Storm Tides a delight for surfers

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When storm fronts, wind direction and incoming storm tides combined off the Tasmanian southern shores, it produced a great day for surfers. Five kilometres into the mouth of the Derwent River, at Blackman's Bay, the waves were still rolling. Wetsuit clad boarders and surfers headed for the breaks. For those who braved the outer sets of waves, the rides were good.

 Surfer on the Outer Break

Surfer on the Outer Break

For those closer to shore; times were tough as waves rose and almost immediately curled over into 500m long barrels of rampant water. For a very few it was too much. For the rest, it was a day to remember.

 Body boarder bails out ahead of a foaming break

Body boarder bails out ahead of a foaming break

 Children body surf in the shallows

Children body surf in the shallows

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