A tiny glimpse of sun, around 7:05am


I hope you got a surf in this morning, before the onshore. It was on the cook! My shots may not reflect what I saw, as I spent a lot of the morning dodging rainstorms (or waiting for light), but there are some good times out there. Unfortunately, around 10:30 am, the southerly has come […]

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Cracks in the sky

Beam me up, Scottie

Bondi was a little uninspiring this morning, photographically that is. Check out this IG story timelapse, it shows me sitting around waiting for it to go full-bloom pinks – as it looked to have potential around 6:30 am – before going all 50 shades of grey on me around 7:10 am. The surf was junkie, […]

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Not drowning, waving


It was a comfortable morning with a very late sunrise. If you’re wondering, we lose daylight saving hour this Sunday, 4th April, at 3:00 am. So for those early risers, you will get your hour back before work, next week. There were small waves on multiple banks this morning – waist to chest high. It’s […]

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Blake Thornton, always finds them

Murky Waters

All that recent rain has created some strange coloured ocean water in NSW. It’s currently an unattractive green-brown colour – stained from all the muddy river outflows along this state’s coast. Just imagine how much water has been flowing from the land out to sea this week – incredible. Warragamba Dam alone spewed out the […]

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The Sydney Opera house this morning


I’m a beach guy, so what am I doing in the big smoke? Lost? Haha. Yep, today is all in reverse as I woke in the city, watching the pinks blaze over the Sydney Opera House. What a cracker morning to be in Sydney – warm, windless, rainless and very good looking. Sydney’s an awesome […]

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No idea why this image looks like this, but it's catching a lot of sun

Sun Worship

I muffed up this morning. I think I got too excited about clear skies and blanket sunshine. I swam out at South Bondi at sunrise with some new gear, got sucked out to New Zealand in the most aggressive rip I’ve seen in a long time, and spent most of my morning trying to get […]

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Mentawais perfection

22 Years

I don’t wanna make a big deal of it, but this week Aquabumps celebrates 22 years of existence. So you’re thinking, I started this website when I was ten years old? Correct. For those that don’t know the journey, I was a frustrated creative director/office jockey – spending all day in CBD office boardrooms dreaming […]

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North Bondi Density

Deluge Reprieve

NSW has been hit with a prolonged storm weather event – and it’ll continue for a couple of days. Unfortunately, we’ve got flash flooding, houses going downstream, damns overflowing, evacuations, school closures, road closures…it’s crazy. Thoughts go out to all the communities that have been cut off, lost homes and overwhelmed by the rain. Some […]

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One Wave turns 8!


MMMMM, don’t ya just love it, howling onshore dark mornings at Bondi? Autumn is typically a surfers paradise with grooming offshores and fresh southerly swells – nah not this Autumn. There are waves in the 3-4 foot range (no one out), but that nemesis East wind has gotta go. It’s rattling all of us, even […]

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This morning's colour flash.


You probably missed today’s decent sunrise colours – it was quick, blink and you’d miss it. The storm/rain clouds dominated the morning, and now we’ve got pouring rain for a while. Settle in, get some work done, be production – rack up the brownie points. Today’s pictorial adventure depicts one sunrise shot from today; the rest […]

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When all else fails, head to the Bergs for a shot


These days are the hard ones. Trying to find inspiration in a dark, rainy, onshore, closeout day ain’t easy. It takes me ages to find something interesting in the mundane – and I’m not sure I found anything at all! I visited the beach three times this morning, in hope of someone catching a wave. […]

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Junior Propulsion


It was a dim, overcast morning down the beach. Lots of crew sleeping in, probably because of the darkness or cooler weather. The sun is rising so late, makes it a bit harder for work crew to squeeze in activities before diving into their day. There’s a little bump, knee to chest high waves. It […]

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Take-off, Bronte


It was the first cool start to the year; you probably wore an extra layer. Thankfully all that !@#!$ rain has subsided, giving way to some glorious sunshine. Clear skies will be shortlived before diving back into rainy days for the rest of the week. Yeah, more rain. Can you believe it? There were junkie […]

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Cloudy skies, wolf pack waiting. Bondi Beach


Even though the surf was dribbly and without push, it was a fun vibe in the water.  Firstly, it’s warm in the brine – 23+ degrees. The warmest time of year to swim, so get into it. Secondly, there’s good banks and the odd 1-2 foot had a loggers wall spilling to the beach. I […]

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Water is still warm - get in! Bondi 7:40am


A pretty stock standard morning down at Bondi. I’ve seen plenty like this, subtle colours at sunrise, slight onshore, 2-foot waves and a busy beach full of exercise maniacs. After writing approximately 6,000 of these posts, sometimes I get a bit stumped. Today is one of those days! The next time you’ll find waves is […]

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Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club training at sunrise

Funny Farm

It’s wild out there, chaos. Boards flying in all directions, rights on lefts, lefts on rights, 5 per wave. Wear your Stackhat and dodge the torpedos – it’s 2 foot and packed! Its incredible how much the surf dropped out overnight, slipping three gears and idling at sunrise. Clean morning, glorious conditions brought out the […]

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The North Bondi Hook, Sunday 7th March 2021


We are now on the tail end of a solid SSE swell. Yesterday was real big; I saw sets in the 8-10 foot range. Now it’s a more manageable 3-4 foot, and most of the beach is surfable, whereas yesterday was just the North Corner or Benny Buckler Novelty waves. I can imagine there would […]

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Big crowds, big swells and big offshore winds

Viva La Bondi

The 24 hours that preluded this mornings windy southerly was epic. It was paradise; the waves were great – winds gentle, and the sun was in great abundance. Yesterday and part of this morning were mega beach days… At about 9 am this morning, a 20-knot southerly hit, ruining all the fun, but it’s not […]

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Bronte Pool, into the sunrise


There’s fruit on the trees, and finally, the onshores have subsided. The sunshine has come back, and it’s one helluva day outside. Let’s party. It’s easily 4 foot, and from the South, so Bondi is milky every bit of energy from the ocean. It’s too big for beginners and other flotsam jetsam. For the frothers, […]

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This morning, no oil painting!


We’ve had some pleasant conditions and inspiring mornings lately – not today, unfortunately. This morning was dark and gloomy, overcast and cool. Its the first morning that I’ve worn a jumper – so Autumn is setting in. The surf was mega-junkie. The fact that only a couple of surfers headed out is very telling. It […]

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A new take on a very well trodden Bondi icon


Vi-sis-i-tood = regular change. Very unpredictable weather as we continue on our La Nina journey. It was gloriously sunny for one moment, raining on me the next. It’s had to plan ahead at the moment…washing in, out? 16 knots of smotherly is wreaking havoc on our beaches. Bondi has shoulder high mush rolling in. There’s […]

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Playing chicken with Zoey

Ladies Day

The girls were out in force this morning. Why wouldn’t you be – it’s an incredible day, with ultra-warm water and a magnificent sunrise to boot! Today is the first day of Autumn, and it’s gonna creep up the to early thirties – so if you’re working from home, like most of Australia, take a […]

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