: : Last Post

Today is the last photo update for 2011. Yes, another digit ticks over and we’ll be taking a few weeks break in preparation for another big year, that’ll be Aquabumps’s 13th year in operation. Yes, lucky 13 – can you believe it. What started out as a muck around photo email between my mates (in […]

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: : p u f f

This time of year you’ve probably ran out of puff looking forward gorging yourself on mamas xmas cookin’ and taking a break. I think the swell is in the same boat – lacking…weak, waist high waves broke this morning without any grunt. The high tide was so full I thought most lumps weren’t even gonna […]

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w e t

You can surf in our ‘hood today. It’s small, waist to shoulder high, fat on the early tide, but rideable in the sunshine. Yes, I said sunshine. Salubrious day outside, go soak it up. Kinda strange but cool light this morning…. It’s not too late… Ok, so you haven’t bought a single xmas present. You’ve […]

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Buenos dias

The good old southerly is blowing early at 20 knots. That doesn’t make for great surfing. The sky was deep tones of grey, sometimes even sprinkling. Maybe the odd down pour today… It’s 1 foot. Sorry I mean 2 foot, flimsy, weak and a little wobbly with some morning junk on it. Good if you’re […]

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The Sydney Eye

MMM, another grey day here in Sydney. Looks like we’re going for a record… I can hear the pitta-patter on the tin roof now as yet another squall passes by. The surf looks small and junkie this morning – the beach relatively empty. Bondi not great, Bronte had a few on offer – but it […]

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Breeze

Funny old week… Most days have been chest to head high (weak), some bigger ones yesterday (4-6). The winds have been up early most days though, puttin’ loads of chop-flop on them faces. Bronte, with its almighty huge chunk of rock at the south end is probably the pick – hiding from the wind. Bondi […]

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chunk

There is swell, quite a chunky one and from the south, but it’s still not doing it. C’mon. It’s 4-5 foot, a tad too big for the banks at Bondi to handle. The flanking south winds seem to be causing havoc as well….there is plenty of junky chop out there. Bondi had a couple of […]

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Fools Gold

Fresh serve of south swell is in town, it’s quite big too – like 4-5 foot, but it just doesn’t seem to want to do it. Bronte kinda had a wobbly right, Bondi was messy and well…not great…I think you need to head to the other side of the bridge, something with loads of southerly […]

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hello

In the 1 hour of roaming the beaches of the east I took 4 photos. That’s odd (I normally shoot around 60). Barely anyone surfing the 2 footers on offer, the sky was dark grey and generally another quiet onshore beach day. Bondi was looking horrible with the southerly tearing it apart @ 25 knots […]

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biblical

Yesterday was an amazing day. Biblical. The day started with perfect sunshine, great waves and then by 1pm the raging southerly front rolled in from out to sea – and I don’t think it’s stopped raining or blowing since. Wow. It was one of the most intense storms I’ve seen. Today – well, in comparison, […]

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re-ignite

Sorry about the slightly late update, been watching 12 foot bombs at the Hawaiian Pipe Masters, Would you paddle out there? Last night before I closed my eyes I checked the weather and it said “Showers in the morning, clearing”. Couldn’t be any further from the truth. Clear skies, 24 degrees, blue water, chest high […]

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Damp

A friend told me that this rainy crud weather is here to stay for all of December and January. I asked the same friend if they can pick the lotto numbers for this weekend as I’d like to buy a boat, ok maybe just a dinghy. I’d agree and say it’s going to rain until […]

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Overflow

Hi. There’s waves around this morning but it’s full as a boot with a 7am high tide. You can catch a wave, but don’t expect much more than a few cutbacks and flaps trying to stay on it. The lower tide will reveal the goods. SE swell, 3 ft, S/SE winds 5-10 knots then swinging […]

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Fatty

I am not going to complain about the winter-like weather conditions we have in Sydney at the moment. Beltin’ summer is just around the corner, I just know it, so this is a good time to get some work done… We have some waves worth talking about this morning. It’s 3 foot – nice and […]

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Mondayitis

The clouds are smothering and the beach is deserted – perfecto – seeing there was a 3-4 foot wave on this morning. 8am the wind blew southerly 20 odd knots, but that should lighten up during the day. If you don’t mind a bit of chop hopping – today is your day. Should be SW […]

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b l o w

The southerly is still howling and making a mess of anything resembling a wave this morning. If you’re surfing today, you need to get a job. 2-3 foot wind slush wasn’t enough to get me in the water. It’s cooler today. Top of 20 degrees. Rain will come and go, I hope the wind goes […]

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TRON

Today is the 1st day of summer – coulda fooled me. The southerlies have rolled into town and temperatures are back into the 15-20 range. The SE wind is howling 30 knots and the bay is full of white caps and sloshy foam. I didn’t see a single surfer out this morning – now that […]

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neon

I was up real early today. I small human called Jet was mainly to blame…I think the lil’ man saw the pink horizon glow seeping in through the blinds. For a very short moment, before sunrise, the sky was glowing neon pink. The rest of the morning was overcast and dark. We’ve got a NE […]

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Backwash

Howdy. We’ve currently got a mini-north windswell breaking with north winds best at north facing beaches. Bondi did have a little fun one on the incoming tide, but low tide will ruin that. It’s not amazing, very weak (1-2 ft) – but they say it should get bigger later tonight. Now that’s good to hear. […]

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Flipside

We’ve had some amazing contrasts in the weather lately. Saturday you woke up to typhoon like rain and Sunday you woke up to spring bliss. A few little waves have been popping up here and there, super fun down at Bondi this morning with 2 (sometimes) 3 footers. With the morning sunshine blazing – conditions […]

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Friday Rambles

We haven’t had the best run of surf and weather have we? I mean sitting in the Bondi car park hiding from the rain watching a handful of dudes scrapping over 1-2 foot mush at Bondi was kinda a desperate sight. Not one bit of me wanted to be out there. They say the swell […]

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Gusty

It’s fair to say when windsurfers are doing loops out the back of Bondi in 15-20 knot gusts that the surf conditions probably aren’t ideal. Ok, it’s horrible today. Onshore, mush, slush, mixed in with skanky rain water runoff. Kinda cold and still raining – completely the opposite to W.A which is experiencing 37 degree […]

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A work day…

Today is one of THOSE days where you’re better off sittin’ in the office. It’s that 1 day in 90 where it’s flat like a lake and pouring with rain, hang on – the southerly just blew in as well. So now its flat and junkie – wow. Not pretty. The good news is that […]

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Tiger Stripes

It’s been so flat lately. Looks like today is the turning point though….last night waves came up and now we have 2 foot chuggers fizzing to the beach. It’s not smoking, but surfable. Tomorrow and Thursday should be bigger (3-4ft) but possibly flanked with southerlies. See a wave, surf it I reckon. Cool clouds in […]

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Beach Pilgrimage

Hola. Fair chance most of you were down the beach on the weekend. Who wasn’t. You probably didn’t take a board with you (flat as), just the baby oil and the reflecto sunnies (spinin’ rims and all mate). Bondi Road was gridlock all weekend long. It was also the conclusion of Sculpture by the Sea […]

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moody

Normally I wouldn’t put today in the ‘hey there’s a little wave on’ category, but seeing we’ve had a wave deprived week and you’re all in a bad mood – there’s a ‘little’ wave on in the corner of Bondi. You will need plenty of float to get going, the 20 x 3 inch variety, […]

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L:e:s:s

Yesterday was small, today is smaller… Every 20 mins a rideable ‘wave’ may roll through, but it’s not worth getting out of bed and walking around in the rain for. Again I grab a coffee, sit down and browse the swell charts in hope for a leap in size – nope, nuttin’. Our book, The […]

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twitchy

Ahoy there. So…this plague of small swell remains and the boys in the car park are getting’ restless. Bondi had this cute little rip-bowl-1-foot wonder, suitable for a plank around 10 feet long. Or if you’re new to the sport – today’s cranking. I can’t see any improvement for some time. You really need to […]

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Summer

Gotta love this time of year. The days are hot and the nights cool after a violent smotherly let’s rip. Everybody is out doing something…no matter what time of day. Bondi is…well…you guessed it, packed. Packed at sunrise, packed at sundown. Packed. The waves were terrible this morning. Bits and pieces of wind chop crumbling […]

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The bogged surf rake

You know it’s going to be a surfless week when your wifie says “honk, seeing there is no swell for 8 days … it’s gonna be a swell drought … you know that right? …  so, can you help around the house a bit more?” …breathe…the closest my wifie has got to reading internet swell […]

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11.11.11

Hey there, today is unique. It’s the 11th day of the 11th Month of the 11th year. Superstitious people say that’s a lucky day. A day to get hitched, hit the casino or try have that baby. We’re kinda lucky down the beach as the waves came up overnight – head high ones. Ok, it’s […]

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Swelter

Last night’s sweltering heat brought everyone down the beach this morning…just not the waves. The mercury did not drop below 24.2 degrees last night, just a smidge of the all-time hottest night record for November (24.8). So if you couldn’t sleep last night – that’s why. I couldn’t. When I got down the beach this […]

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Good times

Good times down the beach this morning. Good times. I had so much fun. The weather is freaky at the moment – either pouring and thunderstorms or summer heaven. Today the latter. The waves are micro and around your kneecaps. The water is decent, 19. The banks are ok, 2 peaks with a fun shore […]

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Good Morning

Good morning. Wasn’t it just. The beach was rammed this morning, early. I walked around with someone from New York and they were blown away at the masses doing stuff on the beach at 6:30am. I don’t think many places in the world have so many people so active so early. The surf was not […]

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Carnivale

We have experienced a few solid beach days and today is no exception. Carnivale Bondi was frantic over the weekend… Sculptures by the Sea opened and drawing millions whilst the Annual Single Fin Classic stirred a few laughs as the old boys danced (I think you can call it that) and surfed 5-6 foot Bondi […]

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Surftag

Afternoon. Late one I know. Today’s update comes from the boot of my car as we’re at the SurfAid SurfTag event surfing for charity. (at Manly) Thank you for everyone that donated to our team – we raised nearly $10k for SurfAid. The waves are small, 2ish, maybe 3 footish. Better with the incoming tide. […]

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Feedback

I have been down the beach three times already today…I’d like to come back to you with positive feedback, but I can’t. It’s raining. A lot. The 2-3 footers are junkie as hell. And then some. 1 guy out at south Bondi. He wasn’t doing much. If you wanna surf, the beach is all yours. […]

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the goods

Greetings. I liked what I saw this morning. Plenty of colour in the sky early, the Sculpture by the sea are out and there is a solid 3 foot swell hittin’ town. It’s clean and plenty of waves on offer. This dreamy picture will transform later today, showers predicted tonight and the southerly will blow […]

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At First Sight

Today is a big day in Australia. Not only is our national airline back in the air but 24 ponies trot around track whilst the whole world watches on. You’re probably distracted from what is happening down the beach today…you’re all frocked up and ready to plaster yourself all arvo in good ole’ aussie fashion. […]

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Boo!

This morning went down a little something like this. The wind woke me up, southerly storm hit overnight and I could see choppy water out the back. I prayed for waves. Light was dancing behind broken morning cloud as I rolled down hill half asleep. I took a few snaps, some mega slow shutters, some […]

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