WEEKEND SURF FORECAST, 12 - 14 April 2013

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Forecast issued 11.00am, 11 April 2011. By Ben Macartney

Autumn lives up to its reputation for good surf this weekend. No matter what stretch of coast you inhabit, there will be good quality surf on offer. The East Coast receives a strong round of easterly swell generated by the first East Coast Low for the year – initially affecting Queensland and northern NSW before filling in across the southern half of the NSW coast on Sunday and Monday. Victoria sees a sustained run of SW groundswell generating solid surf all weekend and the West Coast sees early offshore winds combining with mid range SW swell on both days.

Your chances of lucking into a wave like this is relatively high this weekend. Image: Coastalwatch Plus Member Dave1.


NSW

The flat spell affecting the NSW coast is finally broken this weekend - but not exactly in spectacular fashion.  A small pulse of long range south groundswell restores wave heights to rideable levels across the region on Saturday – probably only amounting to one to two feet across the majority of open beaches. Only the most exposed south facing stretches will see any substantial surf resulting from this distant pulse; mostly two to three feet with the odd larger set in the mix throughout Saturday. The upside is a fully morning of light NW winds turning moderate NE during the afternoon, so south facing beaches will be good all day.

Sunday marks a transition in swell trains as leftover S groundswell gives way to a rising trend in ENE swell during the day; a more consistent round of mid period swell emanating from an East Coast Low tracking south-east across the Tasman Sea over the next few days. This should tick up to two to three feet across open beaches early on Sunday with a further push likely during the afternoon. For more details on the East Coast Low check out the East Coast Swell Alert.

East Coast Lows often equate to solid E swell and offshore winds. Image: Coastalwatch Plus member Sprucy.


Friday
Background E swell around 1ft exposed beaches. Late increase in S groundswell to 2ft likely across south facing beaches. WIND: Early light WNW tending NE 5 to 15 knots during the afternoon.

Saturday
Inconsistent S groundswell up to 2 – 3ft most exposed south facing beaches, grading to 1 – 2ft open beaches depending on exposure. WIND: NW 5 to 15 knots tending NE later.

Sunday
ENE swell 2 – 3ft open beaches, rising to 3 – 4ft during the afternoon. Mixing in with leftover S groundswell at 2ft+ south facing beaches. WIND: Early WNW 5 to 10 knots tending light to moderate NE during the day.

Queensland and Far Northern NSW

Get ready for a steep increase in E swell this weekend, compliments of an East Coast Low developing off the Queensland coast. The ECL tracks southward off the coast on Friday and Saturday,  bringing a gale force easterly fetch within close range of the region – in turn triggering a rapid rise in ESE swell throughout Friday. This episode is projected to top out on Saturday – in the five to eight foot across exposed coasts, with moderate to strong SE winds producing relatively clean three to six foot waves inside the Points and Bays. The swell hangs in at solid levels throughout Sunday and a shift in wind direction to the south is a distinct possibility following the ECL’s south-eastward track taking it deeper into the central Tasman Sea. Definitely time to make hay while the sun shines.

It's safe to say the Points and Bays will be cranking this weekend. Image: Coastalwatch Plus member COR.


Friday
ESE swell 2 - 3ft+ exposed coasts, building to 3 – 4ft during the afternoon. WIND: Early light S tending SE 10 to 20 knots.

Saturday
E swell up to 5 - 6ft+ exposed coasts, grading to 4 – 6ft inside the Points and Bays. WIND: SE 10 to 20 knots.

Sunday
ESE swell 5 - 6ft+ exposed coasts, grading to 4 – 6ft inside the Points and Bays. Easing during the afternoon. WIND: Early SSW tending SSE 10 to 20 knots.

Victoria

A sustained run of SSW groundswell sees large six to eight foot surf pounding exposed Victorian beaches throughout the weekend – undoubtedly a little too much energy on tap for these stretches. The Surf Coast and other east facing coasts are the places to head. Expect a more accessible run of three to five foot waves combining with favourable WNW winds to produce good to excellent conditions all weekend.

The Surf Coast will look something like this over the weekend. Image: Gregdog.


Friday
SW groundswell 6 – 8ft+ exposed beaches, grading to 4 – 5ft+ across the Surf Coast. WIND: Early light and variable tending light NE to SE during the afternoon.

Saturday
New SSW groundswell 5 - 8ft exposed beaches, grading to 3 - 5ft across the Surf Coast. WIND: Early light WNW tending NNW to W during the day.

Sunday
SW groundswell 5 – 6ft+ exposed beaches. Sets up to 3 - 4ft across the Surf Coast, easing during the afternoon. WIND: Early light WNW tending S 5 to 15 knots.

Western Australia:

An easing SSW swell drops to relatively low levels across the region by Saturday morning, marking a low point in wave energy ahead of a steady increase throughout Saturday afternoon towards three to four feet across exposed South-west coasts. This energy should hang in at a similar size throughout Sunday under light ESE winds, making for a full day of good waves across the region – and Monday looks even better.


The exposed South-west coast locations will be the pick this weekend. Image: Wyer.

Friday
Decreased SW swell
Southwest Coast: 3-4ft
Perth: 1ft
Light to variable SE wind

Saturday
Small range SW swell
Southwest Coast: 2-3ft+
Perth: 0-1ft
Light to variable SE Winds 10-15kt

Sunday
Small new SW swell
Southwest Coast: 3-4ft
Perth: 1ft
Light variable wind 5-10kt.

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