White Bikini

I read this great New York Times article that studied the actual physical demands of surfing…interestingly, only 8% of our total time spent out in the water is actually riding waves. 54% paddling and the rest just bobbing up and down like a tea bag.
Well… looking at the conditions today, I’d dispute that study and say you’d spend around 0.2% of your total time riding waves, as its TINY. 95% would be spent sitting out the back and the rest paddling around in circles chasing the phantom dribbles that don’t seem to arrive.
It’s a great beach day nonetheless – for now. Cloud cover will increase and the forecast is for a late shower. Kinda cold with a winter maximum of 19 degrees. I was most impressed when I got down to Tamarama this morning around 5:50am…the sun wasn’t up, it was around 9 degrees and a girl paddled out in a white bikini and surfed for 1 hour. Any tougher and you’d rust lady…
Windy tomorrow, calmer and good waves on Sunday.
Wish ya Dad Happy Father’s day.
:: uge

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Lake Bondeye

By now… after seeing an image of a building in the top spot today, you’ve realised there is no surf today.
Welcome to Lake Bondi.
This whole week has been pretty average for surfers. Thankfully the weather remains perfect. (max 22)
Surf on Sunday – looks good…that’s if you’re not hanging out with Dad.
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Seeya, :: uge

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Good times

If you find any swell, let me know. Rarely do I say this, but Bondi was unsurfable today. Pretty much flat with a shorey slappin’ on the beach.
To make up for the loss of swell the sunrise was good. Nice clear skies, no fog or early cloud smothering the sun. Can you feel it? That’s summer coming…we’re on the home straight.
I reckon 10 people said to me this morning on my morning wanderings…”gotta love this time of year”
Yes. Indeed.
The good news is that swell will arrive this weekend. South swell. I like the look of Sunday with lighter winds. Go for a roadie.
I reckon your Dad would like one of our award winning books for Sunday Father’s day. Order online here today and we will Next Day Post it to you in Australia (check if your postcode is next day here). It’s not too late…and you don’t even have to leave that chair to get it sorted.
Ciao :: uge
PS – we have a few reduced items in the gallery also

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Morning DeBrief

Outstanding morning. Plenty up early doing their morning rituals down the beach.
There’s a little wave on down at Bondi. Got some strange banks at the moment that require a specific tide. Most waves feather out the back, fizzle out in the middle, before a slap on the beach. Just position yourself somewhere in the middle of all that.
Essentials: Wind NW (offshore). Warmth top of 22. Swell is weak and waist line to sometimes bigger. Water temp, steamer.
Mick just beat Joel in the finals at Chopes. Go the Aussies.
:: uge

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the lost swells

The weather has been real nice but how about some swell?
Today’s the same as the past week, waistline chuggers best suited to surf craft over 9 foot.
I have to ‘fess up, my pics make it look much better than it actually was down there.
Best day this week to surf – Thursday.
Have a good one, :: uge

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Mini

It’s still microscopically small and dead calm.
The sun was out and warm, but the wind was icy and offshore.
The crowds were non-existent and there’s a shallow, good bank in the south. Just nothing to break on it.
Calm conditions will dominate over the weekend – but it will be cold.
Don’t forget its Father’s Day on Sunday September 2nd and I reckon he’d like something from our gallery, a book perhaps? Maybe a print of Bondi or a Broome wave.
Seeyouse:: uge

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Memo

Didn’t you get the memo? Today’s a beach day…100%.
As I write this I see it has hit 28 degrees. Ok, there is a possibility of a thunderstorm later, but right now, oh boy, it’s a perfect day to get your towel out and go for an invigorating swim. The water is still cold.
Surf is pretty close to flat with a random half hourly bump. The charts show a slight increase tomorrow, but it is marginal.
Which beach you going to?
:: uge
PS  – and of course you will be wearing your new Aquabumps/Speedo boardies and swimmers.

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Twenty-5

What a day aye? Sunny and 25. Just perfect.
Little left chuggin’ into Bondi. Good for the big mals. Waist to sometimes shoulder high.
Friday should have a little wave. Other than that – it’s going to be small for some time now…which normally comes hand in hand with good weather as a high pressure system hovers above us.
Tomorrow is going to be 26 degrees and sunny – take the day off, you deserve it.
Later :: uge
PS – We have some reduced artworks from our gallery online. Just a few… Some chipped… Some you wouldn’t even notice the defect…some no defect…big savings though. Buy Online Now. Sorry no returns/exchanges on reduced items. We recommend picking up (no insurance on freighted items)

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Lighthouse

The swell has backed right off but the Australian Surfing Festival is still running today up at Port Macquarie’s Lighthouse beach (Watonga Rocks). The short boards are now out there and they’re making the most of the trying conditions. Not many beaches along the East Coast would have a wave at all today. Lucky the Aussie titles are mobile to suit the changing conditions.
Yesterday Beau Nixon took out the Australian Stand Up Paddleboard title. The SUP sport is progressing so fast, Keahi de Aboitiz and Jackson Close pulling off aerials in the finals. Yes, aerials with all that board under your feet.
Still plenty of surfing to go down this week up at Port. Follow the action on the event site or Port Macquarie’s Facebook page.
Seeya back in Bondi, I’m coming home…relaxed…after a few days in this very chilled out town :: uge

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Port

G’day from Port Macquarie where the Australian Surf Titles are currently under away. Did you know the Aussie titles have been running since 1964? Longest running surf event in Australia. The titles cover longboarding, shortboarding, Alaia, Single fin and now Stand Up Paddles (SUP). The contest is mobile and can show up at any one of Port’s 14 surf beaches. Oh, and it’s running up to this Saturday, 25th August – just 4.5 hour drive from Sydney. Now that’s a lotta info for a Monday…
I think the waves would be head high and fun this morning in Sydney. Clean westerly winds – on the charts it looks like the best day of the week to surf. Hit it.
Enjoy :: uge

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Wag

One of my most loyal readers, my mother, has been getting up me about bad grammar and spelling in my daily updates. She’s disgusted at the sight of a [email protected] and wonders why she spent all that money educating me. Obviously I was heavily distracted at school. I spent most of the time hiding in the dark room under the stairs. Back then, photography was dorky and no one was interested…so you could wag half a day in the dark room sniffing fixer. No one would even knock. Good times.
Today is a day to wag class, skip work, drop the groms at day care and be down the beach, drown yourself in sunlight and surf the little chest high pulses at Bondi. It is a mighty fine day out there.
Have a good weekend. Swell is coming up tomorrow.
:: uge
PS – Ma, you’ll be real proud of my new Speedo/Aquabumps boardie and swimmer range. Best ever and in store now. Just call 1800 023 807 to find nearest stockist. Lookie

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Eco Beach

130 kilometres Southwest of Broome is Eco Beach, a unique laid back eco retreat basically in the middle of no where. Perfect for a time out. It was recently in the news for hosting the David Jones photo shoot with Miranda Kerr. Beautiful place, again, the water colours are just off the hook.
The Kimberley also has the largest population of Humpback Whales in the world. They escape the cold waters of Antarctica with their newborns, giving them a chance to grow some blubber. You don’t have to go far out to see them…loads of them about 8 clicks out.
Enough of the geography lesson. Today is the last update from Australia’s North-West. I bet you’re keen to see some surfing…next stop is Port Macquarie for the Aussie Surfing Titles…
Back home in Sydney, the weather looks great and a small, fun, chest high wave rolling into Bondi. Enjoy.
Seeya :: uge
PS – its 32 degrees here in Broome but dips to 10 degrees overnight. Desert style.

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Kimberley Colours

The colours found here in the Kimberley are jaw dropping. The water is a hue of blue I’ve not seen before, not even in Fiji or Tahiti. The water is clean, so clean that it’s where the best pearls in the world are farmed. Then there’s the dirt. Red stuff. Rich in minerals and manages to get into everything. The sky is ALWAYS a rich blue. The locals joke that they’ve forgotten what a cloud looks like. I haven’t seen one yet. Not even close.
Here are some more interesting (random) facts of The Kimberley region:
– The Kimberley is 3 times the size of England with only 41,000 people
– Big saltie crocs live here, particularly at river/creek mouths
– You only get stingers when the water is very warm. During our winter it’s fine – you won’t see one
– The last time the surf broke here, it was March and it was pumping (I saw photos today with barrels)
– Japanese soldiers landed here in 1944 during World War II – but conflict didn’t happen as it was just a reconnaissance party
– This week is race week in Broome. Tools down.
Later :: uge

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Broome

I’ve arrived at the pearl farming town of Broome today. Some 2,200 kilometers north of Perth and completely the opposite side of Australia to Sydney. It’s summer here…yep…thawing out in the 32-degree heat whilst checking out the main beach, Cable Beach.
Cable Beach was named in honour of the Java-to-Australia undersea telegraph cable, which connects us to the rest of the world. It’s a big beach and the best way to view all 22 km’s of it is in a R44 chopper (or Camel back). Apparently it gets surf after major cyclones pass – I’ve seen photos of it cranking – but not today.
Can’t believe the water colours…mind blowing. Oh and the water temp is something like 25 degrees – warmer than a spa.
Back home in Sydney it looks to be a corker with good small waves. Best get down there. Tomorrow should be fun too.
It’s race day here, Broome Cup this week. Seeya punters :: uge

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B-Sides

By the time you read this update I will be on an early flight across the desert to the red dirt and warmer temperatures of Broome, WA.
Last week was a good one for shooting pics, well before that big storm hit. Plenty of good light, calm conditions and sunrise colour.
Here’s 7 shots that didn’t make it onto the main site last week. Plenty don’t and get racked out the back in TerabyteVille.
The swell is rogue and onshore…head to double head high – that’s all. Should fine up this week by Tuesday.
Good surf days – Tuesday and Wednesday for this week. Winds are going to calm right down after terrorizing Sydney for the last few days.
I’ve heard Broome breaks, sometimes…well I am going to investigate the little Pearl Town.
:: uge

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Gusty

The forecasted storm only just hit. (10:40am) It’s 35 knots of howling wind ripping Sydney apart.
I look out the window and can see junk blowing down my street. The pram just blew over with my 16 month old son Jet in it. He’s ok, no need to call DOCs.
This morning at sunrise it was still relatively calm and in control…not now. Gotta love a big storm.
There was a wave earlier – fun one, overhead high. Small pack braving the wobbly conditions and new swell.
Huge pack of dolphins came into the bay and hung around the whole time I was down there. They’re not scared of humans that’s for sure…coming in close to drop in on a few.
It’s going to get big and it’s not surfable around here.
If you are running the City to Aquabumps Gallery run on Sunday, come see us. We will be here. 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach.
Seeya, :: uge

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Now and Then

Take a look at the beach now, as the next 24 hours it is going to erupt.
Today’s timid west winds will swing south overnight and blow, hard.
Those flimsy knee to chest high sets of today will transform into triple head high tomorrow…yes…triple.
Saturday will host the biggest waves of this storm swell. Some charts say 5 times head high, but I find that hard to believe. Let’s just say it’s going too big for around here. And I hope those little City to Surf tents currently set up on Bondi don’t get washed out to sea. It’s happened before remember?
I can confidently say the wind will blow anything that you want to surf to pieces. So super protected corners are the go.
We’ve joined forces with Speedo again this year to create the Aquabumps Range of ladies swimmers and men’s boardies with my images. They’re in store now. Where? Use this store locator. Last year they sold fast – so now is a good time to get them.
Seeya :: uge

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Golden Hour

I love the winter light. When the sun is low on the horizon it puts out a rich, warm hue that is pretty special. It’s a good time to go for a dip, swim out the back and watch the day kick off.
Enough herbal rant. Down to more factual observations of the morning…
There are good (small) waves. Shoulder high. Winds are perfectly offshore (NW). It’s a dead south swell so joints like Curl Curl, Bondi etc are the ones. Low tide is 6:00am, high tide 12:00, water temperature is 18.
Rain will arrive tomorrow and stay for a few days. Big, big swell approaching that will eventuate on Friday. Unfortunately it’s got a strong wind following…
Good bye :: uge

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Squinters

Good morning. The left bowl down at South Bondi looked quite fun this morning. Plenty out as the sun crept over Benny Buckler. I’d say it’s the best it’s going to be all week long…see…tomorrow it’s going to be smaller and Thursday very very small, but Friday will be huge (triple head high) and seriously windy (close to 30 knots).
Go.
Sunny tomorrow. Rain for the rest of the week and weekend. Boo. Yep that City to surf is going to be a slippery one.
Adios :: u g e

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Silky

In terms of water conditions, this morning was perfect. Silky smooth surfaces with absolutely no wind. The only ingredient missing is swell. It’s microscopic.
Today is the smallest day of the week and it will gradually build to a big day on Friday (sorry, but it will be windy also). Plenty of surf days in between now and then.
Tomorrow and Wednesday the winds seem reasonable and Bondi may draw a shoulder high fun wave.
Hey, ya’know the Aquabumps Gallery is OPEN today 10am to 6pm? So all you bankers on holiday, I hope you are enjoying the sunshine down at Bondi and visit us. AB Gallery, 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach NSW Telephone 9130 7788
Cheers, :: uge

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Flame Up

After a week of rogue waves, you can finally return to the water as the ocean has settled down. It’s head high at Bondi now, clean and looking quite good.
Wow, what an excellent sunrise, one of Sydney’s finest. A perfect thin ceiling of cloud hovering above Ben Buckler, lit up from the bottom as the sun rose. Poetry and all that…
Surf today and tomorrow – Sunday it’s all over.
Come see us at the Aquabumps Gallery in Bondi 10-6 all weekend or pop into our exhibition on at Westfield Bondi Junction.
Ciao :: uge

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Beefcakes

I wish there was more on offer when these giant south swells come to town. There is just nothing rideable around here when it’s like this. Today is the last of the big stuff. From here on the winds will be lighter and our little sand banks will be able to manage the swell. I suspect good waves for the weekend, especially Saturday.
Tomorrow – Head high with west winds (b i n g o ! Late to work)
Saturday – Shoulder to head high WNW winds (still good)
Sunday – waist high with WNW winds (take the mal or fish)
Monday – tiny. Do work
If you are heading up to Westfield Bondi Junction you will see two great things:
1) The best 50 new innovative products for 2012 by Good Design Australia (including a new Ski to tow in swells like today) – August 2- 8 Info
2) The Aquabumps pop up exhibition split over two levels which went up last night (Go to old Quiksilver Shop and another near Woolies)
Seeya, :: u g e

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The Big Boys

We have a giant rogue swell in town…it’s hitting the breakwalls at the back of the beaches. I’ve seen waves this morning up around 8-10 feet. I’ve also spent around 3 hours in the car driving around, stalking rideable swells, but really…it’s not on – too windy.  A couple of mates surfed a bombie out of town with a ski…but that’s about all the activity around here.
It is still great to go down the beach and watch the raw power of the ocean tear along our coastline. Go have a look as today is the peak of the swell.
Port Macquarie Australian Surf Festival
Next week 400 surfers will head to the wave rich area of Port Macquarie to battle it out for 25 Aussie titles. It’s going to be big couple of weeks up there kicking off on August 11 to 25. Did you know there are 17 white sandy surf beaches at Port Mac? Hope to see you up there. More info on this website
Seeya, :: uge

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