Standby

Nice morning. Shame the waves were once again small and weak. Grey dominated the skies and the water surfaces were silky smooth.
It doesn’t look like there will be any memorable swells this weekend. Maybe a flap around on the fish or mal. Next week, well, next weeks a different story. Something cooking mid-week. Until then, sit tight and trawl Google earth for unknown surf destinations.
Our Gallery in Bondi is open all weekend. No we don’t charge an entry fee (you’d be surprised how many people ask). You will find us at 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach, now that’s behind the Bondi Hotel. View our online catalogue here, bring in your short list of favs, and we’ll see if we can fill those boring blank walls in your home.
Follow us on Instragram, if you like (@Aquabumps). Sorry about all the baby shots. He’s super cute though isn’t he.
Adios:: uge

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Mals only

The past two days have been small, this morning is micro.
Group of mal riders in the middle enjoying a 1 foot peak and shallow bank.
Such a nice morning nonetheless…a real treat to be swimming around as the sun came up behind Benny Buckler.
Tengirri
If you want to go to the Mentawais and surf some pretty great waves and live on a nice boat for 12 days, now is the time to book. Tengirri, our boat of choice (yeah, you knew that) is giving 10% off at least 2 spots on a trip in May 12-24th 2012. Do it. You won’t regret it. I’ve been 14 times! webby
Ciao :: uge

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Not much

Like most other mornings I rolled down the hill to see what was on offer down the beach. ‘Not much’ pretty much sumed it up. It was still and quiet, the rain persuading most to stay in bed for the late sunrise. A small, rideable, weak and flimsy 1-2 footer wave broke inconsistently at South Bondi. Best suited to newbies. Tomorrow should be better, I hope. Pray for swell people.
Dion
Big Dion. You all know him. How could you miss him? He’s a permanent fixture down at Bondi beach. Not sure if it’s his all year round deep Africa dark tan or that he’s 6’6” and looks like he just walked off the movie set of Gladiator… but one thing I bet you didn’t know about Dion is that he’s a very talented modern art sculptor who specialises in metal work, right here in his little shed on Francis Street. View Dion’s work

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: : B l a z e

I wait patiently for these types of mornings… Sometimes we get nothing for 2 months, sometimes a year goes by without any hint of gold. Every morning I stick my head out through the blinds looking for that thin high cloud with a gap along the horizon…something that will really turn on…and 9.9 times out of 10 there’s nuttin’ (especially with the grey summer we’ve had). This morning it was on, the skies above Sydney lit up in a pink and purple blaze…only for a short while though, say 5 minutes. I really hope you saw it.
Now, before you hit reply and ask what colour filters do I use, the answer is none. If you were up this morning on the beach, you’ll know what I mean. No filters, no added preservatives, just a mighty fine morning to be down there.
The surf on the other hand was small, clean and 1-2 foot. Take the mal or fish for a burn.
That was Leisel Jones down at North Bondi this morning, our champion swimmer surrounded by all the press. You had the opportunity to race against her best Breaststroke time.
Enjoy the rest of your day :: uge
PS – I’ve got a crook back from carrying all these cameras (hold the violins please). Luiz is a masseuse working in the Bondi area, comes to your house and straightens you out. I recommend him and said I’d put you all onto him. Call him, Luiz 0425 061 903

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Darko

Good morning…
The sun broke through super late as we edge closer to a time switch. There was a couple of floppy 2 footers around, not really worth getting excited over.
You can feel the claws of winter in the morning air…it’s coming.
See if you can swim faster than one of Australia’s most famous swimmers, Liesel Jones, down at Bondi Beach tomorrow morning. More info
Ciao:: uge

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Stealth

These photos are from yesterday afternoon. Nothing wrong with today, in fact it’s a cracker outside with good waves, but yesterday was really really good fun.
Yesterday was one of those days that snuck in under the radar. Most surfers fooled by the morning howl and threatening grey skies. Around lunchtime the swell had a little kick in it, a little one, just enough. And if you were sitting on a corner of reef near Sydney…every 15 minutes of so you’ll score a tidy 4-5 foot slab. No one around, not another lens, not a car in the carpark, just big wave freak Mark Matthews and Stab’s Sam McIntosh slipping in behind the curtain of this freaky joint. These two guys know this reef well – should it switch on for an hour or so, they’ll be there. Just take a second to look at this image of Mark…would you put yourself in this situation? Straighten out on a wave like this and will eating rock for the next 2 weeks.
Today it’s 3 foot and sunny – and it’s Friday…say no more.
Our Aquabumps Gallery is open all weekend 10am to 6pm…come and have breakfast in Bondi and pop in and see us. You can use our online tools to check out what our images will look like on a wall in the lounge, like this. You will find us here telephone 9130 7788
Later :: uge

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Downgrade

Today is an in between day. A day that is not a patch on yesterday. The wind was howling early SE and making a mess of exposed beaches. The swell is not big enough to get into protected corners…so it is a good day to do something else. Maybe something indoors as it looks like it’s going to rain a fair bit. Hope you surfed/swam/baked yesterday.
Dave wants to live \ A year ago David Murrell, Bondi guy and fashion photographer was diagnosed with a deadly brain tumor. He wasn’t given long to live. He’s had it removed after surgery in Norway and is now in recovery and fighting hard to keep healthy. Needless to say, flying to Norway for monthly treatments was super expensive so the local community has got behind him and is holding a fundraiser this Friday night, 23rd March at the Bondi Bathers Surf Life Saving Club. All the details are here and you can see him on Channel 10 news here.
Deeper Shade of Blue \ Last night I saw the aussie premiere of Jack McCoy’s new surf film – A Deeper Shade of Blue. It’s great, go see it. It’s only on the big screens in Oz for 4 days kicking off today. Webby
Leisel \ Leisel Jones is one of Australia’s greatest ever Olympians having competed in 4 Olympics, 12 world records, 8 medals (3 gold). Next Tuesday 27th March (7am) down at Bondi you can have the opportunity to race against Leisel.You’ll have a handicap…and you can win air tickets and other goodies.Link

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I’d rather be…

I crashed the car, I ate some bad chicken last night, she dumped me, I’m locked out of my apartment (since yesterday), my best friend is getting married, there’s a big client over north side that is close to signing…
…these are all plausible excuses to wag work and go for a drive to find some waves – ’cause it’s glassy and decent right now. The Kid and I went north side as these East swells are wasted around the motherland. We found some sweet, peaky, meaty 4 footers…the odd hollow tube…and barely a human in sight. Gotta love that.
If you are thinking about heading out – you’d want to be quick, like don’t bother reading the rest of this email and scoot now…that NE wind will kick at lunchtime (in about 1 hr) and ruin most of the fun.
Singapore
We currently have an Aquabumps Exhibition showing at the Tanjong Beach Club on Sentosa Island. I’d like to thank our generous sponsors Lend Lease, Tourism Australia, Hellman logistics and Mumm Champagne. The launch went really well last Thursday night…plenty of interest from everyone on the island. Go have a look and a cocktail on Singapore’s only decent beach…
Adios :: uge

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Burner

Hope you saw the sunrise this morning. It was quite something. Late too – 7am. So you don’t have to be a insomniac to see it.
From the car park it looked like a little bank at South Bondi had something to surf. I swam out there with my camera to give it a close examination, but I reckon the early high tide was killing it. Better towards the low.
Floppy 2 footers with fat ones out the back. Stick to the inside and you’ll have some fun. Out the back is a hoax.
Tomorrow looks fun with a fresh batch of east swell chunks rolling into Sydney. Thursday looks good too. Take the rest of the week off.
Have a good day, :: uge

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Blew

I’m back… Back from Singapore and a week off these daily photo updates. If you’re passing through Singas or live there, my exhibition will be hanging on the walls of the Tanjong Beach Club (Sentosa) for a few more weeks.
Back to Bondi – the wind (20 knots) was up very early and the sun was rising late. We have swell and banks just not the surface conditions.It’s a mess, a real mess. Wait until it cleans up later this week.
The great news is that there is a strong Easterly swell heading our way this week. Wednesday looks to be the pick of the days as the winds will be favourable. Well that’s what my buddy Ben McCartney reckons. He knows.
Jack McCoy
Jack’s been making surf movies for a long time. He’s been busy making his new film “A Deeper Shade of Blue” for quite a few years now. Well finally, it’s here. Jack’s new masterpiece launches nationally at selected theatres kicking off March 22. More Info
Later:: uge

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Singapore ding-a-ling

I had a small operation last week. Don’t worry… I’ll live. It’s nothing really, just something chopped out of my leg that was looking suss. After the good doctor made his extraction he said “Now you know you’ll have to keep out of the water for 4 days – no exceptions…”
After he said that…I just knew it. I knew that the sun would break out of its summer coma, the waves would turn on and the offshore grooming winds will come up.
That’s exactly what happened.
It’s been cranking for the past 4 days. Kelly Slater was shaking down The Cape, Taj was hacking Bondi and the swell bloomed into an autumn cracker, well above all our expectations. I’m seeing pics of Manly pumping, South Av tubing and even some south coast bombs firing….all the while I’ve kept my little wound high and dry. Hope you’ve filled your quotas up.
By the time you read this update I will be flying to Singapore to do an Aquabumps Exhibition of my wares at the Tanjong Beach Club (on Sentosa Island). I will be in Asia for 1 week only and the Aquabumps updates will flow once again from Bondi week starting 19th March. Thanks for your patience…hope this week is like last in Sydney. Maybe I’ll go have another operation so it will crank again.
Adios :: uge

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Chunky

After the skies cleared around lunchtime yesterday the surf really turned on. Probably one of the best days for surfing this year.
The good times continue today with 6-8 footers at Bronte. It looks a little wonky this morning, but shaping up to be a great day. Have a long lunch.
Not many places can handle such a large swell in the East, so it’s imperative to drive somewhere else. Do it now too!
Glorious day, sun is out and we’re looking at 27 degrees today – perfect.
Our Aquabumps Gallery is open all weekend long 10-6, come see us.
Seeya, uge

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Boom

It is bucketing down this morning. I won’t dwell on that. I sat in the Bondi car park with Birdie around 7am watching 4-5 footers chug into Bondi – not a soul around. No one surfing. It actually looked surfable, just need some night vision goggles.
I think we could all do with a bit of sunshine in our inboxes this morning…as you settle indoors for the day. Here are 7 images that will remind you of what good weather looks like…which is just around the corner.
There will be places with good waves today, maybe towards the low tide…go have a look. Boom, the skies just opened up with a thunderstorm as I write. Keep dry.
:: uge

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Flow

The wind has set in and it’s knocking the tops off the 2 footers at Bondi. Really ugly surf conditions down there this morning…definitely give it a miss. I gather most of you slept in as not many people were around.
The swell will grow later tonight and stand tall at 6 foot tomorrow, protected south corners will be the go. It will be pretty solid, it’s just the wind that will be the problem (SW 20 knots forecasted).
The weather this weekend looks reasonable (meaning it won’t be pouring)…also, there should be a few waves around in the 3 foot vicinity. Good one to get away. Land Rover trusted me with one of their new Discoverys for a test drive a few weekend’s ago…and here’s a short film they made of our little road trip…to motivate you to get away, so many good spots in NSW to go see on weekends.
How good is it that Taj and Steph, two aussies, are on top of professional surfing after their wins at the Quiky Pro (sorry about being 4 days late on that news, got distracted).
The Goodwin family are unique. They’re travelling thru 18 countries in 13 months making a highly crafted film – The Goodwin Project. After watching this teaser I’m sure you’ll quit your job and go bush. The director and producer of this highly crafted film are speaking at the Mac Store, Bondi Junction tomorrow night (Thurs 8 March) at 6:30pm. Everyone is welcome.
Have a good day :: uge

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Early Blow

Today kicked off well…thin fragmented clouds highlighted by the early morning sun. Real nice. South wind was in early, blowing quite strong and choppin’ up anything worth riding. Bondi had a 1-2 foot shorey that you could get going on…but not worth racing out of bed for. Soak up the sunshine before the storm arrives tomorrow – yep – rain, heavy rain coming. Oh and some wind, 25 knot wind.
After travelling to so many surf destinations I still reckon the Mentawai Islands in Indonesia has the most consistent surf on the planet. I know, I know…you’re busy, time poor, chained to the desk and have just 2 weeks annual leave up your sleeve (been there)…you can’t go hunting for new waves that work 3 times a year. Hawaii is on the tail end of their season…and the Maldives, well, I’ve been there 3 times and only surfed a total of 5 hours (yes, I am a jinx to that beautiful place). Maximise your time off, get a spot on a Mentawai charter boat and surf more than you would in a year around here. Our buddies, the boat we go on, Tengirri have some spots for 2012. Even if you’re not a group and a lone wolf, hit them up. Book
Surfing the Hawaiian Banzai Pipeline is difficult for most humans. Imagine doing it blindfolded. Watch this inspirational video of Brazilian Derrek Rabelo. He’s blind and paddles out at Pipe…I saw him around all the time when I was in Hawaii this season. Respect.

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The Goods

Today has a lot going for it…
We have waves, a little gutless, but fun 3 footers. They’re coming in from the East-Nor-East which neglects Bondi so a drive in the car is imperative. Bondi was only 1-2 foot.
The skies are clear…yep, we have sunshine and a forecast of 26 degrees. Sadly, by the time you get home from work I reckon another storm will arrive bringing rain.
Storms will blow in some swell for Wednesday and Thursday…which will be overhead high (junkie), but Friday looks to be the pick of the week for a wave.
See ya :: uge

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The Big Wet

It is raining. Again.
Better get used to it as rain is forecasted for the next 3 days, heavy.
Taking pictures in the rain ain’t much fun. To start with, no one is around to shoot.
Secondly your camera gear (that you mortgaged the house for) doesn’t like the rain.
So…
…let’s go back to Hawaii just for a short moment whilst you have your morning coffee. I shot 2.6 Trillion Terabytes of Oahu’s blues last month. I’ve barely sifted through all the captures…here are some pics shot on a big 3rd reef swell. Pipe was mac daddy huge on this day…talking 12 foot and no one out to begin with (rare).
4 good reasons to visit the Aquabumps Gallery:
• It’s raining all weekend, a good opportunity to do things indoors
• We have lots of pretty pictures. Lots. They look much better blown up big
• We’re ranked the 3rd best site to see in Sydney by Lonely Planet and I’m not joking
• Blank walls are boring. Let us fill your house with colour (and to remind you of those sunny days)
Bye :: uge

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Dank

The strange muggy weather continues today. At least it’s damp with 2-3 footers.
Bondi was nice and clean and relatively uncrowded for a weekday morning. I saw a few nice ones in the middle and in the corner.
I am hoping tomorrow will be bigger and better. It’s gonna rain later and for the rest of the year. Leave the car out for a free wash.
Quiky pro at Snapper is off again today…those northerlies are ruining the fun.
Oh and how about this 100 year old grandmother tarp surfing in her wheel chair?
Ok, bye :: uge

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