Two Thousand and Twelve

Being one of the last Aquabumps updates for 2012 I thought I’d showcase some images I like looking at (and taken this year). It’s been a fun a year. Lots of travel in the first half, no travel in the second half and plenty of Bondi updates.
There is now 45,000 people that subscribe to our daily emails, nearly 70,000 on Facebook and 9,000 on Instagram. Oh forgot to mention 150,000 people drop thru our site casually every month. That’s pretty cool.
This all started from a little hobby and burning passion for the beach and surfing…punching out pictures of the beach each morning back in the 90’s…well before blogs, Flickr, Facey and stuff. This is an original idea…and I’m really into it…still…after 13 years.
It’s an exciting time to take photos for a living. We have access to so much good stuff…good cameras…great software…and free tools to show millions of people our captures.
I still freak out when writing this daily ramble. Who’d thought a C grade English yr 10 student would write something to a crowd the size of a small country. Sorry for all the typos. (I’m actually not that bright).
Special thanks to our corporate partners : Canon, Telstra, Land Rover, HTC and Peroni. With their continued support it allows us to do cool things and keep this daily slice free for you all.
Goodbye 2012…hello 2013.
Merry Christmas to you and your families. Thank you for tuning in : : uge

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Swelter

Today is a very strange day weatherwise.
It’s gonna roll out like this:

She’s gonna get hot. Hottest day in 1 year. 35 degrees – wow.
Winds will be NW – a hot wind.
Waves are shoulder high at East facing beaches like Maroubra. Bondi is knee to waist high.
After lunchtime a gusty cool change will sweep over Sydney.
The temperature will drop by 15 degrees. Yes. 15 degrees. Pack ya jumper.
Thunderstorms will develop and you will think that the the 2nd half of the day is not connected to the 1st. Odd.
My advice is go for a swim right now before all this changes. Its really nice.
Swell coming for the weekend

As you were.
Oh. If you want an Aquabumps Book – we’ll slap one in a Next Day Post bag for ya now. Be quick and click here.
Ciao :: uge

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10 minutes

This morning I went swimming with my camera but had a little short circuit in my housing…so for 10 minutes it continuously shot frames @ 10 frames per second. That’s a lot of throw aways.
These 9 images where the keepers from 6,000 images shot in that short space of time.
Not much to surf this morning. East swell struggling to put on a knee to waist high wave. NE winds 10-15 knots with a chance of showers. Nice and muggy with 28 degrees.
Swell should bump up tonight. (pray)
It’s still not too late…nope (just). You can order an Aquabumps Book or Gift Card online right now and we will stick it in a NEXT DAY post for you. That means if you see your postcode HERE you will get it tomorrow – hooray! We are also very organised and have plenty of stock left in the Aquabumps Gallery ready for you to run away with. See you soon 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach NSW 2026 or pop into our pop up store up at Westfield Bondi junction (near Zara).
:: uge

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Boooondhi

Hola.
Grey start to the morning with little floppy 1- 2 footers.
You can surf it, if you’re keen…but a swim is ideal.
The clouds have now parted for a 26 degree day. For those on holidays already…enjoy. E/NE winds all day – good up at north corner.
Christmas is in the air and only 1 week away. What are you getting me?
If you order our salubrious award winning book today we will post it same day, and you should get it tomorrow (if you’re in the next day network)
Seeya :: uge
PS – Bronte surfer ‘Bagus’ Gavin Stevenson delivers fresh fruit and veg to your door direct from the markets. Call him 0420 906 061

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Over the fence

The southerly was up early and spoiling most breaks around the Eastern Suburbs. A short trip over the bridge to Manly proved successful in stalking something rideable…and around head high on sets. Nice over there. Plenty of space and car parks!
Later this week, (like Thursday) I reckon will have some really fun waves.
You’re not too late to purchase things from our gallery. We’re heavily stocked and do gift cards ‘n’ books that are available over night (we send them to you!)
Parko won his world title. How good is that.
Seeya, :: uge

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Porkys

Today the tide was in early and porking up anything moving out there. Knee to chest high waves were fat as…
Nice day, 27 degrees and a typical summer north wind pattern. Hit the beach.
The Pipeline Masters is on hold today, but the swell and tension is building. This is a big one. Parko Vs Kelly for the title. C’mon Parko. I reckon it will be on tomorrow morning early our time in 6-8 foot – let’s hope she’s clean and lining up. We want a good, clean fight…
We have plenty of stuff for Xmas gifts at Aquabumps. We even have a pop up store at Westfield Bondi Junction where you can buy books’n’blocks’n’stuff. Or come for a swim at the beach and visit us Aquabumps Gallery 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach NSW 2026 Telephone 9130 7788. Buy a book online now, get it Monday (if in Australia and next day post zone)
Seeya, :: u g e

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Flip

The swell direction has flipped and so has the weather.
Sunny with shoulder to head high waves coming in from the East.
Gonna hit 26 banging degrees today – so good.
NE winds will howl later 25 knots…good for protected North Bondi (for a swim).
Christmas shoppers are in full swing…come to our gallery 10-6 daily or visit our pop up store at Westfield Bondi Junction. I still reckon gift cards are the way to go!
Adios :: ugios

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Pulse

FINALLY we’ve got some waves worth writing about. Similar to Hawaii it’s only knee to waist high waves but surfable.
Hope you got down there early before this no-good easterly wind picks up. 25 degrees with a possible shower.
Swell will vanish tonight and Friday/Saturday is shall return.
Pipeline Masters probably off until Friday/Saturday.
If you’re sitting in London and want our book sent to you in time for Christmas. Yes we can do it! Order today and it will arrive December 21 via Fedex. Chop chop.
Seeya, :: uge

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Mung

Today is another gloomy day down the beach.
The wind is still howling and the ocean is a mess. Enough said.
All you need to know about today is that the wind will start to drop tonight.
Yesterday was an exciting day at the Pipeline Masters in Hawaii. It’s down to Parko and Slater for the title. Mick is out.
All this Hawaii talk got me frothing over my shots taken earlier this year at Pipe. Man it gets big and heavy there. Rattles you a bit when it’s large and you’re swimming around with your little camera. Here is some b-sides from a swim on a 3rd reef day. I gotta get back there.
b y e : : u g e

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Sleep in…

Feels like we’ve been transported back to the wintery blues after a few steamy summery days. That south change hit yesterday around 10am and has hung around. So windy.
Forget surfing. Its dire down there with that wicked combo of onshore and small conditions. Wait until the blow subsides.
Whilst you’re bunkering down indoors…the PIPELINE MASTERS is on right now. Oh boy it’s a race to the finish with Parko, Fanning and Slater all in the running for the World Title. Parko just made it through his Round 3 heat over Kalani Chapman…you gotta watch this. Hell even Kelly Slater’s mother has flown into Hawaii for this show down (and she hasn’t been to a surf comp in 10 years). Is Slater really retiring after this event?
Today’s pressie idea – Gift Cards to our Aquabumps Gallery. Easy! Order online and they will be in your mail box tomorrow (in oz only)
Cheers, : : u g e

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Patchy

That swell came and is now going.
Today we have left over waist high to the odd head high wave.
Bondi wasn’t coping with a lower tide this morning and predominantly closing out.
Kinda patchy clouds, not sure whether it’s going to be a nice day or not. Only 24.
One thing is for sure, Christmas is approaching and best get into our gallery before this Sunday to put in your artwork orders – or there will be plenty of excuses under the tree.
Aquabumps Gallery
151 Curleiws Street
Bondi Beach NSW 2026 Lost?
Telephone 9130 7788
Opening hours – every day 10am to 6pm. Ok, don’t wanna come in. Buy online right now and will get it to you.
Ciao :: ugio

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Straighty180

Just like we talked about yesterday a new swell has arrived…LIKE!
It’s 4-5 foot and breaking pretty straight at Bondi. I’m not complaining as this is the biggest it’s been in weeks. I would go find another beach with sand banks or a chunk of reef though. Bondi just ain’t cutting it.
I hope you got down there early, as the wind will blow SE 15 knots later. That will put a dampener on things.
The weather on Saturday is looking fantastic. Beach day for sure.
If you’d like a hand crafted, made to order, Aquabumps artwork for Xmas, this Sunday, 9th Dec midnight is our cut off for new orders. Best come into the Aquabumps Gallery or order online now to be safe. 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach NSW 2026 telephone 9130 7788
Seeya :: uge

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Incoming

It was good to see a little bump in swell this morning. Finally the small wave days have come to an end. (for a little while)
It was waist to chest high this morning down at Bondi. The swell is from the south, so we’d be seeing the best of it here in Bondi.
It is going to get bigger today…
Tomorrow a large swell will hit. You should see waves in the 4 – 6 foot range. Hoot hoot! I haven’t surfed in ages.
Layla, one of our employees has left the Aquabumps nest to start her own beach towel range called Tribal Friday (obviously using her incredible business acumen acquired at Aquabumps). I used one of her brightly printed towels this morning and they’re great! Well done Layla. Good xmas pressie idea. Order Online
:: uge

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Water People

I had a really good time shooting these ten photos down at Bondi Beach this morning. I hope it shows.
The water was immaculate, warm and clear. The sun was out baking without a cloud of hindrance in the sky. Wind – there was none. Waves – none of those either. Well I guess I few knee cappers.
It’s days like these that are torturous to be working 200 metres from the water’s edge. I’m glad I got up early for a 1 hour swim already. I do love my job.
Today’s focus is on the people who love the ocean from 19 month old Jet to Henry Crouch – the people that are down there daily that I see on my morning travels. These are happy people.
Oh boy it’s getting close to Xmas. If you want to know how much time you need to get stuff from our Gallery, read this Christmas order summary page. In a nutshell you have until THIS SUNDAY to place your artwork orders in (LOCAL PICK UP ONLY). If you’re overseas, maybe buy unframed prints now or books. We’ll get it to you, where ever you are. This is our 8th Christmas in business so we know what to do. Call us on 9130 7788 or email us your questions. Order Online Now
See you later :: uge

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Plain Rain

It’s raining this morning.
Not pretty down the beach. There’s a little dribbly wave for the very enthusiastic types. I’d pass. I even passed on shooting pics from behind the windscreen wipers.
Here’s a few images that I’ve been working on and haven’t made it onto the site yet.
Have a great Monday.
:: uge

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