Western Australia's Big Start To Winter
COASTALWATCH | Swell Diary
Report by Western Australian Surf Forecaster Dan Wyer
After a dismal run through much of Autumn, Western Australia finally delivered some much needed liquid therapy over the past week. Back-to-back large to extra-large SW – WSW swell have left most of us either completely surfed out or gobsmacked at the pure size and perfection that has unfolded. These pumping conditions were not limited geographically either with pumping waves everywhere from Exmouth to Esperance.
Perth and Mandurah didn’t miss out with multiple days of fun sized surf ranging from 2-5ft. The focal point in size was seen across the Margaret River, Yallingup stretch. Sunday saw a near straight west angled groundswell delivering large surf within the 10-12ft range. Due to the west angle, bays and points were large with a majority of breaks maxing out through the morning.
This swell eased into the 5-7ft range on Monday, brushed to perfection by a moderate easterly breeze throughout the day. The temporary ease in swell didn’t last long before a larger, extra-long period WSW swell filled in quickly overnight and into Tuesday. Exposed breaks saw clean 8-10ft surf early, ramping up to around 10-12ft+. Open ocean bombies were drawing in some deep water energy with larger inconsistent sets in the 15 -20ft range. This swell eased slightly into Wednesday under a continued all day offshore. Clean 10-12ft sets were ridden across exposed deep water reefs with lingering sets to 15ft across open ocean reefs and bombies. Bays and points were on also with North Point offering the best of it.
The Indian Ocean remains active next week with strong developments in Extra Large SW groundswell triggered by a vigorous polar low. This system looks set to send out a broad reaching fetch of large deep water energy across the entire west coast overnight on Monday before peaking on Tuesday.
The brunt of this energy will be felt from the southwest to the mid-west with focal offshore reefs and bombies expected to receive set waves within the 18-20ft+ range at the swells peak. Latest model runs indicate initial forerunners showing wave periods within the 17-19 second range as the swell begins to fill in on Monday. Escalating wave heights are expected through the afternoon down south, speculatively from around the 6-8ft range to around 10-15ft late.
Unlike previous swells we've recently received, this event is likely to fall under a period of dicey winds. A developing large high-pressure system pushing in from the west late Monday looks set to result in a freshening S'ly flow. With this we should see some decent options arise within protected bays and points. Due to the pure size and deep water energy from this potential swell, we could see maxing conditions at some spots making the more protected locations the pick.
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