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BIG WAVE SURFING SHIPSTERN BLUFF.

SURFING SHIPSTERN BLUF. SHIPPIES, SHIPSTERNS, FLUFFIES

SHIPSTERN BLUFF

Situated in southern Tasmania Australia in the chilly 13° water

MAP OF SHIPSTERN BLUFF AND HOW TO GET TO IT.

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FAVORABLE CONDITIONS

Swell Direction: W-S.W.

Wind Direction: S-S.E .

Tide: Medium to High

BEST TIME TO GO

Shipsterns is at its best from the southern hemisphers autumn through winter and into spring. That means cold water.It can hold and break from 4 foot to 20 foot + in winter

HOW TO SURF SHIPSTERNS

Wanna surf Shipsterns. Well it's a right hand rock shelf come reef break that has been likened to a righthander Teaupoo in Tahiti . If the swell is over 3mtrs then the place is awe inspiring even if you decide you might sit it out. It can hold and break from 4 foot to 20 foot + in winter, but you want to know what you are doing. This place isn't for the the casual surfer. The wave can start at 4 feet and then double its size as it it jacks on the shelf. Imagine that as the wave you paddled into started at 6 feet or 10 feet and then doubles. The shelf also can create a step so it can be difficult to hold at times, and the ever looming rocks seem to be their waiting for their pound of surfers flesh, and as this place gains more popularity they are destined to recieve plenty. Tasmania is known to have some of the biggest white pointer sharks, and many like to hang here,so don't surf this place alone, cut your odds down even though attacks are extremely rare. Injury here is a main concern. It's a long way to a Hospital around a three to four hour journey. Paddle from the rock platform around the back of the break to gain access to the take off spot

WHAT SURFBOARDS TO TAKE TO SHIPSTERNS

Board size, well, don't go under gunned 6'8-7'4 Mini gun should do the trick. On a smaller day though a 6'4" will be sufficient.

HAZARDS

coral cuts, Lip launches, white pointers sharks, running out of money, long walk in

OTHER EQUIPMENT TO TAKE.

Money, full rubber at least a 4/3 fullsuit, spare leggies- good and thick,
sunscreen, powder for reef cuts , spare undies and a
mate to take your photo.

PLACES TO STAY NEAR SHIPSTERN BLUFF

Distance from:
Hobart (52 Km / 32 mi.)
Port Arthur (18 Km / 11 mi.)

Eaglehawk Neck Beach House
423 Pirates Bay Road
Eaglehawk Neck 7179
Tasmania,Australia
Phone:+61 (3) 6250 3312
Cost:
Around $120.00Aud./night for the house

Eaglehawk Neck Beach House
is set on one acre right on the beach at Eaglehawk Neck about 18km to the walk in point Shipstern Bluff and Port Arthur. Why so far away you ask? because Eaglehawk Neck has good waves allowing you waves whist you're not considering the walk in to Shipsterns,the best of both worlds. The beach house is self contained with 2 bedrooms, separate lounge room, dining, and laundry.

Eaglehawk Neck Backpackers
94 Old Jetty Road,
Eaglehawk Neck 7179
Tasmania, Australia.
Telephone +61 (3) 6250-3248 rents outs bikes
Cost
Dorm bed $15Aud.
Double room $60Aud.
Eaglehawk Neck Backpackers overlooks the ocean at Eaglehawk Neck. A cheaper alternative than the above but still a friendly and cheerful atmosphere.
Though a little tired ,it has all the basic facilities which includes a small kitchen and lounge-room with TV. You can rent pushbikes for around $5Aud.