fijian arrival

After two days of a stir crazy flat spell here in Fiji the predicted swell arrived. (no wind either) The boats were full at 6:30am heading out to the distant reefs in the middle of the Pacific. 3 foot with the odd 4 foot bomb provided satisfaction to this frothin’ group of man grommets. Now all scorched and looking more like locals we wait for tomorrow, where the swell is due to pick up even more.
Some of the office might be in Fiji, but the gallery doors are still wide open. Head down to 98 Brighton Boulevard North Bondi to see some of these images blown up. Telephone (02) 9130 8371. Just behind the North Bondi RSL
There’s nothing like a good boat trip. The Mentawai islands have some of the most consistent surf on the globe. You need a holiday. If you want to go with a few of your mates next year to the Ments – need to book now. Early season Feb/March is available so check out www.tengirri.com to book and for rates. ::uge

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underwater antics

The waves have subsided and the winds are howling – the kite surfers are celebrating. The waves here in Fiji are only 1-2 foot on the nearby right, and sloppy 4 foot at a piece of reef in the middle of nowhere (Despos)…so the 22 people on this island had to think creatively how to spend our day. Dan circumnavigated the 1-acre island on a lylo in 30 mins. Some hit the booze from midday and polished up their karaoke skills. A hand full swam out to the protected side of the island and messed around on the ocean floor trying to Ollie a coral head (that’s different). Swell due to arrive Friday, mid range, might be enough to see Cloudbreak light up. Lets hope it arrives soon ::uge

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liquid

Not much happening in the wave department this morning. The trade winds came in really early making a mess of things. Also a strong tidal change makes paddling back to the lineup a tough job…had to get a boat rideĀ  most of the time. One of side of the island remains perfect and calm. The colours in the water up here are just incredible. The deep blues and greens look fluoro.
No surfing shots today just hanging out in the pacific ocean. Hows the office? ::uge

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pacific

Out here in the Pacific the good times continue. The waves are holding their size at 3-4 foot and local breaks are relatively uncrowded. The wind does kick in about lunchtime but there is plenty of other stuff to do at this aquatic playground. For example being dragged behind the boat holding a giant ski rope with 6 of your mates isn’t a bad start (a.k.a skull drag). The coral reef formations are the healthiest I’ve ever seen. Untouched. The Fijians treasure the habitat, no fishing bombs here like in Indonesia which is great to see.
Have a good day, uge

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namotu

After a long cold winter in Sydney spending 4 hours in the water only wearing boardies is pretty special, not to mention the 4 – 6 foot joys of yesterday. Yep, we’re back in Fiji staying on the tiny island of Namotu (right next door to Cloudbreak). This idyllic paradise boasts 30 degree days, 26 degree water and super chilled Fijian bitter.
So where are all the photos of the pumping surf? Good question. Man’s gotta eat. So I’ll just say the 1st two days we’ve been surfing Wilks, a super long turbo charged right and photos haven’t been a top priority. Time out.
Have a great week::uge

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