Light dance on my port as a massive set broke

Pounding

I copped a bit of a pounding at South Bondi earlier this morning. I guess I underestimated the sets as, at first glance, it looked reasonable.

It’s very shallow, with a 5 am low tide and a lot of sand gathered at the South. Trying to slip under sets with a large camera and nowhere to go is always a good wake-up call!

There are only a few surfers out; it’s too straight for most. Also, the cooler mornings deter most people.

We’ve got a glorious week of sunshine ahead – yeah!

:: uge

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Snapper Rocks, bathed in golds

Goldie

The Goldie never fails to put on glorious weather and waves. It feels like summer up here; everyone’s in shorts and surfing in boardies. There’s been a healthy swell supply, and Snapper and D-bah have had plenty (plenty of crew too!) School and work seem to take a back seat when there are opportunities to […]
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The super bank is a freak of nature (well, semi-nature)

Super Bank

I’m just up the road at The Superbank, aka Coolie. This place is a mecca for surfers, a hive of talented wave riders who dominate every wave along the Gold Coast. Schools are out, and there are kids everywhere, as many are here to try their luck at the Australian Interschool Championships running over the […]
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Large pod in Bronte/Tamarama all morning putting on a show

Dolphin Show

The talk of the morning around Bronte and Tamarama was a very large pod of Dolphins frolicking in the morning light. They were having a great time pleasing the morning walkers. Waves are bigger, messy and not ideal. Bondi looked junkie, and with cross-onshore forecast, I’d pass. Bronte has some lefts back into the corner, […]
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Early morning thunder, Bondi

Chilled

It’s the first cold morning of the year as the mercury drops below 12 degrees. The strong southwesterly bites deep, especially when exiting the ocean in ya togs. There is a lot of swell with waves breaking well overhead high. The lineup was relatively empty, with just the Dutch Olympic Surf Team out and a […]
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Golden Hollows, Bondi 7am today

Cup Day

The Bondi SurfAid Cup is currently on down at Bondi, and there are plenty of waves and sunshine. There are few shots from the actual comp because I’m in it with the groms as their mascot. Thank you again so much for all your support and donations. The Aquabumps groms raised 9k for Surfaid, which […]
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Joccy right in the pocket, Bondi 7am

Lil’ Bumps

Our fantastic run of swell has come to an end, and today’s swell is smaller yet still surfable. Clean conditions at sunrise under very dark, cloudy skies. A massive pack of hungry 20-30 kilo groms out, feasting on anything moving into the bay. The little ones have such a good time in the water – […]
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Peekaboo with Willie, under the thick lip. Bondi 7am

Curvature

Autumn in Sydney never fails us, a constant supply of swell and some really curving water at South Bondi. Sets broke over head high, crowds were hungry and the water reasonably warm for this time of year. The day began dark under threatening dark skies, but at 9 a.m., it cleared for a glorious sunny […]
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7:30am today. It's really here, URBNSURF Sydney is open

Pool Party

I found waves of the chlorinated variety this morning – yes – the long-awaited URBNSURF Sydney is now open at Homebush Olympic Park! Phoooar. Before URBN Sydney, I had never surfed a wave pool. They’re fascinating. You can’t stop hooting at iridescent blue nuggets pulsating from the top corner as you enter the gates. The […]
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Jetty's a perfect size when the lip throws.

Nug Farm

There’s a massive high-pressure system smothering Australia right now. I’m told it’s stubborn and won’t move on, blocking change (that sounds like my tykes). The pressure pushing down on the ocean is also creating very low tides. Weird huh? I won’t mind this rain period moving on, though… One of the benefits of the current […]
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One of Bondi's most underrated slayers, Luke Adam

Wet-Wetties

Nothing is worse than donning a wet wettie in the dark before sunrise. This persistent nemesis onshore rain pattern seems stuck over Sydney – and won’t push offshore. Nonetheless, there are plenty of waves this morning in the chest to occasionally head wide variety. Huge pack of groms up early, feasting before school. Currently, the wind is holding off […]
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Zygi Mann mad about the laid back today

Onshore Flow

The onshore pattern continues today and will hang around for days to come. Earlier, the winds were light so that you could find the odd clean face; now it’s 11 knots onshore and probably a tad junkie. Waves broke around head high, few rip bowls littered up on the beach. Quiet morning at Bondi, the […]
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The doors to the ark

Ark

The ark doors have flung open, and we now walk out into the sunshine, a little dazed and confused. What’s this? Clear skies? Nooooooway. For how long? Looking at the charts, it could turn any minute now, so enjoy a coffee outside. The southeast winds are howling 20-25 knots, and Bondi is a 4-6 foot bay of […]
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