S T R A T U S

I saw some clouds today. Haven’t seen ‘em in a while. It was bound to happen one of these days after the good-weather-marathon.
This new south swell is a bit of a fizzer and never properly arrived. I saw waves around waist to chest high this morning but they were severely weak, dribbling on the banks and not doing much at all.
Back to work folks…schoolies have returned. Work time. Half the shots were taken today, half on the weekend somewhere on the NSW coastline…
Seeya : : u g e

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Y E S

The swell forecast was 21.1 seconds, South swell at 3.5 foot with NW winds. Translation = good waves at Bondi.
Well that didn’t happen. It’s tiny.
Instead it was more like:
25 degrees, perfectly sunny, no wind and knee to waist high waves. Oh, and water clarity incredible and warm water (still).
I feel like I’ve written this so many times lately – but how good is this crazy perfect weather!
If you’re coming down the beach today, come see us at the Aquabumps Gallery 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach NSW Telephone 02 9130 7788. Don’t forget Mother’s Day is May 12 and we have plenty of options.
Ciao, Ugio

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C H O I C E

The good times continue to roll…
The small SE swell is hanging in there and the Autumn light offshores are still blowing. Bondi had some good little bumps worth riding (shoulder high), serious crowd out for the early though. Warm water and sunshine always draw a crowd.
The good weather will stay for days…but this swell will drop a gear overnight. Maybe a wave tomorrow and Sunday – otherwise quite small.
Public holiday tomorrow so our Aquabumps Gallery trading hours for the next few days are:
Thursday (Anzac Day) – open at 1pm to 6pm (closed for the morning)
Friday – 10-6
Saturday 10-6
Sunday 10-6
Have a great long weekend (if ya taking Friday off) : : u g e

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LIKEY LIKEY

If you were to pick a week to take off from work, it would be this one.
It’s all come together rather nicely. Summery weather, Luke warm bath water and a healthy supply of south swell and offshore breezes.
Today is a cracker. Small, shoulder to head high waves suffering from morning high tide fatness – but really fun and some nice banks around.
The forecast (weather wise) looks incredible. Immaculately sunny all the way until Sunday and some big numbers like 27 degrees coming! So glad it’s a long weekend.
Don’t forget it is Mother’s Day in a couple of weeks. I had a chat to her…she wants something from the Aquabumps Gallery, that and a pair of fluoro rag and bone spray on jeans. She’s cool your Mum. She got style.
Have a good day. If you aren’t – why not? : : u g e

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C L A S S Y

All you need to know about today is that the winds are offshore and there are waves around 4-6 foot. How good is that?
Bondi can’t handle anything over head high so get in the car and bake it out of town.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday of this week are all good surf days.
Does anyone know a fantastic retail recruiter? I’m talking the top of the food chain who specialises in RETAIL? If so contact us… We’re still hunting a gun store manager for our Aquabumps Gallery.
Seeya : : u g e

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R I S E

There is a new south swell in town and it’s bumpy, lumpy and weak with a 6 second period. The wind is howling southerly and going to blow harder this afternoon.
There was a small wave this morning at sunrise – nothing fancy.
Tomorrow tis’ going to be big. 11.5 sec period, 8-10 foot solid with howling (30-40 knot) SW winds – where you going to go to hide from this breeze?
Feels like winter this morning as it’s the first time I’ve donned a jacket on my morning adventures. Max 19 degrees, currently 16. Warmer in the water.
Hope you get a few this weekend…take the big boards hell men.
: : u g e

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BONDEYE

You’ve got to be pretty happy with this week so far… There’s been something to ride most days…and more coming. Weather has been rather pleasant as well.
Today I took photographs (note, not captures, I hate when people call photos captures) down at good ole Bondeye. The swell has swung around to the South so we are seeing the benefits down here.
I’d call it head high on sets and fun. Kinda clean but the standard Bondi wobble was forever present.
Swell will pick up tomorrow…weekend looks great…Monday looks better…
Seeyouse :: uge

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Reef Nuggets

Typically Autumn is connected to our best time of year to surf. Ok, so she’s having a slow start but there’s pockets of fun on the right tides and winds.
This morning I swam out to a creepy reef which wasn’t cranking due to some wrong angles and stuff, but some nice thick empties rolling past my trigger finger.
Bondi actually looks kinda fun right now – head high on sets. No thick slabs out there, just some dribbly rip bowls. More surf coming this weekend. Sunday looking the goods.
Tonight Louisa Seton opens her “Out of Africa” exhibition at the Bondi Pavilion gallery. It will be hanging until 28th April 2013. See Lou’s Work
Ciao : : uge

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H u m d r u m

The south storm arrived last night bringing rain and southerlies. We currently have East swell feeding into town, you’d find waves around 4 foot at exposed beaches, only 2-3 foot at Bondi. You’ll need to surf protected corners to keep out of this wind. It’s not looking great out there – I’d stick to doing some work indoors.
A little uninspired down the beach this morning…barely anyone around…only 4-5 guys out at South Bondi in the rain.
Here’s some of my shots taken 2 months ago in paradise – Hawaii…
Bye : : uge

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M A N L Y

That ‘booming’ new ENE swell still hasn’t arrived properly…yet. It’s coming though. With the majority of the swell energy neglecting south facing Bondi I woke early to cross the ditch to Manly Town. Manly faces NE drawing in every bit of this swell direction. Waves broke around head high but with an incoming tide was super fat’n’chunky. I reckon this afternoon it should turn on…especially when the wind kicks around to the south, which is offshore over here.
In New Zealand (EN-Zed) they’ve scored their first batch of snow aye cuzi’s. Watch this wee video to inspire you to get over there.
I surfed with Opposition Leader Tony Abbott this morning. I sure hope he’s better at running a government than surfing…
Seeya : : uge

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Day 5

Day 5 of no swell. It’s coming though. Tomorrow you should be able to dust off the board and catch a few – but it is going to be real fun on Sunday afternoon and Monday.
The weather is just perfect. Not too hot, not too cool…just right. The water is retaining its bath temps at 22-23…joy! Big fan of Autumn.
Enjoy your weekend. If you’re sick of staring at blank walls come to the Aquabumps Gallery. We’re open Saturday/Sunday 10am to 6pm…come see these pics blown up large.
Ciao : : u g e

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W A V E L E S S

4th waveless morning in a row…
Time to go for a swim, it is THAT good. Warm, bath like water, no wind, no swell.
The GREAT NEWS is that there is swell on its way. The party starts on Monday with a nice beefy EAST swell. Now that should cheer you up.
Until then, go for a dip as the Autumn-good-weather-madness continues.
S e e y a : : u g e

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B A T H t i m e

Today is the third day in a row of Sydney flatness. It’s about now we get a little cranky – I feel your pain. We need some swell. Pray. Some will arrive on Saturday, but that’s too far away. This time of year typically hosts big roaring swells that slab into town. Couldn’t get any further from that.
Look on the bright side…the weather is the best and the water is warm like a bath.
A lot of people ask me how I manage to rattle out of bed before sunrise everyday…well, it must be my healthy diet of fresh vege’s delivered to my door direct from Flemington Markets by FruitmanSam. Bronte local, Gav aka FruitManSam, is offering a free box to Aquabumps punters if you buy 5. True. Call him, 0420 906 061 or visit webby
See you tomorrow, uge

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L E V E L

It takes a very flat day to score an empty line up down at Bondi. I reckon 350 out of 365 days a year we have a hungry pack scouring for waves, no matter how big it is.
I can confirm it’s unsurfable, grey and windless down the beach right now.
A 7am rain squall emptied the busy beach. Probably the quietest morning I’ve seen down there this year so far.
We are all pretty busy these days, on the 20th April take a day out for yourself…it’s called “The Greatest Gift…” day…its being held at Mosman Art Gallery & Community Centre. More
Take it easy : : u g e

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F L A T

There’s not really any waves to speak of this morning. It’s pretty much flat. This week is looking pretty bad for surfers. Can’t see any swell at all. Good week to get on a plane outta here!
The sunrise was decent. Crisp, clean air at this time of year and I ventured further north towards Watson’s Bay to have a look around…
Be good.
:: uge

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F L U I D

It’s Friday and the swell is dropping just in time for the weekend. It’s still rideable and chest to head high on sets. The NW (6kn) winds have really cleaned the place up and the new banks are working a treat. After all that rain I reckon the south drain pumps out some sand into just the right spot. Bingo!
Unfortunately today is the best day to surf in the next 5 -6. Large crowd this morning refusing to go to work and bleed this pulse dry…pretty sure it will be all gone by night fall.
Good to see some sunshine this morning. It’s only temporary though.
Cheers : : y o o j

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C A V E M A N

I spent the morning hiding from the rain in a cave at South Bondi. It poured…and poured.
The great news is that there are fun waves in the head high + range. Grey weather makes for no crowds…best time to surf Bondi.
It was pretty wonky…but you might score a few fun ones.
Wind is ENE around 10 knots and the tide is coming in.
Steep decline in swell from here and not much on the horizon so I would make the most of it!
Seeya : : uge

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D A M P

Good morning… I am back in Bondi and it hasn’t stopped raining. Well, we’ve had a great run of weather lately haven’t we? Nice day to stay inside and get some work done.
Swell has come up from the south and so has the south wind. It’s about 3 foot and should get bigger later today, but onshore and pretty ugly stuff.
Here’s some pics from recent days that I haven’t shown you yet…good to give ’em some air time.
Doctor Bob (Aka Doctor Rip) is doing a survey of surfers to see how many of you rescue people in the water whilst ya’surfing. Go here
Ciao :: uge

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G E T A W A Y

Howdy, we’re still in Bali and the surf is small and I’m not keen on driving all over this island. So let’s talk about other stuff.
The number 1 question asked is what camera I use? Canons – shiny ones. The 2nd most frequently asked question is what to do and where to stay at Bali. Below are some of my DO’s and DON’Ts in Bali. Just my opinions, you may have a totally different experience to me…please feel free to add your own Bali places of interest and experiences here.
BALI MUST DO:
Dinner at restaurant Metis. The best culinary experience on the island in my mind and fairly priced for the quality of food and service. Also do an amazing lunch for 9 bones. Other good eateries: Lilin at Potato Head (spicy tapas – off the hook) – in fact anything at Potato Head beach club is amazing especially a drink at sunset. Also try Sarong, Mama San, Sardine, Treatro for a good dinner. If you’re a Java addict, I’ve only found one decent place after The Corner Store burnt down – Revolver Café, hidden out the back of some Boutiques along Jalan Oberoi, it’s as good as you get in Oz. The coffee everywhere else taste like dishwater with some weird carcinogenic foam on top. Stay at Villa Lulito in Seminyak – it’s truly amazing and cheaper than any hotel if there is a small group of you (say 8 adults). The Legian (GMH operated one – don’t mistake with the other one closer to Kuta) is also my faves. Yeah I know, pretty $$$ pricey but so worth every cent with excellent service and location. Even got a tube surfing out the front of it 2 days ago (Rare). They’ve just opened up night surfing at the Kommune at Keramis – big custom made light towers illuminate the best wave on the island…hot…keeps the crowds down. The Bondi Bucket List boys have just opened up a new fun joint here in Seminyak, Motel Mexicola – worth a drink on a big night. If you’re after good value for money in a good clean hotel, Semara is great (approx. $120-$150 per night) or try the KoKonut Suites.
BALI MUST NOT DO:
Plait your hair (especially if you’re a bloke). Don’t do it as you’ll look like a freak. Don’t stay at the Anantara Hotel in Seminyak. It is one of the most overpriced; run down crappy hotels I’ve ever stayed at. Don’t ride a motor bike down a one way street without your shirt, no shoes, no helmet, no idea after 24 Bintangs screaming Aussie Aussie Aussie! Don’t swim at Legian/Seminyak with an incoming high tide and no offshore winds. It’s just heartbreaking how much pollution and rubbish is floating around in the water. You can barely paddle thru all the plastic bags and sometimes strange fluoro yellow froth appears at the river mouths, usually where the best waves are found but you’ll get sick for sure. Don’t pay 1 mil for a massage on the beach ($100AUD). That’s what they start at. They’ll take 10% of that. For so many years Ku De Ta would have been on my MUST DOs…but seriously, it’s now so expensive (more than Sydney prices – $16AUD for a decent drink), packed, grimy and looking pretty untidy. Potato Head is a much better option for beach front drinks and dining.
Didn’t make it to the Bukit this trip…there are so many other areas to Bali, you can do 3 totally different trips here. This one was mainly fine dining and hanging around the busy part.
Sampai jumpa lagi – back in Bondi tomorrow : : U g e

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