COASTALWATCH | WEEKEND SURF FORECAST
Forecast issued Thursday, 10 August 2017 by Dan Wyer
An array of quality options across the country over the coming weekend. We are looking at some mid sized SSE groundswell along our eastern shores, delivering clean fun sized options on both the NSW coast and southern Queensland. Meanwhile further south a strong mid latitude low tracking deep south of the great Australian Bight is expected to drive up a steep rise in combined stormy sea’s and underlying WSW groundswell across both the Victoria’s Surf Coast and South Australia’s South Coast. The deluge of strong onshore winds and large stormy swells continue across the West Coast with back to back pulses in large to XL surf expected throughout coming days. With a strong west – NW element in wind direction, the entire west coast will be pretty much a write off.
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Sydney, Newcastle and the South Coast
We have seen a decent run of run of quality surf across the NSW coast the last couple of days. These favourable conditions are expected to continue, at least into Friday before wave heights ease off into Saturday, Sunday. A favourable SSE groundswell directional shift has begun to show and is expected to hold some size into Friday morning before slowly easing into the weekend. Light north – NW winds will favour south facing breaks Friday before a straighter offshore W’ly breeze shows over the weekend.
SSE groundswell. Sets to 2 – 4ft exposed breaks, grading smaller elsewhere with size depending on exposure. Fading during the afternoon. WIND: Early N to NW 5 to 15 knots freshening 18 to 23 knots WSW during the afternoon.
Easing SE swell. Sets to 1 – 3ft south exposed breaks. Grading to 1 – 2ft elsewhere. WIND: WNW 10 to 15 knots, tending West and freshening to 20 knots later.
Old SE swell bottoms out prior to a slight rise in S swell late. Sets 1 – 2ft south facing beaches, rising slightly late. WIND: WSW 15 to 20 knots, easing during the afternoon.
Queensland and Far Northern NSW
Warm water, sunny skies and fun sized surf. Ahhh Queensland in Winter! Well, that’s how it’s looking for the next couple of days. We have seen a slight lift in south angled groundswell this morning, Thursday with refracted 3ft sets showing at Duranbah and exposed breaks south of the border. A slightly stronger push in better aligned SSE groundswell remains on track for Friday, coming in at similar levels before easing off slowly into Saturday, Sunday. Surface conditions are expected to hold generally clean with morning offshore winds and afternoon sea breezes. It will be worth making the most of what’s on offer Friday prior to picking up some smaller left overs throughout the weekend.
Reinforcing SSE groundswell slowly eases later. Sets to 2 – 4ft exposed northern NSW breaks, grading to 1 – 2ft+ exposed QLD coasts and tiny inside the points and bays. WIND: Early WNW to NW 10 to 15 knots, tending N and freshening 15 to 20 knots later.
Leftover SSE swell. Sets to 2 – 3ft exposed northern NSW breaks. Up to 1ft+ exposed QLD coasts, grading to near flat inside the points and bays. WIND: Early SW 10 to 15 knots turning SSE during the day.
Residual small SSE swell. Sets up to 1-2ft exposed northerly NSW breaks, otherwise flat. WIND: Early WSW 10 to 15 knots, tending S to SE 5 to 10 knots during the afternoon.
We should see no shortage of swell throughout coming days with a steady rise in combined sea’s and swell expected to show building wave heights Friday before peaking Saturday morning before easing rapidly into Sunday. A strong W’ly airflow will make for mostly clean conditions across the Surf Coasts many reefs and Points. Further east we may see some small runners inside Flinders bay although due to the strong WSW element in swell direction, varied wave heights will be a strong factor.
Directional WSW groundswell rises throughout the day. Sets to 2 – 3ft+ exposed beaches early, rising to 3 – 5ft+ during the afternoon. Mostly 1ft along the Surf Coast early, picking up to 2 – 3ft later. WIND: WNW 20 to 30 knots.
Large, stormy WSW groundswell peaks early. Solid 8 – 10ft exposed coasts. Grading to 4 – 6ft across the Surf Coast, easing steadily later. WIND: W’ly 20 to 30 knots, tending WSW during the afternoon.
Easing WSW groundswell. Sets to 4 – 6ft exposed beaches, easing. Grading to 2 – 4ft across the Surf Coast, rapidly easing. WIND: NW – WNW 10 to 15 knots.
And the bombardment continues as we look another weekend of large and stormy surf under a fresh and gusty onshore flow. Pre frontal North to NW winds are expected to reach near gale force Friday afternoon ramping up a rise in short range N’ly wind swell with underlying energy in SW groundswell within the mix. Poor wind conditions hold both Saturday and Sunday with combined sea’s and swell showing large to XL surf across the west coast, largest Sunday. If you’re chasing a wave then try for a wind affected option at a sheltered location or head south.
WSW groundswell eases early before overlap in NW wind swell.
South West: 6-8ft before rising NW wind-waves crossing in with sets later.
Perth/Mandurah: 2-3ft picking up 3ft+ in arvo.
WIND: N to NW 20kts, rising to 30kts in afternoon.
Rising WNW swell mixes with new WSW swell, continued onshore winds.
South West coast: poor 10-12ft.
WIND: WNW 15-20kts, rising 20-25kt in afternoon.
Large mix of stormy WNW swell and WSW swell overlapped with onshore wind.
South West: 10-15ft storm surf.
Perth/Mandurah: bumpy 3-5ft.
WIND: WNW 15-20kts, rising 20-25kt in afternoon.
Not a bad period of surf ahead for the South Coast with generally favourable winds throughout the period. Building wave heights are expected to be seen on Friday, largest late with winds holding moderate to fresh from the west to WNW. Trailing energy in SW groundswell on Saturday is expected to fall under a straighter offshore NW breeze. Easing wave heights into Sunday under fresh NNW morning winds. Poor conditions across the Mid coast with onshore winds throughout the period. A drive to the South Coast will reap rewards if you are keen for some quality over the weekend.
SW swell reinforced by new WSW groundswell. Sets around 2 – 4ft exposed South Coast beaches, nudging up to 3 – 4ft+ during the afternoon. Ranging from 1 – 3ft across the Mid Coast. WIND: WNW 20 to 25 knots.
SW groundswell. Ranging from 3 – 5ft exposed South Coast beaches early, easing during the afternoon. Windblown 2 – 3ft across the Mid Coast. WIND: NW 10 to 20 knots, tending lighter during the afternoon.
Easing SW groundswell. Clean sets to 2 – 3ft+ exposed South Coast breaks, easing to 1 – 3ft into the afternoon. Around 1 – 1.5ft across the Mid Coast. WIND: NNW 20 to 25 knots, tending light W to NW during the afternoon.
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