Highway

Hit the highway…it’s perfectly offshore, sunny and 4-6 foot…what are you waiting for? The above set of conditions just don’t suit Bondi (it closes out with waves this size). I was kicking myself when shooting today, knowing it was pumping on the reefs far from Bondi. Shoulda got up for the dawnie and found some […]

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To ‘doze, or not to ‘doze

Greetings from the beach. What a pleasant morning. The south swell seems to be coming in nicely. Huge morning crowd enjoying the fruits of 2-3 footers. Even with the 6:15am low tide the waves are breaking really fat. I guess the sand banks just don’t suit super high or mega low tides. As I write […]

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Unique

Bondi is a unique place. Why? It was 5:45am when I rolled down the beach. That’s pretty early for most humans. As I came over the hill I could see thousands of people doing something. Surfing, jogging, bootie campin’, sun baking and even a few leftovers from the pub rolling around in the sand trying […]

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We’re frying

It was a bit of a jolt getting off a plane from the isolated, quiet Cook Islands and straight – BANG – into a full swing Bondi crowd. Looked like 25,000 to 30,000 on the beach yesterday (in my uneducated opinion). All this good weather and the annual Sculpture by the Sea event can really […]

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Beached Az

Well our little Pacific paradise fling has come to an end…times for us to leave the Cook Islands. If you want a low key beach holiday and not hooked to shopping malls, the Cooks are for you. Water is incredible, weather is amazing and the people are super friendly. Today is the last day that […]

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Island Time

Kia Orana. We’re back on the main island of the Cooks, Rarotonga. It’s very different to Aitutaki – it’s where all the government and commerce is done. It’s busier yet still very relaxed and quiet. The centre of the island rises up into huge volcanic mountains that resemble Jurassic Park. Incredible back drop to the […]

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One Foot

That idyllic beach view never gets old. One Foot Island lives up to it’s big reputation as being one of the best beaches in the world. You can’t take a bad picture of the place. I keep thinking Brooke Shields is going to jump out of the bushes! The TV show Survivor was filmed around […]

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Aitutaki

Today I think I found the bluest water in the world. I can now stop searching. Write this one down…AITUTAKI LAGOON in the Cook Islands. Take a 45 minute flight from Rarotonga and you will come across one of the most idyllic places on earth. Its paradise. The water temp is around 23-24…the air is […]

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The Cooks

Kia Orana. Welcome to The Cook Islands people! Crew warned me that the water here is unrealistically blue…take a look at that first shot above…touch the screen…yeah it’s real baby…that’s blue az…and the locals reckon with this shocking weather it looks much better than this normally. The Cook Islands are super laid back taking island […]

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Shippies

Can someone tell me why a number of huge freighter ships were coming in so close to Bondi this morning…like I’ve never seen before? Was it because? They were all drug smugglers dumping their loads to be later picked up by speed boats? They were dodging a large school of fish out to sea? The […]

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Cray Cray

Today is a new day…completely different to yesterday. It’s perfectly sunny now…storm, what storm? OK she’s a little cold but it’s warming up quickly. The rogue swell remains the same, it has just tweaked a little to the East opening up surfing options. Oh boy, she’s got some grunt. I saw some big sets in […]

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Into the Wild

Well that was a wild night in Sydney. I hope you found your Sulo bin this morning, probably hanging down the end of the street with all the others. Trees have fallen over and sand dunes have been created in the Bucketlist. Crazy times. It’s been raining, solidly for about 12-15 hours now. The garden […]

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Droplets

That big, black storm arrived last night. Unfortunately I didn’t get any images of it’s dramatic arrival as I was stuck in a car, in traffic (I do leave Bondi, sometimes – to go to Bondi Junga of course). It’s raining on Aquabumps HQ at the moment and it looks like there is plenty of […]

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Over & Above

As I write this daily post the clouds have arrived and our fantastic run of beach weather has come to an end. It’s gone all stormy…rain will hit very soon. Bunker in as the storm will be in town until Thursday. To celebrate the weekend of glorious weather I went up in the sky to […]

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Chain Gang

If you like deserted beaches and empty line ups – today is not for you. Today is World Mental Health Day so the Fluro Friday guys got down there in mass and made a shoreline chain…wow, huge turn out. Great effort. There were small waves on offer, waist to chest high on sets…some really fun […]

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Baywatch

The wintery conditions of yesterday have blown over revealing the luscious summer current. Today IS a beach day. The winds are light, the waves are around chest high and there isn’t a cloud in the sky. We will hopefully hit 23 degrees today…just perfect for that swim, walk to Bronte, boating on the harbour…all that. […]

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Bondeye

Not all days are created for the beach. Today is not a beach day – at all. It’s a rainy day with onshore, sloppy 2 footers. Looked so, so, so bad out there for surfers. The beach was empty and Bondi village was like a ghost town. 2 days ago 30,000 people would have been […]

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Full boots

So you’re back at your desk…you’ve had a few days off and you’re a lil’ sun kissed. How good was your long weekend? The weather was impressive…plenty of swell as well. The schoolies are back at class so the beach was a little quiet this morning. It was cloudy and rained when I was down […]

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Beach News

Hey Honks. Sorry about the late update. I would like to say I’ve been surfing…as it looks pretty good out there. But nah, no such luck yet. Chained to the desk. The left has fired up in the corner and there are some 3 maybe 4 footers available for your riding pleasure. It’s 23 degrees, […]

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Cross / Shore

Howdy. Great day yesterday wasn’t it? Felt just like summer. The schoolies took over the beach. Today is a lot cooler, but still a stunner (20). Spend some time outside. Down the beach the swell looks confused. To back my observations up the charts are showing signs of a East swell, a South swell and […]

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