Ishod Wair flying high in the Bondi Bowls this week


It’s windy as hell and blowing in from the South. The swell hasn’t really kicked so there is only a small 1-2 foot shore break at high tide. Patches of sunshine but a much, much cooler day than glamourous yesterday. Possibly more swell as the day progresses. :: uge

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Tight pack loving the morning radiation

Ray Bake

Today is the best day of this week. The weather is outstanding. I’m excited. It’s going to hit 26 degrees, and the sun is out to dry out Sydney. Yes! I didn’t see any waves over 1 foot this morning, so grab the mal, a brolly, a wettie (water is cold) and spend the arvo down the beach. […]

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Probably one of the most photographed pool corners in the world


No Royal couples, no wind (yet), not really any waves…but yes, we have sunshine! Ah yes, Bondi’s back to its usual spring pattern. The 7:30am high tide was killing it for surfers. Waves limped into the south facing Bondi whilst it was waaaay too full for Tama. Lower tides will be more promising. If you’re coming to […]

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Grant and Sammy showing The Royals around South Bondi

The Royals get Shacked!

Breaking News: Prince Harry and Meghan visit Bondi Beach this morning to surf our world famous closeouts! Harry was a little disappointed it wasn’t pumping out there, he said it was a tad small for him and he prefers hollow reef breaks and warmer water. Looks like Harry forgot his wetsuit anyway. The glamorous couple […]

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Tamarama burgerland lefts


Softies, Coolites, Foamies, Softtops, Beaters, Esky lids… Bondi is the global mecca of these incredibly buoyant surf vehicles. Everywhere I look these days I see Softies in the surf at Bondi. It’s a revolution! There are more soft boards than hard boards these days. Not saying it’s bad or nuttin’ – just an observation. My kids […]

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Go North - look at that thing rattle off!


These Nor-East conditions continue in Sydney. It’s pretty blowy but find some protected nooks, and you’ll have a little wave to surf. My pick – North Bondi looked good but exposed Nor-East beaches will be a coupla feet bigger. I wasn’t joking about Prince Harry coming to Bondi on Friday for a surf with the […]

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Raking the leaves off the bottom on the right

Sun Worship

G’day.  Ah…finally a morning with some raw sunlight to shoot – bonus! Sensational warm morning – and everyone was up early to welcome it. Waves – we’ve got some. Tamarama and Bronte looked pretty wild while Bondi had some OKish fat 3ft runners in the southern corner. It’s not pumping, but worthy of a paddle. […]

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Morning moods at Icebergs in between rain squalls

The Prodigal Son

Hey Y’all, it’s me! I know, I know…I keep disappearing all over the place, but now I’m back in Bondi and on the tools, shooting the breeze and hunting clean swells. No more interrupted transmission, promise. Bondi was a delightful 3-4 foot this morning, clean with surprise westerly offshore wind. It’s Monday and the first day […]

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Italian sun deck

Euro Nostalgia

It’s raining in Sydney; it hasn’t stopped all morning. The crusted salt on my car is finally washing away as hopefully, our farmers are jumping for joy with drought reprieve. The beach was pretty ugly this morning. Grey, dark, 2 foot. Nestle into that office chair, it’s going to rain for 48 hours – get […]

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The rocky southern corner of Bronte Beach, NSW

The Bird

I tried hard to cover all angles this morning, from air, land and other beaches. Tomorrow I’ll attempt the trifecta with water shots in the mix. There is some left over south swell still in town; it’s only 1-2 foot at the moment. Bondi was closing out with an 8 am low tide. I’d call Bondi […]

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Franco dancing down the line


There’s a fantastic (tiny) rip bowl at Bondaka, but hell, that rip has something on it. The entire beach is draining between two tight banks, spewing out to sea. I had to shoot in waist-high water to anchor me to the bank. Otherwise, I would be doing the Sydney to Hobart. Be mindful it’s only […]

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Check out my latest film, all made on my mobile phone

Back on Air

I’ve been a bit quiet on here this week. Nah, I haven’t been indulging in the week of south swells. OK, maybe a couple quick cracks at it when you are all chained to your day jobs. It’s been a good week for surfers – plenty of chunks rolling into the bay. Low tide its […]

Storm brewing


Dark morning with heaps of low cloud. The surf looked a lot cleaner today but I didn’t see many good surfable waves – I reckon the 8:26 am high tide was killing it. Lower tides should be more fruitful. Like now (11:37 am as I tap out these fine words). Cooking ain’t really my thing […]

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Beau Walker lip grinds

El Junkyard

Perfectly ugly Bondi conditions – onshore, raining, empty. Waves around head high with some foaming peaks. It’s a roll of the dice, but you’d find some diamonds in the rough. Swell all week. Weather improves. Long period south swells later-ron. Nche wetsuits are having a massive sale – yep, 40% off everything.  Right now… go! This […]

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Volcanic thermal springs of Ischia

Glorious Rain

So good to see a decent rain in New South Wales. Let’s hope it’s not too late for our farmer’s dust bowls. Rain isn’t so great for shooting down at Bondi. So you’ll have to take my word for it – there’s waves, head high, new south swell, junkie – but not too bad at […]

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Rowan throwing out some morning heat

Icecream Headaches

When the North winds blow the water temps plummet. My sunrise swim was very invigorating with 16-degree water. The North winds also bring NE wind swell/chop (more chop than swell). Bondi faces the wrong way for today’s conditions, regardless there was a small wedge in the corner worth a riding. Loving the banks at Bondi […]

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Ice lips


Fortunately, the water temps have propped up a bit and it’s more inviting for a swim. Suns out and there are still remnants of swell dribbling into the banks. A longboard or foamier small board would suit today’s conditions. Get in, you’ll feel great afterwards. :: uge (yooj)

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I reckon you could fit a couple more. Good to see everyone going right on a left!

Happy Mondays

Mondays are different from all the other days in the week. Everyone is serious about work so the beaches are relatively quiet. It was a chilly start to the week (only 9 degrees at sunrise). The water will be a bone-rattling 16. There is some fun (small) waves about as the weekend’s swell is on the decline. […]

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Flat light

Normally I’m not into flat, bland light – but seeing we’ve had a mostly cloudless year with stark contrasty light – it’s a refreshing change! Waves: odd grovel weak peak. Go swimming Weather: its cleared and a cracker – booya. In Aquabumps Gallery we’ve got our all-new Winter Edit 2018 hanging. All images shot on my many […]

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Today is RUOK day. Are you ok? It’s a day dedicated to reminding people to ask family, friends and colleagues the question, “R U OK?”, in a meaningful way, because connecting regularly and meaningfully is one thing everyone can do to make a difference to anyone who might be struggling. The surf isn’t OK today. […]

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Love Italy,here is good too!


The sun is rising earlier now and so are my daily emails. Bondi put on some morning colour and plenty of crew enjoying a (frosty) pre-work swim. The water is so cold for Sydney. WOW. I’d say the lowest it gets here. It’s always nice coming home to such a beautiful city. I love visiting other countries, but […]

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Italy last week, a quick tour


I’m back. Well kinda, the head is incredibly foggy with a jetlag curtain pulled down tight. I thought a Bondi swim would shake things up after a couple of days of travel. The 16-degree water sure was a shock after paddling around in The Med. Waves, yep. We got some. Waist to chest high variety […]

The hidden gems of Italy.


Buongiorno, I’m guessing you’re sick of seeing images of hot, summery waveless beaches in Europe. Well, this is my last post from Europe – promise. We’re heading home! We’re missing the groms, and I hear the weather has been amazing in Sydney. We’ve had an incredible two weeks. Europe in peak season is just so […]

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Blue Grotto, we snuck in before the lock down


We’re on the seductive island of Capri – which just hangs off the Amalfi Coast. Everyone loves this place and I find loads of Aussies here. The raw beauty of this island is breathtaking with enormous cliffs that jut directly from the sea. The water clarity is a constant ‘perfecto’ and water temp a salubrious […]

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The thermal spas in Ischia

Spinnaker Up

The Amalfi Coast is a rugged place. The volcanic stone cliffs are enormous, jutting directly from the sea – which gives the area it’s vast beauty. Sometimes you may have to climb thousands of steps with your suitcase in tow…just to get to your room or a beach club. Often you’ll arrive at dinner, huffing […]

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Busy even on a week day! Welcome to Italia

Ciao Ciao!

You all know I’m a big fan of Italy. Its coast is just so different from ours, I love shooting here. Everything just looks so good through the lens. No waves, but I enjoy focussing on different things. Within one hour of my arrival, I had a small window in good weather to shoot from […]

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I can see why The Big Blue was filmed 100kms from here!

The Cyclades

The Cyclades is probably the most famous group of islands in Greece. The Greek God Apollo was born here. The Cyclades contains islands like Mykonos, Ios, Santorini. Each island seems to have a different personality. Some mellow, some loose. Mykonos is pretty wild in parts, but there are some chilled areas. They all have fantastic […]

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Super Paradise before the music starts


In a recent Instagram poll on my feed, we asked where you’d like to see some images from if I was to shoot over to Europe in peak season. 49% said Greece. So here I am kids. Plonked myself in the eye of the storm, probably the best known Greek (party) Island of Mykonos. I know […]

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Snakeskin Narooma


After a few months of completely clear skies, I’m stoked to see some decent rain in Sydney (finally). I pray that the rain is reaching our farmers in need. You may have noticed that I’ve been on a massive shooting binge lately, hoping from aircraft to aircraft, trying to cover as much of this state as […]

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Another sunny day, Bondi 6:15am


There are still some leftovers from the recent swell breaking at Bondi. The banks don’t look as good as they have been, but there are some wedges out there. The winds will go onshore mid-morning but remain quite light. Suitable for your aerial practice. Nothing fantastic on the swell radar, just some little chest to […]

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Wolgan Valley - a really beautiful place.

Country NSW

Today’s update is a little different. It’s from out west, really west. I’m talking a few hundred km’s west around the region of Orange. They need rain out there. It’s real this drought. I flew over dried up rivers and paddocks that were like dust bowls. It looks like a little bit of rain will […]

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Only one of these every 45 mins, but it can get fun

Bigger better?

Does size count? Is bigger better? Would you rather surf closing out 6-8 foot or clean, 4 foot with multiple opportunities to stab a few holes in the open face. Big swells don’t seem to work well around here (in my opinion). We don’t have reefs that can hold a decent chunk, and our sand […]

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Big set plume, Bronte


The forecasted swell has arrived, it’s smaller than predicted, but very very south (or even Southwest). When it’s too south, it can fly straight past Sydney. Finding a decent wave to surf will be challenging. Bondi was a mess with too much going on. There is going to be waves all week long, it’s not […]

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Watch our latest short film all shot on my phone


Firstly, it’s Friday, so yes, I have a little film from Avalon for you all shot on my Google Pixel 2 phone. Watch Secondly, Bondi has waves. Yes, surfable conditions are upon us! (1 to 2 foot) A vast, frothing, wave deprived crowd are all over it as well. Even with those super cold devil […]

Bronte SLSC board paddlers lighting up at sunrise


My morning unfolded a lil’ like this: 6:00 am – Surf check at Bondi – nada, zip, flat-a-rama, pancakes. 6:30 am – Decide to wander over to Bronte, just for a change in scenery. Shoot. Nice light as the sun rose late behind some cloud. Bronte Pool back open and very empty (1 swimmer) 7:00 […]

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Great morning for us, not so great for our farmers

Corrupt Card

Every day I shoot with two or more cameras. I’m not a fan of changing lenses on the run, so I bring whole camera bodies dedicated to a particular focal length (at risk of looking like one of those sports photographers on the sidelines of the footie with four bodies dangling from the neck). Today one […]

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Morning light, little waves, coming together


The claws of winter run deep this morning. It’s that west wind. Whenever it’s around, it penetrates! When the old salty sea dogs are coming out of the water, red-faced and complaining, you know it’s cold. Waves – finally the swell drought is broken with a few head high waves. Oh boy, it’s been a while. […]

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Sun, we've seen plenty of this guy in the past few months

The Big Dry

A windy morning with frosty offshores straight off ‘dem mountains. Damn, it felt cold down there just before sunrise. Everyone was coming out of the water with bright red faces. Waves – yep, we have some. I saw the odd waist to shoulder high bump pumping into Bondi. A 9:40 am high tide was doing […]

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Whatever blows your hair back! Bondaka 6:30am


The water was chilly today. I’m calling it 17 degrees, which is pretty close to the coldest it will get for Sydney. Happy to see a brand-spankin’ new East swell start to trickle in (waist high waves). It was full as a boot with an early high tide, but the problem is it will go […]

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Wallaga Lake


It was such a nice day that I ended up shooting the Sapphire/Eurobodalla, Coast NSW, 7 hours drive south from Sydney. I’ve never been down that far – it’s halfway to Melbourne! I’ve heard stories of deserted, idyllic beaches with countless surf peaks. I was in awe of just how many beaches are down there […]

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