Replay

Today was very similar to the other days of this week…south swell, little bit of wobble, Bondi was no good and closing out, Bronte seemed to have all the action.
Small increase in swell today, head high sets for sure. It will fade and another swell will be due on Monday.
A little bit warmer this morning than earlier in the week. Quite mild, really. Rain may come this arvo…definitely a storm blowing in on Sunday and hanging around until Monday (good office days).
I did a little underwater ‘fashion’ photo shoot with the two knuckleheads from Bondi Hipsters – Dom + Adrian – you can watch the organic pair underwater here.
Snow season is rapidly approaching…time to book those ski trips to New Zealand. Go
B y e :: u g e

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Good morning

Started off a little dark this morning. Small glow on the horizon around 7am throwing out a lil’ colour which was nice. Bronte had a clean little waist to head high bump, Bondi had same-same but absolutely no banks to speak off. So bad. Most waves just closing out before you’d even get to your feet.
Tomorrow is starting to shape up. I reckon you will get waves above your head (even for a tall person). Winds favourable too, early (SW). Definitely worth dragging yourself out of the warm bed for.
My overenthusiastic friend, the frothing John Blake, is running on a free webinar on how to spend more time surfing and less time working. See
:: uge

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Darko

Very dark morning out there. Couldn’t really shoot any images until at least 7am, which is very late for me.
The good news is that under all this grey there are waves in Sydney, 3 footers. Bronte looked cleaner and lining up quite nicely this morning around 7:30am. Barely anyone around. Nice protection from the Southerly wind (15 knots)
Going to be a cold wintery day with a top of 19. Water temp. 19 as well. (Finally it dropped)
After our collaboration with Speedo last year went so well we’ve done another range which will be in stores soon…this year’s range rocks. You’ll see…soon.
Adios:: uge

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Back in Bondi

I am back in Bondi…for a bit…returning from my Indonesian junket.
The temperatures have dropped a lot in Sydney whilst I was away. Fresh mornings!
If you like surfing 2-3 foot Bondi, alone. Today is for you. Barely anyone surfing and relatively empty beach this morning. Waves weren’t quite lining up perfectly, but worth getting wet for sure. Bronte I hear was better. The swell is from the South, as is the wind.
It’s Monday, so I won’t keep you for long as you’re probably wearing the serious work hat…but here is some random bits:  We are about to hit 50,000 fans on Facey, and proud of it. We like you too! Hope you read about Aquabumps on the cover of Smarter Business this month. Here is the video version. Hope you didn’t miss our videos from New Zealand – Part 1 and Part 2. The Aquabumps Gallery is open 7 days – that means today we are here 10am to 6pm 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Telephone 02 9130 7788.
Have a great week :: uge
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Jumpa Lagi

Today’s the last update from Bali (thankfully say some)…we leave here water logged, sun charred and relaxed. The waves haven’t been big over these past two weeks, but still fun.
I see the cooler temperatures are starting to creep into Sydney so a Bali escape may be a good idea. Bali at this time of year is great, just before the Euro peak season crowds and clear skies every day. Typically May host good swells as the southern storms off Western Australia start to kick into gear.
See you back in Bondi. The Aquabumps Gallery is open all weekend 10-6pm. 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach Telephone 02 9130 7788.
We are just about to hit 50,000 on our Facebook page. How cool is that? Also, hope you are following our updates on Instagram, just search for Aquabumps.
Sampai Jumpa Lagi.
:: uge

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Dash to Deserts

Yesterday we crossed the 2nd deepest water channel in the world, the Lombok Strait, which is 3 kilometers deep in parts. A one-hour speedboat ride from Lembongan Island will take you to one of the most famous, most fickle left-handers in the world…the almighty Desert Point of Lombok.
You’ve seen it in mags, in surf movies but in real life it’s incredible. The reef is basically in the middle of nowhere with rolling hills in the background. Accommodation and amenities scarce, basically a few uninhabited thatch huts on the beach. The reef is razor sharp ready to strip you bare. Deserts switches on and off with the tides, rock up at the wrong time and it will appear flat, going low it could be 4 foot which is mainly due to the 7 knot currents racing between these islands. Deserts is for the hard core surfer (and Goofies). It’s fast and sections many times. Not much room for turns or error. Most of the time you will be falling off into knee to waist deep water. Get one all the way through to the end and you’ve surfed 300 metres of pure racey wall. Doesn’t get much better than that.
I will be back for sure. Deserts is now in my top 3.
Seeya :: uge

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The Reef

Last time we ventured out to the reef the waves had gone small, waist to chest high on very infrequent sets. A good time to rest up, get a few massages and walk around this quirky little town of Lembongan Island. There is a little pulse of swell inbound which will hopefully put on a show. We will probably take a fast boat to Desert Point (Lombok) to intercept it.
Lots of people are emailing me about accommodation on Lembongan Island. It’s a small place and I recommend Batu Karang, an Aussie operated Resort located on the hill in town with panoramic views leading to Agung, the great volcano of Bali. It’s a great surf trip to bring the family or partner…with all the modern amenities and really fun waves in crystal blue waters.
Have a great day, looks sunny back home in Sydney (bit chilly) and waves look tiny also.
::uge

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Shippies

Good morning. (Selamat Pagi).
Lembongan Island hosts a few surf breaks but the best wave is Shipwrecks, a machined right-hander that has a barrel on the right tide, air section (if that’s your flavour) and a fat cuttie section – good combo. It can appear completely flat for most of the day, but on changing tides waves will roll in. It’s fickle, strong outgoing tides can drag you out to sea, incoming tides can surprise you with clean up sets. At low tide you may lose some bark on the very sharp reef bottom…especially on the inside where you tend to get a little greedy. The local crew can surf. Most of them weighing in less than 50 kgees and can paddle onto anything. They are keen, super keen so you will find them on the inside for most of the day – which is cool, it’s their home break. They love the camera, especially trying to do airs over me when shooting in the water.
It’s not huge at the moment over here, 2 – 3 foot and playful. Really good fun. Clear water too! Refer to first image of wifie.
Looks like swell is approaching Bondi this Sunday/Monday (just in time for my return)
Correction to yesterdays daily email, the Aquabumps Gallery is open 10am to 6pm (not 7pm) – every day of the week.
Seeya, :: uge

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Lembongan

Today’s little 30-second escape comes from the blue waters of Nusa Lembongan, a small island that is a short boat ride from Bali. It’s like going back in time here. The villages remain unchanged, unaffected by the nearby mass tourism. There are no cars; just scooters and walking paths…so it’s kinda like an Indonesian version of Rottnest Island. We’ve been here together before, a few years ago. It’s a nice reprieve from busy Bali and the waves are super fun when there is some swell around. Today it’s small and only rideable on a specific tide, so here is a few snaps from a morning ride around the island. Swell shall arrive tomorrow and Wednesday here, so will have a bunch of surfing shots then.
Don’t forget the Aquabumps Gallery in Bondi is now open 7 days a week. Yep, that means today! 10am to 6pm and you will find us at 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach Tel: 9130 7788 (right behind the Bondi Hotel)
Take it easy.
:: uge

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The Yak

Selamat Pagi. Today’s photo update is coming to you from Seminyak, Bali. A lot of you probably already know this, but if you come to Bali, you will need to spend part of your trip here in Seminyak. The ‘Yak is where all the amazing bars, shopping, beachfront hotels and incredible restaurants are. It’s known as the ‘classy’ end of town, unlike it’s grimy brother – Kuta, where you can live on 10 bucks a day and go mad on the 1 litre jars of Arak, get your hair braided and wake up with a new Tattoo.
All these places are along a very long black sand beach. Kuta, Seminyak and Legian all have waves, which are quite uncrowded and good on the incoming tide. Ok, for sure, it’s no Ulu’s or Keramis, but driving in Bali can take a bit of time (traffic is mental) and sometimes you just need to hang around the hotel deck chairs, surf locally and soak it all up rather that spending hours crossing the island.
Now, I know that you all think I basically do nothing and lie around all day, here is the sequel video to our recent New Zealand trip, to prove I do actually do some work. Watch it now. Air New Zealand is generously giving away two return tickets to Auckland to one of our lucky Aquabumps readers. Just answer this simple question: What is the number plate of the Land Rover in this video? Enter Now Winners drawn next week.
:: uge

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Radio Silence

Good morning. Sorry about the radio silence and all that.
You’ve been deprived of your Aquabumps daily dosage for a few days now and I’ve been getting some knarky emails wondering what is with my disappearance.
I am back and I am in Bali. Haven’t been back here for a little while…16 months to be exact…and my, my, things have changed. Looks like town is pushing up towards Canggu. I pulled up at Echos and barely recognised the place with the mini-westfield popping up out the back of those once decrepit Warungs. With all the fast pace development on the land, the surf was remarkably uncrowded (and good!). So many wave options with a decent swell in town. Good time of year to visit as the winds are very light. June/July/August is party season (peak) when half of Europe move in and go mad. May is good for the big storm swells grinding along Western Australia, refining themselves along the way, peeling down the Bukit and filling up all those black sand beachies. If you see a big swell hit Margaret River WA – fly here up here.
Aquabumps will be broadcasting from the island paradise for a couple of weeks. I know, so much travel lately…there is only 1 more trip for the year (next month) and then it will be all Bondi Bondi Bondi for the rest of the year. (even though most of Bondi is up here!)
Ends :: uge (Nyoman – 3rd born)
PS – yesterday one of my CF cards corrupted with a few days of shooting on it. Duh.

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Nuggets

It’s big. Chunky. Wow, what a difference 24hrs can make.
As forecasted the solid dead south swell has hit flanked with freezing SW offshores.
Coldest morning of the year so far, 3 degrees out west, 7 degrees around the coast.
The water remains warm – can you believe it.
Bronte had a few bombs, looked quite fat and hard work.
Bondi was maxed. Hope some banks are formed after all this pounding.
I am off to Bali, swell hittin’ tomorrow. Enjoy.
The Aquabumps Gallery is open 7 days. Yep, we are open right now. 10-6 daily. Come see the pics blown up big. 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach NSW 2026 Telephone 02 9130 7788
Ciao :: ugio

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Friday Fix

Two weeks ago we did a road trip through some of New Zealand’s spectacular beaches with our guide, Kiwi surf legend, Maz Quinn. N-Zed is such a under-rated surf destination with so many good setups, I’ll be back for sure. The photos I took on the roadie were very popular with you all, so I hope you enjoy the video, hot off the press. Special thanks to Land Rover for the comfy wheels and Tourism NZ for the hospitality. See video
Back to Bondi. Strange morning down the beach today. Forecast said sunny and 26 degrees with 1-2 footers. It was sunny at first, then it clouded over and rained and the waves progressively got better with the tide pushing in. Nice rip bowl right that may throw out a chest high set wave. Fickle though. The forecast is very small tomorrow but something cooking for Sunday. Winds will be roaring offshore and the winter temperatures will return.
Our little mates at Springcourt are having a big sale today and tomorrow (only at their Surry Hills Crib)
Seeyouse :: uge

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Conclusion

The swell retreated and the ocean has returned to its calm state. Waves broke around your waistline at Bondi this morning, nothing special. The sun was the hero of the morning, again. It’s belting out 25 degrees today – who needs summer with days like these.
A new swell should arrive on Sunday, so you won’t go dry for long. In the meantime, you should check out Tim Bonython’s Immersion Surf Films at the North Bondi RSL tonight. Kicks off at 8pm Thurs 10 May, 1 night only (in Bondi) and buy tickets online to save mulla. Ok, can get em on the door as well.
Enjoy :: uge

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Daily Distractor

Sittin’ behind the office desk this week would have been very distracting with all that is going on outside. Not only is the weather 10 out of 10, but the waves have been pumping.
Today it looks like that solid East swell, that has been here all week, is finally subsiding. I found 2 footers down at Maroubra, with the odd 3 foot set reminiscent of yesterday. Swimming around this morning with my camera was a pleasure.
It’s warm, now. Gonna be maximum of 26 degrees and perfectly sunny in Sydney. I don’t care where you are today, but you should at least spend 1 hour outside soaking up the day…in the park, on the beach or out the back. It’s just too good.
North Bondi SLSC revamp
If you’ve been paying attention down the beach, you’d have seen the demountable buildings going up beside North Bondi Surf Club, a sure sign the old club is about to be demolished. I know the clubbies put the flags up on the best banks but they still do a great job keeping the kiddies and tourists safe.
If you’d like to make a tax deductable donation to their building fund for the new club house go here or check out what The Block’s Scott Cam and Packed to the Rafters’ star Michael Caton have to say about putting your money where your mouth is for the Bondi community. Watch
ciao :: uge
PS – the auctions on ebay for my old cameras end today

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Alignment

This week it looks like our planets are aligning…oh boy, it’s good.
To start with the weather is immaculate, sunny, clear and the next three days will soar to 25 degrees. Not bad for this time of year. Ok, she’s a little chilly at the start/ends of the day…but at least the water is a balmy 19/20.
The East swell currently in town is so fine. It’s consistent, waves are 4-5 foot and the East direction supplies most of Sydney’s bays. Definitely go for a drive and you will score. South and North coasts will be on fire. If I wasn’t about to embark on a Indonesian junket, I’d be chasing uncrowded peaks out of town – for sure.
Immersion Tour
Tim Bonython is hitting the road touring his latest collection of surfing films around this country with 12 shows. The Australian Surf Movie Festival arrives in Bondi this Thursday night, showing at North Bondi RSL at 8pm. Buy tickets online now and save. Click here
I am selling a whole raft of camera gear that take these daily photos. Bodies, big lens, little lenses, extenders, water housings…it’s all here on ebay.
Bye :: oggie

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Red

There has been some freaky natural moments going down in the past 24 hours. Let’s start with that super moon last night, wasn’t it huge? Biggest it will be in 25 years. At 6am this morning the sunrise was sprayed red above Sydney. T’was quite the spectacle. And now we have a thumpin’ east swell in town with grooming offshore westerly winds. I’d call it 4-6 foot at exposed beaches, with the odd larger set. For some of the groms out at Bronte it looked triple head high! The 8am high tide wasn’t great, as the tide drops it will turn on. This time of year is so good.
Don’t forget it is Mother’s Day this Sunday and she may like something from our gallery. Oh and the Aquabumps Gallery is now open 7 days…yes, we’re open Mondays from here on.
:: uge

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Friday Fix

Nice little setup down there this morning. Clear skies, warm sun and 2 footers. The surf was actually much better than I anticipated. Two distinctive banks were functioning quite well. I was down there for several hours this morning and it looked to be fading as the morning progressed. So I don’t know what would be left over. Sunday is looking the goods for a surf. New NE swell coming. Monday even better.
The Aquabumps Gallery is now OPEN 7 days, 10-6 daily. That means we’re open all weekend. I reckon Bondi is going to be busy with all the garage sales on. If you’re in the area – check us out. 151 Curlewis Street Bondi.
I must not use the Aquabumps list for personal reasons. I must not use the Aquabumps list for personal reasons. I must use the Aquabumps list for personal reasons. What the heck. I am selling my South Bondi Apartment. It has insane views of the bay. 1st open is tomorrow 10am (Sat), come see
Until Monday, later :: uge

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Sale

Today’s transmission is 4 hours late and our I.T. honk just had a nervous break down with all my haggling – if you are reading this, we’re back in business…
G’day. Nice day (again). We’re definitely having a good run of weather. The swell has subsided though, so you will only find waist to shoulder(ish) high waves. Tomorrow is going to be a sunny cracker – take afternoon off and have a long lunch down the beach. The weekend will have fun waves (in particular Sunday with a NE swell).
My Junk, Your Treasure
I bought my first camera (age 9) at a Garage Sale. Across Australia this Saturday (May 5th) you will find 5,000 garage sales. It’s all part of The Garage Sale Trail. Join in! Register your garage sale on this website so people can find you and hock off your hidden treasures. You’ll be rich.
Selling my gear
Inspired by all the incoming garage sales, I am selling a whole pile of camera gear. The same gear that shoots all these pretty pictures on Aquabumps. How about a Canon EOS 400m F2.8 USM to shoot surfing from the beach? Or maybe a water housing for a Canon 5d Mkii? Hang on, how about a Canon 5d Mkii body? You gotta have a 200mm to 70mm F2.8 USM L IS V1 zoom if you’re serious about taking a sharp image. Extenders, got a few of them too so you can zoom right out there in the surf. If you’re just starting out, got a Lomo in a water housing as well (used twice). Enough ramble, just click here to see all that I am selling.
Good bye :: uge (pronounced Yooj, seems to throw a lot of people)

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Sun soak

Its real nice outside…for now. Soak it up.
It’s gonna hit 24 degrees and remain like this until a storm blows late arvo/early evening bringing a spot of rain. The wind is gentle, 10 knots from the NW making conditions nice and clean for surfers.
Bondi had a little 2-3 foot wave. Looks to be getting smaller as I write. Nice little right rip bowl towards the lifeguard tower, otherwise heaps of close outs.
Busy down there today…everyone was up, running around doing their thing.
Yo Ma!
Mother’s day is coming up on the 13th May, Sunday. I had a chat to her and she really wants something from our gallery in Bondi, or at least our coffee table book. Come in or buy online
Bye :: uge

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Random Bondi

I don’t know what is funnier…the fact that some random dude woke up at 5am this morning, launched his speed boat and attached a huge banner broadcasting “W A K E U P” out the back…
OR
That the 300-400 people that were down at Bondi this morning glanced at it, paused for 1 second, and thought nothing of it, continuing with their morning rituals.
Bondi is a very funny place. A few weeks ago I caught up with the Bondi Hipsters, of course one them was wearing a full body onesie…and yep, no one down the beach thought that was odd either.
I guess all this stuff makes it interesting being a local photographer.
There are waves today, really fun ones. It’s much smaller than yesterday, say 3 foot at exposed beaches. Swell direction SE with perfect NW offshores. Sunny and 23 degrees today – too good cuz.
Take it easy :: uge

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