Boo!

This morning went down a little something like this.
The wind woke me up, southerly storm hit overnight and I could see choppy water out the back. I prayed for waves.
Light was dancing behind broken morning cloud as I rolled down hill half asleep. I took a few snaps, some mega slow shutters, some just out the car window as I drove past.
I saw a couple of dudes out at Bondi – I waited 30 minutes for them to get a wave and saw nothing of interest.
Moved onto Bronte seeking some protection from the wind. Same, 2 dudes out, waited 30 minutes and one guy got a set – went straight (pictured) and then went in looking a little dissatisfied.
There are waves in the 2-3 foot vicinity but the 20 knot sou-easterly isn’t making things pretty.
Hey – Slam’s beach volleyball festival is on again this summer and it’s time to enter a team.
Ok – winds are much better tomorrow…bye for now, :: uge

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emission

Look what I woke up to this morning, real pretty eh? Was thinking the other day we haven’t had a decent splash of colour across the bay in some time. Months in fact. Well this morning was a cracker but you had to be up REAL early for it. Like 5:45am and she only lasted a few minutes before toning down to something quite bland.
There’s waves, 2-3 footers and mega-messy.That wind direction is horrible (E). Fortunately there are some lips to whack out there – so I give it the thumbs up.
Tomorrow looks like a nice day. Sunny and all that. Surf will be clean too…enough rambles, :: uge (yooj not oggie)

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Cover

There will be no mention of the weather today – as that’s all I’ve heard all morning. Let’s just say it’s not ideal for surfing or photography.
Waves are 2-3 foot with barely anyone out. Ok, it’s extremely messy as well – but she’ll settle down and you’ll find a few later.
Entries have closed for the Bondi Single Fin Classic held on Nov 5. If you missed out – come watch. Classic day with plenty of local legends…it will be just like this video from 1978 at Bondi with Cheyne Horan and Ant Corro.
Adios :: uge

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24 hours

It’s hard to believe that today and yesterday live in the same week. Working out what to wear today was confusing, jumper or boardies – how can it possibly go from steamy summer’s bake to Grey, wintery chills in 24 hours? The south wind is up and there is barely anything to surf. Best wait until the flanking southerly swell arrives. It pouring with rain right now as I write this.
Single?
The Bondi Single Fin Classic is back on this year running on Saturday November 5th from 8am. All the local legends come back to Bondi for this day, Ant Corro, Cheyne Horan, Dave Davo…entries are $50 and you have to ride a pre-70’s single fin that’s been sitting under your house for years. If you surf Bondi – enter. I have. webby
Adios :: uge

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basking in the sun

3 good reasons to hit the beach right now.
1) It is gonna be a fat 32 degrees
2) It is gonna rain for the rest of the week
3) It is just perfect down there right now, ok, some waves would be nice, but you can’t have everything
Waves will come Wed/Thursday.
Bye for now :: uge

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Yep, Naa

Yeah – naaa. Naa the waves aren’t so good this morning. We’ve got confused 2 footers breaking at Bondi. Looks like the swell origin has kinked more to the east, not well suited to Bondi. Yeeah, it’s a damn fine day outside. I mean seriously, can’t get much better. Hit the beach FOR SURE.
Oh and it’s beach weather ALL weekend (27/28) – no surf. The Aquabumps gallery is open all weekend 10am to 6pm – come see us. And on Sunday The Crave Food Festival at Bondi beach will be hosting breakky for thousands. Yep, Bill Granger will be flipping eggs for the masses.
Later:: uge

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Sneaky swell

Hola. On Monday the forecast looked rather bleak – lots of zeros on the buoy charts. However the weather was looking impressive and I thought you’d be lying around Lake Bondi sunning it up. I’ve been surprised to find waves most days this week, albeit small ones. Today the SE swell has spiked up overnight and there are head high sets. The banks are horrible and most waves were closing out on the 8am low tide, but as the tide pushed in, and the before work crowds took off – there were a few funs ones. Enjoy.
We are about to hit 30,000 fans on our Facebook page. How about that? It’s only been 18 months.
Canon have released a new camera body this week. It looks like a serious bit of kit. I want one. They probably won’t ship until Feb 2012 but the 1DX is going to be every sports photographers dream with 12 frames-per-second bursts. Even better, the puppy is full frame (no crop factor) – good news for water photogs shootin’ wide in the open mouths of tubes.
Go outside, it’s damn fine day (25) :: uge

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Fine

Oh boy, from now until the weekend the weather is gonna be just perfect here in Sydney. I’m talking mid to late twenties, clear skies and gentle northerlies. A nice introduction into summer. It’s a bonus that there is also a little, flimsy, weak wave floppin’ into Bondi as well. I saw waves around shoulder to (very occasional) head high this morning. The banks aren’t great…sometimes the waves are good on a particular tide, then gone within an hour. Just keep an eye on it.
If you want to check what the sun is doing to your skin, the Sun Sense UV Photo Bus is down at Bondi Beach today. (Wed 19th Oct) I’m not sure I wanna see what’s going on with all the sun I get.
Have a good day, :: uge

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Shortlived

The swell came up yesterday with all that wind but it blew away as fast as it came. Last night I surfed waves around head high…this morning it was on the decline (bit messy too). You will still be able to surf as there are waves 1-3 foot –  it’s just not amazing. Nice morning though, good to see the sun blazing. Unfortunately this week looks a little light on in the swell department, but it’s going to be the first taste of summer so go down the beach regardless.
If you’re a female surfer and need to get away this may be for you.
Adios, ugios

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Let’s get tropical

Typical of Sydney, we have one cracking hot day backed up by a smotherly winter’s day. As I write this the mercury is only hitting 14 degrees. A far cry from yesterday’s summer vacation. The good news is that there are many fine days this week and towards Friday she’s gonna hit 29 degrees.
Unfortunately I can’t be as optimistic about the surf. Today is the biggest day of the week with 3-4 footers – but wow, there is some junk out there and NO ONE out. These winds will pull back maybe creating an opportunity to surf later – but don’t get too excited. The rest of the weekend we have north swells (well sorta). It’s going to be micro but nice to hang down the beach regardless.
I sat in my car this morning, in the rain, awaiting photographic inspiration for 30 minutes… it did not come so we’ve gone tropical from the recent trip to the Mentawais (just a little flashback)
Bye :: uge

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Light on

There wasn’t not much for me to work with down the beach this morning at Bondi. When I got there the sunrise glow was finishing and the clouds thickening. The waves are a flimsy wind chop -1 /2 foot and best suited to the learner variety. It was kinda dark too, but here are a few pictures of what I saw around 7am mixed in with some Mentawai gold to keep the salt pumping in those veins.
No.3
The Lonely Planet travel guides list 195 sights to see in Sydney. You can see them here…. No.1 sight to see in Sydney is the Harbour Bridge, yep the Coat Hanger (no surprises there) closely followed by the Opera House. Then what? YES THE AQUABUMPS GALLERY. We’re no.3 now on the list. That’s before Manly Beach, before even Bondi Beach and the Taronga Zoo. I know you don’t believe me so look here. And no I didn’t rig this or pay money in a brown paper bag. So, come see us all weekend Aquabumps Gallery 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach NSW 2026 Telephone 9130 7788…
I doubt the surf conditions will entice you to surf this weekend…best do something else.
Adios :: ugios

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Funky Cold Medina

Heeeyaa. The surf was rubbish this morning. Robin reckons there is a left in the corner, but I couldn’t see it with all the junk and chop. Slight onshore conditions this morning which will kick around to ENE today, may get cleaner, but there is no guts to this swell – weak as…lots of flappin’.
Little Brazilian Gabriel Medina won France late last night in the final with Julian Fly Boy Wilson. That’s pretty amazing …why? Well for a start the grom is only 17. He wasn’t even born when Slater won his first title. He’s also the new kid on the tour and when I shot him early in the year at Bondi my jaw dropped. The amount of speed he could create from absolutely nothing was amazing. He’s a wizkid and you’ll be hearing much more about little Medina in the future. You should really watch the highlights from France, the beachie conditions were perfect for the aerial young guns and some of the stuff they’re doing these days is just – erm, insane.
Looks like there was a mutiny at Noah’s Backpackers last night. Some angry travellers decided to burn it down (or at least try too) in the wee hours. The word on Campbell Parade is that a group was given the boot about a month ago – and they’ve come back for revenge burning sheets on the front steps. Apparently the sprinklers went off – nice way to wake up on your holiday! I think Bondi Silly Season has begun…
Later :: uge
http://quiksilverlive.com/profrance2011/videos.en.html

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Fisheye

A lot of surf photographers use fisheye lenses when shooting in the drink as it can make barrels look wide and you can get up nice’n’snug with your subject (hopefully someone riding high in the bat cave or a nice empty cavity). I like shooting fisheye as I feel a part of the action. Standing on the beach with a long lens can be pretty lame. Shootin’ fisheye has it’s disadvantages though – you have to be SO close to what you’re shooting or they will look like ants in your images. This means you’re within touching distance…and can push surfers to do manoeuvres on parts of waves where they shouldn’t be – just so they’re in front of you. Also in a random line up like a beachie you’ll find yourself swimming hard chasing everyone around (or dodging beginners loose boards).
Yesterday a little box rolled up to the gallery with the new Canon Fisheye 8-15mm begging for a test run. I’d heard a bit about this lens. It’s a zoom and ultra wide, so you can shoot it at 8mm all the way up to 15mm (not corrected). That’s great as some of my cameras aren’t full sensor and at 8mm they look like a fisheye WITH full sensor (very very wide). Ok, so I’ve probably lost most of you guys with camera geek talk…but here 7 photos taken with the new lens. I rate the lens and it’s got a permanent place in my camera bag from now on.
Today’s got waves, sun and barely and wind. New south swell is here and I like it. (2-3 foot)
A group of us are surfing and raising money for SurfAid and I would like you to contribute to our Tag Team here. C’mon. If you could see how poor the people are in Mentawai you’d wanna help them and $50 goes a long way.
If you want to go to the Mentawais this weekend there is a big swell coming and Tengirri has 3 spots come up right at the last minute. Make an offer and steal a mega deal on 12 days in the Mentawais. Boat leaves Saturday from Padang. Email [email protected]
Seeyouse :: uge
PS – I know nothing of any new Canon camera bodies that are coming out. (a lot of people ask me this)

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Solar

Today is not a great surf day. Today’s a good day to do everything else. Last night we had waves – but now they’ve gone.
Today the sun is baking, the westerly winds are howling and skies are 100% clear.
Tomorrow is a new day with a new dead south swell. We like those at south facing Bondi. It’s not gonna be big though.
You may have walked past a Speedo shop and seen it looking like this. Yes, we’re taking over.
Later :: uge

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Monday’s ramble

Considering the charts were showing a 1 foot prediction this morning it’s actually OK down there. I mean you can catch waves, kinda go along the face and do something (once). It’s weak, pretty wonky and overcast – but there ain’t many humans out. Max 20 degrees today, offshore all day and should get cleaner and bigger as the day progresses.
Today I’d rather be surfing in the desert on the left that just keeps on giving (Africa looks ridiculous!). Warning, you won’t get much work done after viewing that link.
:: uge

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Groundhog

Each morning this week has been very similar. It all started out very grey and gloomy but now transformed in a glorious day outside – sunshine + 3 footers is the best way to sum it up. A good one to get down the beach (for now). The BOM says thunderstorms and rain forecasted – again, I just can’t see it!
The Aquabumps Gallery is open all weekend 10am to 6pm. Here are 3 good reasons why you should come see us:

Lonely Planet has voted the Aquabumps Gallery the 25th best thing to do in Sydney out of 961 (yep, even I was suprised at that one)
These computer screens don’t do photography justice. See the real deal nice and big.
You’re gonna have to start thinking about Christmas presents soon…remember orders take 2-3 weeks outside peak times (e.g. Xmas rush)

Have a good weekend :: uge

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Contradictions

Looking at the swell charts earlier this week I wouldn’t have thought it would be this good today. The swell was meant to decline rapidly from yesterday, leaving us with 2 footers this morning. But nah, it’s 4-5 foot, clean and some fun empty ones pumping into our bay. The winds are a perfect W/NW so it’s super glassy out there. Forecast is for rain too – but all I see is sunshine. Maybe I’m looking at weather maps upside down.
Patagonia are opening a brand new store next week in Sydney – 93 Bathurst Street.
Adios :: ugios

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4 to 5

Good morning…it’s neatened up a little out there and the size has held – 4-5 foot sets, not such a bad idea to slip out and score a few for yourself. The winds are fortunately a westerly and only 5 knots. Cloudy cold day, 11. Water still chilly 18.
Corona
Some good news, if you scroll down to the bottom of our update today you’ll notice we’ve got a new website sponsor joining us – yep – Corona, welcome! These partnerships will provide the support to keep generating this daily report for FREE to you all…which I think is very important. It will also give us latitude to do some new and interesting things with my photography, exotic trips, new angles etc.
bye :: uge

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The Lone Wolf

When I travel and tell people I live and surf in Bondi they have this look of pain on their face, usually followed by “bit crowded there init?”. This makes me think back to days like these. It’s 4-5 foot, kinda clean, overcast and 1 dude out. Ok, it’s not barrelling and far from perfect but who cares – it’s all yours. If the sun was out they’d be 50 people in the water. Oh yeah, the water is chilly too. But it looks like you’re all getting over your footie-long-weekend blues. The swell will drop a foot each day of this week. Northerly winds on Thursday. That’s about it.
Caught Inside
I just watched the trailer to “Caught Inside”, a new film by director Adam Blaiklock…it’s about a surf charter gone wrong in a remote paradise. Kinda timely after sitting on a charter boat in Indonesia for the past weeks. Except we didn’t have beautiful girls running around our boat – well, ok maybe just Birdie. Launches this week. Watch Trailer Here
Adios :: ugios

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