Takes me ages to get around New Zealand. I’m late for every appointment here. I pack the rental full of cameras, pull out on the highway…and bam!…a mountain will be standing 1.5km tall, right next to the road waiting to be shot. Drive 2 clicks down the road and you get a view down a beautiful valley backed by snow capped mountains. Hook around the corner and there is an old fence post sprouting into a tree…in the middle of a lake! For a photographer, this area, Lake Wanaka and Queenstown is ultra stimulating. Not many places in the world have so much magic in such a small space.
I know a lot of you have been here – you know what I am talking about. Being under 3 hours from Sydney it’s a little leap over. I have to say, even after 4 trips here, I still find loads of new cool stuff.
Wanaka (said wanna-car), is a chilled little kiwi town which is dominated by a huge 192 km2 lake. It’s a much more mellower vibe in comparison to it’s bustling neighbor – Queenstown. It’s kinda like the Margaret River (WA) township for snow.
Everyone hits the slopes when it’s on – tools down. It’s in their DNA to ski. The snow at the moment is a 8/10 so productivity has dropped and they’re all up the mountain, hunting a run.
My morning began with a 5 minute heli ride up to a unnamed cliff edge/rock with local photographer Mickey Ross. It would take hours to climb up there…so a Uber heli was superb. The views will be etched into my memory for a long time. It’s like shooting a beautiful model – you just can’t take a bad photo of the Lake Wanaka.
It’s pretty cold here at the moment. In summit wind chill it can get down to -9. Wanaka label Mons Royale make the best merino wool base layers that keep you unbelievably toasty.
I hear the surf is flat and windy back home…so I hope you enjoy these mountain shots.
Today’s ‘Bumps comes from the mountain tops near Wanaka, New Zealand. What an insanely beautiful joint. I was fortunate enough to spend the day out the back, Heli Skiing. Basically a chopper flings you up a mountain and you work your way down. In my case, sometimes rolling down. It’s true…my ocean skills don’t translate to snow! I have a new found empathy for the surfing beginners at Bondi. Needless to say, it’s a unique experience worthy of those bucket lists.
Today the conditions were very good. Fresh powder everywhere. I never seen snow like it.
A huge thanks to Harris Mountains Heli Ski, 30 year old pioneers operating in South Island of NZ. Pretty amazing day for under a grand Aussie. If you’re coming over – do it. Trust me.
I know you all read Aquabumps for a daily beach fix…I get it. But the snow ain’t a bad alternative for a few days. I heard yesterday Sydney had some decent swell too…which has now dissipated. Hope you scored.
Oi Cuzi bros, yes that accent is back! I am in the land of EnZed, one of my favourite destinations which is so close to home – just a stone’s throw across the ditch. Today’s photos are broadcast from the South Islands largest ski fields – Mt Hutt. Mt Hutt is only 80 clicks south of Christchurch.
I’ve scored an epic day…sunny, warm (well -9 on the summit), fresh dump last night. Skoolies have split and there plenty to ride.
The people of New Zealand are a laid back mob. They’re good people. You know this… as Bondi is full of them. I want you to meet George from Vanilla Ices and his plan to serve ice cream on Mt Hutt. Looked around for him this morning…trying to get a lift up the hill in his wagon – check it
chur, :: uge
Today is forecasted to be the hottest day in July, ever. That’s scary. A max. of 25 degrees.
Make the most of these very unusual conditions and take today off work, slap on the OUT-OF-OFFICE and head down the beach. Keep in mind that there is a high chance of rain around 1pm, but other than that, warm and windy.
The waves were small and extremely dangerous crowded. Friday’s are the busiest day of the week – every wave a team wave.
I went for a swim. Loved it. Nice and clear underneath.
We are still accepting resumes for a vacant sales casual position in our Bondi Beach Gallery. Read this job description and if you tick the boxes, come join us.
Have a great weekend, :: uge
This morning got off to a very grey start. The residual storm cloud is still lingering. It rained. It drizzled…and it felt warm and cold all at the same time. I’m confused what clothes to wear?
Tomorrow is forecasted for a record breaking 26 degrees. 26 in the middle of winter? Whaaat? I hope you are taking tomorrow off to enjoy a swim at the beach…and pretend it’s summer, just for 24 hours. Shall we do it?
Waves – yeah they’re here. Some fun ones with an all-star cast this a.m.
Ciao ciao. :: uge
It’s pouring with rain outside in Sydney. Nice day to be indoors. I didn’t shoot this morning for obvious reasons. I choose to show you some gold from the Aquabumps archives.
My mother has worked in the airline biz nearly her entire life (and still does). She taught us boys at a young age that travel is very important…especially growing up in a small town…that you need to go see different cultures and places to make you a better person. Well, I’m not sure that worked but it was fun…(Cheap staff tickets came in handy too!)
I hope these photos inspire you to book trip. Don’t wait, if not now, when? Travel opens your mind up. Do it.
Next week, Aquabumps will be broadcast from the snow in New Zealand. Yes, crossing that ditch!
Next month, Italy.
Red sky at night is a shepherds delight, red sky in the morning is a shepherds warning…
It may feel like summer with a bangin’ 23 degrees and perfect sunshine…but at 8:05pm tonight it will rain. The shepherds are right. It’s coming.
So…get outside right now, put the out of office on…and kick back in the park or down the beach.
Forget your surfboards, ’cause it’s half a foot.
Sydney was smothered with a blanketing fog this morning. With a forecast of 23 degrees, mid-winter, I knew something freaky would happen.
Two air masses, very different temps collided.
All clear now, the ferries are running and I can see 2 footers down at Bondi.
Our buddies at Audi are giving one Aquabumps reader the opportunity to bake a selection of high performance cars, at high speed, around a race track for a day. Mmm, can smell the rubber from here…take a sec, just fill out this page and you’re in with a chance.
Enjoy your week.
Oh boy. So many fun waves this morning. Good to see it lighting up in this south swell. I spent the morning with Blake…hunting tubes. Found em! With the morning dropping tide the waves got really hollow.
Don’t worry, there should be waves all weekend in Sydney. Enjoy ’em.
A brand new south swell is here…and building. It’s only 2-3 foot right now but it should be solid by the end of the day.
Topic of the morning convos was how cold it is…yes. It is. Colder than yesterday. 6 degrees this morning. Great to see the regulars ignoring the 0 degree wind chill and diving in, Speedos and all.
Have a great day.
I got chiiiiiiiills….they’re multiplying!
I warned you…cold huh? What makes it so cold is that wind. Blows straight through you.
Waves – ya kiddin’.
Waves tomorrow – yeah maybe.
Snow – oh yeah! She’s having a dump.
As we thought…the swell has dropped out overnight leaving 1 footers. It’s barely surfable. Kinda warmish morning…but tomorrow will cool down.
If you wanna surf, you’re gonna have to wait until the end of the week or catch a plane somewhere like Indo. Otherwise the snow is a good option.
Hey, we’re hiring in the Aquabumps Bondi Gallery. It’s a casual sales role on the gallery floor. If your ears pricked up, read this.
adios :: ugios
I drove from Maroubra to Bondi this morning hunting waves and light. Even though there is plenty of swell there wasn’t really anything breaking well. Didn’t see anyone get a good wave.
A brief spark of colour at sunrise got things going, but rain and grey now dominate the landscape. A good day to be indoors and cranking work out!
3 things you should know about this week ahead:
Rain should stop around lunchtime today and it’s really quite a warm day in Sydney at 22 degrees.
Swell will fade from today onward. But a big south swell will hit Friday (8ft)
Wednesday will be surfless and cold (max 15 and min 7)
We’re on the brink of change as strong winds and swell are predicted. It was 1 foot and cold down the beach this morning. Should be 6 footers tomorrow and howling winds.
Log riders were out enjoying a solo peak in the middle. Water is decently warm, but, that dash home in the wind chill can make you dream of hot showers.
Water clarity is superb, just nothing under there to shoot!
It’s quite a dreary old day in Sydney. It’s been raining a lot this morning. The beach wasn’t pumping unfortunately – 1ft, no light, rain and no humans.
I hope you had a sleep in – ’cause you are missing nuttin’ down the beach.
Let’s go to Italy today? Ah yes, the Costiera Amalfitana. You can see more of my Italian collection here.
Ok, that’s it. Back to your cubicle now…
It’s ridiculously small today. It’s gonna be like this Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Work hard now to gain brownie points…then…redeem later in the week when the swell returns. It should be solid from Thursday onward (with hooooooooowwling SW winds).
I am selling two Canon 1dx (version 1) camera bodies on eBay. The auctions end in 24 hours and the currents bids are low. Grab a bargain
Do you know sometimes it takes me over 2 hours to shoot the photos for this daily post? Then some days it’s just 15 minutes…like today.
It was like shooting Gisele Bündchen…couldn’t take a bad photo. Everywhere I looked was beauty. I hooned around on the bike and 13 frames per second. This is what I saw.
All we need now is waves…
Tomorrow they shall come.
P.S. yes I saw the sunset last night…I didn’t shoot it though.