WEEKEND SURF FORECAST, 26 - 28 April 2013

25 Apr 2013 0 Share

Forecast issued 25 April 2013, by Ben Macartney

It’s a case of extremes around the continent this weekend. All regions experience either large to very large surf, or small to tiny waves, but not much in between. While the East Coast remains relatively becalmed under the influence of dominant high pressure over the Tasman Sea and a zonally aligned Southern Ocean storm track, all other major coastlines including the West Coast, South Australia and Victoria  remain under the influence of a series of large, overlapping long period SW groundswells that will generate large surf across these regions all weekend.

Australia's southern states feel the brunt of succession of large SW groundswells this weekend.

Australia's southern states feel the brunt of succession of large SW groundswells this weekend.

NSW
In stark contrast to last weekend, the NSW coast sees a full weekend of low scale south swell producing small to tiny surf a across the region. Thursday’s minor pulse of mid period S swell fades to tiny levels by Friday ahead of another, slight S pulse on Saturday. This isn’t expected to exceed two feet across south facing beaches and for the most part expect smaller one to two foot max surf across the majority of exposed beaches. Sunday sees a fractional component of S groundswell producing similarly tiny surf across the region. Although the most extreme south facing stretches should produce a rideable wave through the lower tides, expect tiny to flat conditions across open coasts.

Surfers across the East Coast will have to get by on memories of the most recent SE swell. Image: Coastwalwatch Plus member Craig Chisnall.

Surfers across the East Coast will have to get by on memories of the most recent SE swell. Image: Coastwalwatch Plus member Craig Chisnall.

Friday
S swell 1ft+ south facing beaches, grading smaller elsewhere. WIND: WNW 5 to 20 knots, tending lighter S and then light and variable into the afternoon.

Saturday
S swell around 2ft south facing beaches, grading to 1 – 2ft elsewhere. WIND: WNW 10 to 15 knots tending NNE later.

Sunday
S swell 1 – 2ft south facing beaches, grading smaller elsewhere. WIND: WNW 10 to 15 knots.

Queensland and Far Northern NSW
Like the rest of the East Coast, the region sees tiny surf prevailing on Friday and Saturday; levelling off around one foot across south-eastern Queensland coasts, with S swell only a tad bigger across far northern NSW. However, by Sunday we should begin to see a slight increase in short range E swell, nudging wave heights up into the two foot range across south-east Queensland; hardly an exceptional increase, but there will be waves none the less. A more substantial push in E swell is expected by Monday; check the detailed forecast for more on this.

Lets hope we see more of this across the region sooner rather than later. Image: Coastalwatch Plus member Simon Allard.

Lets hope we see more of this across the region sooner rather than later. Image: Coastalwatch Plus member Simon Allard.

Friday
ESE swell 0.5 - 1ft south-east QLD open coasts. S swell up to 1 – 2ft northern NSW south facing beaches. WIND: Early SSW 5 to 10 knots tending light ESE during the day.

Saturday
E swell 0.5 - 1ft south-east QLD open coasts. S swell up to 1 – 2ft northern NSW south facing beaches. WIND: Early light SW to SE tending ESE 5 to 15 knots during the afternoon.

Sunday
ESE swell 1 - 2ft+ exposed beaches. WIND: Early light NW tending NE 5 to 15 knots during the afternoon.

Victoria

The entire Victorian coastline is rocked by a series of heavy SW groundswells this weekend. There were already reports of clean three to four foot waves across the Surf Coast on Thursday; marking the beginning of a sustained run of large, mostly clean surf across the region. Expect a steady run of four to six foot waves across the Surf Coast on Friday and Saturday, culminating in a larger five to eight foot pulse during Sunday and Monday.

Victoria's Surf Coast is probably the pick of the Australian coastline this weekend. Image: Randy Sparrow.

Victoria's Surf Coast is probably the pick of the Australian coastline this weekend. Image: Randy Sparrow.

Friday
SW groundswell 6 – 8ft exposed beaches, grading to 3 – 4ft across the Surf Coast, increasing towards 4 – 6ft later. WIND: Early WNW 10 to 20 knots tending W during the afternoon.

Saturday
New SSW groundswell 8ft+ exposed beaches, up to 4 – 6ft across the Surf Coast. WIND: WNW 10 to 20 knots.

Sunday
SW groundswell 8 – 10ft+ exposed beaches. Rising from 4 – 6ft early to 5 – 8ft across the Surf Coast during the morning. WIND: Early WNW tending WSW 10 to 20 knots during the afternoon.

Western Australia:
Although the West Coast is only partially exposed to tail end of the active storm track affecting Victoria and South Australia,  the region can still look toward to a couple of strong SW groundswells over the next few days; generating peaks of six to eight feet across the South-west coast and smaller one to two foot waves across Perth beaches all weekend. Although light to moderate onshore winds will hamper conditions on Friday and Saturday, a lighter E/SE flow setting in by Sunday should see excellent surf on offer all day.

Friday
SW swell, largest early, easing late
Southwest Coast: inconsistent 6-8ft, fading 4-6ft
Perth: 2ft
SE wind early, tending light seabreeze

Saturday
SW swell, reinforcing sets rise late
Southwest Coast: 4-6ft, inconsistent 6-8ft sets late
Perth: 1-2ft, largest sets late
Variable WSW wind, 5-15kt

Sunday
SW swell, easing slowly
Southwest Coast: inconsistent 6-8ft sets early, fading 4-6ft
Perth: 2ft, largest early
Variable light W wind early 0-10kt, tending S 10-15kt.

South Australia
It’s shaping up as one of the better weekend’s across the region so far this year. A sustained run of large SW groundswell coincides with favourable NW to N winds during Friday and Saturday to produce excellent surf across the region. A peak in size in the five to eight foot range on Sunday will be affected by moderate SW winds throughout the morning, but conditions should improve as winds die out during the day.

Friday
SW swell 3 - 4ft+ South Coast, building to 4 – 6ft during the afternoon. Up to 1 - 2ft+ across the Mid Coast. WIND: WNW 10 to 15 knots tending NNW during the day.

Saturday
SSW groundswell 4 – 6ft+ across the South Coast, easing marginally during the afternoon. Grading to 1 to 2ft+ across the Mid Coast. WIND: N 10 to 20 knots shifting WSW during the afternoon.

Sunday
New SSW groundswell 5 - 6ft+ across the South Coast, peaking at 6 – 8ft during the afternoon. Around 2 – 3ft across the Mid Coast. WIND: SW 5 to 15 knots tending light and variable during the afternoon.

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