Best of 2015

So here we are…the last post for 2015. What year…and I’m not just saying that. That concludes our 16th year of operation and I’ve gotta thank my growing team, without them I wouldn’t be able to spend 3 months of the year travelling, shooting and being inspired. A lot of people work hard on keeping this […]

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Cease

Go outside, the rain has stopped. Toot toot! I saw a few waves down the beach as well, true. 2-3 footers, bumpy and lumpy just how we like it here. Sharks? Na…didn’t see any. Saw plenty of TV crews – funny. People – pretty thin. Everyone’s on holidays and sleeping in or bailed out of […]

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Sharkies

I was down in the car park of Bondi thinking WOW, not much happening in waves or weather departments. It hasn’t stopped raining. In fact I’d call it one of the most mundane mornings of 2015! Well, then this happens. A 6 foot Bronze Whaler Shark was thrashing around South Bondi…in the rip. It was a having […]

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Bullet Points

Last’s night’s howling NE winds kicked up some windswell. You wouldn’t know it as Bondi faces south. Go hang with Blake at Maroubra and you will find something to surf (finally after a week of nothing). The QT hotel in Bondi Beach final opens it’s doors today (in the old Swiss Grand). This is a […]

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Chicas

The girls dominated South Bondi this morning. Barely a dude in sight. Not many waves either – t’was tiny! Nice day for it nonetheless. Quite an emotional morning watching Pipe. Mick didn’t win the world title and stood strong in a very emotional time. He’s an inspirational human remaining composed is such a tragic time […]

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Drying Out

How’s ya roof? Still there? Well, that was one hell of a storm yesterday huh? Flash flooding everywhere. I wish I owned that business that rents out those carpet dryers. Minted. I have no shots from yesterdays storm. I was sitting deep in the back of our framing factory…preparing our Chrissy orders. The car got […]

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Santa Chaos

A world record was broken down at Bondi this morning. No, not for the most amount of dropins on one wave. No, not for the most amount of baby oil applied in a 900 metre stretch. It was for the worlds largest surf lesson of 320 surfing Santa’s. Just an average morning down there – […]

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Piccolo

Friends. We have small waves and clear skies. It’s just a perfect day down here on the beach. Max 29. Bondi is getting very busy as summer sets in. The Euros have arrived (even Oprah was eating lunch at Icebergs Dining Room yesterday). There is no surf all week so keep the boards in their […]

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Ladies Day

The waves were small and the water chilly…but the girls will were out in force. It’s Ladies Day! How hot was it this morning after that steamy night? Roaster. The mercury will climb to 35 degrees today ahead of the standard southerly blast. Been watching the Pipeline Masters? Was pretty big yesterday. Round 1 Recap We […]

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Bondi Clippings

I went down the beach earlier today. It wasn’t very pretty. The skies were a hue of dark grey and the waves looked confused (and small). Took a couple of snaps of the surfers then found myself kicking around Bondi village, where I live. This is what I saw… Our 4-pack of A4 prints has been […]

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Underlying

Bamboo Benny from Coastalwatch called it…a mix of swells…new underlying south swell that may pump out the odd bump. Ah-huh…Bondi had some decent little fruit bowls on a right bank earlier today – but wow, what a crowd…boards in all directions. Bring your helmet. We’ve had a pretty decent run of small, surfable swells. I’ll […]

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Flimsy

Well…after the recent golden surf days this morning was a little bit of a disappointment. It’s gone all wobbly, flimsy and full. The morning high tide probably concealed any goodness. I’m hoping the lower tides will bring joy. The clear skies have been filled with clouds. A good day to get some work done or […]

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Good run

Well…that was a pretty special weekend of weather and waves – init? That NE swell sure was providing. All the exposed East breaks lit up and the beaches were packed. Very typical summer conditions. Today, 3 foot. East swell. Still the goods. I bet you’ve been watching the Pe’ahi Challenge live (Jaws). It’s insane. How’s […]

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Spike

The swell has piped up and there’s some fresh chunks to ride. Fun ones from the SE. Seeing there was 10,000 people on the beach at sunrise the water was relatively empty. The cold water must have scared a few or they’re off seeking better waves down the coast. The wind is SSE and 11 […]

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Arvo Post

G’day. No, I hadn’t forgotten about you. Did you cope this morning without your early daily Aquabumps or are you still wandering around in a daze of confusion. It’ll be OK. We’re here now. Let’s talk. I shot Bondi at sunrise and it wasn’t that inspirational. Fortunately the swell has leaped into the 3-4 foot […]

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Slide

It’s currently 31 degrees and about to scorch at 35 degrees. Not a bad first day of summer hey? It’s Tuesday, a little early in the week to play hooky, but it’s quite simply an immaculate beach day (sans surf). Waves broke tiny circa uno pede. Bring your mal, your mullet, your foamie, your boogs, […]

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Uncommon Bondi

When people think of Bondi they instantly imagine 50,000 people crammed on a 900 metre beach with Bondi Rescue dudes running around pulling them out of rips. Well, if you live here, there’s much more to it. There’s a tight knit community of interesting people who love 2026 with all it’s quirks. Bondi is changing […]

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Black Friday

Australia breeds talented surfers. Maybe it’s because we live on a big island, mostly coastal and love the water. Right now 10 of the top 20 men’s surfers in the world are Australian…and it looks good for Mick to take another title in Hawaii. I reckon it’s also because we have consistent waves here…you can surf […]

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Shorey Beater

After a hot sleepless night you probably found yourself down the beach, early. It was the hottest November night in four years. Sticky wasn’t it? At 5:30am Bondi Beach looked like the Pitt Street Mall. The waves have been quartered…and it was pretty much a shorey. Whilst it’s roasting out, the water temp plummeted in […]

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Hive

Wow, good weather brings out the crew! For me…these warm mornings with waves are the good times down Scum Valley. It’s packed and there’s a great vibe. Waves broke around 3 foot, fat again though. The Saturday’s Surf crew from NYC just opened a shop in Bondi – love it! :: uge

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Surfable

Yo. It’s surfable today. 2-3 foot. Fat with the morning high tide then slapping on the beach. The southern corner had a shorey with attitude. Nothing like a spin cycle before work! Oh hang on, that’s work. Not much wind around this morning but it still looked agitated. The arvo NE wind will bring back […]

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Reprieve

Friday was a real novelty in Sydney wasn’t it? One of those freaks. 41 degrees still at 7pm and everyone hit the beach to cool off. At 7:15pm a raging southerly tore it up and cooled it back down to humane temps. Arrgh yes, love that southerly. I took the bird out and shot most […]

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Cray Cray

Today is one of those crazy Sydney dayz where it’s gonna melt to 41 degrees. They’re calling it Fryday. A huge hot air mass is creeping up to Sydney and the winds will go calm before BANG (insert large bang sound like a front door slamming in the wind)..the southerly will hit, probably around 8 […]

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Manic

With hot weather comes silly season. Bondi is the epicentre of all things silly. As soon as the mercury passes 30 people flock to the joint, baby oil and all.  At 6am today the beach was full. Bootie camps flourished, photoshoots snapped, reboot meditation ooommmed, mal riders ran each other over, SUP-ers dominated, swimmers got […]

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three-six

It’s gonna get hot today. 36 hot. Not bad aye? Shame there’s no waves. (Uno pede) Swim? See you down there. :: ugio P.S. Read this note about Xmas orders in our gallery. We’re on live chat to answer all your questions right now.

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Let’s Dance

Stick your head out the window (if you’re at work). Cracker. 10/10. Super. After a run of storms we’ve finally got a week of perfect Sydney weather. How good is it? What are you going to do about it? There is a ESE swell running with North winds (1-2 foot). You can surf, need volume. […]

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New Day

Let’s not waste words. That was a crappy weekend – weather and world events. Just unbelievable. Today is a brand new day though – complete with sunshine. The weather is going to be good for the beach all week – enjoy it. 33 on Wednesday. We have tiny, onshore 1-2 footers. Paris, you’re in our […]

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Busy

It kinda feels like Bondi is about to explode! It’s a hive of activity this morning. Workers are setting up for the huge Beach Boys gig on the sand tomorrow, surfers were – here – there- everywhere. People were doing yoga, being fluoro, walking, swimming, talking. Wow. And that was all before 7am. Tomorrow the […]

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Cult

News.com.au named us a cult business in this story last month. Always wanted one of those, a cult. Y’know, roll around in a robe preaching random theories. Live on a plot of land outside Byron…making rules like you must surf at least 4 hours a day. I still remember 16 years ago dreaming up the […]

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Yeah…nah

It’s one of those days…not really much happening down the beach. Looked like a hint of a wave at first light – but it wasn’t really much at all. The storms and rain have now taken Sydney. Cooler and wet for the next couple of days. Another surfer was critically injured after being bitten by […]

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Mick

I was down the beach with Mick today. The biggest name in surfing right now as he’s looking down the barrel of a 4th world title…yes, four! Mick and I have a lot in common… Mick EUGENE Fanning. Top name. Mick is a ambassador for the primo german vehicles – Audi. Same same. Mick spent […]

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The Rookie

I’ve got a confession… I nailed some storm photos on Friday. You know, the Armageddon type cloud that rolled in Sydney at lunchtime on Friday 6th November that everyone is talking about and broke the internet? It was amazing. I was luckily enough to be down there at first hint of that radical front – […]

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Two Faced

Quite a strange morning down the beach. I’m not just talking about the usual antics, but the weather was so random. When I woke it felt cold, wet and stormy. Went down the beach and fog clung to the cliffs. 45 minutes later it was smoking hot and summery with full sunshine. Weird. It’s like […]

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Wet Ones

Well…we are getting our fair share of rain. My garden is loving it. Sitting in the Bondi Beach car park watching the windscreen wipers sway side to side…I saw waves, good (little) ones, empty lineups and blowy NE winds. Swell is from the East and feeding into most Sydney bays. Just have to seek protection […]

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SXS

This week is a really good one to get stuff done. The beach is definitely not calling your name. It’s raining, 1 foot and quite miserable down the beach. What to do? Check out the Sculptures sans crowds (the ONLY time to do it). The swell will pipe up tomorrow from the NE – but […]

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Bondi

Horse 20, Race 7, 3:00pm, Flemington It’s Melbourne Cup day and we’ve got a horse running…BONDI BEACH. It’s kinda funny that the horse is from Ireland, where many Bondi beach summer patrons come from. I wonder if our horse took a dip this morning…at Bondi…in his jeans after a few largers wearing a soccer jersey? […]

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Backpacker Express

Well…that was a pretty stunning weekend…wasn’t it? Bondi was in full swing – packed. Nippers, Sculptures, pissed people…everything. Never a dull moment. After a weekend of small but fun waves, we pretty much have nothing to write about today. 1 foot – if that and rain. Random bits: A few weeks ago I visited Byron […]

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Currents

It’s Friday and the waves are decent. I saw some chunky stuff, 4-5 footers. It was holding the size, kinda, sorta…a little… Got some shots from my morning swim. What a nice morning! Do you know The Beach Boys are still performing after all these years? Yar. They’ve sold over 100 million records. They’re also […]

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Surfing

Welcome to the 100% surfing edition of Aquabumps. All 8 pictures are of stickered up sponos ripping. No pretty sunrises, no portraits…just surfing. I like surfing. I’m gonna snag a couple now so I will be brief. Today has turned out to be gloriously sunny, winds are offshore and light, swell is 3-4 foot and […]

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Splash

You know what Honky tonks…we got waves. A good supply is in town. Bondi was 3-4 foot and clean this morning. It was fat az though cuzi. I’m talking porky peaks left-right-and-centre. Oh well, can’t have everything. The next 3-4 days will be really fun for surfing. Blue Bondi Green is a campaign to make […]

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