Cape

Everybody is talking about it.
Everybody is excited.
Cape Fear, Red Bull’s big wave surfing comp will run this Saturday …I mean this Sunday @ 7:30am.
Why the move in days? Well the winds look pretty damn strong on Saturday, even though the swell is huge. By Sunday the winds should be more offshore (SW) and there will be some 6 foot drainers on the reef. To reiterate, it’s a closed comp and you can only watch it online here. The whole area is on lock down…heard there’s a few out there right now. Anyone got a ski to whip us across Botany Bay around 11:30am today?…as there is no road access.
Enjoy your weekend. Saturday is still stormy and southerlies…Sunday it goes all good with sunshine and offshore.
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P.S. These shots are all from the last time The Cape was good, last month. Oh boy, what a day.
 
 

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Soak

I’m all for trying to create something interesting from the mundane. That’s the biggest challenge in taking photos…I think. Especially shooting the same beach for 15 years…gotta challenge yourself, daily. This week has been a tough one though. The surf has been nothing but manky wash (mostly unsurfable)…the light has been pretty off and the rain has spoiled most vantage points. The great news is that next week looks a lot dryer than the past few. Phew.
What I am really excited about is that Red Bull’s Cape Fear event will be held this Saturday (7:30am). Yes kids, it’s ooorrrn. Finally. One of the most dangerous waves in the world is going to host all the big names in a 1 day battle at Cape Solander (Ours). The event is a closed event…that means you can’t rock up. The ONLY way to watch it live is at www.redbullcapefear.com and Fuel TV. I hear that is because the event is being held in a National Park. The swell looks chunky (6-8ft)…so clear your day on Saturday and watch the action. It’s going to be mental. Hopefully I’ll have some good pics for you, unfortunately not from the water (boooo).
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Rough Water

OK so I’m a little dry on content today. I rolled down the beach…howling onshore and 2 foot – intermittent rain. Nothing to exciting. Barely anyone out surfing (smart). I drove around to Bronte…1 guy out…not doing much.
The ocean is very agitated and you will need to wait for it to calm down. Be patient. It’ll happen soon.
Out ::uge
 
 

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Wash Out

This morning was a complete wash out. It was pouring. The surf was 1-2 foot and onshore – real ugly stuff. I actually thought it was unsurfable. A few optimistic crew out in the middle waiting for something…good day to do some work.
Today’s photos are completely random, last summer, last big swell…stuff like that.
There is a big swell about to hit Sydney. The winds aren’t too crash hot though…stormy conditions. Hopefully something clean will break.
For the 4th year in a row Aquabumps has teamed up with our buddies at Speedo to create a range of boardies and ladies swimmers. The men’s has arrive in store now, women’s to follow soon. See range online.
Cheers :: uge

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Solar

The weather has gone from horrible to perfect in Sydney. But it’s short lived. The rest of the week is going to be wet.
Right now we should all be racing to the airport to catch a flight to Tahiti. Chopes pumping again. The WCT comp is currently ON and it’s awesome. Watch Live Now
Owen Wright and Matt Wilko are about to hit the water. Slater coming up too. Tomorrow looks solid and the finals will run. How about floating int he channel tomorrow…bucket list kinda stuff to see a comp like that in big, perfect waves.
If you’re are heading to Chopes make sure you’re back in Sydney for Thursday/Friday this week. Swell is going to be huge in Sydney. I’m excited.
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D-Bowl

It’s so good to have the sun back. Haven’t seen it in a while.
Like the rest of the week the surf looks pretty junkie. I rolled on down to Maroubra to see if it was catching any of this East direction in the swell. Kinda was…
Not many people surfing. In fact I only shot one surfer today as he was the only one who got waves. Blake.
You are not missing out on much. Chest to head high sets. Onshore – but the winds looked light.
Zuck is at it again…
Today we are testing our new ad serving thingie…again. Basically if you don’t have an Ad-blocker on you should see the ad right next to where you are reading this. Like this. If you do, cool. Click on it. If it does not link to a Aquabumps Page then email us, tell us stuff like “See ad, link no work…or don’t see ad, but link work…and I am using gmail in firefox”. I would be eternally grateful…if you see ad and link works, no need to email us and thank you!
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Erratic

Things have calmed down along our coast and we have some manageable waves at Bondi. It’s still pretty agitated.
It rained on me around 5 times in the 1 hour period I was shooting – so the weather still has room for improvement. Gee the garden is getting a good watering at the moment and the car is sparkling clean.
We are testing a new ad host today. Ok, not many of you will know what that is…but can you do a me a little favour? Click on that ad unit to my right…yes, just next to where you are reading this. The Beach Blog Book ad. Click on it…does it link to the book page on our website? If it doesn’t would you be so kind as to email us and tell us what email client you are using? Then I can get Zuck and the team onto fixing stuff…
Mucho gracias ::uge

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Wildlings

Conditions are pretty wild here in Sydney. The swell has kicked and there are 6 footers on the loose.
The swell looks disorganised. The howling winds not helping. A couple of little protected corners would be good today…not unreal. Not like Teahuppo was yesterday. Oh man…what a day of surfing. I am kicking myself I am not there to shoot it. Love that place.
Chopes is on hold right now. Watch updates
Adios :: Ugios

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Stormborn

She’s hell stormy outside. Gale force winds ripping through Sydney…nearly blew my camera out of my hands down the beach (that’s a first).
The ‘surf’ is one big lump of white wash. I would head over to Manly if you wanna surf today.
Billabong Pro Tahiti just kicked off. It’s solid! Woohoo
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Randoms

Pretty crazy weather at the moment. After 3 months of perfect sunshine we’re getting lashed with storms and heavy rain. Yesterday was bi-polar, ended up being a nice day for a few hours.
Bunker in kids, we’re in for a wet week ahead.
This morning I roamed around Maroubra and Bondi. The Bra had solid waves…but just couldn’t nail a shot from the car. Could barely see the 3 surfers out there. Bondi was a mess.
Swell is coming from the North…there would be some gems amongst the storm. Only 1 shot is from today…the rest are randoms from last summer.
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Straighty180

Greetings.
This morning we have a increase in swell but not quality. Bondi is 100% closing out. We badly need some banks. It’s straight AS.
The sun is out and we look to hit 18 degrees today. With showers over the incoming weekend today is a great one to get outdoors.
North swells forecasted for next week. That is kinda good as there are no banks at Bondi so hopefully the East exposed beaches have something.
Have a great weekend, :: uge

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Cosi Cosi

Things were looking up at the beach this morning. The surf conditions have improved. I saw waves around chest to head high. It was good on the lower tide – not so great on the incoming high tide (now).
Some interesting light beams lately…some call them “The Fingers of God”. Always something new down the beach…guess that is what brings me back day after day with fresh eyes.
Have a great day, ::uge

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Crook

Good morning. Apart from some pretty amazing light dancing through the gaps in the clouds there wasn’t a lot going for this morning.
The waves are a grovely chest high…extremely onshore affected. Only two guys out at South Bondi which says it all.
Pretty chilly morning, around 7 degrees before the sun rose.
Days like these make you wanna book a trip. Somewhere warm…with waves. MENTAWAIS! The charter boat Tengirri is currently taking bookings for 2015. Get a group of mates together and book a slot in 2015. They have had two epic seasons in a row with light winds and continual supply of swell. www.tengirri.com or email Ant for costs and details.
Adios :: uge
 

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Chunk

There is some chunk to the bump today.
Bondi has some mighty fine close outs. Some of the best I’ve seen. I’m talking 4-5 foot…all in a line dumping on the banks. I really hope some of the holes in our sand banks are being filled in. We need it. Some funky banks out there. Tide is low in the middle of the day so I don’t think it will improve. Best go for a drive. Protection from the Southerly required.
As I write this the rain is pouring down. A great day to get your work hat on and collect the brownie points.
Here is some stuff you really need to see:

Owen Wright’s brother, Mikey, falling off at Lakey Peak…then body surfs the foam…then recovers miraculously as his board pops up from nowhere. You’ll see what I mean. Watch
Teale Vanner recently moved to Bondi from S.A. He’s the guy in the fluoro green Hurley suit that surfs as smooth as Curren. You’ve seen him. Kid rips. He recently went home for a few. Watch
Did you see 50 year old Tom Curren’s perfect 10 at Jbay a few weeks ago? Seriously amazing…Watch

Ok, back to work now.
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Quiet Bondi

After a very busy weekend Bondi has returned to the quiet.
150,000 people ran into Bondi yesterday. It was packed. The surf wasn’t too bad either.
It’s the biggest day of the year around here. Hope the legs have recovered.
To kick this week off, we have waves. 3-4 foot at Bondi. It looked fat this morning and stormy. Nothing much to race down for…as this week should have waves most days. It gets quite big tomorrow.
Adios :: ugios

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Change

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a sky full of clouds.
The rain even cut short my shoot today, so there are 6 images not 12 in this batch.
The waves are over head high and kinda chunky. The early morning high tide made it very wobbly.
Should improve on a lower tide (I hope).
The waves will get big later today and tomorrow should be 6 foot. Enjoy!
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Frozone

Officially it was 7 degrees this morning down the beach, but with a 15 knot offshore straight from the mountains it felt like 3 or 4. Maybe colder. I know that is an average day in Melbourne or London…but for Sydney…she’s cold.
The swell kicked hard yesterday afternoon and we abandoned the helm to score a few waves. How good was it? Hope you scored too.
The leftovers this morning were OK…the swell interval plummeted…so it’s weak, a third of the size and still surfable.
Something is cooking for the weekend though. It’s going to close out once again with 6 footers.
Job Vacancy at Aquabumps – We are on the hunt to fill a new role at Aquabumps – Studio Production Assistant/Gallery Sales Assistant. It’s full time role and you will mainly be working in our own photo lab. Click here for more info.
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Shiver

These mornings are all starting to look alike.
I wake up, not a cloud in the sky. Head to the beach, it’s cold.
Only difference today is we’ve got good waves!

Yes, we have swell. It looks like a south swell with a very, very long wave interval.
Basically if you sit out there and wait, eventually a good wave will rock on in. Shame we don’t have good bank setups at the moment at Bondi.
Enjoy!
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Sink

Another one of those magic, sunny winter mornings down the beach.
The icy offshore winds had claws…sure was chilly getting out.
The swell has dropped today. I saw waves in the waist high range. It may come up later today with a pulse tomorrow.
Tomorrow’s forecast is for a 20 second period swell. Wow, that’s rare. That means the swell is coming from far away…and should be quite powerful and will wrap into any bay in Sydney. Good times.
Our last trip to Mentawais was epic (June 2014). I am still buzzing. Paulee’s dronal video is lighting up around the world with 1.3 million views. I mean seriously, the power of social! Watch it
How about this hot looking pad for sale around the corner in Bondi?
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7°C

The most notable aspect of this morning was the chill. It was cold at sunrise, 7°C is what my phone said. I’d say with the wind chill it would be more like 4°C or 5°C.
There are waves in town…finally after a week of very small stuff…so now it’s 3 foot and fun-as.
You’d have trouble spotting a cloud in this picture-perfect day. We are being treated to such a fine batch of weather. This week looks awesome.
Have a great day, go outside :: uge
 

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Flyday

It’s Friday…or Flyday as my Chinese ancestors say.
It’s the end of the week and another day of belting sunshine and warm conditions.
Waves are tiny, like 12 inches…but the One Wave Fluoro crew were loving it – as usual. Great to see so many smiling faces in the water – even with no waves.
A local fella, Francis, has started a new website called Peer Brief. It’s basically crowd sourcing for recruitment. I reckon it is a good idea. Basically if you help your mates find jobs, you reap the rewards and get a spotters fee. Legit. Check it out if you want to hire or refer. It’s invitation only and you’re in being Aquabumps inner sanctum.
Enjoy the weekend – it will be much colder than the past few days.
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