WEEKEND SURF FORECAST, 5 - 7 April 2013

4 Apr 2013 0 Share

Another nameless location, somewhere along the Australian coastline. Image: Coastalwatch Plus member Brandon Foster.

Another nameless location, somewhere along the Australian coastline. Image: Coastalwatch Plus member Brandon Foster.

As some of the photographs below attest, Australia is a wave rich country with a wide variety of high quality – and often uncrowded surf. If you’re in the hunt for a few waves this weekend, the West Coast is by far and away the pick of the bunch – benefiting from large SW swell and offshore winds both on Saturday and Sunday. In contrast, the NSW coast falls under the spell of a large high pressure system, leaving the region under the influence of increasingly smaller levels of residual S swell, but Victoria’s exposed beaches and south-eastern Queensland both see rideable waves in the two to three foot range all weekend.

Unfortunately there will be none of this to be had across the NSW coast this weekend. Image: Coastalwatch Plus member Ben Knott.

Unfortunately there will be none of this to be had across the NSW coast this weekend. Image: Coastalwatch Plus member Ben Knott.

NSW
We’ve got a bad case of the high pressure blues across the NSW coast. A monster high pressure system comprehensively suppresses new swell activity as it lumbers across Tasmania and out into the Tasman Sea on Friday and the weekend. The knock on effect of the high sees S swell easing into the two to three foot range across south facing beaches by Friday ahead of a further decline into the one to two foot range this weekend. The upside is light offshore winds on Saturday and Sunday mornings, tending onshore on both days, so get in early for the best of it.

Friday
S swell 2 - 3ft south facing beaches, grading to 2ft or so elsewhere. WIND: ESE 5 to 15 knots.

Saturday
S swell around 2ft south facing beaches, fading during the day. WIND: Early WSW tending SE to ENE 5 to 15 knots during the day.

Sunday
Leftover swell SSE 1 - 2ft south facing beaches, grading smaller elsewhere. WIND: Early W tending ENE 5 to 15 knots during the day and variable into the afternoon.

Rides of this length may be a bit unrealistic across Queensland this weekend, but there will be waves. Image: Coastalwatch Plus member Andrew.

Rides of this length may be a bit unrealistic across Queensland this weekend, but there will be waves. Image: Coastalwatch Plus member Andrew.

Queensland and Far Northern NSW
The region is one of the few beneficiaries of a dominant high pressure system building out across the Tasman Sea this weekend. The high extends a firming ridge across the northern Tasman Sea responsible for an increase in short range SE swell that arrives just in time this weekend; pushing wave heights back up to a rideable two to four feet across the region on Friday and Saturday ahead of a renewed decline setting in from Sunday onwards. Strong SE winds will limit clean rideable options to the Points and Bays on Friday and Saturday, but conditions should improve across the open coasts as the onshore flow weakens by Sunday.

Friday
SE windswell 2 - 3ft+ QLD exposed coasts, grading to 3 – 4ft across far northern NSW. WIND: SE 15 to 25 knots.

Saturday
ESE swell 3 – 4ft exposed coasts, grading smaller inside the Points and Bays. WIND: Early light SSW tending SE 10 to 20 knots.

Sunday
ESE swell 2 – 3ft exposed coasts, gradually easing during the day. WIND: Early light SSW tending SSE 10 to 15 knots, easing later.

There will be clean waves across Victoria's exposed beaches this weekend. Image: Coastalwatch Plus member Tricky Dick.

There will be clean waves across Victoria's exposed beaches this weekend. Image: Coastalwatch Plus member Tricky Dick.

Victoria
An extended run of solid swell across the state over the Easter break finally peters out over the coming days, turning the focus back to the exposed beaches. Leftover SW swell drops to manageable levels across the region by Saturday as winds turn light NE, making for a great day to get amongst it – either across the south-west coast or East Coast stretches.

Friday
SSW swell 4 – 5ft exposed beaches. Sets to 2 to 3ft across the Surf Coast during the morning, fading during the afternoon. WIND: Light ESE to ENE 5 to 15 knots.

Saturday
SW swell 2 – 3ft+ exposed beaches, Up to 1 to 2ft max across the Surf Coast. WIND: NE 5 to 10 knots.

Sunday
New SW groundswell 2 - 3ft exposed beaches, building to 3 – 4ft during the afternoon. Flat across the Surf Coast increasing to 1 – 2ft later. WIND: NW 5 to 10 knots tending ESE during the day.

The West Coast will be on proverbial fire this weekend. Image: Coastalwatch Plus member Simon Allard.

The West Coast will be on proverbial fire this weekend. Image: Coastalwatch Plus member Simon Allard.

Western Australia
Just in case you’re in any doubt, the West is definitely the best place to be for good waves this weekend. A strong pulse of SW groundswell kicking in on Saturday generates large eight foot plus surf across the major breaks, with good mid to large surf likely inside the Bays. The swell coincides with moderate SE winds on Saturday, turning lighter E as the swell begins to subside again throughout Sunday.

Friday
SW swell
Southwest Coast: 2-3ft
Perth: 1ft inconsistently
Light W wind early, tending SW to 10kt

Saturday
Strong SW swell rising
Southwest Coast: 4-5ft rising steadily 6-10ft
Perth: 1-2ft increasing large in arvo
SE wind 10-15kt

Sunday
Strong SW swell decreasing
Southwest Coast: 8-10ft easing 6-8ft
Perth: 2-3ft
SE to NE wind 10-15kt

South Australia
There are only small waves to be had across Southern Australian coasts this weekend, so venturing to more remote and more exposed stretches may be worthwhile. The last of this week’s SSW swell hangs in at a fun size across the South Coast on Friday before fading to lower levels on Saturday and Sunday.

Friday
SW swell 2 - 3ft+ South Coast. Up to 0.5ft across the Mid Coast. WIND: E 10 to 15 knots tending ESE during the morning.

Saturday
SW swell 1 – 2ft across the South Coast, grading to flat across the Mid Coast. WIND: NE 5 to 10 knots tending SSW during the afternoon.

Sunday
SSW groundswell 1 - 2ft across the South Coast. Flat across the Mid Coast. WIND: SSE 5 to 10 knots

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