Alex McKendrick up from Cronulla ripping some Bondi froth this morning

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Well hello, new south swell. It’s arrived with heaps of grunt. At 7:30 am today, Bondi was hosting well overhead high waves and clean offshores. That rip I’ve been talking about was complete madness – gushing out to sea at a rate of knots. Offshore for most of today, but a NE will blow late […]

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Morning glory! Bondi Beach at sunrise today

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Today’s morning swim was very fruitful. Not only did the sky spit out some pretty colours, we still have waves. I decided to shoot the middle and avoid the south end rapid/rip. Lots of crew out, pretty chaotic at sunrise. I only got run over 3 times today (which is good for me). Water temperatures […]

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A colourful skyshow to kick off the week

Ripbowl Mania

South Bondi currently has a brutal, powerful rip bursting out to sea. If you want to educate people on what rips look like, ava look, it’s like a wild river rapid with churning water and surfers being sucked out to New Zealand. Bondi surfers love a rip bowl though, so be thankful. It’s also creating […]

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Icebergs looking all pristine this morning, Bondi

Dwindle

That sensational run of south swell has finally come to an end. Waves are now limping in around uno to due piede! Nothing was breaking well, shallow straight banks still plague Bondi beach. After last night’s rain, we’ve got a partly cloudy day with a top of 23. The swell will remain small for a […]

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Chucking the brakes on, close-out central

Close Out Central

I’m back from my little West Oz sabbatical and straight down the beach to check the surf. We have waves! Heaps! But there’s absolutely no banks. Such a waste. We need a reef. Frustrating! I tried to surf it but you can barely get to your feet before the wave collapses. The conditions are sweet […]

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Late sunrise over Ben Buckler

SNAP!

Oh SNAP! Just like that the Summer dream ends and the Autumn cooling cycle kicks in. On Saturday it was 31 degrees around lunchtime, then by dinner time, it plummeted to 14. Fortunately, the water temperatures remain decent. Autumn time is good for surfing around here. Typically Autumn brings plenty of SW offshores and rogue southern […]

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Luke Adam, rail slide

Grins

A lotta happy campers are rolling around Bondi at the moment. Grins ear to ear. Why? Yesterday arvo the wind blew offshore, and there were waves to be had… I couldn’t believe how quickly the ocean when from a manky mess to groomed lines, 4-5 footers. Yeeeha! Today, it’s dropped gears and the early morning […]

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Foaming at the mouth, Bondi Icebergs

Rock Hopping

I’m back from The Rock. It was always going to be a quick trip. Love that joint Hawaii, but love it more when the conditions are firing. Can’t score every time. Bondi had waves this morning, some four footers out there. The shallow bank at South Bondi was pounding and heaps of close outs. Not […]

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Icebergs spurt

The Humans of Bondi

Bondi gets such a bad wrap in Summer. I post a shot of a packed Sunday and loads of crew comment saying that’s their worst beach nightmare. To be clear, it’s rammed, choccas, overflowing with humans only about 5% of the time. The rest of the time Bondi is pretty peaceful joint with a solid community […]

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The old boat ramp, a treasured spot at sunset

RED CARDINAL

I’m backing the Red Cardinal in today’s Melbourne Cup. Only because Bondi Beach (who came 2nd last year) isn’t running. Who are you supporting? It’s going to be hot and muggy (31) for your Cup luncheon today. No, you’re not missing any action down the beach, it’s very overcast, sticky and 1-2 foot on the […]

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Board training, Friday 2 October 5:30pm

Groundswell

There’s a groundswell hitting Bondi, both on the land and in the ocean. It was a massive weekend around here. One of the first hot ones combined with the sculptures. Thousands of humans powered into Bondi… even the cafes that are usually empty were full! Today I swam my regular south corner at sunrise and waves broke […]

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Storm brewing

Darko

Dark morning with heaps of low cloud. The surf looked a lot cleaner today but I didn’t see many good surfable waves – I reckon the 8:26 am high tide was killing it. Lower tides should be more fruitful. Like now (11:37 am as I tap out these fine words). Cooking ain’t really my thing […]

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Beau Walker lip grinds

El Junkyard

Perfectly ugly Bondi conditions – onshore, raining, empty. Waves around head high with some foaming peaks. It’s a roll of the dice, but you’d find some diamonds in the rough. Swell all week. Weather improves. Long period south swells later-ron. Nche wetsuits are having a massive sale – yep, 40% off everything.  Right now… go! This […]

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