WEEKEND SURF FORECAST, 18 - 20 January 2013

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This image bears little resemblance to any waves you're likely to see around the conitinent this weekend. Photo: J_ace.

This image bears little resemblance to any waves you're likely to see around the conitinent this weekend. Photo: J_ace.

Dialling In, Thursday, 17 January 2013

It’s the usual mixed bag of summer conditions around most of the continent this weekend. Victoria probably fares the best in terms of wave energy; receiving consistent SW swell that will produce wave heights ranging from three to six foot plus depending on location. NSW benefits from a small increase in SSE windswell on Saturday that’s reinforced by a small pulse of groundswell on Sunday. Further north, however, it’s slim pickings.

Both south-eastern Queensland and northern NSW sees background E swell hovering around the one to two foot mark over the coming days, with little respite from north-easterly winds. Western Australia should see small clean waves in the two to three foot range across the most exposed South-west coasts on both days and South Australia also receives a steady run of two to three foot surf.

Here's another extreme example of what not to expect across the NSW coast this weekend. Photo: Lucksurf.

Here's another extreme example of what not to expect across the NSW coast this weekend. Photo: Lucksurf.

NSW:

Saturday sees slight relief from the current run of tiny surf in the form of a minor push in S windswell; picking up into the two to three foot range across the region under strong southerly winds turning moderate south-east – hardly ideal – but waves there will be none the less. Winds are still likely to be light SE early on Sunday, but they should drop off to light and variable mid morning before turning light to moderate ENE. These tolerable winds coincide with a continuation of low scale SSE windswell, reinforced by a small pulse of long period S groundswell during the day.

Friday
NE windswell 1 - 2ft open beaches. WIND: Early light NW tending NNE, then light and variable during the evening.

Saturday
S windswell building to 2 – 3ft south facing beaches during the morning, grading to 1 – 2ft+ open beaches. Easing during the afternoon. WIND: Early S 15 to 25 knots tending SSE and easing to 10 to 20 knots during the afternoon.

Sunday
SSE windswell 2 – 3ft south facing beaches, grading to 2ft open beaches. Small, long period S groundswell building to 2 – 4ft during the day. WIND: SSE 5 to 15 knots tending ESE to ENE during the afternoon.

A few small clean waves like this is about as much as you could hope for across south-eastern QLD this weekend. Photo: Gazman.

A few small clean waves like this is about as much as you could hope for across south-eastern QLD this weekend. Photo: Gazman.

Queensland and Far Northern NSW

It’s groundhog days across the region this weekend. Expect an uninterrupted run of low scale, background E swell; lingering around the one to two foot mark under moderate to strong north to north-easterly winds – hardly ideal, but at least it’s not entirely flat. The only exception is a weak SSE change penetrating as far as northern NSW on Sunday.

Friday
Background E swell up to 1 - 2ft+ exposed beaches. WIND: NNW 5 to 15 knots tending NNE 10 to 20 knots during the day.

Saturday
E swell around 1 – 2ft+ exposed beaches. WIND: NNW 10 to 20 knots tending NNE during the afternoon.

Sunday
E swell 1 - 2ft+ most exposed beaches, inconsistent in the upper range. WIND: Early light and variable tending ENE 5 to 15 knots.

Victoria

Considering it’s mid summer, you could do a lot worse than what’s on offer across the region this weekend. A consistent round of mid period SW swell maintains large surf across the exposed beaches; mostly up around the six foot range over the next few days under moderate onshore winds on Saturday, easing to light and variable on Sunday. The Surf Coast and other east facing breaks will probably fare a little better; pulling in a more user friendly two to four feet of SW swell. Sunday is shaping up as the best window of opportunity as a high building across Bass Strait maintains light winds throughout the morning.

Friday
SW swell 4 - 5ft exposed beaches early, grading to 2 - 3ft across the Surf Coast. New SW windswell increasing later. WIND: Light W/NW early shifting WSW 15 to 25 knots during the day.

Saturday
New SW swell 6ft+ exposed beaches. Up to 3 – 4ft across the Surf Coast. WIND: SSW 10 to 20 knots tending lighter S during the afternoon.

Sunday
SW swell 5 - 6ft+ exposed beaches. Grading to 2 - 4ft across the Surf Coast. Easing later. WIND: Light and variable tending SE 5 to 15 knots later.

The West Coast has had its moments of late. Photo: Geoffo.

The West Coast has had its moments of late. Photo: Geoffo.

Western Australia:

There's some small clean waves to be had across the region this weekend - exclusively found across the most exposed stretches of South-west coast on Saturday and Sunday morning. The absence of any substantial swell will see virtually flat conditions across Perth's metro beaches all weekend.

Friday
SSW to S swell fades, limited in swell angle
Southwest Coast: 2-3ft+, larger 3-5ft south open areas
Perth: flat-1ft
WIND: Variable ESE to SE in arvo

Saturday
Decreased S swell
Southwest Coast: 1-2ft+
Perth: flat
WIND: Variable light E early, tending seabreeze in arvo

Saturday
Decreased S swell
Southwest Coast: 1-2ft+
Perth: flat
WIND: Variable light E early, tending seabreeze in arvo

South Australia

The SW swell hangs in throughout the weekend in the three to four foot range Down South before easing to lower levels early next week. At the same time a high pressure system building across the Great Australian Bight maintains a moderate S to SE flow across the coast throughout the weekend, so expect choppy conditions across the region on both days.

Friday
SSW swell 2 - 3ft South Coast, grading to 0.5 – 1ft across the Mid Coast. WIND: SW 15 to 25 knots, tending S during the afternoon.

Saturday
SSW swell up to 2 – 4ft across the South Coast, grading to 0.5ft across the Mid Coast. WIND: SSE 10 to 20 knots.

Sunday
SSW swell 2 - 3ft across the South Coast. 0.5ft across the Mid Coast. WIND: ESE 10 to 20 knots.

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