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 out the window of another world in the ocean.
Back then, the internet was new, and I thought a photo-day-thing from the beach would be most excellent – especially as the advent of digital cameras was becoming semi-affordable.
I’m torkin’ the nineties…so social media hadn’t been dreamt up yet, phones were for talking, blogs was something you did in the toilet, and influencers was something you caught in winter.
Around March 1999 I started taking photos regularly, crap ones, and emailing them to my mates to make them jealous of my lifestyle livin’ on the beach. People were so stoked to see the beach every day in their inbox, as most couldn’t dip their toes before work like I could living across the road from it.
People came, mailing lists grew, and a whole lotta crazy stuff happened for over two decades. I never planned it, I just liked doing it…and kept doing it. It made me happy, and many others.
So thanks to all of you for tuning in. I’m always so chuffed when people tell me on the street they’ve been an avid reader for 20 odd years or moved from London to Sydney because of the photos. THANK YOU.
Today I have a request; I’m currently raising money for The Bondi SurfAid Cup (May 7) and would love some pocket change. Please. Even though I’ve stopped travelling to Indonesia, I haven’t forgotten the people. Donate here
Tomorrow apparently, the rain WILL STOP — a huge sigh of relief. Please spare a thought for all the displaced communities around our state trying to keep dry.
Here are some pics I’m into…from my Aquabumps journey.