Mun-dei

Greetings. Hope you had a good weekend. How good was the weather? I love it when the forecast sets low expectations and then it’s burning sunshine and fun waves.
Today the swell has kicked back a gear and only breaking waist to chest high. Still rideable and some fun (Small) ones.
Nice and clean this morning. Autumns winds are the best. Only 4 knots of SSE right now and nearly 26 degrees…
Have a good week…::uge

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Mix

Hola!
Mixture of swells down the beach this morning. Forecast says ENE swell, but there is definitely some South swell as Bondi had chest high waves every 15 minutes.
Rainy day (again)…barely seen the sunshine at all week.
Forecast for the weekend is cloudy, small waves…all ENE swell 2-3 foot.
Have a great weekend, come see us in the Aquabumps Gallery 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach open 10-6 Sat-Sun.
Seeya, :: uge

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Precipitated

Gosh it hasn’t stopped raining today…need this rain to head north into the drought areas of Western Queensland. ‘Nuf already!
For the first time in years I slept in until a whopping 8:30am. Why? I knew it would be real ugly down the beach. Small waves in the rain with plenty of skanky wash off the streets…you’re not missing much so get some work done.
I can remember when a dinner date in Bondi was either No Names at the Beach Road or 5 dollar pasta at the Tratt. That was it – no options, no frills just big plates to fill you up before plying drinks. Oh boy how things have changed around here (for the better). Bondi has night life. At 5pm today the long awaited Bondi China Diner will be opening its door to the public. Think China Lane, China Doll – same people. I had a sneak preview last night and it’s very impressive. Just like walking into 1930’s Shanghai dining room…only I was the only Asian in the joint! Try it…on Hall Street in the new complex.
Seeya ::uge

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Mono

I was quite surprised to see energy left in this East swell. The Bra had plenty, early. Sure was wonky though! Barely any wind around and some fun peaks around our hood. Brave the dark clouds and reap the rewards. Today is it though – she’ll fade away into the afternoon whilst a new south swell will arrive (small).
This week is not a beach week…score brownie points with the boss and be conscientious.
If you’re reading my updates you probably love the ocean. Well this Saturday 29th March you should join the “Float Your Boat Rose Bay Paddle. Basically rock down with anything that floats and have a go – bit like a fun run on water. 1.5km – 5.0km – 10 km courses…beginners to elite…register online.
Seeya, uge

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Clean

The rain has gone and the wind has subsided. The swell has decreased (3ft) but is lining up a hell of a lot better than yesterday. Go surf!
Today is shaping up to be a good one…in all aspects.
How was that storm yesterday huh? Cheap way to wash all the salt off the car. 100mm poured down yesterday.
Smaller tomorrow, but should be clean.
Out :: uge

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Rewind

I prefer yesterday.
Today’s all grey, windy and wet.
The beach was a wash out this morning.
Good thing the swell has kicked up, but you’ll need protection from the southerly.
Gosh that was a beautiful weekend in Sydney. More of those please.
::uge

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Hi Vis

Even though it was a dark grey morning nothing like a bit of fluoro from the One Wave crew to brighten things up. Today is “One Wave is all it takes” 1st birthday and by the look of the incredible turn out they’re going strong. About 100 fluoro warriors took over South Bondi for an hour or so. Chaos reigned, boards flew as 10 smilers per wave enjoyed their 1st digit. Congratulations guys!
Under all that fluoro there was actually a fun, 1-2 foot hollow righthander at Bondi. Maybe it was just the right tide, maybe it was a small pulse, but I definitely saw some fun ones. I rode past it recently and it didn’t look half as good.
Big Wave Surfing comes to Sydney! Red Bull’s Cape Fear is a unique event for 14 surfers at one of Sydney’s heavy slabs. The waiting period is from April 17 through to August 1 and will be a man on man format. How good would that be…just imagine Bruce Irons Vs Mark Mathews at the Cape…Koby Abberton vs Jamie O’Brien. Would love to see what Shane Dorian can do out there on that lethal chunk of reef. Watch
New swell arrives late Sunday/early Monday – dang!
::uge

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Quiet

Not much excitement down the beach this morning. The waves are tiny and a 2 out of 10. Clouds hid the morning sun and it felt a little quieter…winter is coming.
Another swell arriving this weekend, similar to last week. You bewdy Huey.
::uge

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Late Light

I thought the sun was never gonna rise today. It took so long to get up over the horizon. At 7am I was sitting around waiting for light to strike…nuttin! When it did come up it sure was real pretty.
Pity the smotherly hit early and the swell has dropped back to knee cappers. Forget surfing, its awful today especially in the shadows of the past few days.
Have a good one ::uge

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Funtimes

We are still reaping the benefits of past northern storms…its 3-4 foot today and fun!
The sand banks around the east are lacking. Sets at Maroubra were closing out, Bondi was small neglecting the majority of the swell source and Tama, well…it was just being Tama (fools gold). I recommend packing up the whip and surfing out of town (if you have spare time) – somewhere is going off right now.
:: u g e

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Gold

The much talked about swell is here and slowly declining. It’s been a fun couple of days in Sydney with waves (finally) above your head. Crazy sunny skies today to boot! I hope you scored your wave quota amongst the massive crowds.
In excitement of this swell I’ve been driving around everywhere and not really scoring anywhere 100% on. Every car park I went to it seemed to be full of people doing the same thing. Too high for here, too low for there, to North for there and now too small for there!
Another East swell due next week – so I’ll get another crack at it.
Enjoy today – it’s gold ::uge

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Tacloban

Currently we are all sitting around waiting for this much talked about cyclone swell which is drifting down the coast. It should slowly arrive today and peak on Sunday. Oh boy I hope she blossoms into the boomer that is forecasted or there will be some grumpy humans. I can safely say Sunday is going to be packed – everywhere!
Bondi was crazy busy this morning. I’m talking lethal busy. Was hard to find any space at all. The waves are 1 foot and the water is clear…such inviting conditions to go for a swim.
Help rebuild the Philippines. A good friend of mine has started a tool drive for the Philippines called “Tools for Tacloban”. Super Typhoon Hayian devastated the Leyte Province of the Philippines in late 2013. Government estimates state that 14.1 million people were affected by the storm and 4.1 million remain displaced. With the wet season coming Philippines Communitere is running a drive to collect people’s unwanted tools, as well as donations, to be sent to Tacloban to assist with the rebuilding process. Donate
Have a great weekend.

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Glare Stare

Put ya sunnies on for this update as she is super glary…
Wow, the colours this morning were insane! The 6:30am hue eruption made up for the tiny 1 foot waves. I know you were down there to see it. I saw you…
I am still shock from yesterday’s Quiksilver Pro final between Gabs Medina and Joel Parkinson (watch). Did that really just happen? A Brazilian goofy footer beat our front side local boy Joel who was in top form, taking off behind the rock and all. Did that really just happen? I’ve watched the replay so many times…such a nail biter. I’ll never forget Sean Doherty saying to me a few years back – watch the Brazilians – they’re gonna hit pro surfing hard in a few years with all their young talent. Just take a look at the final day yesterday – nearly was an all Brazilian final.
I’ve looked into the crystal ball and you will be surfing from tomorrow onwards. A cyclone swell is trickling down from Queensland. Exciting times.
::uge
P.S. A mate of mine is selling this slick Bondi Pad.

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Clean

Another immaculately sunny day here in Sydney.
How good is it?
The beach was packed early. Probably one of the busiest 6am’s I’ve seen. Humans littered the beach from South to North. Boot camp, Re-boot camp, soft sanders, swimmers, surfers, kids, mums, dads the lot!
There was a tidy little right hander at 1st ramp. It’s only small today, waist to chest high, clean and weak. The forecast is showing some cyclone swell this weekend. Now that is exciting. Long period 6-8 foot stuff on its way…thank you Huey and those intense lows off Queensland. Surfing knee to waist high is driving me mad!
The Quiky Pro is on live now! Finals may run and complete the comp.
:: uge

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Morning Phase

After a steamy night it was nice to hit the beach early this morning.
Water is super warm (22). There is not much swell but a decent little right breaking on a very shallow bank at 1st ramp. So much sand there – I am very much looking forward to a bit more swell where we can see it working properly.
All week it looks tiny…something coming on Sunday.
That’s all you need to know for now! ::uge

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Bump

The computer charts will show little or no waves today, but I reckon there’s a few down there. I saw a chest high set at 8am…ok, so they’re not frequent, but if I had nothing to do, I’d pack a bag + board and spend the day down the beach. How good is it?
Forecast for the weekend is small surf. Not much will get about your waist to chest. Gosh, would give anything for a wave over head high. Pray for swell.
At precisely 12:20pm today my 300mm F2.8 will be sold on ebay via an auction. If you’re in the market for a long lens to shoot surfing – here it is. One of Canon’s sharpest lenses they’ve made.
Later :: uge

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F O M O

Am I the only one that didn’t get a decent shot of last night’s evil storm? Wow, I’ve seen some great shots. I think I got down there 5 minutes too late – been slappin’ myself in the face ever since. Sorry team. I shot this one above but the clouds had already covered most of the bay. An old lady on my street showed me a shot she took on her iphone when it was peaking in the south…she asked me if it’s any good. Would probably hang it in the gallery.
I was down the beach bright and early scratching around for the gold shot (FOMO). Onshore, half-a-foot and grey. Not feeling the inspiration from the day I’ve elected to run a shoot I did a few weeks back for Vogue. When I got asked to shoot farrshion, I was a little like “hmm, not my thing”. Vogue threw in some big names like world champion Stephanie Gilmore, Laura Enever and Ellie Jean Coffey – oh and a heli ride…and brought everyone to my home beach for the shoot – how could I resist? The shots are running in the current issue of Miss Vogue – have a look at your local Newsagent. Here’s some shots that didn’t make the cut.
Float Your Boat – Rose Bay Paddle
On the 29th March ocean-loving recreational and elite paddlers will take the waters of Rose Bay in all manner of craft. SUP, surfboard, boogs or whatever floats – you can enter. Register here
::uge (FOMO)

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Deluxe

These mornings need to be savoured.
Today it all kicked off with great light and sunrise colours. The winds are so light that the surfaces are immaculately glassy. The swell is small and from the SE with plenty of fun small peaks worth surfing.
I don’t want to be inside long today.
Good time of year…love it.
:: u g e

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Fire + Water

Contrasty down the beach this morning. At around 3am it bucketed down. At 6am it seemed to be clearing. At 6:30am the sky lit up with deep reds…but it went back to grey moments after. The waves have picked up slightly…but it is still 2 foot and dribbly. Surprised how clear the water was underneath – especially with all this rain.
The surf will be tiny all week. The weekend will see a increase. Looking foward to that.
Seeya, uge

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Ladies Day

It’s great to see the girls out-numbering the boys in the line up at Bondi. More please.
After a rainy weekend we have glorious sunshine – you bewdy! The only missing ingredient is swell…it’s currently a grovel @ waist high. Word on the street is that it may come up slightly this afternoon.
The ASP has a fancy new logo…pretty isn’t it? The tour kicked off yesterday at Snapper Rocks with the Quiky Pro. Dane looked like a new man (focused and surfing responsibly), Slater was finding tubes when there were none, Taj was on fire and Jon Jon and Medina always a pleasure to the eye. I reckon Snapper is one of the best contests to watch on the tour…it’s such a rippable wave (when not high tide). Next call is at 11am today…swell looks small all week. Who you betting on? Comment here
I am currently selling a couple of Canon lenses on ebay. 300mm IS F2.8 Version I and 24-70mm F2.8 Version I. Both in good nic, used…but working perfectly.
Adios :: ugios
 
 

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