Tasmania: December 14-15, 2008

18 Dec 2008 0 Share

Dean Bowen at Quartz

Dean Bowen at Quartz

Dean Bowen somehow gliding through the pit at Quartz with no board, weird...

Dean Bowen somehow gliding through the pit at Quartz with no board, weird...

A deep Tasman Sea low delivered a thumping swell on Tasmania’s East Coast on Dec 14 and 15.. The swell was the second solid event in less than a month. The last significant East Coast swell event occurred back on November 20 – 25. Before that things were pretty quite for weeks. On December 14 winds were gale force from the SSE for most of the day, which limited options. The winds did ease slightly in the evening allowing the swell to clean up. The biggest news of the day was the two aluminum tinnies capsized in the solid seas. James Polanowski valiant rescue effort ensured both vessels were retrieved leaving the owners in awe of JP’s work and very thankful.

A little slice of Indo in Tasmania

A little slice of Indo in Tasmania

Taking off on a drainer

Taking off on a drainer

One of the two tinnies that capsized. The one afloat on the right also capsized an hour later

One of the two tinnies that capsized. The one afloat on the right also capsized an hour later

Tassie's East Coast has been relatively dormant for the last month or so. The first day of swell on the 20th came from the low dropping off the mainland. The ENE swell peaked at around 4-5 foot.

Brooke Phillips about to negotiate the 3rd Holes section at Eaglehawk Reef

Brooke Phillips about to negotiate the 3rd Holes section at Eaglehawk Reef

Launching into an inviting line up frothing

Launching into an inviting line up frothing

A perfect empty wave reels of down the bank

A perfect empty wave reels of down the bank

Cool cat Mike Brennan slouches in as Daves throws out

Cool cat Mike Brennan slouches in as Daves throws out

December 15 was pumping down at Eaglehawk. Waves in the 8 foot plus range thumped into Dave’s Place and The Reef. The swell seemed as though it was bigger down the coast as a few reports filtered in that Horries was only 4 foot.

Hollmer peeps over the edge of a Tassie drainer

Hollmer peeps over the edge of a Tassie drainer

Early morning glassy conditions prevailed for longer than usual as the 10 second ESE swell rolled on in. The NE sea breeze eventually kicked in around lunchtime. Dave’s Place seemed to handle the wind. Marty Para and Tyler Holmer both scored some fun waves out there. Mike Brennan continued his unlucky run of injuries by tweaking his knee after falling onto his board under a powerful crumbling lip.

- Andrew Chisholm

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