WEEKEND SURF FORECAST, 14 - 16 December, 2012

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The middle of December is looking good, where ever you are.

The middle of December is looking good, where ever you are.

Dialling In, Thursday, 13 December 2012

If you’ve already wound up at work and headed for the hills, or just commenced school holidays, then you’re off to a flying start to summer when it comes to surfing conditions. All the major surfing regions are bombarded by swell this weekend, ranging from solid easterly tradewind swell across the entire Eastern Seaboard, to solid SSW groundswell across the West Coast.

It shouldn't be too hard to find some good quality surf like this across most of the NSW coast this weekend.

It shouldn't be too hard to find some good quality surf like this across most of the NSW coast this weekend.

NSW:

So far it’s been a pretty lacklustre start to December, but this weekend will make up for it in spades. A new ENE tradewind swell was already in the water across the NSW coast on Thursday and it will continue to muscle up over the next few days, fuelled by a broad easterly fetch spanning the northern and central Tasman Sea. Expect another slight increase to two to three feet on Friday ahead of a further push into the three to four foot range across the most exposed east facing coasts over the weekend. Sunday morning is shaping up as the pick as lighter inshore NW winds coincide with the peak of the swell.

Friday
ENE swell 2 - 3ft most exposed open beaches. WIND: Early N 10 to 15 knots tending NE 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon.

Saturday
ENE swell Up to 3 – 4ft most exposed open beaches, grading a foot or so smaller elsewhere. WIND: Early N 10 to 15 knots tending NE 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon.

Sunday
ENE swell and secondary NE windswell 3 - 4ft+ most exposed open beaches, grading to 2 – 3ft+ elsewhere. WIND: Early NNW 5 to 15 knots tending NE 10 to 20 knots during the afternoon.

This is what many of us will be hoping for as the E swell begins to kick in this weekend.

This is what many of us will be hoping for as the E swell begins to kick in this weekend.

Queensland and Far Northern NSW

Unlike the southern half of the NSW coast, it’s often a case of feast or famine when it comes to surf across south-eastern Queensland. Thankfully, this weekend falls firmly on the former side of the coin. South-eastern Queensland’s direct exposure to the swell source guarantees a consistent run of mid range tradewind swell over the coming days, ranging from four to five feet across exposed beaches on Saturday, before gradually scaling back down again during Sunday.

Friday
ESE tradewind swell 3 – 4ft+ exposed beaches, increasing during the afternoon. WIND: S to SE 15 to 25 knots.

Saturday
ESE tradewind swell 4 – 5ft exposed beaches. WIND: S to SE 10 to 15 knots.

Sunday
ESE tradewind swell 3 - 4ft+ exposed beaches, easing during the afternoon. WIND: Early light and variable tending NE 5 to 15 knots.

Victoria

Depending on where you look, there will be no shortage of small to mid range SW swell running across the state all weekend; a consistent run of mid period energy exhibiting peak intervals in the 12 to 14 second band. The exposed beaches will be at their best throughout Friday and early on Saturday, while a north to north-easterly wind regime endures ahead of a WSW change due on Saturday afternoon. A moderate westerly flow remains intact throughout Sunday, so head for the Surf Coast and sheltered spots for a small clean wave.

Friday
New SW groundswell 3 - 4ft exposed beaches. Grading to 1 - 2ft+ across the Surf Coast. WIND: Early light and variable tending NE during the morning then NNE 10 to 20 knots later.

Saturday
SSW swell 4 – 5ft exposed beaches, grading to 2 – 3ft across the Surf Coast. WIND: NNW 5 to 15 knots tending NW 10 to 15 knots, then WSW during the afternoon.

Sunday
SW swell 3 – 5ft exposed beaches and around 2ft across the Surf Coast. WIND: Early WNW 10 to 20 knots tending W to SW during the day.

There should be some fun sized surf inside the Bays and Points across the South West Coast on Saturday. Get in early while winds are favourable. Photo: Dan Wyer.

There should be some fun sized surf inside the Bays and Points across the South West Coast on Saturday. Get in early while winds are favourable. Photo: Dan Wyer.

Western Australia:

If you’re hoping for some nice user friendly waves Down South this weekend, you might want to head for the sheltered bays. A strong spike in SW groundswell has been upgraded a couple of notches over the last 24 hours, following the intensification of a compact occluded low over the south-eastern Indian Ocean on Wednesday and Thursday. Satellite derived observations confirmed the storm was generating a broad swathe of gale to storm force WSW winds within the storm, and this should see a strong pulse of SW groundswell peaking on Saturday, generating solid four to six foot sets across the exposed breaks before dropping back a couple of feet by Sunday.

Friday
Small S swell
Southwest Coast: 2ft
Perth: flat
WIND: SE to SW 10-15kt

Saturday
New SW groundswell, solid 4 – 6ft Southwest Coast exposed breaks, grading smaller inside the Bays. Perth: 1ft+
WIND: Calm early, tending to SW sea breezes 10kt

Sunday
SW swell decreasing
Southwest Coast: 2-4ft
Perth: flat-1ft
WIND: calm early, tending to sea breezes.

Tags: Forecast , Surf , NSW , Queensland , WA , Victoria , Swell (create Alert from these tags)

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