Good morning from Bondi Beach!

Reversal

Typical of Sydney, after a warm(ish) north wind day we get smothered with a southerly. It’s colder, greyer and onshore at Bondaka. Waves are breaking around the 1.25ft to 1.934ft range. It’s not much chop and better suited to learners. Swim? Yeah, do it. Plenty getting wet this morning after a warm night. It’s not […]

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Morning glory! Bondi Beach at sunrise today

Sublime Saline +

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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Proper bottom turn on a proper set wave. Bondi

Rogue Chunks

Gee this swell really kicked in yesterday. Some wild chunks of water smashing into Bondi this morning. The Icebergs was smothered and swimmers were thrown into different lanes. South Bondi had a few, but they were quite rare and fickle. When they broke they’re in the 4-6 foot mark. Lots of water moving around making […]

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Wild sets, rumbling inside Bondi's bay

Wild Thing

Big and brutal! Not a good day to go surfing out at Bondi. At sunrise, there was a small windless window where you could find some inside runners, but now, she’s blown out and big, big, big. Ok, maybe 6-8 foot. Southerly is in town…chill out until it calms down. Cloudy and rainy tomorrow. :: […]

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Joel, setting up for the big boff off the top

Treasure

This could be the earliest Aquabumps update – ever. Why? What the heck? Well, the Spring Equinox was only a few days ago, and there’s so much sunshine, early, that you could go for a surf, jog, ava coffee, skate in the bowl all before work. Daylight saving will shift on October 6, so you’ve […]

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The toe drag, Bondi Beach 7am

Clearing

How good is this rain! It’s been pretty consistent. The good news is that the winds have tapered off and we now have clean conditions for wave riders. I saw head-high waves this morning, operating on two sandbanks. Crowds were thin as most frothers hit the snooze button. It is not perfect, but surfable for […]

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Regardless of today, summer is coming...

Bondi Moods

Today is definitely not a beach day. Nope, not even close. The waves looked dreary, onshore, manky, junky and brown! Rain is pouring and this will continue for a couple of days. That’s OK, I truly hope it’s helping with the northern fires and drought conditions. It’s cold, I’ve got the old puffer on. Bunker […]

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Balayage - getting my tips done! Bondi

Turbulence

At first light, I swam out the back of Bondi dragging a camera. It was a mistake; I ended up swimming against a rip for an hour. So much water moving around in the bay. I would get sucked out to sea, then across to The ‘Bergs, and then back out again! After 5 laps in […]

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Tyson Millar. He's 6'5" - just so you can gauge size of the wave

Diamonds in the Rough

It’s cleaned up a lot and still pretty sizey. I saw sets in the 4-5 foot range at South Bondi. The swell is now from the SE, and we have favourable winds from the WNW direction at 8 knots. The ocean still has plenty of wonk from its recent agitation – well, it has been […]

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Launching out on Bunnies Reef, Bronte

🐇 Bunny Boilers

The swell peaked last night, and we’re now on the way down. I thought it was going to be bigger today, it was just a nice chunky swell, 4 maybe 6 foot on sets. The only surfable waves were Bronte, Coogee or Maroubra. Bondi was a pigsty.  Winds SSW 20-25 knots. Rain? yep. Intermittent. This Thursday (12th […]

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Tamarama at sunrise, 6:34am

Junk in the Trunk

Like the ocean, I’m confused. There’s swell (east), and it’s 3 foot, but it seems to be all over the shop. The ocean has a heap of junk on it. It appears to be onshore, but you can’t feel the wind. It’s still. So, once the ocean wipes off some of this morning sickness, it could […]

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Wave layers, Bondi Beach 6:30am

Fresh

The current east swell has dropped a gear. An early morning low tide was closing out most waves at Bondi during sunrise. Every now and then a shoulder-high set will limp in, but it’s not unreal. Just surfable. Fantastic conditions, light offshores, perfectly sunny. Like yesterday, another cracker day to be outside in Sydney. Have […]

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Stevinia beach, Island of Vis is pretty busy today!

The Dalmatian Coast

Our European tour continues on the spectacular Dalmatian Coast of Croatia. We are sailing from Split to Dubrovnik, poking the boat into all the best beaches and ancient towns. Firstly, this area has so much tumultuous history I couldn’t possibly discuss it here on my morning Aquabumps rambles…but I had did have dinner in a […]

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