Head to Tas­ma­nia where there are plen­ty of lesser-known surf­ing hotspots, and since sum­mer is swift­ly com­ing up, there’s no bet­ter time to plan sum­mer surf­ing adven­tures.

Tas­ma­nia’s south has the best waves for expe­ri­enced surfers. Ship­stern Bluff will offer you the heav­i­est wave you’ve ever surfed, although it is not for amateurs – you will have to get to know and have the support of the local surfing community before venturing out. Cloudy Bay, locat­ed on Bruny Island, gets huge breaks as it faces the South­ern Ocean.

South Cape Bay is also a spot for huge waves, if you’re will­ing to carry your board on a seven kilo­me­tre bush­walk to get to the beach! It is a gor­geous walk, how­ev­er, through World Her­itage Area scenery.

Other local favourites are the beach­es close to Hobart, Park and Clifton Beach­es. The east coast from Orford to Bicheno is always pop­u­lar, and Eagle­hawk Neck on the Tas­man Penin­su­la is also a favourite and probably the most popular with regular breaks coming into Pirates Bay.

You could also try beach­es along the Bass Strait such as Tam O’Shanter or Mersey Mouth or swing over to the North West at Marawah, a leg­endary beach and for­mer site for the Ripcurl Cold Water Clas­sic, attend­ed by surfers from all over the world. It was used just a few weeks ago by the Red­bull World Extreme Sport Storm Chas­er Wind­surfers!

One of the great things about Tas­man­ian beach­es is that, unlike many oth­ers around Aus­tralia, these are never crowd­ed. Remem­ber to bring your wet­suit and trav­el with a fel­low surfer for safe­ty.

If you’re a begin­ner or you’re not will­ing to go at it alone for the moment, then why not head out on a surf­ing class?

That means you have the safe­ty and con­fi­dence of being with a group and a pro­fes­sion­al instruc­tor, while at the same time you’ll have a fan­tas­tic expe­ri­ence and will learn some new skills.

There are var­i­ous providers of group surf­ing expe­ri­ences, such as Coastrid­er, so get ready to jump in the water and have a great time!

All the Surf Spots in Tasmania - Image Credit: Wannasurf-dot-com

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