EARLIER this week the charts ticked hard into the red off Tasmania as a 30ft swell chugged up from the Southern Indian Ocean. Arriving complete with offshore winds the game was on.
The Collective, those loony Shipstern boys, took the opportunity to scope an outside bommie known currently as Wyatt's Reef. From my perspective this looks like a shifty bastard Tasmanian version of Teahupoo, complete with cold water and sharks. No dramatics, it looks potentially deadly at that size. Shame no one can tell you whether that's true of not until the first crash test dummy steps up.
If a wave can make a paddle session at Shipstern feel like a cop-out then you get the idea of the magnitude of this discovery. And you also have to worry at the sanity of those who having seen this behemoth will not feel satisfied until they've given it shot.