Sleds ready for riding

Black Friday

It’s black Friday. I bet you’re hoping we’re offering storewide discounts of 95% off, free shipping and a set of steak knives. Nah, sorry, not today. We’re predominantly a made-to-order business so we’ll leave those dramatic sale emails to the other retailers. My inbox is full of them!

It was dark down the beach though. Dark, small and a bit gloomy. 1-2 footers at Bondi, but I suspect around the corner would be much bigger.

The beauty of my job is the people – I meet people from all over – Will Smith to chef Sam Smith. Bondi is a social place so I shot a few of those who I’ve chatted to this morning. It seems I’ve only chatted to the fellas today! (not intentional)

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Baby Oil

Ah yes, a salubrious beach day. Can you smell the baby oil? If you’re at your desk reading my daily ramble, you’re in the wrong place. You need to go for a swim, ’cause it’s a bewty outside – max. 27 degrees. Waves – yeah yeah, so so. Dropped off heaps from yesterday. Dribbly 1ish, […]
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Breaking news, Icebergs is a crime scene

The Keg Thief

The Icebergs was shut down this morning. It’s a crime scene, apparently, there was a break-in at 3 am last night – I was hoping they ran off with that freshly built ugly addition to the entrance! No luck there. Maybe just a few a kegs for thirsty backpackers? Who knows. Everyone was a little […]
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All this smoke in the atmosphere sure does stir up a decent sunrise


After a night of thunderstorms and a tiny bit of rain, it’s all cleared up and a great morning for a swim. It will heat up to 31 degrees today, a hot one. Tonight let’s hope those rumbling thunderstorms actually bring a decent night of rain to help with our hazardous dry conditions. Swell is […]
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Rob Norman, nose rides

Monday Bumps

Mondays are always so much quieter down the beach. Even though it was a perfect morning, there weren’t many people about. Swell looks more NE than from the South, and there’s a high tide dribble chugging into Bondi at sunrise. Logs, mini-mals, foamies would be the weapon of choice. Leave the short boards at home. […]
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Morning of the earth


The smoke was still lingering at sunrise, but a fresh southerly came up and is currently it blowing it away. No talk of sharks, like yesterday. Me mate Andrej even saw one at 7pm last night so I think all that fish in the bay are bringing them in close. I have some very exciting […]
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"How wide maaaate?""Thiiiiss biig" - shiiiza

Smokey Sharks

A thick smoke screen has smothered Sydney again this morning. I can’t imagine what it would be like up North where you’re actually IN the fires. This smoke is coming from a fire in the Hawkesbury region. Shark alarms were echoing in the bay at Bondi around 6:20am. Two dudes said they saw a 2-metre […]
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Bronte Beach, UFO and all

Coastal People

It’s a much cooler day after the Southerly kicked in last night. The sky is full of clouds, but no sign of rain. No sign of smoke either. The water is a chilly 18 degrees and the waves are a messy waist-high. I didn’t see much quality around da ‘hood. If you’re reading Aquabumps I […]
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Ben Buckler through the smokey haze


A smokey blanket is suffocating Sydney today. It’s pretty bad. A bit like smoking a pack of durries before breakky. yuk! Yesterday, westerly winds blew the smoke into Sydney from a 140,000-hectare fire in the Hawkesbury region. The smoke was trapped around town overnight, as some weirdo inversion thingie between cold air and warm air. […]
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Not talking, Bondi


Plagued by an early morning low tide, a Sou-Sou-East swell is still kicking into Bondi. I saw closeouts around 3 foot at sunrise. 1 pm is high tide, as it fills up there should be some waves around (yep, just looked across the road from AB headquarters, there are waves 10:59 am). Head high too! […]
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Taking a chip off the top, Tamarama


Offshore – tick.Swell – tick. Plenty.Sunshine – plenty, but could do with some rain. (possible on Sunday)Banks – cross. No good. Really appealing conditions this morning. So many of the important ingredients to make Sydney crank. The banks seem to be a bit weird, Bondi was mostly closing out – Tama too. Bronte didn’t have […]
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Bondi from the brine


The suns out, the water is cool and the wind was a tad chilly – but it’s a good looking day in Sydney. A South swell is producing head high set waves, the early morning low tide seemed to hinder the sets. Incoming tides will flourish – I think. Have you seen URBN Surf‘s brand-spankin’ […]
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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 […]
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