live in them. Today Aquabumps readers can get 50% off black or white canvas mid tops. Yes, half price. Buy Buy Buy honks (today only!)
Over and out :: uge

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Gridlock

I think you all know what I am going to write about today seeing most of you have been out there. All 40,000 of you.
The surf is good full stop. We’ve got some decent waves breaking on our holy grail of banks. It’s around 3-4 foot, consistent and fun but the crowds are enormous. My recommendation would be to drive to a beach that is south facing and surf away from the crowds.
Cott Main Beach Pool
WA gets some pretty big sharks over there – big teethy ones. No wonder they’re keen on building a beach side pool at Cott Main (close to where a fatal shark attack happened in 2000). They are looking for support on this project…we have a huge readership in good ole’ Perth so log onto this website and register your interest.
Adios,
:: u g e

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Morning Antics

Well hasn’t Huey switched on this morning. Much better than forecasted.
We’ve got clean 3-4 walls rolling through Bondi, little wind and blaring sunshine (thought it was meant to rain – eh?).
Gotta love Mondays when everyone is busy at work…Swell is dead south (that’ll be 180 degrees) and winds are westerlies. It’s going to be like this for a few days yet.
Bye, gotta find my leggie :: uge

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horus

Some days are best NOT spent mincing around the office. Today is a good one to call it quits, tools down and enjoy the sunshine. Today is a glorious 23 degree winters day. The water is an amazing 19 degrees and there’s barely any wind. The surf is a little disappointing with lack luster 1 footers. It still is surfable, good for the long boarders but the crowds are huge. In fact at 6:30am this morning the beach was packed with runners, swimmers, walkers and photographers. Not your normal winters day.
No surf and rain approaching tomorrow. Come see us at the Aquabumps Gallery 151 Curlewis Street Bondi beach. We have plenty of things to hang on your wall.
Bye :: uge

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LOG in

We are having the best run of good weather at the moment. Seeing is August, peak winter, it’s not bad having 8 days in a row above 20 degrees. Yesterday it hit 25 degrees, and yep, 25 degrees once again today. Too good to be true. Let’s just hope that big fat high pressure system hangs around for a few more days.
The waves are tiny but the wonder bank is still breaking. I saw waves around 1-1.78 foot this morning. You will need a large craft as you’ll sink on our shortboard. Dangerous as hell out there too! 5 per wave, 12 foot mals swinging around like chopper blades.
Have a great day :: uge

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twenty-4

Some mornings these daily images take hours to shoot. I’m not complaining as it’s something I like to do. Then some mornings I shoot 200 images in 20 minutes. Today was a fast shoot day. Upon arrival the sky was soaked in colour – early. Every minute or so the skies changed as the sun rose behind Ben Buckler. After 5 minutes the skies toned down, a blast of golden light and then a return grey. Shows over – roll back up the hill.
The surf is far from spectacular but who cares as it’s going to be 24 degrees today. Grovely 1 footers still breaking on our bank of gold. It’s best for the Long boarders as it lacks push.
Go outside.
:: uge

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Short and Sweet

There’s not really much to talk about today.
It’s small. Real small. Going off if you are a 25 kaygee grom (e.g. ‘lil Pete).
It’s warm, and getting warmer. The mercury will approach a salubrious twenty-2 today.
Wind – no wind.
Forecast – nuttin’ much until Monday next week.
Things to do – sit in the sun – soak it up. Swim the bay. Hang at the boat ramp. Book a trip to Indo (big swell approaching)
Enjoy!
Ends :: uge

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11 Seconds

The swell charts show a swell of 11 seconds, but there’s no height behind it unfortunately. What that translates to is a flat beach, but every 15-20 minutes 1 lone set wave will roll through at 1-1.6 foot. There was a queue of 6 longboarders patiently waiting for that lone set. Other than that it’s a very nice morning with sunshine, warmth and barely a breath of wind.
It is going to reach 22 degrees today. Now ya torkin’.
Seeya :: uge

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