WEEKEND SURF FORECAST, 15 - 17 February 2013

14 Feb 2013 0 Share

Only the West Coast is likely to be offering up pits like this over the weekend. Photo: Stephen Walters.

Only the West Coast is likely to be offering up pits like this over the weekend. Photo: Stephen Walters.

Dialling In, Thursday, 14 January, 2013

It’s shaping up as a pretty subdued weekend of waves around most of the continent this weekend. The NSW coast sees the tail end of a small south groundswell maintaining a few rideable waves on Saturday morning, but it’s set to fade considerably by Sunday. Queensland sees background E swell still producing small surf in the two foot range, and Victoria sees a mix of ESE windswell and residual SW swell maintaining similar, two to three surf state-wide. The West Coast is typically the exception to the rule; benefiting from a building round of SW swell that should see solid waves across the South West Coast on Sunday.

Get in early on Saturday to make the most of the leftover south swell.

Get in early on Saturday to make the most of the leftover south swell.

NSW:

It’s worth getting amongst the current round of south groundswell while it lasts. The bulk of this episode peaks throughout Friday morning and then gradually subsides from there; easing during the afternoon before reverting to low levels by Saturday morning; still up to two to three feet at south facing beaches, but for the most part amounting to two feet or so across the majority of exposed open coasts. Winds will be light on both mornings so it will be well worth a paddle.

Friday
S groundswell 3 – 4ft south facing beaches, mixing in with ESE windswell at 2 - 3ft open beaches, easing into the afternoon. WIND: ESE 5 to 15 knots.

Saturday
Leftover S swell up to 2 – 3ft south facing beaches, mixing in with ESE windswell around 1 - 2ft majority of open beaches. WIND: SW to SE 5 to 10 knots tending ESE 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.

Sunday
ESE windswell 1 - 2ft exposed open beaches, mixing in with residual S swell at 1ft elsewhere. WIND: SW to SSE 5 to 10 knots tending ESE 10 to 15 knots during the day.

This weekend's smaller surf precedes a renewed building trend in in E tradewind swell next week. Stay tuned..

This weekend's smaller surf precedes a renewed building trend in in E tradewind swell next week. Stay tuned..

Queensland and Far Northern NSW

A long standing run of easterly tradewind swell continues to trickle in at low levels this weekend; the tail end still hovering around the two foot mark across south-eastern Queensland on Saturday and Sunday. The only additional energy in the water is a small, long period S groundswell – only really of any relevance to northern NSW. This energy should begin to show across NSW south facing beaches later Friday, hang in around the two to three foot mark on Saturday before fading to lower levels by Sunday.

Friday
ESE swell around 2ft exposed open beaches. Inconsistent S groundswell around 2ft northern NSW south facing beaches early, increasing to 2 – 3ft+ during the afternoon. WIND: ESE 5 to 15 knots.

Saturday
E windswell around 2ft+ exposed QLD coasts. S groundswell up to 2 – 3ft northern NSW south facing beaches. WIND: ESE 5 to 15 knots.

Sunday
ESE tradewind swell and leftover S swell to 2ft exposed open beaches, gradually easing during the day. WIND: ESE 5 to 15 knots.

Conditions across the Surf Coast fall well short of what's pictured here.Photo: Luke Crozier.

Conditions across the Surf Coast fall well short of what's pictured here.Photo: Luke Crozier.

Victoria

A distinctly summer pattern comes to a head across the region this weekend. The knock on affect of a large, blocking high pressure system affecting our swell window over the last few days sees SW swell dropping to the lowest levels seen in some time this weekend; down to two to three feet or less across the exposed beaches. At the same time the Surf Coast remains under the influence of strong easterly winds; sustaining short period ESE windswell at two feet plus all weekend. The easterly wind regime remains intact over the next few days, keeping wave quality low across most locations all weekend.

Friday
SSW swell 2 - 3ft+ exposed beaches, mixing in with E windswell at a choppy 2ft+ across the Surf Coast. WIND: E 10 to 20 knots tending ESE during the day.

Saturday
SW swell 2ft exposed beaches. Short period E windswell at a choppy 2ft+ along the Surf Coast, easing later. WIND: Early light E tending ESE 10 to 20 knots.

Sunday
SW swell 1 – 2ft exposed beaches. Short period E windswell around 2ft across the Surf Coast. WIND: ESE 15 to 25 knots.

Western Australia:

There’s plenty of SW swell inbound across the South West just in time for the weekend. The leading edge of this pulse should arrive Friday night and build in throughout Saturday, before reaching a peak of four to six feet on Sunday. Get in early to make the most of lighter SSE winds ahead of stronger south-westerlies setting in on both days.

Friday
SW swell
Southwest Coast: increasing 2-3ft+ sets through afternoon
Perth: 0-1ft
SE wind 10-15kt, tending S to SW

Saturday
SW swell increases
Southwest Coast: 3-4ft occasionally plus sets
Perth: 1ft sets
Light S winds early, tending SW 10-15kt

Sunday
New SW groundswell fills in
Southwest Coast: 4-6ft, rising sets in arvo
Perth: 1-2ft+
S winds light early, rising rapidly SSW 15-20kt by afternoon.

South Australia


The latest run of solid surf draws to a close just in time for the weekend. Friday sees the last of this energy still generating two foot waves across the South Coast, but over the weekend it gets considerably smaller; around one to two feet by Saturday and around a foot by Sunday. The upside is a light NE to SE wind regime lasting all weekend, so conditions will be clean throughout Saturday and Sunday morning’s.

Friday
SW swell 2ft across the South Coast. Grading to 0.5 – 1ft across the Mid Coast. WIND: Light NE tending to sea breezes during the afternoon.

Saturday
SW swell 1 - 2ft South Coast, building during the afternoon. 0.5ft across the Mid Coast. WIND: Early light ENE tending E to SE 5 to 15 knots during the afternoon.

Sunday
SW swell 1ft+ across the South Coast. Flat across the Mid Coast. WIND: Early light NE tending to sea breezes later.

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