Calga, Bronte Beach - 14 November

Memorable Dozen

It’s all gone whacky, again. The Northern Beaches Rona Outbreak has set us all into a bit of a spin. Chrissy plans cancelled, flights canned, borders shut. Stay positive! (and stay home if ya can).We’ll get through this, again. Today’s ‘Bumps consists of 12 photographs, shot this year that I’m proud of. I hope they […]

See full post & more photographs
Early fog, 1st light, burnt orange

The Steamroom

It’s been a steamy 24 hours in Sydney. Very muggy, and sticky. Today we woke to a thick layer of fog, blanketing most beaches. The water is fresh, and as I type this it’s just started to rain. If you didn’t get down the beach for a swim earlier, your window has now shut. Rain […]

See full post & more photographs
The Italian, edging in

Get Wet

Finally a morning without rain. Well, kinda. Sorta. It was weird, I was shooting a glorious sunrise, but it was still spitting. As I type out this riveting editorial, I can see sunshine dance through the skylight of AB-HQ. Party time! It’s been a good week of NE swell and many have filled their wave […]

See full post & more photographs
Grey times here in Bondi - all from the Northern storms

Gorillas in the mist

It was a drizzly, grey kinda beach morning. Not pretty – that didn’t stop a lot of crew heading down there. The holiday season is in the air. Finally, some new banks at Bondi and a large pack were enjoying lefts in the middle with this ENE swell. I’m glad that swell didn’t get as […]

See full post & more photographs
Chunky Bronte

Storm Boy

You have probably seen on the news, up north is copping a lashing from an intense storm. It’s now drifting down to Sydney giving us a wintery day of constant rain, light onshores and a chunky swell. It is not huge like it was initially anticipated. Bondi is head high and clean (but fat), Maroubra, […]

See full post & more photographs
Aquabumps X Mercedes

The Aqua-Merc

My muse, the ocean, was having an “off” day with small dribbly junkie surf and rain. The early high tide wasn’t doing it any favours – pushing it right up onto the shore. It’s going to be a week of rainy days, all coming from the North. Mercedes Benz loaned us a new electric EQC SUV. […]

See full post & more photographs
Bronte Pool, out of the southerly

Rough diamonds

Some say this is Bondi’s greatest hits – horrendously onshore, 2-3 foot and vacant. What’s the attraction? Well, you saw 250 surfers in my images yesterday – it’s chaotic (and dangerous), just look at my forehead to remind you. Today – no one – an empty paddock to roam, very appealing! The onshore will be […]

See full post & more photographs
Numbers monitored, Bondi Beach this morning under colour bloom


Well, that was one heck of a sunrise this morning. I’m glad I sprung outta bed at the wee hours to capture it. The colours were so intense…and then a moment later – grey. I hope you caught a glimpse of the colour bloom. There are waves today, it’s surfable – is it good? YEAH […]

See full post & more photographs
Brock, on turbo mode at usual, Bondi

Swell Boost

Yesterday’s strong southerly has kicked up some wave action, it’s short-lived, but at sunrise I found waves in the head high range. I would expect it to be much smaller tonight. NNE winds were creating clean conditions, but the surf looked a tad junkie, random and well – very Bondi. A reminder, next week looks […]

See full post & more photographs
Bondi retro curves

Cool Breeze

After a cooking Monday things have cooled down with a refreshing early breeze. Comfortable now, isn’t it? This morning the surf was terrible, unsurfable. It should get bigger this arvo but flanking onshores will screw things up. I think you would have higher priorities. Seeing breakdancing has become an official Olympic sport, sharpen up your […]

See full post & more photographs
South Manly Corner - a swimmers delight


On the weekend someone accidentally super glued my right eye shut. No bull. My right is my viewfinder eye – that you all see-through, as well, with my photographs. After a ruthless Bondi drop-in, the violator flicked their board up, splitting open my forehead. No big deal, 2nd injury from reckless surfing for 2020, pretty […]

See full post & more photographs
Swimmers galore too this morning!


Oh boy, Bondi was busy this morning. If you were out there surfing I’m guessing someone has run over you or finned your board – there was no room to move. I reckon 200-250 frothers were out, hunting waves along our 900-metre shoreline. Tight! Were the waves good or sumpin’? What’didyamiss? To be honest, not […]

See full post & more photographs
Half empty OR half full?


Today’s kind of run of the mill, stock standard, bit bland type of day. Not too many unique features to elaborate on here… At 5:30 am it tried to glow pink, but didn’t really – clouds smothered it by 6 am. The waves are limping around the waist to (a small persons) chest high. It […]

See full post & more photographs
On rails, Bronte


Last nights south storm was violent and abrupt. It hit hard and buggered off quick – like a flash in the pan. I wish I got some photos of that shelf cloud – but sadly, was too late for it. There’s still south onshore winds this morning, making surfing a low priority – unless you’re […]

See full post & more photographs
Brock, standing tall

Deranged Shorey

Welcome to Summer! It’s a very summery day outside too as we creep up to 26 salubrious degrees. The morning cloud has gone and blue skies prevail. The waves were a bit funky this morning with higher tides. There was shoreys, they’re not for the faint-hearted though, extremely shallow and hard to get down. I’ve […]

See full post & more photographs
Oasis in the desert


The heat from the weekend was stifling – wasn’t it? Today’s cooling southerly is a pleasant sight. Saturday night was the hottest November evening on record – not dipping below 25. I would even say it was too hot to go to the beach on Saturday! What? Yeah, the early forties can make you very […]

See full post & more photographs
Icebergs was super busy this morning

Nero Friday

The clouds have dominated this morning as a cooling overnight southerly has come to town. There are remnants of swell, but the 7:14 am high tide has wholly engulfed it. Bondi has extremely fat, verging on unsurfable waist to chest high waves on offer.  The winds should ease then go north; the tide will drop […]

A favourite, Bronte Bogey Hole


A gloriously sunny morning to kick off a warm day. That 6:36am high tide flooded the tiny SE swell, making it hard to find surfable waves. Maybe better on lower tides during the day. 27 degrees forecast, only 5 days until it’s officially summer! Small surf conditions for days and days now. Good time to […]

See full post & more photographs
My new muse, Brock, inside shorey heaven

Punchy Nuggets

The Bondi shorey was on psycho mode this morning. The 6am high tide pushed it all right on the shoreline, creating some really punchy, meaty, nuggets – all in about a foot of water. Not the easiest of waves to ride, but, put yourself in the right spot and there’s some fun to be had. […]

See full post & more photographs
Those Vicco boys sure can punt. Brock, sky high, Bondi


I can’t believe it… there are surfable waves this morning down at Bondi. It’s onshore, mushy, junkie and random – but who cares, as water is moving and Lake Bondi is a fading recent nightmare. In a typical year, I would rate today’s surf @ 2/10 – but 2020 is anything but typical. I saw […]

See full post & more photographs
Be hard to find 30 seagulls today


noo-buh-luhs A very dark and gloomy morning to start the week. Bondi was pretty much flat, whilst other beaches had a grovelly knee capper not really worth getting out of bed for… At 6pm tonight a southerly will enter stage right, bringing swell and flanking onshores. Tomorrow should have a chop-hop, but that’s better than […]

See full post & more photographs
Light dance, North Bondi


By the look of it, all 42,000 readers of my daily email hit the beach this morning. I think at one stage I saw a couple of hundred swimmers crossing the bay – a big morning! I missed the 5:15 pink sky spray (still slappin’ myself as I type this). The surf is non-existent, like […]

See full post & more photographs
The view from Sydney Harbour Bridge

Coathanger Hangs

Once upon a time, I used to work in the city. I was a designer in a digital agency that chained me to a desk, 12 hours a day. The office was right next to the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, but back then, never took a photo of it. Skip forward a couple […]

See full post & more photographs
Early moments of light, North Bondi


If you ventured down the beach this morning in hopes of slaying some moving water, you were probably very disappointed. Last night’s spike in swell was a rare window, a one-hit-wonder…a flash in the pan. It’s gone from head high to ankle-biters – at best! Blink and you missed it! Sadly, I don’t think there […]

See full post & more photographs
Stampede, North Bondi

Onshore Galore

The soothing cool breeze is in town from the south. It’s such a contrast to yesterday, where we were tapping mid-thirties and no wind. It was getting up near 40 degrees out west. Wave riders : Bondi was not surfable this morning. Rarely do I say that. The high-tide-no-bank combo is a joy killer. Add […]

See full post & more photographs
The family dropping into my office this morning

Lake Bondi

Probably the first real summery vibing morning of the season – warm, muggy, waveless and a gang still partying from last night trying to swim in their jeans. Ah yes, the real Bondi silly season is back! What a cracker of a weekend huh? Spectacular weather. Bondi was virtually flat this morning. It’s gonna hit […]

See full post & more photographs
Dingy, North Bondi

True North

There are waves around head high, from the North – which is pretty much useless to us around here as we have no sand at beaches facing that way, and the high tide (7 am) was porking up anything worth slaying. South facing Bondi was tiny, muggy but good for a morning Friday swim. Forecast […]

See full post & more photographs
Elixir, Bondi Beach 11 November

Get Wet

Today’s the warmest day of the week with a muggy 28 degrees. It’s supposed to rain later tonight, but right now you’ve got an A-grade, superdeluxe morning for a swim, walk or even surf a 1 foot crumble on a mal. The combo of new north swell and high tide (H 6:29 am) hindered any […]

See full post & more photographs
Bombs away


Do you like an early Aquabumps post? (like this one) – before 9am? Or do you prefer it around 11 am, when you’re having your second coffee? The swell is on hold, as waves have dropped right back to the knee-high range. It’s not really surfable unless you’re floating on 40-50 litres of foam. Supposedly […]

See full post & more photographs
Another amazing morning, Bondi beach


It was forecast to be small, but we were treated with a new solid SE groundswell. I saw waves well over head high on sets at sunrise. It’s still very straight, but hey, it’s breaking… It was a busy Bondi morning with everybody into their regular morning rituals. I’m always amazed at how many people […]

See full post & more photographs
Pocket driver, Bondi


There’s some leftover swell from the weekend, it’s wobbling into South Bondi around chest to sometimes head high. Clean surfaces with little wind, not many crew around due to the cloudy skies and sunrise rain shower. South Bondi is trying to work, I swam against a strong rip down there that looks promising. We need […]

See full post & more photographs
Parramatta in the foreground, Sydney in the background


Quite a few things inhibited me from my regular morning shooting today. For starters, the frequent showers…they were a bit of a pain, but it seems to have cleared up nicely as I write this (2 pm). I was also running a TEDx Sydney workshop…and well, it looks very average with hell onshores and wild/messy […]

See full post & more photographs
Structure, Bondi


You’ve probably worked out that today is not a beach day. It’s windy now and going to get hell windy this afternoon with gusts up to 40 knots. Wow. Rain will douse Sydders – let’s call it 30mm today. All this wind will boost up the swell for tomorrow, I’m thinking bigger than initially anticipated, […]

See full post & more photographs
Nuggety wobble

Prodigal Bank

I’m not saying it’s completely back, but there’s some sand now at South Bondi. Well at least water is breaking there, and the gaping hole has been (kinda) filled in. Waves are around head high this morning. Clean conditions. Sunshine was out and we’re looking at a comfortable 22 degrees. Rain coming tomorrow, so enjoy […]

See full post & more photographs
Lifeguard, ex QS surfer - Blake Thornton


After days of onshore, it’s was clean this morning. As I write this post, the winds are swinging from the SW to the N. The beaches (all East beaches) were packed as everybody has been holed up at home, hiding from the rain. A cracker day ahead. 23 degrees. I like those digits. For the […]

See full post & more photographs
Smoothed out by a 50 second exposure


It’s stopped raining! Hoooray. It’s been a wet couple of weeks as Warragamba Dam (Sydney’s main water supply) is sitting at 97%. Keep in mind, at this time last year it was only 48%. The winds have kicked up a rogue, random swell. There are waves in the double head high range but it’s so […]

See full post & more photographs
Bondi Icebergs, around lunchtime


It’s late on a Friday and you’re about to slip into weekend mode. By now you would have worked out that it’s a cracker day outside. Make the most of it as rain is headed our way – again. Yep, 10pm tonight it will soak Sydney until lunchtime tomorrow. There’s some fun waves in town, […]

See full post & more photographs
The dozer is back! Will it bring the joy?

Cat D10

A large Cat D10 bulldozer goes for anywhere between $400k and a mil. I reckon that’s a good investment in our mental well being. Shall we all chip in? Hear me out. Once upon a time, there were sandy dunes that connected the Bondi Valley to Rose Bay. Those natural dunes are now tonnes of […]

See full post & more photographs
Out there! Blake Thornton on his 12th solid tube for the morning

All Seasons

Finally, we’ve got some clean conditions and Sydney has good waves. I would expect most beaches to have something decent to ride with swells breaking in the 3 to 5 foot range. Swell direction is SE, winds light from the WSW – which is grooming the ocean nicely, a pleasant reprieve from the recent storms! […]

See full post & more photographs
Wylies Baths textures


A pretty ugly day outside with constant rain, howling winds and completely windblown surf. There’s some chunk in the bump, six-footers on offer, but it’s wiiiiiild. I suggest waiting until it calms down. I hope the sand is moving around; we need a change at Bondi – please. A great day to crank the work […]

See full post & more photographs