Surf Shipstern Bluff, Tasmania, Australia
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To surf Shipstern Bluff in the Australian State of Tasmania may be a dream fulfilled for surfer’s looking for an extreme sports high. Shipstern is known as the “wave at the end of the world”. The monster right hand break at Shipstern Bluff (formerly known as “Devil’s Point”) calls to expert board riders only. There are only two ways in and out: by foot or boat and most make the hour plus walk through the Tasmanian bush before paddling out 150 meters, or so. The water is cold, the terrain is rocky and uninhabited and the ocean is home to scores of White Pointer sharks. The beach is dwarfed by 200 meter cliffs that tower above, paying tribute to the extreme conditions below. In spite of the challenges, accomplished surfers travel to this southeast Tasmanian location to check this wave off their list. The waves are described as being similar to those found at Pipeline and Teahupoo in shape and size and best surfed during the Southern Hemisphere’s winter which also means the water will be especially chilly.
Shipstern Bluff is best reached by flying into the international airport in Hobart, Tasmania then by making one’s way to Marion Bay, the closest town to the break which links the Tasmanian Peninsulato its east coast. The locals in Marion Bay (which has its own local surf culture and all the support services) will set you on your way toward the epic wave. Marion Bay is also home to a widely attended annual music and art festival over each New Year’s holiday.
Your dreams may include surfing a wave that most would never dare. It takes courage and hard work to make this dream come true but adding this to your list may just be what’s missing. Planning is of utmost importance to make sure you are inTasmania at just the right time to catch the big waves at Shipstern Bluff.
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