We've come thru the other side - but will there be a second wave?

Friday Swims

Swimming with my camera is one of my favourite angles, as I’m a part of the action – very invigorating! Not many forms of photography allow you to be up so close and involved, ducking under curly lips, together, with my subjects. The banks are pretty awful for surfing (closeouts), but they’re super shallow, putting […]

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Sunrise, small break in clouds

Sub-par

There’s room for improvement let’s say. I was hoping for a colour spray sunrise, but it was kind of a fizzer by winter’s standards.  Bondi’s surf has been lacking lately due to the unfavourable alignment of sand.  The shorey was full of weed, but a few hardcore frothers were out – hungry – hunting – as […]

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Crispy, winter warm light over the Buckler.

Ochre

I love this time of year. The light is fantastic – I can make anything look good when the light is this good. The winter light is so different from our summer rays, which can appear hazy and make colours murky. Winter light is a burnt orange, crispier making colours pop. The sun’s side angle to […]

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Swim'N'Go popular this morning

Low Tide Weed

Bondi’s got plenty of weed at the moment. Yup, fresh batch. Nah, not talking about those dutch-ovens bellowing out of camper-vans in the parking lot, the stuff that comes from the ocean. Great big piles of it, mixed in with plenty of rubbish (Council ain’t doing their regular clean-ups it seems). Not a pretty sight. […]

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Swell lines from the beginning on this giant swell series

Semi/Normal

Today feels different; it feels close to regular times. Schools back full time, heaps of traffic as lots of people returning to work and most importantly, Aquabumps fresh photos resume. Yeah, I’m back on the tools shooting at sunrise, as I’ve done for more than two decades. The changes are scary and exciting…I’m just stoked […]

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Mal rider in the middle of Bondi

Groundhog Day

Still in your pyjamas? C’mon, it’s now midday. Ava shower at least and you can switch on video mode for your Zoom calls. It’s hard not to watch the 24-hour news at the moment. I’ve been trying to limit myself to 30-45mins a day…to keep the spirits up and be positive in such strange times. […]

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Smothered in morning rayz, Bondi Beach Circa 2017

Two-Factor

One strange observation of COVID19 is the hackers/sp*mmmers are having a field day! My social channel comments range from money laundering advertisements to flirtatious women, offering…well…all sorts of stuff. Someone has hacked my twitter account yesterday (from Boston), and in seconds they’ve locked me out and changed everything (yes yes yes, I’ve logged tickets with […]

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Soon, soon she'll be full of water again and you'll be immersed

Free hugs?

Hi party people, after a few weeks of social dancing distancing, hiding in our homes, we could all do with a hug. Well, it’s illegal to hug anyone outside your family right now (!@#$ who’d thought I’d ever write those words). Usually, a hug fixes everything in the world! Remember Juan Mann?Back in 2004 hugging […]

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Golden light this morning at 7am

Let’s talk…

We’ve got a lot to talk about today. Listen up. There’s a little wave on, it’s only waist high+ but it’s an exquisite autumn sunny day. Rain coming tomorrow, so enjoy today. The WSL just postponed all pro-surfing events for March because of the virus. Wow. Over in Manly they’re gonna complete the Sydney Surf […]

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Bondi this morning, lighting up for a brief moment

Danger

Incredibly sad news from the weekend, a Russian man drowned off Flat Rock, North Bondi, after his partner was rescued. ⁠⁠I was down there moments before the incident, shooting and having a surf with my grom. ⁠I was watching the people on the point thinking that is extremely dangerous in a huge (unpredictable) north swell. […]

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We've got a big tree washed up at Bondi today

Debris

Bondi is a mess in and out of the water. There’s heaps of storm debris littered along our shoreline. A huge tree also washed up yesterday, haven’t seen that before. I visited a few of my regular Eastern Suburbs beaches this morning, the surf looked very messy, onshore and uninviting. Since my morning shoot, it […]

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Bondi - fog clearing

Raw Elements

Fire, flood, smoke…and now fog. What next? Tropical Cyclones? (more on that in a bit). Sydney’s beaches were shrouded in thick fog this morning. I couldn’t see the surf or surfers let alone shoot it. The word on the street is that there are great waves, but wobbly, in particular exposed breaks like Maroubra/Tamarama/Manly. Bondi […]

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Hot concrete, Clovelly

Cascade

When it rains it pours. So many smiling faces in the rain. Byron has scored 272mm in the past 24 hours, that’s nearly a half-century record. Bryon town is flooding. At 12pm today in Sydney we’ve had 110mm since it started yesterday. There’s plenty more to come as 400mm is predicted over the new few […]

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