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Australia's Biggest Surfing Breaks

According the few who have tackled them, the surf breaks of Pedra Branca, a small rock island about 26 km south-south-east of South East Cape, Tasmania, are the biggest, most powerful and challenging in Australian waters.

Pedra Branca's 100m break tapered dramatically into the Southern Ocean only a short distance from the rock. The locality had been talked about amongst the local surfing community for around 10 years, and most dismissed it as a myth until mid-2007 when a group of three locals embarked on a successful mission to conquer it. The surfers were shown the location by local fisherman, who have known about the legend for many years.

An erosional remnant of the Tasmanian mainland, Pedra Branca is approximately 270 metres long, 100 metres wide, and 60 metres high. The name Pedra Branca means "White Rock" in Portuguese. According to historian Kenneth McIntyre, Pedra Branca is one of only two Australian places with a name of Portuguese origin, the other being the Houtman Abrolhos islands in Western Australia.

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