Zest

The swell has gone and it doesn’t look like it will return until the weekend. Overall the next 10 days looks very small. Where have those booming autumn swells gone?
Incredible day outside. There was a chill in the air. 1 foot.
For the next two weeks these updates will be sent from a boat in the Mentawais Islands, Indonesia. Yep I’m taking some time out of Bondi to chase good waves and warmer temperatures. This will be my 15th trip there and it’s as exciting as my first. Can’t wait.
Have a good one. Speak next week.
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Beach Office

Today I am struggling to come up with a creative way to describe 1-2 foot sunny Bondi.
We are getting spoilt with all this good weather. I’m sure the winter curtain will drop soon.
Go outside.
Enjoy.
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Leftovers

There’s some leftover south swell still chugging into Sydney. It’s dropping rapidly.
At 7am this morning Bondi was maxing out. Most waves would close out straight.
I knew it would be this way…and that you had to hit a reef, like yesterday…just had a full morning diary. (Hence the late mail – sorry!)
Here is another video instalment from the Bird above Bondi. Watch. Warning to Expats, it will make you homesick.
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Tubes

It was an all-star cast down at a local Sydney reef. Aren’t our best surfers meant to be in Fiji soon?
Mick Fanning, Owen Wright, Bede Durbidge, Blake Thornton, Pama Davies, Phil Macca, Julian Wilson are all out enjoying this incredible day.
Look outside…gentle offshores and a growing 4-5 foot south swell. Bingo!
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Beach People

Basically today I took a photo of anyone who I had a chat with on my morning walk.
Friday’s are always busy with the Fluoro guys but with this record breaking warm weather it was exceptional.
Seize the day
On the 22nd June Andy Owens is paddling a stand up from North Bondi to Sunshine coast…some 1,000 kilometres…all in the name of raising money for Leukaemia. The paddle was inspired by our close family friend Nigel Harbach, who has been diagnosed with MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome) and has just undergone his second bone marrow transplant. Also, Xavier Slezak (12 year old) a North Bondi Nipper has also recently been diagnosed with Leukemia and is supporting Andy, Nigel and the Seize the Day Paddle for Leukemia. TO DONATE! Make a deposit into ‘Seize the Day’ Big Paddle Leukaemia BSB: 633000 Account: 144509411 or more information see this FB page or watch video.
Enjoy today, it’s amazing outside…
Swell arrives tomorrow – YES!
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Dutch Oven

Was really smokey down there today.
The NSW Rural Fire Service are doing their annual back burning and Sydney has a haze, similar to what you see in Bali.
Asthma sufferer’s best stay indoors.
Well…there was a small fun wave on offer today. I’m talking waist high on sets. Huge crowds enjoying yet another salubrious day.
We will hit 26 degrees today and I strongly recommend going outside to soak it up.
I have hundreds of emails asking how I shot the photos from above yesterday. Easy, just bought one of these.
Bye for now:: uge

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New Angles

Here at Aquabumps we pride ourselves on new angles…
Well…here’s 11 angles you haven’t seen before. No drone, no heli, no housing…just my latest invention from NASA called the big stick. Total investment – 20 bucks.
Tiny waves…yet perfect for the mal at Bondi…
The weather continues to be incredible. So good.
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Wake Up

I’ve seen a lot of sunrises over the past 15 years of doing this Aquabumps thing. More than an Ibiza DJ that’s for sure.
4 days in a row have been pretty magic down the beach, think ya better wake up early tomorrow.
The colours were insane. Shame we don’t have incredible waves to match.
I can’t see any swell until Sunday…so come down for a swim!
Fruitman Sam (AKA Gav) is delivering healthy fruit and vege right to your door from the markets. He wakes up early than I, drives out to the markets out west and gets the freshest produce for us all to enjoy. He’s a local Bronte surfer and we like to keep him busy out of the water (Wave hog)…hungry? Call 0420 906 061
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Luminous

We are having a good run of colourful sunrises at the moment. 3rd one in a row today.
Always plenty to shoot around here.
A whale entered the bay as well, flanked with dolphins. That caused quite the stir. The big fella was playful, tossing and turning in the bay. I paddled out on Pete’s board (thanks) trying to snag a shot. Obviously couldn’t get too close.
What a morning! If we had waves I’d have to take the day off.
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Laird

Big wave surfer, Hawaiian, co-inventor of tow, male model, Laird John Zerfas (better known at Laird Hamilton) came down to Bondi this morning for some waves’n’shots. He’s promoting his new LAIRD SUP range which is hitting our shores. This action man started young, jumping off a 60 foot cliff into deep water at age 7. We all know that millennium wave he took at Teahupoo back in August…c’mon, take another look.
Unfortunately Bondi only had 1 footers for Laird today. Doesn’t matter – it’s an exquisite day and one of the biggest fluoro Friday congregations I’ve seen. Great vibe to finish the week.
The swell is going to be tiny for a while now. Don’t expect to surf anything decent for a week or so.
Ciao :: ugio
P.S. Have you watched Corona’s new “Someplace Else” film? Watch

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Aurora

Like most of you I figure the morning is the best time of day around here.
Why?
– The light is at its best, streaming in over Benny and his Buckler. Makes things look real pretty
– My phone hasn’t started to ring
– People are happier in the morning. Some days 30 people say hello
– Winds are usually gentle – making for clean surfaces
– I’m ahead of the game…up before a lot of you and already doing stuff
Today was a fine morning, just tiny waves.
Out :: uge

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A.M.

The swell came back and the hordes rolled down for the early.
Oh man it was mental. Boards, bodies, rips all swishing around in one pot.
The funny thing is that it was busy for 1 hour…’the before work’ shift.
Sometimes it pays to work to a different schedule if you can.
Canon Shine
We’re in an age of shooting every aspect of our lives. Our lunch, our toes, our friends, our life all gets documented and uploaded to the multiple social channels now on offer. Canon Shine is a photographic movement about shooting something that has meaning to you – or something you want to communicate through photography. Ya’ know, something you want to shine a light on. For me I want to shine a light on SurfAid and their good work in the Mentawais. Especially after devastating Tsunamis and Earthquakes. See my shot which I submitted to Canon Shine. If you want to Shine a light on something, submit your images here. Only 12 days left of this campaign.
Uge

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Emerge

I’m not sure how much longer the water can remain warm and clear…but I’m loving it. Can’t get ‘nuf of it.
After a long night of kids screaming nothing beats hanging down under the waves, where it’s all quiet. If only I could hold my breath for hours!
The waves look OK too…waist to shoulder high…and picking up.
Tomorrow will be head high for sure and offshore. I like them apples.
:: uge

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SO-SO

It was a pretty standard autumn morning down at Bondi. A small choppy, south wind-swell is in town and waves got up to head high on sets. It looked a little bumpy and random…totally surfable though.
The wonder bank at south of Bondi has been dismantled…oh boy Friday and Saturday were fun at Bondi – some of the best waves/tubes I’ve seen around here in years. Shame the bank has gone for another year!
This week is not going to be as fruitful as last. The swell looks tiny but there’s great weather to be had. Love this time of year.
SOMEPLACE ELSE
Corona pulled together an eclectic group of individuals and put them on a bus in Mexico. 7 days, traveling the coast, skaters, surfers, artists and locals all in a short film. Beautifully shot by Riley Blakeway. Watch the short…go on, it’s Monday!
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Prime

Right now so many places will be lighting up. It’s a south swell with a tiny bit of East in it. Super light winds, warm water and 4-5 footers – what else do you need?
It’s not often my morning shoot is cut short by a surf. I just had to get out there and sample a few. The swell is on the decline and will reside back to 3 feet by nightfall.
Have a great weekend.
:: uge

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Supply

We’ve got a fresh batch of south swell and the beach is full of wobbly peaks.
She’s not perfect, but it’s worth getting wet. That is…until the wind swings more south.
It’s 4 foot.
Watch this video, it will get your pumped for the approaching ski season!
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Gone

Today is a brand new day. It’s amazing how different it is…
Waves were 6-8 foot yesterday. Way down south there are rumors of 15 foot sets.
Today Bondi is hosting 1-2 foot. It’s all gone my friends.
Apparently it was a technicolor sunrise at 6:15am. I missed it. Guttered. Still slapping myself.
Everyone I bumped into on my way to the shoreline asked “Did you get the shot? Sunrise was a cracker”
So let’s not talk about it anymore. Another swell returns tomorrow!
Its Mother’s Day this weekend. I’m pretty sure she’s wants something other than 50 bucks or a six pack. How about our latest book “The Beach Blog”? Order online now and we will get it to you before Sunday (Australia only). She’s a huge book…A3 in size and 280 salt crusted pages of the beach (not just surfing so Ma will love ya for it). Otherwise pop into the store and I am sure we will find her some artwork. Aquabumps Gallery 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach telephone 9130 7788 Lost?
Ends :: uge

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Chunks

The swell is plentiful and coming from the south. It’s solid, like 6-8 foot at exposed beaches. Very few places around here can hold such swell so you need to fire up the whip and get out of town.
The weather is immaculate, no clouds and just a chilly offshore.
There is another swell backing this one up on Wednesday.
What a great time of year.
Adios ::uge

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Friday Mania

Fridays sure are busy down at Bondi. With the incoming tide a little wave pulsed around 8am – but it was short-lived. It’s only 1-2 foot now and fading into the high tide.
The great news is that there is a strong south swell heading our way. Sunday will start off small but grow during the day to 6 foot. Bondi loves the south direction but I doubt any sand banks will hold that kind of size. The Bondi Board riders is on Sunday, so you’ll see some good surfing (Please note you won’t be able to surf the same bank as them – they will be clearing the water with council permission and a ski). Summary – go out of town for a surf!
The Beach People are our kind of people. Why? They solely make selected products for people like you and me who like sand between the toes. Mother’s day is May 11 – snag her something online now and you don’t even have to leave your chair.
Adios::uge

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Good Times

The wave machine has kicked into gear and firing 3-4 footers into the Bondi bay.
It looked fun, little random, little wobbly, but at least waves are over head high.
Good times…sun’s out – bonus.
Have a great day, uge

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