WEEKEND SURF FORECAST, 22 - 24 February 2013

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Photo: Coastalwatch member Justin Robinson.

Photo: Coastalwatch member Justin Robinson.

Dialling In, Thursday, 21 February, 2013

If there’s a comment factor to the forecast around the continent this weekend, it’s onshore winds. With the exception of South Australia, Victoria’s exposed coasts and Tasmania’s north-west coast, most regions will see plenty of swell, but sub-standard surface quality owing to persisting onshores. The East Coast in particular sees persistent E to NE winds on Saturday and Sunday respectively, following the south-westward movement of a low pressure system across the NSW interior.

NSW:

A big, stormy pulse of short range E swell peaks across the NSW coast on Saturday; probably running at anywhere from six to ten feet depending on exposure. Unfortunately you’ll have to think outside the square to find any decent rideable options, given conditions will be thoroughly blown out across all beaches by 20 to 40 knot ESE winds throughout the day.

By Sunday the swell backs off to more manageable levels as winds ease and swing NE across the entire NSW coast. This should open up some reasonable quality options inside northern corners as the swell gradually subsides throughout the day.

There will be no shortage of size this weekend, but not much in the way of wave quality.

There will be no shortage of size this weekend, but not much in the way of wave quality.

Friday
Stormy E swell increasing from 4 – 6ft early towards 6 - 8ft exposed open beaches. WIND: ESE 10 to 20 knots early, increasing to 20 to 25 knots during the afternoon and 20 to 30 knots later.

Saturday
Stormy E swell 8ft+ exposed open beaches, gradually easing into the afternoon. WIND: E 20 to 35 knots tending ENE 15 to 25 knots during the afternoon.

Sunday
ENE windswell 5 – 6ft+ exposed open beaches, easing during the afternoon. WIND: Uncertainty due to model divergence. NNE 10 to 20 knots, tending NE during the day.

Northern NSW in particular should see some good surf on offer early on Saturday. Photo: Coastalwatch member Josh Evans.

Northern NSW in particular should see some good surf on offer early on Saturday. Photo: Coastalwatch member Josh Evans.

Queensland and Far Northern NSW

There’s likely to be some good clean surfable options across exposed beaches early on Saturday. Once the low off south-east Queensland moves across the far northern NSW coast on Friday, it’s clockwise rotation will cause winds to swing north and rapidly ease – probably tending NNW on Saturday morning. At the same time ESE swell recedes to more accessible levels; still a solid three to four foot across the region, making for good conditions inside northern corners before winds swing NNE during the afternoon.

The swell eases another notch by Sunday, but there’s some uncertainty regarding local winds. This surrounds the movement of a new surface trough over the southern Queensland coast on Sunday; with models varying in the timing and strength of the system. This may see early light winds increasing out of the ENE or ESE during the day, so check Friday’s detailed update for clarification.

Friday
ESE swell 4 – 6ft exposed open beaches, mixing in with SSE swell at similar levels across northern NSW. Gradually easing during the day. WIND: SSW 15 to 25 knots, easing and tending W during the day or afternoon.

Saturday
ESE swell 3 – 4ft+ exposed QLD coasts, grading to 4 – 5ft+ across northern NSW. WIND: WNW 10 to 15 knots tending N to NE during the afternoon.

Sunday
ESE swell 2 – 4ft exposed open beaches. Grading smaller inside the Points and Bays. WIND: Early light and variable tending ENE 5 to 15 knots during the morning and NE 10 to 20 knots during the afternoon.

Victoria

The exposed beaches hold all the cards this weekend. A strong easterly wind regime coincides with a full weekend of low scale SW swell, producing strong cross-shore, two to four foot surf, depending on location. The easterlies, fuelled by a strong high pressure system south-east of Tasmania, maintain solid levels of choppy E windswell across the Surf Coast – also ranging from two to four feet all weekend.

Friday
Mix of mid period and long range SW groundswell 2 – 3ft+ exposed beaches. Short period E windswell around 2 - 3ft across the Surf Coast. WIND: ESE 15 to 25 knots.

Saturday
SW swell 2 - 3ft+ exposed beaches. Short period E windswell up to 2 – 3ft across the Surf Coast, easing later. WIND: Early light ENE tending ESE 10 to 15 knots during the day.

Sunday
SW groundswell 3 – 4ft exposed beaches. Mixing in with E windswell up to 2 - 3ft across the Surf Coast. WIND: Light NE tending light and variable during the afternoon.

Western Australia:

It’s shaping up as a pretty good weekend across the South West. A strong pulse of mid period SW swell fill in late Friday and holds large surf across the region on Saturday before easing back to more accessible level by Sunday. Get in early to capitalise on early light S to variable winds, ahead of south-westerlies during the afternoons.

Friday
Long range SW groundswell fills in
Southwest Coast: 3-4ft+ inconsistent building 6ft sets late
Perth: occasional 1ft+ sets
Variable light S winds early, rising WSW 15kt late

Saturday
SW groundswell fills in
Southwest Coast: 6ft+
Perth: 2-3ft inconsistent
SW to S winds variable 5-15kt

Sunday
Slow decreasing SW swell
Southwest Coast: 4-6ft+, easing size in afternoon
Perth: 2ft
Light variable winds early, tending SW 10kt in afternoon

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