Fresh from his early exit at the Teahupo’o Billabong Pro, and with the memories of the shark attack seemingly fading, Mick Fanning has been tucking into a few bombs at Shipsterns Bluff in Tasmania this week. On paper the wave doesn’t have a lot going for it, it breaks over a shallow granite reef just in front of a rocky headland, and the face of the wave is hampered by ledges, steps and boils, that regularly catch the surfers out, but there are plenty that are keen to give it a go.
Mick was surfing the intimidating wave with big wave hellman Mark Matthews, and a local Tasmanian crew, who were towing each other into the jaws of Shippies and whilst Mick bagged himself a few solid barrels, others weren’t so lucky and there were some heavy wipeouts. As if the chance of a beating and maybe a flushing into the rocks isn’t bad enough, the spot is also a favourite haunt of great white sharks!
A clip of Mick Fanning and Mark Matthews surfing Shipsterns, as well as a couple of horrible looking wipeouts is included below this article. What do you make of the crazy wave that is Shipsterns Bluff and is it a place that is on your bucket list of places to surf?