Welcome to Windsurfing in Tasmania
Tasmania is a windsurfing haven with uninterrupted winds coming to us via the Roaring 40's for most of the year and regular warm sea breezes throughout summer. Tasmania's countless inlets and peninsulas provide opportunities for every aspect of the sport with protected waterways for beginners, exhilarating speed runs and great wave sailing spots.
The windsurfing community welcomes new friends, of all ages, to share the fun on and off the water.
Just beginning and want to find out more?
This Seabreeze website is a great place to find out all the information you need to get started. If you have any questions at all regarding the sport, post them on this Forum. Sailors from all over Tassie chat on the forum, there is a great club atmosphere and we are always willing to help new people get started in the sport.
Register yourself on Seabreeze and join the fun..............it's free!!!
Windsurfing Tasmania Inc (WT) represents the community of windsurfers for the promotion and encouragement of the sport in Tassie.
You can join Windsurfing Tas as a competitive or social member; go to the website for more information www.windsurfingtas.org , or contact Ant Houston (0417577884), Damo Wallace (0409854754), Ben Wilson (0400638795) or any windsurfer you see at a local sailing spot.
All members of Windsurfing Tas have access to a number of Learner Boards.
These boards are very stable and easy to learn on. You can borrow a board for 1-2 weeks to introduce yourself to windsurfing and then the local retailers (find them on www.windsurfingtas.org ) can help you choose new or second hand gear that will take you to the next level.
Contact Ant Houston (0417577884) or Damo Wallace (ph 0409854754) in the south or, Paul Tenteye 6327 4108 or 0417 326 733 in the Launceston/Tamar region to arrange to try out these boards. A donation for the use of the boards will be greatly appreciated and will help towards repairs and maintenance of the equipment.
If you live on the North West Coast and want to give windsurfing a go, contact the Leven Yacht Club, Ulverstone, there are two learner boards for use in the club.
Learn to windsurf days
Learn to windsurf days are held a couple of times through the season in the north and the south. These are for people who have never windsurfed before but would like to give it a go or beginners who would like to come down and learn more to build their confidence on the water. We supply the boards for those who haven't got any equipment.
Keep a close eye on the forum and we'll let you know the dates, or contact Ant Houston and Damien Wallace in the south and Al Cooke or Ben Wilson in the north.
The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania (RYCT) conduct learn to windsurf days through the year as part of their regular Dinghy Group program. Contact Philipa Calvert (0408 337 025) or visit their website at www.dinghygroup.org.au/ for more information.
Want to buy gear?
Check out the Seabreeze Buy & Sell tab, there is a wide range of good quality second-hand gear available. If you find something that you think suits you, post on the forum and ask for advice from other sailors before you buy.
The local retailers play a big part in helping and guiding newcomers toward the best gear for your ability and with the new style of boards and rigs that are available today it makes it easy to learn. Local retailers can be found on the WT website www.windsurfingtas.org
Want to know where to sail?
Register on this Seabreeze website, post on the forum and explain what your level of ability is and local sailors will guide you to the right spot for your level of experience or just watch the posts on the forum, you'll soon work out where the guys are sailing. Keep a watch on the forecast; this can be pretty accurate up to four days ahead.
Tassie Windsurfing Spot Guide - www.thespotguide.com.au/TAS/index.html
This guide gives a fantastic description of all the best windsurfing spots in Tassie which will suit any level and discipline of sailing, in any part of the state. Log on to www.thespotguide.com.au/TAS/index.html browse through the site, pick your spot, it gives directions, the best wind and photos of the spot you choose. It's is a great way to get out and explore new sailing spots.
The activity behind the GPS Teams Challenge has created a huge amount of interest. The idea of competing with other sailors anywhere in the state, around Australia and overseas with the use of a GPS fascinates most people whether they sail or not.
Ask the local sailors or post on the forum to find out how to join the Tassie Speed Seekers, its great fun and can be as competitive as you like to make it. It's also great for beginners to experts and can really improve your sailing. Contact Jez Stuart in the south and Ben Wilson in the north to try out one of the Windsurfing Tasmania GPS units.
To join the team register on www.gpsteamchallenge.com.au
BBQ's down on the beach, in backyards and sheds are held through the season and are a great way to meet other windsurfers. Watch the forum, someone somewhere will be throwing on a sausage.
Latest Tasmanian Weather forecasts & live observations:
Seabreeze graphs www.seabreeze.com.au/graphs/tasmania.asp
Tasmanian Forecast Areas Map www.bom.gov.au/tas/forecasts/map.shtml
Forecast Explorer www.bom.gov.au/forecasts/graphical/marine/tas/index-loop.php