Forecaster Blog: Updated Quiksilver Pro Forecast

20 Feb 2015 0 Share

Ben Macartney

Chief Surf Forecaster

Forecast blog issued 4.00pm Friday, 27 February 2015. By Ben Macartney.

Well, here we go. Another year and another world title on the line, commencing with the first instalment of the ex-ASP World Tour (now the newly named World Surf League), kicking off at Quiksilver Pro at Snapper Rocks on Saturday 28 February. Although Huey was clearly premature in his timing for this event, there will still be plenty of waves throughout the event – just not of the calibre seen throughout the week prior. The opening day of the waiting period (Saturday 28 February) should continue to see long-range ESE swell running at 2 to 3ft at Snapper Rocks. This swell may prove a little inconsistent at times but it should hang in throughout Saturday and there should still be some smaller leftovers ranging either side of 2ft on Sunday. The only downside is a light ENE breeze that will see surface conditions steadily deteriorating from mid Saturday and Sunday mornings. 

The waiting game commences in hope of new swell at the back end of the waiting period. Photo: WSL/ Cesari.

The waiting game commences in hope of new swell at the back end of the waiting period. Photo: WSL/ Cesari.

From Monday onwards organisers will probably have to contend with a smaller run of 1 to 2ft waves that, at this stage is likely to last right through to next weekend. Having said that, it’s well known Snapper Rocks can turn on with the faintest sniff of easterly swell and it’s undoubtedly one of those places that can turn a 1 to 2ft E swell in the most perfect 1 to 2ft waves you’ve ever seen. Indeed, whether or not the organisers run can often boil down the wind forecast – and given a moderate SSE change is forecast for mid-Monday morning we may well see the contest underway again regardless of the diminutive swell. At this point low-scale E swell in the 1 to 2ft range is all that’s on the menu – at least through to next weekend or early next week. Although it’s still a little too early in the piece to be sure of what the final days of the waiting period hold, there are already indications an increase in short period ESE swell during Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 will only be minor – perhaps too minor to wait around for.



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