Weekend Surf Forecast 8 - 10 March 2019

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COASTALWATCH | WEEKEND SURF FORECAST

Issued Thursday, 7 March 2019

There are definitely some things to love about autumn surfs. For some regions, it is a season of light morning offshores combined with the last of warmer water temps, and maybe the occasional early winter groundswells. While this full combo may not have idealised yet, there at least a few spots in the weekend forecast that will benefit from the seasonal shift.

In terms of swell activity, nothing really jumps off the charts as a major or big swell event over the next couple days. However, when you take into consideration conditions, Victoria and South Australia are looking good for the mornings with a run of clean and favorable light offshores that will shape up overlapping SW groundswells.

For the East Coast, settling smaller swells are the result of a weak high pressure system stalling in the Tasman Sea. There is a brief south swell episode that will drop down quickly Friday, followed by small scale and low range surf conditions Saturday and Sunday.

WA probably sees the strongest swell feature of the weekend come to life Sunday, although conditions also need to be taken into consideration with breezy fresh SE to S windflow.

East Coast had some special Oma moments, but sorry, this weekend won't be anything like this picture for QLD/NSW. pic: CWuser GiLanes

East Coast had some special Oma moments, but sorry, this weekend won't be anything like this picture for QLD/NSW. pic: CWuser GiLanes

Queensland and Far Northern NSW
Friday sees a SSE change across the region, which leads to a mediocare upswing in SSE/SE windswell before surf drops off Saturday and Sunday. At this stage, the lumpy swell doesn't seem too significant, pushing up 2 to 3ft levels across southern QLD coasts and up to a foot bigger south of the border. Expect textured conditions Friday with the southeast winds, then tending lighter Saturday before turning northerly on Sunday.

Friday
SE and ESE swell mix settles. Ranging from 2 to 3ft exposed QLD breaks, while grading to occasional sets to 2 to 4ft northern NSW south facing breaks. Wrapping to 1 to 2ft along the points and inside the bays with size depending on exposure. WIND: Lighter SSW inshore early, tending SE to ESE at about 10 to 15 knots.

Saturday
SSE and ESE swells around 2ft+ across the most exposed coasts, grading to 1 to 2ft along the points and inside the bays. WIND: Early light and variable inshore, tending ESE to ENE 10 to 15 knots.

Sunday
Mix of SSE and E swells around 2ft across the most exposed coasts, grading to 1 to 2ft along the points and inside the bays. WIND: Early light WNW to NNW inshore, tending Northerly, NNE 10 to 20 knots.

Swell will be dropping right off for NSW after a quick S'ly pulse from Thursday fades away. pic: DanBielich

Swell will be dropping right off for NSW after a quick S'ly pulse from Thursday fades away. pic: DanBielich

Sydney, Newcastle and the South Coast
A south swell that spiked up Thursday can clean up on south facing breaks Friday morning when winds swing north and residual sets clean up fun scale surf. That S swell drops quickly and then we are left with only small scale surf for the weekendoff NE windswell.

Friday
SSE swell settling down, easing cleaner 2 to 3ft+ waves on south facing beaches early, tending smaller in lesser exposed areas, mixing with background E swell at 1 to 2ft elsewhere. Waves fading through the afternoon. WIND: Early light WSW to SSW 5 to 15 knots, tending ESE to E/NE in the afternoon.

Saturday
Fading mix of E and SE swells, superseded by low range NE windswell. Initially 1 to 2ft exposed breaks, bumping up to 2ft+ on open areas in the afternoon. WIND: Early light to variable west, tending NE up to 10 to 20 knots in the afternoon.

Sunday
Small NE windswell fading during the day, showing weaker 1 to 2ft exposed open beaches. Mixing with speculative underlying S groundswell, inconsistent sets to 1 to 3ft south facing beaches. WIND: Light NW to NE, tending weak and variable S to SE change 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon.

Victoria, with some clean mornings expected, can shape up SW swell. pic: ottodavies

Victoria, with some clean mornings expected, can shape up SW swell. pic: ottodavies

Victoria
There should be plenty of options around Victoria this weekend as recent SW swell cleans up and winds show favourable conditions, especially for the mornings. Overlapping SW groundswell maintains size with head high sets on the exposed breaks and winds go light and offshore for the early paddle out before tending to a mild seabreeze. 

Friday
Easing SW groundswell shows good early under light wind. Occasional sets hold at 4 to 5ft along the exposed beaches and ranging inconsistent towards 2 to 4ft along the Surf Coast reefs, while grading smaller elsewhere. WIND: Early light and variable NW, shifting to E to SE seabreeze 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon.

Saturday
Reinforcing SW groundswell, tending inconsistent under fair morning wind with occasional sets at 4 to 5ft range along the exposed beaches, easing during the afternoon. Grading to 2 to 3ft+ along the Surf Coast reefs, otherwise smaller elsewhere with size depending on exposure. WIND: Light variable NE 5 to 10 knots early, tending seabreeze SE 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.

Sunday
SW groundswell slowly eases. Mostly clean at 3 to 5ft along the exposed beaches. Sets wrapping at about 2 to 3ft along the Surf Coast reefs, fading in the afternoon. WIND: Early variable N to NE 5 to 10 knots, shifting NW to W 10 to 15 knots through the day.

Clean up morning sessions. pic: CWuser Dutzi

Clean up morning sessions. pic: CWuser Dutzi

Western Australia
Under a SSE, SE wind pattern, we see a minor mid period SW swell Friday through Saturday for cross shore conditions and low range surf. Then Sunday, a stronger push in building SSW groundswell arrives to bump up wave heights as winds continue to show southerly conditions.

Friday
Building mid period SW swell under moderate SE winds, making for semi-clean sets around 2 to 4ft along exposed breaks early, building to 3 to 4ft+ in the afternoon. WIND: SE 10 to 20 knots, tending SSE and freshening in the afternoon. Grading light variable across Metro waters tending SW in the afternoon.

Saturday
Minor mid period SW overlapped by a building SSW groundswell later. South West: Small, clean sets up to 3 to 4ft at the most exposed breaks, rising inconsistent sets later. Perth/Mandurah: About 0.5 to 1ft. WIND: SSE 10 to 20 knots, tending Southerly and freshening to 15 to 25 knots in the afternoon. Grading light variable across Metro waters tending SSW at 10 to 20 knots later in the afternoon.

Sunday
New SSW groundswell fills in under moderate SSE, SE winds. South West: Scope for sets ranging from 3 to 4ft across exposed breaks, building to 6 to 8ft in the arvo. Otherwise smaller elsewhere with size depending on exposure. Perth/Mandurah: Clean in the 0.5 to 1ft range, rising 2ft later. WIND: SE, SSE 10 to 20 knots, tending Southerly and freshening to 15 to 25 knots in the afternoon.

The trail backed with perfection. pic: justinEdwards

The trail backed with perfection. pic: justinEdwards

South Australia
Conditions are looking favourable under a light wind pattern that offers an optimal morning offshore combined with overlapping SW swells. We have reinforcing SW sets hold up wave size as the winds remain clean throughout the next several mornings, making for what should be good surfable options across the state.

Friday
SW groundswell continues to settle. South Coast: Sets ranging from 3 to 4ft+ at Waits and Parsons. Grading to 2 to 3ft around Middleton and easing into the afternoon. Mid Coast: 1 to 2ft. WIND: Early NE at 5 to 10 knots tending light and variable before shifting SE at about 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.

Saturday
New SSW groundswell under light winds. South Coast: Clean sets around 4 to 6ft at Waits and Parsons, backing off during the afternoon. Grading to 3 to 4ft around Middleton. Mid Coast: Around 1ft. WIND: Early light and variable tending to light sea-breezes in the afternoon.

Sunday
SSW swell slowly eases under early light winds. South Coast: Sets ranging from 3 to 4ft at Waits and Parsons, grading to 2 to 3ft around Middleton. Mid Coast: 0.5 to 1ft. WIND: Early light and variable tending W to SW and freshening to 15 to 20 knots in the arvo.

Bring on the weekend. pic: CWuser Deryck930

Bring on the weekend. pic: CWuser Deryck930


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