The Pass, Byron

Far North

Yeah, I’m still in Byron. Sensational place.
I spent about an hour writing this amazing post of 10 things you should know about Byron – but, somehow, somewhere, I lost it. Dog ate it. WordPress engulfed it (not happy). You’d think after writing over 6,000 of these posts I’d have it down. Obviously not.

I’d usually blame the work experience kid, but I don’t have one near me. I’d like to blame the flakey internet in Byron, but it’s better than our connections in Sydney. I muffed it. So you’ve gotta just look at pretty piccies, forward them onto ten of ya mates, and go back to your work/holidays.

Waves – those damn Northerlies are spoiling the party, but there’s protected corners that are throwing out a chest-high wave worth sliding.

As you were… :: uge

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Fanging down the line, finless


The Arakwal called this meeting place ‘Cavvanbah‘, which was the name of the settlement until 1894 when it became Byron Bay. Captain Cook originally named Cape Byron after Admiral Byron, not after his nephew the poet Lord Byron. Byron Bay enjoys a subtropical climate with hot, wet summers and mild, dry winters. It’s mild, temperate climate makes it a perfect joint to hang out for most of the year. […]
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The Cape Byron Lighthouse

Byron Charms

Just mention the word ‘Byron’ and you’ll get a reaction from people. Words like ‘busy’, ‘lost it’ ‘exquisite’ and ‘paradise’ come up a lot. Some people adore the place, some people loathe it for its hustle. I’m here in peak season, yeah there are people around (lots from Bondi), it’s got young energy, but the […]
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The Pass, Byron Bay. Since the 60s this has been a longboarders heaven.

Da Pass

It’s been nearly four weeks since I’ve picked up a camera. Let’s call it a digital detox + long service leave combined. I’ve been posting up this daily Aquabumps thing for nearly 21 years now, so a little ‘tools down’ really freshens things up.  I’m going to surface here, beautiful Byron Bay in peak summer. Yes, we’re back on! […]
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Rainbow Flat, burnt out in Oct/Nov


It’s been a sombre start to the year as fires ravage our beautiful country. My heart goes out to those that have lost loved ones and property. It’s just too sad for words. ⁣⁣I am profoundly grateful and have the highest respect for all of our selfless firefighters. I’m spending time outside of Sydney. Time […]
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The best sunrise I shot this year, May 1, 2019


That’s a wrap for 2019 – the last Aquabumps post for this year. Oh boy, a big year of travel. I’ve seen (and shot) so much! Hawaii, Exmouth, Ningaloo, Margs, Denmark, Esperance, Mentawais, Telos, Mallorca, Ibiza, Formentera, Koh Samui, Milos, Croatia, New Caledonia…and Bondi of course. Bushfire Smoke, Pumping Surf, Sharks, Leopard Seals, Team Waves, […]
The Big Smoke, Bondi 6:30am

The Big Smoke

I’m back in the Big Smoke after a whirlwind shoot-out in Margs. It really is the big SMOKE today, as bushfires pollute our great city. Such a sad reminder of what is going on in NSW. Waves – yes! There’s a small, 2 foot, clean left breaking at South. Big morning swim crowd up early […]
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The Keyhole - the only way out to Main Break


I’m over here in the West (Margaret River) for a real quick fly-through and it’s hoooooot (40 yesterday!). I forgot how dry and brutal the heat can get in West Oz. Perfect beach weather. The surf was 4 foot, cross-shore with a bit of southerly. 3 guys out at main break (wow) …so many beaches […]
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Uncle Joel, Liv, Charlotte - stretch

Team Waves

Not much chop down the beach this morning — onshore, cold (I wore a jumper) and dark with cloudy skies. The complete antithesis to the sunny skies and giant surf in Hawaii. Pipe is off today, and the Big Wave Comp is on at massive Jaws (Maui). From Our Gallery You’re probably frantically doing your […]
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Celeste Barber + Jessica Mauboy, celebrating 60 years of Vogue at Icebergs this morning

Flash Mob

The surf was disappointing this morning. Junkie 1-2 foot and onshore. It even rained a tiny bit which was positive. Pretty average conditions forecast for the next few days (surfwise). Vogue and Instafamous Celeste Barber hosted a flash mob at Icebergs this morning, celebrating 60 years of Australian Vogue. Always something crazy going on down […]
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Completion - next week. North Bondi

Clean Air

Breathe. Breathe. That thick smoke has finally blown out of Sydney with an overnight gusty southerly. You can go back outside now. The southerly also brought some little wind waves. It’s not much to write about. Surfable, 2 foot, messy with a very short period. Small, southerly conditions for the rest of the week. Dark […]
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Strange mornings, Bondi

Cheech and Chongs

Sydney is smothered in smoke. It’s everywhere you look/breathe this morning. Not complaining, as we’ve got it good. Those people out near the source of these fires would be living in such uncomfortable conditions. These NW winds are dragging it all down to Sydney from Gosford area. Pray for rain. Lots of it. Yesterday’s swell […]
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The lost card…

I’m embarrassed to admit, I lost one of my memory cards from this morning shoot. Somewhere between the beach, skatepark, Bondi Beach Primary there’s a 64 gig SanDisk card floating around with my morning surfing shots. I still have SOME photos from another body, but the main bulk of the morning’s shoot has gone walkies. […]
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