Jul-08-2021 - One of my favourite shots from 2021

Christmas Cracker

Well, 2021 has been a wild ride for us all – there are positives amongst all the case numbers, lockdowns and mumbling behind masks. So after 22+ years of running Aquabumps, I had a massive break (during lockdown) from the daily routines and spent a lot of time with my monster children+wifie (and surfing!) I forgot how much I love surfing! Oh, and those kids are O-K as well. Wifie too! Haha.

BB & I must thank our team at Aquabumps for hanging in there, even whilst we had to shut the gallery door for four months. Big-T, Money, Jojo the fork thief, Joolz, Aimee, Mem, Robb, Kel – L.E.G.E.N.D.S! Thankyouse.

Also, massive thanks to you – our readers! This year, I received some pretty touching messages saying Aquabumps was their light in the lockdown hell. I learnt that the ocean and photography could bring much joy to people in times of adversity.

It still blows my mind that a bit of a side hobby I started 22 years ago has grown to what it is today. We have artworks all over the globe and readers in such faraway places. Amazing what you can achieve when you’re purely passionate about something and don’t listen to the naysayers. I’ve been told my whole career this lifestyle and work doesn’t exist. Don’t do it. Get a real job! Get a haircut.

I still love shooting daily. I do. In this post is some of my favourite images taken in 2021.

So now I’m going offline, just for a bit, not like that lockdown bit, just a bit. I’ll put the cameras down and spend time with what matters.

Merry Christmas to you and your family. Posts and photos will be very sporadic and infrequent in January. Our gallery is still open right up until 6pm Xmas Eve for last-minute shopping (our holiday season hours). Gift cards are always available and issued instantaneously.

Stay safe, : : uge

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Babs cooling off this morning. South Bondeye


Submerge yourself in 23-degree water today. What a terrific way to start the day! That’s getting close to as warm as it gets around here. Shed the rubber and dive in… Not many waves around, kneeish high dribbles. It doesn’t matter; everybody is swimming anyway. On holiday yet? Soon I am guessing. Drive safe if […]
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Festive Bloom, Bondi Beach 18th Dec 2021


As we head into the final straight for Christmas, the beach starts to get quiet. This morning, the waves were tiny as a new southerly breeze was ruffling the surface. There were pockets of light as the high cloud was forever transforming. Today’s post is a collection of images taken between now and last Friday […]
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High tide shorey, Bronte

Shades of Grey

We are back to flat, grey light, a tough gig polishing up the beach in these conditions. Fortunately, we’ve got a little chest high wave to entertain us. The early morning high tide was killing it, though. Super wobbly, fat and a bit weak. Great news, today the sun will bake, and your grassy knoll […]
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This mornings light play at Bondi.


Change is good; change is now. A Southerly flow has rolled through town, cooling it down, roughing up our surf and spoiling the glorious beach weather from yesterday. How good was yesterday? It was so dreamy and very summery. Waves are now sloppy waist to chest high, and skies are dark and threatening. It’s a […]
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The nose riding Frenchman


It was a damn fine morning down the beach: calm, little or no wind. Water was an incredible 21.7°C – just right for a boardies and bikinis surf. Sun’s out – not a cloud in sight. Crowds were off the hook. The beach was pumping with fitness gurus, meditators, yoga bendies, squads, surfers, swimmers, early […]
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Bondi has some waves this morning, better without the full tide I reckon

Full Tide

There are waves suitable for riding today! It’s calmed down a lot, and Bondi had multiple peaks running with something for you to slay. The 7 am full tide wasn’t kind, putting HEAPS of fat wobbles in faces, making it random. Bit fools goldish. The lower tides should be more generous. Twenty-five degrees today, light […]
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At first light this green chunk thundered into the bay, Bondi


There’s a heap of grunt to the bump this morning. Bondi was huge! I saw sets in the double head+ height range, closing out the bay. Zero surfers out at sunrise; it looked junkie, even with a grooming SW early offshore. As I write, it’s gone cross-onshore with 8 knots of southerly, the swell will […]
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Golden Shred, Bondi 6:00am


I knew it was too good to be true… Waking up after a heavy night of rain, Bondi looked soooo sweet at sunrise. It was warm, dreamy, clean and bathed in sunshine. It looked like Utopia as the swell spiked and the lefts lined up (head high). It was orrn…(for a moment). I shot, I […]
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Junior loves the rain, can test out the new boots


I’ve got no clue what’s going on with the weather these days? It changes every minute: sunny, rain, thunderstorms, windy…all in the same hour. This isn’t Melbourne, and this isn’t summer! haha. A wet start to the day, but now I see people on the beach sun-tanning. There’s a howling 26 knot southerly and tiny […]
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Ali Cotton reaching the surface


These waist-high, grey, lightless, southerly solid wind days sure are dull! Pass. It’s not a beach morning; the fact that barely anyone is down there is telling. How big was that flash storm last night – boom! We reckon the tin roof of our salubrious Aquabumps Gallery took a strike of lightning, knocking out some […]
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Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club

Cloudy Monday

Not much is happening down the beach today. It’s predominantly grey – no surprises there! We had a moment of golden rays, but it was short-lived. The onshores are lighter, producing more surfable conditions for the enthusiastic. It wasn’t great though, weak, waist to chest high and disorganised. Monday to Thursday looks very small, cloudy. […]
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RIP James

Above – below

Some mornings I over-froth and can’t decide how to document my morning. Shall I set up a housing and capture from the water? Above or below the surface? In the air? On the south Bondi cliffs or from the shore? This morning I ticked all the boxes. Needless to say, I get excited when the […]
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