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With the last “daylight savings” sunrises upon us, we’re witnessing some stunning dawn vistas.The only issue being, it’s attracting ridiculous crowds to Balmoral who are all of course unable to go to gyms,attend boot classes,swim at Ocean Beach pools or visit a massage parlours ! Seems all are mostly “Work from Home” …”WFH”…candidates. It has been so dark up until […]

Stunning Sunrise….attracts huge ‘WFH’ crowd   Recently updated !


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Stunning & ominous sunrise from the top of Upper Almora Street this morning…. It was two by two….as the Idiots observed the new “two’s company…threes a crowd” rules from this day forth…. No evidence of any coordinated Idiots swimming costumes that may implicate a group gathering…..all in different colours & designs for a covert swim around a cat, the post, […]

A Covid 19 Sunrise


In a surprise turn-up, the idiots were joined on Wednesday by Rowena, newly returned from rowing camp in Penrith.  Unfortunately, having planned to be overseas for a bit, she hadn’t invested in offical swimming attire but was nevertheless allowed to join in (see Rowing Idiot on LHS of pic).  As the pic also shows, the Idiots are practicing great social […]

New-ish recruit joins The Idiots



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The Swimming idiots were finally awarded a glimpse of Ruth in her customised Swimming Idiots swimsuit today – and as the pictures show, it was worth the wait! Ruth was also  joined by a cluster of beach babes (and Mike) for a quick photoshoot to show off her new cossie. Now we know why the forecasters say the it’ll be […]

Ravishing Ruth and a bevy of beach babes!


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A very moody morning greeted Idiots…Bevan, Judy, Dave U., Rob J. and SBJ…..who ventured out to the first Barrell….(approx. 1.5 km) in smooth …rain,cool-topped water conditions. All Idiots resplendent in their new cossies….and none looking finer than Ruth…who was there to greet them on their return…looking dashing in her new fetching one-piece number.

Moody sunrise greets Barrell swimmers


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After weeks of anticipation, the new Swimming Idiots swimmer range was unveiled in style today at Balmoral Beach.  Commenting before the launch, Stephen “Lagerfield” Basil-Jones quipped “Ze Inspiration for zis range came from ze colours of ze sky and ze zeee”. Supermodels Rob, Bev, Dave, Judy, Stephen (and me!) paraded the new attire as the sun broke through this morning. […]

Adoring fans almost give admiring glances during unveiling ...



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Hold onto your bathing caps….the new exclusive Delfina Swimwear range for Swimming Idiots (Balmoral Beach) has arrived….just in time for Autumn ! I’ll be bringing down “the collection” in the next day or so….Linda will be the official supplier & collector of $$$$$$$$. Remember….it was only $45 each for Men’s briefs & $65 each for Ladies one piece costumes.

New IDIOTS Swimwear range has arrived !


Finally made it back into the water for the last day of summer. Awoke early and was at the beach around 6.05am. I was expecting the sunrise any minute. Well… the sun did not rise for another 40 mins. The walk to Deadmans’ was long overdue so off I went. The crew turning up at the more civilised time included […]

Last day of Summer


Whilst we all enjoy the wild weather, blue skies, and the start of autumn, Bevan and Kym jetsetted off to Kiwi land for a two-week adventure (returning tomorrow I believe). From the man himself. Well its been five days in NZ, moved out of Auckland, drove north, took forever with massive road works. Finally got to Russell, full of wealthy […]

Bevan’s North Island Tours



Bob was down at the wishing well this morning snapping some pics of the wild weather. Tony happened by and decided the filthy churned up water was no impediment for a swim… A few hours later, I thought a swim was in order, having been out of action for a week or more, focusing on launching a new app at […]

What idiots would be out in this wild ...


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There was me thinking “I’m the only one idiotic-enough to head out in the monsoon-like conditions” and I was greeted by Stephen, Dave, Judy and Linda at the wishing well this morning.  Proper idiots all of us! We opted for a short-looking swim to a nearby cat but the choppy conditions made it feel like a normal swim.  Stephen’s comment […]

“It’s very wet rain”


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Well…we have the superb ‘Idiots’ towel & we have the swimming caps BUT what we need to complete the set is the designer costume ! Well….it’s here ! We have done a great deal with a very fine swimwear company called DELFINA, to produce our own range of ‘His & Her’ Swimming Idiots….BALMORAL BEACH branded costumes. I have attached sketches […]

Exclusive “Swimming Idiots” Costumes for His & Her ...



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Rob joined me SBJ (the other Richard) for the big Sydney Harbour Splash at Rose Bay to celebrate Australia Day. A long 2.5 km course…..with Rob bravely swimming with a broken foot & a flipper ! Olympian Cate Campbell impressing with 15.48 secs in the 1km dash….the male winner beating her only by 30 secs. Winner of 2.5 km finished […]

A couple of Idiots celebrate Australia Day in ...


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A big welcome to Matt Buckingham (nephew from the UK), who is now the third Buckingham family member to swim to the  post and therefore be awarded the  most honourable status of official Swimming Idiot. (Regulars might remember Rachel Buckingham (Matt’s Mum) and Heidi Buckinghan (Matts sister) who have already joined our ultra-exclusive and elite tribe. Matt confessed that it’s […]

New Idiot makes it to the post


A real smoky one this morning…..& capturing Chris directing us all towards the water for our swim. A reflection of tough times still in the bush.

‘Balmoral Haze’