View of Rivermouth Scamander
& sometimes Shelly Point
Welcome to Eastsurf Online Surf Magazine.
We have been at the forefront of surf reporting on the Internet since
1998 in the early days of online surf reporting.
We also report for Swellnet on a daily basis but from this site we report
with video and a more comprehensive coverage of the surf action on the
East Coast of Tasmania.
Some of the material is of historical value so you can look back at some
of the classic surf that has hit the coast over the years but some reporting
gives more detail than we can report on Swellnet.
Personally I began
surfing at Redbill Beach on a foam board back in 1957. One of my early
surf mates father made us a plywood board that we used to ride tandem
in about 1959 in between setting crayfish pots and nets from it and catching
eels in the eel pond at Redill. I brought a malibu around 1963. They were
great years, Redbill Beach at Bicheno seemed to break more like a small
sandy point back then. We still had the big close out days to separate
the men from the boys. Surfing has taken me all over the world since then
surfing so many exotic locations. Travelling around Australia in a Kombi
with a few mates back in the 1970's we discovered all the fantastic surf
around our continent. Travelling across the top of Australia on my first
lap and rolling into Agnes Waters then down to small village of Noosa
and into the then little town of Byron Bay then all the way down the coast
being shown every conceivable break by Bob, our friend, who eminated from
the Sydney surf scene of the 1950's.
I guess the reason that I started reporting the surf via
the Internet back in the 90's was that I was landlocked in Launceston for
about 8 years in the 80's. Having to resort to becoming a Tamashanta local
with the odd weekend on the east coast took its toll on me. I have been
living on the East Coast for the last 20 years now and know that if I were
landlocked it would be good just to keep an eye on the surf to see what
was happening. In case I need to do a surf escape to the east coast on a
pristine, offshore day at the rivermouth or just to catch an afternoon tube
at north shelly, during daylight saving. I remember driving to the east
coast and finding it flat and having to travel hundreds of miles to another
coast to catch the swell. Now with petrol prices being what they are, it
is a must to see whats happening on the eastscoast. Anyway I hope you enjoy
the website, the reports, the movies and photos.