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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Boneyard

Australia, TAS, East Coast

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20min walk then a15 min paddle

English (Translate this text in English): 20min walk then a15 min paddle

English (Translate this text in English): 20min walk then a15 min paddle

English (Translate this text in English): 20min walk then a15 min paddle

DistanceTake a car

WalkGood walk (15-30 mn)

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Public access?Public access

Special accessPaddle > 20mn or Boat

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityWorld Class

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyRegular

Wave

TypeSand-bar

DirectionRight

BottomSandy

PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful

Normal lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)

Good day lengthVery Long (300 to 500 m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast

Good wind directionSouth

Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 4m+ / 12ft

Best tide positionLow tide only

Best tide movementRising tide

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Week crowdCrowded

Week-end crowdUltra crowded

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Dangers

- Localism
- Sharks

 Additional Information

Boneyards IS an epic wave. But on a bad year it may not break at all at any size. When the Tassie East coast was dominated by BIG NE and SE swells this place went off. But these days it suffers the same fate as much of Australia since the Tropical Cyclone season has been dormant the surf conditions for Tasmania have also been less than epic. This is not to say that in a given year that Boneyards and other breaks do not pump for a few days. But they are way too unreliable for a short stay surf trip. Even a four week trip could leave you empty handed. Also the Boneyard is a sndbank which leaves it at the mercy of the prevailing conditions. A huge NE swell a few years ago left it in tatters and though it has improved over the last year and a half it no longer tolerates a bad swell and needs almost PERFECT conditions to be epic. My feeling, having surfed in Tassie for the last 6 years is that until the weather patterns make a big shift Tasmania will sufer from inconsistent quality surf conditions. And the same conditions that drive the locals crazy from lack of surf will also keep away a large influx of outsiders. If you want the best out of Tassie surf at the moment you have to live there. And if you are really that serious about getting surf then honestly I think you should consider a more consistent base to locate to.

English (Translate this text in English): Boneyards IS an epic wave. But on a bad year it may not break at all at any size. When the Tassie East coast was dominated by BIG NE and SE swells this place went off. But these days it suffers the same fate as much of Australia since the Tropical Cyclone season has been dormant the surf conditions for Tasmania have also been less than epic. This is not to say that in a given year that Boneyards and other breaks do not pump for a few days. But they are way too unreliable for a short stay surf trip. Even a four week trip could leave you empty handed. Also the Boneyard is a sndbank which leaves it at the mercy of the prevailing conditions. A huge NE swell a few years ago left it in tatters and though it has improved over the last year and a half it no longer tolerates a bad swell and needs almost PERFECT conditions to be epic. My feeling, having surfed in Tassie for the last 6 years is that until the weather patterns make a big shift Tasmania will sufer from inconsistent quality surf conditions. And the same conditions that drive the locals crazy from lack of surf will also keep away a large influx of outsiders. If you want the best out of Tassie surf at the moment you have to live there. And if you are really that serious about getting surf then honestly I think you should consider a more consistent base to locate to.

English (Translate this text in English): Boneyards IS an epic wave. But on a bad year it may not break at all at any size. When the Tassie East coast was dominated by BIG NE and SE swells this place went off. But these days it suffers the same fate as much of Australia since the Tropical Cyclone season has been dormant the surf conditions for Tasmania have also been less than epic. This is not to say that in a given year that Boneyards and other breaks do not pump for a few days. But they are way too unreliable for a short stay surf trip. Even a four week trip could leave you empty handed. Also the Boneyard is a sndbank which leaves it at the mercy of the prevailing conditions. A huge NE swell a few years ago left it in tatters and though it has improved over the last year and a half it no longer tolerates a bad swell and needs almost PERFECT conditions to be epic. My feeling, having surfed in Tassie for the last 6 years is that until the weather patterns make a big shift Tasmania will sufer from inconsistent quality surf conditions. And the same conditions that drive the locals crazy from lack of surf will also keep away a large influx of outsiders. If you want the best out of Tassie surf at the moment you have to live there. And if you are really that serious about getting surf then honestly I think you should consider a more consistent base to locate to.

English (Translate this text in English): Boneyards IS an epic wave. But on a bad year it may not break at all at any size. When the Tassie East coast was dominated by BIG NE and SE swells this place went off. But these days it suffers the same fate as much of Australia since the Tropical Cyclone season has been dormant the surf conditions for Tasmania have also been less than epic. This is not to say that in a given year that Boneyards and other breaks do not pump for a few days. But they are way too unreliable for a short stay surf trip. Even a four week trip could leave you empty handed. Also the Boneyard is a sndbank which leaves it at the mercy of the prevailing conditions. A huge NE swell a few years ago left it in tatters and though it has improved over the last year and a half it no longer tolerates a bad swell and needs almost PERFECT conditions to be epic. My feeling, having surfed in Tassie for the last 6 years is that until the weather patterns make a big shift Tasmania will sufer from inconsistent quality surf conditions. And the same conditions that drive the locals crazy from lack of surf will also keep away a large influx of outsiders. If you want the best out of Tassie surf at the moment you have to live there. And if you are really that serious about getting surf then honestly I think you should consider a more consistent base to locate to.

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By Anonymous , 14-08-2010

groiny - so if this is on sand and we want to make it a more consistent break and we can control the sand then lets make a less impermanent sand bar. I know some of you out there know what I am talking about. We can do this at other popular breaks too, goats, clifton, carlton. Like, this stuff is not rocket science. It takes support to make good ideas happen, and the test of a good idea is its support. So, this is not a new idea, others have thought it. Surely making a better sand forced break can be done with all environmental aspects ticked off. If a better break on somewhere significant will ..... ah. save the last break for me.

By ph , 25-06-2008

ph x local - Glad I surfed it 20+ yrs ago it was on for................
4 days everyone was getting pissed ( IT WAS A NEWYEARS PISS UP)and I said to my mate dont get 2 drunk boneyardS gunna be on 2moro......and we had it all time long hollow rides couldnt stand after finishing the ride hahaha so long,ONLY DRAMA IS ITS VERY INCONSISTANT COLD SHARKY.........so what! if u get the chance to get it on u wont 4get it.

About the crowds then it was great 10 guys max.....but now not sure about the number, but allways wanna surf it if I return 2 Tassie.......get 2 know an adventurous local and he will show u uncrowded spots on the s-west coast that are a slice of heaven, and uncrowded on there day, very consistant only has 2b offshore and might sound funny but small enough.........as it gets fkn large down there, anyway if u want 2 find out more let me know, good luck.

By Anonymous , 03-04-2008

- On a good day, this wave runs for about 500-800m, i got a barrel for probably 20 seconds! the locals are a bit crabby, their a tight knit group mostly. Came over from the mainland, found the spot easy, Marion bay, on way to port arthur. Little sharky, 1/2 hour paddle out, but when its on its world class, like indo but on sand

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