Weekend Surf Forecast 8 - 10 November 2013

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Forecast issued 7th November 2013, by Ben Macartney

Having recently become a dad, I’ve swapped a fair chunk of surfing time for changing nappies and singing nursery rhymes – and that’s all good from my perspective, unless the surf it 6ft+ and pumping. Or even 4ft and pumping. Still, being curious about how other surfing dads cope I was pointed to a group of guys in California who got organised via a social networking site to optimise their surfing time. Their homepage says: “We're a group of responsible fathers who love to surf and would like to raise our children at the beach and spend more time in the water... to score decent surf while taking turns watching the groms.  There are lots of things we still need to figure out, but this is a group that is looking forward as our children get older and we can fine tune the day-to-day 'operations' of the beach activities."  I’m guessing the subtext of “There are lots of things we still need to figure out”, might be “Our wives and girlfriends will inevitably complicate this idea”. According to their home page they have only met once since the group was founded in 2011, so it looks like it’s still a work in progress. Whether you’re a parent or not, there is surf to be had across all regions this weekend - just keep your expectations low.

The North West Coast pumps. Image: Dan Wyer.

The North West Coast pumps. Image: Dan Wyer.

NSW
If there’s one piece of advice for the weekend, it’s get in early on Saturday. A small NE windswell should see surf heights ranging either side of two feet depending on exposure, with early light north-westerly winds preceding a strong southerly change developing late morning. Once this change arrives it’s pretty much all over. Winds should swing further around to the SSE on Saturday afternoon and persist at strength out of the south-east throughout Sunday – leaving nowhere to hide from the strong onshore flow.

Saturday morning holds your best chance for a few clean waves this weekend. Image: Coastalwatch Plus member GrahamS.

Saturday morning holds your best chance for a few clean waves this weekend. Image: Coastalwatch Plus member GrahamS.

Friday
NE windswell 1 – 2ft open beaches increasing to 2ft+ during the afternoon. WIND: N 5 to 15 knots tending NNE 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon.

Saturday
NE windswell up to 2– 3ft exposed open beaches, grading to 1 – 2ft elsewhere. Easing later. SSE windswell picking up to 1 – 2ft+ during the evening. WIND: Early NNW 5 to 15 knots tending SW during the morning and S to SSE 15 to 20 knots during the day. 

Sunday
Choppy SSE windswell 2 – 4ft south facing beaches rising to 3 – 5ft during the afternoon. Grading smaller elsewhere depending on exposure. WIND: SSE 15 to 20 knots tending SE during the afternoon.

Queensland and Far Northern NSW
The weekend outlook is a bit disheartening across the region this weekend. Friday sees the last of this week’s SSE swell dropping out to very low levels on Friday – only up to two feet south of the border, grading to one foot or so across south-east Queensland. By Saturday we’ll be relying on some very slight, short period NE windswell for some tiny surf in the one foot plus range – probably bumping up slightly by Sunday. A moderate to strong northerly wind regime setting in on Friday will keep rideable options limited to northern corners all weekend.

We'll have to content ourselves with feeding off memories of better days this weekend. Image: Coastalwatch Plus member Breno.

We'll have to content ourselves with feeding off memories of better days this weekend. Image: Coastalwatch Plus member Breno.

Friday
SSE swell up to 2ft northern NSW exposed beaches. Mixing in with NE windswell around 0.5 -1ft+ across south-east QLD, bumping up during the afternoon. WIND: Early NW 5 to 15 knots tending NNE 15 to 20 knots.

Saturday
NE windswell up to 1ft+ exposed beaches, grading smaller elsewhere. WIND: Early NNW 10 to 20 knots tending NNE during the afternoon. 

Sunday
NE windswell up to 1 - 2ft exposed beaches, grading smaller elsewhere. WIND: N 15 to 25 knots early, tending NNE and easing during the day.

Victoria
It’s looking a little on the bleak side across Victorian coasts this weekend. Although there’s no shortage of SSW swell to be had across all coasts over the coming days, a cross the Surf Coast. Light N to NW winds should see good conditions at most locations, with the exposed beaches pulling in solid sets in the four foot range. Sunday sees a steep rising trend in short range SW swell underway, with strong SW winds resulting in low quality conditions across all coasts throughout the day.

It's looking a little gloomy, but there will be plenty of swell across Victorian coasts this weekend. Image: Coastalwatch Plus member Dunny.

It's looking a little gloomy, but there will be plenty of swell across Victorian coasts this weekend. Image: Coastalwatch Plus member Dunny.

Friday
SW groundswell 4 - 6ft exposed breaks. Around 2 – 3ft across the Surf Coast. WIND: Early light ENE to ESE tending SE and increasing to 15 to 30 knots during the afternoon and SSW into the evening.

Saturday
SSW swell 3 - 5ft exposed breaks. Grading to 2 - 3ft across the Surf Coast, easing during the afternoon. WIND: Early SSW 15 to 25 knots, tending S during the day. 

Sunday
SSW swell up to 3 – 4ft exposed beaches. Around 1 – 2ft across the Surf Coast, ESE windswell increasing later. WIND: Early SSE 10 to 20 knots tending SE during the afternoon.

Western Australia:
Although the size of the swell isn’t exactly adrenalin pumping stuff, there will good quality surf to be had across the region’s exposed coasts – probably best on Friday as SSW swell hangs in around the three foot mark ahead of a drop in size over the weekend. Given deepwater swell direction carries a strong southerly bias it’s worth targeting the most open coasts with ample southern exposure.

The West Coast has been the pick of the bunch mid Spring and it won't fare too badly this weekend. Image: Dan Wyer.

The West Coast has been the pick of the bunch mid Spring and it won't fare too badly this weekend. Image: Dan Wyer.

Friday
Decrease in SW swell, offshores.
Southwest coast: 2 - 3ft+ sets on open exposures
Perth: flat to occasional 1ft
SE winds 10 – 15 knots.

Saturday
Smaller SW swell, clean
Southwest coast: 2 - 3ft inconsistent
Perth: flat occ better 
Light wind tending SE 10 knots.

Sunday
Decrease in SW swell.
Southwest coast: 2ft with 3 - 4ft sets on open exposures
Perth: 0 - 1ft
E winds 10 - 15 knots, tending light in arvo.

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