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!