Chris Friendy, thriving in the decent conditions


I vote YES to surfing today! YES! tick.
Suns out, waves are consistent, rip bowls are on. It’s pretty crowded and hard to get a wave at Bondi, so I would go for a drive and score my friends. The weather is just awesome and tomorrow is going to hit 28 degrees. Perfect for the SurfAid Cup at Manly tomorrow (kicks off at 8 am).
Thank you so much to all the readers that donated to Surfaid via our Aquabumps surf team, I greatly appreciate it. My sons will come around and mow your lawn, wash your cars and take out the rubbish. We raised $8.5k for the needy people of remote Indonesia.
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Lotsa junk but doable, Bondi


Firstly, I want to apologise. The images in today’s post are full of dust spots. When you shoot arty pharty slow shutters (with tiny apertures) you need a squeaky clean image sensor – that I don’t have. So instead of spending the next 3 hours de-dusting these shots, I ran ’em…just as they are. If you want a print, I’ll just have fill the work experience kid full of caffeine and get him onto it.
As forecasted the swell has leapt up. I saw sets around the 4-5 foot mark which was thoroughly impressive. It’s super junky though. Heaps of bump, wobble and side chop to hop. A mega-rip in the southern corner, just in front of Icebergs is creating a solid wedge on the right conditions. You’ll need your paddle fitness though, it will drag you out to New Zealand in a matter of seconds.
If you’re doing nothing, get out there.
If you’re busy, wait until it settles.
Hope this swell hangs around for Friday’s SurfAid Cup at Manly.
Sephora in the Junga / Score an Aquabumps Book
Attention ladies – I presume you know Sephora beauty care? Well, it’s coming to Bondi Junction and doors open this Saturday at 10 am. If you spend over $100 bucks our friends at Sephora are gifting the first 500 of you one of our Aquabumps Bondi Books worth $50! Too good to be true – all the deets are here 
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Sums up Bondi surfing.


It’s dropped off a helluva lot overnight. Leftover dribbles best suited to large surf craft with volumes well into the thirties. That’s cool, tomorrow the swell will return.
The next few days should have fun waves, tomorrow being the biggest.
The Bondi Barefoot is on Sunday, 24 September 2017. It’s a bunch of soft sand races – from 70-metre dash to 10 km’s for the freaks. 70 metres I can handle, especially after all the beers and creamy pasta’s in Nihiwatu! Register to run here
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Ejector, Bondi


Heaps of swell around from the SSE. Bondi came alive this morning with a constant supply. If only the banks were better…
Combo this with North winds and you’ve got a fun day ahead (especially Mondays when everyone is chained to the cubicles).
Here is your brief of what you need to know:

Tiny surf forecast for Friday’s SurfAid Cup – c’mon Huey. It will still be fun at Manly or Curly. We’ve raised $7,684.16 of our targeted $25,000. Thank you, Termi Kashi, Grazie to the 132 Aquabumps readers (from my 40,000) that have donated. You rip. It’s not too late if you wanna shed some bucks for our main charity, Surfaid (saving lives in Indonesia).
Filipe Toledo won Trestles in tiny surf against Jordy Smith. Shame there weren’t more waves in the final.
Is it me, or is the new Bondi Bike share just not working? I’m finding those new bikes everywhere around Bondi…and no one riding them. Comment here

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A floater, Bondi Icebergs

Washing Machine

This could be the earliest post from me in months. Grab a cuppa and I will talk you through what’s happening down the beach this morning.
We have swell, plenty actually. Bondi wasn’t great though. A rippy swim from South Bondi to the Lifeguard tower with my camera was fruitless…basically connecting with no one.
I swam in. Glad I got wet, disappointed with my shots.
From the shore I could see 3 footers, fat, breaking awkwardly on a very unusual sand bank set up. I believe a different tide would reveal more goodness.
You should find waves this weekend. Mostly decent offshore winds. My pick would be Sunday morning before the lunchtime onshore arrives.
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Chris Friend, bashing into the morning light


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As you can see plenty of surfing action this morning. It was only 2-3 foot and a bit weird, but definitely fun. I wasn’t anticipating much swell this morning, I knew it was coming though. Tonight it will pulse and tomorrow should be decent.
The winds are howling WSW offshore around 25 knots. That’ll calm down into the night. The winds were so strong last night they had to delay some flights into SYD airport.
Difficult knowing what to wear today, dress for summer or winter? Only max. 18.
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1st light froth, 6:10am


It’s a cooking spring day with a freaky 32 degrees on the forecast. How good…
The beach was humming with activity this morning as the masses flocked to Bondi for their slice of this warm day. Did you get in? Cold in.
Waves were meant to be a tiny 1-2 foot, but I saw sets over head high. I wish I had taken my board down with me…
Bondi Beach sand banks have taken a severe beating from that giant recent swell. All the sand in the south corner is torn away. I am really hoping the irregular beach shapes are left alone (no bulldozer). Irregular beach shapes make for great waves to surf.
This Friday and Sunday look like good surfing days. Winds are going to blow hard later today.
That’s all you need to know for now. As you were.
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Harries the lifeguard


The surf has calmed down and oh boy the crowds have laid it on thick. All manner of wave craft and their mad pilots hit the beach at sunrise. Multiple banks in operation, some big gaping holes in the sand banks making fat burger sections. Nonetheless, fun little waves around head high on offer. Clean too, no wind this morning.
I would like to personally like to thank the 121, intelligent, good looking, generous people, that have donated their hard earned coin to our SurfAid Cup team. We love you. You’re the best. We have currently raised just over $6,000 for our main charity, Surfaid, who is coincidently affiliated with The Sumba Foundation (where I was last week). I saw first hand, how incredibly poor the people of remote Indonesia are – they need you. We take it for granted the basics such as running water, electricity…these people have nothing. If you want to donate, go here pretty please. The SurfAid Cup is next Friday…
Further distractions:

Pama Davies, our flamboyant Bondi local surfer, has released a new short film
Nathan Oldfield is a craftsman behind the lens… I’ve been watching his films for years. He’s launched a new one, which is only viewable via Vimeo-On-Demand. Watch the short and hopefully the full feature of ‘Church in the Sky.’

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Grayson Hinrichs blowing up at North Bondi

Bondi Thunder

I’m back in town. How about all this swell in Sydney aye? Damn, yesterday I saw some monsters rolling into Bondi (10 footers plus plus). It’s calmed down today and surfable(ish). Wished that swell had hit Occys Left last week, I was there waiting for it and didn’t’ score anything over head high. Sumba has other activities, like checking out this amazing waterfall on Thursday – amazing! Check out my 1 min video summary
Later today and tomorrow look like great surfing conditions, but I am more interested in the 32 degrees forecasted for Wednesday – whaaat? Hit the beach.
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