Doof-Doof

How’s ya tan? Been nice down the beach lately huh?
Yesterday’s howling winds stirred up some junkie windswell. Bondi was fat, fun and crowded this morning with head high sets. I’m hoping it gets better later on. I think it’s gonna be a full house though.
It’s a pretty full on time of year around Bondi. The big New Years’ Eve party is currently being set up and everyone has flown back from Christmas gatherings. Tomorrow night you will see 5,000 people dancing in the middle of the beach for the ‘Shore Thing’. I can remember all those years ago when it was 30,000 wide eyed enthusiastic kids and all the fences collapsed on the brink of a riot…were you around for that? All the toilet cubicles were rolled down the hill with people in them. It was hilarious. Think it was the turn of the century no or 2001?
If you like quiet Bondi…best head for the hills – she’s about to blow…
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B E A C H T I M E

Merry Christmas! Hope the fatman came through with the goods. I saw plenty of new boards out there in the line-up over the past couple of days (mine included). Lucky lil’ vegemites aren’t we?
So the weather has been pretty bi-polar and a new storm is brewing hitting town Sunday. Ok – this will bring waves but it’s flanked with a howling southerly (30 knots).
The best news is that the last day of this year is shaping up to be a 27-degree-glamour. Yes, NYE should be a cracker.
These shots are bits and pieces from around here – not on any significant day. Just big beach days…see you down there.
Bye :: uge
P.S. The Aquabumps Gallery is now back open (sorry we are not on Sale like the rest of Sydney). We will only close of New Year’s Day (you’re all too hungover for shopping anyway).

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Seeya 2013

In keeping with Aquabumps tradition, the last update of the year shows my favourite shots from 2013. I barely traveled this year so it’s all about Bondi. Next year we are not having babies so I will be back on the plane visiting exotic waves and locations.
Special thanks to you all for tuning in. Can you believe 2014 marks 15 years of Aquabumps? Aquabumps is an original idea thought up in the nineties when everyone said it won’t take off. Back then sharing photos wasn’t easy (no social media – no blogs – nuttin’) so a daily photo email was the best vehicle and cutting edge. 50,000 people now receive this email newsletter all over the globe with a further 200,000 visiting the site. We also will tick over 100,000 fans on Facebook any minute now and interact with 30,000 insty addicts daily – that’s a lot of people! Thanks! Comment here to let us know where you are reading Aquabumps and tell us a story.
Special thanks to our major partners who help make Aquabumps free (and interesting) for you all – Audi – the best cars in the biz (including Audi Centre Sydney), Telstra for connecting us, Corona for lubricating me, Rekorderlig for bringing something different to the table and Canon (best lens, printers and bodies on the market). Not to forget my Aquatech and O’Neill buddies for kitting me out each season. Speedo, Mastercard and Havaianas have been great to collaborate with this year too. Also thank you to the Aquabumps A-Team who work furiously in the gallery when I am working on my tan, shooting pics down the beach – Tyson, Ant Dono, Mischee, Knack boys, Mrs Tan, Kelvin Khoo, Christian, Glo and Ange. You’re the best!
Ok last call out (promise). Want to buy our latest book for Christmas? It’s not too late, we will Next Day Post it to you…Buy Book.
Merry Christmas and look forward to our morning chats in 2014.
:: u g e (Pronounced Yooj as my full name is Eugene)

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S P I R I T

There was such a good vibe down the beach this morning. The Christmas spirit was everywhere. Shame Santa still hasn’t broken our week long swell drought…the surf is tiny. Tomorrow there may be a little wind wave. How about this weather? 35 degrees today – tools down, hit the beach.
If you order our new salubrious Aquabumps Book before 2pm today and you live in Australia, we will Next Day Post it to you. In most cases, you will receive it Monday (with tracking). Bingo, another present down…order online now.
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1 P E D I

The surf is tiny but the water is warm and calm.
Big crowd for such a small wave, all enjoying the summer vibe.
Maybe some wind swell on the weekend, but this time of year ain’t famous for cranking waves. Better for partying and taking the foot off the gas.
The postie is our new best mate. We’ve been catching up a lot lately. Everyday we’ve been dropping off a truck load of books and gift cards…most of which make it to our customers next day. Want our new fancy Aquabumps book for xmas and you live in Oz? No probs. You’ll get it tomorrow if you live in the Express Next Day network. No lie…order online now.
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S P A R R O W S

It was well worth the early start. Great colours in the skies above Bondi as I swam around (circa 5:30am). Small wave chugging into the bay. Hungry pack hunting whatever was shaking. It’s only 1 foot so take the big logs. It’s a PERFECT beach day.
If you want to surf an exclusive right hander in the Maldives and listen to Donavon Frankenreiter, I reckon you will be interested in Kandooma. I’ve surfed Kandooma years ago…it’s a great right and the resort is next level (a good trip to take the lady friend)
:: uge

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V E N U S

Today’s all about the ladies. They were ripping out there…
The weather is supreme. As good as it gets…top of the wozza and 26. Not too hot, not too cool. It’s going to be amazing beach weather all week – but very small surf.
Ok, so you are Christmas shopping online and need it now…order our latest book online today and you will probably get it tomorrow (Aussie wide $25 shipping). Do it.
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D R I Z Z L E

The rain was off and on this morning so I only took 5 photographs. Here’s the lot.
The waves were dismal…barely surfable. Rain forecasted for today but the weather should be really nice Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week.
That was one of the biggest weekends in surfing with Mick Fanning winning his 3rd World Title on the buzzer – a real cliff hanger, can you imagine if he didn’t get that little inside wave? Kelly won the Pipe Masters (7th time) and Jon Jon Florence took out the Triple Crown. I can’t wait to get to Hawaii after watching all those amazing waves.
Have you got a copy of our new book? Order today, you’ll probably get it tomorrow if in Australia.
Seeya tomorrow ::uge

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L E V E L

It’s flat as this morning but she’s shaping into one hell of a beach day. It could cool down with some thunderstorms later today.
There is quite a bit for us to talk about, so here is a summary:

The Pipeline Masters will most likely run this weekend (Remember Hawaiian time is one day behind). Mick and Slater will fight for the title in a nail biter. Go Mick!
If you’re in Sydney check out the final stop of O’Neill’s National Photographic Exhibition at 107 Projects in Redfern (107 Redfern Road). I’m one of five photographers showcasing my work that best sums up O’Neill’s #loseyourselfsomewhere philosophy. It’s free admission. More details or check out last night’s launch photos.
The Aquabumps Gallery has just been restocked with our HavaianasXAquabumps thongs – yes we have your size! Drop in and grab a pair before we sell out again.
My fellow retailers are dubbing this Xmas the online shoppers Christmas. No one wants to leave their chairs and have shopped entirely online. That’s ok…we’re with ya…more time on the beach…our Aquabumps Gallery Orders CLOSE THIS SUNDAY for Xmas…this is pick up only from the gallery folks, there is not enough time now to delivery all over the globe. Buy Now But hey, we can get books anywhere anytime no matter where you are – ok…yep Gift Cards too!

Seeya ::uge

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L A R K

A survey of over 400 adults showed approximately 15% are morning people, 25% are evening people, and 60% are intermediates.
I reckon it’s more than 15% for early birds around here…especially this time of year. As I always write, the wee hours are the best part of the day. The light is good, the winds are usually calm and we’re not distracted by mobile phones and email (yet).
Good, positive, motivated people are down the beach every morning. Everyone I meet is stoked on life and optimistic for the day ahead. A good way to be.
By the way, I’m not a morning person naturally, but the payoff is well worth peeling out of bed.
There are no waves today.
Oh…and if you want custom made artworks from our gallery you still have time to order. Our deadline is this Sunday 15th December for orders that are picked up from our Bondi Gallery. Aquabumps 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach NSW Telephone 9130 7788. Order Online Now
Seeya::uge

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S E D U C E

Boy oh boy…it’s a real nice morning. The water is a seductive 20 degrees and surprisingly there are waves. The forecast was a little hard to understand, but I saw waves in the waist high to hairy upper lip range. Get wet!
You are probably not getting much work done with the Pipeline Masters on right now…waves look OK…but Saturday it’s going to be cooking! GO MICK! Watch Online
Have you seen our Aquabumps x Havaianas? 30 clams and they are all yours. Buy Online
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T R E A T S

It’s summer time and we’ve hit 30 degrees before 8am. How do ya like those apples? I wish I could report more swell but it died off real fast. We’ve got a dribbly NE wind swell…good for the mal…but it’s burning into a real beach day. Baby oil up and work on the base tan.
Looks like it’s going to be small all week long.
In our gallery custom orders need to be in by this Sunday 15th Dec. What that means is you can still order any photo, any size and we will make it in time for Xmas (sorry, pick up from Bondi only now)…so trawl our online catagloue, call us for help 9130 7788 if you are stuck, and get to it Tonto!
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F O M O

Today is one of those days where you can’t help but think you are missing out. There is so much swell around and the winds are gentle (at the moment). It’s just our Eastern Suburbs beaches can’t hold this much swell.
Somewhere on the coast will be going off right now. South swell, North winds…hit it, especially on the incoming tide. Drive far away and find some reef.
Yesterday was an action packed day at Bondi…huge crowds, huge swell, Angelina Jolie, the looping Red Barron, ambulances blazing up and down Campbell Parade…Bondi turns into such a hectic place at this time of year. So much going on!
Have you got a copy of my new book yet? It’s only been on sale for 2 weeks and we’ve mowed through 10 pallets. Buy Online Now (1-2 days delivery Aussie wide)
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S o u t h y

The swell has gone south and so has the wind. Let’s hope this change will bring warmer water – as it has been pretty nippy (Yesterday it dropped to 17 degrees with those northerly winds).
The waves are average. It’s now onshore but it was waist to chest high this morning down at Bondi and Tamarama. A little cooler on land also only scraping 23 degrees.
There is only 18 days left of Christmas shopping. If you want to order custom prints and frames from the Aquabumps Gallery we’ll need to see you soon! Our order deadlines are next week (pickups from Bondi)…get to it! View our catalogue and order online.
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G R E Y

She ain’t pretty this morning. Wet, grey and wobbly.
The swell has tweaked around to the North but looking really unsettled and short period (windswell).
You will still score a head high wave…but you’re not missing much. A good day to do your Christmas shopping as tomorrow the sun is back!
Chrissy shopping? Yes kids, the fatman is coming down the chimney in less than 3 weeks. Everyone is shopping online these days…it’s just too easy. The Aquabumps Gallery is fully online and we ship anywhere. Our new book “The Beach Blog” is a cracker – so happy with it. Order before lunchtime and our team will get it to you tomorrow. Interstate? No worries – most will be next day. Overseas? Sure…Fedex will fly it to you…just add the book to your shopping cart and our fancy freight calculator will do the rest. ORDER NEW BOOK ONLINE NOW
Another idea – how about our Aquabumps/Havi thongs?
Thanks, Uge

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E A S T – F E A S T

The East swell came up very strong last night. Stronger than I thought. Waves are in the 4 foot range and looking pretty good. Bondi neglects that swell direction so you will need to visit more Easterly facing beaches such a Tama, Maroubra, Manly.
It is going to hit 29 degrees today. Bask in the sun as tomorrow showers will arrive.
Christmas is only 3 weeks away. Hard to believe I know. A gift card from our gallery can just hit the spot – order online now and we can email you one or you can get the fancy box and card posted to you.
Seeya :: uge

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Beach People

I’ve written around 4,000 daily posts on Aquabumps over the past 15 years. That’s a lot of writing for a guy who got a C+ in English at school (I wasn’t big on school and spent most of my time wagging class to hide in the darkroom).
Sometimes coming up with something to write about can be excruciating. Like today. There’s barely any waves to discuss, no sharks (not in Bondi that is), no major happenings down the beach. Just a solid summer’s day with plenty of people up early enjoying the amazing weather.
So…enjoy your morning coffee whilst scrolling down through my pics…try spend your day outside.
If you are one of our many readers in The United Kingdom, order an unframed print today online and you shall receive it around the 16th December just in time for Chrissy. I recommend ordering unframed prints with border – they look best. Our online store has a fancy freight calculator – just add anything to your cart and all will be revealed. See artwork options
Bye :: uge

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S U M M E R

Greetings. Welcome to summer and a brand new week.
For the next 3 days we will experience salubrious beach weather. I strongly suggest slipping out for some beach time.
The waves will be small so either surf a mal or just swim.
Our Aquabumps Gallery Christmas Order deadlines are creeping up real fast. If you are interstate or overseas and want stuff, you need to get busy today…see ordering info right here.
Gav from Bronte owns a business called Fruit Man Sam. That makes sense doesn’t it? Maybe Sam is his alter ego or his imaginary friend. Anyway, he goes out to the markets whilst we are all sleeping and hand picks decent fruit and vege from the big markets out west, then delivers it to your door in the Eastern suburbs. He’s offering a deal, buy 4 boxes and get 1 free. Hit him up…say you’re from the Bumps.
muchas gracias :: ugios

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Rock Envy

It’s not really happening around here today. The swell has dwindled, the winds are howling and it’s raining. Sydney is like a toggle switch, either belting hot or stormy cool. Not much in between.
Once place I know I’d like to be today is Hawaii. The North Shore of Oahu is about to explode with a new, huge, rogue swell just in time for the comp at Sunset beach. Here is a quote from Surfline’s forecast for tomorrow “SWELL/SURF: 15-20’+ faces at Sunset. Max sets even larger and up to 22-25′ faces.”
I will be over there soon…real soon…and I’m staying a while. Enjoy these photos taken on past trips to the Rock.
Christmas time is mental around Aquabumps (and we love that, don’t get me wrong). Seeing most of our gallery artworks are custom-made-to-order we need plenty of time to create your artwork. All artworks are handmade, one-by-one. This level of craftsmanship takes time and we only use the best of the best materials. Our production team would greatly appreciate your orders in early to avoid any disappointment.
In a nutshell if you allow the following time frames you can’t go wrong:

Framed works – 2-3 weeks view catalogue
Unframed prints – 2 business days view catalogue
Books and thongs – No wait. Available in store and in stock ready to go

If you are overseas, you will need to add 1-2 weeks to anything above…really depends on where you are in the world. We ship to London and USA daily via FEDEX. Domestic orders just add 1 week. Any questions, just call +61 2 9130 7788 or email us

Ok, enough reading. Bye ::uge

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P O R K Y S

Everyone has caught wind of yesterday’s pumping waves and hit the beach this morning. Unfortunately it’s dropped off quite a lot. There’s chest high waves in the area, it’s just pretty fat with the 5am high tide. A dropping tide may reveal something more interesting.
Being in the water was pretty special regardless.
I’ve been using Canon cameras since I was a knee high whipper. They’ve also been a very supportive partner to Aquabumps for many years…well last week they announced 12 Canon Master Photographers and I was lucky enough to be one of them. So what does a Canon Master do? Well my kids now all wear Canon branded red clothes, a limo picks me up in the morning to go shooting whilst my Sherpa’s carry all my gear down to the shoreline. Ok maybe not, but if you want to see what gear I use go here.
Mate of mine, Trev, is renting his beautiful beach house at Avalon. He’ll even throw in a Aquabumps Book if you stay a week.
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W E D G E

This morning I swam with my camera for about 3 hours with 3 very talented surfers in some decent waves.
Julian Wilson, Sam Mac and Blake Thornton charged a rare wedgey peak from sunrise…oh boy…what a day, unshackle from the desk for an hour or so and enjoy.
I will let the images do all the talking this morning.
Bye :: uge

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C A M P

This morning Bondi Beach looked horrible…onshore, 4-6 foot, wet. Didn’t see anyone surfing so I ventured inland…yeah I know, crazy huh? I ended up at Watson’s Bay Camp Cove. Camp Cove is a nice little harbour side beach. It’s quiet. It’s the end of the road before hitting the opening to Sydney harbour so it feels isolated. Famous people live here…film directors, advertising legends, property developers, shopping centre owners and even Bondi’s version of David Hasselhoff has a fair chunk of beach frontage. If you haven’t been, go…it’s real nice…good luck getting a car park as most of the suburb is locked down for local residents only.
Doing your Christmas shopping? How about an acrylic desk block from our Aquabumps Gallery. We have around 60 in stock at the moment but can easily custom print any of my images for you and get it made in time for Chrissy (if you order REALLY soon). They cost $250…good to freight overseas (weighing around 3kgs) and they come in our fancy hand made boxes. No…no steak knives. See
Had a long chat with Osher Gunserberg last week and he recorded the lot and made it into a podcast. Listen in here to see what two guys can ramble on about after 2 java hits.
The surf looks good tomorrow…dang.
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W I N D O W S

Hey folks. Hope you had a good weekend. Kinda interesting morning…the inbound swell has just arrived and showing promise. Amazing what difference a few hours can make…it turned on for a bit there this morning. It went a little bit like this…

6 a.m. Fun 1-2 foot waves.
8 a.m. Picked up to 3-4 foot and pumping. So fun, so glassy, so sunny, so damn empty! I had to get out there and sample a few, only 2 guys out when I got there.
9 a.m. the southerly started to blow and it switched off. Back to work.

Christmas is creeping up on us and our custom order deadlines are approaching. Come into the Aquabumps Gallery 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach NSW 2026 Telephone 02 9130 7788 or view our catalogue online now. We delivery anywhere in the world pretty much!
:: uge

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Cat and Dog

The beach didn’t look very appealing this morning. It won’t stop raining. That pushed me inland to shoot odd things around Bondi.
The water is full of storm water gunk and the weed has taken over. There was a little righthander amongst all this…but I wouldn’t ditch work for it.
ENE swell all weekend, 3 foot and short period (choppy and weak). Patchy weather…with a few clouds here and there. Sunday looks good for the beach.
A friend of mine, Melli, is selling his Manly crib. Now this ain’t just any old pad…this absolute beach front paradise is about as good as beach living gets…if only it was on the right side of the bridge (only joking kids – don’t get your back up). Check out the drone footage on the video link…oh boy, what a spot! Dream here
Christmas is knocking on the door and you only have a few weeks of shopping. If you want artwork from our gallery you need to allow 2-3 weeks to make it. Our new book is in stock and walking out the door, I’m so happy with how it turned out. Oh, and we do gift cards and we are getting a fresh batch of Havaianas x Aquabumps thongs for this weekend – come! Aquabumps Gallery 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach NSW 9130 7788.
Seeyouselaterhonkies::uge

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W A S H

I love shooting the mornings. It’s such a good time of day. It’s a fresh start and I’m addicted to the warm hues found in the wee hours.
There is such a good vibe in the mornings. Everyone is so damn happy. I guess it’s the only time we don’t have our mobile phones on and the pressures of a busy working day. Great to see so many smiling faces before 7am.
If you’re not a morning person (I’m not naturally either) you can switch…just commit to a week’s worth of sunrise alarms and you will be there. Promise.
The waves are tiny and the skies grey…but it so good in the water as we head into a warm day (25).
Have you purchased our new book yet? Oh man I am so proud of it. Best thing I’ve ever made. We delivery anywhere in Australia for $25…overseas? No problem. The Fedex guy visits us daily for pickups.
Ciao :: ugio

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intensely hued

Howzitgoing? What a nice start to the day. Usually when the weather changes there are amazing sunrises. Today proves that theory. The colours were off the hook and today is developing into a stunner. Let’s all leave our desks and go for a swim or surf.
Oh and the surf ain’t bad either. Knee to chest high Bondi…looking clean as a whistle at sunrise.
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Tuesday

It’s much nicer down the beach since the rain stopped.
There are waves, 3-4 footers, but they’re pretty random and a tad messy. It’s mainly a windswell with a 7 second wave period.
Tomorrow will be better…
It’s scary to think that Christmas is only 5 weeks away. How about that…where did this year go? If you want books and artwork from the Aquabumps Gallery you’ll need to slip into gear and get ordering – especially if you’re overseas. Frames take 2-3 weeks to make and we can delivery worldwide – See artwork catalogue. Our new book is walking out the door…secure your copy online now.
Villa Kaizen Bali, a new villa in Seminyak are offering Aquabumps readers 10% off their rates for any bookings made before the end of December. How generous of them? Check out the villa.
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W E T T I E

These grey, wet, windy mornings are hard work. Trying to take a photo without getting your gear wet is a real challenge, let alone shoot something interesting.
The beach was a mess and deserted. Looked like a winters day. The southerly will blow for today and tomorrow, but clean up on Wednesday. Work now play later in the week I say.
Thanks to Channel 9 News and their story on Aquabumps we have a pile of new people reading this daily photo update. Welcome to you all! The aerial shots in this post were taken from the Channel 9 helicopter on Friday around the Northern Beaches.
The new Aquabumps book “The Beach Blog” that we launch last week is selling fast. Secure your copy. We are getting a lot of emails from overseas asking why it’s $100 in freight costs (e.g. London/New York)…well…it’s a huge book and weighs a hefty 5 kilograms. We looked into overseas warehousing and it just wasn’t worth it. We don’t mark up our freight and use Fedex for most countries (not slow post) – so you will get it fast and intact. The summary of the story – it will be worth it when you get the book! Promise. Australia wide freight is only $25. Order one now
Cheers :: uge

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The Beach Blog

Hey guys, kinda patchy morning. Sunshine one minute, raining the next. One thing is consistent and that’s the small surf. It’s only 1-2 foot and very weak. The water is really warm though. Sample it for yourself. More swell coming next week…
The biggest news since the birth of Spike (my no.2 son)…the 2nd Aquabumps Book has arrived! Yes, 2 years in design and 15 years of photography has now been launched in one (heavy) slick Aquabumps book called “The Beach Blog”. Thank you to the 500 crew that rocked up to the gallery last night and celebrated our launch. Amazing night. Special thank you to Corona, Amelia Park Wines, Rekorderlig and Harris Farm for generously putting on the fluids and cheese. So friends, you can order your copy online right now or pop into the Bondi Gallery 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach. Overseas? No probs…we are Fedex’ing copies all over the globe daily. Just add a book to your shopping cart online and the freight will be calculated on the spot…bingo!

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S O L A R

The good waves of yesterday are wasting away and there was only a couple feet to work with. It was a bright sunny morning with all the ingredients of a sensational beach day. Go for a swim as the weather will change slightly tomorrow.
Next week has waves. Good for this time of year which is normally tiny.
Harris Farm has finally opened up in Bondi – hooray! You’ll find them in the new Boheme development on Hall Street (right near Messina).
Until tomorrow, :: uge

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P U M P I N G

Let’s not muck around. The waves have turned on and fields are full of clover!
I saw so many good waves this morning. People getting barreled, nice tight pockets, wally sections, golden sunshine, warm water…think you get my drift.
Most beaches had something fun to surf – seeya! :: uge

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T W I S T E D

I followed big wave legend Mark Mathews down to his little slab this morning hoping there would be something worth shooting. It was ok, super wonky but still big and chunky. Some waves were doing it, but they needed a tow to get down them.
Tomorrow should be fun when the sun comes back out.
Ciao :: uge

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D R O P L E T S

It was bound to happen one of these days. Rain that is. I mean we can’t go a whole year without a drop. My garden was looking a little singed so a day like this is a welcome sight. Jet and I went down the beach this morning and it was horrible for shooting/surfing/playing trains so we retreated back to the house and dragged out some archived gold for your daily enjoyment.
I’ve barely traveled this year so flicking through 12-15 foot Pipe photos has given me seriously itchy feet!
I bring two pieces of good news:

The winds look good over the next few days and there is plenty of swell with this storm. Yes, surf tomorrow!
Harris Farm has just opened up at the new Boheme development (Old Hakoah Club) on Hall street, Bondi beach. It’s amazing and long overdue! Imagine getting fresh produce in Bondi and not paying $10 for an apple?

There is a full time job going at the Aquabumps Gallery for a new Production Manager. Read this job description for more information and instructions on applying.
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H A V I x A B

After a few stormy days earlier in the week we have defaulted back to summer gold.
This morning was real nice. One of those days where people say to me all morning “How good is this!”
I couldn’t agree more.
The water was warm, calm and the odd chest high wave. Good for a mal.
It’s Friday so the Fluoro guys were out in force.
Last night we launched the collaboration between Aquabumps and Havaianas. Yes, we have our own Aquabumps thong featuring one of my aerial images and it’s been super popular. You can buy them in the Aquabumps Gallery this weekend or online at Havis – go here for details
Cheers, :: uge

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B L A C K B I R D

The waves have gone back to small and the crowds were up enjoying the incredible weather. Nice morning wasn’t it?
Today it’s going to hit 30 degrees and there ain’t a cloud in the sky – that’s all you really need to know and should be packing up your desk and hitting the beach right now.
In 3 weeks’ time there will be a benefit concert at The Factory Theatre Marrickville to help raise money for suicide prevention (BeyondBlue) and a local Bondi family that recently lost their mother, Phoebe Black. Please help support this great cause and see legends such as Skunkhour and the boys from COG perform. The event is on the 27th November 2013 and go here for more information
The lifeguards haven’t found the lost swimmer yet. It’s a tragedy. Those two swimmers were swept off the bank in the middle in waist deep water. It’s imperative that swimmers stick to the flagged areas of the beach…it’s just so sad and the rips currently at Bondi are incredibly strong. Some of the worst I’ve seen.
The end :: uge

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T-Bee

By 6:30am I had already been to Cronulla and back stalking waves. It’s a tricky day…too big for Bondi and closing out…Bronte looked fun but a bit full (too much south in it)… totally missing Maroubra…too south and small for the Cape….but hang on…a couple of lil’ nuggets at the local K-Bay with the incoming tide.
Taj Burrow is in town and he showed us how to drop into a few chunky nuggets.
Vie Active are still offering 20% off for all Aquabumps readers. Just enter Aquabumps20 in the final stages of checkout. website
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S E A R C H

Sad news in Bondi. Two young Japanese guys went for a swim at 5:30pm last night and only one returned. The rescue was in full swing last night, 2 helicopters, 2 jet skis and a police boat scouring the bay looking for the lost swimmer. I saw them still looking for him this morning. Still no news.
Swimming on those big swell days is so dangerous. So much water moving…
I didn’t really see anyone surfing the rogue ocean this morning. A couple out at Bronte but it looked very average. Need to wait until the winds swing and the ocean cleans up.
A great day to catch up on work. Just like winter. Thursday is sunny and 30 degrees. Now that sounds promising.
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C H A N G E

The last 24 hours have been pretty crazy. Yesterday Sydney sweltered under oven-like conditions – the masses hit the beach. Then last night a cooling south change hit hard – bringing 30 knot winds and a new south (messy) swell. What next?
This morning was totally blown out down the beach. I didn’t see any surfing, just a lone windsurfer out at Bondi. The waves are 4-5 foot though so when this wind finally backs off there should be some fun.
Aquabumps x Havaianas
Yes it is true! we have joined forces with Havaianas and created a limited edition thong for this summer featuring one of my aerial shots. Read all about it here. We’ll be selling them in the gallery this weekend (but available at all good stores)
I did a walk around the Scultpure by the Sea yesterday with 4 million other people. Here some shots…

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SurfAid Cup

Today’s update comes from the glorious sand dunes of Curl Curl Beach…where the SurfAid Cup is going down.
The Aquabumps Team is progressing to the semis as I write this…but the competition is stiff.
Special thanks to all that supported our team by donating money. We raised $12,000 for charity which is incredible!
There are 2 foot waves up here at Curly…it’ real messy and not coping on the low tide…
The tide has gone out with our Italian friends (Peroni)…and the Mexicans are back – yes, Corona…they’re the offical beer for Aquabumps from today. Welcome amigos…
Have a great weekend ::uge
 
 

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E A R L Y B I R D S

Today I took the whip for a spin around the local beaches hunting inspiration. One thing struck me that was incredible…there is barely a parking space to be found at all our beaches. I look at my watch, 5:55am, and everyone is up early doing something – before I’ve even got down there. Yeah I know, Sculptures is on…and people are coming in from far and wide, but she’s real busy in the mornings in general. I think that’s pretty unique to Sydney. We are all insomniacs or we all go to bed at 9 o’clock.
Ok back to the facts. A South East swell is producing head high waves. It looks fun and wonky. Do it.
The SURFAID cup is on tomorrow and looks like it will be moved from Manly to Curl Curl. Come watch the Aquabumps team surf to victory!
BOOTCAMP 4 BUSHFIRES…help raise funds for the devastating NSW Bushfires tomorrow down at North Bondi 6am to 7am. Entry/Donation is $20. Blake Worrall-Thompson will be running the show.
My favourite house in Bondi sold for 15 million. Oh boy I’d do anything for that crib! What a view…could shoot right off the balcony. View
So you’ve been watching the TV show “The Bachelor” lately…noticed the boardies Tim’s been wearing? Yeah they’re the Aquabumps/Speedo boardies. You too can look like Tim – get the boardies and the rig will follow.
Back to work : : u g e

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