Fantasy Land

I was thinking this morning, if you were an overseas subscriber to Aquabumps (as many do…thank you) and had never been out here to this great land you’d be looking at this week’s Bumps shots thinking…”What the hell is going on down there…is that winter?”
Yes Sir, this is winter…how good is it? 24 degrees yesterday which sure felt like another season.
There is always something to surf out there too. Today it’s only waist high…but perfect for the log and a good attitude.
Health kick…every week Gavin (Bagus) drops off a box of fresh fruit and vege to my house. It all comes in direct from the markets. If you want Gav to come drop one off to you, it’s easy…go to his website or call him on 0420 906 061. He’s going to give you the 1st box free for Aquabumps crew (not sure if he thought this promo through..about 90,000 will see this).
:: uge

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Bronte

Today is just a taste of what spring is like. It’s a tease… It’s 23 degrees and it’s also very sunny.
It will revert back to winter this weekend though. And hopefully bring some much needed swell ‘cause its tiny out there. I shot Bronte for something different.
This Saturday, August 2 Power Living Yoga opens its doors to you all, free yoga all day long! Aquabumps is not the only free thing in life! Link
Out :: uge

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Sky Fire

I worked out that I’ve seen over 3,000 sunrises in my Aquabumps morning ritual career (15 years). Today’s sunrise was really something special…some of the brightest colours I’ve seen down there.
I missed this morning’s twin, last night’s mind blowing sunset (which everyone is talking about)…so this morning made up for it. I was down there ready to go in the dark, like a good little school boy. This is what I saw. Wow!
If you live in Sydney, you’re being treated to a rather good run of colour.
We just hit 50,000 crew on Instagram (@aquabumps)…now that is more than my email mailing list that I started 15 years ago. If you aren’t following us, best do so now.
Otherwise spread the colour by forwarding this email around to 100 mates for good luck.
What will tomorrow bring?
Adios :: ugios

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Mini Bumps

The waves are tiny and clean. Nice day though, looks like the mercury will hit 20 degrees. Until this Saturday the surf is going to be really small…
Chris Bryan is a Cronulla cinematographer who operates a fancy piece of camera called The Phantom. Phantoms are those cameras that do super slow motion clips. They’re awesome. I want one when I win Lotto. They allow you to see stuff not possible to the human eye. I see Chris all over the world, especially in Hawaii each winter. You can’t miss him…he’s a bear like over-sized-human wielding a massive metal water housing. When I see Chris I know the waves are going to be good. He’s good at nailing that…and always has talented surfers following him e.g. Jamie O and JJ Florence. I just made a cuppa, put my head phones on and watched his latest work in HD – it’s pretty bloody amazing. Well done Chris. Watch
Out :: uge

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Colour

Today kicked off with some pretty serious colour sprayed across the sky. It was really something. All kinds of imaging devices were clicking away @ sunrise. Did you get the shot? It’s now 11am and it’s raining. Shows over.
Hope you got out there for the early. Little fun wave on offer at Bondi best suited to a log. The Fluoro wolf pack dominated the southern peak…what a following those One Wave Is All It Takes have started…
:: uge

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Metro Waves

Lucky aren’t we? I mean we live in a sorta big city and can surf nearly every day.
Lately the waves have been more than just surfable. Today’s its small, waist to chest high, clean and fun.
Not many places in the world you can surf twice a day and hold down a corporate job. Sydney CBD is only 8 clicks from the beach.
Today was a really decent sunny morning. Felt so warm as well with barely any wind about.
Have a good day. Sorry about the late update. Hard swimming with just 1 flipper.
:: uge

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Misguided

We have waves! Good ones…
I’m giving up on forecasting this week as reality is exceeding my predictions, daily. It is 3 foot and from the south east. Super clean with chilly offshores. Bondi and Maroubra both had good waves. The joys of winter.
::uge
P.S. I lost one of my favourite flippers today at Maroubra. Should you bump into a V7 Viper long blade (black with yellow dot), send it my way for a huge reward. I’m talking big chunks of gold bullion.

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Waxers

Hola.
Since we last spoke there’s been a few lil’ surprises down the beach. Yesterday afternoon the swell kicked and 4 footers were on offer at Bondi. So good, especially without the crowd. This morning was only forecasted for small 1-2 footers but it’s breaking head high. The sun has come back and it’s another amazing winter’s day.
It will be pretty small all week after this though. Promise. The rips are on turbo, if you are new to the sport take care.
::uge

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Wet

I certainly hope you got a few waves over the weekend with the big storm swell in town.
It wasn’t really appealing around our neck of the woods, but I hear north side was the place to be, out of the wind and all…
Today the swell is dropping, fast. It’s currently waist to head high (and fat as…). For the next 7 days there is no swell so I would make the most of it today.
Tomorrow the weather comes good. Enjoy.
:: uge

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Inbound

Looks at these photos and tell me if you think you will be surfing this arvo?
It’s half a foot now, but boy, she’s about to erupt.
They say by lunchtime you will see it pulse and by nightfall we should have 8 foot. Sometimes swells don’t run on schedule…hope this one does. Tomorrow will be 12 foot. All of this is flanked with icy, strong, offshore winds. Rubber up.
8 degrees down the beach this morning. Wind chill would have brought that down to 4 I reckon. Brr.
Have a great weekend. Come see us in the Aquabumps Gallery on Bondi Beach.
:: oggie

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Hot Doggin’

The sun is back and the surf is dribbling. What a nice morning. Looks all calm and orderly right now doesn’t it…well, in 28 hours the ocean is going to roar and spit out 8-10 footers. Yes hellmen, huge swell kicking really hard tomorrow afternoon. Where you going to be?
It’s ski season and some Hawaiians want in…how about Chuck the Ripper surfing Jaws on snow skis? Watch
Lisa Dempsey lives in Bondi and soft sands most mornings. She’s one of the hundreds I see every day down there, rain, hail or shine. Lisa founded designer label Jac+Jack and they having a sample sale! Details look right at the grey square thingie.
Ends :: ugio

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Travels

I thought a rainy-1-foot-day is the perfect opportunity to go through my shots from the past 4 weeks.
As you know, I’ve spent a good chunk of the past month travelling and have seen some incredible things…from the mega-city Manhattan to the remote islands of Mentawai…and then the amazing nuggets of The Cape last week.
Good times…go travel and see stuff. (Deep, I know)
Some more good news is that Power Living Yoga are opening up August 2nd in Bondi Beach. Power Living are one of the biggest Yoga Studios in Australia and opening on Jacques Ave in Bondi. Click here for your chance to win a years’ worth of yoga sessions.
See ya tomorrow, ::uge

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Burgers

A very wintery morning. The beach was pretty much empty. A bit of precipitation overnight…2-3 foot fat waves…grey skies…definitely a great day to do some work.
Even though the forecast has been downgraded for the weekend, it’s still going to be quite solid (4-6 foot on Saturday)
The showers will clear tomorrow and Thursday looks perfectly sunny. That’s really all I have to report today. The Birds Mentawai video has been viewed 134,000 times since last week – thought that was pretty impressive.
Out :: uge

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Brass Monkey

It was one of those frosty mornings – 6 degrees. The beach was pretty much empty and there are waves.
Bondi was a little disorganised so I headed down to Maroubra. It’s 2- 4 foot, nothing amazing but well worth a paddle.
Big south swell hitting this Sunday…a whopper!
::uge

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Plume

The beastie swell has dropped a couple of gears and Bondi is now surfable at 3 foot. It’s wasn’t very good though (I could be just saying that in light of yesterday’s glory). In fact I didn’t see many decent waves being ridden this morning despite perfect offshores and solid south east swell. Definitely a day to fire the whip and head out of town. Oh my, so many places will be lighting up this morning.
Can we talk about this weather – days and days of clear skies? Too good to be true!
Hey don’t forget we have a gallery in Bondi. Its open all weekend 10am to 6pm. Watch this drone fly through to see where we are situated and what our gallery/garden looks like.
:: uge

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Mental

I’ve been travelling a lot lately. People I meet always ask me “What are the waves like in Sydney…?”
“Yeah, not bad…” I respond.
Definitely not bad today!
After 4 hours of swimming, shooting and drooling…I can officially say Sydney is pumping today.
Some of the best waves I’ve seen in ages rolled through. Forecast said 4-6 foot – well, these are bigger.
The Red Bull Cape Fear comp is not running today. It’s offshore (howling) and sunny – what a great day.
Summersite invites you to dinner in Paris…click to see what I mean.
::uge

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Winter Sun

What a crisp, clean, cold morning down here in Bondi. Even though the waves were waist to shoulder high and lacking punch, it was a good one to be floating around. Tomorrow the swell will kick right up into the 4-6 foot range. Now that’s exciting.
Thanks to a couple of recent articles in the media (here and here) we’ve got a heap of new blood in our readership. For the newbies, welcome. You’ll receive photos from the beach each weekday. I’ve been doing this for 15 years now and yes I want a medal.
Go outside, it’s a perfect winter’s day with clear skies.
Not only does Derek Rielly surf tubes at Bondi as seen here, he can write. How about his article on SMH about property prices around Bondi.
:: uge

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Currents

It was only 6 degrees before the sun rose…nippy huh? The water is perfectly fine, just that dash across the sand can be a lil’ fresh.
There are waves! Good ones. At sunrise I saw some luscious right hand tubes on a shallow south bank. Looks like the rip is on turbo and creating some decent sand formations.
Big swell coming Thursday but it looks to be flanked with strong westerlies.
I know you all know, but we had the best Mentawais trip, ever, in June just gone. My good friend Paulie (AKA The Bird) brought along his little drone, check out the footage. Warning, you will want to go to the islands after seeing this video.
Seeya, uge

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Return

G’day. I back in the hood.
I was away for 2 solid weeks in the mega cities…that’s the longest stint I’ve been separated from my muses…being waves and surfing.
Can you imagine how good Bondi looked this morning to me with fresh (urban) eyes? 3 foot, clean, offshore and only 3 or 4 guys out? Oh man…I love traveling but home is pretty darn good. Especially when I look at the swell forecast and I’ll be able to surf every day this week. There is a spike of swell on Thursday…otherwise it will be head high every day.
It was only 8 degrees this morning but skies are clear. How good.
A lot of people have been emailing me about where to stay in New York. I’m no expert. All I can say is that we stayed in SoHo at this loft and it was amazing, right in the middle of the good stuff. But there are so many on Airbnb. Everyone we met in NYC rents out their pads…basically you book it and they go on holidays.
Seeya::uge

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SoHo

SoHo, or as it used to be known, South of Houston Street is a neighbourhood in New York City that is well known for its cast iron architecture, fashion, art and cobble stone streets. It’s like going back in time as most buildings are well over 100 years old and left unchanged.
I rate SoHo. It’s a cool area and it’s not as hectic (well, in comparison to mid-town where it feels like a stampede just walking down the street).
If only SoHo had a beach!
Some of these photos are taken from my apartment window. It’s pretty incredible staying right in the city whilst thousands of people surround you. If you wanna come to NYC, we found our loft apartment on Airbnb. There heaps to choose from right here.
Ok beach lovers, this is the last post from this mega-metropolis. The Bondi show will continue from Monday onwards. Thank you to all the New Yorkers that have emailed me, invited me to their homes and offered to show me around. Sorry if I haven’t emailed you all back…
Seeya NYC, we will be back real soon :: uge

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Hamptons

The Hamptons is what Bryon Bay is to Sydney. It’s the beach where you go and chill. It’s where you can surf and get space…Manhattan is awesome but I reckon you’d need a break from the pace and concrete after a while.
After talking to Hampton locals they have great stories and photos of double head high barrels here. Unfortunately for the 30 hours of my stay it was tiny…but there is a swell coming this weekend from some early hurricane activity, which I will sadly miss.
The Hamptons is also famous for having the most expensive real estate in the USA. Hell…even Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are rolling around here at the moment working on their base tans.
So sad about the Tamarama surfer who passed away yesterday. The Twins have always been such a dangerous part of the beach. I imagine you have a big swell in town at the moment…be safe.
Over in New Zealand the ski season has kicked off and the South Island Alps have had good dumps. I love that place…watch this video to check out the current conditions on the Isobel Glacier. Heliskiing over there is insane and a must for any bucket list. See Heli Ski
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