"The Paul" in black

Rain~Sun

It started dark and stormy, but now it is a gloriously warm, sunny day (28). Hit the beach! The NE winds are howling (22 knots), which is OK at Bondi because we can seek protection inside the coat of Benny Buckler. There’s head high surf, peaky (looks low interval and weak). Don’t have huge expectations. […]

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Speed lines, Bondi 7am

Grom Fodder

The groms rated today a 2 out of 10 but still paddled out. I love their positive attitudes. They always come in saying “got barrelled”, even when it’s barely breaking. So good. I saw waves break around head-high with onshore junk. East winds are no good around here. It’s going to rain over the next […]

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Door to door on my street - the man hunt - yesterday

Bondi Manhunt

Never a dull moment around Bondi. Yesterday arvo, whilst cooking my famous Beef Boganoff (Fusion edition), the police surrounded our houses along the street. I thought it must be the alluring scent of my culinary genius bellowing onto the road (again)—like when you wander past Belle’s chicken. MMMmmmmm. The POLAIR helicopter then parked directly above […]

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Bondi groups are big

Onshore Flow

It blew onshore early. That didn’t deter the masses from an early start, probably making up for yesterday. It’s incredible how many people are down the beach before I get there! Waves are much smaller today (and weak). Unless you’re 25 k-gees, I’ll give it a miss. The following five days look small – so […]

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Crazy busy on Saturday.

Bondi Active

Gosh, it’s been busy around Bondi lately. The weather on the weekend was A1 – seducing so many people for a swim or surf. I know, I know…at 5:30 am the skies blew up into pinks. I missed a cracker. I only missed it by a few minutes; please forgive me. I’m still slapping myself. […]

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The motherland. Bondi

Bondi Magic

Bondi is famous for its busy-day postcards. If you mention Bondi to anyone overseas, they ask, “Is that the crazy busy beach with the TV show?”. Ah-huh. Yeah, it’s busy down here, but not all the time. Like today – it’s empty, onshore and conducive to office work (and photos taken on better days). The […]

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Don't be caught off guard, it's flat then a big one wipes everyone out

Long Interval

With a 12-second mid-long period south swell in town, it’s looking very straight down the beach. Virtually unsurfable. It’s such a shame. It’s big, but we have nothing for it to break on. Don’t turn your back on the ocean today. You’ll go in for a dip thinking she’s flat as, but then a 4-6 […]

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Ed Ryall, dancing on the lip before popping out a finbox

Clean

Finally, it’s gone offshore and there’s treats down the beach. Bondi was super fun at sunrise, with twin peaks feeding off a solid rip. Swimming with a camera was good exercise! Plenty of loops. How big? Shoulder with a few rare bombs overhead high. Crowds? Nah, not busy really for Bondi. Sun? Ah-huh. Yeah baby. […]

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Paradise! Saturday at North Bondi

eGress

Bondi Beach was busting at the seams over the weekend with activity. Wow, there was so much going on – I was glad to see a quiet, rainy beach day today to give it a break. So what did you miss? The Australian Open of Surfing finals were held at Bondi yesterday in the worst […]

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The little creeps were all over it this morning. Jetty pocket snap

Pockets

It’s quite tiny but surfable. A shallow bank was putting on some pockets for the mini-humans to stab. Not much above chest high. It was clean, dark and cloudy earlier, but that cleared by around 7ish. 27 degrees today, yeah! The Australian Open of Surfing – Better Beer Open: Grand Finals are being held on our […]

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Swim to Manly and back, then 20 pushies. A'right

Chug

There is a small easterly swell in town, and some of it is chugging in Bondi. It’s weak, 1 foot, maaaaaybe 2 foot and very crowded at sunrise. From here on, we’ll see a steep increase in human activity at Bondi as we progress into summer fun times. There is a 70% chance of showers […]

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Spikey deep diving. 6:15am

Wide in the Brine

Go for a swim, surf, before your Cup lunch. It’s sublime down the beach. Currently, light winds, glassy conditions and a forecast of 25 on the mercury. Waves are bigger than yesterday, yet still small. (1-2 ft). There’s something special when your family is out in the water with you, sharing the ocean. When these […]

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Bondi lines, 7am

Muted

I spoke to a visitor from Manila this morning, Aaron. He’s like, “Bondi’s hectic, can everyone calm down!” Hahaha. To me, it was dead quiet this morning. Mondays always are. People gotta work! Well, Mondays, at least. Tourists are starting to come back to Bondi, and I think this summer is going to be a […]

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