Weekend Surf Forecast 25 - 27 January, 2019

24 Jan 2019 1 Share

Issued Thursday, 24 January 2019

Australia Day weekend should typically be filled with fun times and mates, although wether or not you will be adding surf to your long weekend itenerary will depend on what you are after. You may prefer to just enjoy the good times out of the water rather then hunt down average swell conditions on the East Coast. Or you could be one of the luckier ones to catch both a good surf session and an Australia Day party along the better areas of Victoria and SA. West coast will see weather clear up just in time for the weekend and some offshore delights for the long weekend beach crowds. Whatever your plans and whereever you may be, lets all aim to have a safe and happy Australia Day!

Where oh where will the barrels be? pic: cw user Murdoch

Where oh where will the barrels be? pic: cw user Murdoch

Sydney, Newcastle and the South Coast
A weak swell pattern continues with a small SE swell Friday followed by a rotation of winds and waves back from the NE Saturday and Sunday. Look for a return of NE windswell, which is not much to get excited about, except that the winds should hold lighter through the mornings and help the small waves get a little punch on the better exposed open beaches early.

Friday
Small SE swell eases. Scope for 2 to 3ft sets along exposed open and south facing breaks, inconsistent in the upper range and grading to 1 to 2ft+ elsewhere. Mixing with NE windswell bumping up towards 1 to 2ft open beaches during the late afternoon. WIND: Light WSW 5 to 10 knots to variable, tending NE and freshening to 15 to 25 knots in the afternoon.

Saturday
NE windswell around 2ft at the exposed open breaks, mixing with slight ESE swell at lower levels elsewhere. WIND: Early light Northerly tending NE ahead of a weak Southerly change around 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon.

Sunday
NE windswell up to 2 to 3ft at the most exposed open beaches, mixing with smaller S swell at lower levels elsewhere with size depending on exposure. WIND: Early light WNW, tending Northerly, then NNE 10 to 15 knots in the arvo.

Drop into the weekend will full enthusiasm for Australia day. pic: cw user betelbailey

Drop into the weekend will full enthusiasm for Australia day. pic: cw user betelbailey

Queensland and Far Northern NSW
The mundane easterly swell pattern that we saw through the week will hang in there with no real changes expected this weekend. Its beginning to feel like groundhog day with this weak high pressure system in the Tasman giving easterly swell in the 1 to 2ft range and winds tending NE by the afternoons. 

Friday
Slight ENE swell around 1 to 2ft exposed open beaches. Otherwise grading to tiny/ near flat inside the bays and along the points. WIND: Early light NNW 5 to 10 knots, tending NE 10 to 15 knots.

Saturday
Faded ENE swell up to a slow 1ft+ exposed open beaches, otherwise near-flat along the points and inside the bays. WIND: Early light NW to NNW 5 to 10 knots, tending Northerly, NE 10 to 20 knots in the arvo.

Sunday
Slight ENE windswell around 1 to 2ft along exposed coasts, potential for slightly larger 2ft sets. grading to tiny/ near-flat inside the points and bays. WIND: Early light NNW to Northerly tending NNE 10 to 20 knots.

The open beachies are a real gem when cleaned up like this. pic: cw user digbyayton

The open beachies are a real gem when cleaned up like this. pic: cw user digbyayton

Victoria
While Friday is a low point in swell energy, winds will begin to shift from the NW to W as a front nears and begins an onset of good conditions Saturday and Sunday. The front is associated with a larger low crossing the bight with good incoming swell following up Saturday and continuing Sunday. This offers up some good surf opportunities along Surf Coast with the favouring west winds. 

Friday
SW swell bottoms out. Slow sets around 2ft along the exposed beaches, grading to 1ft or so along the Surf Coast. WIND: Northerly, NNE 15 to 25 knots ahead of a SW change of similar strength during the day.

Saturday
New SW groundswell gradually builds. Around 2 to 4ft along the exposed beaches, rising towards 3 to 5ft into the afternoon. Speculatively 2ft sets along the Surf Coast reefs, building later. Otherwise grading smaller elsewhere with size depending on exposure. WIND: SW, SSW around 5 to 10 knots early, tending Southerly, SSE 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.

Sunday
SW groundswell gradually eases. Around 4 to 6ft along the exposed beaches, combining with new WSW swell at 3 to 5ft into the arvo. Wrapping at about 2 to 3ft+ along the Surf Coast reefs, dropping in the afternoon. WIND: WNW 5 to 15 knots Early, turning WSW to SW, then Southerly and freshening in the afternoon.

If only the crowds thin out, the lucky may finds a few of these unridden ones. pic: cw user treeksea

If only the crowds thin out, the lucky may finds a few of these unridden ones. pic: cw user treeksea

Western Australia
WA got a hit of stormy conditions recently, however, we see an improving trend and settling surf under a rebuilding high pressure system this weekend. Waves will begin to organise Friday after a rough few days and winds turn gradually offshore. This will eventually lead to good and cleaned up surf Saturday and Sunday as SW swell sorts itself out. 

Friday
SSW groundswell settling slowly. South West: Easing 4 to 6ft+ across exposed breaks early under a lighter southerly wind. Perth/Mandurah: Up to 2ft along exposed beaches, slowly easing. WIND: SSE 10 to 20 knots, tending South and freshening into the afternoon.

Saturday
Easing SSW groundswell under cross-offshore winds. South West: Sets up to 4 to 6ft+ across exposed breaks early, easing into the 4 to 5ft+ range later. Otherwise grading smaller elsewhere with size depending on exposure. Perth/Mandurah: Up to 2ft along exposed beaches, slowly easing. WIND: SSE 10 to 20 knots, tending South, SSW and freshening into the afternoon.

Sunday
Scope for renewed, mid-period SSW swell. South West: Clean 5 to 6ft+ across exposed breaks, grading smaller elsewhere with size depending on exposure. Perth/Mandurah: Clean in the 1 to 2ft range along exposed beaches. WIND: SE to ESE 10 to 15 knots, tending South and freshening later.

Tucking in for a long weekend. pic: cw user treeksea

Tucking in for a long weekend. pic: cw user treeksea

South Australia
There’s an active storm track setting up under the bight this weekend which will no doubt be leading to a rising trend of surf. Friday marks the initial onset of this uprising pattern, with a frontal passage and poor winds kicking up along with incoming SW swell. Surf will build overnight into Saturday and by Sunday, SA sees a larger mix of SW groundswell along with a brunt push of onshore winds.

Friday
Small-scale SW swell persists under freshening onshore winds. South Coast: Junky 1 to 3ft at Waits and Parsons, grading to 1ft+ around Middleton. Mid Coast: Virtually flat. WIND: Early SW 10 to 15 knots, tending SSW and freshening to 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon.

Saturday
Potential for rising SSW groundswell under light onshore winds. South Coast: Initially 2 to 3ft+ at Waits and Parsons, building to 3 to 5ft+ in the afternoon. Grading to a junky 1 to 2ft+ around Middleton, up to 2 to 3ft+ later. Mid Coast: Mid period WSW swell fills in, 1ft with occasional 1.5ft sets. WIND: SSE 5 to 15 knots, tending southerly, SW and freshening in the afternoon.

Sunday
Windblown SSW groundswell. South Coast: Ranging from 4 to 6ft at Waits and Parsons, grading to 2 to 4ft around Middleton. Mid Coast: 1 to 2ft. WIND: SW to SSW 10 to 20 knots.

The magic morning surf check in South Australia. pic: cw user maxswellphoto

The magic morning surf check in South Australia. pic: cw user maxswellphoto


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