Zoom Vs Prime

The rogue wonder swell of yesterday has backed right off and it’s now quite manageable at most beaches (3 ft). I didn’t really see anything special to surf this morning – a lot of empty lineups though. Good day to snag a few for yourself.
A lot of readers email us questions about camera gear and what I use to shoot the daily fix. Today I am gonna talk nerdy camera gear. I see some of you already glazing over. For most of my shooting career I would only use prime lenses. Prime means fixed focal length. I would never have dreamed of using zoom lenses (ones where you twist it and it zooms in and out) in the past as they just weren’t sharp enough. This meant my car boot would hold around 15-20 lenses, all different focal lengths for different occasions. It was such a hassle lugging all that around. Well, these days the zooms are the pick of the crop. Sharper than ever…these new zooms mean I can carry less lenses that cover a wider range of focal lengths and they pin sharp. My chiropractor thanks you Canon! The majority of my surfing shots are taken with a Canon zoom 200-400mm (with built in 1.4x converter) and a 1Dx II Canon Body – I shot with this today and do so most days. This is the crème de la crème of long lens shooting setups. Awesome for sport.
Our Aquabumps Team raised $10k for SurfAid – thank you for your support. Andy from Bucket List is hosting the Surfaid Cup after party tomorrow at Bondi – come! He shamelessly sms’d me late at night to prompt a plug in today’s post.
Ok, ‘nuf ramble.
:: uge
P.S. Canon are offering Aquabumps readers 5% from their online store (use promo code AQUA).

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Big

Well well well. A big swell has rocked up into town and its gone rogue. I was expecting decent sized waves, but not this big. I saw sets above 8 foot. So much water moving. So hard to find a decent one. So much wash through. Somewhere would be firing today.
Sydneysiders love a good meaty swell. Everyone rocks down the beach to check it out.
Bronte local, Gav, runs Fruit Man Sam. I’m pretty sure today he’ll be surfing but normally he delivers fresh fruit and veg direct from the markets. It’s a great service and hassle free, we’ve done it for years – just ring Gav or Adam 0431 083 568 or go to web if ya keen.
Our Aquabumps SurfAid Cup team has raised $7k for charity. Everyone that donated, THANK YOU. I mean it. We appreciate your support for such a needy cause. If you want to donate to support the Aquabumps team, you have until 9am tomorrow and do it here. Think of it as good karma, shed a couple bucks here and Huey will supply you with swell all winter. The SurfAid Cup is on Friday at Bondi from 8am. Come down!
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Fresh

We’ve got a fresh batch of dead south swell in town and it’s quite exciting. We haven’t seen size like this for a while now. I am really hoping it bashes those straight banks at Bondi into something fun. C’mon. Please.
The swell will peak, hard, right now and then drop off into the afternoon. That’s cool as it’s maxing out a few joints and needs to chill a bit.
Winds are just perfect, NW 10 knots. It will warm up to 23 degrees today. Sunny, of course.
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Stock Standard

Today is typical Autumn Bondi day.
It all started with the Buddhist monks pounding the pavement (std). Then the sunshine came over Ben Buckler and illuminated some 2 foot leftovers. (How good was the weekend for surf?)
The Tourists were up early…documenting everything with their phones and selfie sticks. Icebergs was full. Not a car park in the whole suburb (std). And then as I entered the Aquabumps gallery to kick of my day the neighbors are still going…from Friday…red eyed, red faced and pupils lit up asking me to pop over for a Jager bomb.
Home sweet home. Good ole’ Bondi Beach.
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Solar Marathon

We’re bang in the middle of a solar marathon (and swell drought). I hope you’re enjoying it (the sun bit that is – not the 1 footers). Sunday could even pass as a normal beach day (24).
The swell forecast is meant to scoop up from 1 foot to 4 foot. I am a little skeptical. The ocean looks energyless to me right now. I hope I’m wrong as the week of small waves has been, well, ahem, a little monotonous. How ’bout some chunk!
You would know Chatty John Adams. He lives and works at South Bondi, running his business from an apartment with a million dollar view over Bondi. He’s shopping around for a website coordinator/wordpress guru. Good spot to work! Read job spec and see you down the beach.
Adios:: uge

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Our ‘hood

We are pretty lucky around here. Got some damn nice clean beaches to wake up to. Take your pick, they’re all pretty decent and a short walk between. When the weather’s good everyone is up early enjoying the crisp mornings. Today was a little chillier than other days. Winter is just ’round the corner.
Have you been watching the Oi Rio Pro insomniacs? (hard time zone that one). The surf has been a little disappointing hasn’t it? Especially when you compare it to other legs of the tour. In fact they’ve been having a rough trot for the entire comp – shootings – big names like Parko, Slater, Mick, Bede, Taj, Ottz  all not surfing leaving the door wide open for new guard. Medina has been doing some colourful airs, maybe it’s his new Samsung phone surfboards that tell him when a set is coming?!! Some pretty big claims going down whilst Narrabeen local Cathels has been shredding quieting in the background (Go Dave). Tyler Wright nailed the girls comp and the mens should continue tomorrow into the quarters.
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Trickle

I was so happy to see a little trickle of swell this morning. It’s a sign of things to come. Bondi had waist to the odd chest high waves. It wasn’t pumping but it was fun.
The sunrise this morning was quite monochrome. Once again it’s offshore, typical of Autumn.
Next week I am making my annual pilgrimage to the Mentawai Islands of remote Indonesia. I reckon it’ll be my 17th voyage. I love it there. The people of Mentawai are devastatingly poor and isolated from the Indonesian mainland. They need help. Surfaid help these people. Next Friday 27th May SurfAid will be hosting the SurfAid Cup down at Bondi Beach (all day surf tag event). Aquabumps, of course has a team running and we are seeking some of your hard earned cash. Just think of it this way, you read Aquabumps for free…so a lil’ donation to our main charity wouldn’t hurt. Just a few bucks or a brick…whatever you can spare. C’mon…please?
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Ride

We’re getting very spoilt with the current weather conditions. I haven’t seen an onshore day in aaaaages. It will swing though…any day now.
Today, offshore, tiny south swell with rideable crowded waves at Bondi.
Go outside ’cause it’s 26 degrees. It’s amazing!
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Monk

This morning I saw a Buddhist Monk running along the broad walk in the latest pair of Ray Bans. So Bondi. Robe wafting in the breeze as he motored past. He was quite the Usain Bolt…as I didn’t get a chance to take a decent photo of him. He left me in his wake! This is all I shot.
Well, that was the highlight of my morning, as you can see. The ‘surf’ was dismal. Big swell coming on Friday. As you were.
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The Valley

Bondi is a popular joint. Not many suburbs have their own TV shows (note: several TV shows). Wherever I travel these days they know Bondi. They might not know it’s in Sydney. But they know Bondi. For 900 meters of sandy beach with sloppy close outs – it’s out there! I’d like to say people come for our pumping waves…but I’m not sure world class close outs cut it. Today – wow, everything closed out before you could even get to your feet. If you like going straight – today is custom made for you! Long period swell = long waits = huge lulls.
For the entire month of May you might noticed an influx in WB utes and blundies around Watson’s Bay. The country is coming to the coast. The annual Taste Orange Food & Wine Festival on Sun 22 May being held at Watson’s Bay Hotel and Robertson Park (across the road). Yeha! more info
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Expecting

I thought we would have some waves today. The internet told me so. It lied. Well, when I was down there at sunrise…it was tiny (and crowded). The amazing sunrise made up for it. How good was it? Didn’t look real.
I am writing this at 10:39am. Surely that south swell has filled in now. Surely.
Our friends at Barney Cools are offering a free hat with every ‘Bumps order online. Yes, free stuff! Get on the gravy train and use “aquabumps” code when checking out.
out :: uge

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Serve Chilled

After a chilly start to the morning the sun is now doing some good work warming us all up. Water is still amazingly warm. Was 12 degrees at sunrise on the beach!
I rolled down the beach will little expectations of surf. Forecast was 1-2 foot NE swell – which is pretty much useless at Bondi Beach.
At first light it looked tiny. I swam regardless…’cause I feel a whole lot better and awake afterwards. A few sets came…maybe even a shoulder high one. Lucky.
With the cold comes the ski season. You gotta see Warren Millers “Chasing Shadows” which is now on a national tour. Come see preview and get tix
Adios :: ugios

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Salty Bits

As predicted… yesterdays grey skies parted and we continue with a sunshine marathon. Change always brings coloured skies – did you see that sunset last night – mental!
Waves are limping in. Tiny NE swell barely providing any substantial push for surf vehicles. I opted for a swim with my trusty 50mm.
Ah yes, 10 days of pure sunshine on the horizon. Enjoy it.
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Pitter patter

Aquabumps HQ is an old mechanics workshop in Bondi Beach. The old tin roof sounds like a machine gun when she’s raining a lot. It’s gonna rain all day I hear – but clear up for tomorrow. The rest of the week is going to be fantastic. So…on this rainy Monday, crank the work out and enjoy the sunshine later in the week.
Our buddies at Barney Cools are offering Aquabumps readers free shipping when shopping online – just use code “aquabumps” at check out. Take me there
Today’s local shots aren’t great (some shot from the car) – so I had to chuck in some Capri archive gold to help bring up the average.
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Chalkie

5th nice morning in a row, especially at the beach. Even better when the sky is full of colour. Hope you got down there.
Small swell, mostly from the south. Bit of fun to be had.
Over the weekend the swell will switch back to a ENE direction.
Maroubra Big Wave freak Mark Mathews returned to the water today after 6 months of nursing a serious shoulder injury. He sustained the injury at Pe’ahi (Jaws off Maui) last December just hours before the WSL Big Wave Comp kicked off. He’s only got one arm operating today but he caught a few.
We’ve started a 2nd Instagram account called @aquabumpsgallery if you’re more interested in the gallery/arwork side of Aquabumps. Our original account @aquabumps is still going and thriving.
Ciao! uge

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Treats

Repeat of yesterday – just more swell. Looks like south swell to me. Aren’t we lucky?
The left had a few…sets head high if you wait long enough. Good little pulse.
What a day!
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Primo

Whole lotta Bondi goodness going on this morning. Super clean morning, crisp clear air, no waves and no wind. If I could package this morning up for you…we’d sell out. It’s classic Bondi.
You’re not too late to get your Mother some Aquabumps artwork for this Sunday (Mother’s Day). We have plenty of stock in the @aquabumpsgallery Bondi. Come in or go online and we have staff on live chat to answer all your questions. Telephone 02 9130 7788
Our buddies at Audi are giving 1 lucky Aquabumps reader an opportunity to fang around a racetrack with their latest cars. It gets the adrenaline pumping. It’s worth a grand and you’ll be treated like royalty for a day. Want to bake it? Head right this way and answer 1 simple question.
Ciao!::uge

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Clear

How about them clear skies huh? Again…cool early, then when the sun starts to pump – it’s joy!
There was a bump in swell today. A left in the corner provided maximum enjoyment…for a short window. Looked pretty small when I last looked (1-2 ft).
I have absolutely nothing else to report today – oh – other than your Mother may want some new sunnies for this Sunday, we’re doing a deal.
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Bloom

What started off a tad chilly has now bloomed into a magical day. Not bad aye? It’s lunchtime. Go lay on the grass and soak it up.
Waves – tiny. (but a bump coming later tonight)
Wind – nup.
Sun – heaps.
Hair – yeah looks good!
Today’s Aquabumps was shot with a new camera…the Canon EOS 1dX Mark ii. She’s a bewty. She can shoot 14 frames per second (awesome for sport), track in auto focus including video, has a spirit level built inside the view finder, takes the all new Cfast cards (515mb/s) and cooks a mean dinner. I’m the envy of every camera geek rockin’ this bit of kit as it’s just landed in the country and I got one of the first ones. Mine!
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