Coast Lights up again after a week long spell of flat water.
It seems the summer has been so hit and miss this year but yesterday
saw a pumping northeast groundswell hit the coast with a classic offshore
wind swing and the sun came out. It was up and barking !
The waves initially were confined to the back beach corners at flobs
but later the wind came around even more and the grid started pumping.
I dare say there were a few other spots along the coast doing it as
The swell has droped down a bit today into the 2-3ft range but lloks
good for some waves in the north exposed beaches.
Sunday - February 12th 2012
The camera is down at the moment, I will get some photos and a report
up later but the surf is crap onshore at the moment.
Report - January 4th 2012 The year has started well with some nice northeast swell action
with a number of places really going on the boil including the rivermouth
as well as some nice banks up north and down south of scamander. We
seem to be picking up quite a deal of swell when a lot of places along
the east coast of Australia are quite flat. Here is a little wave action
from yesterday afternoon.
Keep an eye out
for northeast windy days and some nice offshore evenings as the temperature
heats up all day.
Saturday 29th October 2011 We are into a quiet time in the way of surf, there has been
a bit of action this month with a bit of south swell movement. Rivermouth
had a few waves and the odd day at rebill recently when we had a kick
in the northeast swell. In the beginning of october we saw the swansea
points do it for a day. I think it caught most by surprise but it was
happening. It was not all that large around scamander so most thought
the points would be too small. Here is a shot of saltworks
on the 3rd Oct. There were a few that sussed it out but when I drove
past one point early there was no one out.
I had a bit of time that day and drove off the track into another less
known break to see this appear before me with not a sole on the beach.
Just goes to show there are still plenty of waves going unridden on
any given day in tassy.
Its a bit sloppy today here at scamander with a southeaster blowing,
overcast and wintery but it looks like the south swell is starting to
build again. It usually is not a good time around november with the
westerlies starting to blow and lack of swells on the east coast but
you never know we may get something happening during the month. The
salmon have been biting down at the rivermouth so it is an idea to pack
the rod in case its flat.
20th September 2011 I have been a bit slack lately doing any updates, mainly due
to the fact it has been winter and there has not been a great deal of
interest in the surf because of the low water temp. We have had some
really good swells through the winter this year with places like Ordford
rivermouth, Swansea points back in June. We had a nice clean groundswell
today rolled in out of the blue and looked like a grid operation. I
saw some locals returning from down south around lunch time so I dare
say it was the grid. There was plenty of grunt in the swell and places
like Redbill with the glassy conditions would have been the go. The
banks have been setup for the rivermouth on the south swell but the
northeast swell is hitting it all wrong. There have been a few regulars
surfing the rivermouth during the school holidays and just before that
we had a good stint at north shelly. The banks were excellent but not
sure how they are now after this northeast swell. I will attempt to
keep some kind of reporting up as we approach summer and hopefully some
photos of the surf breaks to give you an idea of where the banks are
forming. If anyone has a photo of Orford River working during the winter
send it through to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will put it on the site.
Unfortunately when it was working the roads were cut off from Scamander.
March 11th 2011
Not a lot to report, the surf has been pretty pathetic really so no
good photos and swells have been few and far between, not a good summer
all round really, lets hope it improves in the autumn.
Surf Report Feb 20th 2011
Good swell today after a messy onshore but generally only about 1 surf
per week. It hasn't been a great summer of surf. The banks have been
great with waves everywhere when it happens.
Nice clean day at Shelly
Point. Only a few days this summer but great when it happens.
Peaky and punchy little
peaks at Redbill during the last month. Nice bank on the right tide.
Grid doing its stuff.
Not enough of it though. There was a nice right just down the beach
that had some moments.
Well we are into the new year now and the swell has been kicking since
the new year began. We have mainly northeast swell, nothing large but
quite a bit of surf. The main banks are at the rivermouth more on the
east swell but the grid has been doing it as well as redbill. There
seems to be banks all over the place after quite a long period of no
Redbill after the
onshore came in, it still had a few sections later in the day.
There have been a lot of wave hungry surfers after the long time without
waves on the east coast but now with many options the crowds are spreading
out a bit. This week has seen good waves in the 3ft range and more into
the weekend with a wind swing into a northeast swell, it should make
Report 1st Nov 2010
A wild weekend this weekend with a foggy day Saturday, and rain on Sunday
with anm increasing but messy onshore wind with the front coming thru
in the afternoon smack into a solid swell.
was a bit wild but on Monday it all settled down and straightened out.
was mainly on the grid with a beautiful right hand bank in the about
80 metres down the beach.
The odd one was
rolling off the point with some of the locals sitting in wait.
also straightened out on Sunday with some nice clean waves there as
well. A few guys out at redbill but the wind was into it down there
so it was a bit messy. All in all a good finish to a rather out of control
start to the long weekend.
Surf Update October 21st 2010 We are coming into summer now with warmer conditions on the
east coast. We were sort of looking at a flat couple of months before
the summer surf season started but surprise, surprise we have had a
few swells in what is usually a flt time. Last weekend for instance
caught everyone by surprise opening with a small 2ft northeast swell
in the morning and then it just kept kicking to 4-5ft by the afternoon.
The grid became the focus spot but other places had waves. Wake up Sunday
morning to no northeast swell but a 1-2ft southerly swell and clean
offshore conditions. By mid morning the swell had kicked again to 3ft
and some 4fters. Waves at the rivermouth and the hollow. Lets hope that
this is a sign of the summer season, if it is we are in for some fun.
Check the new camera of the rivermouth on the front page. I will try
to keep it open as much as possible during the summer months.
- Friday August 27th 2010
The surf has been fading a bit lately ready for the spring break, it
happens every year when the westerlies start up, its offshore here and
usually flat right up till Christmas time. We have a few windows of
surf and this weekend should see a south swell running the scamander
bank. Its all setup at the moment for the south swell after the flood
a week or so ago. Anyway here is a video of some surf during August
down at the rivermouth.
The water is cold now, there is still some surf around with great banks
at the rivermouth over the last month with many good days. I watched
some tow ins at Governors Island at Bicheno on Thursday afternoon. Even
though the swell was quite large - say around 6 -8ft at redbill I saw
some waves break on the reef double overhead as it leapt over the reef.
North Shelly banks seems to have gone but still a few banks at dark
hollow. Sorry about the lack of reports but winter is almost hibernation
time. The number of surfers has fallen off considerably now as winter
increases its grip.
Above the Grid at fourmile
has only had a few good days.
Thge days have been sunny
but the water temp is around 12 degrees now and core temp drops rapidly.
Some locals have gone to the tropics now for the winter. I think I am
stuck here this winter.
Report April 21st 2010
Well we have had such a turn around in the surf over the last few weeks,
to say the least its been pumping in a number of spots along the coast.
The banks are setup for what has been mostly a southerly swell flow
over the last week.
North Shelly at the weekend.
The good thing about this time of the year is the clean offshore conditions
that sometimes last all day because the summer sea breezes don't come
in. South shelly has shown signs of working a few times on the south
South Shelly a few days ago.
The surf has been consisitant all along the coast and many surf locations
a bit off the beaten track have had excellent waves over the last month
so its worth having a drive to check out these surf locations as well.
Report February 9th 2010 I know I have been slack but the surf has been so bad over
the last 3 months there was nothing of any consequence to write about
the surf on the east coast of tasmania. Just lately though it has started
to go off again and haven't the boys been into it. The crowds were pretty
intense last weekend because of the long weekend in the south of the
state. Basically there has been 1 wind swell with one day wonders from
the notheast swells with offshore wind swings. Focus has been on fourmile
and redbill with good banks in both spots. There has been the odd day
at dark hollow and north shelly really cooked for a day in a south swell.
The east swell that we are currently having has been here since thursday
with waves most days after that. Its great to see the coast really having
a go again.
Peaky conditions as the swell subsided, still a lot of fun.
Paddle Boarder rides one from the outside, further out than even the
mals can takeoff.
We are not having a good time of the surf on the east coast of tassie
for the month of October and generally it is the same in november with
maybe a couple of days exception. It should all start in December if past
years repeat the cycle. I make no excuses for putting up a few waves from
Beng Bengs just down the track from Ebay in the Mentawai islands. Probably
sick of it but there is no surf to video here so check this little reef
Report Oct 2 09 - Mentawai Islands
I have been a bit slack on the report lately but I got a bit caught up
on a little surf trip to the Mentawai Islands. Very interesting to visit
the Wave Nation. There are just that many surf spots all over the place.
Here is a couple of shots but I will get a small video up soon. On the
local front I will try to catch up with whats going on as far as surf
banks etc. soon.
Beng - Beng
was a left hand reef about 20 minute walk from the house. Nice little
reef left reminded me a bit of Cactus setup but warmer water.
EBay - Left reef, don't be deceived by this photo, Ebay can be a real
mauler. It reminded me of early Kirra the way it broke but around the
other way and tubing on sharp coral reef. Not for the light hearted thats
for sure. This was the view from out front door looking toward Ebay point.
6th July 2009 The
surf just keeps pumping, it won't stop, even though the cold is setting
in the waves just keep getting better. Its been a great winter so far
with surf going off the show in a series of locations along the east coast.
His is some footage of a couple of breaks south of swansea on Saturday.
19th June 2009
Surf has been excellent
lately, pity its winter but the waves have been off the show. I don't
apologise for the size of the rivermouth because when it was larger I
wasn't filming but you will get the idea of what it has been like when
you add a coupla ft to the wave face. This was a smaller day but still
shows the shape.
11th June 2009 - Peron Things
have really hotted up here on the east coast over the last few weeks.
Even though the weather is getting cold the surf has been excellent with
waves in a number of spots along the coast being very consistant. Peron
was pumping off the point last Sunday. Here is some footage:
after the Peron event it rained hard and the scamander rivermouth busted
out and left this big sandbar. The swell just hit it on the right angle
for 2 days on Monday and Tuesday. It was great to see, some beautiful
peeling waves, hollow and some were flawless. Depending on the swell direction(there
was an east and southeast swell together) the waves were breaking left
or the right had 2 peaks, a middle peak and an outside peak. Plenty of
waves to go around.
23rd May 2009
The surf has been non
existant for a week now but we seems to have an increasing northeast groundswell
today with the possibility of some waves over the next few days. The water
is still warm enough and temperatures not all that bad so far for winter.
The banks are not great but still some are holding surf if the swell.
Morning Surf Report 7.30Saturday May 9th 2009 (see
outside fourmile video below)
Fourmile & Rubbish Tip Video 2009 Shot
is late april at outside fourmile on a large northeast swell and at swansea
in early may on a south swell.
Report April 25th 2009
Well we are well thru April now and heading into winter again. I thought
initially that April didn't have much going for it, there seemed to be
long intervals of no surf but when I looked thru the photos it didn't
turn out real bad after all. I was capped off today by a large east/ northeast
groundswell that got a few spots up and grunting that have laid dorment
for some time. Outside Fourmile - The sleeping giant awakes
Another one rolls thru at Outside Fourmile
Earlier on in the month we had a few sessions at the Grid, one session
ended in some surfers getting chased out of the water by a white pointer
who was feeding in a school of salmon. The Grid
Another clean day at the grid in april.
Most swells during the month were coming from the northeast and redbill
was picking them up clean as a whistle. Some
nice banks with lefts and rights at different times during the day.
A few left handers the other day at peron when everything else was blown
out in the northeast wind.
Report - Wednesday 1st April 2009
At last a bit of swell. It looks a bit messy but we should get a wave
today, it has been hopeless this year so a bit of a splash would be excellent.
Anyway here is a small video I took this morning of shelly, probably the
most likely spot for a surf today.