Australia's longest running endurance event

Derwent River, Hobart Tasmania

3rd of November 2018

Surf boats / Ocean & Spec Skis / Boards / Outrigger / SUP’s

03 NOV 2018

50 years of history

Since 1968, The Surf Safari has been a highlight of the Surf Sports calendar in Tasmania. An event of impressive endurance, it sees the Derwent River come alive with the best of Tasmania’s lifesavers displaying their skills across a 21km course. In recent years the Surf Safari program has been extended to include ocean skis, stand up paddle boards, outriggers, junior boards and some shorter distance events.

On November 3rd 2018, the Surf Safari will celebrate 50 years of continuous surf craft racing in Tasmania – making it the longest running surf craft event in Australia. The event is set to attract elite competitors from across the country.
There are categories for juniors through to elite athletes. A special call out is being made to older or past competitors keen to ‘brush off the cobwebs’ and jump on the water for this historic event. Bring your family and friends – spread the word that the Peppermint Bay Ferry will allow spectators to follow all the action on the water.

Presentations and after party to celebrate the milestone at the Hobart Brewing Co.

Entry & Course details

The event will take place on the picturesque Derwent River which runs through the city of Hobart. The river and estuary provide a relatively safe, but at times testing, environment for the event. This year the Surf Safari will start and finish at Long Beach Lower Sandy Bay – 5kms south of the Hobart CBD.


Surf boat – 6km, 12km & 21km


Ocean & Spec Ski – 6km, 12km & 21km


Board – 2km & 4km


Outrigger – 12km



Download the Event guide to get more detailed information and conditions of entry



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