Best of 2015

So here we are…the last post for 2015. What year…and I’m not just saying that.
That concludes our 16th year of operation and I’ve gotta thank my growing team, without them I wouldn’t be able to spend 3 months of the year travelling, shooting and being inspired. A lot of people work hard on keeping this ‘Bumps thing going…it’s not just me and my little hobby any more.
Thank you team:
The Royal BB, Tyson the big cheese, Rach the queen of El Toppo, Ang our blow-in backpacker, Gemma our legal eagle, Cat Miss Enthusiasm, Geran who I haven’t seen much lately cause she’s travelling, Maddie (she’s new, so no paying out), Eliza the bean counter, Cam our guy in suit and tie, Kelvin the tech wizard, Mad Max the grom who does all the jobs no one else will do.
Thank you major sponsors:
Audi, Samsung, Corona, Canon. These companies keep Aquabumps free for you to enjoy and allow me to do interesting stuff. Also special thanks to Aquatech water housings, O’Neill Wet suits, Campaign Monitor.
Signing off…and to finish the year, here’s some inspiration to make sure Santa doesn’t miss your house tonight – watch
Thanks for reading Aquabumps. Have a great Christmas and New Year.
Here are my best shots of 2015 (I think)…
::Uge
P.S. the gallery is open until 6pm tonight!

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Cease

Go outside, the rain has stopped. Toot toot!
I saw a few waves down the beach as well, true. 2-3 footers, bumpy and lumpy just how we like it here.
Sharks? Na…didn’t see any. Saw plenty of TV crews – funny.
People – pretty thin. Everyone’s on holidays and sleeping in or bailed out of town.
Our gallery is open 10am to 6pm today and tomorrow. We have plenty of things to grab off the shelves and stick under a tree.
See you soon,
:: uge

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Sharkies

I was down in the car park of Bondi thinking WOW, not much happening in waves or weather departments. It hasn’t stopped raining. In fact I’d call it one of the most mundane mornings of 2015! Well, then this happens. A 6 foot Bronze Whaler Shark was thrashing around South Bondi…in the rip. It was a having a jolly old time before knocking Dean Norburn off his board – yes – Mick Fanning style. After tackling Dean it had a look at the most tanned human in Australia – JJ Botella. Both local fellas freaked out and came ashore, unharmed. End of story. Dean’s now in the local newsagent buying lottery tickets and JJ is back in the solarium. All back to normal. At ease. So if you were wondering why all the TV choppers circling Bondi today – that’s why. Never a dull moment in 2026.
I shot 4 very un-inspirational photos today so I am running with aerial images shot on that 42 degree evening – remember?
If you ordered one of our books today before 3pm we will next day EXPRESS post it to you today. 80% of Australians will get that book tomozza. Check Auspost website to see if you will get it tomorrow in time for Chrissy?
Good day for shopping. Call us on 02 9130 7788 if you want stuff from our gallery. (We are closed only on Xmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years’ Day otherwise 10am to 6pm daily)
Adios:: ugios

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Bullet Points

Last’s night’s howling NE winds kicked up some windswell. You wouldn’t know it as Bondi faces south. Go hang with Blake at Maroubra and you will find something to surf (finally after a week of nothing).
The QT hotel in Bondi Beach final opens it’s doors today (in the old Swiss Grand). This is a big occasion. One of Australia’s most well known beaches actually has a hotel…yes, and a supermarket! Hard to believe I know.
I met Adriano De Souza when he was a teenager sleeping on Chilli’s sofa. The workhorse just got his 1st world title. I never forget shooting him at Whaley and thinking this kid’s unbelievable. He has been a force on the tour for years and works hard at it. Hard work pays!
You have been sent this link 100 times in the past 24 hours. Kelly Slater and some nerds have developed the most insane man made wave in the world. It blew my mind. Link
If you want a gift card to our gallery, we can email or post one to you. Real quick

:: Uge (yooj)

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Chicas

The girls dominated South Bondi this morning. Barely a dude in sight. Not many waves either – t’was tiny! Nice day for it nonetheless.
Quite an emotional morning watching Pipe. Mick didn’t win the world title and stood strong in a very emotional time. He’s an inspirational human remaining composed is such a tragic time for him.
We do have a new world Champion, Adriano De Souza. Congrats.
You are probably frantically thinking what to get your loved ones for Christmas. Well, here is some ideas from our gallery, mostly in stock, ready to go, will ship today (and most people get on Monday/Tuesday if in NSW).

A gift card to our gallery (min. $50)
Our giant A3 book $150
The SYD 4 pack $120
Our all new acrylic block $95
Our Sunglasses $225
Our boardies
Our bikinis
In our Bondi store we have many more options starting from $35. We are still doing custom artwork orders for simple and junior frames (our small stuff $150 – $450). Order a frame that costs less than $450 before 6pm on Sunday (20 Dec) and you can pick it up Chrissy eve. Phone the hotline 02 9130 7788 Order online now

OK, no steak knives. Have a great weekend.
:: uge

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Drying Out

How’s ya roof? Still there? Well, that was one hell of a storm yesterday huh? Flash flooding everywhere. I wish I owned that business that rents out those carpet dryers. Minted.
I have no shots from yesterdays storm. I was sitting deep in the back of our framing factory…preparing our Chrissy orders. The car got a beautiful wash though, looks like brand new today.
Waves – zip.
Weather – much better today (25).
Pipe – YES! Oh boy there is some amazing surfing to watch right here right now
Xmas shopping – well, you are not too late. Nope still got time. Order our book today, we ship today. Order our new 4 pack we will race it down the Postie. That means most of you that are in Sydney would get the loot tomorrow if order before 3pm today. Call us on 9130 7788 if you have any questions.
Seeyouse, I gotta watch Pipe :: uge

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Santa Chaos

A world record was broken down at Bondi this morning. No, not for the most amount of dropins on one wave. No, not for the most amount of baby oil applied in a 900 metre stretch. It was for the worlds largest surf lesson of 320 surfing Santa’s. Just an average morning down there – really. Santas caught 4.2 inch waves before being splatted on the shore. Fun!
No waves to surf, best do you Christmas shopping people.
:: uge

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Piccolo

Friends. We have small waves and clear skies. It’s just a perfect day down here on the beach. Max 29.
Bondi is getting very busy as summer sets in. The Euros have arrived (even Oprah was eating lunch at Icebergs Dining Room yesterday). There is no surf all week so keep the boards in their covers and go for a swim.
I know…I must not use my Aquabumps Daily Email for personal reasons. Well, just this once OK? Forgive me. I have surfboards. Lots of boards. A whole loft full. It’s my weakness. Every year I have a freak out and sell a few. Some are brand new, some used three times, some are all banged up but still go good. If you want a real bargain, bid on one here. Auctions end this week.
:: uge

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Ladies Day

The waves were small and the water chilly…but the girls will were out in force. It’s Ladies Day!
How hot was it this morning after that steamy night? Roaster. The mercury will climb to 35 degrees today ahead of the standard southerly blast.
Been watching the Pipeline Masters? Was pretty big yesterday. Round 1 Recap
We are still making custom artwork orders for Christmas in the Aquabumps Gallery. Yes, you’re not too late. If you’re picking up from the Bondi Gallery (i.e. No shipping) we can custom make any artwork for you. Just look at our online catalogue, pick a size (from $150) and place your order before 6pm this Sunday 13th Dec…then we will have it ready for you on the 23rd Dec. Easy!
#surflodgedownunder
Been to the Surf Lodge in Montauk (New York)? Cool joint huh? Well the Surf Lodge crew are in town and having a New Years Day part at the Watson’s Bay Hotel. Let’s go
:: uge

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Bondi Clippings

I went down the beach earlier today. It wasn’t very pretty. The skies were a hue of dark grey and the waves looked confused (and small). Took a couple of snaps of the surfers then found myself kicking around Bondi village, where I live. This is what I saw…
Our 4-pack of A4 prints has been popular with you all. Still have some left. Order online, yes we ship. Order online now and we ship ’em today!
The weather will come good this arvo…
Lateryallhonkies :: uge

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Underlying

Bamboo Benny from Coastalwatch called it…a mix of swells…new underlying south swell that may pump out the odd bump. Ah-huh…Bondi had some decent little fruit bowls on a right bank earlier today – but wow, what a crowd…boards in all directions. Bring your helmet.
We’ve had a pretty decent run of small, surfable swells. I’ll go out on a limb and say we’ve had around 21 days in a row of surfing. Na, you’re not getting shacked…just getting wet.
The water was freezing this morning. Rubber required. Hot and humid today!
We got your Chrissy covered – how about our new SYD under the tree? 4 pack of mini prints ready to go in a sweet box. Order online now
:: uge

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Flimsy

Well…after the recent golden surf days this morning was a little bit of a disappointment. It’s gone all wobbly, flimsy and full. The morning high tide probably concealed any goodness. I’m hoping the lower tides will bring joy.
The clear skies have been filled with clouds. A good day to get some work done or do your Christmas shopping!
We still have copies of our giant Aquabumps book. We ship them anywhere…the postie loves us! Order Online
Later :: uge

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Good run

Well…that was a pretty special weekend of weather and waves – init? That NE swell sure was providing. All the exposed East breaks lit up and the beaches were packed. Very typical summer conditions.
Today, 3 foot. East swell. Still the goods.
I bet you’ve been watching the Pe’ahi Challenge live (Jaws). It’s insane. How’s the ski that ate it? Finals on live right now.
Meet SYD, he’s our latest gallery offering. 4 x A4 sized mounted prints all in the one neat and tidy (fancy) box. 4 of our most iconic Sydney images from the beaches. Shipping, no worries (no glass). $120 for the complete box set. Order Online Here
Seeyouse :: uge

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Spike

The swell has piped up and there’s some fresh chunks to ride. Fun ones from the SE. Seeing there was 10,000 people on the beach at sunrise the water was relatively empty. The cold water must have scared a few or they’re off seeking better waves down the coast.
The wind is SSE and 11 knots right now. That’s not too bad. Little onshore.
Today and tomorrow are good beach going days!
:: uge

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Arvo Post

G’day. No, I hadn’t forgotten about you. Did you cope this morning without your early daily Aquabumps or are you still wandering around in a daze of confusion. It’ll be OK. We’re here now. Let’s talk.
I shot Bondi at sunrise and it wasn’t that inspirational. Fortunately the swell has leaped into the 3-4 foot realm, but she had some pretty wonky bits to it. Fat and wonky. Fat, wonky and rather empty.
It’s 2:30pm…I’ve come inside to post and the sunshine looks to be out for the rest of the day. So I’d say the arvo is shaping up just nicely after a rough start.
I’ve had the Aquabumps Gallery for 12 Christmas’s now. Every year is the same. As we progress closer to the 25th a flurry of callers are disappointed to find we are mainly a custom-made-to-order business (for bigger works, we have plenty of smaller works in stock that you can buy whenever). So, if you’re thinking about purchasing something special to tuck under the tree, come with me…right here…right now…choose one…punch in the digits and bingo your Christmas Shopping is done! Go surf. Oh, the moral of the story is that we need 2-3 weeks to make anything. Anything. Let’s do it.
:: uge
P.S. On Tuesday this week it was hot so I went flying. Most of the shots in this post are from above.

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Slide

It’s currently 31 degrees and about to scorch at 35 degrees. Not a bad first day of summer hey?
It’s Tuesday, a little early in the week to play hooky, but it’s quite simply an immaculate beach day (sans surf).
Waves broke tiny circa uno pede. Bring your mal, your mullet, your foamie, your boogs, your flippers, your brollie and your good attitude and head for the beach.
These days are to be savored.
Have you had a chance to check our Bailey Nelson x Aquabumps sunglasses range?
:: uge

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