It's been pumping up here on the Goldie


They’ve had an excellent run of swell up here on the Gold Coast. That enormous mongrel swell didn’t get as big as we all thought, but the sheltered points have been providing joy to waveriders all over this north coast. Everybody surfs here. Even when the sun is far from rising, the points are loaded […]

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I am gonna ride one from Snapper to Kirra (I hope).

24 Carat Gold Coast

I’m on the Goldie! The first local I chatted with said “Don’t go outside, it’s freezing” (he was wearing a singlet and thongs). It confused me. I checked my phone – 23 degrees and perfectly sunny outside. I thought he must have meant the water, which is also 23 degrees…ah, these Queenslanders have it good […]

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Last nights Blood Moon - Arroooo

Blood Moon

I’ve realised you guys really like your Moons and Dolphins. Now I just need to somehow combine the two with a single shot of Dolphins jumping over a full Moon. That’ll break the internet. Working on it… It’s been a fantastic week of natural wonders around here. I’ve been shooting a lot, filling up the […]

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Broke a fin, bust and air, Tom Cole


The 8 am Dolphin Bondi show was cancelled, not a Flipper in sight at sunrise. It was amusing how many people came down in the hope to see another Dolphin festival – doesn’t happen every day aye…I’m down there every day. This morning was quite unusual. Hear me out. In the south end, we had […]

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Party time, Dolphin style, South Bondi 7:45am

Dolphin Mania

These photos from sunrise could break the internet…what a special kinda morning as the Annual Dolphin Convention gathers at South Bondi. Every direction I looked, I could see dolphins frolicking amongst the surfers. Rarely do you see so many for so long! Remember these shots from Tamarama last year, as we were locking down for […]

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Running the gauntlet - D-zza


It was a beautiful, semi-dark, ultra glass morning down at Bondi. It was eerily quiet – where was everyone? Barely anyone surfing, swimming or exercising. Very rare to see the beach like that in our neck of the woods. A small left nugget was randomly popping up at south, with just a couple of groms […]

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The battered corner


I’m back! Back from the Whitsundays and on the tools. Not much phone reception and bad weather up north means you didn’t receive your regular daily dose from Aquabumps. Sorry about that. Small now – bigger later. A south storm has arrived in Sydney, bringing swell, onshores and showers. A good day to pump out […]

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Hill Inlet - those colours!


I’m in the dreamy Whitsundays, land of the white sandy beaches and coral reefs. 74 islands hang 55 kilometres off the Queensland coast, inside the Great Barrier Reef. The best way to see the archipelago is definitely by boat weaving in and out of the islands, hiding from the wind. It kinda reminds me a […]

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Chucking buckets, Bronte

The Gilded Coast

In Autumn, the light is cleaner, a purer form of golden goodness. There’s no morning humid haze, and the beach scenes appear crisper. Typically we get a lot of offshore westerly breeze at this time of year – they help, a lot, blowing any gunky air out to sea. When the light is velvety, rich, […]

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Oh that Autumn light, so orange, so rich, so good


We’ve lost out banks but there’s plenty of swell. Yep, unfortunately, those blissful sandbanks of the past few weeks have finally eroded and shifted elsewhere. Even with the overnight swell leap, waves were breaking randomly at Bondi – around head high. It was offshore, so hopefully as the day progresses it will groom and improve. […]

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Bronte - Moments of light, this morning


The onshore was in early and we have a renewed South East swell in town. If you were up early you would have enjoyed the cleaner, SW offshore conditions (which were short-lived). I saw waves well above head high from Bronte to Bondi. Not many people out as it appeared junkie. It’s one of those […]

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It was a very moody, temperamental kind of beach morning. It wasn’t obvious how it was going to unfold. Around 6 am it was raining, just sprinkling. Around 6:30 am, there’s a glimpse of light under the curtain; north-facing beaches would have seen more – and northern beaches would have looked glamourous. South facing Bondi […]

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The Annual Pigeon Sunrise Conference at South Bondi this morning


There is lots of swell, lots of good times and lots to talk about. Let’s dive right in. It’s our 4th day of solid East swell; what a plentiful supply!  I would expect waves at most Sydneys beaches as the favourable morning wind WNW grooms those swell lines. It’s 3-4 foot at Bondi, a tad […]

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Icebergs shenanigans

Heavy Duty

It’s a kinda bizarre day out there. Very moody – sunny and warm one second – raining the next. I’ve been down a couple of times to shoot and returned with wet gear. The swell has erupted and South Bondi is being pounded by 6-8 footers. The North end is the go with rideable protected […]

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Griffin Colapinto smashing the lip


I woke to horizontal rain and howling southerlies. Oh man, it’s wild out there – not great for photography! You’ll find your rubbish bins and bbq lids down the street. We’ve even got an Eastern Suburbs COVID case roaming all of Sydney’s BBQ shops – hope you got your BBQ mate! @Bondi waves are now […]

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These are the mornings I hunt


Sometimes, not often, but sometimes I hit snooze on the alarm. Today was that day. The pitter-patter of sunrise rain reassured me I wasn’t missing out on much down the beach. There’s little swell about…but it’s brewing. Friday is the Bondi Surfaid Cup – and it will be Waimea Bay style! I’m talking bigger than […]

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Rain coming...Bondi 6:45am

The Beach People

There are no waves today. My little boy paddled in complaining the ocean was lifeless this morning (keep in mind he only weighs 28 kilos and can rip 6-inch chop). Swell is coming, and so is the rain.It will rain for days… Bondi has a great local community, especially in the mornings. Most people think […]

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I wanna ride that right! South Bondaka


It’s gone small, finally, after weeks and weeks of good waves. We’ve been getting waves even when the swell charts have been calling tiny. Give the shoulders a rest, as it’s not surfable today. (sub 1 footers) It’s an exquisite Autumn sunny day – lap it up kids – rain coming for the rest of […]

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