Nils just hanging in there

Outgoing

After days and days of swell, it’s gone small. Shows over. We’ve all had such a good time out there recently, the shoulders are sore and the work is piling up.

Of course, Bondi is still surfable with chest-high sets limping into the bay. Winds are currently 12 knots from the north and the swell direction has a bit more ENE tweak to it. Wave faces are clean.

The banks have been awesome lately, fickle with the tide (outgoing tide now, so maybe will improve).

So dark this morning! Hardly any light until very late.

The Noosa Longboard Open is on today, check live. : : uge

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Weeties, from the middle. Some good looking lefts

Untidy

Good morning folks. Decent morning for a surf, even with a bit of randomness on it. Decent waves along the entire beach, bit of junk, but waves are head high and sometimes above. Late sunrise today as morning cloud smothered it for a bit. Small south swell all weekend, some rain, tad onshore. As you […]
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Brock Jeffery-Warren Sky high! #sorryforgotyourname

Escalation

It got real big, real quick this morning. It’s now 6-8 foot and onshore, but at sunrise there was a little window for surfers. I saw a nice right way up North before the flags opened for the day. We’re having a spectacular run of swell this week. Just need to hang until the onshores […]
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Blake Thornton, in the back of the bat cave

It’s on.

I have to confess, standing on the beach shooting can be torturous when your mates are scoring barrels out front. Today’s got waves, real good ones. It’s offshore all-day and a salubriously sunny, exquisite summer’s day. Swell is fading, and will be much smaller on dark. But…boom! There’s a fresh swell arriving tomorrow flanked with […]
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There's a few waves today rattling down the banks

+R+D+O

What a day! A cracker…weatherwise, surfwise, windwise, beachwise…everything wise. Turn your phone off, screens down – hit the beach. The water is warm, the surf is picking up into the 4-6 foot range and the winds are light. It looks like we’re not done with Cyclone Uesi which is sitting south of New Zealand and […]
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Bondi this morning, lighting up for a brief moment

Danger

Incredibly sad news from the weekend, a Russian man drowned off Flat Rock, North Bondi, after his partner was rescued. ⁠⁠I was down there moments before the incident, shooting and having a surf with my grom. ⁠I was watching the people on the point thinking that is extremely dangerous in a huge (unpredictable) north swell. […]
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We've got a big tree washed up at Bondi today

Debris

Bondi is a mess in and out of the water. There’s heaps of storm debris littered along our shoreline. A huge tree also washed up yesterday, haven’t seen that before. I visited a few of my regular Eastern Suburbs beaches this morning, the surf looked very messy, onshore and uninviting. Since my morning shoot, it […]
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Bronte reef, at the base of the cliffs

Uesi

The original forecasts were for another super-soaker, like last weekend, from approaching Tropical Cyclone Uesi. I was expecting 50mm of rain today and another 50 tomorrow (Sydney). It’s recently changed… Uesi’s path looks like it’s going out to sea towards Lord Howe as it comes down from Queensland, so it won’t get too close to […]
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Bondi - fog clearing

Raw Elements

Fire, flood, smoke…and now fog. What next? Tropical Cyclones? (more on that in a bit). Sydney’s beaches were shrouded in thick fog this morning. I couldn’t see the surf or surfers let alone shoot it. The word on the street is that there are great waves, but wobbly, in particular exposed breaks like Maroubra/Tamarama/Manly. Bondi […]
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Blake Thornton, all powered up and chucking buckets, Maroubra

Chunks!@#

The moment you’ve been waiting for, winds have gone calm, the rain has stopped – it’s here! The storm has passed and left us a chunky ENE swell. Toot toot! The Maroubra crew were putting on a clinic amongst solid 4-6 foot waves. It was quite unruly, but there’s certainly diamonds out there. I imagine […]
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What? Good waves in the harbour? Yes, yesterday!

Harbour Surfing

Wow, that was a wild weekend! That rain dance worked, ’cause torrential rain floods our dry town. Combine the wet with gale-force winds and 10-foot waves you’ve got some interesting conditions. Yesterday: totally howling onshore at Bondi, if you sought refuge in the harbour you would have scored offshore, good overhead waves with 1,000 others. […]
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Hot concrete, Clovelly

Cascade

When it rains it pours. So many smiling faces in the rain. Byron has scored 272mm in the past 24 hours, that’s nearly a half-century record. Bryon town is flooding. At 12pm today in Sydney we’ve had 110mm since it started yesterday. There’s plenty more to come as 400mm is predicted over the new few […]
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Arms in the air, wave them around like you just don't care

Imminent

It’s gonna rain. How good. I’m talking a few days of rain. Glorious rain. You bewty. Let’s hope the rain hits all the right spots. Yesterday was the surf day – hundreds were out. Today, not so good. On the early morning high tide, Bondi had a wobbly ‘wave’ in the 2-foot vicinity. Skies were […]
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