A N T I C S

Bondi never ceases to entertain me.
The surfs gone tiny, the sunrise was pretty stock standard and I rode the pushie around looking for anything other than the mundane.
The OneWave crew, being Friday, were out in force, all fluoro’d up posting a large grin and positive attitude. They are gaining traction, as every Friday the group seems to grow, rapidly.
This week was one of my favourites. Great light, colours and epic (tubing) waves – rare. There is swell hitting Sunday afternoon but flanked with strong southerly winds.
John Witzig has launched a new book. The guy is a legend and a forefather of surf photography with epic shots from 60’s and 70s…have a look.
We are having a big exhibition in Melbourne soon, I’d love all those Viccos to come along.
Seeya :: uge

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D R O I T E

The good times continue to roll…instead of a thick fog this morning we’re been sprayed with colour as the sun rose over Ben Buckler. Not bad huh?
The waves are still there and our beloved right-hander is producing, just dropped a gear. It’s waist to head high, some crackers and some not so crackers. As the swell gets smaller the crowds get much larger at Bondi…plenty out.
Enjoy this fine day (again) :: uge

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C R A N K

Every morning is so different down the beach. That’s what keeps me getting up before dawn to document it all. I never get bored of it, even after 14 years of starting my day this way.
This morning was kinda special where 2 freaky, rare, once is a long time things went down…
a) Sydney was coated in thick fog. You could barely see the surf.
b) Barrels on tap. The right tide, bank and winds lined up perfectly around 7:30am and turned on for an hour. Oh boy we had fun.
I’d like more days like today. Think the swell is dropping out now… I also hear Julian Wilson just paddled out at Bondi. We’re getting all the big names lately.
This Saturday I will be speaking at the Vivid Festival in Sydney, part of the Digital Playground talks. More info
Seeya :: uge

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T – B E E E

Let’s talk honestly… Bondi is great for so many reasons…beach culture, nightlife, vicinity to a major city, great galleries, youth, arts, energy…but it’s not well known for its waves. In fact, when I travel and tell people I live and surf in Bondi they have that disturbed look on their face and say…”you poor thing”. Bondi has waves most days, it’s a bit of a swell magnet especially from the south (great for running a daily blog)…but the waves are usually fat or closing out – rarely tubing. There’s pockets of gold, sometimes we get good sand and strong south swells…like today…good waves holding 6 foot on a shallow bank. Taj Burrow paddled out to sample a few…he found plenty of shacks.
The peak of the swell is now…tapering off for the rest of the week. Enjoy people.
:: uge
PS – we’re having an exhibition and talks in Melbourne, come along if you’re down that way. More Info

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P R O P E R

It’s been good times around Sydney lately. This solid south swell has come up a trumps. Yesterday was pumping – 10 out of 10. Even the odd barrel out at Bondi as it dredged on a shallow bank.
Today started off VERY stormy, with thick rain set in and 4 guys out at South Bondi. Waves are still good, but it’s not yesterday. Yesterday was good everywhere. Sunny too. I really like yesterday.
This week is looking great, good waves every day. Get amongst it.
I still have 3 office desks I am giving away for free. Bring the ute today and pick it up. See photo
Have a good day :: uge

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B O N D I

Did you know “Bondi” is an Aboriginal word to describe ‘Water breaking over rocks’? Today there is plenty of water breaking over rocks, but with a heap of onshore wind chop. I’d say pass on the surf and crank the work out – she’s all blown out. Thankfully the suns out now.
Here are some other Bondi facts you might find interesting:
• 10,700 people live in the Bondi Valley (in Summer I reckon this doubles)
• The average age in Bondi is 30 (very young)
• Edward Smith Hall and Francis O’Brien purchased 200 acres of Bondi in 1851. Hence we have streets named after them. Imagine owning 200 acres in Bondi now – you’d be rich. Filthy.
• The salubrious Bondi Aquabumps Gallery is listed the 3rd best tourist attraction in Sydney from 223 on the Lonely Planet website.
• Brett Whiteley, the painter, once live in an apartment on Campbell Parade (Near Max’s Shoes). He painted Bondi a lot.
• Bondi Beach is also the name of a wave pool at Corowinds Theme Park, South Carolina, USA.
• Bondi can get 50,000 people on the beach in peak season…it’s been like this for nearly 100 years. There was 35,000 people on Bondi when Black Sunday went down in 1938 – 250 people were swept out to sea, the biggest mass rescue down here. (4 drowned)
I have 6 office desks that I am giving away for free (as in actual desks, not office space)! Yes, free. See pic. If you want them, bring the ute to AQUABUMPS GALLERY 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach, pull them apart (you do), and they’re all yours. Must be between 10am to 6pm today, tomorrow and Sunday. They must be gone by Sunday night.
I have had a few complaints that my daily email is crashing your email program, if this is happening to you, can you tell me when it started, Mac or Pc and what email program you use to read Aquabumps (e.g. Outlook)? Tell Us
:: uge

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S L I P P E R Y

Wow I thought it rained a lot in Victoria…Sydney is being drenched today. I rolled down to Bondi in between showers and it was wet, grey, 1 foot(ish) and onshore. Not a pretty picture. Good for the garden though. It’s basically going to rain, hard, until the weekend where some sunshine should appear.
The swell is going to crank up overnight and we should have 4 footers tomorrow, but it won’t be clean until Sunday.
Most of today’s shots were taken down in Victoria on our recent roadie…looks like they are going to get some solid swell this weekend also. (8ft) Would have been great to see Bells & Winki all stacked up. Next time.
Cheers, : : uge

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L O R N E

After traversing the state of Victoria one last time we came across some waves and offshore winds, finally (we’ve had some bad timing).
The sunrise over Lorne came to the party as well this morning. Amazing colours down here! The sun doesn’t actually rise until 7:30am (Sydney it is an hour earlier). It’s like a holiday for me, getting an extra hour sleep in.
Todays the last update from The Great Ocean Road…if you ever get the chance, follow the curves of this spectacular coastline and score some VERY uncrowded waves.
In July I will be holding an exhibition and talks at the Eleven40 Gallery in Melbourne. Go here for some more info…
See you back in Bondi :: u g e

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The Surf Coast

We’re on the road… the Surf Coast Road that is, but we’re not exactly scoring waves. The swell is tiny and a nemesis wind is flanking us at every turn. We’ve clocked a heap of k’s and scoured many deserted beaches for a rideable peak…can’t always get it on. That’s cool – the scenery is amazing down here on the Great Ocean Road and surrounds.
I hear Sydney is pumping…hope you’re getting waves.
::uge

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Great Ocean Road

Sorry about the late update. I’m not in Bondi – you’d probably gathered that. We’ve just circumnavigated the state of Victoria stalking waves.
You gotta be tough to surf down here in Vicco. They’ve got great waves but it’s cold, windy, wet and fickle. When it’s on, it’s on – world class. But when the artic winds blow (and its small) you’ll need to spend some time in the car, which ain’t a bad thing…seeing The Great Ocean Road is probably one of the most famous stretches of road in Australia. It was built between 1919 and 1932. It’s the world’s largest war memorial, dedicated to the casualties of World War I…a fine tribute hugging some of the most picturesque coastline I’ve seen.
The waves are small and the wind is blowing down here…we found some B-grade waves but hoping to find more quality as we drive along the 242 kilometres of The Great Ocean Road.
The twelve, sorry I mean eight Apostles are spectacular!
Later : : u g e

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S W A N L A K E

Fridays are always fun, even with no waves, because of the One Wave Crew Antics.
Today’s performance, a surfing swan, Hula Hula Supa, good looking traffic controllers and some other unexplainable fluoro frivolity. Never a dull moment down at Bondi.
The surf is 1 foot from the ESE and a very chilly west offshore.
The GREAT news is that the swell is coming right up tonight and the weekend is going to have waves! Dang!
Next week we are on the road, The Great Ocean road that is making a new film and searching for good waves. Can’t wait.
C h e e r s : : u g e
PS – my speech at the Opera House went smooth as (well, I thought so)…thank you for all your messages – I hope I don’t have to do that for a while now and can hide behind my lens.

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Shoreline Antics

Nice day huh? Sorry about the late one…
Pity the waves are small (Waist to sometimes chest high). It will get bigger this weekend – I’m sure. Pray, burn a board in sacrifice, something like that.
Someone asked me the other day what’s been my scariest moment doing Aquabumps. I thought back to the day when I cracked my head on the reef at Vooey…on a solid day…na…or standing on the skids of a helicopter whilst shooting Lizard Island (and they were wet with dew – slippery!)…na…or maybe shooting big Pipeline from the water and being thrashed by that freakin’ current from hell along the shore…na..I think my scariest moment is going to happen tomorrow, when I give a talk in the main concert hall of the Opera House – to over a thousand people. If you’re coming to the Financial Review’s BESPOKE Luxury talks tomorrow be sure to laugh at my jokes and don’t throw any cabbages on stage.
Later :: u g e

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Juiceless

To call today’s surf conditions small would be generous…
It’s tiny and grey down the beach this morning. We haven’t had a grey morning in quite some time now. Here I was thinking the whole winter was going to be balmy sunshine with glassy conditions. It’s an East swell, so perhaps the Bra or Bronte would have something above your knee caps?
Good news is that swell is coming for the weekend – let’s hope it doesn’t get downgraded like last weekend.
Are you going to be in Bali between the days of 8-15th June 2013? Are you a male last time you looked? Wanna be on TV and make so dough so you can spend an extra month in Bali? Well…lookie here, might have something for ya.
1.8 million people visit Bondi each year and the Waverley Council have plans to revamp the whole beach area, like parking underground, a supabank (ok maybe not), more cafes on the foreshore, larger shaded gardens (or just some garden would do) and more fitness facilities to name just a few. It’s been widely publicized in the media (See video). Well, you have THIS MONTH ONLY to have your say on what goes down in your local area. I urge you to complete this survey and tell the council what you think…if you want to see the plans, go here. I say vote for a 2000 sqm Aquabumps Gallery in the Pavilion.
Seeya :: uge

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3rd RAMPAGE

The morning began with an electric sunrise over Benny Buckler…fluoro reds and pinks splattered across the skies. That lasted for about 5 minutes and then she went all grey.
The waves were unimpressive this morning. The forecast was much stronger but the swell just didn’t happen…seriously… it barely got over head high yesterday…where did it go?
The 3rd ramp(age) bank at Bondi has waves today, not much over waist high. Oh boy it’s been busy. It’s like an arcade game running the gauntlet, ducking and weaving loose boards and drop ins. Most dangerous wave in the world (I ruined 2 boards in 10 days). I may stop photography and open a ding repair shop on the beach…the bullion would flow. Be safe out there.
Later :: uge

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Frivolous Friday

Its real pretty down the beach, just lacking waves.
Waist-high-shorey is all you’ll find. Nice light and glassy conditions as there is no wind.
Have I mentioned how much I love Autumn?
Felt cold before the sun came up, but we’re fine now with 23.
The OneWave Crew were out in force, up to their usual antics…Fluoro, fun and Friday….
Mother’s Day is Sunday. Don’t forget. Come see us in the gallery if you get stuck for present ideas.
:: uge

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T R I P D I P

We’ve been spoiled recently with such inviting beach conditions. The air is cooler, but the water remains a salubrious bath temp. It’s just a pleasure to swim around in the mornings. The claws of winter are creeping closer, so enjoy this time…Autumn time is the best.
Waves – much smaller today, and fat. Waistline to chest hairs range. Swell coming on Sunday/Monday.
At ease : : u g e

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F I C K L E

Some days it can bit hard to sit on the beach and take photos of everyone scoring good waves when I want to be out there myself. (no violins please…my turn comes when you all go to work)
Bondi was looking great this morning with 2 peaks in operation. The newly formed and very popular Lifeguard tower right was working around 7am– she’s super fickle though…seems to only work for 1 hour then fade to fatness with a rather large hole in the middle. Needless to say 100 guys were on it at sunrise and some nice little nuggets hitting it on the right angle.
The forecast is looking healthy – this Saturday looks 6 foot plus from the south (with south winds).
Next week looks good…so pick your times wisely and you’ll find some gold.
Laters :: ugios

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Circle Work

I went for a dawn swim with my camera and spent most of my time being dragged around in rip circles. Bondi is kinda tricky to shoot when it’s like this. A lot of water moving and hook ups with surfers are rare.
The waves looked OK and within the 3-4 foot bloodline. So much wonkiness though…I’d go for a drive somewhere else.
Small surf conditions for the next few days but something cooking for the weekend.
Ever heard of crew like Sam Mac (Stab), Aaron Rose (Alleged Gallery), Saturdays Surf (NYC), Beastman? Well they’re just some of the amazing speakers at the Semi-Permanent conference on May 24/25 (which just happens to be in its 11th year I might add – I can still remember their first one). Our friends at Semi-Perm are offering 10% off tickets to our lovely Aquabumps readers. Cool aye? I know most of you work in the creative field – so check it. Just use “SPLOVESAQUABUMPS” when buy tix online.
Seeya : : u g e

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W O B B L E

Did you see the sunrise on Saturday down at Bondi? Wow. One of those special ones where the right ingredients all came together and the sky was a blaze.
Bondi is at its best when it’s not perfect, overcast, random and when it’s a Monday. At first glance it looks pretty average surfwise this morning. Wonky peaks wobbled on two distinct banks. Every now and then a nice one rolled in…so I guess you just have to be patient. It’s around 3-4 foot…which is about all Bondi can handle before closing out – so I’m feeling the urge to paddle out.
This week shows no major swells on the forecast. Mostly sub 3 footers. You’ll be able to surf, probably not get barreled unless you’re age 7. This Thursday and Sunday look like warm sunny beach days…the rest will be partly cloudy. Quite cold this morning, my phone reminded me it was 11 degrees as I rode the pushie down the hill. Still warmer in the water…
Have a great week. Mother’s Day this Sunday. If you order her an Aquabumps book today we’ll next day post it to ya…
Seeya : : u g e

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Fluoro Friday

A colourful morning down at Bondi.
We’ve got waves, offshore winds, pro surfers, people dressed in fluoro and TV celebrity chefs. Never a dull moment down there.
The waves look tasty. 3-4 foot. Bigger tomorrow afternoon (Sat) but the wind will kick up with it.
If you’re wondering what’s with all the fluoro dressing up craziness today, ONE WAVE (is all it takes) is a non-profit community of surfers that is taking on depression. Every Friday they meet for their “Board Meeting” and go surfing and basically have a good time (in some odd get up). You can follow them on Insty @onewaveisallittakes or Facey @ONLYONEWAVE. The ringleader is Grant Ellis and he’s a good positive bloke.
S e e y a : : u g e

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Spinning Rims

The swell has arrived and so has it’s buddy the onshore wind. Waves are breaking higher than your heads (even on tall people like myself), but some serious onshore wobble out there.
I didn’t feel compelled to paddle out…save it for another day.
Owning a car around Bondi is a bit of a nightmare…no parking…and if you do find a park she’s crusted in salt every night or you’ll find a back packer camping out in your boot. The Car Next Door is a car sharing thing where you can rent cars for 25 bucks a day. Can’t even get lunch for that around here. So have a look at this website and you can burn the clutch or do hand breakkies in someone else’s car…I’ve been eyeing off my neighbour’s Torana SLR 5000 (with spinning rims) for some time now…so here’s me chance…
B y e : : u g e

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M < A < Y < H < E < M

Offshore and a couple banks at Bondi putting on the goods. Waves breaking in the waistline to chest region…fun! You won’t be lonely out there – morning mayhem.
Ah yes, you’ve guessed it – the water, weather and conditions are pretty darn good. The Lifeguards are holding their annual inter council surfing comp today – so they’ve cleared the best peak on the beach…scraps up the beach still looking good.
One for the girls, Mister Zimi has opened up a new store in North Bondi near my 1st gallery at 102 Brighton Boulevard. They’re offering 20% off for Aquabumps readers that visit their North Bondi Store. Maybe something for Mother’s day…
L a t e r s :: u g e

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