The Med

It’s summer here in The Med. I’ve returned to Italy’s Amalfi coast. It’s where the water is clear and blue, the food is amazing and a forecast of sunny/30 degrees (every day). If this coast had waves I’d never leave.
August is nuts…all of Europe migrates to the Amalfi area. It’s their big holiday time like our Christmas hols. Thankfully it’s starting to slow down as September approaches. Best time to visit.
We’re staying here...gosh, it’s good. So chilled.
Father’s Day is this weekend so don’t forget to get him a little something. We’re doing Dad a deal on our bassike x aquabumps tees. (um, like half price)
The Sydney surf report from 12,000 kms away…looks small, 2 foot from the south…Bondi would be fun. Weather looks good too!
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Mild to Wild

Partly cloudy, chilly morning down the beach (8 degrees at sunrise). I am happy to report there’s waves (2-3 footers). Kinda wild waves today…breaking randomly. There seems to be a bit of junk on it, early. I’d surf it though…
Today there might be a few showers, mostly fine on the weekend.
King Kelly Slater took out Tahiti in clean, medium sized tubes at ‘Chopes.
Ava a good weekend. I am heading to Italy. Spare a thought for all the earthquake victims.
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Volatile

It’s stormy outside. The beach is windy, wet and surfable. I saw some fun waves on this cold morning, 2-3 foot. It’s pretty empty down there. The cold has convinced everyone to say in bed.
Have you seen our latest film on Hayden from Haydenshapes? Watch
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Cyclops

I like being a photographer because I see cool stuff all the time. I love looking down the lens, one eye open, one shut…framing up something that will look interesting.
Today I didn’t see much cool stuff down the beach. It’s pouring with rain, 1 foot and windy.
Today’s post contains a collection of cool stuff I’ve seen recently.
Enjoy.
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Intuition

Well that was a short fling in the Whitsundays wasn’t it? I’m now back in sunny Bondi…1-2 foot with a chill in the air. The beach was real quiet this morning and more typical winter temperatures prevail.
I bring good news, swell is building from today forward. So get busy at work and take some time later in the week to catch a few.
Hayden Cox who started Haydenshapes is an impressive human. Not many know that he’s been working on his surfboard brand for over 17 years. He’s won surfboard of the year twice with his chubby Hypto Krypto and pioneered the epoxy/carbon revolution. He’s an innovator. An ideas man and a clever marketer. Aquabumps and Audi present a short film on Hayden called ‘INTUITION’. Be the first to watch it now
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Race Week

I’m up at Hamilton Island for The Audi Race Week. It’s a big sailor’s festival where 250 boats take over the island. It’s their biggest week of the year on this tropical island.
Even though the weather was pretty overcast the emerald greens of the Whitsundays still prevail. It’s a very good looking spot indeed. Especially from the air. I was lucky enough to take a flight over Whitehaven beach, which is one of the most spectacular beaches in the world.
The very clever Hayden Cox, from Hayden shapes is launching his new book up here tomorrow night. There’s plenty on. Follow @AudiAustralia Instagram if you want some behind the scenes footage of our aerial shoot and action from the island (in the Instagram Stories).
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The Life Of Pablo

You’re probably reading this email whilst queuing up for Kanye West’s The Life Of Pablo pop-up shop opening in Bondi Pacifico…no? Oh. Hundreds of others are. It’s a global thing. 21 pop up stories launching all at once.
What else do you need to know… :

The Colour Run is on this Sunday at Centennial Park, 9am. Web
The Beard Season Ball/Boat Party is on Friday September 2nd 2016…Curious?
Paul Hunstead was surfing the Mentawais recently and had a major stack on the reef and is in a bad way (Spinal injuries and gaping hole to the head). Hang in there fella.
Father’s Day in Australia is coming…1st Sunday in September. Maybe order him a custom made artwork from our gallery this weekend. Here’s some of my faves.
I’m heading up north this weekend for the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week which kicks off tomorrow. More

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Hydro

I love these mornings. I know, I say that a lot… My mate GCMWGB calls me ‘Mr. Overly Optimistic (OO)’. Hard not to froth when it feels like spring in winter and you can get down there for a swim before work in perfect sunshine. It’s a bonus that there’s waves today. 2 foot lefts peeling quite nicely on our funky bank setup. Any bigger and it won’t work. Foam required, fish or mal.
I’ve heard people want to get their photo on Aquabumps but I found this article a rather interesting read. Ha!
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Clear

How’s da weather…ridiculous…isn’t it? 23 degrees today – that’s beach weather. Sydney is really turning it on for us.
Waves – yeah, small ones. Weak 1-2 footers. I saw a few bigger infrequent ones.
OK, back to work (or the beach for the lucky few).
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P.S. Jet and I used tilt shift lenses today.

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Backwash

There’s a really steep shoreline at South Bondi at the moment. This creates some crazy backwash. Water rushes up the shore and then gushes back out to sea, colliding with incoming waves (and surfers). Hours of fun! I hope this steepness hangs around, as usually a council bulldozer will arrive and flatten it – mainly due to the blind spot it creates, making it hard for the lifeguards to see the swimmers.
We have waves, 2 footers. OK, maybe a 3 foot set. It’s all about that weird left-hander. Sun is shining and it’s an amazing winters day. Enjoy.
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Nemesis Rip

I’m having trouble shooting in the water with that south end rip! It’s giving me so much grief lately. Basically I have to get sucked out to sea, shoot a couple of lucky snaps in transition, end up out the back, loop back to the shore further down the beach and then repeat (x20). I agree, that rip is producing a fun little left, if you can sit on it. Surfers on boards are struggling too! It’s amazing how much water is moving for such small waves. I tried a new technique today, standing on the sand bank…but my nemesis drags me off the bank again…putting me back in my loop.
So here’s 5 photos taken in 70 minutes of rip struggle. I might go to another beach tomorrow!
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New Swell

A new south swell has rolled into town putting on some 2 footers. It’s not pumping but after a few days of nothing, it looks good. More coming on the weekend also.
The temperature plummeted after yesterdays warm spell. How good was it? Such a fine day for Sydney.
You’ve all seen my boat junkets to Indonesia each year. Epic best describes those trips. I just keep going back to the same boat every year. If you want to go, Ratu Motu is our boat of choice. It’s basically the most luxurious surf charter in the world. Well, you need to start getting organised for next year. I’ve booked my charter. Go here.
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Warmth

Ah yes, smells like Spring time dunnit? The sun is belting down, the beach was busy and everyone has a smile on their face. Freaky warm weather, but remember, it always seems to come good around City to Surf time. It’s going to be sunny on Sunday – but a cold one. (max. 14/min.8)
The ‘waves’ are tiny today. Waist high dribbles served on a left bank.
We’ve got a little pop-up exhibition at Miranda Westfield if you live around that way. It’s unmanned, but you can go check out some of our latest work.
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City to Surf

Once upon a time I worked in a tiny cubicle in the city. I did 8 years in the big smoke. The lack of view from my cubicle inspired me to start the Aquabumps daily photo email (circa 1999). I sent it to mates. It grew…and now 17 years later it still kicks on!
This morning I veered off my usual beach tracks and headed into our CBD. Only takes 15 mins at 6am. I found myself shooting our most famous structure, the Opera House. Oh yes, so cliche but so good looking too!
If you are running the City to Surf this weekend I am expecting you to pop into the Aquabumps Gallery which is very close to the finish line.
I doubt you’ll find any surf for the rest of the week. It’s tiny. Stunning weather though, 23 today!
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Swampsters

When I arrived at the beach this morning I bumped into a few country punks from Vicco. They made me laugh. Two off them were stuck in a rip and loving it, the other just stoked to see Bondi at sunrise. They were from inland. They’re used to swimming in swamps and marveled over our Bondi water clarity. It was only 9 degrees this morning and the Viccos were parading around like it was summer “So warm ‘ere aye!’
It made me think, we are lucky to have all this at our doorsteps. Blue water, waves and swimmable water all year ’round. I’m not sure how I would cope growing up along side a swamp.
Smaller waves today. 2 footers. Strange left bank setup with a rip from hell. I shot in the water today…so much water moving I barely connected with anything.
Parking around Bondi is as rare as hen’s teeth. Prime Park is a online market place for parking. You can hire out your car bay…think of City to Surf this weekend when the hordes arrive. See Prime Park now.
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Bondeye

It’s that time of year again, City to Surf setup.  I love watching them build those tents on the sand…then they pray for calm weather. Last week was pretty wild and I can see them spending most of their time on clean up.
There’s some nice lil’ 3 footers out there today. It’s offshore, sunny and fun. Just need a decent sand bank and your day would be complete.
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R.I.P Bernard ‘Midget’ Farrelly. Legend.

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Bi-Polar

It’s really howling outside in Sydney today. Right now sunshine is bouncing off my desk as I write this. Moments ago she was pouring with rain. Pretty crazy weather – unpredictable. Bondi is like a ghost town. I am sure you have something better to do with your time.
OK, let’s talk about something else. How about surfing being accepted as a Olympic sport in the Japanese 2020 games? Let’s hope those river mouths of Japan light up for the occasion.
If you’re going to the snow, try these Mons Royale merino base layers. They’re insanely warm for their thickness. All last week I just wore a Mons + snow outers and was toasty in -9 windchill at the summits.
OK, back to work now…
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Doppelganger

Looks just like yesterday dunnit? Same-same, but perhaps it went to greys faster than it’s Monday twin. Good looking sunrise. It’s amazing how the sunrises morph through different stages. First, subtle pinks, then intense fluoro reds, then grey…
The waves were small yet enjoyable. A small peak towards the middle seemed to be providing the most workable sections.
I only wear Springcourt shoes. They are just too comfortable for my fat feet. Today only…Springcourt are offering 15% off for Aquabumps readers. Lucky you! Enter “TAKE15SC” when checking out.
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NZ vs AU

When I left Queenstown it was snowing, right down at town level. Amazing. Only happens twice a year. When I arrived in Bondi the colours were going crazy in the morning sunrise. Rare. It’s like they were competing. Two very special places putting on their best.
We had a great time in New Zealand last week. The family came on this trip and I recommend it for a kid-friendly holiday. My groms had a ball. Flights under 3 hours, ski fields like Cardrona which are so well equipped for the little ones. We stayed at the Sherwood in Queenstown (has a good restaurant) and Edgewater in Wanaka. Heli ski was with Harris Mountain Heli and tours were with Aspiring Heli. Mons Royale have the best merino thermals and I was into the North Face Snow outers. We flew over the ditch with Air New Zealand which were amazing. There is so much snow at the moment that even a weekend is totally doable. (like going to Byron for the weekend)
Big swell coming to Sydney mid week. What a great winter it’s been for surfers.
Tomorrow night (Tues 2nd Aug at 6pm) I am giving a talk at Sun Studios on Social Media. The event has reached capacity but you will be able to view the event live online through Facebook at the Sun Studios FB Page.
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