The Weekend Surf Forecast 2 - 4 June, 2017

1 Jun 2017 0 Share

Ben Macartney

Chief Surf Forecaster

COASTALWATCH | WEEKEND SURF FORECAST

Forecast issued Thursday, 1 June 2017

Welcome to winter. In these daunting days of climate change and political nonsense, there’s nothing quite as reassuring as a icy breeze and a solid round of swell to greet the opening days of June – and that’s exactly what’s going on around much of the country this weekend.

Across the NSW coast we have a very winter-esque round of S swell that’s set to transition to the SSE and slowly ease over the course of the weekend. The swell maintains maximum size in the 3 to 5ft range on Friday and early Saturday; making for some classic winter conditions under early offshore winds on both days. Sunday then sees SSE swell trending down as early light offshore winds tend light and variable, so there will be no shortage of opportunities to get wet this weekend.

Further north, southern Queensland coasts only pulls in a diluted version of this swell; probably not pushing beyond 3 to 4ft across those select breaks predisposed to the southerly swell direction, while wrapping into the points and bays at considerably lower levels.

Down south, Victoria and South Australia have mid-sized SW and WSW swells offering up a wide variety of conditions as winds transition from the west on Friday to light offshore over the weekend. That leaves the West Coast as the place to be – that is if you like tackling 20ft bombies. A strong rising trend in SW groundswell is set to culminate in big, clean conditions across the Southwest on Sunday morning, opening up some serious surfable options across the region all day.

Winter kicks off with solid swell across all states - except maybe Queensland. Photo: Penny Kempe.

Winter kicks off with solid swell across all states - except maybe Queensland. Photo: Penny Kempe.

Sydney, Newcastle and the South Coast
It was around this time last year that we saw one of the biggest, cleanest NE swell-events to rock the coast in living memory; producing conditions that are likely to be hard to top for a long time to come. This year, the first weekend of winter kicks off with a comparatively mundane round of SSE swell; probably not exceeding the 3 to 5ft mark on Friday and Saturday morning before tapering off from there. Still, I wouldn’t be turning my nose up at the prospect of some solid waves under offshore winds.

Friday
S swell reinforced by SSE swell. Ranging from 3 – 4ft+ south facing breaks early, picking up to 3 – 5ft later. Grading to 2 – 4ft or so across open beaches with size depending on exposure. WIND: Early WSW to SW 10 to 20 knots, tending SSW during the day.

Saturday
Solid SSE swell slowly eases. Sets to 3 – 5ft south facing breaks, grading to 2 – 4ft open beaches. WIND: Early WSW to SW 10 to 20 knots, tending S during the day and S into the afternoon.

Sunday
Easing SSE swell. Sets mostly ranging from 2 – 3ft+ exposed breaks, fading later. WIND: Early light WSW to SW, tending S to SE during the day, then light E to NE 0 to 5 knots later.

There will be some fine moments as solid SSE swell coincides with early offshore winds across the NSW coast this weekend. Photo: CW user Dan Bielich.

There will be some fine moments as solid SSE swell coincides with early offshore winds across the NSW coast this weekend. Photo: CW user Dan Bielich.

Queensland and Far Northern NSW
Expect typically wide variances in wave-heights across the region as a solid round of SSE swell moves in this weekend. Expect the largest and most energetic surf to hit far northern NSW at anywhere from 3 to 6ft depending on location, but persistent southerly winds will invariably keep a lid on quality across open beaches for most of the weekend. North of the border, the focus will be on those breaks focussing the SSE swell – and it should be sufficient to generate solid 2 to 4ft waves at these venues both on Saturday and Sunday.

Friday
SSE swell. Sets to 4 - 5ft+ exposed northern NSW breaks, bumping up during the afternoon. Up to 2 – 3ft exposed QLD coasts and down to 1 - 2ft or less inside the points and bays. Potential for rise in reinforcing SSE swell during the afternoon. WIND: Early SSW 15 to 25 knots, tending S 20 to 30 knots during the day.

Saturday
Solid SSE swell. Sets to 4 - 6ft exposed northern NSW breaks. Up to 2 – 4ft exposed QLD coasts and down to 1 - 2ft+ inside the points and bays. WIND: Early SW to SSW tending S 20 to 25 knots.

Sunday
Easing SSE swell. Sets ranging from 3 – 4ft+ exposed northern NSW breaks. Grading to 2 – 3ft across southern Queensland and smaller inside the points and bays. WIND: Early SW to SSW 10 to 20 knots, tending SSE 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.

A straight S swell trending SSE will lend the focus to select swell-magnets across southern QLD this weekend. Photo: CW user Dkimber.

A straight S swell trending SSE will lend the focus to select swell-magnets across southern QLD this weekend. Photo: CW user Dkimber.

Victoria
Good surfing options abound across the state this weekend. Both the size and period of several overlapping SW and WSW groundswells will be well suited to all regions – and that pretty much leaves local winds as the key determinant of where to surf. While Friday sees light to moderate westerly winds favouring the Surf Coast, a wider variety of options are set to open up over the weekend as winds tend NW to NNW on Saturday, before falling away to light and variable on Sunday. With solid, mid-sized WSW swell inbound on both days, there will be plenty of good waves to be had at the right time and place.

Friday
Reinforcing SW groundswell fills in. Sets to 4 – 6ft exposed beaches. Clean sets to 3 – 4ft+ across the Surf Coast. WIND: W 5 to 15 knots early, tending light WSW during the afternoon.

Saturday
WSW swell slowly eases. Around 3 – 4ft+ exposed beaches. Slower sets to 2 – 3ft+ across the Surf Coast. WIND: Early light land-breezes 5 to 10 knots, tending lighter N around 5 knots during the arvo.

Sunday
Reinforcing WSW groundswell builds in. Solid 3 – 5ft exposed beaches, grading to 2 - 4ft across the Surf Coast. WIND: NW 10 to 15 knots, tending lighter NNW later.

There will be good waves far and wide across Victoria this weekend. Photo: CW user Surfedspots.

There will be good waves far and wide across Victoria this weekend. Photo: CW user Surfedspots.

Western Australia
It’s all about Sunday morning this weekend. Friday starts out with strong onshore NW winds lending the focus to alternative activities - like work. By Saturday morning winds will have moderated and come around to the SW and they’re set to turn SSE as the day progresses; making for improving conditions as a large SW groundswell begins to kick in. This will invariably offer up some good options inside sheltered bays, but it won’t be until Sunday that lighter offshore ESE winds greet a monster SW groundswell; peaking in the vicinity of 10 to 12ft plus across deepwater breaks, while offering up still seriously big and powerful surf elsewhere. Winds will swing to the south during the afternoon, but it will only be light, so there should still be plenty of good options inside sheltered regions all day.

Friday
WSW swell increases under varied winds. South West: crossed sets rising 6-8ft. Perth/Mandurah: mixed 2ft sets. WIND: Varied NW in southwest regions, tending 5-10kts early rising 10-15kt in afternoon. Metro areas light and variable, tending W to 10kts in afternoon.

Saturday
Overlap in long period WSW swell rising under S'ly winds. South West: 6-8ft rising 8-10ft sets late. Perth/Mandurah. Crossed 2-3ft sets. WIND: WSW 10-15kts early, tending lighter S to SSE during the afternoon.

Sunday
Solid deepwater WSW groundswell peaks early under light winds. South West: 10-12ft+ with sets at deep water reefs. Perth/Mandurah: 2-3ft sets. WIND: Light SE early 5-10kt, tending S to 10kts in afternoon.

There's some seriously big, clean waves on the West Coast's horizon this weekend. Photo: Dan Wyer.

There's some seriously big, clean waves on the West Coast's horizon this weekend. Photo: Dan Wyer.

South Australia
A pumping weekend of waves looms for South Australian coasts. The confluence of a sustained run of SW groundswell and light offshore winds will offer up excellent conditions statewide on Friday and Saturday. During Sunday we start to see winds shifting from the NW early to the west later in the day – but once again it will only be light; making for another day of great waves as a new round of SW groundswell bolsters surf-heights throughout the day.

Friday
New SSW groundswell. Sets ranging from 3 - 4ft exposed South Coast beaches, easing later. Around 1ft across the Mid Coast. WIND: NNW to NNE 5 to 10 knots, tending variable later.

Saturday
Leftover SW swell. Sets to 2 - 3ft exposed South Coast beaches. Grading to 0.5ft across the Mid Coast. WIND: NNW to NNE 5 to 10 knots, tending light NW later.

Sunday
New SW groundswell. Sets picking up to 3 - 4ft+ exposed South Coast breaks, undersized early. Grading to 1ft+ across the Mid Coast. WIND: NW 5 to 10 knots, tending WNW later.

Solid, clean waves abound across SA this weekend. Photo: Dan Wyer.

Solid, clean waves abound across SA this weekend. Photo: Dan Wyer.


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