Bedlam
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by uge
3M ago
Bondi is a crazy place, but it’s particularly crazy on a Friday around sunrise (6:30 a.m.). There was just so much activity down there this morning—keep in mind, it’s a small beach, only 900 metres long—so we’re packed in tight. 9am – a completely different story, and back to the quiet times – feels like a totally different place. The waves were super fun this morning, but there’s a bit of wind on them now. Also, the dropping tide (low at 2 p.m.) is very destructive to today’s wave conditions. Hope you filled your wave quota earlier! The Portugal surf forecast doesn’t look awesome for the WSL ..read more
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The Early High
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by uge
3M ago
What a morning! Optimal temperatures in and out of the water, while the bay was glassy and windless—for a moment at sunrise. There was an enormous early morning crowd again. The lineup was jammed, ice bathers were packed, and Bergs was full as Bondi was in high gear. Did you miss it? It’s too late now; the southerly is howling at 18 knots and looking untidy. It’s still surfable, but not as pleasant. An early morning high tide was porking up the waves, so don’t expect to get barrelled, but at least it’s not closing out. I saw the Earthmovers on the sand today – hopefully, some rearrangement wil ..read more
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Giant Folds
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by uge
3M ago
Big swells are wasted around here. We don’t have the proper infrastructure to make it break in a rideable fashion when it gets over head-high. Such a shame, ’cause there’s virtually NO wind and conditions are optimal. Somewhere with a reef would be cooking right now. It’s a dead south swell at 180 degrees, so south-facing beaches like Bondi are copping the brunt of the energy (hopefully shifty sand). It’s got a decent interval and trademarks of a ground swell. Proper intervals are tricky for our tourists straight off the plane, as they race down to the waters edge, fully dressed, play around f ..read more
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Birds Eye
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by uge
3M ago
It’s big and getting bigger. It’s windy – howling onshore! After a five-minute ride, I’ve concluded it’s not a beach day—a write-off, a day inside. Tomorrow will be triple head high, and winds will be variable, so I am sure some reefs down south will be cooking for the hell-riders. I hope this hefty swell pounds into the current sandbanks, moving sand, creating more exciting shapes so I don’t have to surf close-outs all weekend – like last. Enjoy these aerials I’ve taken at the end of summer. I love the above. :: uge The post Birds Eye appeared first on Aquabumps ..read more
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Activation
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by uge
3M ago
There was so much going on at Bondi this morning. All the tourists are walking around thinking – why is everyone up so damn early! Aussies are weirdos. The waves were not very interesting, especially on the morning lower tides. Perhaps a log during higher tides (middle of the day). The skies are filled with clouds and occasionally threatening rain. Monday to Wednesday, we’ve got waves coming! Until then, just dribbles. Aquabumps Gallery Bondi is open, 64 Hall Street Bondi Beach NSW just a short walk from the beach. Come see us! :: uge The post Activation appeared first on Aquabumps ..read more
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Last day of Summer
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by uge
3M ago
It’s the last day of summer (boo!), and we’re finishing it in stereotypical fashion – NE winds, 35 degrees and a tiny swell. It was a super warm morning with a MASSIVE sunrise crowd. So many people from overseas enjoying the morning vibes. Morning low tides created a little exposed sandbar, good for swimmers and bad for surfers. Last night, I checked out the 2023 Australian Surfing Awards…Ethan Ewing and Molly Picklum were named Male and Female Surfer of the Year (no surprises there), whilst Sierra Kerr and Harley Walters were awarded the Rising Star awards. Otis Carey was celebrated with the ..read more
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Dark Water
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by uge
3M ago
Under dark and gloomy skies, clean waves broke in the waist-to-chest vicinity. It’s a south swell, so it’s biggest at Bondi but also the most crowded. Big numbers littered the entire beach at sunrise as most waves closed out straight. More tide would be helpful. High tide: 11:11 am Low tide: 5:28 pm Max Temp. Land: 28 banging degrees with NE winds Guess Temp water: 22? Since shooting, it’s now cleared into a glorious sunny Sydney day and NE winds. It’s one helluva day, and I suspect many are down the beach already (working from home). Tomorrow is going to be a very hot thirty banging six degre ..read more
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Northern Beaches
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by uge
3M ago
Sydney’s city beaches are divided by the deepest harbour in the world. As the crow flies, there’s nothing in it – it’s all relatively close and a short ferry ride to either side. By car, wow, on a busy, sunny day, it’s an hour, schlepping bumper to bumper to cross the bridge. It’s a different world over the north side. Some say quieter and more mellow, but I reckon Manly is as busy (or busier than Bondi). Yes, the rest of Northern Beaches are chilled the further you get away from Manly. Seeing today’s a wet one, the cameras remain in their bags. I want to show you some pics from the weekend fr ..read more
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Good morning
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by uge
3M ago
It was a sensational morning in Sydney, with pink bits scattered across our dawn skies. The water was warm as two footers broke straight. Under the surface, the clarity was decent – recently, the northerlies have brought an unwelcome green-brown murk. Winds are currently very gentle and from the west. The southerly will arrive any minute now and potentially bring some showers later tonight. Tomorrow morning looks grey and maybe wet, so have a sleep-in, enjoy today! A hot day on Thursday – 36. :: uge P.S. Is anyone in the market for a 27-litre, 5’6″ Chilli BV2 epoxy surfboard $500? Condition go ..read more
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Grande
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by uge
3M ago
Bondi is gearing up for a party this weekend as 15,000 people hit the beach for the annual Pride party. This morning was a good prelude as the beach was absolutely packed at 6 am. I overheard a British tourist say, “What on earth is going on geezer? I mean, it’s 6am; why is everyone up so early?”. Why? We like the sunrise and the good morning vibes. There were waves present early, but the higher tides hindered performance. I saw the odd chest-high set, and the water was inviting. As I write, clouds are parking across the bay, and I hear a shower may be on order. Will it rain for the big party ..read more
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