Utzon's famous sails of Sydney Opera House

Sydney Love

Been for a surf? Looks pretty good out there. In fact, the whole week looks great. Wax up. It’s school holidays so I’m hanging with my groms, not shooting daily and these updates will be a tad patchy. When most people think of Sydney, they have visions of a bowl of fruit and a coathanger […]

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Swim squad, South Bondi

Bondi Fire

Anything goes at Bondi; you never know what you’ll wake up to. Today’s entertainment wasn’t the ocean, but a gang of fire twirlers, spinning into the sunrise. Must be a fire circle convention or sumpin’. Just lucky it isn’t January when a fire was the last thing we wanted to see! The surf is dismal. […]

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Bronte shine

Oasis

Put the boards away and go outside; it’s impressive. Twenty-three banging degrees, not too shabby for a winter’s day. The surf is shabby though. 1 footers, suitable for my micro groms and newbies to the sport. A north wind blew warm and early. The next time you will surf will be Saturday afternoon, Sunday looks […]

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Looking north - Mona Vale to Avalon

The North Side

We live in a great place. As international and some interstate travel is on hold, I’m spending this time at home, re-exploring our backyard and loving it. Surprisingly, I’ve shot Sydney very little as I’ve been distracted with international destinations. Aquabumps is partnering with Destination NSW over the next few weeks to show you Sydney in […]

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A spark of light on a old subject, one of the most sensational buildings in Sydney

City to Surf

Last night the weatherman mentioned “Fog tomorrow” about 5 times. So I ventured into the big smoke, cameras ready for those moody foggy Harbour Bridge scenes. Whilst the fog never eventuated, there were moments of vibrant light on some well-trodden paths around Circular Quay. The surf was clean and waist to shoulder high today. The […]

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Raining one second, sunny the next. I'm confused

Pot of Gold

It was a confusing morning, I couldn’t quite work it out. 6:50am – torrential rain. I’m talking stay in bed kind of rain. Our tin roof was pelting. 7:00am – skies sprayed bright pink. Rain persists. Watch from home, wondering where I could shoot with my gear, and stay dry. Jump in the brine with […]

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Aquabumps headquarters today - Lilypad Palm Beach

On The Pittwater

Notice anything different about today’s post? We’ve gone northside broadcasting from The Pittwater aboard a floating house – The Lilypad. Yes, a house that’s like a boat! My kinda home iso… Inside, it’s like an elegant compact house with all mod cons. Sometimes you forget you’re adrift…until a boat passes and gives you a gentle […]

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Gracey, shorey

Linear

There’s a promise of a south swell that should be significant – but it hasn’t arrived just yet. It will definitely be here tomorrow. Bondi was shoulder high and straight as an arrow this morning. In my opinion, anything south of the tower is unsurfable, whilst north of the tower is surfable, it’s just lacklustre. […]

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Bring on that solar warmth

Brrrrr…

It’s cold! I know my readers in cold places will all gang up on me today with the “toughen up” talk. 8 degrees earlier, but with the wind chill, I’d call it 4-5 degrees before the sun came up. There’s a small, limpy waist to chest high wave, not really much going on except for […]

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The real Golden Arches, South Bondi

Crispy Clean

Yeah, crispy clean – not Krispy Kreme. An amazing day outside with an abundance of sunshine, warming things up from its 7-degree base. Swell direction has shifted to the south and Bondi would be attracting the most energy – but it’s still tiny and lacking any banks. Real clean and neat though. The north end […]

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Frontside carves with Blake Thornton

Corey is back…

I think Corey Worthington has moved into my street. Remember Corey? Australia’s most infamous party organising teenager. Since the lifting of restrictions, I’ve got to say Bondi has gone wild. For the past two nights, I’ve had a bunch of annoying punks keeping me awake until 4am (I think it’s the same bunch still going […]

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We've come thru the other side - but will there be a second wave?

Friday Swims

Swimming with my camera is one of my favourite angles, as I’m a part of the action – very invigorating! Not many forms of photography allow you to be up so close and involved, ducking under curly lips, together, with my subjects. The banks are pretty awful for surfing (closeouts), but they’re super shallow, putting […]

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Sunrise, small break in clouds

Sub-par

There’s room for improvement let’s say. I was hoping for a colour spray sunrise, but it was kind of a fizzer by winter’s standards.  Bondi’s surf has been lacking lately due to the unfavourable alignment of sand.  The shorey was full of weed, but a few hardcore frothers were out – hungry – hunting – as […]

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The Groms at Bronte have a crack on a rare set wave

Puny

It’s small as the swell switches origins from the nor-east to the south. Our clear winter skies also are changing, as clouds entered stage right and filled the skies by 9 am. It’s about to blow onshore – the rest of the day is going to be a workday. At home, of course. All this […]

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Birds flying south, Maroubra

Drive-Thru

A special kind of morning with an abundance of sunshine, gentle offshores and a small chugging nor-east swell. I decided to roam the local neighbourhood, looking for untrodden territory for Aquabumps. I found myself loitering around the Coogee – Maroubra region. Like Bondi, Coogee’s coastal walks were choccas as the WFH revolution continues. Nobody seems […]

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Bronte take off in the golds

Both Sides

Living in Sydney, we are surrounded by water. One hundred beaches on one side and the deepest and largest natural harbour in the world on the other. Today we’ve got shots from both sides… Sensational winter’s day, clear skies, quite warm (21). Swell is dribbling into the beaches, not much to write about really. All […]

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Cloudy days, Bondi

Nah.

Like most recent days, there are waves on offer, clouds, a tiny bit of rain and shocking banks at Bondi. How bad? Ghastly I reckon. The fact that there was barely anyone surfing it is testament. There’s ALWAYS someone out surfing Bondi. There were a couple around the corner at Bronte on some sorta weird […]

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Inside the weedy Bondi shorey

Weedy Tumblr

How are you going? Slipping slowly back into your old life? Kinda? Sorta? A foggy start to the day, sunshine broke through late. I spent the morning sticking my head inside a weedy shore break, hunting tubes. It was fun! Even after seeing millions of waves from the inside, it’s still a favourite pastime. Don’t […]

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A short moment of light and colour, this morning

Mediocre

I’ve been trying to write this daily ramble for quite some time, thinking about the stand out qualities of today’s earlier hours. It’s a bit of a bland, vanilla tasting morning with onshores (south), very undesirable surf (2ft) and a bit of drizzle. The entire south half of Bondi has virtually no banks, and I […]

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When South Bondi's Red Rocks are showing - means big swells and heavy erosion

Aftermath

The perfect combination of a full moon (high tides) and a monster swell yesterday has drawn all the sand out of South Bondi – revealing those giant red rocks. I’m really hoping that sand eventually forms into banks suitable for surfing – because there’s no joy out there at the moment. A massive gutter in […]

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Big bomb, Bronte 7am

Heavy Duty

There is a big swell in town. At first, I just thought it was only a 6-8 foot day, but some sets were enormous. I’m not quite sure how big, as not many surfers out to gauge the heights – but the odd 10 foot plus bomb I think. It was quite an action-packed morning; big […]

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Crispy, winter warm light over the Buckler.

Ochre

I love this time of year. The light is fantastic – I can make anything look good when the light is this good. The winter light is so different from our summer rays, which can appear hazy and make colours murky. Winter light is a burnt orange, crispier making colours pop. The sun’s side angle to […]

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Jørn's sunset, Sydney Opera House

Domesticated

Usually, I’m so distracted with constant international travel, that I overlook our beautiful city. I can’t see us travelling abroad anytime soon, so I plan to re-explore areas of New South Wales – just like a tourist with my camera dangling around my neck. It’s so easy to get stuck in your local bubble – […]

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An explosion of colour hovering over North Bondi this morning

Detonation

This morning was an explosion of colour over Bondi Beach. Bright hues glowed from the North as we entered the first day of winter. The colours were so strong, it looked unreal. (I even pulled them back in post). It’s also the 1st day of regional travel, as our COVID19 grip loosens. Loads of people […]

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Swim'N'Go popular this morning

Low Tide Weed

Bondi’s got plenty of weed at the moment. Yup, fresh batch. Nah, not talking about those dutch-ovens bellowing out of camper-vans in the parking lot, the stuff that comes from the ocean. Great big piles of it, mixed in with plenty of rubbish (Council ain’t doing their regular clean-ups it seems). Not a pretty sight. […]

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Funnel, Bondi

Shackadelic

The recent pounding swell has moved sand into some interesting formations. There’s a super shallow bank at the South Bondi that’s been spitting out tubes this morning. It’s not for the faint-hearted, it eats boards as water slabs onto a shallow shelf. It was a pleasure to shoot – I really missed shooting in the […]

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Winter warmth, duck diver

Pacify

There are waves this morning, and it has settled down a little overnight. The winds aren’t howling, and you can find some clean faces to slide down. It’s dropped off quite a lot in size, only 3-4 footers on offer at sunrise. Quite a large crowd out, enjoying their freedom and mostly working-from-homies. There should […]

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Bronte - timing is essential here.

Roughy-Uns

It’s still wild times down the beach with wind, rain and big waves. It’s not often we get a swell to last this long. That intense low is grinding up the coast, slowly. From tomorrow onwards it looks to be calming down. I reckon there are some good surfing conditions headed our way towards the […]

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Swell lines from the beginning on this giant swell series

Semi/Normal

Today feels different; it feels close to regular times. Schools back full time, heaps of traffic as lots of people returning to work and most importantly, Aquabumps fresh photos resume. Yeah, I’m back on the tools shooting at sunrise, as I’ve done for more than two decades. The changes are scary and exciting…I’m just stoked […]

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Chuck a board in, swag, and you're off

Roadies Only

The moment you’ve all been waiting for…Gladys is opening up regional travel from June 1. That means roadies, lots-of-em, within NSW state lines as other states won’t have us! It’s good news for those tourist towns that have suffered through the bushfires and now coming out of COVID19 shutdowns. So if you’re getting outta town, […]

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Where the bush meets the sea, The Pass, Byron

Regional

I guess that regional travel will open up soon. Surely it’s on the list aye Gladys! (I have so much trouble with her surname).  Surely, soon, very soon, you’ll be able to load up the wagon with boards, and light up the highway – tunes cranked, arm on the door, ready for a surf adventure. […]

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This time of year brings glorious colour to our skies

Autumn Light

Autumn – I reckon this time of year is best for shooting. There seems to be a lot less summer morning haze, the air is cleaner – crisper, and the colours in the sky are consistently inspiring. The waves tend to be better and more cleansing offshore breezes to match. I have to confess, during […]

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Follow the light

Restrictions

Did you get out and about on the weekend? (for the exercise of course). It seemed like things are loosening up…more cars on the road, more activity. We are the lucky ones – but I still think we need to remain vigilant against the bloody Rona. No 2nd wave stuff – just good head high […]

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Clovelly plate

Grounded

What a special autumn sunny day outside. Amazing. I haven’t been in the air in quite some time, and I’m having withdrawals! There is nothing quite like dangling out of a hovering tin can, standing on the skids, scouring the land for unique and unusual formations. You get a different take on the world—a birdseye […]

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Sharks wanna get tubed as well!

Iso Library

How are you going? All good? We’re good too. I need a haircut pretty badly (looking a bit like Tom Hanks from Cast Away) – but they are small-time problems in comparison to our global situation. We’ve kinda got a routine at home, now, that seems to be working. Surf is pumping in Sydney, so […]

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Dodging sets

Big Swells + Dizzy Spells

Is life feeling a tad closer to normal? A tiny bit? Our government is now busy trying to work out how we can all return to our previous lives in a controlled and orderly fashion – baby steps. I believe freedom will happen sooner if we all download the COVIDSAFE app. Then if we get […]

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Morning light on the Bergs

Last Summer

Last Summer was a pretty strange one, but not as strange as the current Autumn and most likely this Winter! Strange seems to have become the norm. I think ‘unprecedented’ is the most frequently used word for 2020.  These pics are from last summer. Just a refresher, to take your mind off COVID19 and other […]

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The Bondi Slab

@Home

How are you doing? Bit restless? Missing your old life, ah-huh. Become a news junkie – I hear ya. Online shopping a new hobby? Yep. Good – keep it going. Started your own Youtube channel? Improved your cooking? It sounds like all this home isolation has been working well in Australia. Things are looking up […]

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Crackers, Bondi Beach

The Conduit

Ding-Ding! Like a Boxing Day sale, Bondi Beach opened at 7 am for surfing, and there was a mad dash for the lineup. Wave-starved frothing lunatics filled their wave quotas before locking themselves up for the day (at home). Statistics have already shown a drop in mental health today! Hooray! That means fewer bank robberies, […]

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So you can't hang around. Gotta keep moving

Restore

Tomorrow the door will open, just a tad, allowing you to surf or swim at Bondi (whilst maintaining social distancing – of course). Bondi beach remains closed otherwise. When I say swim and surf, I mean for exercise and mental health, not frolic in the shallows, sunbake in your new leopard-skin thong or build sandcastles. […]

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