Shipsterns Bluff Access.

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Shipsterns Bluff Access.

Postby Mechanic-AL » Sat 18 Aug, 2018 9:47 am

Apparently Red Bull have scheduled a surfing contest at Shipsterns Bluff as a part of their Big Wave World Tour. This event is set to run anytime between now and Christmas depending on when the surf cooperates. No problem there. I was surprised however to hear of their plans to close the Stormlea Road for the duration of the event. I couldn't imagine it would be in their best interests to have a whole gaggle of punters crowding the cliff tops in search of the best view of the waves.
I have an issue with their plans to close the road though. Not sure just who it is that has the supreme power to give them permission to do this ? What about the people who have no interest in surfing and just want to take a walk down the Cape and back? I'm also wondering if this event is a global success story and Red Bull decide to run it annually how does that sit with users of the 3 Capes Track ?

Buggered if I like the idea of being told by a multi national corporation that I can't walk somewhere in my home state.
( and that crap taste like cough medicine passed it's used date anyway ! ).
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Re: Shipsterns Bluff Access.

Postby ILUVSWTAS » Sat 18 Aug, 2018 9:59 am

Mechanic-AL wrote:Buggered if I like the idea of being told by a multi national corporation that I can't walk somewhere in my home state


PWS have been doing it for years... do you have the same issue with them?

I don't think it has any impact on the 3capes as the start of that walk is at a different location is it not?
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Re: Shipsterns Bluff Access.

Postby north-north-west » Sat 18 Aug, 2018 9:59 am

And what about the people who live down there?

They close off sections of road for the Targa, which is fair enough given the safety issues, but this is very different. Probably part of the problem is the limited parking facilities at and near the trackhead. They'll need everything they can get to bring in media and competitors and support staff, so there will be no room for the public.

Wonder if they will also try to close off water access. Not that I'd be keen on taking the kayak in if the surf is big enough for them . . .
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Re: Shipsterns Bluff Access.

Postby north-north-west » Sat 18 Aug, 2018 10:02 am

ILUVSWTAS wrote:
Mechanic-AL wrote:Buggered if I like the idea of being told by a multi national corporation that I can't walk somewhere in my home state

PWS have been doing it for years... do you have the same issue with them?


Not as much as with FT and Hydro.
TasPAWS track closures and restrictions are generally about maintenance, safety (as with burn-offs) and capping numbers. It's different to a private company closing a public road to make $$$$.
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Re: Shipsterns Bluff Access.

Postby stepbystep » Sat 18 Aug, 2018 10:42 am

They are paranoid people with fancy cameras will go and get the scoop and take it away from their control. Surfing much as most things is a corporate game. I’ll probably go down for a look when it’s on. There’s other ways in there
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Re: Shipsterns Bluff Access.

Postby tastrax » Sat 18 Aug, 2018 10:47 am

Stormlea Road is council and private - nothing to do with PWS. Does anyone actually have any information that the road will be closed or is it just rumour?
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Re: Shipsterns Bluff Access.

Postby Mechanic-AL » Sat 18 Aug, 2018 10:56 am

PWS close tracks around the state for a number of different reasons. Making bucket loads of cash for huge corporations isn't usually one of them.
Shipsterns has really been surfed regularly for the past 10 years or so. Walkers have been using those tracks for how long...........?
It's more the principal of a company having divine rights over an area they have previously held no interest in than anything else that gets to me.
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Re: Shipsterns Bluff Access.

Postby Mountain Rocket » Wed 12 Sep, 2018 9:41 am

Redbull did exactly the same thing at Cape Solander aka 'Cape Fear' within Kamay Botany Bay National Park, NSW back in 2016. Restricting public access in National Parks for a commercial venture will always rub me the wrong way. However, I can at least appreciate there probably isn't enough room in the carpark for the public after all the competitors and support crew are there, but to just say members of the public cannot attend full stop is lame.
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