Rocky Fontelina


Guess what? It’s still raining. Oh man, the archives are getting a real workout on my blog during La Nina. This morning Bondi has horizontal rain, howling onshores and it’s deserted. Huge swell coming tomorrow – Bondi will be off the charts big. Let’s take a 1 minute trip to the Amalfi Coast of Italy, […]

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Surfing isn't high on the agenda today

In between

In between heavy rain squalls, I visited the beach. There’s not much happening in the surf department but at least you could go outdoors and enjoy the fresh air or take a dip in the bath-like water (it’s still very warm, which is a worry). The onshore winds were up early and the swell is […]

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A short film I made during 2020 lockdowns


The Rona made so many changes to our lives and routines. For me, as overseas trips were off the cards, it was a great opportunity to discover my own backyard – Sydney. During CV19 I took on some domestic photo work in 2020 for local tourism bodies as our gallery doors were shut. Seeing it’s […]

Hugo O'neill blowing up at Boardriders yesterdaty


A fantastic supply of easterly swell rolling into Sydney this morning. With grooming offshores most beaches looked super fun. Low crowds too! Sadly, a week of rain to come. It will begin this arvo and get heavy for most of the week. Even the northern rivers will get a dowsing, so let’s really hope there’s […]

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Smaller, cleaner. Bisho warming up for the WSL


The surf was smaller, dribbly but still clean at sunrise. The clouds are dark (std) and threatening whilst the winds are lightly blowing onshore. As you all know, rain forecast for today, tomorrow and another week (oh the joy). avagoodweekend! :: uge

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Wylie's Baths, Coogee from above

Default settings

And just like that, the weather defaults back to a dark rainy morning in Sydney. Surely those clouds are depleted! At 7:30 am it was so dark you’d be convinced it was still nighttime. There’s a little grovelly wave on offer, south end. Looked a little junkie for my liking. The water remains a warm […]

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Not much going on down the beach today


The predicted southerly is here, and doing its thing – smothering! Bondi had small junkie waves – with a handful of guys out. At 6am it looked like the sunrise was gonna be magical – before a large cloud parked right in the middle of it. Patchy weather is forecasted for days as this prolonged […]

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Bronte lines, 7:30am this morning


The ocean is clean again! No more gagging on the pooey browns from recent floodwaters – I see mighty-fine blue-greens once again. The sunshine was blanketing the beaches as the swell produced head high peaks. Gentle winds, currently 7 knots from the north. High tide midday, low was 6am. Lots of people up early this […]

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Today's sunrise had potential, but didn't eventuate


This morning was one of those that nearly got there – but didn’t. The sunrise had promise, clouds in the right spot but it just didn’t bloom as anticipated. The cloud bank just got thicker and thicker – blocking the potential of a postcard morning. The surf looked clean and the supply of swell was […]

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Morning golden nugs, inside bowl on the left. Bondi

Gilded Light

One of the main reasons I shoot daily is capturing the golden light that seeps over Ben Buckler in the mornings. I love it. It’s very flattering light, making the mundane into something appealing. When it’s been raining or cloudy for 85% of the mornings this year, these sunny mornings are a treat! Let’s party! […]

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Broken on the cook, 2021

23 years

Twenty-three years ago, I had this groundbreaking idea of posting a ‘photo a day’ from the beach. Social media hadn’t even been dreamt up yet, a website called google had just started, and mobile phones were for talking to people. In the nineties, digital cameras had just become semi-affordable (well, kind of – the first […]

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Icebergs waterfalls

scuzzy valley

When I was a kid, we’d surf Bali a lot. I can remember one day we saw an empty a-frame on the outer Kuta Reef, and 3 of us frothed out there – thinking we scored (everywhere else was packed).  It was pumping and broke in the same spot consistently – 800 metres from the […]

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The Daz on the left, where you always find him. Bondi 7am

Brown Water

Is it safe to go in the water? Well… it’s incredibly brown and smells funny after all the flooding. There’s quite a bit of sewerage in our harbour ways and oceans right now – so it’s really up to you. I’ve been surfing (good waves on the weekend), but I make sure I don’t drink it […]

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Bondi sunrise jogger, 7amish


I’ve returned from the outback and did my morning rituals down at Bondi – the weather is still volatile, just like when I spilt town. Indeed…surely, the clouds are now spent? Sydney has had its wettest 16-day period on record (617.4mm) – half of our average rainfall (1213mm). Still, nothing compared to our devasted northern […]

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Line of Lode Miners Memorial - Broken Hill

Silver City

Sunshine? Yeah, you bet – but I had to go 1000 clicks inland to find it, well away from the coastal drenchings this week. Where? Broken Hill or ‘The Silver City’ (as it is sometimes called) is a city forged out of a hill that consists of almost pure silver, lead and zinc. Broken Hill […]

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North Bondi had all the good waves on the weekend


On Saturday, we had a brief pause from the rain – what a treat! I hope you finally got outside without the gumboots. The waves also cleaned up on the weekend, and most of Sydney was on the cook.  Today – well, today…it’s back to 15 knots of southeasterly onshore and a large storm saturating Sydney. […]

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One of the many rainbows at Bondi today - 7am

Rainbow Arrays

How amazing were the rainbows down the beach this morning? Every five minutes, a new one sprouted, and I could locate the end of it – North Bondi holds the pot of gold! Several rain squalls danced across the beach – it’s going to be drier than yesterday (20mm of rainfall). Now we’re watching the […]

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Sydney Harbour coming alive, not just with the ferries

Novelty Waves

When the big storms rip through Sydney, the strange novelty waves come a live – that little piece of reef that never works, that protected corner that is always flat or a harbour beach with a half-assembled shark net and the city in the background starts to pipe up! Before you get too excited, the […]

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Puddles and Art, Roscoe X Gould

Rain Bombs

That East Coast Low hasn’t hit Sydney as hard as we thought – yet (we’re not out of the woods). The Bureau of Meteorology says the mass of rain predicted to arrive in Sydney overnight is now likely to land through the middle of today, with six-hourly falls of up to 200mm possible in some […]

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Mullumbimby is flooded, hope everyone is ok

Northern Rivers Relief

You’ve probably seen the devastation of the NSW Northern Rivers and Queensland floods – incredibly sad times and our hearts goes out to everyone up there. Thousands of people are displaced from their homes as towns go under. The footage of Lismore is unfathomable – 14.2 metres! Fortunately, the sun is now out up north […]

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