Weekend Surf Forecast 6 - 8 December 2013
Forecast issued 5th December 2013, by Ben Macartney
With the end of the year in sight it’s almost time to sit back, take stock, go surfing and hopefully open some Christmas presents. But not just yet. Christmas is still just under three weeks away and until then most of us will be keeping our noses to the grindstone - at least until the weekend comes around. With that in mind, there’s good news for most surfing regions around the continent this weekend – not amazing news, but good enough to warrant paddle or two.
This week is a good example of how good it is to be a surfer on the NSW coast. Just as this week’s strong round of E swell begins to peter out our south swell window begins to activate as a complex low forms over the southern Tasman. This kicks off with a first push in shorter period energy on Friday and Saturday, backed up by a longer period SSE pulse on Sunday/ Monday. Strong SW winds on Friday morning see good conditions inside southern corners and by Saturday lighter WNW winds should see excellent surf across the more exposed beaches all morning. A developing N to NE airflow on Sunday sees true south facing breaks benefiting the most as the new SSE groundswell begins to fill in during the afternoon.
S swell 2 – 3ft+ early spiking to 3 – 4ft south facing beaches during the day, easing again later. Grading smaller elsewhere depending on exposure. WIND: WSW 15 to 20 knots early, easing and tending S to SE during the afternoon.
S swell 2 - 4ft south facing beaches, grading to 1 – 3ft elsewhere. WIND: Early light WNW 5 to 15 knots tending NE during the afternoon.
Sunday SSE swell around 2 – 3ft early, new SSE groundswell rising to 3 – 4ft exposed beaches during the afternoon. WIND: Early N 5 to 15 knots tending NNE 15 to 25 knots during the afternoon.
Queensland and Far Northern NSW
I hope you got your fill of the latest ESE swell this week, because the next few days holds significantly less promise – particularly for south-eastern Queensland. The onset of a new SSE swell event will nudge wave heights back up to a fun size across northern NSW exposed breaks over the weekend, but locations north of the border will see very little of this energy – at least until some longer interval SSE swell begins to fill in on Monday.
S swell picking up to 2 - 3ft northern NSW south facing beaches, undersized early. Residual ESE swell around 1ft south-east QLD beaches depending on exposure. WIND: Early SW 15 to 20 knots, easing and tending S to SE during the afternoon.
S swell 2 - 3ft+ northern NSW south facing beaches. Wrapping into south-eastern Queensland beaches at 1 – 2ft max. WIND: ESE 5 to 15 knots tending ENE later.
SSE groundswell 2 – 4ft northern NSW south facing beaches. Grading to 1 – 2ft south-east QLD beaches. WIND: Early SSW 15 to 20 knots, increasing and tending SSE during the afternoon.
There are some good windows of opportunity across the various Victorian coasts this weekend. Although onshore winds continue to hamper conditions throughout Friday, early WNW winds on Saturday morning tending SE later; light enough to make for reasonably good surface quality across all coasts. The focus shifts to the exposed beaches on Sunday as strengthening northerly winds greet smaller leftovers in the three foot range.
SW swell 4 – 6ft across exposed beaches. Around 2 - 3ft across the Surf Coast. WIND: SW 10 to 20 knots.
SSW swell 4 - 5ft exposed breaks. Around 2ft+ across the Surf Coast. WIND: WNW 5 to 15 knots tending ESE during the afternoon.
SW swell 2 – 3ft+ across exposed beaches. Around 1 – 2ft across the Surf Coast. WIND: N 10 to 15 knots strengthening to 15 to 20 knots ahead of a weak SW change during the afternoon.
Conditions are not exactly epic, but they aren’t too shabby across the West Coast this weekend. A solid rising trend in SW swell ranges from three to six feet across the exposed South West coasts on Saturday and Sunday, with early S to SE winds producing reasonably good conditions on both mornings.
Decreased SW swell early, possible new sets in arvo. Southwest coast: 2ft, inconsistent 3-4ft in arvo Perth: flat-1ft Light NE early, tending seabreeze.
Background SW swell mixed with rising S windswell. Southwest coast: 3-4ft rising 4-5ft sets Perth: 1ft sets SSE winds 10-15kt early, increasing S 15-20kt.
Reinforcing push of S/SW swell picks up. Southwest coast: 4-6ft open areas, tending 3-4ft elsewhere Perth: 1ft SE winds 5-10kt, tending SW 10-15kt in arvo.
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