Cameron Hoy, our duck diving specialist. Mentawais


Our Mentawai voyage is off to a slow start this year. That’s cool; it can’t pump every day here. An off day in The Ments is head high anyway…that eases the jolt from our training grounds; the Bondi Beach rip bowls to these hollow coral reef breaks. There is still plenty of other things to do in an island archipelago when it’s small.
The swell forecast is healthy, so you’ll see plenty of action in the next few days.
We’re aboard the salubrious Ratu Motu, a 40-metre floating giant out here with 12 surfers and 12 crew. Ratu Motu was made famous by starring in the surf movie Young Guns with Kelly Slater. The boat used to be called Indies Trader 4. Ring a bell?
I trust the sun is out and the almost-winter swell is trickling into Sydney at the moment, enjoy.
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Twinkle toes with Livvy Phyland, Bondi 7:30am

Shorey Frolic

I’m back in Bondi today after my brief fling with W.A. Damn the weather is mighty fine back here. It may be a little chilly in the wind and shade, but the water is amazing. We’re lucky to be swimming at this time of year.
The waves are not so fortunate. It’s tiny and slapping on the shore. 1 foot. Fuggedaboutit…
It’s gonna be small until next Wednesday where some South swell will erupt. I’m shooting off to Mentawais this weekend, so I hope it’s good over there!
Both Aquabumps Bondi and The Rocks are open all weekend (as usual) 10 am to 6 pm. Weather looks fantastic on Sunday – hit the beach!
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Rotto Box, Luke Wyllie, living it up in WA today.


G’day from W.A.! The mining boom might be over, and sleepy old Perth has quietened down, but the place still blows my mind for raw beauty. I was born here…but spent most of my life on the East Coast. I haven’t returned home for many, many years, so I went and checked out some of my old hangs. Top of the list – ROTTO. Who doesn’t love this little island paradise? It’s where I learnt to swim, surf reef breaks and guzzle Emu Bitter from a funnel.
Today the island is deserted in its offseason. All I could find is surfers enjoying a new swell and offshore winds. Stricko looked 3 foot (and busy), and it was 3-5 foot right out the west end – but no one surfs there anymore due to the fear of men in grey suits. (Except for Luke)
I’m about to board a flight outta here…I’ll be back soon.
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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 is the highlight of the week.
I really hope you saw yesterday’s boomers. Didn’t expect it to get that big around here. Quite spectacular.
Next month, during the Vivid Festival, I will be doing a talk on Basic Copyright and Image Licensing for Photographers with Elise Hassey and legal eagle Fiona James. Please come along… Deets here
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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 be this big and clean.
I blew it.
A renowned slab chaser, photographer, and all around Oracle called me on Friday. He claimed it was gonna be ON today. I was sceptical studying the forecast. It just looked a bit small to me. I dialled another friend, he also thought a bit small. My slab hunter mate wanted to get some skis and hunt a rare nugget down south – the full mish. He’s now not answering his phone, so I know where he is. I am sure it’s pumping.
I would dart down now, but it’s going onshore around lunchtime…even swing all the way around to NE by 7 pm tonight.
Crazy day.
Some big 8 foot clean up sets out front.
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Today, Bondi, in between the rain. Not very exciting I know.


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.
Today is a great opportunity for me to revive the archive. To gaze through all my trips of 2016…and pull out some gems that haven’t seen the light of day.
Have a great weekend – if you have time, pop into one of our galleries (the Rocks or Bondi Beach)
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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 days are coming your way. The mornings look particularly good with SW offshores forecasted.
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Andrew Weetman, bottom arcs, Bondi Beach


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 (Cross shore).
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Have fun,
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Bondi Beach 7am this morning not looking great!


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. Stay in your cubicle and pretend to knock out some work.
Today’s photos are a mismatch of some recent captures…everyone seemed to love that shoot from the South Coast last week.
We’re all social media junkie these days. Here are some Insty accounts that I’m into:
Good shooters:
KateBellm (Recently following, some gritty film underwater work)
Trent_mitchell_ (Known Trent for years and he continues to innovate, rare these days. Love his work)
Funny as, local Bondi stuff:
mattressesinbondi (Very clever, funny and very Bondi)
LamboManBondi (Yes, you know this guy. The Yellow Lamborgini Dude that does 100 clicks down Hall Street. He’s the man, totes. I saw this car parked in 15 different locations around Bondi on the weekend)
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Chris Friend, bucket chucking


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 with Ma, go on. She’s a legend and does everything for you.
If you still haven’t got her a gift (shame on you) head into one of our stores. City slickers – head to 119 George Street The Rocks store. East ‘Burbs and rest of Sydney, come to Bondi!
Ok, ‘nuf rambles.
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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 only 3 hours south of Sydney and surrounded by well kept national parks. Jervis is big, 4 times the size of Sydney harbour! It’s not a problem finding a little deserted beach to yourself – there’s plenty.
If you want to win some Canon loot and love shooting around the state as much as I do, go here. Just share your pics and tag ’em #iloveNSW #newsouthwales
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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. I was amazed at how empty the beaches were (with waves) and the abundance of ocean pools. Really good looking part of the state…very laid back!
If you want to win some Canon loot and love shooting around the state as much as I do, go here. Just share your pics and tag ’em #iloveNSW #newsouthwales
Now, other breaking news. Apparently, there is a dangerous fugitive on the run in Bondi right now…I have 6 police in my gallery as I write this. I’m hoping they pick up a few key pieces of artwork for their homes. Anyway, they’re not saying much but there is a lot of boys in blue in the ‘hood…the most I’ve seen since 2008 when we had our last Aquabumps street party and the riot squad turned up – true story! My wife was just told to stay inside and locks the doors?
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Wild horses at Bondi Beach Australia!


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 will go onshore at 1 pm.
Snow Travel Expo on next weekend (May 21 in Sydney). All major resorts represented – more
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Pink thongs, Icebergs


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 is still working, but it’s small and crowded for a Monday.
Have a great week.
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Shacked, this is what you see. Bondi Beach 7am


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 that drained into close outs. I am not really sure what to make of it!
The light was awesome, the water warm.
If you’re in the city, why not pop into our The Rocks Aquabumps Gallery @ 119 George Street NSW 2000 (Across the road from the MCA). We’re open every day from 10 am to 6 pm. I was just in the big smoke – it’s a nice day for a long Friday lunch in The Rocks!
OK, I have a deal for you. Mother’s Day Special Promo. Buy an Aquabumps gift card for MOM greater than $200, and receive a FREE ‘The Bondi Book’ (Value $50). On our website, add the gift card to the cart, then enter ‘Mother777’ in the promo code to redeem the free book. Valid until midnight May 14. Go
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Bondi Beach, this morning, subtle hues


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. No matter, that’s cool. There is another swell arriving next Monday that looks better. I’ll dip my toes in when she arrives.
I’m talking at the Intuit Quickbooks Connect Conference for small business on the 18th May, held at the salubrious Sydney Cricket Grounds. So if you want to hear from a salty seadog and some inspirational business people on the main stage, you can register here.
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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!
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Autumn golden light, Bondi Beach this morning


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 Cup… It is so easy to enter, just grab some guys from work or mates, sign up, raise some cash for a very good cause, then take a Friday off in June and surf Bondi with no one out. Sound enticing? Click here to get set up or contact [email protected] or 0402 115 008
Watch this.
The country bumpkins are rocking into town. The Taste Orange Food + Wine Festival is hitting Watson’s Bay on Sunday May 7th. That’s this Sunday if you’re looking for something to do…more
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Andrew, dead float, Bondi


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 week at the moment which keeps us all happy.
It’s Mother’s Day on May 14. She does a lot for you…and I hear she’s into an Aquabumps framed print – we have plenty! Come see us, call us 02 9130 7788 or jump on our website and one of our live chat consultants will help you out right now.
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