Yesterdays bay closeouts have gone, and it's a manageable 4 foot.

8 -> 4

It may not be 8 foot out there, like yesterday, but there is still waves to be surfed. I reckon it’s only 3-4 foot now, from the south. The NW winds are cleaning up everything – this morning is ideal for a session. Paddle out if you can. The next 7 days look small. Today […]

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Bondi beach, 7am today, 1st light and 1st wave I saw

The Big Boys

There is a new long period south swell rocking Sydney as I write this. Oh boy, it’s big! On paper, it was hard to determine what actually would happen this morning. 2-metre swell, 15 second period. It’s the period that was the X factor. I knew it would be good, but I didn’t realise it would […]

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Today, Bondi, in between the rain. Not very exciting I know.

Dowsing

Excitement levels are extremely low today down the beach. The swell has gone, the clear skies are now full of dark rain clouds. It’s a day to do some work. It will rain from now until Sunday night. Binge out on Netflix this weekend. There will be surfable waves all weekend with a new swell. […]

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Ex-Bondi, Brett Anderson kicking into the morning sun. Maroubra 7am

Golden Treats

What a fantastic day to be in Sydney. Superb weather, offshore winds and 3-4 foot waves. Swell is now coming from the SE, lighting up most beaches. I bet your local had something… If you can’t get down the beach today, don’t stress. The forecast looks quite healthy for the next week. More 3 foot/offshore […]

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Andrew Weetman, bottom arcs, Bondi Beach

Pre-blow

It might be cold out, but it’s very warm in. You should get wet. The swell has come to the party, and we now have waves around head high. Winds are SW, that’s offshore – which is great. But I reckon by the time you read this email it will swing around to the SSE […]

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Bondi Beach 7am this morning not looking great!

Wishy-washy

Bondi this morning was kinda bland. I rode around looking for something interesting to shoot…but ended up returning home to continue rock’n’roll wrestling part IV with the maniac tykes. The waves looked small and full, barely anyone out. Even the shore was empty as it began to spit. Not really a beach day at all. […]

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Chris Friend, bucket chucking

Modulation

After a sensational week of weather (and some waves) things have changed. Bondi put on some grovelly 2 footers. Winds were ideal from the Sou-West, soon to be East. Huge crowd out early. Nothing special, don’t worry, you’re not missing out. Small waves tomorrow and really small waves for Mother’s Day Sunday. Spend all day […]

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Hyams colour patches

Paradise Found

I travel the world in search of perfect waves and idyllic empty beaches….sometimes you’ve just gotta look in your own backyard. Check out Hyams Beach at Jervis Bay. The Guinness Book of Records rates this beach as having the whitest sand in the world…and some pretty insanely blue water to match. What treat! Jervis is […]

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Tubes so big you can drive a car through them. Sea Cliff Bridge, Clifton

The Gong!

There is no doubting it, New South Wales is such a diverse and naturally gifted state. We have countless beaches with clear, warm, surfable water. I want to shoot them all. A helicopter helps with this mission. This morning I was flying around Wollongong, taking in all the nooks and crannies of the beachside haven. […]

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Wild horses at Bondi Beach Australia!

Pronto

The swell has finally kicked and the winds are a gentle SW offshore. Bingo! It’s starting to get a bit big for our fickle Bondi sand banks, but there’s a few worth riding earlier today. Out the back is quite fat, shoreys looked super hollow and fun. Waves in the 4-5 foot range (10am). It […]

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Pink thongs, Icebergs

Saline

Brrr, what a cold morning. My phone said it was 11 degrees before the sun rose, but the wind chill was much, much less. My guess, 8 degrees. At precisely 4:30 pm last night the swell leapt from flat to 3 foot. Today it’s smaller, mainly concealed by a 6:31 am high tide. Our little sand bank […]

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Shacked, this is what you see. Bondi Beach 7am

Salty

I coulda swore the forecast was for small waves this morning. What a nice surprise to see 3-4 footers at Bondi – YES! It was a different kinda morning. Water moving around everywhere, dragging me with it. I shot the left that turned into a right. Rights that turned into burgers. Then a few lefts […]

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Bondi Beach, this morning, subtle hues

Bump

There was a little bump to surf this morning. It’s definitely not pumping. Let’s just call it surfable. Surfable with a very hungry pack on it. I have to admit, I thought it was going to be a hell of a lot better today than what I am seeing. On paper, it looked the goods. […]

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Suitable sport for today! Bondi Beach 7am

Onshore Galore

It’s howling…onshore. 20 knots of southerly tearing it up. It will calm down around 7 pm tonight. I hope it brings swell. I saw waves around 3ft, but very messy. Very very messy. My suggestion is windsurfing today! Warren Miller’s 67th snow film and 30th year of touring Aus. If you have never been, this […]

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Autumn golden light, Bondi Beach this morning

Autumn

What great conditions we have in town at the moment. Pretty much offshore winds all day long. We could do with a bit more swell though. Fortunately tomorrow the swell will leap up into the surfable to good range. Be patient and get some work done today. It’s 1 month out for the Bondi SurfAid […]

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Andrew, dead float, Bondi

Pleasure

Beautiful, damn fine, salubrious morning down at Bondi Beach today. The type of morning that’s it’s such a pleasure to do my job – swim. There are remnants of the weekend’s swell, clear blue water, clear skies and a positive vibe. New big swell arriving Wednesday/Thursday this week. We are getting a swell once a […]

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Gorillas in the mist, Bronte

Good on Paper

Today looks great on paper, offshore SSW winds with 4-6 foot south swell. Call me fussy…something is missing. The swell lines appear broken and random. The morning high tides are putting plenty of wobble in the faces and I didn’t see anyone catch fun waves. Maybe when the tide drops out, it will improve. I […]

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Yes!

The Big Boys

Right on time. The south swell machine has kicked up a few gears and is now producing 4-6 foot chunks. Bondi looked wild! Too much hard work paddling around on the high tide. There’s lots of water moving. Bronte seemed a little bit more in control, 4-5 guys out, but didn’t see anyone surf good […]

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Coogee baths, sunrise this morning

2034-2035

Well, well…I’m back in town, and the incredible Autumn conditions prevail. How nice! We’re talking perfect NW offshores, building east swells and glorious sunshine. This morning I left the postcode to wander through 2034 and 2035, (that’s Coogee and Maroubra’s postcode). Everyone is up early and enjoy the good run of warm weather and water. […]

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The lone peak before a storm

Vanish

Something is missing in your life. Your morning rituals have been disrupted. Where has your daily morning Aquabumps photo slice gone? One word – schoolies. Now that we’ve got a school kid we’re conforming to the regular term breaks to spend time with our tykes. It’s been awesome! How good are the weather and waves? […]

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Pama Davies, fly boy

Rip Bowls

Oh man, what a morning huh? If I had a button that would make this day the default settings…and replay it over and over…I would. What’s not to like….? Sunshine – plenty.  Heading to 23 degrees Waves – superb rip bowls out front of skate ramps. Hours of fun! Winds – none really. Water – […]

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Max Coleman, dusting off

Offshore

It’s offshore and the crowd goes wild! Everyone has hit the beach this morning to get involved. I drove past most of the beaches in the East, and there was a pack of wolves, hunting the morning swells. I hope you got some. Summary – it’s 3-4 foot, swell direction is ESE so plenty of […]

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DK, reef huggers

Blowy

It was so good to see some sunshine this morning. Celebrate it! It wasn’t so good to have onshore SSE winds. The 4-5 footers are looking pretty rough, windblown, and random. At 4 am tomorrow it will swing offshore to SW though…now that’s exciting, I would expect tomorrow to be fun. Bondi SurfAid Cup On […]

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North Bondi sleds

Clearance

It’s pretty wild and wedgey out there at Bondi Beach. There are some chunks breaking above your head and you’ve got the entire paddock to yourself. Hell, even the sun has busted out this morning after a night of rain – toot toot! Do you remember Mr. Beautiful (Beautiful All is his official name in […]

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Matty Gilsenan frontside tweaks

Cleaner

With an early SW wind, the beaches cleaned up a little. Not a bad morning to surf. The forecasted SE winds will return early, though…and corrupt the goodness. Rain. Well, still raining. Dum de dum. I reckon it bucketed on me multiple times this morning whilst I was trying to nail some sort of a […]

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The clarity of Bondi before all the rain 23rd Feb 2017

Feb Vs March

We’ve been experiencing a very wet March. I bet you didn’t know that historically March actually is the wettest month of the year? Yesterday, remnants of ex-cyclone Debbie blew and dowsed the city for hours. Its looking 1,000 times better right now (10:40 am Friday). 5 things you need to know about the weather: Partly sunny and […]

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Luke Bubba Kennedy, down the line turns at Tamarama

Debbie does…

Debbie is coming to town. She’s gonna take over. The deluge is just kicking off now as I write to you. The winds will hoooooowwwwl at 30 knots (from 2 pm today). Temperatures will drop into the afternoon and your garden is going to get a good dowsing. There was some NE swell at sunrise, in […]

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Mr. White Undies, ready for the sun to come out

Mute

A dead calm morning down at Bondi Beach. Grey skies muted the morning hues…I kinda like it, makes for shadow-less photography. Waves – yes, surfable on logs (knee to waist high). There actually is a finely tuned sand bank towards the middle – could be interesting when the swell arrives. The sun will break through […]

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Perth Standlick, grovellage

Bounce

Well, this morning wasn’t the most memorable. Complete opposite to yesterday. Grey, dark, 1 foot and onshore. Much cooler too. Look forward to tomorrows 30 degrees and sunnier skies. Cyclone Debbie, no, not my wife, is looking pretty serious up north. National Battens awareness day is this Friday the 31st March – bounce4batten have applied […]

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Andrew Weetman, morning log patrol, Bondi Beach before sunrise

Glorious

It’s a good thing that it rained for weeks and weeks this month, as, when the weather came good, you REALLY enjoyed it. The weekend just gone in Sydney was immaculate. I am talking sunshine, waves, little wind….and perfect temps. Just glorious. This morning was no different. People walking around with a face full of […]

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At precisely 2:34 I took this photo, with sunshine at Bondi

Damp

I’m not gunna talk about the weather. That’s all everyone has been discussing this month. I know, I know, it’s weird. Waves – yes, we have some. It’s a junkie 3 foot, but surfable. Some decent rip bowls at Bondi. The southerly arrived with the swell – making it a little bumpy. Yesterday morphed into […]

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Sensational morning down the beach, go for a muggy swim

Gap

We’ve got a gap in the storms, it’s all nice and still (and not raining). Savor this moment. 19 days of rain out of a possible 22 for March. It bucketed yesterday after we last spoke, again. I believe it to be cloudy but dry this afternoon. But who really knows? The waves are tiny, […]

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Ignition, Bondi Beach this morning

Outta the Darkness

Today we’re getting a little arty – get your french berets on. On 1 foot days with dark overcast skies, that’s just what you do…slow shutters, grain, grit and logs. It’s not pumpin’ but it sure is humid and muggy. Not really how I remember autumns. Good old Henry Crouch, he’s been reading Aquabumps for decades. I […]

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About the only sunshine I saw all morning

17 out of 20

It’s rained 17 days out of 20 this March in Sydney. This could be the wettest Sydney March on record. I hope your garden is thriving. Mine is. It’s actually just started raining again, as I type these fine words. Some activity ideas for a rainy day: Watch the Quicky Pro at Snapper – tick, […]

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Bondi Beach rentals

Flight

Today I am gonna take you around the world…via a heli. It’s pouring with rain in Sydney and I’m nestled into my cubicle digging through archives. I reckon if I stopped shooting today, I would have ‘nuf images to still show you something, every day, for the rest of my life. Don’t worry, I am a […]

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Perth Standlick, South Bondi, 7:45am, finding rampage

Volatile

Volatile weather at the moment in Sydney. You just can’t predict what’s next. Last night we had some very heavy downpours. At sunrise it was pitch black and drizzly. Then, around 7:30am it busted out into sunshine?? Waves – yes, it’s bigger today with a few little sections. Windy – yes, that too. Looks like […]

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Bondi Beach, Skies lit up like a Christmas Tree

2 in a row…

What, not two in a row? Yes, the sky lit up again this morning, like a Christmas tree. I gave up on it, thinking it was just going to be a sky of grey – when clouds parted and light erupted. I am quite liking the late sunrises – you don’t have to get up […]

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Andrew with a back drop of pinks

Photo-Chop

It’s always interesting hearing feedback on my photography. Sometimes you’ve got to be thick skinned, especially when someone walks into one of our galleries and goes “Aw, it’s all photoshopped, the skies can’t possibly be that pink…” pointing at a Bondi sunrise shot on the wall. Well today, I dedicate this post to the non-believers. Today […]

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Cronulla 9am Jack Irvine, setting a line and made it

Cronullification

I like Cronulla. It’s a good Aussie beach suburb. I spent a bit of time down in ‘The Shire’ this morning. The people are just so damn nice, every says G’day. Cronulla, a surfing reserve, also hosts some of the best barrelling, slabbing reefs in the country. They’ve got a setup for every condition which is […]

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Icebergs, lots of movement in the pool

Patience.

We are all patiently waiting for it to turn, for the rain to stop, mercury to climb, and the winds to go offshore (OK, even cross shore would be better than this onshore flow). The swell is medium sized, rogue, wild and pretty much unsurfable. Saturday is going to be in the GOOD – PUMPING […]

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