Ben Buckler through the smokey haze

Smoked

A smokey blanket is suffocating Sydney today. It’s pretty bad. A bit like smoking a pack of durries before breakky. yuk! Yesterday, westerly winds blew the smoke into Sydney from a 140,000-hectare fire in the Hawkesbury region. The smoke was trapped around town overnight, as some weirdo inversion thingie between cold air and warm air. […]

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Not talking, Bondi

SouSouEast

Plagued by an early morning low tide, a Sou-Sou-East swell is still kicking into Bondi. I saw closeouts around 3 foot at sunrise. 1 pm is high tide, as it fills up there should be some waves around (yep, just looked across the road from AB headquarters, there are waves 10:59 am). Head high too! […]

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Taking a chip off the top, Tamarama

Ingredients

Offshore – tick.Swell – tick. Plenty.Sunshine – plenty, but could do with some rain. (possible on Sunday)Banks – cross. No good. Really appealing conditions this morning. So many of the important ingredients to make Sydney crank. The banks seem to be a bit weird, Bondi was mostly closing out – Tama too. Bronte didn’t have […]

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Bondi from the brine

Soaked

The suns out, the water is cool and the wind was a tad chilly – but it’s a good looking day in Sydney. A South swell is producing head high set waves, the early morning low tide seemed to hinder the sets. Incoming tides will flourish – I think. Have you seen URBN Surf‘s brand-spankin’ […]

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Sir Richard Branson is in Bondi today!

Sir Branson

You know it, always something going on down Bondi beach and this morning was no exception. Sir Richard Branson visited our shores at sunrise this morning. The last time I shot Sir Branson at Bondi was in 2004 when he was dangling out of a helicopter! (see AB post) Today was a lot more subdued […]

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On your marks, get set, hit it!

Smokey

You can smell the smoke in the air today. I’ve never been so disappointed to wake up to a hot, summery day in Sydney. You all know it, we’re on catastrophic fire danger alert for the state. Catastrophic is the highest level of bush fire danger. With high temps, 600 schools closed and windy conditions […]

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South Corner pinks, 5:24am

Mondayitis

Nice little south swell supplying the bay with head high waves this morning. Plenty of bumps, just not a lot of good ones! It seemed very hit and miss down there. Nice sunny day, but I really would love to see rain, soon. I was up North on the weekend and could see huge amounts […]

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Bondi swim herd

Sweaty

It’s a warm one, again. Clear skies, gentles breezes and slightly more swell. Cooling change is arriving this weekend – phew – those fires up north need a reprieve. Hopefully, some rain will cool it all down. Bondi was fun this morning, oh so many people popping down for a swim. Waves should improve, a […]

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Inland dust has blown to the coast, creating the haze. Bondi 6am

Dust Haze

This morning Sydney was engulfed by dusty haze. Yesterday’s strong winds kicked up the dust inland of Sydney, then a weather trough dragged the dust east to the coast, just in time for our sunrise. It’s a little different to our recent smoke screens, and you may get a few respiratory problems! Waves – what […]

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Little waves through bin keyholes, South Bondi

Summery

Here’s a ‘summery’ of things you need to know about today: The day kicked off a little chilly, but it will beef up to a salubrious 26 degrees today. How do you like those apples? Even better, tomorrow will be another beach day with 28 degrees. Crank the baby oil. We have waves from the […]

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Boardwalk, Bondi

Thermal

It’s getting warmer and the beach is starting to get busy in the mornings. It’s amazing a what difference the seasons make. Winds were SW early, hopefully the water will warm up with the southerly – wow – it was cold over the weekend and I am just thawing out. Waves were tiny and dribbly. […]

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New Caledonia Movie

Maundy

That’s a wrap on our New Caledonia trip, I’m back in Bondi today. If you’re chasing blue water, damn, it’s Fluro blue in New Caledonia. I thought that colour water only existed in the Maldives. New Cal is much closer (2hrs40mins to be exact)! Watch this video summary of our time there… Watch New Cal […]

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Palms and blues, Ouvea, New Caledonia

Ouvéa

Whilst most of the New Caledonian population live in the main city of Noumea, the mind-blowing beaches and terrain are away from the centre. Today we flew across to the extremely chilled, authentic island of Ouvea. (only 30 mins away). Ouvea is famous for its fluorescent blue water. It reminded me of Formentera in Spain, […]

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New Caledonia has 24,000 sq km of lagoon - massive!

Blue Lagoon

Bonjour from the glorious South Pacific! I’ve slipped up to New Caledonia for a few days to explore the island chain that has some of the largest lagoons in the world. Whilst their lagoons are vast, they’re pretty untouched. I flew 150kms in a heli this morning and reckon I spotted 1 fisherman and 1 […]

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Squad rush, North Bondi

Thermogenic

Yep, it’s gonna be a hot one. I’m talking a big thirty-3. It’s Friday and the beach was pretty crowded at sunrise. Smiles everywhere, but the water is still chilly. Waves have plummeted to only 1 foot, and the morning high tide was concealing any goodness. It’s a NE windswell from the recent blowing. Go […]

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Max Weston - Nasal passage, south Bondi rips

Hotdogging

It transformed from a dark, cloudy morning to perfectly clear sunshine in a matter of minutes today. How good! Waves have dropped and there’s a NE wind swell in the mix after yesterday’s blow. Waves are waist high and suited to high volume surf vehicles. Ava good one, :: uge

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The rip bowls had some lip, Bondi

#Goodtimes

The swell has backed off overnight and multiple banks had some rip bowls at Bondaka. It looked fun, lots of paddling against strong rips. A good looking day outside, 25 degrees on the forecast. Winds will swing from NW to NE later. Have a great day, :: uge

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'Bergs window furnace

Same-same but different

It started out as a stock standard, off the rack Bondi morning with clear skies, 3-4 foot closeouts and offshore breezes. The vibes a little different though, plenty more people down there in the morning doing their spring/summer rituals. The promenade was busy, the bootie camps 20% more participants, 24% more dog walkers – and […]

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Back lit golds, looking towards North Bondi

Dozer Dumps

There’s heaps of chunk to the bump this morning. Wow, this new south swell is really drawing into Bondi hard. At sunrise, it was only 3-4 foot (when I shot), but I reckon there are 6-foot bombs out there now. The bigger ones are pretty much folding close (std Bondi). Amazing weather this week! 32 […]

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Alex McKendrick up from Cronulla ripping some Bondi froth this morning

Upgrade

Well hello, new south swell. It’s arrived with heaps of grunt. At 7:30 am today, Bondi was hosting well overhead high waves and clean offshores. That rip I’ve been talking about was complete madness – gushing out to sea at a rate of knots. Offshore for most of today, but a NE will blow late […]

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Bronte Pool also known at Bonds Ocean Pool

Bonds Ocean Pool

Today’s wanderings took me to Bronte Pool, one of the most photogenic ocean pools in New South Wales. It’s small, only 30 metres long, but has a cult-like following of hardcore locals that swim all year round. These days Instagram has blown the joint to the universe, so it’s a key photo-geek hang. The pool […]

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Good morning from Bondi Beach!

Reversal

Typical of Sydney, after a warm(ish) north wind day we get smothered with a southerly. It’s colder, greyer and onshore at Bondaka. Waves are breaking around the 1.25ft to 1.934ft range. It’s not much chop and better suited to learners. Swim? Yeah, do it. Plenty getting wet this morning after a warm night. It’s not […]

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Morning glory! Bondi Beach at sunrise today

Sublime Saline +

Today’s morning swim was very fruitful. Not only did the sky spit out some pretty colours, we still have waves. I decided to shoot the middle and avoid the south end rapid/rip. Lots of crew out, pretty chaotic at sunrise. I only got run over 3 times today (which is good for me). Water temperatures […]

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A colourful skyshow to kick off the week

Ripbowl Mania

South Bondi currently has a brutal, powerful rip bursting out to sea. If you want to educate people on what rips look like, ava look, it’s like a wild river rapid with churning water and surfers being sucked out to New Zealand. Bondi surfers love a rip bowl though, so be thankful. It’s also creating […]

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Proper bottom turn on a proper set wave. Bondi

Rogue Chunks

Gee this swell really kicked in yesterday. Some wild chunks of water smashing into Bondi this morning. The Icebergs was smothered and swimmers were thrown into different lanes. South Bondi had a few, but they were quite rare and fickle. When they broke they’re in the 4-6 foot mark. Lots of water moving around making […]

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Wild sets, rumbling inside Bondi's bay

Wild Thing

Big and brutal! Not a good day to go surfing out at Bondi. At sunrise, there was a small windless window where you could find some inside runners, but now, she’s blown out and big, big, big. Ok, maybe 6-8 foot. Southerly is in town…chill out until it calms down. Cloudy and rainy tomorrow. :: […]

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Sunrise at the good old 'Bergs

Cooling Change

Quite a cold start to the day (now 12 degrees). Very different to yesterday. Is winter back? We have an overnight south change to blame, but thankfully it’s producing some waves in the 3 – 4 foot range. Looks kinda fun for surfers – bit random and junkie, but there’s the odd diamond out there. […]

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Pretty aggressive new "No Surfboards" signs

Skoolies

!@#$$%%@!## What? No Aquabumps photos for a whole week? Are you OK? Breath…breath. You probably already figured… I took a few days off last week to hang with my frothing groms. All back to normal now, phew. This morning Bondi was cloudy, calm and with waist-high surf. Very quiet morning as I think most of […]

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Dion, fire in the hole!

The Mob

It’s a solid spring day outside. Waves, winds, rays have all coming to the party. It’s currently 19 degrees but will top out at 24 degrees. You bewdy. It was early morning chaos down there at 5:45am. Breaking waves were filled with foamies, boogas, SUPs, mals, and shorties. Newcomers, veterans, swimmers all blended into the Bondi […]

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This morning, 5:30am colour luminescence

Luminous

The sun broke through the thick Ben Buckler cloud as the waves continue to break. Nice morning. It’s 2 foot, occasionally 3 foot if you’re lucky. Large crowd out enjoying the decent conditions. Swell is south and winds from the North. A mild day, 20 degrees. Enjoy it. :: uge

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Joel, setting up for the big boff off the top

Treasure

This could be the earliest Aquabumps update – ever. Why? What the heck? Well, the Spring Equinox was only a few days ago, and there’s so much sunshine, early, that you could go for a surf, jog, ava coffee, skate in the bowl all before work. Daylight saving will shift on October 6, so you’ve […]

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Morning meat, Bondi

You Bewdy

If I could bottle up a day like today and put it on the shelf, I’d label it “You bewdy” ’cause it’s a cracker of a day outside. I’m talking blaring sunshine, NO wind and 2-foot dribblers suitable for high volume wave riding vehicles. Ah yes, these are the days. The days to be outside […]

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Bondi Beach, 5:45am

Mixed Up Dribbles

There are bits and pieces of waves around the Eastern Suburbs this morning. I can’t say I saw anything of decent quality as I roamed. There seems to be a couple of swells in the mix, and it’s very small. BUT – it’s a cracker day outside and the sun is up VERY early, so […]

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North Bondi cruisers

Climate Strike

It’s been an interesting week down here on the beach. Rain for most days, but yesterday arvo a very short window of pumping surf and salubrious sunshine. Today it’s returned to the junkyard and it’s relatively quiet. Maybe we’re all heading down to the #climatestrike (hope so) where the kids are sending a message to governments for meaningful […]

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The toe drag, Bondi Beach 7am

Clearing

How good is this rain! It’s been pretty consistent. The good news is that the winds have tapered off and we now have clean conditions for wave riders. I saw head-high waves this morning, operating on two sandbanks. Crowds were thin as most frothers hit the snooze button. It is not perfect, but surfable for […]

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North Bondi - peak summer. Ah yes, like a lake

Tempestuous

Day two of Sydney’s storms, today’s just a bit windier. Gusts have touched 30 knots of a gale, bending the trees and lashing rain against your windows. It’s no oil painting outside, not unless you’re into Turner’s work. So I’ll take this opportunity to show you some more photographs around Bondi that haven’t seen the […]

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Regardless of today, summer is coming...

Bondi Moods

Today is definitely not a beach day. Nope, not even close. The waves looked dreary, onshore, manky, junky and brown! Rain is pouring and this will continue for a couple of days. That’s OK, I truly hope it’s helping with the northern fires and drought conditions. It’s cold, I’ve got the old puffer on. Bunker […]

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Blown! Rain coming today. Get wet right now

Rainmaker

It’s gonna rain soon. If you haven’t been down for a swim/surf you’re running out of time. It’s going to rain for a couple of days and hopefully fill our dams. At sunrise the skies were clear, by 9am it’s greyed over. Tiny swell still producing a few fun little waves for the frothers. Wednesday […]

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Tommy Franklin's morning dance group

Bondi Randomness

Bondi is such a random place. Friday’s mornings in Bondi – even more bizarre. I don’t think many beaches in Australia would be this random, and not at 6 am. As I ride down the hill into the bay, I don’t know what to expect. Take today, for example. Bang in the middle of Queen […]

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Balayage - getting my tips done! Bondi

Turbulence

At first light, I swam out the back of Bondi dragging a camera. It was a mistake; I ended up swimming against a rip for an hour. So much water moving around in the bay. I would get sucked out to sea, then across to The ‘Bergs, and then back out again! After 5 laps in […]

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