Currents

It’s Friday and the waves are decent. I saw some chunky stuff, 4-5 footers. It was holding the size, kinda, sorta…a little… Got some shots from my morning swim. What a nice morning!
Do you know The Beach Boys are still performing after all these years? Yar. They’ve sold over 100 million records. They’re also coming to Bondi to play in 2 weeks time, Saturday 14th November – same day at the Board riders Single Fin Comp. Gonna be a massive day in Bondi with a concert right on the sand. Tickets are nearly sold out – secure yours right now online.
:: uge

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Surfing

Welcome to the 100% surfing edition of Aquabumps. All 8 pictures are of stickered up sponos ripping. No pretty sunrises, no portraits…just surfing. I like surfing. I’m gonna snag a couple now so I will be brief.
Today has turned out to be gloriously sunny, winds are offshore and light, swell is 3-4 foot and so many waves around. Most beaches will have something for you to surf on.
Some smart people I know started a new phone app that gives you all the raw data you’ll need to time your surfs. It’s called WISUKI. Detailed wind, waves, tides, and weather all in the one spot. Give it a go! The nerds have given it the thumbs up – download now here
Bye :: uge

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Splash

You know what Honky tonks…we got waves. A good supply is in town. Bondi was 3-4 foot and clean this morning. It was fat az though cuzi. I’m talking porky peaks left-right-and-centre. Oh well, can’t have everything. The next 3-4 days will be really fun for surfing.
Blue Bondi Green is a campaign to make Bondi 100% plastic bag free. If you rock up to the Bondi Markets on Saturday you will be able to pick up a Blue Bondi Green tote bag for a gold coin donation. This bag features one of my images and will carry all your stash instead of those evil placky bags. Yes, it’s reusable and will save the planet – so pick up one please people.
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By the sea…

Do you know the best time to see the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition – TODAY! You need 30 knot howling winds, rain and cooler temps to clear the path. You can walk freely to Bronte right now…just take a rain coat and your french beret and get all arty.
It’s the 19th year that the Sculpture walk has been going. It always marks the start of busy season here. It’s been mental so a rain day reprieve is welcome.
Bondi was disgustingly onshore this morning. I’m talking one helluva mess. Back to work.
:: uge

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10 minutes…

10…that’s how long you’ve got in the water before the shivers take over. The water is cold with all the northelies blowing. The land is hot and muggy, like Singapore. Gonna swelter up to 30+ degrees today.
Waves – sure have. Swell has picked up. It’s 3 foot and SO FAT at 8am. Lower tides (now) should be fine.
Big crowds in the water at the moment. Surf with a good attitude. If you’re a newcomer to the sport – surf the middle, not the south of Bondi. It’s so much easier there and you will get less hassles..
:: uge

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Wild

Well, it’s been a pretty stormy 24 hours in Sydney. Last night it blew a gale. I am sure the winds will die and the sun will come back this afternoon. It’s already started to clear. The great news is that the weekend will mainly be sunny weather. Sunday is going to be a cracker beach day.
Waves – I’ve been down the beach a few times today. It’s not great conditions for surfers. Days like these I wished I lived near a tightly protected southern corner. I reckon Manly would be 100 x better than Bondi. Bondi was empty with 4 foot wind blown mush.
Io amo l’Italia – My Italy shots have been very popular with you all – there so here is a fresh batch that you’ve not seen…
Today we launch something new. Something cool. We’ve joined forces with Bailey Nelson…a impressive young optical company that have humble beginnings in Bondi at the local markets. They’ve grown to dominate the globe with 25 stores. Our fresh sunglasses range spans 6 styles, all with Bondi aerial images laced on the insides. You can see the full collaboration range at any Bailey Nelson store from now…or if you buy a pair of our favourites online here we will throw in a 18cm x 12cm acrylic block artwork (worth $90) Both for $225. Order Online
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Stealth

These are the days to look out for. The days that fall in the cracks. The ones that go under the radar. See…the forecast is calling hell windy today. But at sunrise the wind hadn’t hit, it was raining and looking pretty uninviting from the bedroom window…but…go down the beach and there was a glassy, empty line up with 2-3 footers. It was very short-lived (so no need to rush down now). The shows over. Shop closed. Doneski. It’s ugly as right now.
Wind Guru is predicting 31 knot gusts at 5pm today. That’s howling. What a perfect night to launch a new pair of sunglasses!
:: uge (said Yooj)

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Changing

Things are changing. The morning fog was a good sign for change where cool air meets hot air. It’s a humid 31 today and then a cool 21 tomorrow. Dark clouds are congregating and I can here the tingling of rain on my gallery tin roof. We’re in for some indoor time – punch the work out and all that.
Tomorrow the wind will blow 30 knots. That’s real windy. It will kick up the swell in the process.
Until we meet again tomorrow, good bye :: uge

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Power groms

A pack of groms owned Maroubra this morning. About 8 of them. All sub 30 kgs each. They can paddle into a ripple, pop an air, high five a mate then kick off. Heckling is constantly broadcasted from the channel – it’s awesome. I can’t wait for my little men to get out there.
OK ‘nuf ramble. For the people that read Aquabumps for raw data:

It’s 2-3 foot of south swell
Winds are ENE at 5 knots
Water temp 19-20 degrees
The sun has bite. Cooking up to 26 degrees today
Incoming tide now, so hoping it pulses somewhat
Plenty of crew surfing – so bring a good attitude

Tomorrow the mercury is going to hit 30 degrees!
Ends :: uge

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Mondee

It’s Monday. You’re probably back at your desk stressing over how much work you have to cover this week. You had a good weekend mostly spent down the beach (how good was Saturday by the way). Your skin is brown and your mind a little foggy. What were we talking about again? Ah yes, the beach. Well it’s south swell, 3 foot and NNE offshores. The sun is hit and miss but it’s still warm.
I might include today in my weekend and snatch a couple of rights…
ciao :: ugio

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Standard Mornings

Pretty standard morning around here. An outsider would call it manic, but we’re accustomed to local mayhem. What am I talking about?
Well, to begin, hundreds of girls were waving around exercise balls at Bondi this morning trying to beat a world record.  A heavily pregnant woman was instructing the demonstration…all for the Fitness and Health Expo. Looking further down the beach Fluoro Friday’s were in force. Looking behind me the Modball Rally cars were doing a parade around Bondi…spinning rims and all. The police took advantage of all the rev heads on show and set up a road block on Campbell Parade to check wheel thickness, lowered suspensions and if your bonnet blower was street legal. The juice cafes were packed, the beach packed…the broad walk packed. Full house.
And this was all before 8am today!
I headed to Maroubra for some quiet and exposure to this new North swell. Oh boy it looks so fun, bummed I forgot my board.
:: uge

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Dowse

So, you like surfing…the peace and quiet of being out the back waiting for a set wave…the wind in your hair and salt on the skin.
(insert scratching record needle sound)
Well…today is not for you. It was a crazy full house down there this morning. Loose boards, big crowds, strong rips and not enough supply. Don’t get me wrong, when it broke, there was fun to be had…but fighting for one…a wave on your own…without someone in front fading you…was rare.
Ah, summer is here. Well kinda. Close. Feels like it.
I spent two hours in the water this morning. 45 mins underwater. 45 mins shooting on the surface with a longer lens…then a 30 minute 2 wave surf. Coulda spent all day down there. Tomorrow is an even better beach day – shall I see you down there?
2 clever young blokes started a glass wear company from the Bondi Markets. Nick and Pete. Good blokes. Clever. In 3 years they’ve turned it into a empire of 23 stores, globally called Bailey Nelson. I was so damn impressed with them that we had to collaborate this year and create a line of Bailey Nelson x Aquabumps sunglasses. Check em.
Peace :: uge

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Rip-able

Every day I wake up in hope for good light and waves. Sydney is pretty special in that you can surf something, most days. It doesn’t crank as much as other places in the world but it sure is pretty consistent for some sort of water activity. Bondi had a little wave on this morning. Fun. Kinda weak but lining up nicely.
Friday is looking like an all-beach day. If you can swing it, take it off and spend the day in the sun. 28 degrees.
Do you think you could help our gallery customers find the right artwork for their home? Well…we’re hiring a senior sales person for our Bondi Aquabumps Gallery. Yep, working on the gallery floor. Just to be clear…that’s not a job hanging on the beach, dangling from helicopters or swimming all day…that’s job’s gone and he’s pretty happy. Read the job description online and if you tick all the boxes send your CV to The Big Cheese (Tyson).
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Opposite

Today is totally the opposite to yesterday. It’s raining, it’s grey, it’s cool and the waves are an onshore 1-2 foot mess. What a great day to show your boss you’re a hard little worker.
On a very sad note, Bondi lost a true legend yesterday. Friend, columnist and true Bondi local Sam De Brito passed away in his Ben Buckler home at the young age of 46. I only just saw him down the beach with is daughter a few days ago…it’s just devastating. Too early my friend. He was a massive supporter of Aquabumps when I was starting out and even wrote one of these daily updates for me. His brutally honest editorial will be missed…
R.I.P Sam.
:: uge

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Bonza!

Well whata we got ‘ere…classic Bondi today. It all began with a coloured sunrise over the Buckler followed by neat 2-3 footers. Mainly 2 footers. Long waits. Great rides. Good times.
Feels like summer! (max 29 today). Ocean swimming season has just kicked off so make sure you’ve registered for the local events like Bondi Splash ‘n Dash, Bondi to Bronte and Coogee Island Challenge. My neigbour in Bondi, Andre runs Ocean Fit and trains people to swim in the ocean from kids to adults. You can see a calendar of all ocean swims in Sydney right here.
:: uge

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Arakwal

The south storm has arrived in Byron Bay, blackening the skies and bringing a new wind. Quite the contrast to the impeccable last 7 days. I’m hoping it kicks up a bit of swell as it’s been small.
Today is the last update from Byron. Hope you’ve enjoyed something a little different.
Cheers, :: Uge
P.S. Arakwal are the original people of Byron Bay. They’ve lived there for 22,000 years.

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North Coast

Byron Bay is the most easterly point of Australia. It juts right out. Good for surfing as it catches most swells and has protected corners on all conditions. About 9,000 people live in Byron, plenty doing the sea or tree change from Bondi. This little town attracts 1.5 million visitors a year – yes – it’s popular!
The area has a very relaxed vibe. Everyone’s pretty happy about – well – everything. The are so many beaches up here that are empty. I see plenty of unridden waves. Especially post schoolies. Great place to chill.
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Byron Bay

Last week when I mentioned to people I was going up to Byron Bay their first reaction was a puzzled look…then the standard response “Hope you’re not going in the water…it’s too sharky”
Yes, they’ve had a bad run up here with big fish coming in close. There are so many theories why. Everyone has a shark story or has been called out of the water. Every day there is a heli surveying the area for sharks and I hear the local police even give out fines if you disobey evacuation orders.
My observations of the past few days is that’s it’s business as usual. Kids are in the line being pushed onto waves by their parents. The points are packed and the salubrious weather has everyone on beaches. All seems fine.
I just spent an hour flying up and down the coast between Ballina and Byron – all I saw was huge whales, dolphins, nudists and a handful of surfers. No big teethed grey suits. The water is super clean with current small swell…the colours are amazing.
Enjoy the cape.
:: uge

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Fryday

It’s warming up and feeling good. Bondi Beach was packed at sunrise and everyone’s happy. Even though the water was a tad chilly, it’s invigorating. The Blue Bottles have rolled into town – beware.
Waves – yeah, saw some. Choppy onshorey types around your waist to chest. I didn’t surf – but if you had nothing else on I’d paddle out.
Loads of people in town making their way to the grand final. Pop in and see us in the Aquabumps Gallery if you have time. We are a studious mob and open for the entire long weekend (yeah, including Monday). The weather is 100% custom made for the beach – so make your way down here.
:: uge

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High-Pressure

Looking at the weather map there is a massive high pressure system hovering above us. That’s good news for beach lovers. In fact, we’re about to enter into a summer preview with 4 days in a row above 30 degrees starting Sunday. That’s uncommon for spring but fortunate as it’s a long weekend in Sydney! Dang! Hit the beach.
On the other hand…high pressure systems aren’t great for surfers. It’s going to be tiny surf for a very long time…I cannot see you getting anything decent for at least 7 days…OK, a bump on Saturday but nothing substantial. As you were…
How about this pad for sale in the famous blue building at North Bondi. Good for summer.
:: uge

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