neon

I was up real early today. I small human called Jet was mainly to blame…I think the lil’ man saw the pink horizon glow seeping in through the blinds. For a very short moment, before sunrise, the sky was glowing neon pink. The rest of the morning was overcast and dark. We’ve got a NE swell, it’s small and weak and a little junkie. The winds are also NE, howling 20 knots. Tonight there will be a violent south change – it will blow 30 knots, so bring the washing in off the line.
South swell tomorrow – let’s hope there is something decent on it.
:: uge

See full post & more photographs

Backwash

Howdy. We’ve currently got a mini-north windswell breaking with north winds best at north facing beaches. Bondi did have a little fun one on the incoming tide, but low tide will ruin that. It’s not amazing, very weak (1-2 ft) – but they say it should get bigger later tonight. Now that’s good to hear.
Enjoy the warm weather until tomorrow where it all changes. Come see the Aquabumps Gallery if you’re coming down the beach or call us 9130 7788 if you have any questions.
:: uge

See full post & more photographs

Flipside

We’ve had some amazing contrasts in the weather lately. Saturday you woke up to typhoon like rain and Sunday you woke up to spring bliss. A few little waves have been popping up here and there, super fun down at Bondi this morning with 2 (sometimes) 3 footers. With the morning sunshine blazing – conditions were very inviting. The water is still cold, too cold for boardies or bikinis – it will heat up soon.
This week will be warm until Wednesday night, then a cold front will hit and conditions will be back to winter-style days. (boo)
Don’t forget the Aquabumps Gallery is open today 10-6 (if you’re coming down the beach). The Aquabumps Book is back in stock and it’s time to put in your xmas orders.
Have a good week :: uge

See full post & more photographs

Friday Rambles

We haven’t had the best run of surf and weather have we? I mean sitting in the Bondi car park hiding from the rain watching a handful of dudes scrapping over 1-2 foot mush at Bondi was kinda a desperate sight. Not one bit of me wanted to be out there.
They say the swell is going to get bigger today – hope so, it can continue to rain, cool with that – just something decent to ride. Sunday is going to be sunny and 26!
Potato Head
Most of you have been to Bali. If you’re going this summer, Bali has a new beach club called Potato Head. It’s good. They’re also hosting a New Year’s Eve Party and you can buy your tickets here. I’m sure it will get loose on the Island of the Gods…so write that one down.
Gallery
Our Aquabumps Gallery is open every day for now, 10am to 6pm. You can come in, pick up some artworks that are in stock for Christmas presents or grab a cup of tea, peruse our online catalogues, use our web framing/cost calculators, then checkout using our shipping calculators – yep, all the while your boss thinks you are a good little punter doing your work. Or you can go to a nice big shopping mall fight a grannie for a car park, and join the queues.
Later :: uge

See full post & more photographs

Gusty

It’s fair to say when windsurfers are doing loops out the back of Bondi in 15-20 knot gusts that the surf conditions probably aren’t ideal.
Ok, it’s horrible today. Onshore, mush, slush, mixed in with skanky rain water runoff. Kinda cold and still raining – completely the opposite to W.A which is experiencing 37 degree swelter. Margaret River is also under seize by a raging bush fire today. There are so many houses hidden amongst the bushes…let’s hope the heat and winds die down soon so they can get that blaze under control. I can’t believe that fire was deliberately lit as a part of the burning off. (who would do that in 50 knots and 37 degrees)
:: uge

See full post & more photographs

A work day…

Today is one of THOSE days where you’re better off sittin’ in the office. It’s that 1 day in 90 where it’s flat like a lake and pouring with rain, hang on – the southerly just blew in as well. So now its flat and junkie – wow. Not pretty.
The good news is that the rain is meant to subside and the swell is meant to pick up later (3ft by nightfall) – fingers crossed.
Here is a list of things to keep you occupied in the meantime:
• Watch Jamie O’Brien’s latest film made by the famous Vincent Laforet – it’s good.
• I’ve always thought frenchies are a bit nuts, but these frenchies are off their head.
• Buy an Aquabumps Book online for a friend (and we do all the hard work = delivery)
Ends :: uge

See full post & more photographs

Tiger Stripes

It’s been so flat lately. Looks like today is the turning point though….last night waves came up and now we have 2 foot chuggers fizzing to the beach. It’s not smoking, but surfable. Tomorrow and Thursday should be bigger (3-4ft) but possibly flanked with southerlies. See a wave, surf it I reckon. Cool clouds in the sky this morning – stripes all the way to the horizon.
Our award winning book “A Day at Bondi” is back in stock and you can order online now. Good idea for a Christmas present. If you live overseas this Sunday is the deadline for ordering artwork from our gallery to get there in time for Christmas. So log onto our new online store which has freight calculators and all bells’n’whistles…and get ordering to avoid disappointment/stress. Christmas is a mere 4 weeks away. I repeat. 4 weeks. Questions? 02 9130 7788 or contact us
Good bye :: uge

See full post & more photographs

Beach Pilgrimage

Hola. Fair chance most of you were down the beach on the weekend. Who wasn’t. You probably didn’t take a board with you (flat as), just the baby oil and the reflecto sunnies (spinin’ rims and all mate).
Bondi Road was gridlock all weekend long. It was also the conclusion of Sculpture by the Sea yesterday, yep…you can come out now. 500,000 people visited the art walk in the past 2 weeks. That probably doesn’t surprise you. I’ve never seen the paths so packed.
This week the weather looks unsettled. Swell will come on Wednesday (4ft) but will be onshore. (who cares, I will surf anything right now). Until then, Lake Bondi will be nice and calm for your morning swim.
Andreas Gursky sold a photograph for $4.3 million last week. So I’ve just revised all our gallery pricelists and we’re open today at 151 Curlewis Street Bondi beach until 6pm. Telephone 9130 7788. If you want to buy a present and can’t decide on which one (common problem as people look through our catalogue of 1,000 images), well … order a gift card pack online and we will post it to you. Remember, Christmas is close to 4 weeks away – so time to get organised.
A d i o s :: U g i o s

See full post & more photographs

moody

Normally I wouldn’t put today in the ‘hey there’s a little wave on’ category, but seeing we’ve had a wave deprived week and you’re all in a bad mood – there’s a ‘little’ wave on in the corner of Bondi. You will need plenty of float to get going, the 20 x 3 inch variety, but at least you can get wet, walk the plank and go to work feeling great.
It is going to be very small or flat again until next Wednesday. Way way down the end of the month you may get a chunky south swell – but that’s too far.
Tomorrow it is going to be 30 degrees and perfectly sunny. A classic beach day. I’m going to fly the little chopper over the beaches of the east between 2-3pm…not sure where we’ll be spending most of our time, probably Maroubra to Bondi…look out for us and you can get in one of our aerial images. If you’re coming to see the Scultpures by the Sea don’t forget to drop into our gallery, 151 Curlewis Street, Bondi Beach, NSW 2026 Telephone 9130 7788. Our book is back in stock!
Seeya :: uge

See full post & more photographs

L:e:s:s

Yesterday was small, today is smaller…
Every 20 mins a rideable ‘wave’ may roll through, but it’s not worth getting out of bed and walking around in the rain for.
Again I grab a coffee, sit down and browse the swell charts in hope for a leap in size – nope, nuttin’.
Our book, The Aquabumps Book “A Day at Bondi”, which won the coveted 2011 AIPP BEST PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK of the YEAR…yes, best..wow, anyway, it’s back in stock and ready for you to order online. Whilst you’re there check out our new online store…cool eh?
Seeya, :: uge

See full post & more photographs

twitchy

Ahoy there. So…this plague of small swell remains and the boys in the car park are getting’ restless. Bondi had this cute little rip-bowl-1-foot wonder, suitable for a plank around 10 feet long. Or if you’re new to the sport – today’s cranking. I can’t see any improvement for some time. You really need to start thinking about other sports.
If you are planning to give Aquabumps artworks away this Christmas, and want to custom order something (and not from our 500 options in the store), it’s time to get sorted. We can deliver globally but you have to allow plenty of time for it, as all artworks are hand-made in Australia, 1 by 1, then inspected, then boxed/crated and air freighter to your door. That stuff takes a decent chunk of time. Follow these deadlines below to avoid disappointment (and last minute stress). Order now or call us 02 9130 7788 with questions.

Sunday 11th December
Local Pick Up
2-3 weeks
For those living in Sydney and wish to pick up their order from our Bondi Gallery

Sunday 4th December
Within Australia
3+ weeks
For those living in Sydney or interstate, and we are delivering to you

Sunday 27th November
International
4 weeks
For those good peeps overseas. Seeing all countries will are different and customs dudes can give grief, the sooner the better. 4 weeks is just a estimate.

bye :: uge
PS My scooter is about to go on ebay

See full post & more photographs

Summer

Gotta love this time of year. The days are hot and the nights cool after a violent smotherly let’s rip.
Everybody is out doing something…no matter what time of day. Bondi is…well…you guessed it, packed. Packed at sunrise, packed at sundown. Packed.
The waves were terrible this morning. Bits and pieces of wind chop crumbling here and there. Nice too cool off when in. Go swim.
Christmas is nearing. If you’re thinking of buying Aquabumps artwork for your friends and family, better start talking or browsing. Artwork can take up to 3 weeks to make. Aquabumps Gallery t: 9130 7788
Adios :: ugios

See full post & more photographs

The bogged surf rake

You know it’s going to be a surfless week when your wifie says “honk, seeing there is no swell for 8 days … it’s gonna be a swell drought … you know that right? …  so, can you help around the house a bit more?” …breathe…the closest my wifie has got to reading internet swell buoy forecasts is her wish list on Net-a-Porter. Needless to say, wifie is right, it’s tiny and around your kneecaps. Tomorrow same-same. Wed, micro, Thursday, tiny blah blah – think you get the picture. There’s at least one zero next to most dates this week on the buoys. Hopefully a surprise wind swell will kick in. Look on the bright side – it’s going to be a fat 32 degrees today.Oil up.
The Aquabumps Gallery is from now until Christmas Eve open 7 days a week, which includes today (Mondays are normally our day of rest, surf and meaningless meanderings). You can find us at 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach or on the end of this phone line 9130 7788 if you have any questions. You can browse our catalogue online here. Xmas is 6 weeks away!
How about the surf rake getting bogged this morning! Ha. And wowser, what a fog that just rolled in across the bay.
If you watched Sunrise this morning you’ll know I’m judging the new Canon EOS Inspires competition – which is open to you all. Enter
Check out our 10 page spread (and cover) in this month’s Digital Photography Magazine.
Seeyouse :: u g i o

See full post & more photographs

11.11.11

Hey there, today is unique. It’s the 11th day of the 11th Month of the 11th year. Superstitious people say that’s a lucky day. A day to get hitched, hit the casino or try have that baby. We’re kinda lucky down the beach as the waves came up overnight – head high ones. Ok, it’s a little messy and driven by a wind swell, yet it is the best surf day of this week. Bondi was packed (no surprises there), girls were hula hooping on the broadwalk, the carpark was full, and the cafés had queues – and that is all before 7am.
The weekend looks ok for beach time. Waves will be 1-2 foot (NE) and the sun will pop out intermittently between the typical arvo thunderstorms.
Adios :: uge

See full post & more photographs

Swelter

Last night’s sweltering heat brought everyone down the beach this morning…just not the waves.
The mercury did not drop below 24.2 degrees last night, just a smidge of the all-time hottest night record for November (24.8).
So if you couldn’t sleep last night – that’s why. I couldn’t.
When I got down the beach this morning it was grey, flat like a lake (ok, little 1 foot chuggers) and barely any wind. Real muggy like Asia.
Bondi had thousands out doing their morning rituals, bootie camps going nuts, helicopters circling whilst girls dig for 1 million dollars (some radio show comp).
hey – was this the biggest wave ever ridden last night by Hawaiian Garrett McNamara in Portugal?
Or how about watching Nathan Oldfield’s new little vid on alternative surf vehicles.
Adios, uge

See full post & more photographs

Good times

Good times down the beach this morning. Good times. I had so much fun. The weather is freaky at the moment – either pouring and thunderstorms or summer heaven. Today the latter.
The waves are micro and around your kneecaps. The water is decent, 19. The banks are ok, 2 peaks with a fun shore break in the south with a steep slope.
By lunchtime I reckon the clouds will roll over bringing all manner of thunder bolts. It’s going to remain warm and muggy – like Bali. They say 30 degrees is the max.
I don’t think you will find waves today, tomorrow or the next. Enjoy the heat.
I am selling a little Aprilia Scooter on ebay, great for around the beaches. Will go super cheap.
Adios :: uge

See full post & more photographs

Good Morning

Good morning.
Wasn’t it just.
The beach was rammed this morning, early. I walked around with someone from New York and they were blown away at the masses doing stuff on the beach at 6:30am. I don’t think many places in the world have so many people so active so early. The surf was not so exciting. Waves broke mainly around knee to waist high, infrequently. Good for a mal cruze or a swim.
ke11y
Last Thursday Kelly Slater was crowned the world champion for the 11th time. Last Saturday the ASP reversed the decision, embarrassed by a miscalculation asking for the crown back. The Ke11y gear became collectors’ items. Then finally yesterday Kelly Slater was officially crowned the champion again…for the 12th time. Think they just wanted to have 2 parties to celebrate. I would.
gabs
Whilst on world news, little Brazilian whippet Gabriel Medina just won the Rip Curl Pro held at San Francisco. Gabs is the biggest thing to come out of Brazo since Adriano. He is amazing to watch. Being only 17, what a huge future the kid has.

See full post & more photographs

Carnivale

We have experienced a few solid beach days and today is no exception. Carnivale Bondi was frantic over the weekend… Sculptures by the Sea opened and drawing millions whilst the Annual Single Fin Classic stirred a few laughs as the old boys danced (I think you can call it that) and surfed 5-6 foot Bondi closeouts on 70’s contraptions. You could not fit any more people in the hood – try driving up Bondi Road yesterday.
Today the swell has dropped (1-2ft), the water temp defaulted to a crispy 18 and the sunshine is blaring. Go for a dip. I can’t see any decent swell for a while, so grab a fish/mal/matt and have a mess around.
:: uge

See full post & more photographs

Surftag

Afternoon. Late one I know.
Today’s update comes from the boot of my car as we’re at the SurfAid SurfTag event surfing for charity. (at Manly)
Thank you for everyone that donated to our team – we raised nearly $10k for SurfAid.
The waves are small, 2ish, maybe 3 footish. Better with the incoming tide. Manly definitely doesn’t like the south swell direction.
The sun is out and the weekend looks amazing. Come down to watch the finals at Manly (now) or get to the beach over the weekend
Cheers, :: uge

See full post & more photographs

Feedback

I have been down the beach three times already today…I’d like to come back to you with positive feedback, but I can’t.
It’s raining. A lot.
The 2-3 footers are junkie as hell. And then some.
1 guy out at south Bondi. He wasn’t doing much. If you wanna surf, the beach is all yours.
The weather will come good tomorrow, hopefully the surf will join the party.
These pictures were shot mostly yesterday, and 1 from today.
Enjoy :: Uge

See full post & more photographs

the goods

Greetings. I liked what I saw this morning. Plenty of colour in the sky early, the Sculpture by the sea are out and there is a solid 3 foot swell hittin’ town. It’s clean and plenty of waves on offer.
This dreamy picture will transform later today, showers predicted tonight and the southerly will blow around midday (kinda soon). Go surf.
The forecast for this weekend is looking sweet. 27 sunny Saturday, 29 mostly sunny Sunday.
Our little buddies on the Mentawai Charter boat Tengirri are organising their bookings for 2012. They’re even discounting Feb and March trips (early season). Good time of year to go as the land camps are closed, can do single bookings and not as many boats early – hit it. Contact Ant
Good bye :: uge

See full post & more photographs

At First Sight

Today is a big day in Australia. Not only is our national airline back in the air but 24 ponies trot around track whilst the whole world watches on. You’re probably distracted from what is happening down the beach today…you’re all frocked up and ready to plaster yourself all arvo in good ole’ aussie fashion. In a nutshell, you’re not missing much down the beach. It’s grey, wet(ish) and 3-4 foot junk. Bondi looked broken. Wobbly walls of water randomly broke up and down the beach. Stick to the races – more fun. I am backing “At First Sight” No.17. If you win a mint, send half your winnings to the gallery please.
Did you know 100,000 people attend the race in Melbourne? They also drink 100,000 bottles of champers (that’s 1 per person!) not to mention 30,000 litres of beer and 18,000 oysters. Good luck!
Later punters :: uge

See full post & more photographs