My Winter Surfing Review
Saturday September 4, 2015
Just spent the winter months surfing the Illawarra South Coast region of New South Wales, between Sussex Inlet and Ulladulla.
Although the water was a tad cool, around 16 degrees, the surf certainly made up for it. I had a few good swells come through, some days up to eight foot, but most days the swell averaged around three foot.
I did spend most of my time at Mollymook Golf Coarse Reef which I really enjoyed, and to spend time on a good break where 20 surfers was considered a crowd was a pleasure.
There are so many good spots along this part of the coast, and I don’t know if it was the water temp that kept a lot of guys out of the water, but it’s definitely worthwhile spending a few weeks in this area over winter we’re you’re sure to get a wave.
Here are some photos taken August 31, my last surf session before we left this part of the country.
Friday June 12, 2015
While staying at Basin View I drove down to Mollymook and what a nice spot.
I had a surf at golf coarse reef and it was great. A nice easy way out off the flat rock shelf, easy paddle around the break and into the line up where you are met with an easy to catch wave.
Some of the sets would have been five foot plus and the ride was 100 metres plus and heaps of fun. As we will at Basin View for a few months, fingers crossed I’ll get a few more days like that. If you’re heading past, call in, you’ll be glad you did.
Wednesday June 3, 2015
Finally arrived back on the mainland and headed straight up to Jervis Bay and had my first surf a couple of weeks. There is a heap of places to surf and my first was at Cudmirrah Beach, and how nice it was to be back in warm water – a beautiful 19 degrees.
Okay, the waves were great. Five foot and rolling in one after the other. You can either surf a right hand break off the reef which was barrelling pretty good, or the left hand beach break that was a much longer ride. Either way I think I will be having a lot of fun while I’m here.
Sunday May 10, 2015
Arriving in Hobart, it was nice to know there are a few surfing spots down at South Arm.
I did have a surf at Clifton Beach. The waves were only small but it was fun and man oh man it was cold. The water temp was 13 degrees so I only spent about an hour in the water.
There were a few guys out and even though they had all the cold water gear on, they still looked cold. All in all, I had to get in since it will be as far south as we are going.
There are quite a lot of spots around the area and they all have waves so make sure you bring a warm suit and booties with you.
If travelling down the east coast of Tassie, you can find a thousand places to catch a wave with no crowds. I have had an absolute blast while on the East coast so if you want to plan a surf trip come to Tasmania.
We are heading up to the west coast next and I don’t know how that is going to be, but I’m looking forward to it.
Monday May 4, 2015
Heading further south, down at Port Arthur there is a nice little spot at the Remarkable Cave. It’s a tourist spot and even though there were a few nice little waves rolling in, there was no one out.
To get to the waves though, you’d have to paddle out through the cave. I didn’t get in while I was there, but if your passing by, drop in and have a look.
Ship Stern Bluff
I don’t have to say anything about this place that surfer don’t already know, but let me tell you it’s about a 2½ hours walk from the car park, on a skinny bush track, and carrying boards, wetties, towels and anything else you need, would make it tough going.
So if your keen enough it’s well worth it, even if it’s just for the view.
Tuesday April 14, 2015
Who would have thought that the East Coast of Tassie would have good surf spots.
I have surfed most days since arriving on the east coast although it takes a bit of courage to take the plunge. Being from Queensland where the water barely gets below 22 degrees, here its just above 16.
But I have been surfing at a break called Dark Hollow. Sounds creeping but it is a nice little reef break with most days riding waves around 3 foot. It’s about 8ks south of St Helens, so drop in a share a wave with a few locals. Around here it’s crowded when there’s 10 guys out.
Thursday March 19, 2015
Finally swell has arrived! It’s been a while, but some nice waves hit the beach in Tassie at Scamander just south of St Helens on the East coast.
Although the water is a little chilly, the waves made up for it with a 3 to 4 foot left hand break off the reef. Nice and glassy with a ride of 100 to 200 metres.
Hopefully it will hang around for a few days, so if your ever down that way, bring your wettie and jump in.
Sunday March 8, 2015
Boy has it been a while since my last wave,found a top little spot in Tassie on the East coast, just north of St Helens at swim cart beach in the bay of fires. Top spot had a few waves but only small can’t wait till l it gets some swell. There will be some great surf fingers crossed.