Weekend Surf Forecast 20 - 22 June 2014

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Forecast issued Thursday, 19 June 2014, by Ben Macartney

If you’ve been glued to the box watching various football codes this week, it’s probably high time you got a good night’s sleep and went surfing – particularly now that the Socceroos are out of contention and the State of Origin is done for another year. The entire NSW coast fares reasonably well over the next few days as a couple of low-scale S groundswells produce small clean waves across south facing breaks, but very little of this energy will penetrate into southern Queensland coasts. Victorian coasts benefit from a favourable N to NW wind regime and strong WSW swell to produce solid, clean surf across south facing beaches over the coming days. The West Coast looks a little on the woolly side, with strong NW winds leaving little to the imagination on Friday and early Saturday, preceding a strong SSW wind shift that should open up some rideable options inside the bays during Saturday arvo and throughout Sunday.

Mid winter continues to deliver good surf around the continent this weekend. Photo: Coastalwatch Plus member Campa.

Mid winter continues to deliver good surf around the continent this weekend. Photo: Coastalwatch Plus member Campa.

Sydney to southern NSW
It’s shaping up as a good weekend to be heading for the most exposed south facing stretches along the NSW coast. A couple of low scale south groundswells arriving out of the Southern Ocean on Friday and Sunday respectively should produce good quality sets ranging from 2 to near 3ft at these locations, with a predominant W to NW wind regime ensuring conditions remain clean for several days to come.

Winter hasn't been too shabby across the NSW coast thus far and this weekend hold further potential for good clean surf. Photo: Coastalwatch Plus member Gardmark68.

Winter hasn't been too shabby across the NSW coast thus far and this weekend hold further potential for good clean surf. Photo: Coastalwatch Plus member Gardmark68.

Friday
New S groundswell 1 - 2ft south facing beaches early, rising to 2 – 3ft during the day. WIND: Early light NW tending NNW 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.

Saturday
S swell 1 – 2ft south facing beaches, grading smaller elsewhere. WIND: WNW 10 to 15 knots tending W during the day.

Sunday
New SSE groundswell 1 – 3ft south facing beaches, grading smaller elsewhere depending on exposure. WIND: Early WSW 10 to 15 knots tending light and variable during the afternoon.

Queensland and Northern NSW
Far northern NSW will be the pick of the bunch this weekend; benefiting most from a couple of low scale south groundswells arriving out of the Southern Ocean. The first of these shows up on Saturday, producing clean 2 to 3ft sets at the more exposed south facing breaks, but expect a heavily diluted version of this energy penetrating southern Queensland coasts in the one foot range. This first pulse drops a foot or so by Sunday preceding the arrival of a new SSE groundswell on Monday – again generating low scale surf in the 2ft plus range across northern NSW breaks while grading to tiny levels north of the border.

Far northern NSW breaks will benefit most from a couple of small S groundswells filling in this weekend. Photo. Russ.

Far northern NSW breaks will benefit most from a couple of small S groundswells filling in this weekend. Photo. Russ.

Friday
Leftover SSE swell mostly 1 – 2ft+ northern NSW south facing beaches. Tending to 1ft across open QLD breaks, grading to flat inside protected bays and points.. WIND: Early SW tending variable and then light NNW later.

Saturday
S groundswell bumping up to 1 – 3ft northern NSW south facing beaches. Tending to 1ft across open QLD breaks and grading smaller inside protected points and bays. WIND: W 5 to 10 knots tending light and variable, then NE during the afternoon.

Sunday
Small SSE swell inconsistent 1 - 2ft northern NSW south facing beaches, grading to 1ft across open QLD breaks. WIND: Early inshore WSW tending light S to SE during the afternoon.

Victoria
Finding a south facing stretch holding the swell is the key to scoring good waves across Victorian coasts this weekend. A predominant N to NW wind regime lends the focus to these venues as an acutely directional round of WSW groundswell in the 245 to 260 degree band fills in, producing in big disparities in wave heights depending on exposure. As is typical of westerly swells, the Surf Coast will fare the worst, with most of the swell energy sailing past the region on its way to the Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island.

Although this is not representative of the conditions on offer across the Surf Coast this weekend, there will be solid clean waves to be had across the exposed beaches.

Although this is not representative of the conditions on offer across the Surf Coast this weekend, there will be solid clean waves to be had across the exposed beaches.

Friday
New WSW groundswell 3 - 4ft early rising 5- 6ft exposed beaches during the afternoon. Sets to 1 – 2ft across the Surf Coast, bumping up marginally during the afternoon. WIND: Early N 15 to 20 knots tending NNW later.

Saturday
WSW groundswell ranging from 5 – 6ft+ exposed beaches. Inconsistent sets to 2 - 3ft across the Surf Coast. WIND: NNW 10 to 15 knots tending light WNW during the afternoon.

Sunday
WSW swell 4 – 6ft exposed beaches. Grading to 2ft+ across the Surf Coast. WIND: Early light WNW tending N 10 to 15 knots during the day.

Western Australia
A typical winter recipe of strong onshore winds and large, winter-scale swells hold little appeal for Southwest Coast breaks this weekend.  A big Southern Ocean low tracking below the state over the next 48 hours extends a strong cold front north-eastward towards the Southwest, generating strengthening NW winds as it approaches on Friday preceding a strong SW change kicking in during Saturday. Once winds do shift to the SSW some interesting rideable options should open up inside the sheltered bays and there will be plenty swell pushing into these venues as well as Perth’s metro beaches during Saturday afternoon and throughout Sunday, so it’s definitely not all doom and gloom.

It's not uncommon to score big clean surf across the West Coast in winter, but onshore winds emerge as the dominant force on conditions this weekend. Photo: Dan Wyer.

It's not uncommon to score big clean surf across the West Coast in winter, but onshore winds emerge as the dominant force on conditions this weekend. Photo: Dan Wyer.

Friday
Old SW swell fades. New N windswell in afternoon. Southwest coast: 4-5ft Perth: 2-3ft NW winds 5-10kt early, increasing 10-20kt in afternoon.

Saturday
NW windswell increases with SW swell. Southwest coast: 4-6ft rising 8ft on open breaks Perth: 2-3ft rising 3-4ft NW winds 20-30kts, shifting to SSW during the afternoon.

Sunday
WSW windswell and groundswell mix. Southwest coast: 6-8ft, occasional 8-10ft sets early Perth: 3-5ft SW wind 20-25kt tending W in afternoon.

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