Low Tide Greens Icebergs Bondi 6th April 2016

Two Thousand and Sixteen

I elected not to shoot this morning and take the kids for a roll in the sand. There’s a nemesis shark in the bay at Bondi anyway. I’m pretty sure this is the last Aquabumps post for 2016 and now I am gonna vanish, go offline, and hide for the festive season. Just for a few weeks, y’know, and spend time with the family, catch waves and have long arvo kips without a computer or camera in sight.
Today’s images are some of my favourites from the year…
Merry Christmas to you and your family. All the best for 2017. Thank you, thank you, thank you for being a loyal reader of my little humble blog/daily email. Some of you have been reading Aquabumps for over 10 years, some have been with me for 17 years! We’re family!
If you’re totally stuck for Christmas shopping…We’ve got artwork ready to go and you’re only 3 clicks away from spending the rest of the day down the beach instead of shopping malls. I have my two most popular artworks in stock – 7 x ‘Whitey‘ Icebergs in Shadow Box – White Wood 128cm x 94cm and 4 x ‘Lone Swimmer‘ Bondi in Shadow Box – White Wood 128cm x 94cm READY TO GO, pull the car up, order ’em online and they’re yours. We have around 1,000 other artworks ready to go and we’re open 10-6 today and tomorrow (closed Xmas Day and Boxing). Call us 02 9130 7788 or visit 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach NSW.
Special thanks to our major sponsors for 2016:

Air New Zealand
Audi
Canon
Corona
Samsung

Thanks for your support O’Neill Wetsuits + Aquatech Waterhousings. More special thanks to the Aquabumps team which is forever growing and enables me to wander around the world shooting whilst they run the main engine of Aquabumps. BB, Tyson, Ang, Cat, Rachee, Kylee, Marnie, Gem, Emma, Luisa, Cam, Kelvin, and Magic Mike.
Regards,
:: uge + debs + spike + jet

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@mynameisLK new paint on the promenade at Bondi

Righty-O

My first appraisal of the surf conditions came back with a poor result. It looked onshore, small and random. The beach was very quiet and I started to peel away from the shoreline to take ‘interesting’ photos of letterboxes in Bondi. I was kinda desperate.
I took a look an hour or so later and noticed some fun rights marching in. It got better!  These are the sessions that fall through the cracks – that go unnoticed. It’s 2-3 foot and fun.
You’re probably trying to find a park in a large shopping centre as you read this. Everyone gets a little testy a couple of days before Xmas. We can help, come to our Bondi Aquabumps Gallery and we have loads of items from $35 good to go! Or if you don’t want to leave your chair, buy a virtual gift card, that gets emailed on the spot…it’s easy. Call us on 02 9130 7788 if you want to talk to the team here.
:: uge

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Landing pad? Protest? Art? Bondi

Festive

Hi. Hello. Hey.
The swell is limping in as yesterday’s bumps have dissipated. Time to pop down for a swim as the sun is baking and she’s warm, real warm. It’s gonna rain later today. Kinda like it did last night.
The Festive season is kicking in. Lots of people starting to peel off from work and kick back. School kids are now off, and the skatepark is filling up.
Order our new book here, we will Express Next Day Post it to you ASAP in time for Chrissy… (Aussie customers).
Seeyouselater,
::Uge

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Sage, frontside lip tickles

Top Gear

T’was a busy one this morning. The sun came out, the surf cleaned up and at 5:30 am the insomniacs filled the beach. It was 3-4 foot at Bondi, but unfortunately, a vast majority of waves are closing out. Maybe it will improve on the high tide? Maybe…
Do you want our latest book? Order now, get it tomorrow (if you’re in the Auspost Next Day Network). Or a gift card always makes for good stocking fillers. (They are emailed immediately)
The Pipeline Masters is on right now. I just saw a 19-year-old Kanoa just nail Jordy Smith on Backdoor. Finals happening, watch.
:: uge

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Bondi, last Saturday, just a few people around...

Contrasts

If you’ve got a copy of my latest book, and read the intro, you’ll hear me banging on about the Bondi contrasts…how the beach can be rammed with 30,000 beach goers, then the next morning it’s deserted with just a few locals doing their morning rituals.
Today is all quiet, after a big weekend. It’s about 3-4 foot too. This week before Christmas is my fave. The streets are dead, there are parking spaces galore…everyone is heading off to their Christmas destinations. Ah yes, lap it up. But it all comes back for NYE where Bondi steps up into hyperdrive. Where the beach goes mental and every grain of sand is taken.
If you order a copy of my latest creation “The Bondi Book” ($50) before 3 pm today, we will NEXT DAY POST it to you, and if you’re in the next day post network through AUSPOST (sometimes known as Express Post), you’ll get it tomorrow! For example, most of Melbourne is next day.
:: uge

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Peppermint Fresh Aquabumps r9a9351

2016’s Catch

I have an unwritten obligation to you, our loyal readers, to come up with something interesting for you to look at every week-day morning. I too sat in a cubicle, once upon a time, in the big bad city, dreaming of places I’d rather be. I get it. A little 2-minute aquatic distraction goes a long way.
Today I choose to entertain you with some of my favourite images shot this year. No, this is not my last post for 2016, but look out the windows…the weather is pretty feral and I’m tucked up in front of two 27 inch screens.
All these images are available as framed prints (Don’t you know it!). Order any of these prints before the weekend and we can get it ready for Christmas (Pick up from Bondi Gallery only). Call us 02 9130 7788 if you have any questions or hit the live chat on our site. We’re here to help.
:: uge

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Mick Eugene Fanning

MF in BW

Mick Fanning, dubbed the fastest man that has ever set foot on a surfboard, came to Sydney on this salubrious, grey, onshore, wintery morning. The waves are VERY junkie…but at least there is something to surf. Mick’s taken a year off after 15 years on the pro surfing tour grind. I asked him if he misses the tour “Nah not really – loving the time off” he told me with a big smile.
Mick’s been working on some interesting projects, mostly in the cold climates of Norway and Alaska…oh…and chilling out on the Goldie. He’s not going over to Hawaii for the comp which just kicked off, he’ll go when it’s all quiet in the new year and sneak under the radar.
Talking competitive surfing, did you know your local Bondi Boardriders are having a great run on the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Series? Last weekend, spearheaded by Perth Standlick and Chris Friend, Bondi Boardriders consistently claimed heat wins over the Teams, Skins and Girls divisions to take out event 7 of the Aussie Boardriders Series. The big event is 17-19 Feb in Newcastle and the local boys will be gunning for the win. Read on
By now you would know I am going to write something about buying Christmas presents…here it is. We have our latest book, The Bondi Book (which I am super proud of), and is only 50 bucks, ready to ship…right here, right now. Order online and we will post it ASAP (pronto).
:: uge

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Bondi curls, fun! 7am

Cryogenics

My favourite possession at the moment is my bedroom air-cond. I run hot on a normal day. If we get hot muggy Sydney nights, I don’t sleep a wink. My insomnia takes over. Last night was the 2nd warmest Sydney night on record hitting 27.5 degrees.  Steamy wasn’t it? I chilled my cryogenic chamber and dreamed of shooting Pipeline at 8 to 10.
Upon arrival at the beach, refreshed from my deep sleep, I was amazed at the early crowd. It was packed. The water was cold (yet invigorating) and the waves are not even worth discussing.
OK, CALLING LAST XMAS ORDERS! Order Aquabumps custom artwork from our gallery BEFORE THE WEEKEND, and you can come pick it up on 24th Dec (From Bondi). Capisce? (This is pick up only). Check out some of our best sellers
If you’ve clocked off for the year, and looking for cubicle distractions, check out New Zealand supermodel Rachel Hunter in the latest AirNZ’s in-flight safety video
:: uge

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Bronte pool, morning rinse

Perigee

It is a hot day huh? 36 degrees is the forecast and you could cook eggs on the tin roof of our Bondi gallery. The winds are ENE and the swell is nonexistent. It’s super tiny. Don’t matter, go for a swim. It’s cold though after all that NE wind.
I know you’re busy, so I will be brief. Swell should increase a little and be surfable by nightfall (better at East facing beaches which is not Bondi). There is a big moon tonight and clear skies (we hope).
We did a collaboration with the Blacklist crew and came up with a ‘Sea Love’ print. They’re in stock and ready to ship. Want one?(framed $300 or unframed $180 available right now)
:: uge
P.S. Perigee – the point in the orbit of the moon or a satellite at which it is nearest to the earth.

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Local school teacher, Scott Walker putting on a clinic at Bondi this morning

Schooling

I hope you’re all in a much better mood today seeing we’ve had swell for 3 days. Have you surfed? Today’s smaller, but still very fun. Multiple Bondi banks providing small morning runners. A board with plenty of foam would be the right choice.
Facts about today:

Sunny and 25 degrees
The wind will blow 25 knots of NE tonight (that’s quite strong)
NE swells for most of this week, they don’t suit Bondi
12 days to Christmas, wow, we can help you with gifts where ever you are. Small gift ideas (ready to ship today)

We’ve recently made a film in Margaret River featuring big wave maniac Damon Eastaugh and the recently retired CT surfer Taj Burrow. I learned to surf down there and miss it. God’s country.  Take a look
:: uge

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Tamarama Rock swirls, yesterday

Pacific

Everyone’s a little bit cranky due to the lack of waves. It’s been a while since we’ve really had something decent to ride, I know, I get it…breathe. Breathe. Breathe!
Today’s ridiculously flat, welcome to Lake Bondi. It’s not often that the most die-hard beginners aren’t surfing Bondi.
Glass half full – it’s been nice and sunny, especially yesterday with sensational blue hues. Windy as hell, but still nice. Last’s night’s storms were really something. I didn’t get any shots as we were deep in our staff Christmas Party celebrations, see storm phone footage from @racheldray (one of our staff).
So, you’re all panicking about your Chrissy shopping. We can help. We are still taking artwork orders that will be ready in time for Xmas. See deadlines. Call us on 02 9130 7788 or view our online catalogue, and there’s about 6 of us on live chat ready to help you.
New Year’s Day – got plans? The Surf Lodge (Montauk) is hosting a party at Watson’s Bay Hotel on Jan 1 2017.  Get tix
Ciao ciao,
:: uge

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Andrew, mal session

Surfable

It’s surfable but definitely not pumping. It could get better as this brand new NE swell builds during the day. The wind, however, is going to howl 25-30 knots at 5pm today. Hide the Sulo bins, strap on the bbq cover – she’s gonna blow!
Finally, after the recent swell drought, I have some nourishing south swell to talk about. The weekend we will have some, yes, some. 3-4 foot so that should quench your surf fix and put you in a better mood.
Happy Chrissy shopping! If you are looking for quick gifts, we have plenty and they’re ready to go. See here
Or, if you were every wondering how Aquabumps was formed, see our new timeline
:: uge

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Droping in on the placky, Bondi 6:30am

Itchy

Good morning!
I want to say it’s pumping, 3-4 foot, offshore crystal blue cylinders. I want to… But for a report like that, I need to be over in Hawaii right now.  (FOMO) Sydney is having a rough week for surfers, it’s a diabolical 1-foot dribble. Fortunately tomorrow afternoon there should be something to surf (NE swell). Until then keep the boards itching in their covers.
Weather: patchy rain and 25 today. Tomorrow, hot, 31 and definitely a beach day.
No, you’re not too late to order artwork from our gallery in time for Chrissy. View Christmas Order Deadlines . If you order framed artworks today it will be ready for pick up from our Bondi gallery around the 20th December. Unframed prints are much faster and we have books and gift cards ready to ship right this minute. Call us 02 9130 7788 if you can’t work out what to buy your loved ones. Browse some top sellers
Boys, gift idea for the ladies from a local Bondi swimmer Elle Glass, Tanliines swimwear, we’ve negotiated a massive 20% off (and free shipping) just for our loyal ‘Bumps readers. A percentage of all sales goes to our main charity SURFAID. Go here (use discount code ‘Aquabumps’ – I repeat this offer is ONLY for Tanliines swimwear and nothing to do with the Aquabumps Gallery, no, not us, nope…Tanliines.)
:: uge

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Many of you have been here, Capri's Fontelina

A mare…

Well, it wasn’t my most memorable morning down at Bondi. There’s definitely room for improvement. The waves are a dribbly foot, it’s semi onshore, raining and well – the beach is empty. I did get down there, 2 cameras in hand, ready for action. But my inspiration blew away in the first rain squall.
I have a better idea, let’s go back to Italy, 35 baking degrees, you’ve just finished an exquisite seafood meal and lazy out on a rock…no waves, I know, but still enjoyable. I never thought I would say those words.
Have a great day, get some work done.
:: uge

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Ski races, training, Bondi

The Challenge

“Don’t put up those bloody Hawaii shots! We want Bondi…”
That’s how my morning started. The challenge was laid down in front of me as an avid reader piped up across the dog park. I had to try and make something interesting from the mundane.
Bondi was a very bland flavour of grey this morning. It rained around 6am too.
The beach was empty.
1 guy out on his foamie (who actually didn’t catch anything whilst I was visiting the shoreline).
Another dude was singing, like a rock star, still in his clothes from the night before, I could smell the stench of bourbon downwind.
Good old Bondi…it can be so damn shiny one day, and ghetto the next. I’ll ‘fess, I do enjoy these quiet down days that fall in the cracks.
:: uge

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Nice work ladies, Bondi Beach 7am

Fryday

Friday’s are always fun around here, especially in summer when it’s hot. We had a muggy morning with 1-2 footers that were OK on the incoming tide, but they have since been extinguished. Maybe again on the low, the rip bowl wave machine will turn back on for the loggers? Other than that – it’s a great day to work on your sun tans.
Swell forecast for 7 days, small, small and a bit smaller. Go buy a log.
Yesterday we launched our latest creation, THE BONDI BOOK, which features years of my work, all designed by legend Ant Donovan (probably one of the best in the game). If you’re reading this far, I reckon you will be into it and it’s only 50 bucks. Buy (we also have them in our Bondi Gallery ready to go)
Ends :: uge

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Luke Farquhar, punting at Bondi 7am

Rip-able Bowls

From the beach, the surf conditions looked very boring. I took all the time in the world to get down there (a tad uninspired with 1-2 footers and flat light). The tide seemed to push in around 6-thirts and a little rip bowl came to life – good timing! For its small size, it sure put out some lip (a bit like my son Spike). I doubt the rest of the day will have anything decent. It needs a super rip to charge it up.
I have something very exciting to announce. Listen up. Today we are launching a new book, my third book. This one is different. It’s JUST Bondi and it is called “THE BONDI BOOK“. It’s been years in the making. It’s small, convenient to carry (my other 2 books were enormous and heavy). Don’t be fooled by its size (265mm x 200m), as it packs a punch with 260 glossy photo-filled pages. It’s busting at the seams with Bondi…and I can’t wait for you to get a copy. The best thing is, as we self-publish, it’s only $50. Yep, 50-bucks. We will ship them globally and yes you will get it in time for Chrissy – even in London, NY. Order your copy now
Obrigado,
::uge

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Oh boy, look at that wall to flaunt a turn on

Active

Today is the last day of spring and the beach was fully loaded this morning. I mean, what beach in the world has traffic jams at 5:45am? Seriously! In Paris, you don’t see humans until at least 8:30am. In Italy, they think you’re still out from the night before if you see the sunrise.
At first, I thought the waves were gone, but then I saw a few inside 2 foot runners of good shape. Out the back looks pretty crappy, but some of the reforms were the go with the incoming tide. If all that means nothing to you – go for a swim – it’s really nice.
You may have noticed that the Royal Croquet Club has arrived at Bondi Beach. It’s in the park next to the kid’s playground right near the sand. It’s FREE entry or $20 per head after 6pm Friday and Saturday night. Drinks, food, entertainment, and even croquet!
Deus will have its Sea Container on site from Thursday, 1 December until Sunday, 4 December. Deus’ in-house shaper, Jye Byrns, will be taking up residence in the Sea Container, handcrafting a couple of his Bonzer and Single Fin signature shapes…
Ciao ciao :: ugio

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Morning tones of Bondi 5:45am

Tropical

After a steamy night, we have refreshing southerlies to cool us down. Sticky night, wasn’t it? The southerlies have roughed up the ocean, and those 3-4 foot treats from yesterday have now gone below par. In fact, the rest of the week looks very small and not good at all. Party’s over people! We had a good run.
Things you need to know:
It’s gonna be a hot one on Friday (33)
15 year old, Ned, from North Bondi Surf Club, is going to swim the English Channel, solo. He will be the youngest Australian male to swim the English Channel. To support the young fella on his 33km swim, North Bondi SLSC are hosting a fundraiser cocktail party Tuesday, December 6th from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Yo Ho Ho! Started your Chrissy shopping? Check out our Xmas Gallery Deadlines
:: yooj

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Hesitant couple, Bondi 7am

Brickies

Hey…how’s the weekend? This week has kicked off with plenty of swell, hazy skies, and some crazy birds. I did a little swell-stalk between Bronte and Bondi and found some surfable waves in the head high and above range. Bondi was shutting down, straight as. Bronte had the odd fat set on the reef – looked kinda lacking.
I hope you follow us on Instagram. I’ve been posting up little videos from around the traps. Yesterday’s video from The Pass (Byron) was a popular one.
In Australia, we are all property mad. It’s in our DNA. Sometimes it seems completely unreachable to own a pad, especially around Bondi. We came across BrickX which is a property investment company that allows you to buy a ‘Brick’ in a property of your choice so you can get a piece of the action without drowning in debt. 2 minutes ago I just bought a brick in a house out west. I’m now a westie! Check out BrickX
:: uge

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Josh Constable, a world champ longerboarder, in Bondi today

Constable

Today I had the pleasure of spending some time in the brine with Josh Constable. Josh is a fine human, great surfer and ex-world longboarding champ. He’s in town launching a new range of boards called the Creative Army which look the goods.
Bondi had some waves as the swell switched to south. The weed and banks aren’t great, but you can get wet. A lot cooler on the land today as well.
The swell will come right up today. I would expect to see some chunky 4-5 footers by sundown. In fact, the next 4-5 days look to be totally surfable, enjoy it.
:: uge

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Blake Thornton connecting nicely on a north wind swell

Grey Suits

The shark alarm cleared North Maroubra this morning around 6am. Rumor has it, there is a friendly shark looking for a few mates in the lineup. He’s been around all week the local boys tell me. Do you get out when you hear the alarm? Comment here.
With a new north wind swell, there are a few waves today. It’s 2 foot with a few wedgey ramps at The Bra. Nothing special. I wouldn’t tools down and bake it down there.
It’s gonna get hot today, 33-degree-hot. Typical of Sydney, thunderstorms will arrive around 4pmish to cool things down. Still should be pleasant for your after work swim.
31 days until Christmas. Should you want to purchase any of our hand made fine artworks from @aquabumpsgallery, please get in soon as we need to 2-3 weeks to make anything. Call 02 9130 7788 or check out our online catalogue
Ciao, uge

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Bronte Pool, Lifeguards leap!

Bronte Pool

Bronte Pool has been resurrected from the violent June storms. Gates are open! (Insert crowd going wild). It was a very busy morning, everywhere. I guess everyone knew it was going to be a balmy morning after that sticky 26-degree night. I never sleep on those hot nights, do you?
The swell is on the decline and you will find wave heights around shoulder-high. Bondi is totally closing out and packed. Bronte didn’t have much either. A good one just for a swim and chill on a rock.
It’s 30 degrees right now – that’s exciting.
:: uge

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Backwash, BOOM!

Backwash Riot

Top morning. One of those special ones where the air and water were sooooooo warm, you just can’t get out. If you came down, you would know what I mean.
Waves. yes! Plenty of swell but Bondi was mainly closing out. Sets were head high. The backwash was full-on, water surging up onto a shallow sand bar then – BOOM!
Cloudy and warm today. Should get close to 30 degrees around 2pm.
Have a very productive week.
:: uge

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Go swim, it's good!

three-three

She’s gonna hit 33 freakin’ degrees today. How YOU doing. It’s only 28 now as I tap this out, but 33 is gonna cook it.
Can I suggest an early knock off from work and an invigorating dip in the ocean on sunset? I’m gonna.
Surfing conditions are less exciting with a massive drop in swell and bay full of weed. You’ll find a wave around waist high, maybe chesty, but that’s it. Oh, and it’s packed in the lineup.
It will be busy around Bondi this weekend with half decent weather. I invite you to drop into the Aquabumps Gallery which is a stone’s throw from the shoreline. We’d loved to see you! 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach Telephone 02 9130 7788 Check out our collection from Italy
Adios :: ugios

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Looks like the pot of gold is at the Aquabumps Gallery

El Junkie

Edition 4,656 of Aquabumps morning glory. Bondi Beach, 2-3 foot and a tad on the junkie side. Surfable yes, awesome, not really.
Today started with some light rain. That didn’t discourage a few thousand people from hitting Bondi at sunrise. Fitness classes everywhere, walkers, talkers and mad keen surfers buzzing around. Tomorrow morning will be warm and nice, so book that one in for a visit.
Our Aquabumps Gallery custom order Chrissy artwork deadlines are nearing:

Europe/America/Asia – choose online, we hand make it, ship it to your door – 3-4 weeks. Order now!
WA, SA, QLD – Allow 3 and a bit weeks to your door
NSW – 2-3 weeks
Sydney – pick up from Bondi store, 2-3 weeks

We’re open every day 10am to 6pm 151 Curlewis Street Bondi Beach NSW 2026 Telephone 02 9130 7788. View catalogue
Silly season is here and Wine Selectors are offering Aquabumps readers $20 off your vino order. Ness, we put a cap on your order to only 4 cases. Info
:: uge

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Full moon on Bondi Hotel x8_5329

Lunar Burn

Good morning to the good people of Aquabumps. Today has all the right ingredients, clear skies, warm air and light winds. It’s a good day to have off, middle of the week, go chill down the beach.  Stuff like that…
32 banging degrees on Friday – now that’s another day you should have off.
Benny’s boardroom, a website that has curated essentials for the urban adventurer, is offering Aquabumps readers a deal on his site, take 20% off. Use this code on his website (not ours) ‘AQUABUMPS20%2016’. I repeat on Benny’s website, not Aquabumps. Take a look now.
Short one today, :: uge

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The super moon was super bright last night.

Moon Swell

Aroooooo! We had a big bright moon last night and loads of people came to Bondi to witness it. To me, it kinda looked the same as it always does, even being 50,000 clicks closer to Bondi. OK, it was just a little brighter and you could see more detail on the surface.
The good news is that the supermoon brought a supermoon swell with it. 4 footers out there right now. The lineup was empty and random peaks had some grunt for a change. It’s not perfect, a tad junkie, but surfable.
Christmas is 39 days away. If you would like handmade, finely crafted artworks from our Aquabumps Gallery it’s time to get onto it. We make all our frames locally, print in-house so we need time to create your custom masterpiece! (usually 2-3 weeks + shipping). Call our gallery hotline today on 02 9130 7788 or go to our catalogue and we’ve got an army of staff to answer your questions via live chat (9am – 6pm daily). Here is some of my personal faves.
Ciao ::uge

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Icebergs, rain clouds coming...

Precipitation

Rain, it’s coming. Those morning clouds are telling. You will get wet around 7pm tonight, other than that, it will be a cooler partly cloudy day around Sydney.
Swell – nope, nada, flat. It’s so tiny it’s not worth writing about.
Tomorrow – swell will return and be kinda solid. It’s a south swell and should be well over head high.
I recently purchased the kids and wifie a couple of soft boards for summer. I figure if they have all the gear they will get the idea (and not take up other sports like moto-cross). Perfect for those crumbly safe runners at North Bondi. Get a softie
:: uge

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#WOTD wave of the day, f'sure

A brand new day…

We have a new American president AND a new swell in town. I know which one I prefer. Who’d thought?
wow? WOW!
Amazingly the sun still rose today, the world hasn’t ended and we have decent waves to surf. Bondi was super fun with head high sets and running lefts. It did seem very, very quiet down the beach. Is everyone glued to their TV screens watching the Trump-a-rama?
Business as usual…
As you were…
:: uge
 
 

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Bondi Beach at sunrise this morning

Weed

We’ve got a weed problem in Bondi. It’s everywhere. It’s pretty serious. A fresh batch has rocked up and has taken over the joint (excuse the pun)! Some people love getting on the weed, I’m not that keen, I find it slows me down…sometimes holds me under. Stinks too.
Waves – gone. From 4-5 foot to 2 foot overnight. There was a playful tiny rip bowl putting on some lip…it’s a nice morning, so plenty came out to party.
The rest of the day will remain cloudy and finally rain at 9:05pm tonight. Expect baking hot, beach conditions on the weekend. (31)
Ciao :: ugio

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Mid Bondi runaway...

Straighties…

The swell went from flat to thumping over the weekend. It’s still here…and thriving. South facing Bondi was up to her old tricks, breaking straight…closing out.
It’s dropping off tonight, so we will return to smaller waves in the morning.
I trust you’re enjoying the salubrious 27-degree day.
Like yesterday, another big south swell is due this Sunday. Bingo!
:: uge

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That's Pama dropping wallets and tearing the bag

Warm Peaks

We’ve had a good run of summery small waves in Sydney lately. I don’t know about you, but I’ve surfed nearly every day for 2 weeks. I’ll surf anything I can get really but I’m having a good time! Today – 2 foot, maybe a bigger set around head high. Clean morning with perfectly clear skies and a top of 27 degrees today. A good time to be in Sydney!
It’s only 50 days until Christmas. Should you require any custom made artworks from our gallery you’ll need to get onto it. We hand make all our artworks 1 by 1…in Sydney. Allow 2-3 weeks to create artwork plus shipping. We ship all over the globe. No steak knives. Here is a selection of what I reckon looks good on the wall.
Avagoodday,
:: uge

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Green trimmings, Bondi Beach

Low Expectations

It’s always good heading down the beach with low expectations and getting a little surprise. Today the swell pulsed – contradicting the 1.3 foot forecast. I saw a set around 6:20am that was definitely over head high…it spun off into the south corner like a freight train. I frothed. I didn’t see too many more like that set, but definitely something fun to ride.
It’s an immaculate spring day with clear skies and 24 degrees. The grom squad were out in force.
Get wet!
:: uge

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Loggers paradise

Giddy Up

Looking for some fun, peaky, 2 footers? Say no more. This morning was for you! Swell came up you’d arvo and put on some pleasant (not pumping) surf conditions. Swell is SSE and winds are WSW – good combo.
Unfortunately, the swell is on the decline – but you’ll be at your Melbourne Cup lunches getting wobbly anyway.
My pick for this year, again, of course, has to be, without doubt…horse No.4 at 10-1 odds BONDI BEACH. Come on you little ripper. Bring home that bacon. Oceanographer sounds pretty good too, but I am just going off names and neglecting whether the pony can run or not.
Best of luck, :: uge

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"Look Mum, 1 foot"

Local

I really like living around here… always something going down… let me talk you through my morning and I will explain why.
I woke up to clear skies…it was a little chilly (10ish degrees), but a nice morning to be roaming around our beaches. I always try and get up well before the sun, just in case there is a colour spray sunrise. Lately, I’ve been struggling a little to peel outta bed.
I can get to Bondi beach on my bicycle by one single push of the pedals and rolling the rest of the way (300 metres). Upon initial inspection, I came to the conclusion that a 6-8 foot swell is probably breaking better somewhere else than Bondi which only handles 3-4 foot (max.).
Took off over the hill to Tamarama and saw a guy on a unicycle in a colour matched outfit. Also saw some mountains of water detonating on the shores of Tamarama. It’s BIG! It’s quite common for Tamarama to be flooded with a big swell all the way back to the concrete wall. I bet the Sculptures by the Sea people were a tad worried about all their precious sculptures drifting out to sea overnight.
Sculptures are on. Hundreds of people were up early checking them out. Amazing how many people the show draws out. There’s giant handbags, stacks of oars, bulldozers with pink goo, a Rhino in trouble and a giant red Havi.
All this before 6:30am.
:: uge

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RUOK? Bondi Icebergs, 7am

Un piede

It’s one foot…or un piede.
Really lacking surf conditions today. The swell charts show an increase later to head high. That sounds good to me. I hope it arrives soon!
Did I see the Dolphins today? Yes, but they were far out so no pics.
Have you been watching the WSL in France? Things are heating up for a finals day. My money is on John John.
It’s much, much cooler today after yesterday’s blistering 32 degrees. It’s quite confusing how to dress for your day at the moment.:: uge
:: uge

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Green with Envy

Romance with Italy

Well, Bondi wasn’t looking that flash this morning. It was pretty lame to be honest. Onshore, grey and 6 inch mush (maybe even smaller). There’s bigger waves in The Med when the Capri ferries hoon past. No need to come down. Your office cubicle is the right place to be today.

I’ve only scratched the surface with sifting through all the shots from Italy. Today is one of those days where I have an opportunity to show you more.
Tutto bene…Buona giornata
Ciao, Eugenio

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The Whitsundays water colours, 1:30pm

Hamilton

I’m up at Hamilton Island for The Audi Race Week. It’s a big sailor’s festival where 250 boats take over the island. It’s their biggest week of the year on this tropical island.
Even though the weather was pretty overcast the emerald greens of the Whitsundays still prevail. It’s a very good looking spot indeed. Especially from the air. I was lucky enough to take a flight over Whitehaven beach, which is one of the most spectacular beaches in the world.
The very clever Hayden Cox, from Hayden shapes is launching his new book up here tomorrow night. There’s plenty on. Follow @AudiAustralia Instagram if you want some behind the scenes footage of our aerial shoot and action from the island (in the Instagram Stories).
Cheers, uge

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I’m Back

Italy was awesome, thank you. Bondi ain’t too shabby either. I’m back. Just look out the window, what a day! Spring is here and the weather is spot on.
Small waves around 1-2 foot – 1 wave came in bigger which is pictured above. It was SO good to see waves again. I missed them.
Small waves all week. Very windy on Thursday. Rain on Wednesday.
That’s about all you need to know right now.
Ciao :: uge

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