Doof-Doof

How’s ya tan? Been nice down the beach lately huh? Yesterday’s howling winds stirred up some junkie windswell. Bondi was fat, fun and crowded this morning with head high sets. I’m hoping it gets better later on. I think it’s gonna be a full house though. It’s a pretty full on time of year around […]

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B E A C H T I M E

Merry Christmas! Hope the fatman came through with the goods. I saw plenty of new boards out there in the line-up over the past couple of days (mine included). Lucky lil’ vegemites aren’t we? So the weather has been pretty bi-polar and a new storm is brewing hitting town Sunday. Ok – this will bring […]

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Seeya 2013

In keeping with Aquabumps tradition, the last update of the year shows my favourite shots from 2013. I barely traveled this year so it’s all about Bondi. Next year we are not having babies so I will be back on the plane visiting exotic waves and locations. Special thanks to you all for tuning in. […]

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S P I R I T

There was such a good vibe down the beach this morning. The Christmas spirit was everywhere. Shame Santa still hasn’t broken our week long swell drought…the surf is tiny. Tomorrow there may be a little wind wave. How about this weather? 35 degrees today – tools down, hit the beach. If you order our new […]

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1 P E D I

The surf is tiny but the water is warm and calm. Big crowd for such a small wave, all enjoying the summer vibe. Maybe some wind swell on the weekend, but this time of year ain’t famous for cranking waves. Better for partying and taking the foot off the gas. The postie is our new […]

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S P A R R O W S

It was well worth the early start. Great colours in the skies above Bondi as I swam around (circa 5:30am). Small wave chugging into the bay. Hungry pack hunting whatever was shaking. It’s only 1 foot so take the big logs. It’s a PERFECT beach day. If you want to surf an exclusive right hander […]

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V E N U S

Today’s all about the ladies. They were ripping out there… The weather is supreme. As good as it gets…top of the wozza and 26. Not too hot, not too cool. It’s going to be amazing beach weather all week – but very small surf. Ok, so you are Christmas shopping online and need it now…order […]

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D R I Z Z L E

The rain was off and on this morning so I only took 5 photographs. Here’s the lot. The waves were dismal…barely surfable. Rain forecasted for today but the weather should be really nice Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week. That was one of the biggest weekends in surfing with Mick Fanning winning his 3rd World […]

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L E V E L

It’s flat as this morning but she’s shaping into one hell of a beach day. It could cool down with some thunderstorms later today. There is quite a bit for us to talk about, so here is a summary: The Pipeline Masters will most likely run this weekend (Remember Hawaiian time is one day behind). […]

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L A R K

A survey of over 400 adults showed approximately 15% are morning people, 25% are evening people, and 60% are intermediates. I reckon it’s more than 15% for early birds around here…especially this time of year. As I always write, the wee hours are the best part of the day. The light is good, the winds […]

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S E D U C E

Boy oh boy…it’s a real nice morning. The water is a seductive 20 degrees and surprisingly there are waves. The forecast was a little hard to understand, but I saw waves in the waist high to hairy upper lip range. Get wet! You are probably not getting much work done with the Pipeline Masters on […]

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T R E A T S

It’s summer time and we’ve hit 30 degrees before 8am. How do ya like those apples? I wish I could report more swell but it died off real fast. We’ve got a dribbly NE wind swell…good for the mal…but it’s burning into a real beach day. Baby oil up and work on the base tan. […]

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F O M O

Today is one of those days where you can’t help but think you are missing out. There is so much swell around and the winds are gentle (at the moment). It’s just our Eastern Suburbs beaches can’t hold this much swell. Somewhere on the coast will be going off right now. South swell, North winds…hit […]

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S o u t h y

The swell has gone south and so has the wind. Let’s hope this change will bring warmer water – as it has been pretty nippy (Yesterday it dropped to 17 degrees with those northerly winds). The waves are average. It’s now onshore but it was waist to chest high this morning down at Bondi and […]

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G R E Y

She ain’t pretty this morning. Wet, grey and wobbly. The swell has tweaked around to the North but looking really unsettled and short period (windswell). You will still score a head high wave…but you’re not missing much. A good day to do your Christmas shopping as tomorrow the sun is back! Chrissy shopping? Yes kids, […]

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E A S T – F E A S T

The East swell came up very strong last night. Stronger than I thought. Waves are in the 4 foot range and looking pretty good. Bondi neglects that swell direction so you will need to visit more Easterly facing beaches such a Tama, Maroubra, Manly. It is going to hit 29 degrees today. Bask in the […]

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Beach People

I’ve written around 4,000 daily posts on Aquabumps over the past 15 years. That’s a lot of writing for a guy who got a C+ in English at school (I wasn’t big on school and spent most of my time wagging class to hide in the darkroom). Sometimes coming up with something to write about […]

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S U M M E R

Greetings. Welcome to summer and a brand new week. For the next 3 days we will experience salubrious beach weather. I strongly suggest slipping out for some beach time. The waves will be small so either surf a mal or just swim. Our Aquabumps Gallery Christmas Order deadlines are creeping up real fast. If you […]

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Rock Envy

It’s not really happening around here today. The swell has dwindled, the winds are howling and it’s raining. Sydney is like a toggle switch, either belting hot or stormy cool. Not much in between. Once place I know I’d like to be today is Hawaii. The North Shore of Oahu is about to explode with […]

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P O R K Y S

Everyone has caught wind of yesterday’s pumping waves and hit the beach this morning. Unfortunately it’s dropped off quite a lot. There’s chest high waves in the area, it’s just pretty fat with the 5am high tide. A dropping tide may reveal something more interesting. Being in the water was pretty special regardless. I’ve been […]

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W E D G E

This morning I swam with my camera for about 3 hours with 3 very talented surfers in some decent waves. Julian Wilson, Sam Mac and Blake Thornton charged a rare wedgey peak from sunrise…oh boy…what a day, unshackle from the desk for an hour or so and enjoy. I will let the images do all […]

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C A M P

This morning Bondi Beach looked horrible…onshore, 4-6 foot, wet. Didn’t see anyone surfing so I ventured inland…yeah I know, crazy huh? I ended up at Watson’s Bay Camp Cove. Camp Cove is a nice little harbour side beach. It’s quiet. It’s the end of the road before hitting the opening to Sydney harbour so it […]

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W I N D O W S

Hey folks. Hope you had a good weekend. Kinda interesting morning…the inbound swell has just arrived and showing promise. Amazing what difference a few hours can make…it turned on for a bit there this morning. It went a little bit like this… 6 a.m. Fun 1-2 foot waves. 8 a.m. Picked up to 3-4 foot […]

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Cat and Dog

The beach didn’t look very appealing this morning. It won’t stop raining. That pushed me inland to shoot odd things around Bondi. The water is full of storm water gunk and the weed has taken over. There was a little righthander amongst all this…but I wouldn’t ditch work for it. ENE swell all weekend, 3 […]

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W A S H

I love shooting the mornings. It’s such a good time of day. It’s a fresh start and I’m addicted to the warm hues found in the wee hours. There is such a good vibe in the mornings. Everyone is so damn happy. I guess it’s the only time we don’t have our mobile phones on […]

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intensely hued

Howzitgoing? What a nice start to the day. Usually when the weather changes there are amazing sunrises. Today proves that theory. The colours were off the hook and today is developing into a stunner. Let’s all leave our desks and go for a swim or surf. Oh and the surf ain’t bad either. Knee to […]

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Tuesday

It’s much nicer down the beach since the rain stopped. There are waves, 3-4 footers, but they’re pretty random and a tad messy. It’s mainly a windswell with a 7 second wave period. Tomorrow will be better… It’s scary to think that Christmas is only 5 weeks away. How about that…where did this year go? […]

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W E T T I E

These grey, wet, windy mornings are hard work. Trying to take a photo without getting your gear wet is a real challenge, let alone shoot something interesting. The beach was a mess and deserted. Looked like a winters day. The southerly will blow for today and tomorrow, but clean up on Wednesday. Work now play […]

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The Beach Blog

Hey guys, kinda patchy morning. Sunshine one minute, raining the next. One thing is consistent and that’s the small surf. It’s only 1-2 foot and very weak. The water is really warm though. Sample it for yourself. More swell coming next week… The biggest news since the birth of Spike (my no.2 son)…the 2nd Aquabumps […]

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S O L A R

The good waves of yesterday are wasting away and there was only a couple feet to work with. It was a bright sunny morning with all the ingredients of a sensational beach day. Go for a swim as the weather will change slightly tomorrow. Next week has waves. Good for this time of year which […]

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P U M P I N G

Let’s not muck around. The waves have turned on and fields are full of clover! I saw so many good waves this morning. People getting barreled, nice tight pockets, wally sections, golden sunshine, warm water…think you get my drift. Most beaches had something fun to surf – seeya! :: uge

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T W I S T E D

I followed big wave legend Mark Mathews down to his little slab this morning hoping there would be something worth shooting. It was ok, super wonky but still big and chunky. Some waves were doing it, but they needed a tow to get down them. Tomorrow should be fun when the sun comes back out. […]

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D R O P L E T S

It was bound to happen one of these days. Rain that is. I mean we can’t go a whole year without a drop. My garden was looking a little singed so a day like this is a welcome sight. Jet and I went down the beach this morning and it was horrible for shooting/surfing/playing trains […]

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H A V I x A B

After a few stormy days earlier in the week we have defaulted back to summer gold. This morning was real nice. One of those days where people say to me all morning “How good is this!” I couldn’t agree more. The water was warm, calm and the odd chest high wave. Good for a mal. […]

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B L A C K B I R D

The waves have gone back to small and the crowds were up enjoying the incredible weather. Nice morning wasn’t it? Today it’s going to hit 30 degrees and there ain’t a cloud in the sky – that’s all you really need to know and should be packing up your desk and hitting the beach right […]

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T-Bee

By 6:30am I had already been to Cronulla and back stalking waves. It’s a tricky day…too big for Bondi and closing out…Bronte looked fun but a bit full (too much south in it)… totally missing Maroubra…too south and small for the Cape….but hang on…a couple of lil’ nuggets at the local K-Bay with the incoming […]

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S E A R C H

Sad news in Bondi. Two young Japanese guys went for a swim at 5:30pm last night and only one returned. The rescue was in full swing last night, 2 helicopters, 2 jet skis and a police boat scouring the bay looking for the lost swimmer. I saw them still looking for him this morning. Still […]

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C H A N G E

The last 24 hours have been pretty crazy. Yesterday Sydney sweltered under oven-like conditions – the masses hit the beach. Then last night a cooling south change hit hard – bringing 30 knot winds and a new south (messy) swell. What next? This morning was totally blown out down the beach. I didn’t see any […]

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SurfAid Cup

Today’s update comes from the glorious sand dunes of Curl Curl Beach…where the SurfAid Cup is going down. The Aquabumps Team is progressing to the semis as I write this…but the competition is stiff. Special thanks to all that supported our team by donating money. We raised $12,000 for charity which is incredible! There are […]

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E A R L Y B I R D S

Today I took the whip for a spin around the local beaches hunting inspiration. One thing struck me that was incredible…there is barely a parking space to be found at all our beaches. I look at my watch, 5:55am, and everyone is up early doing something – before I’ve even got down there. Yeah I […]

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