Sir Richard Branson is in Bondi today!

Sir Branson

You know it, always something going on down Bondi beach and this morning was no exception. Sir Richard Branson visited our shores at sunrise this morning. The last time I shot Sir Branson at Bondi was in 2004 when he was dangling out of a helicopter! (see AB post)

Today was a lot more subdued as Sir Branson arrived on the beach via North Bondi SLSC’s IRB into the safe hands of the Bondi Rescue crew.

Richard is in Sydney today to celebrate the launch of a new industry-leading eight-storey Virgin Active health club, which opens in Bondi Junction this month.

The smoke has cleared overnight with the strong southerlies and there’s waves, 3-4 foot ones on offer! It looks like it could rain on the weekend which is fantastic news. Until then, stay safe and be alert with dry conditions. Let’s hope it pours. :: uge

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On your marks, get set, hit it!

Smokey

You can smell the smoke in the air today. I’ve never been so disappointed to wake up to a hot, summery day in Sydney. You all know it, we’re on catastrophic fire danger alert for the state. Catastrophic is the highest level of bush fire danger. With high temps, 600 schools closed and windy conditions […]
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South Corner pinks, 5:24am

Mondayitis

Nice little south swell supplying the bay with head high waves this morning. Plenty of bumps, just not a lot of good ones! It seemed very hit and miss down there. Nice sunny day, but I really would love to see rain, soon. I was up North on the weekend and could see huge amounts […]
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Bondi swim herd

Sweaty

It’s a warm one, again. Clear skies, gentles breezes and slightly more swell. Cooling change is arriving this weekend – phew – those fires up north need a reprieve. Hopefully, some rain will cool it all down. Bondi was fun this morning, oh so many people popping down for a swim. Waves should improve, a […]
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Inland dust has blown to the coast, creating the haze. Bondi 6am

Dust Haze

This morning Sydney was engulfed by dusty haze. Yesterday’s strong winds kicked up the dust inland of Sydney, then a weather trough dragged the dust east to the coast, just in time for our sunrise. It’s a little different to our recent smoke screens, and you may get a few respiratory problems! Waves – what […]
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Little waves through bin keyholes, South Bondi

Summery

Here’s a ‘summery’ of things you need to know about today: The day kicked off a little chilly, but it will beef up to a salubrious 26 degrees today. How do you like those apples? Even better, tomorrow will be another beach day with 28 degrees. Crank the baby oil. We have waves from the […]
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Boardwalk, Bondi

Thermal

It’s getting warmer and the beach is starting to get busy in the mornings. It’s amazing a what difference the seasons make. Winds were SW early, hopefully the water will warm up with the southerly – wow – it was cold over the weekend and I am just thawing out. Waves were tiny and dribbly. […]
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New Caledonia Movie

Maundy

That’s a wrap on our New Caledonia trip, I’m back in Bondi today. If you’re chasing blue water, damn, it’s Fluro blue in New Caledonia. I thought that colour water only existed in the Maldives. New Cal is much closer (2hrs40mins to be exact)! Watch this video summary of our time there… Watch New Cal […]
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Palms and blues, Ouvea, New Caledonia

Ouvéa

Whilst most of the New Caledonian population live in the main city of Noumea, the mind-blowing beaches and terrain are away from the centre. Today we flew across to the extremely chilled, authentic island of Ouvea. (only 30 mins away). Ouvea is famous for its fluorescent blue water. It reminded me of Formentera in Spain, […]
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New Caledonia has 24,000 sq km of lagoon - massive!

Blue Lagoon

Bonjour from the glorious South Pacific! I’ve slipped up to New Caledonia for a few days to explore the island chain that has some of the largest lagoons in the world. Whilst their lagoons are vast, they’re pretty untouched. I flew 150kms in a heli this morning and reckon I spotted 1 fisherman and 1 […]
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Squad rush, North Bondi

Thermogenic

Yep, it’s gonna be a hot one. I’m talking a big thirty-3. It’s Friday and the beach was pretty crowded at sunrise. Smiles everywhere, but the water is still chilly. Waves have plummeted to only 1 foot, and the morning high tide was concealing any goodness. It’s a NE windswell from the recent blowing. Go […]
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Max Weston - Nasal passage, south Bondi rips

Hotdogging

It transformed from a dark, cloudy morning to perfectly clear sunshine in a matter of minutes today. How good! Waves have dropped and there’s a NE wind swell in the mix after yesterday’s blow. Waves are waist high and suited to high volume surf vehicles. Ava good one, :: uge
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The rip bowls had some lip, Bondi

#Goodtimes

The swell has backed off overnight and multiple banks had some rip bowls at Bondaka. It looked fun, lots of paddling against strong rips. A good looking day outside, 25 degrees on the forecast. Winds will swing from NW to NE later. Have a great day, :: uge
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