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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Birds flying south, Maroubra

Drive-Thru

A special kind of morning with an abundance of sunshine, gentle offshores and a small chugging nor-east swell. I decided to roam the local neighbourhood, looking for untrodden territory for Aquabumps. I found myself loitering around the Coogee – Maroubra region. Like Bondi, Coogee’s coastal walks were choccas as the WFH revolution continues. Nobody seems […]

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An explosion of colour hovering over North Bondi this morning

Detonation

This morning was an explosion of colour over Bondi Beach. Bright hues glowed from the North as we entered the first day of winter. The colours were so strong, it looked unreal. (I even pulled them back in post). It’s also the 1st day of regional travel, as our COVID19 grip loosens. Loads of people […]

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On your marks

Home Sweet Home

I know, you’re sick of being home and want your old life back. We all do, you’re not alone. What a great time to learn something new! Every day I am trying to learn a new skill, mainly through Youtube. Just google anything, and I bet there’s a “How to…” video on it. Learn the […]

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There's a few waves today rattling down the banks

+R+D+O

What a day! A cracker…weatherwise, surfwise, windwise, beachwise…everything wise. Turn your phone off, screens down – hit the beach. The water is warm, the surf is picking up into the 4-6 foot range and the winds are light. It looks like we’re not done with Cyclone Uesi which is sitting south of New Zealand and […]

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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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Tama lap runner

Brown Town

It’s everywhere you look – brown smoke choking Sydney as 112 bushfires continue to rage around the state. Someone on TV last night said it was like smoking 40 winnie blues. Just imagine what it’s like if you were closer to the fires. There was chunks of ash in the water at Bondi today! Hats […]

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Getting lip, Bondi

Hump Day

Geez, it was nice down the beach this morning. Real purdy. The smoke had cleared a bit. The lack of wind created a nice, glassy surface. The swell has dropped a gear and 2 footers were pulsing into Bondi from the South. Crowds – yep, warm water and sunshine bring them out but it was […]

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Alex McKendrick up from Cronulla ripping some Bondi froth this morning

Upgrade

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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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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Pretty aggressive new "No Surfboards" signs

Skoolies

!@#$$%%@!## What? No Aquabumps photos for a whole week? Are you OK? Breath…breath. You probably already figured… I took a few days off last week to hang with my frothing groms. All back to normal now, phew. This morning Bondi was cloudy, calm and with waist-high surf. Very quiet morning as I think most of […]

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Dion, fire in the hole!

The Mob

It’s a solid spring day outside. Waves, winds, rays have all coming to the party. It’s currently 19 degrees but will top out at 24 degrees. You bewdy. It was early morning chaos down there at 5:45am. Breaking waves were filled with foamies, boogas, SUPs, mals, and shorties. Newcomers, veterans, swimmers all blended into the Bondi […]

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