Tasmania NW Territory
Tasmania really turned it on with two days of mind-blowing action. A wild day for the first round at Temma was followed by an awe-inspiring day's action in storm-force winds and double mast-high surf at 'Back of Lighthouse' - simply the best competitive windsurfing ever seen.
Tasmania is located right in the “roaring fourties”, has the highest wind statistics in Australia and also compared to the other possible destinations of the southern hemisphere.
The coast is wild, waves get absolutely massive (up to 15 m swells recorded by wave buoys) and there are plenty of spots to choose from around Marrawah for any storm force direction.
- Air (Aug-Nov):
- Water (Aug-Nov):
Around Marrawah we’ll have plenty of options, according to the locals „too many to name them all – from sick reef breaks to beach breaks and reef/beach combos, which accomodate almost any wind direction sideshore...“ The top spot should be BOL (Back of Lighthouse), but depending on the wind direction, we can quickly move to one of the other 20 spots in the area.
Back of Lighthouse (BOL)
Located on the West Point peninsular, BOL is a likely choice in South West to West-South-West wind. Launching in a small cove allows access to a long, peeling point break (left-hander) that should see surf well over mast high in swells over 5 metres. Kelp , strong rips and savage rocks on the inside make for a challenging launch.
A series of reefs near Temma Harbour offer good side-shore (wind from right) options in North or North West wind directions. The access is good with plenty of grassy areas for the crew infrastructure and athletes to prepare their equipment. Having a harbour and slipways nearby aid the safety backup crew and provide further launching options for competitors in large surf conditions.
Weather is unstable in Tasmania. Winter period is rich of rain. Climate has similarities with west coast of France. The strong west circulation gives a good chance of gale force winds between SW and NW in wintertime.
Storm force winds are possible in relation to a passing cold front of direction influence of a strong low. During southern hemisphere spring (October, November) risk of gales slowly decreases, but remain possible.
With a huge amount of free fetch from directions between NW, W, SW, S, SE, E, NE there’s plenty of space to build op high seas and swell. Highest waves are expected from SW, W and NW, because this is wind direction which is most commonly associated with a crossing storm low.
- windy: „roaring fourties“
- massive waves: some of the biggest waves in the world!
- best option of southern hemisphere locations
- plenty of spot options with x-shore conditions
- no evacuations expected
- temperatures ok
- travelling time on the edge
- southern hemisphere storms weaker from October / November