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Black/Friday

Bondi was a restless hive of mega activity this morning. The north end especially! The entire bay has the Salties spread out – like an enormous school of fish – all you can see are arms and legs firing across the entire 900 metres of Bondi. Quite a sight. The surf is still hanging in […]

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Getting buried and coming out hot, Bondi 6am today

Solid Increase

Sorry about the delayed update; sadly, it’s not because I’ve been surfing all morning. Great conditions – not good banks. It’s pretty solid out there at sunrise. Waves were breaking in the above head to double head high range – and plenty of supply. The winds look relatively light right now – similar to dawn. […]

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Wilbur Ryall, wings out, striking the sweetspot

off-shaw

That gusty offshore is still wreaking havoc in Sydney. Brisk, init? There’s still plenty of swell, but the banks are pretty odd and straight. Shame…as it has the makings of a cracker surf day. I saw sets overhead high, winds blowing SW 15-20 knots – sunshine 10 outa 10. It’s gonna hit 27 degrees – […]

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Daz, on a nice left - G-landesque

30 knots, 9 degrees

It’s properly windy with gusts well above 30 knots. Overnight the temperatures plummeted, and it was only 9 degrees when I rolled down for the morning rituals. Bit odd for this time of year. Fortunately, the winds will calm right down by nightfall. The swell is SW – that means it’s hooking up the coast […]

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Avalon yesterday amongst the gale

Blustery

Great weather at the moment, never mind the howling winds. Even though we are getting gusts of up to 30 knots this morning, you will still be able to find the odd corner to hide from for the gale. 24 degrees max today, cooler than yesterday. Waves are slightly smaller, limping into the bay around […]

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Swell is up, some rogue chunks out there

Pool Party

South swell is up, and there’s sets that are double-head high. Unfortunately, it’s flanked by a solid southerly around 15 knots. Protected southerly corners are the GO! I see sunshine dominating the forecast for days and days now, how good is that? Sunday is going to be particularly warm with 27 degrees. The large swell […]

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Wylies Baths was awash this morning

Unsettled

The swell has come right up, and waves are breaking in the 4-6 plus vicinity. It’s very unsettled, random and raw…I only saw a kneelo at Coogee catch a wave all morning – and I checked most beaches. Wait for it to settle; it will be fruitful. Patience. In the meantime, watch the new season […]

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Grinding ripbowls, Bondi.

Pulsification

Ah, nice; nothing better than waking up to a nice little South swell pulse. There are head-high waves this morning under cooling SSW breezes (16 knots). It was junkie but pretty uncrowded and consistent. It’s much colder today, 11 degrees, when I woke. We’re only a few days off summer, so this will be the […]

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Mr. Asaf Luft (AKA Magnum Man) gliding a quiet section

Morning Calm

That sneaking NE swell pulse from yesterday has faded, and we return to 1-2ft, grovellers (with the odd random set around chest high). The winds are WSW offshore, exposing the blues in our oceans whilst making inviting conditions for a swim. A very sunny morning with showers arriving later, around dinner time. Crypto is crashing, […]

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Summer vibes, Saturday Bondi

Bondi Contrasts

Everyone thinks Bondi is a small city beach with massive crowds every day. It’s not. Lately, it has been hectic with decent weather, no covid lockdowns and multiple events…but it’s not always like that. So take this morning – the beach was empty under stormy skies. Such contrasts! The swell has dropped but would be […]

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Moon o'clock, Hotel Bondi

Free Pineapples

The weather gods have been good to us! What a cracker morning to be in Sydney. Solar is up, small waves from the East and gentle grooming offshores make it a beach day. Our beaches were packed, early – being warm and a Friday.  Max 22 degrees. FREE PINEAPPLES Like $50s? Today we kick off our […]

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Much earlier today, sunrise, Bondi Beach

Touch Wood

We’re having a mighty fine run of weather this week – how good! Touch wood. I keep looking to the horizon to see storm clouds – so far only a couple of small showers this morning. At 5:30am we had a hint of colour from the horizon – it didn’t really fire up but had […]

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100 days until Sydney hosts the Sydney WorldPride

Sydney WorldPride

With all this sunshine over the past few weeks – Bondi is back to its hay days. It’s starting to feel like summer. This morning I came across a giant rainbow sand sculpture to mark 100 days until Sydney hosts the Sydney WorldPride. As the world welcomes back events after a very quiet 2 years, […]

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Girls gone wild gang

Gangs of Bondi

Bondi is gangland – full of similar interest groups going about their morning rituals at sunrise. For a 900-metre-long beach, there is no shortage of activity, especially before 6 am. Tiny waves today, plenty of sunshine, little wind… an abundance of people enjoying the early warmth. Good vibes. The surf forecast for the rest of […]

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North Bondi on the weekend. Love the water colours over the weekend.

Hectic.

That weekend was nuts, at times, overwhelming – Bondi is back! Bondi is hectic when you see four different coloured Lambos race down Campbell parade (in a 40 zone), followed by a Maclaren – bright orange, of course. I look up, and Amir is making loops in his plane…I cross the road, and a driver […]

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Tommy Mackay blowing up this morning.

Riders up

Bondi has some waves today, and they’re not perfect, but surfable. Out of Sydney’s 70 surf beaches, Bondi is probably attracting the size, but the constant ESE onshore winds aren’t favourable….good for your airs (I guess). The sunshine has been off and on all morning. I can’t work out if it’s going to rain or […]

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Shorey floating, Bondi

Late Cold

Feels like winter dunnit? Not typical temperatures for November as summer approaches. -2 up at Thredbo as they get bit of snow. The west winds continue to blow, softer than yesterday (thankfully) but still quite icy. Once you come out of the water it will be very fresh and invigorating. Right now its 14 degrees […]

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Sunrise paddle, Bondi

Flat az.

Strong 23-knot westerlies are dropping the temperatures this morning, chilly ain’t it? Flat too. It’s not often Sydney isn’t surfable – but today is one of those days – she’s pretty much flat…for now…but tonight, it should come up. Go for an invigorating morning swim. You’ll feel alive. Until tomorrow… :: uge

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Very different down there today! North Bondi

Tranquil

After the recent chaos, Bondi has defaulted to a calm, quiet morning. The wind may be howling (up to 40 knots in gusts), but the ocean has subsided…the swell faded, and the clouds were back for sunrise. Fortunately no rain. Thursday and Friday look to be surf days. Sunshine today and tomorrow. Corporate GiftingWe are […]

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Yesterday - mental huge crowd, been a while

Brimming

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a weekend like that around here – hot and busy. The combination of Sculpture by the Sea and 27 degrees resulted in an enormous beach turnout. There were traffic jams on my quiet little street for most of the weekend…parking was as rare as a sunny Saturday. Waves […]

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Darren Mansfield snagging a hollow one earlier

Busy Beaches

Bondi is one heck of a busy beach, particularly at sunrise. Covid lockdowns, working from home, and years of constant rain or bushfires all contribute to amassing sunrise crew nowadays…it’s a good vibe, especially when the sunshine is flooding in – smiles everywhere, everybody says g’day. Bondi is ranked the 5th busiest beach in the […]

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Joel Adler's - Lens on Marks Park Point

Sculpt

Sculpture by the Sea has returned to the Bondi! Marking the start of the warmer periods – artworks now sprawl the Bondi to Tamarama walking path. It’s hugely popular, and good to see it back on after our weird times. Surfing? Yes, doable. The fruitful east swell is running out of gas but still putting out […]

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North Bondi has had a few waves with the east swell

Sublime Brine

Everybody was up early today; it was predicted for days to be a cracker. Everyone wanted a piece of it—clear skies, warmth and waves – too irresistible to sleep in. I hope you were down there! How good is an East swell? It finds its way into all of Sydney’s nooks and crannies. Everyone’s local […]

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Icebergs copping it - swell is from the east

Yaaas

You’ll not believe it, but the sun came out this morning. Around sunrise, it was punching through the clouds illuminating the beach – just how I like it! Let’s party. Good timing, as the waves have come up and there’s 3-4 footers breaking at Bondi. Earlier it was a little morning sick, junkie, lumpy…then the […]

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Who's got the sunscreen? Italian joy peak season

Let’s dream…

In Sydney, the heavy rain is back – and it set in for the day, get comfortable. I am sure we all wanna look at something more inspiring than Bondi getting dowsed. How about a day on the Amalfi Coast back in the middle of August when it’s days and days of 30 degrees and […]

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Little fun bumps in the south, Bondi

DIM*

Clouds are back and smothering the light; what a dark morning! Clean little dribbly waves at Bondi, nothing much over chest high. Decent day for groms and learners. Gentle 5 knots of wind, dropping tide, 18-degree water. Winds should be NE all day…showers today and tomorrow – stay dry! The Zimmerman girls are Bondi locals […]

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Bondi - moving water

Daily Contrasts

What a contrasty day – weatherwise. This morning was dark with a ceiling of thick cloud; now…well, it’s spring paradise. Toot toot! It was a clean morning, small waist-to-chest high surf – large crowds.Winds are barely blowing from the north at only 2 knots. I was on one of the banks up north with the […]

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Nedd Brockmann being welcomed by Bondi last night after running 3952km

Nedd for PM

Last night Bondi came alive as Nedd Brockman trotted along the prom, completing his 3952km odyssey. The vibe was incredible as thousands lined the final leg of his countrywide schlep – such a fantastic feat – an example to us all of what a strong mind can achieve. Raising 1.5 mil for the homeless is […]

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Luke Brumby on Saturday in the Aussies at Bondi Beach

Bucketing

After a mighty fine weekend of sunshine, we’re back to the default settings (constant flood rain). It’s gushing down as I type this, and small rivers flow down roads. Hectic. It was good to see Bondi in full swing again – people everywhere on the weekend! George Pittar and Rosie Smart won the finals of […]

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Bondi - waves in-between fences and rain squalls

Volatile Gaps

It’s turning out to be a very volatile day, weatherwise. Every 30 minutes is different to the previous 30 minutes. Dark/rain – then sun/blues. What I do know is that it’s a warm day (23 degrees) with summerly NE winds howling across the bay. The swell has kicked from the ENE and I am guessing […]

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Wilbur Ryall - cover shot. 10 year old doing airs - too good

Mix.

Under NE breezes, we’ve got surfable chest-to-shoulder high morning surf. The banks are quite strange towards the south end, a bit of a lucky dip. Moments of sunshine earlier before clouds are thickening, in preparation for tomorrow’s showers. Good day to churn out the work tomorrow. The next few days will be an East small […]

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Freddy Carmody throwing out some morning heat, Bondi Beach

Ripping Tykes

This morning was a nice little break from the daily drizzle and persistent onshores. Clean little peaks littered the beach whilst the grom squad took over a ferocious rip bowl in the middle. It was pumping this morning for tiny humans (sub 30 kgees). Bondi is full of frothing groms these days; they’ve all graduated […]

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The Bondi golden arches, new pavilion

Luminous

We had glimpses of light this morning – no lie. Then, as the sun rose over the horizon, it shot gold across the bay. Perfect! Oh, but I still got rain to sprinkle on my back as the sun came out (standard La Nina madness). With the devil wind from the east in town, surf […]

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Mid-length driving from the bottom

Intermission

Oh, how nice, a little reprieve from the constant rains this morning – hell – I even saw the sun! How good. We are experiencing the wettest year since records began (164 years). Around lunchtime yesterday, we surpassed the record of 2194mm of annual rainfall from 1950. The thing is, we still have a couple […]

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Cabarita, North Coast Gem

Mixed Bag

I guess this is the new norm, waking to rainy days with all this La Nina talk. It’s not my favourite kinda morning – but makes me highly productive in the office. Need anything done? Today’s a mixed bag of photos from the past few days – as I was roaming, school holidays and all. […]

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Bronte, sizeable waves clipping the corner

Reconvene

After a week of school holidays (where I rarely picked up a camera) I’m baaack! The daily fix should flow from here… A nice morning to kick off this working week (well, there are still plenty of school holidays). A sprinkle of colour at sunrise, light winds and a consistently breaking 3-foot ESE swell. All […]

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Slotted, Indonesia

Shower time

It’s raining in Bondi, and we’d better get used to it – with another wet warm season heading our way. Not the most inspiring day in Bondi, with tiny surf, no light and intermittent showers. Rain will flow into tomorrow before clearing for most of the weekend. I’m still sifting through my shots from the […]

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Bondi, middles, frothers, happy

Bounce

A neat little (surprise) bounce in south swell this morning has provided hungry frothers with a lil’ something to muck around on. I saw sets touch the head-high mark…clean too. Huge pack on the middle bank – pretty hectic out there – a lawless peak out back, but everybody seemed happy. It’s really a mal […]

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Yesterday, Bondi looking the goods

B.D.E

How good was yesterday? One of the finest! Grooming offshores illuminated the ocean blues whilst warmed land temperatures drove the masses to the coast for a Sunday hang. It was packed everywhere I looked. Packed! Traffic jams locked up Bondi as spinning rims and reflecto sunnies made their way down Bondi Road. Good to see […]

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Bondi, not a quiet place, especially on Fridays

Like Summer*

After a night of rain, we’ve got a glamour, 10-outa-10 day. Feels like summer as Bondi fills up – the beach, right now (2pm) looks like January. Believe it or not, the weather is going to be good for a few days now – I would maximise this opportunity, as you know it can default […]

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