Different Bondi

This time of year is really odd around Bondi. It is summer, sunny and epic down the beach but it’s also empty. See…everyone is starting to take off for their Christmas bashes and the streets are really quite empty. I saw 5 vacant car spaces on Gould Street in a row! Whoa. The beach this morning was eerily quiet.
Whilst the beach was quiet, its the busiest week of the year in our Aquabumps Gallery. We get asked all kinds of stuff at this time of year. To be time efficient here’s some commonly asked questions in our shop:

“I need a gift, anything from your store, need it now…help me…what can I get” Answer: we have so much in stock (still) – just rock into the gallery right now and walk away with something. Plenty of parking out front. If you don’t live in Sydney how about our latest 280 page, A3 book. Order before 3pm today and we will NEXT DAY POST it to you. Check these postal times here and you will be able see delivery times for your postcode. In most cases you will have it in your grubby little hands tomorrow, nationwide. Order right now
“I’ve been through your million photo catalogue and not getting anywhere closer to a decision for a gift..help me” Answer: Gift cards is your salvation…gift cards. Virtual cards are emailed and done within a hour or so. Physical cards posted same day.
“My fella rips, can I pay you to take photos of him?” Answer: No sorry. It’s easy. Have a crack.
“I know Christmas is days away, but can I get an artwork framed and shipped to Russia in time for 25th Dec?” Answer: Sure can. We just have to fly our framing team to Russia overnight. We can make frames mid flight and have them to you Chrissy day. It could cost between $20k and $30k. In all seriousness we can do unframed prints within 24 hours and they are best for shipping.
“Are you open Christmas Day or Boxing Day?” Answer: nope. Gone surfing.
“Do you open late nights like Westfields” Answer: Um. No. 10-6 daily.
“What deals you got going?” Answer: We are currently running a Facebook competition where you can win one of our largest artworks valued at $2,950. All you have to do is click this link and enter the comp online. Once you’ve completed the comp a very, very special deal will be revealed on our 1st book, A Day At Bondi.

Enough ramble :: uge

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The southerly was ripping shreds off Sydney this morning. Bondi was an onshore mess and the lack of human activity was quite surprising for this time of year.
The sun is out but the temps are much cooler. It is going to be onshore until Sunday – but – by then the swell would have dissipated.
Seeing the end of year is near and we are getting all nostalgic and all…here’s 11 photos below I’ve shot this year that I enjoy looking at. That I’m proud of… I am  keen to know what images from Aquabumps you like most so we’re running a competition…yes, win stuff. We are giving away the largest framed print we do, 1.7m x 1.2m valued at $2,950 of your favourite Aquabumps image. Just go here…tell us your favourite beach and why…then share your favourite ‘Bumps image and hopefully win!
Our Gallery is open all weekend and has plenty of artwork stock for all your Christmas shopping needs. Drop in, 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach NSW 2026 Telephone 02 9130 7788. Lost?
Later :: uge

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There’s swell and very little wind, usually a great combo…but it wasn’t exactly cranking this morning down the beach.
Bondi was pretty grey and uncrowded. Think the Christmas parties are taking their toll on the early risers. I saw waves around 2-3 foot today. Hopefully as the day progresses the wonk will settle.
Here’s a little gift idea for those that live in Sydney. Buy one of our bassike x Aquabumps collab tees and a small A4 mounted print of your choice for only $100 clams (normally $125). Available ONLY in our Bondi Gallery only (151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach NSW Telephone 02 9130 7788) Lost?
:: uge

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The southerly was roaring through Sydney tossing tumbleweed down the streets. Perfect conditions for a select group of French windsurfers (OK and one Spaniard) to hit Bondi with the windsurfing contraptions.
Surfing is out of the question – that board will blow right out of your little hands before you even get to the shoreline. Wait until this howl subsides.
It’s been such a sad week in Sydney. Digesting what went down in the city ain’t easy for us all. Condolences to the Johnson and Dawson families. You’re in our thoughts.
Peace :: uge

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X shore

The NNE winds were up very early this morning. It was about 15 knots worth. The wind also knocked up a little bit of wind swell overnight…it’s very weak and irregular, but surfable at NE magnets (i.e. not Bondi).
Tomorrows conditions better suit Bondi with a switch to south swell and south winds. Weather is looking very unsettled.
Many of you are probably freaking out with your Christmas shopping. We have a pile of books that we can send in today’s post, order here.
Ciao ::uge

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Let’s not muck around. The waves are so good at the moment.
In fact…the surf in Sydney has been really good for the past 48 hours. Lucky aren’t we? I love these strong East swells – it just feeds into everywhere. Great for spreading the crowd.
I saw some sets around 3-4 foot this morning as they pounded me whilst fighting an aggressive rip at Maroubra (and lost the battle).
To top it all off it’s a perfectly sunny, warm day. Doesn’t get any better.
:: uge
P.S. what on earth is going on in the city right now!

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The ocean is pretty wild this morning. Bondi was 6-8 feet and pounding. I really hope these rogue currents rearrange our sand bank situation.
I am pretty sure it’s big enough for the harbour to be breaking. It would probably be waist high around there. Bondi wasn’t surfable. Not unless you like paddling. Lots of paddling.
It will all calm down on Sunday and there should be some fun waves everywhere in Sydney. I’m gettin’ psyched.
This weekend is traditionally a huge one in our Bondi Gallery. On Sunday our 1st Christmas order deadline closes. We are open 10am to 6pm all weekend at 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach NSW 2026 Telephone 02 9130 7788 if you have any questions about timings, what frame goes with what -we’re here to help. The bassike x Aquabumps print is a great gift idea, we’ve got 10 in stock framed ready to go.
Bye ::uge

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New Angles Part 2

After thousands of mornings of shooting Bondi Beach I crave new angles. I think about it all the time. I want to show you something new.
I’ve been working on new contraptions that enable me to get to places previously not achievable. It’s still early days. Patent pending.
The surf is tiny and the water is brilliantly warm. This morning was calm but a rogue storm is about hit and shake down this town.
100foxes is giving you the chance to WIN this Christmas! Simply make a gift purchase at 100foxes.com by 15th December 2015. The prize is an awesome custom surfboard worth $600 from DISRUPT surfboards. Read more about the comp.
:: uge

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Bokeh pronounced BOH-kay is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens.
I’m a big fan of Bokeh and have been shooting wide open for years now in the water. Can’t do that on a fisheye. Leave that to Clarkie baby.
Waves are tiny and the light was exquisite for about 1 hour. That’s all. As you were.
Christmas shopping mayhem is in full effect – I’m a massive online shopper…probably like you. We ship anything – anywhere…and this can all be done before Chrissy. True. Order online right now before our production deadlines kick in or contact our sales team on 02 9130 7788 right now.

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The onshore winds chewed up the remnants of the NE swell this morning. It looked real messy but fun all at the same time.
If you find a gap in your day, paddle out before it fades.
Our Christmas madness gallery artwork deadlines are looming. Get in before this Sunday 6pm or you’ll miss the boat. Order online right now from the comfort of your chair of call our hotline 0 2 | 9 1 3 0 7 7 8 8. I have an army of staff ready to take your call (headsets and all)…answering any questions on framing or deadlines.
bye :: uge

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The Early Bird

Today’s update comes from 500 feet above Sydney Harbour. I had a little early morning job flying around in the bird. We live in an incredible city surrounded by water in every direction.
The 331 metre Voyager of the Seas slid into Circular Quay at 6:30am. This mobile city even has a stationary wave machine on rear deck. Yep, a flow rider.
Only days until Chrissy…If you want to order unframed prints from the Aquabumps Gallery and frame them yourself – can do. This is our recommendation for overseas customers (cheapest freight). We can get the print done in 1-2 days at the moment with our in-house print facility then fast post it directly to you (Globally). Order online now or come to the Aquabumps Gallery 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach NSW Telephone 02 9130 7788
Few waves this morning. Northern Beaches is the go…2-3 foot and from the North.
Thanks ::uge
P.S. To clarify, these are not shot from a drone. I repeat. No drone.

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G’day. From humble, grey beginnings today has transformed into a magic day.
Currently 27 and sunny I’d suggest heading to the beach – now – before it morphs again into thunderstorms…like the past few days.
Quite unpredictable weather at the moment.
The surf is a flop. NE micro swell backing out knee high waves.
I had some fun shooting close ups portraits of the shorey.
This time of year is really good fun in the Aquabumps Gallery. So many people flowing through the doors from all over the world. Just remember if you want to give someone framed artwork for Christmas our order deadlines are looming :

Picking up from the Bondi Gallery on the 20/21 Dec? You must have your order to us by Sunday 14th Dec
Picking up from the Bondi Gallery on Christmas Eve 24th Dec? You must have your order to us by Wednesday 16th Dec

If you’re overseas buy an unframed print and we will get it to your quick smart, via Fedex, in time for Chrissie.
View our online image archives or head into Aquabumps Gallery 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach NSW Hotline 02 9130 7788 Lost?
Ok, seeya :: uge

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Today we have a guest photographer, my grom Jet.
He’s only 3 years old but has probably spent more time around photography than most fully grown humans.
He’s traveled the world…Hawaii, Indo, Cook Islands, Manly.
Jet’s a wild man behind the lens…adopting the commonly used “SPRAY AND PRAY” technique. This unique technique involves holding down the shoot button for lengthy periods of time whilst waving around the lens, hoping he’d captured something interesting. It’s a bit like the movie Scarface where Al Pacino goes mad shooting in all directions.
Well…the little fella shot around 64 gig this morning with thousands of frames. That’s why this update is a little late…so many to sift through! He’s not mastered the computer yet – that’s the next step.
Soon you will find this cheeky little manic shooting in the water…soon.
The surf is non-existent. She’s hell stormy as well. A good day to do some work.
Kappa has done it again (Think The Wine Shop, Panama House, Corner House). His latest venue The Bondi Bowling Club on Warner’s Avenue, Bondi Beach. More
P.S. If you want to order artwork from the gallery to give to someone, the time is now! Christmas orders closing shortly. Call 02 9130 7788 or visit the fine art catalogue online

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I’m getting into this body surf thing. Hours of fun. Especially when the water and weather are this good.
Waves are small. Swell is from the NE and not doing much.
Today I visited my old home, Tamarama. I lived there for 8 years right on the beach and love the joint. Shame it doesn’t break more often.
A Tamarama local, Shaun Greenblo, has started a new website/service that uses a buddy system to find anything in the world and get it shipped to you…see what I mean. Good for stuff from The States!
Have a great day – hit the beach for sure, :: uge

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With all that NE wind last night it’s no surprise that these two things have happened:

We have NE swell in town, not suited to south facing Bondi
The water temperature has dropped

There was a fun shorey at Bondi. Love it when it’s angry and unloading in 6 inches of sand. Good for a body surf.
later :: uge

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1st day of summer today.
Look outside, it’s a cracker. Waves too. South swell now, NE swell for the rest of the week. Perhaps some thunderstorms later today. All in all – a very good day to be outside.
Those fishing boats are coming in really close. Plenty of fish in the bay. Large pods of dolphins, seals…the works…even a few shark alarms to boot! Eyes open.
Have a great day :: uge

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Suns out and it is turning into a cracker beach day. The surf is dismal, knee to waist high, onshore. The wind will kick around to the NE later which should clean it up a little.
The forecast shows some promise for tomorrow. It will be short-lived though.
Some things you should know:

Stephanie Gilmore just won her 6th World Surfing title. She’s amazing.
We have just launched our latest collaboration with bassike…a great Aussie label famous for organic cotton tees. We’ve done a very small run of 3 bassike x Aquabumps designs. Buy online
Today is the last day of ridiculously good book deal. Buy Aquabumps Book 1 ($150) and get Aquabumps Book 2 (worth $150) FREE (for Mastercard holders only, in Bondi store only, no over the phone or online orders) we are open until 6pm today 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach. Go for a swim and come see us in the gallery.

Have a great weekend – gonna be great weather ::uge

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Not a beach day today.
In fact I’d say Bondi hosts some of the worst mush I’ve seen in ages. 1 foot mush. Backing up my theory was a deserted line up. For those who don’t live in Bondi – it’s never, ever empty. People around here will surf half a foot and onshore. These showers should clear this afternoon making for a better half of the day.
In the absence of decent shots this morning, I’ve put together a collection of images I think look really good framed. I would hang any of these on my walls at home (some already do). Most of this selection you can see in our Bondi Gallery, all framed up and lookin’ mint…but if you had to order a gift for someone, pick one of these and I reckon you can’t go wrong. View entire range
Volcom are having a crazy sale tonight also. 50% off from 5pm. (Thursday 27th November 2014) . Head to 185 Pittwater Road Manly. More Info
Seeya :: uge

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The south swell has come up in all that wind – but it’s of poor quality. Wind swells normally are. Good to see something surfable after a dead flat day, but it’s only 2/10.
It’s summer…time to get healthy. Our buddies from Bronte will deliver fresh fruit and veg to your door, direct from the markets. Just call Sam the Fruitman hotline 0420 906 061
The world’s oldest competitive surfer, Bondi legend, Barry ‘Magoo’ McGuigan passed away last week at age 85. Magoo was quite the character…a early adopter of yoga and spent his entire life crusted in salt dancing up and down a long board. Just spend 2 minutes watching this film and you will see what I mean.  Tomorrow (27 Nov) you can show your respects to the forefather of surfing in Bondi by participating in a salute to Magoo, 12pm, Queen Elisabeth Drive, Bondi Beach (right neat the lifeguard tower). RIP Magoo.
:: uge

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Some days are really small…some days it’s totally flat. Today it’s a lake (rare).
Put the boards away and drop in for a swim, before the southerly hits.
Once the southerly arrives it may stir up the swell…it will be junkie.
Much cooler today.
bassike + aquabumps – soon my friends, soon.
:: uge

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Late thunder

Similar to yesterday…it’s baking up to be a hot one. It’s currently 29.3 degrees and should top out at 30. Maybe even a bolt of lightning later.
I’d like to say the surf is also cooking…but it is not. I’ll even throw out that word “UNSURFABLE”.
Go for a swim instead.
Small swell increase tomorrow but it will be onshore junk.

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Oh boy it’s damn hot…
It’s gunna hit 38 degrees today which is the hottest day in a couple of years.
Tools down…hit the beach kids. It’s just perfect. The hot weather will continue until Sunday. Surf was dismal at Bondi, NE swell so you need to go somewhere that loves the north summer swells (Manly, Bra etc).
If you’re heading down to Bondi make sure you come and see us in our icy cool, cryogenic, fully air-conditioned gallery 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach telephone 9130 7788 (map). This is the last weekend you will be able to buy “The Beach Blog” and get “The Day in Bondi” free. It’s a ridiculously good deal only available in our Bondi store to Mastercard holders.
Bondi local Claudia runs Venus Goes Gidget which is all about inspiring women through surfing. If your lady wants to get into surfing, send her Claudia’s way. Check it out.
Okay, stay cool :: uge

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Damn those sand banks at Bondi are straight. Some of the finest close outs on offer this morning.
Every now and then a close out would hold open long enough for a ramp. Mostly 2 footers. Suns out. Tomorrow is going to be a steamy 35 degrees!
Did you hear that they pulled a Great White Shark out of the nets at Bondi yesterday? More

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Sometimes these emails run late. Sometimes they run late and include typos.
Sometimes, but not often, they don’t run at all.
Sometimes it runs late because of the work experience kid, but there is not school kid to blame today.
Sometimes the surf is so good that it would be a sin to sit indoors and update our website.
Today I have no excuses. The surf is OK(ish) 2-3 junky foot, but not good enough to warrant a late email. Sorry, she’s late.
Nice day though, whats left of it. Go outside.
I have a very special deal for you. If you are a Mastercard credit card holder you’re in luck! Rock into our gallery and we give you 2 of our Aquabumps books for the price of one (1 “Day at Bondi” and 1 “Beach Blog“). No strings, no dish washing, just one hell of a deal that is basically 50% off…

Valid for 1 more week (ends strictly 28th November 2014) or until stock runs out
ONLY, I repeat ONLY available in store (at the Aquabumps Gallery Bondi) and not online or over the phone. No refunds, exchanges for previous purchases. No reserving copies without payment from a Mastercard.
1 of each type of book, not 2 of the same book.

See you at Aquabumps Gallery 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach NSW 2026 with your Mastercards. Open every day 10am to 6pm.
:: uge (Please excuse my 15 years of typos)
P.S. Portugal The Man is playing at the Bucketlist Bondi this weekend. More

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Always good people down at Bondi in the mornings. So many regulars…doing their morning thing. Some locals I have seen every single day for the past 15 years!
The surf has dropped a few gears…it’s now merely a grovel on the shorey with fat fluff out the back. Surfers will know what that means.
After a very dark, grey morning we have perfect sunshine and heading to 26 degrees.
Tim Bonython is a major frother. That man studies the weather looking for intense lows and follows big wave nuts with his video camera all over the world. He shows his footage once a year at his Amysim Australian Surf Movie Festival. The festival is hitting out neck of the woods. Books some tickets to get stoked and see some meaty slabs:

Cremorne – Hayden Orpheum Wed. 19 Nov  6:45pm BOOK NOW
Randwick – Ritz Cinema Thu. 20 Nov  7pm BOOK NOW
North Bondi RSL Mon. 24 Nov  7:30pm BOOK NOW

Catchya ::uge

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Nothing like a bit of swell to kick off a week. Even better when it’s a south swell and feeds directly into Bondi. Waves were in the 3-4 foot mark…the banks are funky but at least you can paddle into something. Not a cloud in the sky – need I say any more?
I went foraging out the back with my camera in hand. Hard to line up anything with large volumes of water moving. The shorey at South Bondi eats people – whole.
37 days until Christmas. Over the next few weeks I am going to present gift ideas for people like us – beach people. No…it’s not all Aquabumps product!

2mm short arm steamer from O’Neill. One of the best pieces of rubber I’ve ever worn. Like wearing nothing. Seriously amazing. Buy $299
Aido surfboard – the P-PUMP model. Best board for Bondi. Flat and fat, just like our waves. Webby (Aido how about updating your website this decade aye?)
bassike x Aquabumps limited edition tees…the rumors are true! Two aussie brands have joined forces to create 3 limited edition tees for this summer. Short run, organic cotton, signature bassike cuts featuring our images and graphics – launching next week (next week folks – can’t sell them this week). We wanted to partner with the best tees in the biz – you’re gonna love ’em.
Speedo x Aquabumps boardies. Our latest montage boardie in 4 way stretch featuring a collection of our Hawaiian images. Super comfy to wear in the surf – I tested ’em out for you. Buy

Later kids :: uge

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What a good looking day outside.
It’s going to be a hot one. 33 degrees forecasted. Few waves too! Bondi was 2-3 foot but that banks have been destroyed by the ‘dozer. You can catch fluffy fat things out the back or try your luck on a closing out shorey. The reef has some…but it’s fickle.
I shot with a wide angle lens in the water today (the new Canon 16mm to 35mm F4 II). She’s a beauty lens. Sharp as. I haven’t been shooting wide in the water for years as it’s so overdone. I enjoyed it today though…you have to be right up against your subjects, like 2-3 feet away…making you a participant in the action. Swam for nearly 2 hours it was that much fun.
We’ve been busy in the Aquabumps Gallery taking Christmas orders. Please remember it takes 2-3 weeks for us to make your artwork by hand. If you’re interstate or overseas add 1-2 weeks. So don’t leave it to the last minute – order online now. Also if you own a Mastercard credit card there is a very special deal going in the gallery…drop by 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach if you wanna know more.
Heading back to the beach now, bye :: uge

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Tune in, Tune out

This is how my morning unfolded:

6:00am…first beach inspection – Junky and grey, looked onshore when it was meant to be offshore at Bondi (NE). Winds seem to be coming from the East. What tha? I was ready to shoot in the brine, all wettied up and all. Looked bad so headed home to rethink plan.
6:20am…returned to beach with long lens (200mm to 400mm) and nifty 50 (mm). Waited for good waves – didn’t come. Went to south rocks for new angle…nope, nothing decent. Waited…waited. Starting thinking…better start shooting something else as surf isn’t that flash. Not many swimmers, no major events, not much light.
7:00am…went home again. Wrestled the groms. Spike coated me in snot.
7:30am…headed out again just with 50mm and the groms. Spike tried to lick every manky bin from Roscoe St. to beach. Will get sick for sure. Shot portraits of anyone I bumped into for a chat on the way. Waves looked 10 times better! What a improvement. Winds went offshore (true NE) and some nice ones rolling in (3-4 ft). Banks still lacking. Many waves were fat or closing out. Sun is out. Much better. I like.
9:00am to now…stared at a wall looking inspiration to write this copy (not my strength – I like taking photos). Getting twitchy and need to surf.

Ends :: uge

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Boom…we have waves!
After quite a few ordinary surf days this morning shaped up kinda well. The swell kicked and the winds were temporarily offshore. Bondi was 3-4 foot but looked kinda burgerish. Maroubra was smaller but had better shape. Lots of people out for the early…I know the surf is good when I can’t find a park at 6am.
Volcom have opened a new Board Lab in Manly (185 Pittwater Road Tel 9976 5411). You can rock on in and test out all the latest boards before you buy. Firewires…Haydens…they are all there. Good coffee next door at the Emporio Cafe (my regular for north side visits). More info
Feel strongly about Climate Change? Join this…Bondi Salutes G20 by attempting a world record attempt tomorrow. Yep, by sticking their heads in the sand. Thursday November 13 at 5:15pm next to the lifesaver’s tower on Bondi Beach. More info
Laters:: uge

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Greetings. The surf is terrible…I’m talking 1 out of 10. The redeeming quality of the morning was the baking summer sunshine. Nice wasn’t it? I’m sorry to say the rain is coming though, so if you missed it…you missed it.
With the rain swell will follow. It will start to trickle in later today and tomorrow should be 3-4 foot. Onshore winds will flank the swell so if you don’t mind riding a bit of junk – you’ll be in heaven.
43 days until Christmas. It creeps up on you. If you are overseas and want to purchase books and artworks from the gallery you need to get busy (takes a few weeks to make and courier stuff – anywhere in the globe). M.J. Bale are also kind ‘nuf to offer Aquabumps readers 25% off purchases when using the AQUA25 discount code online.
Have a great day, ::uge

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Nielsen Park

Seeing it is overcast, 1 foot and onshore I decided to deviate from Bondi to shoot something different. Change is good. I ended up at Nielsen Park in Vaucluse which is also known as Shark Bay. Nielsen’s got the well known shark net (there isn’t that much to worry about in the harbour).
It’s hard to believe this harbour beach is a ‘surf break’…every now and then on those mega storms swell bounces around breaking in the Eastern corner. See these photos if you don’t believe me. Also this is what Nielsen looks like from the air.
The pace is very slow down at Nielsen compared to Bondi. Barely anybody there. Great spot for the kiddies on a baking summer’s day.

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It was one of those crazy Bondi mornings where everyone was out. Surfers, runners, sculpture lovers, yogies, fluros and of course they were filming a movie down there at dawn too! Good old Bondi.
The waves were OK. 4/10 2 footers broke close to shore. Trying to snag a wave on your own was virtually impossible with the large crowd. At one point I would guess that 60 people were on one peak.
Today I shot a photo of Ben Cryan (the smiling guy in a vest). This guy is my hero. Anyone that can wipe out in Micronesia, sustain a reef cut, get infected, then survive a stroke, multiple organ failures, 33 operations…and still paddle into the line-up deserves some reco. He’s the guy that wears the big wave life jacket just in case he lapses into another epileptic fit in the water. I reckon every surfer should read his story.
This weekend is best spent on the beach. If you are coming to see Scultpure by the Sea please visit us in the Aquabumps Gallery. Maybe start your walk at Bronte and end at our gallery. Perfect! Follow it up with a breakky at Bills.
:: uge

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Not much happening down the beach this morning. The swell has backed right off and is now coming from the NE (neglecting South facing Bondi). The winds were up early and from the SE (18 knots). Choppy conditions on most beaches. The sun was hiding behind thick cloud occasionally throwing out a ray or two, resembling UFOs landing.
Saturday looks like a great beach day. Put that in the diary.
Our good friends at Audi Centre Sydney just opened the fanciest car servicing centre in the world. I don’t normally get excited about car servicing places, but this one was like stepping into a Gucci store. FANCY.
Later :: uge

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All the recent bulldozing seems to have changed our sand bank setup at Bondi. No surprises there. So far I would say the recent renovations have been a improvement. Agree?
The waves seem to be breaking close to shore. I prefer that. Then you don’t have that gaping hole in the middle where you flap around like a mad chicken. Also when I am half asleep I only have to swim out 20 metres from the shoreline to shoot (yeah, lazy, sometimes).
Waves are 2 foot…5/10. Swell is from the SE. Max 26 on land. Winds NE 15-20 knots.
‘Nuf ramble.

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Lucia Valentina

Surfing conditions have improved overnight but it’s still not cranking. The south swell is rogue and some sets broke in the 4 foot range. Bondi looked fun but I found a few at Maroubra near the stormie. Only 1 guy out – Blake.
If you donated to our Aquabumps SurfAid Cup team – THANK YOU. We raised $24,000 for Surfaid which was by far the most cash out of all the teams. Total funds raised on the day was $140k. We really appreciate the support. We came second in the SurfAid Cup for surfing…even with Owen Wright on our team! Watch Video
Today is Melbourne Cup and by the look of my subject title today you can see I am all for Lucia Valentina winning – all based on the name. Melbourne Cup is one of the rare days I’ll wear a suit (and normally lose the jacket)…MJ Bale are offering 25% off for Aquabumps readers so you can look your best for Cup day 2015. Just enter ‘AQUA25’ when checking out in their online store.
P.S. Today’s blurry shots are inspired by the days events.

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Plenty of south swell in Sydney but it’s not doing anything special. I saw waves this morning in the 3-4 foot range.  It looked a little junky with a flanking SE cross/onshore.
Maroubra was a 3 outa 10…Bondi 2 outa 10. Tomorrow should be much cleaner with offshore winds (NE).
Can you believe Christmas is 7 weeks away? Freaky how fast this year went. Seeing it takes 2-3 weeks to make artwork and another 2 weeks to ship it overseas, right now, as in, right now…is a great time to put in your Chrissy artwork orders. Just take a look at our collections, pick one, choose a size that meets your budget (or how much you like the person) and presto…we take care of the rest. Stress free shopping all from your hot little seat. Books are always a winner or for the perpetually indecisive how about a gift card. So if you are reading this in London or New York (as many do), get busy!
:: Yooj

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Hit the highway…it’s perfectly offshore, sunny and 4-6 foot…what are you waiting for?
The above set of conditions just don’t suit Bondi (it closes out with waves this size).
I was kicking myself when shooting today, knowing it was pumping on the reefs far from Bondi. Shoulda got up for the dawnie and found some slabbie delights.
Last week we lost a good bloke, Bondi local and regular surfer… Karl Timms. Karl was always out at Bondi on his longboard surfing with incredible style and grace. You’ll be missed in the lineup Karl. R.I.P.

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To ‘doze, or not to ‘doze

Greetings from the beach. What a pleasant morning. The south swell seems to be coming in nicely. Huge morning crowd enjoying the fruits of 2-3 footers. Even with the 6:15am low tide the waves are breaking really fat. I guess the sand banks just don’t suit super high or mega low tides. As I write this it looks like the southerly has started to blow (12 knots)…it’s mushy now.
I’ve been asking surfers that have lived here all their lives if they think the bull dozer shifting sand on the beach is a good or bad thing for our waves. Will it make a good bank or will it make it close out? I would love to hear your thoughts. My vox pop revealed it could go either way. We definitely have some rather large holes in the banks that could be filled in…but it looks like the ‘dozer will make the beach straight, without any natural curves that create peeling waves. Your thoughts?
Thank you thank you to all the people that donated to the Aquabumps surf team who are raising money for this Friday’s SurfAid Cup. Donate now
Adios :: uge

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Bondi is a unique place.
It was 5:45am when I rolled down the beach. That’s pretty early for most humans. As I came over the hill I could see thousands of people doing something. Surfing, jogging, bootie campin’, sun baking and even a few leftovers from the pub rolling around in the sand trying to get on Bondi Rescue. “Ah yes…home…” I said to myself. There no place like it. It’s chaos and it’s not even 6am.
The surf forecast was dismal but in reality there are head high sets from a new south swell – BINGO! It’s really wonky and a short period windswell – yet surfable. There were surfers coating every bit of moving water from north to south Bondi.
Today is the last day for you to part with your hard earned dough. I would love it if you could sponsor our Surfaid Cup surf team. We are raising money for our main charity, Surfaid that do all the good work in the impoverished Mentawai Islands. Donate now and we will love you long time. I put it on our Facebook (100,000 followers) and our Insty (60,000) followers and we didn’t even get $1. Tight!

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We’re frying

It was a bit of a jolt getting off a plane from the isolated, quiet Cook Islands and straight – BANG – into a full swing Bondi crowd. Looked like 25,000 to 30,000 on the beach yesterday (in my uneducated opinion).
All this good weather and the annual Sculpture by the Sea event can really draw a crowd. Some amazing works this year…love Andrew Hankin’s “We’re frying!”
Waves are small, only 1-2 footers at Bondi and Tamarama. Good bank at Bondi but that will come to an end as the evil bull dozer was there today flattening the beach.
:: Oggie
P.S. Just so you guys know, we don’t organise Sculpture by the Sea. Every year all the locals email me rants about their parking problems. It’s not us.

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